Serena Williams is still chasing the long-dreamed 24 Slam, to match Margaret Smith’s record. Recently Serena talked about the hemicragna and how to manage it, a problem that has plagued her often.
She said: “Overworking at my computer was a major trigger. I think things that I’m not used to, because I don’t usually do it 24/7, like working on my venture fund and taking care of a child and doing my fashion company.
I have really good boundaries now, so I know when I’m supposed to do things and what I’m not supposed to do things. So I know when I play tennis, I know when I do my business.
Migraine are attacks that I don’t try to have. It was harder for me to sit there and say: I can’t go to the park because I’m not feeling well. I would say I have a boo-boo, and I had to just work through it in the past.
I don’t know if I’ve had any migraine attacks since I’ve started taking Ubrelvy, to be honest. And thank goodness, because they’re debilitating and it can be really awful to deal with.”
Williams has won 73 WTA singles titles: 23 of these are Grand Slam events (all-time record in the Open Era, men included), making her the second player ever to have won more Majors in this specialty behind only Margaret Smith Court, who excels with 24.
He has completed the virtual Grand Slam, which consists in winning four consecutive Slams not in the same calendar year, twice (in the two years 2002-2003 and 2014-2015). She can also boast five year-end Master Cups and 19 Premier category tournaments (6 Premier Mandatory, 6 Premier 5 and 7 Premier), as well as 21 Tier I and Tier II titles and a gold medal won at the London Olympics in 2012.
Earning almost $29 million in prize money and endorsements, Williams was the highest paid female athlete in 2016. She repeated this feat in 2017 when she was the only woman on Forbes’ list of the 100 highest paid athletes with $27 million in prize money and endorsements. In December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine