EXCERPT: 'On The Line'

Read an excerpt from Serena Williams' new book.

ByABC News via via logo
September 14, 2009, 1:57 PM

Sept. 15, 2009— -- Serena Williams has won every major title in tennis. In her memoir, "On The Line," Williams describes how she worked her way up to become one of the top women's players worldwide.

For Williams, tennis practice first started in the tough neighborhood of Compton, Calif., where her father trained her on public tennis courts filled with broken glass. Over the years, she has had to overcome injury and cope with her sister's tragic shooting. Off the court, she has made her mark in philanthropy, fashion, television and film using her trademark determination.

Read an excerpt of the book below and head to the "GMA" Library for more good reads.

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