Many athletes take steroids deliberately. Doping scandals are not uncommon for professional sports. Some people believe that Serena Williams was taking steroids. In this article, we will try to figure out whether this is true or not.
Serena Williams: biography
The legend of world tennis Serena Jameka Williams was preparing to climb the sports Olympus from early childhood. More precisely, to this Serena and Venus were prepared by father Richard Williams. Serena was born in September 1981 in the US state of Michigan. But only the first years of his life passed in the city of Saginaw. Later, the family changed their residence more than once, moving to California and then to Florida. When the girl was 9 years old, her parents divorced. It must be said that Serena and Venus were younger than 5 other daughters. The three older sisters were step-sisters.
Father, a tennis instructor, brought two daughters to the tennis court when they were several years old. Since then, they were trained by him, even when the sportswomen officially had other mentors. The father did not stop training girls when he divorced his wife.
After the divorce of Serena’s parents and the family’s move to Compton, California, Serena and her sister entered the McKee Tennis Academy. Teachers of the Academy from the very first days noted the young tennis player. She has already developed her own style of play: fast, pushy, and unpredictable. Serena Williams literally swept away her rivals from the court.
The girl took an active part in various competitions for juniors. Then the countdown to her triumphant victories began. The athlete confidently moved to adult tennis.
At 14, the girl was among the professional players. At that time, she left the academy. Her training involved only the father. Further events resembled a real miracle. In 1997, when Serena Williams took only 304 place in the ranking of world rackets, she managed to beat the strong tennis player of that time – Monica Seles. Soon another incredible victory happened, it was over the athlete Marie Pierce. This allowed Serena to hit the top 100 of the world’s tennis players. Since then, she has been a regular participant in the WTA tournaments.
The following year, an African American girl appeared in the tournament competition called Grand Slam. After several fast victories, Williams took the 20th place in the world ranking of the tennis association. A few months later the dark-skinned star managed to win the Grand Slam tournament. She managed to do this in Wimbledon, in a mixed pair tournament. The girl played in a pair with the Belarusian Maksim “Max” Mirnyi. With him, she snatched victory at the US Open.
In singles Serena Williams managed to get a significant victory in 1999, leaving behind such strong rivals as Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis. As a result of this brilliant victory, the tennis player raised the Cup of the United States Open Championship over her head.
It seems, from this moment on Serena’s leadership in the highest-level tournaments has become a common practice. Williams won Grand Slam tournaments 32 times.
In April 2017, Serena announced her pregnancy. As it turned out, she won the Australian Open-2017 while being already pregnant. Therefore, the tennis player suspended her career for a while.
Serena’s return to the sport
In December 2017, Serena Williams, who in September 2017 gave birth to a daughter, announced the return to professional sports. As reported by the BBC, in late December, she played at the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. As of December 25, on December 30, 2017, 36-year-old former first racket of the world will play with Latvian tennis player Elena Ostapenko.
Williams, the youngest person who won the 23 Grand Slam tournaments, said she was very happy to return to the tennis court. Last time she played the match at a professional level in January at the Australian Open, where she won (as we mentioned earlier). The coach of Serena, Patrick Muratoghlu, said that it is not clear yet, will she play at the Australian Open this year or not. But the tournament director said that Williams, most likely, will perform in Melbourne. As of December 25, 2017, she is ranked 22nd in the world ranking, and she will not need a wildcard for participation.
Serena Williams: proofs of steroid use
In 2016, a group of hackers from called “Fancy Bears” revealed use of prohibited meds by Serena Williams and her sister for which Therapeutic Use Exemptions appear to have been received.
Serena received an approval for the following meds:
The first two meds belong to opioid painkillers group. They are banned under the anti-doping rules as they are labeled as narcotic drugs. The second two meds are corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory remedies), the use of them is typically prohibited in competition. Venus approved for similar drugs, in addition, she was treated with asthma steroid inhalers.
Hackers have not revealed evidence of the use of anabolic steroids by sisters. But Serena has a very muscular body that is not typical of a woman. Additionally, if you look at Serena’s face, it may seem to you to be masculinized. As is known, masculinization is one of the side effects of anabolic steroids. These drugs are analogs of the male hormone testosterone, which is responsible for the appearance and development of male traits in the body. Therefore, if a woman constantly takes steroids, she begins to literally turn into a man. Of course, Serena will unlikely turn into a man. The use of drugs by a sportswoman is carried out under the strict supervision of doctors who take all possible measures to prevent and minimize side effects.
Facts mentioned above are not just our guesses. In early 2017, Romanian Fed Cup captain Illie Nastase accused Serena of using steroid drugs during an interview. “Don’t you see how she looks like?”, Ilie Nastase said.
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