No. 1 ranked Serena Williams to serve up her own memoir in 2009

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NEW YORK A memoir by Serena Williams will be released in 2009 by Grand Central Publishing, which beat out a handful of other publishers bidding for the life story of the No. 1 ranked womens tennis player.

Serena Williams is one of the worlds most remarkable athletes, Grand Central editor Karen Kosztolnyik said Tuesday in a statement.

Weve 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.

Financial terms for the book, currently untitled, were not disclosed, although a publishing official with knowledge of the negotiations said bidding reached at least $1.3 million. The official, citing the confidentiality of the negotiations, declined to be identified.

Williams, 26, has won nine Grand Slam titles and, with sister Venus Williams, won a gold medal in womens doubles at the recent Olympics in Beijing.

Grand Central Publishing is a division of the Hachette Book Group.

Organizations: Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group

Geographic location: NEW YORK, Grand Central, Beijing

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