September 17, 2008 / 4:42 AM / 10 years ago

Tennis star Serena Williams pens "inspiring" memoir

Tennis player Serena Williams waits for the start of the Calvin Klein Spring 2009 show during Fashion Week in New York September 11, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams, the world’s top female tennis player, will release “an inspirational memoir” in fall 2009, tracking the highs and lows of a career in which she has overcome injuries to regain the women’s crown.

Williams, 26, has won nine Grand Slam titles, including four in a row in 2002-2003 which made her the world’s No. 1 player. She is renowned for her strength on court as well as her colorful outfits.

But facing various injuries and distracted by off-court interests, Williams slipped from the top until she staged a comeback this year to win the U.S. Open and regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time in five years.

This year, with her sister Venus, she won gold in the Women’s Doubles at the Beijing Olympics.

Karen Kosztolnyik, a senior editor who acquired the book for Grand Central Publishing after a bidding battle, said Williams was one of the world’s most remarkable athletes.

But it was also her charm and drive that gave her a role in modeling, film, television and fashion, with her line of designer clothing called Aneres — “Serena” spelled backwards.

“We’ve watched her rise to No. 1 despite physical and emotional setbacks, and her hard work and determination have inspired legions of fans, young and old. Serena will give her memoir a strong motivational slant,” she said in a statement.

Financial terms were not given for the deal that was negotiated with literary agent Suzanne Gluck from the William Morris Agency.

Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy

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