UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) student Serena Williams is poised to become the first tennis player in history to have won every major title, plus both the Olympic gold in singles and doubles, according to the LA Times. Describing her playing today to an Associated Press reporter as "unbelievable," Williams hit 12 aces, crushing her opponent and advancing to the Olympic quarterfinals.
"The UMass Amherst University Without Walls is honored to have Serena Williams as a student," stated UWW Director Ingrid Bracey. "We deeply respect Ms. Williams' steadfast commitment to advancing both her tennis career and her education and are proud to have the opportunity to support her as she works toward earning her bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst."
Williams was included in a July 26 Boston Herald article on Olympic athletes who have New England connections. She plays in the quarterfinals on Thursday, August 2.
Update: Williams defeats Victoria Azarenka in semifinals. She will face Maria Sharapova in the Olympic final on Saturday, August 4.