On the Line

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One of the biggest stars in tennis, Serena Williams has captured every major title. Her 2009 Australia Open championship earned her the #1 world ranking for the third time in her illustrious career - and marked only the latest exclamation point on a life well and purposefully lived. As a young girl, Serena began training with an adult-sized racquet that was almost as big as her. Rather than dropping the racquet, Serena saw it as a challenge to overcome-and she has confronted every obstacle on her path to success ...

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One of the biggest stars in tennis, Serena Williams has captured every major title. Her 2009 Australia Open championship earned her the #1 world ranking for the third time in her illustrious career - and marked only the latest exclamation point on a life well and purposefully lived. As a young girl, Serena began training with an adult-sized racquet that was almost as big as her. Rather than dropping the racquet, Serena saw it as a challenge to overcome-and she has confronted every obstacle on her path to success with the same unflagging spirit. From growing up in the tough, hardscrabble neighborhood of Compton, California, to being trained by her father on public tennis courts littered with broken glass and drug paraphernalia, to becoming the top women's player in the world, Serena has proven to be an inspiration to her legions of fans both young and old. Her accomplishments have not been without struggle: being derailed by injury, devastated by the tragic shooting of her older sister, and criticized for her unorthodox approach to tennis. Yet somehow, Serena always manages to prevail. Both on the court and off, she's applied the strength and determination that helped her to become a champion to successful pursuits in philanthropy, fashion, television and film. In this compelling and poignant memoir, Serena takes an empowering look at her extraordinary life and what is still to come.

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Editorial Reviews

Billie Jean King
"From the first time I met her, to watching her capture the US Open, Serena has always amazed me with her ability on the court, her curiosity away from it and her overall love for life. Serena Williams is taking her life to an all new level."
Venus Williams
"On the court, Serena is the most challenging opponent I've come up against, and off the court, she is a loving sister and a true friend. Serena has been a role model for me and an inspiration. It is difficult to imagine how I would have achieved many of my greatest accomplishments without her in my life."
Bud Collins
"Serena has dredged deeply into her emotions and those of the First Family of tennis-hopes and fears, aches and triumphs-to craft an exceptional memoir. Ascending from nowhere to the top of the world, she has run an exciting zig-zag course transforming darkest days into bright victories on her way to the International Tennis Hall of Fame."
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"From the first time I met her, to watching her capture the US Open, Serena has always amazed me with her ability on the court, her curiosity away from it and her overall love for life. Serena Williams is taking her life to an all new level."—Billie Jean King

"On the court, Serena is the most challenging opponent I've come up against, and off the court, she is a loving sister and a true friend. Serena has been a role model for me and an inspiration. It is difficult to imagine how I would have achieved many of my greatest accomplishments without her in my life."—Venus Williams

"Serena has dredged deeply into her emotions and those of the First Family of tennis-hopes and fears, aches and triumphs-to craft an exceptional memoir. Ascending from nowhere to the top of the world, she has run an exciting zig-zag course transforming darkest days into bright victories on her way to the International Tennis Hall of Fame."—Bud Collins

Publishers Weekly
In this able mid-career autobiography, tennis sensation Williams chronicles a childhood spent living the game with her four sisters and determined parents, and the success that followed. Faith, work ethic, and a love of tennis were paramount to the Williams children's upbringing, qualities that saw her through title contests from coast to coast, and then worldwide. Along the way, she's established schools in third world countries and visited "slave castles" on the African coast; she also persevered through the fatal shooting of her oldest sister in 2003. Waylaid briefly, Williams came back stronger than ever, a testament to her determination, sheer guts and game sense of humor. Philosophical nuggets are scattered throughout: "You might think you're in control, but you're never really in control"; "It can be very isolating, very lonely, competing at a high level in an individual sport"; and "Remember, there are so many more important things. This is so small." Besides recapping important matches, Williams also looks at her sponsorships, sportswear line, and romances, but returns again and again to the unbreakable Williams family ties, especially between Serena and her equally successful sister Venus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446553667
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 530,016
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Serena Williams is one of the top athletes in tennis and in all of sports. At the age of 27, she has captured every major title. Growing up in Compton, CA, she was trained by her father on the public tennis courts before rising up the tennis ranks. Serena has wide-ranging interests aside from tennis, including starting her own fashion line and opening a school for children in Africa.

Daniel Paisner is the author or co-author of more than forty books. He has collaborated on seven New York Times best-selling titles, including Denzel Washington's A Hand to Guide Me, Whoopi Goldberg's Book and Geraldo Rivera's Exposing Myself. He lives in Port Washington, NY.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    Tennis Anyone?

    The book reads easily beginning from Serena's childhood, through the divorce of her parents, on to the death of her oldest sister, Tundre, until the present day. Statistics are given for all the matches Serena has played and all her opponents, along with who won and who lost. Some play by play is given in the more important games, especially those against her sister, Venice. Many photographs are included in the book.

    Unfortunately, Serena uses this forum to promote her religion - Jehovah Witness. She goes on for pages advocating this way of thinking and makes many references to her beliefs.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    More than a sports biography

    This is an honest book that displays the mind,heart and focus of a competitive athlete. But more than that it shows how Serena confronted issues outside of tennis-racism and the challenge of starting as outsiders, too poor and too black

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    great

    great book got it cheaper on hardcover for 2 dollar

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

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    Expected nothing that we don't already know..........

    This is a good read, however, there is nothing additional that the public doesn't already know if you follow the Williams Sisters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2009

    On the Line Delivers Insight into background, struggle, and triumph of one of the best Female Athelets Ever!

    Serena Williams delivers an ace into giving poignent insight into what makes her the champion tennis player and ambassador for success. Her self determination and belief in her abilities stems from a childhood filled with having to always overcome obstacles. I enjoyed her honesty in the book and willingness to share her faults, as much as her successes. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to be inspired to be the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

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    Serena Williams As You Never Knew Her

    ON THE LINE
    Serena Williams with Daniel Paisner
    Grand Central Publishing
    ISBN: 978-0-446-55366-7
    $26.99
    257 Pages
    Reviewer: Annie Slessman

    Serena Williams did it.she beat her big sis, Venus, at Wimbledon 2009. In her new book, ON THE LINE, Serena explains that she has always been in the shadow of her big sis, Venus. Although she walks onto the tennis court to win, she loves her sister, Venus, without reservation. So, while she may have won, she still feels sadness for her sister's loss. Such is the lot of Serena. She was raised by parents that kept their children so busy on the tennis courts that they couldn't get into any trouble elsewhere. No idleness in this family.

    While mostly we hear of Serena and Venus Williams, their other sisters were tennis players as well. Their father saw to it that every court in their hometown and beyond was filled with William's girls. No formal training under his belt, Mr. Williams had a natural instinct for tennis. He and his wife taught their daughters the art of winning at an early age and it has served their family well in the years following.

    The on-court demeanor of Serena Williams does not compare to the young woman who wrote this book. As onlookers, we see the competitive, hard driving woman who never says die. When off the court, Serena is a loving person who not only cares for her family, but her community as well.

    This book offers a real insight into a champion. Whether it is pride in her work, pride in her family, pride in her culture.she shines as a good example for children everywhere who have a dream and have the will, tenacity and drive to see it to reality.

    Having watched both Serena and Venus as they face one another across the court, one senses their connection. However, being sisters has never jeopardized their on-court performances. They give their all remembering a post their father placed on public tennis courts to inspire them when they were growing up. It read: "When you fail, you fail alone." But a win for one Williams is a win for the entire family, that much is clear.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Hey u go guuuuuurl

    XD shes cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Me

    I love watching her play on the australion open2013 shes incredible i love playing tennis!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Suriti

    *she stretches out on the bed, her hands behind her head.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    LAVA WALL

    Hzidbxuals

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Yuck

    Serena Williams and her diva sister are overrated cows. This book sucks.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    !

    Boring book about a woman who plays tennis. Wow! The only reason so much is being made over her is because she is black. All i' ve seen is a woman with nasty outfits flaunting her big butt at matches. She isnt all that great.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    a great read for sports and underdog fans

    love serena and her athleticism! this book gives nice insight into her life and outlook on life and tennis.

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  • Posted February 12, 2010

    Born with a purpose

    On The Line details how Serena and her sisters were condition for success at an early age. Some may over-think how her parents desires and directions for their daughters lives were more about them as parents than it was about rearing children. However, it is the responsibility of parents to teach, guide, direct and coach their children to become successful adults. This book outlines how her parents told the time, money and encouragement to give us (the world) two great tennis players. As stated in her "U.S. Open, 2008 - My Tournament Journal" her father enstilled in them the importance of writing down their thoughts, hopes and plans which gave us the perfect insight to each journey, tournament and life experience of Serena's. I enjoyed her thoughts at the beginning of each chapter as well as her honesty on the insights of her personal life. I was also encouraged by how she detailed her hurt and pain as the strength to her status on the court. The title of this book truly captures the content on the book as well as the fire it takes to be a winner (in the eyes of Serena). This is a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    Serena Williams On The Line

    A great read. I am a tennis fan and a fan of Serena's. If you are a sports fan you will enjoy reading this book.

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  • Posted November 14, 2009

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    You have to appreciate her honesty

    This book showed me what a competitor this young woman is. But the book is more than Serena, it's Venus too. I remember in the not too distant past Mr. Williams would bring Venus and Serena to Martin Luther King Park in San Diego. I would have been too embarrassed to get spanked like that but others in our club weren't. As a matter of fact, the sisters whipped everybody in the Mountain View tennis club that came forward without breaking a sweat. I expected to see great things from these national treasures and this book explains what it took to do that. I loved ur private notes on each chapter too, Serena.

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  • Posted September 24, 2009

    perfect for tennis fans

    it was great fun reading what serena was thinking while playing some of her amazing tennis matches. To be ranked 96th in the world and beat a couple of top ten players and win a major is amazing after being out for a year. She shares about the loss of her sister which derailed her for a little time. but I found power in the way she was able to get back to herself and to what she loves. If your a tennis fan than you will understand the game side and apreciate her honesty. I love how she only feels the game is over when it's called. As we serena fans know, she has come back from match point plenty of times. The sign of a true champion is that when the big points count, they play them well.
    Fun read, I read it in a few hours. Can't wait to see what the rest of her career will bring us.

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    Think. Do. Be.

    Looking for a light yet positive and informative read? Consider a copy of Serena Williams' memoir. "On the Line" peels back a few layers of the life of this tennis phenom. In just twenty seven short years she has experienced what some may never experience in a lifetime. Serena discusses her highs and lows, wins and losses, triumphs and tragedies and what keeps her grounded: family and her faith. From the unforgiving streets of Compton to the U.S. Open, Serena is a testament of hard work and perseverance. "On the Line" is a smooth and easy read. I recommend it, particularly to youths.

    If you're looking for a scandalous, salacious, controversial tell-all with little substance, I'm afraid you have the wrong book. However, if you are looking for an inspirational journey of one girl's rise to become one of the greatest athletes of our time, then this is the book for you.

    Reviewed by: Tracy

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    Posted September 7, 2009

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    Posted August 28, 2009

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