Serena Williams Biography

Serena Jameka Williams is a retired professional tennis player from the United States. Williams was born on September 26, 1981. She held the top singles ranking in the world according to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for a total of 319 weeks, including a joint-record 186 weeks in a row, and she was ranked first at the end of each year five times. Williams won a total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, which places him in second place all-time and makes him the most successful player in the Open Era.

 

Serena Williams and her older sister Venus both had their parents, Oracene Price and Richard Williams, as their coaches when they were growing up. She began her career as a professional tennis player in 1995, and her first major singles triumph came at the 1999 US Open. She was unbeatable from the French Open in 2002 through the Australian Open in 2003, capturing all four major singles titles (each time defeating Venus in the final) to complete both the career Grand Slam and the non-calendar year Grand Slam, sometimes referred to as the “Serena Slam.” In the years that followed, she won two more major singles titles, but she also struggled with injuries and a deterioration in her performance. However, beginning in 2007, despite continuing injuries, she steadily returned to form and eventually reclaimed her position as the world’s best singles player. Williams began her return to supremacy at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. She went on to win an Olympic gold medal and make history by becoming the first tennis player to achieve a career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles competitions. She achieved a second “Serena Slam” by winning all four major singles titles in 2014 and 2015, bringing her total number of major singles titles won to eight out of thirteen. She broke the Open Era record for most major singles titles with her victory at the 2017 Australian Open, which was her 23rd major singles championship overall. After that, she took a break from professional tennis since she was expecting a child. After she gave birth, she returned to the court and competed in four major finals until ultimately calling it quits in September 2022.

 

 

Williams also won 14 major women’s doubles titles, all of which she earned alongside her sister Venus. The pair was undefeated in major doubles finals and won all of their victories together.

 

This includes a non-calendar year Grand Slam that the sisters won between the 2009 Wimbledon Championships and the 2010 French Open, which earned them the No. 1 place in the doubles category of the world rankings. She won a total of four Olympic gold medals, including three in women’s doubles competition, which is an all-time record that she and her sister share. In addition, she has two major mixed doubles titles, both of which she won in the year 1998.

 

It is generally agreed upon that Williams is one of the best tennis players of all time. On the women’s professional tennis tour, the Williams sisters’ debut has been hailed as the beginning of a new era marked by an unprecedented level of power and athleticism. Serena Williams is the active player with the most combined major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, with 39. She has won 23 major titles in singles competition, 14 major wins in women’s doubles competition, and two major titles in mixed doubles competition. She currently holds the joint-third spot on the all-time list for most major titles won and the second spot in the Open Era. She is the most recent woman to hold all four major singles titles at the same time (2002–03 and 2014–15), and she is also the most recent woman to win the Surface Slam (major titles on hard, clay, and grass courts in the same calendar year), which she accomplished in 2015. In addition, she is the most recent player, along with Venus, to have successfully defended all four of the major women’s doubles titles simultaneously (2009–10).

 

In 2016, Williams earned about $29 million, becoming her the most highly compensated female athlete in the world. She accomplished the same thing once again in 2017, when she was the only woman on Forbes’ list of the 100 highest-paid athletes, with a total of $27 million in prize money and endorsements from various companies. She has been awarded the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year title four times (2003, 2010, 2016, 2018), and she was given the Sportsperson of the Year award by Sports Illustrated in December of 2015. On the list of the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes that Forbes compiled in 2021, she came in at position number 28. She holds the record for the most money ever earned by a female athlete.

Early life

Oracene Price and Richard Williams welcomed Williams into the world on September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan. Williams was their first child. She is the youngest of Price’s five daughters, following in the footsteps of her half-sisters Yetunde, Lyndrea, and Isha Price, as well as her full older sister Venus. In addition to that, she has at least seven half-siblings from her father’s side. The family relocated to Compton, California, when the children were still small. It was there that she first picked up a tennis racket at the age of four. Both she and her sister, Venus, received their education from their father at home. Richard Williams, a man from Compton who shared her father’s name and who later established The Venus and Serena Williams Tennis Tutorial Academy, was one of Serena Williams’s other mentors. While he and, later on, her mother have served as their official coaches, Richard Williams was one of her other mentors. Williams and her family relocated from Compton to West Palm Beach, Florida when she was nine years old so that she could enroll in the tennis academy of Rick Macci, who provided her with more instruction. Macci did not always agree with Williams’s father, but he liked the fact that “he treated his daughters like kids, allowed them to be young girls.” Williams’s father had three daughters. Macci did not always agree with him. When Williams was 10 years old, Richard decided to cease entering his daughters in national junior tennis events because he wanted them to “progress gently” and concentrate on their academic pursuits. This choice was also impacted by the fact that he had encountered racism before, specifically in the form of hearing white parents make nasty comments about the Williams sisters while they were competing in tournaments. Williams had a record of 46–3 on the United States Tennis Association junior tour at the time, which earned her the number one ranking among players under the age of 10 in the state of Florida. In 1995, while Williams was in the ninth grade, her father took his daughters out of Macci’s academy and took over all of the coaching at their home. Williams had been a student there since she was in the sixth grade. When questioned in the year 2000 if it would have been more helpful for them to have followed the typical course of playing consistently on the junior circuit, they stated that they did not have the opportunity to do so. Williams gave the following response: “Everyone has their own habits. I believe that Venus and I simply decided to take a different approach, and it ended up being successful for us.

