Serena Williams: How She Has Become Nothing More Than a Sideshow Attraction

Thomas ConroyCorrespondent IJune 10, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29:  Serena Williams of USA shows her frustration as she rests her head on her racquet during her women's singles first round match between Serena Williams of USA and Virginie Razzano of France during day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Serena Williams has been the face of professional tennis for more than a decade, and recently she had to navigate over some bumps on her road back to dominance. Often, Serena’s critics have questioned her dedication to the sport, but you cannot deny her will to be the best.

It has been well-documented that she has many interests beside tennis, as Williams has become a fashion designer, part-owner of the Miami Dolphins and more recently a rap performer in her spare time. Just like tennis, she seems to be a natural talent in each of her other side projects. Serena has been criticized that her other interests are becoming a distraction, while others argue they help to keep the competitive fire going.

Injuries have played a major role in keeping Williams out of the spotlight. Her struggles began with a foot injury that occurred after stepping on some broken glass at a restaurant in Germany. It’s still unclear if Williams had surgery to repair tendon damage in her foot, but she was out of action for eight months.

More recently, Serena needed a surgical procedure to repair a blood clot in her lung. Thankfully, her medical condition has been stabilized, but often a major health issue of this nature requires a patient to begin blood thinners to control their condition. Still, Williams has played well since returning to the tour, though she appears not to be in the best shape possible to compete at a high level.

There are no excuses for her outburst toward officials in Grand Slam play, as Williams’ past behavior is indefensible. She’s not the type of player to suppress her emotions on the court. No, Serena will react to a bad call and often her actions will become heated. The bigger question is if Williams has a temper issue, or are her skills beginning to fade away?

She has too many chapters in her life that still need to be explored. Williams’ goal is to become a successful entity outside of tennis and make a difference in today’s society. Serena has been the perfect role model for all young women to believe they can still achieve their ultimate dreams.

Whenever she chooses to end her tennis career, you can expect Williams to remain in the public eye in some capacity. When that time begins is still subject to debate.