Serena Williams, the one-time No. 1 female tennis player and top earning woman in the sport’s history, landed in Israel on Monday evening for a short vacation in Eilat.
The 31-year-old American arrived at the resort city in southern Israel after spending several days in South Africa conducting sessions on women’s empowerment, Ynet News reported.
Currently ranked third in the world, the tennis star is the only female player to win over $40 million in prize money. Williams was the top-ranked player on five different occasions between 2002 and 2009.
According to the report, she was scheduled to stay in Israel for almost a week.
Eilat, known mostly for its resorts and beaches, is also Israel’s leading tennis city. For each of the past three years it hosted the official games of the Euro-Africa zone in the Fed Cup Tennis Games, and a number of leading tennis players — including current top-seeded Victoria Azarenka — have used it as a training ground.
Williams was ranked eighth on the woman’s all-time winners list, with 30 tennis Grand Slam titles, including 13 won in the doubles category with her sister Venus. In the 2002-03 season, Williams became the fifth tennis player in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once, and is the only woman to have achieved the feat.
In August, Williams won two Olympic gold medals — in the singles and the doubles — at the London 2012 Summer Games.