Professional career

1995–1998: Professional debut

It was the wish of Williams’ parents that their daughter not compete in any professional events until she reached the age of 16. Williams intended to make her professional debut in 1995, shortly after turning 14 years old, as a wild-card entrant in the Bank of the West Classic in Oakland, California; however, she was denied by the WTA due to its age-eligibility requirements. At the time, Williams was only 13 years old. She subsequently initiated an antitrust case against the women’s tour, but at her parents’ urging, she dropped the complaint from court. In October of 1995, she competed in her first professional event at the Bell Challenge in Quebec. In order to compete, she used a wild-card entry to get around the age requirements for participants. She only managed to win two of her matches in the first qualifying round, which she ultimately lost to the 18-year-old American Annie Miller. In 1996, Williams did not participate in any tournaments. The following year, she did not go past the qualifying rounds of any of the tournaments she entered until November of the following year when she won her first match in the main draw of the Ameritech Cup in Chicago.

 

She was ranked No. 304 when she recorded her first career wins over top 10 players and became the lowest-ranked player in the Open Era to defeat two top-10 opponents in one tournament by doing so. Her victories came against No. 7 Mary Pierce and No. 4 Monica Seles. Both of these players were ranked higher than her. She ultimately fell to No. 5 Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals of the competition. She finished the year 1997 in the 99th position.

 

Williams began working at Medibank International in Sydney in the year 1998. She entered the tournament as a qualifier ranked No. 96 and advanced to the quarterfinals, where she overcame the No. 3 seed Davenport. However, she was eliminated by Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the semifinals. At the Australian Open, Williams competed for the first time in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. In the first round, she was victorious over the sixth-seeded Irina Spirlea, but then she was defeated by her sister Venus in the second round of the match, which was the sisters’ first match as professional tennis players. She lost her first match against No. 1-ranked Martina Hingis at the Lipton International Players Championships in Key Biscayne, and her second match against Venus at the Italian Open in Rome. She went on to reach the quarterfinals of six other tournaments throughout the year, but she was unsuccessful in all of them. She was unable to advance past the fourth round in any of the remaining Grand Slam competitions of the year, losing to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the fourth round of the French Open and Spirlea in the third round of the US Open, respectively. [Citation Needed] She also failed to advance past the third round in any of the remaining Grand Slam competitions. After injuring a calf muscle during the first set of her match against Virginia Ruano Pascual at Wimbledon, she withdrew from the competition two games into the match. She did, in fact, win the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open with Max Mirnyi, which finished off the Williams family’s clean sweep of the mixed doubles Grand Slam competitions in 1998. At the United States National Indoor Championships in Oklahoma City, she and her sister Venus won the doubles competition, making them the third set of sisters to win a title on the Women’s Tennis Association circuit. During that year, they added two more doubles titles to their collection. Williams concluded the year with a singles ranking of No. 20 overall.

Retirement

Williams made the announcement in the edition of Vogue that was published in September 2022 and written in August. She stated that she was “moving away from tennis, into other things that are essential to me.” She stated in her statement that she did not like the word “retirement” and that she much favored the term “evolution” instead.

 

She went on to say that she would be leaving the sport because she wanted to spend more time with her family, focus on building her venture capital firm, and expand her family’s size as reasons for her decision. She did not give a specific date or time when she would end her career, but she did say that she was not ready to win Wimbledon (a tournament she played in and was eliminated from in the first round), but that she would try to win in New York. In addition to that, she mentioned that she discussed her choice with Tiger Woods.

 

When Williams competed in her first match after the Vogue piece was published, she was defeated by Belinda Bencic in Toronto. After the match, tournament organizers conducted an on-court interview with Williams and presented her with presents to help her remember the city.

 

The tournament directors presented a video during Williams’ matches at the 2022 US Open, which many people believed would be her final tournament. The video was broadcast after the introduction of Williams’ opponents but before Williams walked out. Some people had the opinion that she was showing her critics disdain by doing this.

 

After her first-round match, which was seen by Tiger Woods, Mike Tyson, Bill Clinton, Ruth Westheimer, Spike Lee, Vera Wang, and Eric Adams, the tournament showed a film with Oprah Winfrey providing the narration, and Gayle King was the one who moderated the post-match on-court interview.

 

After the interview was over, the crowd took part in a card stunt that said “WE SERENA.” After she made the news, a lot of other players, like Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff, complimented Williams and said that if it weren’t for her, they wouldn’t even be playing tennis.

Personal life

Williams is married to Alexis Ohanian, one of the co-founders of Reddit. On December 10th, 2016, while in Rome, he made his proposal to her. Through a post on Reddit on the 30th of December in 2016, Williams revealed the couple’s engagement. They tied the knot in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 16th, 2017. Beyoncé, Anna Wintour, Kelly Rowland, and Kim Kardashian were among the notable people who attended the wedding. After the wedding, she intended to start a new life in San Francisco with Ohanian.

 

On April 19, 2017, Williams posted a sideways image of herself to Snapchat that focused on her abdomen. The picture was accompanied by the text “20 weeks,” which led to rumors that she was expecting a child. In the later hours of the same day, her spokesman revealed that she was pregnant. In light of the fact that she was already 20 weeks pregnant when she made the announcement of her pregnancy, we can deduce that she was already eight weeks pregnant when she triumphed at the Australian Open earlier in that same year. Williams later stated that the picture was posted on Snapchat inadvertently and that she had every intention of keeping the image for her own personal records.

 

Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September of 2017, and her daughter is commonly referred to as “Olympia.” Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. When the baby’s heart rate dropped during labor, she was forced to have an emergency cesarean section. At first, she was saddened by the news. She had a pulmonary embolism after she gave birth, which rendered her bedridden for a period of six weeks and delayed her return to the gym for a period of time.

 

(This was not her first experience with the disease venous thromboembolism; in 2011, she was hospitalized for a pulmonary embolism that was believed to have arisen from a deep vein thrombosis.)

 

In August of 2018, she disclosed that she was undergoing treatment for postpartum depression. The doll known as Qai Qai was a gift from Williams to her kid and has since gained notoriety on various social media platforms. She has also been asked a lot of questions about whether or not she plans to teach her kid how to play tennis. Her response to these queries is that she has already engaged a coach for her daughter. In addition to that, she uploads a lot of images of both her and her daughter playing tennis with rackets.

 

Williams was brought up in the Jehovah’s Witness religion, but she claims that she “never truly practiced it.” After victories, she frequently gives praise and thanks to Jehovah. Williams has revealed that she engages in the following routines: “Birthdays are not recognized or celebrated in Olympia. We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that.”

 

Jill Smoller, who played tennis professionally in the past, is currently Williams’ agent.

Charity work

During the years 2004 and 2005, Serena and her sister Venus traveled to places with a predominately black population and played multiple tennis matches there in order to collect money for the charitable organizations affiliated with the local Ronald McDonald Houses. The charitable tour that the Williams sisters are currently on was the topic of an edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter. As part of the initiatives carried out by the Serena Williams Foundation, Williams contributed to the financing of the building of the Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya, in the year 2008. In addition, the Serena Williams Foundation awards college scholarships to deserving youngsters in the United States who come from low-income families. The Serena Williams Fund and Helping Hands Jamaica collaborated in the year 2016 to construct the Salt Marsh Primary School in Trelawny Parish for the benefit of young people from Jamaica. [450] [451] Due to her efforts in the fight against breast cancer, the Avon Foundation honored her with the Celebrity Role Model Award in 2003. Williams has also been involved in a number of clinics that have been held at schools and community centers, particularly those that offer programs that are specifically geared at helping adolescents who are at risk. In addition, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and Inland presented her with their “Young Heroes Award” in 2003. She also received the “Family Circle and Prudential Financial Player Who Makes a Difference Award” in the same year (2004). As a direct response to the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, Williams, along with other top players from the ATP and WTA, made the decision to skip their final day of preparation for the 2010 Australian Open in order to organize a charity event, the proceeds of which would be donated to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. In addition to her sister Venus, Serena supports and donates money to First Serve Miami, an organization that teaches tennis to disadvantaged children and teenagers who have the desire to play the sport but do not have the means to do so. Since 2011, she has served as an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and she was a part of the team that launched the Schools for Asia campaign for UNICEF.

