London 2012

Serena Williams will attempt to crown a glittering career with singles gold as she returns to Wimbledon just weeks after landing a memorable double.

The American scooped a 14th Grand Slam singles title at the All England Club and a 13th major doubles title in the space of five hours on June 7.

Fascinating facts:

  • Has her own clothing line
  • She is the first player, male or female, to win five Australian Open singles titles during the open era
  • Serena and Venus are still unbeaten in Grand Slam finals

Her from suggests another medal in the bank for USA is a certainty, and she has the added motivation of being defending champion in the doubles, which she will once again contest alongside sister Venus.

The Williams sisters thrashed Spanish pair Anabel Medina and Virginia Ruano 6-0 6-2 in the Beijing final four years ago and will start as heavy favourites to claim a third gold in London after also triumphing in Sydney back in 2000.

Serena's latest singles triumph at Wimbledon was her fifth in total and she remains the best grasscourt player on the circuit.

Her power game is unplayable at times and if she maintains the level she showed at the same venue earlier this summer, a first Olympic singles gold medal looks assured.

Lost in the quarter-finals to eventual champion Elena Dementieva in 2008.

Serena Williams

  • DOB: 26/9/1981
  • Event: Tennis
  • Medals: 2 golds