Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player. Serena Williams was born on September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America. She is 37 years old and her sun sign is Libra. Her father name is Richard Williams and his mother name is Oracene Price. Serena has four sisters, Yetunde Price, Lyndrea Price, Isha Price, (older half-sisters), Venus Williams (older sister) and, at least, seven paternal half-siblings. She is the youngest girl from Price’s daughters.
In the childhood, Serena moved with his family to Compton, California. This was the place were Serena started to play tennis at the age of three. Serena started the tennis training with her sister, Venus, having their parents as official coaches. Other mentor that Serena had in Compton was, Richard Williams, a man who was sharing the same name of her father. After six years, Serena and her family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in order that Serena and her sister, Venus, could attend the tennis academy of Rick Macci. Rick Macci started to additional coach William sisters and there were situations when he did not agree or share their father’s opinions but respected them. At that time, Serena was only nine years old.
At age of ten, Serena decided to go slowly with tennis in order to focus more on school. Serena’s father agreed and stopped to send her daughter at the national junior tennis tournaments. At that time, Serena was in the first 10 tennis players in Florida. In 1995, Serena’s father, Richard, pulled out his daughters from Rick Macci academy and coached them by himself, at home.
In October 1995, Serena had her first professional tennis event – the “Bell Challenge” in Quebec. She lost then in the first round of qualifying, winning just two games.
Since 1999, Serena started to play in several well-known tournaments. At 1999 Australian Open, Serena lost in the third round but she won her first professional single title at Open Gaz de France in Paris. In the same year, she and her sister, won as a pair at IGA Superthrift Classic in Memphis, Tennessee.
During her career, Serena had bad seasons or glorious one. On 8 July 2002, she reached the No. 1 ranking, for the first time.
Serena has a total of 23 Grand Slam single titles and 14 Grand Slam doubles titles (won with her sister, Venus, as pair). Between 2002 – 2017 she ranked the world no. 1 for eight separate occasions. Serena has been the no. 1 for 319 weeks and she ranked the third place in the “Open Era” behind the female players Graf and Martina Navratilova.
In April 2017, Serena revealed her pregnancy and announced that she will take a pause from tennis. On 1 September 2017 her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., was born. In 2018, Serena came back to the tennis court.
Serena received the “Laureus Sportswoman of the Year” award for four times ( 2003, 2010, 2016, 2018) and, in December 2015, Sports Illustrated magazine named Serena the “Sportsperson of the Year”.
In 2016, Serena was the highest paid athlete earning around $29 million. She repeated the story in 2017 when she was the only woman that appeared in Forbes’ list of the 100 highest paid athletes. In 2018, Serena has an estimated net worth of $180 Million.
In the daily life, Serena endorsed brands as Nike, Gatorade, Delta Air Lines, Audemars Piguet, Aston Martin, Pepsi, Beats by Dre headphones, Mission Athletecare, Berlei bras, OPI Products, OnePiece, IBM, Mini, Intel, Tempur and Chase Bank.
Serena is very active on charity events and she founded the charity organization “Serena Williams Foundation’s”. Through this organization, Serena helped to fund the construction of the Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya; provided university scholarships for underprivileged students in the United States. Serena have been also involved in programs focusing on at-risk youth which are taking place in schools and community centers.
In 2016, Serena collaborated with her sister, Venus, and founded “Williams Sisters Fund”. They have built in Compton, their childhood city, the “Yetunde Price Resource Center” – a center that has the mission to provide services to families affected by community violence. Serena also supported the companies against breast cancer and many charitable organizations as 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.
In the personal life, Serena is married with Alexis Ohanian, Reddit co-founder. The have announced their engagement on December 2016 and the wedding ceremony had place on 16 November 2017 in New Orleans. At the wedding, they had invited celebrities and, among the guests, Beyoncé, Anna Wintour, Kelly Rowland and Kim Kardashian West participated.
On 1st Spetember 2017, their daughter, named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr., was born. Serena is living now with her spouse and daughter in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
- Full Name : Serena Jameka Williams
- Nickname : Momma Smash
- Occupation: Tennis Player
- Age: 31 years old
- Date of Birth: 26 September 1981
- Place of Birth: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America
- Gender: Female
- Star: Libra
- Eye color: Dark Brown
- Hair color: Black
- Nationality: American
- Height in feet: 5 ft 9 inches
- Height in cm: 175 cm
- Weight in kg: 84 kg
- Weight in pounds: 185 lbs
- Measurements: 40-30-44
- Parents: Richard Williams and Oracene Price
- Siblings: four sisters – Yetunde Price, Lyndrea Price, Isha Price, Venus Williams and seven paternal half-siblings
- Children: one daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.
- Spouse: Alexis Ohanian