 

In 2016, in addition to the Serena Williams Fund, Serena and Venus Williams cooperated on the creation of the Williams Sisters Fund in order to engage in collaborative charitable endeavors.

 

In the same year, 2016, Serena and Venus Price collaborated to establish the Yetunde Price Resource Center in their hometown of Compton, California. The center is named after their sister, who passed away in 2016. Families that have been impacted by violence in the neighborhood can receive services from the Resource Center.

 

Williams’s return to Indian Wells in 2015 was done in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, which is a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to those who may not have been afforded a fair trial. Williams’s return to the tournament was one of the highlights of the tournament. Bryan Stevenson, executive director of EJI, praised her bravery for standing by his group and lending her support. He stated that “it is so rare when athletes at the top of their game are willing to embrace a set of concerns that, for a lot of people, are edgier.” “It’s so rare when athletes at the top of their game are willing to embrace a group of issues that…” “This does not constitute assistance for orphans… She was vocal despite the fact that the majority of her colleagues were keeping silent, and she stood up when others were sitting down.”

 

In 2014, Williams established “The Serena Williams Ultimate Fun Run,” an annual event that raises money for charitable causes. The event is being held in order to raise money for the Serena Williams Fund, which provides assistance to disadvantaged people and communities that have been impacted by senseless violence and works to guarantee that all young people have equitable access to education.

 

In 2017, Williams accepted the role of Ambassador for the Purple Purse project, which is an effort created by the Allstate Foundation to aid victims of domestic abuse with financial empowerment. According to statements made by Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility for Allstate, in a press release, “We are overjoyed to have Serena as part of the Purple Purse family since she has been a tireless advocate and a model for so many people. Her participation in the discussion will attract fresh listeners to the topic at hand.”

 

The Elton John AIDS Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Hearts of Gold, the Common Ground Foundation, the Small Steps Project, the HollyRod Foundation, Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund, World Education, the Eva Longoria Foundation, the Caliber Foundation, and the Cure for MND Foundation are some of the other charitable organizations that Williams supports.

Writing

The Williams sisters, together with author Hilary Beard, collaborated on the writing of a book that was published in 2005 and titled Venus & Serena: Serving From The Hip: 10 Rules For Living, Loving, and Winning. Williams revealed that she was working on the plot for a television program while she was competing at Wimbledon in 2009 and that her management company was going to turn the concept into a script for the show. She said that the content of the show will be inspired by a variety of well-known American television programs, such as “Desperate Housewives” and “Family Guy.” After the conclusion of the 2009 US Open, Williams published her first book under her own name, titled On the Line.

Soccer

On July 21, 2020, it was revealed that Williams was a member of an almost entirely female investors’ group that had been awarded a new franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League, which is the highest level of competition for women’s soccer in the United States. The debut season for the new squad is scheduled to begin in 2022. Alexis Ohanian, her husband, is considered to be the “principal investor,” despite the fact that he only has a minority stake in the company and is the sole man in the ownership group. Other announced owners include a number of well-known actors and people from the media, as well as two businesswomen, fourteen former members of the United States women’s national team, and Alexis Olympia Ohanian, the founder’s daughter.

Records

Williams holds the record for most singles titles in the Grand Slam tournaments won on hard courts with 13. She has won seven women’s singles titles at the Australian Open, which puts her in exclusive possession of the Open Era record for most titles won at that tournament. She also shares the Open Era record with Chris Evert for most titles won at the US Open (6). In addition, she is the current holder of the records for the most women’s singles matches won at major tournaments (367), as well as the most singles majors won beyond the age of 30. (10). She is the only tennis player, male or female, to have won at least six times across three of the four Grand Slam competitions. In addition to that, she has triumphed in the singles competition at the WTA Tour Championships a total of five times.

 

The Williams sisters have won a total of 17 women’s doubles Grand Slam trophies, which places them third all-time behind Natasha Zvereva’s 18 titles (14 of which were won with Gigi Fernández) and Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver, who hold the record with 20 titles won together. The tennis players Serena Williams and Venus Williams are the only ones in the history of the sport to have won four Olympic gold medals (three in women’s doubles together and one each in singles), as well as the only ones to have done it in the same event three times. They are the only women tennis players in the Open Era to have won Olympic gold in both the singles and doubles categories of tennis competition. Serena Williams is only the third player in the history of the Olympic Games to win gold medals in both the singles and doubles competitions at the same Olympic Games. The first two players to accomplish this feat were Helen Wills Moody at the 1924 Summer Olympics and Venus at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Williams is the only player, male or female, to have ever accomplished a Career Golden Slam in both the singles and doubles competitions of tennis.