Serena Williams is a world famous American tennis player who turned professional in 1995. Known for winning numerous titles and tournaments, Serena Williams revolutionized women’s tennis with her powerful playing style.
Serena Williams was born on September 26, 1981 and she is currently 40 years old. She is from Saginaw, Michigan and her zodiac sign is Libra. Her middle name is “Jameka”. Speaking of family, her parents are mother Oracene Price and father Richard Williams. Both parents are tennis coaches.
Likewise, she has four older siblings namely Yetunde, Lyndrea, Isha Price and Venus. Venus is her only full sibling among all and the rest are her half sisters from her mother’s side. Sabrina, Richard III, Ronner, Reluss, and Reneeka are her half-siblings from her father’s first marriage, Dylan is from his third marriage, and Chavoita LeSane is from his other relationships.
Murder of her sister Yetunde Price
Serena’s older half-sister Yetunde was Venus and Serena’s personal assistant. Sadly, the athlete siblings lost their sister to murder on September 14, 2003 in a shooting in Compton, California. Robert Edward Maxfield was sentenced to 15 years in prison by Judge Steven Suzukawa on April 6, 2006.
However, he was paroled on March 8, 2018 after serving a reduced sentence of 12 years for his good behavior at the Deuel Vocational Institution prison in Tracy, California. Serena found out about the perpetrator’s release via Instagram on July 31, just 10 minutes before her match against Johanna Konta. Her match was at the 2018 Silicon Valley Classic and she lost to Konta by the score of 6-1, 6-0 in 52 minutes.
In memory of their sister, the athlete siblings – Serena and Venus – opened a community center in Compton in 2016. This community center is called the Yetunde Price Resource Center and is for victims of violence and their families. The community center’s slogan is Committed to Helping Others Heal.
working life and career
Professionally, Serena Williams is a professional tennis player. Speaking about starting her career, Williams started playing tennis at the age of 4. At the time, her family lived in Compton, California. From there, the family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 9 to attend Rick Macci’s tennis academy.
She was homeschooled by her father along with her sister Venus. Both of her parents were the official coaches of her and her sister. Williams’ additional mentor also includes Richard Williams. Sharing her father’s name, this coach is also the founder of the Venus and Serena Williams Tennis/Tutorial Academy. Since 2012 she has had Patrick Mouratoglou as her coach.
Rick Macci then provided Williams with additional coaching. Although the coach didn’t always agree with her father, he respected her father for treating the girls like children and allowing them to be little girls. As a result, her father stopped sending the siblings to national junior tennis tournaments when Serena was 10 years old. He did this because he wanted his daughters to go slow and focus on schoolwork. Later in 1995, their father pulled the siblings out of Macci’s academy when Serena was in 9th grade and did all the coaching at their home.
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked this professional tennis player #1 in the world for 319 weeks. Likewise, this talented player has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the record for most players in the Open Era and the second-highest all-time behind Margaret Court, who had won 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
She turned professional in 1995 and won her first major singles title at the US Open in 1999. She went on to dominate from the 2002 French Open to the 2003 Australian Open, winning all four major singles titles to complete one non-calendar and career Grand Slam -Achieve Grand Slam – also known as “Serena Slam”. Each time Serena had her sister Venus as her opponent in each final.
She claimed two more singles majors over the next few years. However, the player suffered from an injury and therefore her performances in form fell off. As of 2007, this tennis player returned to his form despite ongoing injuries. She once again conquered the world No. 1 in the singles ranking.
She returned to dominance from the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. She soon won Olympic gold and completed the career golden slam. She also won 8 of 13 singles majors which also includes a 2nd “Serena Slam”. In addition, this player won her 23rd major singles title at the 2017 Australian Open. With this win, she broke Steffi Graf’s Open Era record.
After a hiatus from professional tennis due to her pregnancy and return, Serena reached 4 major finals. In addition, this player has won 14 major women’s doubles titles and 3 Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles. She made all these records with her sister Venus.
Additionally, this professional tennis player is widely considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Williams is the youngest woman to hold all four major singles titles simultaneously. In 2015 she became the youngest woman to win the Surface Slam.
Likewise, this professional tennis player was the highest paid female athlete in the world in 2016. She earned nearly $29 million. The player repeated this feat again in 2017 when she was the only woman on the Forbes list of the 100 highest paid athletes. At the time, this player had $27 million in prize money and endorsements.
In addition, the tennis player was named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year four times in 2003, 2010, 2016 and 2018. In December 2015, Sports Illustrated magazine named her Athlete of the Year. Recently, in 2021, this tennis player was ranked 28th in Forbes’ list of the highest paid athletes in the world. Williams is also the highest-paid female athlete of all time.
Serena Williams is a happily married woman and her husband is Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit. Her husband proposed to her in Rome on December 10, 2016, a message Williams shared via her Reddit post on December 30, 2016. The couple then married on November 16, 2017 in New Orleans. Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Anna Wintour and Kim Kardashian were among their wedding guests.
The tennis player then shared her sideways picture on Snapchat on April 19, 2017, which focused on her midsection. She captioned this picture “20 weeks” to highlight her pregnancy. Through this confirmation, people learned that she was 8 weeks pregnant when she won the Australian Open earlier in the same year.
greeting her daughter
Williams welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September 2017. Their daughter is often referred to as “Olympia.” The tennis player suffered a pulmonary embolism after giving birth through an emergency caesarean section. It left her bedridden for six weeks, delaying the athlete’s return to training.
Then, in August 2018, the tennis player revealed her battle with postpartum depression. The athlete has already hired a coach for her daughter and often posts pictures with her daughter on the tennis court with rackets.
Serena Williams height is 5 feet 9 inches or 175 cm tall and weighs about 70 kg or 154 lbs. Likewise, the tennis player has a chest-waist-hip measurement of 40-30-44 inches. In addition, the athlete has dark brown eyes and curly hair of the same color.
Social Media and Wealth
Serena Williams has been available on Twitter at @serenawilliams since March 2009 and has over 10.7 million followers. She also has 14.3 million followers on her @serenawilliams Instagram account and more than 7.4 million followers on her Facebook profile. Moving on, this tennis player has a net worth of $200 million by 2022.