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Serena Williams

American professional tennis player .

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Serena Williams is an American Tennis Player. She was born on September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan, U.S. She revolutionized women’s tennis with her dominant approach.

Serena Williams is ranked world singles number one by Women Tennis Association (WTA)  five times.

She has the highest number of Grand Slam titles, 23, than any other woman or man during the opera era.

Family and Education of Serena Williams:

Serena Williams was born to her parents Orancene Price and Richard Williams. Both of her parents are former professional tennis players and current tennis coaches. She has 6 siblings: Venus Williams, Yetunde Price, Lybdrea Price, Richard Williams III, Isha Price, and Rooner Williams. Williams got married to Alexis Ohanian on 2017. She has a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Serena Williams studied fashion design at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. After that, she enrolled in Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst. She studied Business Management at the beginning. Later she started Pre-Med.

About Serena Williams’s dad Richard Williams:

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Richard Williams is a former tennis player and current tennis coach. He is trained  by a man named “Old Wishley”.

Williams said that When Serena and Venus were four and a half, he made up an 85-page plan and started giving lessons to Venus and Serena himself. Williams stopped his daughters’ tennis academy and trained them himself. Both of them were winning grand slam tournaments under him.

Talking about Her dad Richard Williams’s personal life:

Well, Dady Williams is married 3 times.

After moving to California he met Betty Johnson. He got married to Betty in 1965. Williams and Johnson divorced in 1973.

Serena Williams Career:

At the age of 4, Serena Williams started playing tennis. As both of her parents are former tennis players she was ambitious about tennis since her childhood.

Their Possessing powerful serves and ground strokes and top level of athleticism, the sisters soon attracted much attention.

When Serena Williams was nine, She moved to Florida with her family. There she attended a tennis academy

Richard stopped sending Serena to national junior tournaments when she was 10. He wanted her to go slowly and focus on school work. Furthermore, racism also influenced his choice.

Williams has a 46-3 record on the United States Tennis Association junior tour. She was ranked number one among 10 players in Florida. When Serena was in ninth grade her father took the responsibility of her coaching all by himself.

Richard on this take said:

“Everyone does different things. I think for Venus and I, we just attempted a different road, and it worked for us.”

 

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Serena’s Professional career:

Serena Williams made her professional debut in 1995. She was just 14 years old when she played her first professional match in the Bank of the West Classic. She just win two games and lost in the qualifying round to Annie Miller.

Williams did not participate in any tournament in 1996. The following year, she lost three tournaments. She won her first main-draw match in November at Ameritech Cup Chicago. She defeated Mary pierce and Monica Seles. That year Serena recorded her wins over top 10 players.

Williams took part in French Open and US Open in 1998. She failed to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam tournament for the remainder of that year. She lost the fourth round of the French Open to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and the third round of the US Open to Spirlea.

The sisters won her first professional title in doubles in Oklahoma City with Venus in 1998. Williams sister became the third pair of sisters to win a WTA title. They won two more doubles titles that year. Williams finished the year ranked No. 20 in singles.

 

Serena Williams Olympics journey:

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Serena has Three Olympic Golds. She got those in 2000, 2008, and 2012.

Serena made her debut in Olympics in 2000 in Sydney. She and her sister won gold as a duo. They did that at the 2008 Beijing Games. Finally, in 2012, at London Olympics, Serena got her first individual gold.

“I would have to say, one of my favorite memories was winning gold to be honest, my own gold medal,”

Serena Williams I US Open, French Open, and Australian Open:

1998:

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Serena Williams had a great year in 1998. She started with a victory at Wimbledon and the US Open mixed doubles titles. The sisters went on to win two more doubles titles that year. She finished the year ranked in 20th place.

Serena Williams is not a woman to mess with: she has a mind like a steel trap, and no one has ever been able to crack it open.

In 2000:

the Williams sisters not only won their first Wimbledon title but their first Wimbledon title as a team. That year, Willamson’s sisters won the doubles title in the Australian Open thus becoming the fifth doubled team to win four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles writing their name in history.

In 2002:

Serena Williams’ 2002 was a spectacular year. She went on to win the French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S Open, defeating her sister Venus Williams in all three Grand Slam finals. As a result of these victories, she secured the world no. 1 ranking, dethroning her sister from the top spot. She paired up with Venus Williams to win the women’s doubles title at Wimbledon.

In 2013:

Serena Williams won the French Open and US Open singles tournament to record her most impressive victory in the history of women’s tennis. With this, she became the oldest US Open champion, as well as the oldest person to win the WTA Championships. In addition, she became the fourth player to win the event four times or more.

In 2015:

At the 2015 U.S. Open, Williams again squared off with Venus in a tough quarterfinal matchup, this time pulling away in the deciding third set. That resulted in her two wins of the calendar year Grand Slam, a master stroke accomplished by just three women in the sport’s history.

But it was not to be. In a shocking upset, unseeded Roberta Vinci, ranked No. 43 in the world, dashed Williams’ efforts in the semifinals.

She was defeated at US Open to her sister Venus in the finals. At the end of the year, she was ranked world no. 6

Serena Williams’s Injuries and Comeback:

 

 

2003 was a very tough year for Serena. In August Serena underwent knee surgery, and in September her step-sister Yetunde Price was assassinated in California.

Due to all these reasons, Serena seemed tired. Filled with injuries, and a lack of motivation to stay her tennis ranking flooded to 139

Serena made a dramatic change in her career when she planned a trip to West Africa. She wanted to gain her pride back. In 2008, she won the U.S Open.

Again in 2009, Williams took back her first spot in the world’s ranking. She did that back winning Australian Open, for the fourth time, and Wimbledon singles, for the third time.

Serena Williams’s Net worth and Salary:

According to Forbes, today Serena has a total net worth of 256 million USD.  She has earned the highest amount of money of any female sports person.  She earned most of her money through prizes.

Serena’s fan following and Social media influence:

 

 

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Serena has a huge fan following on major social media:

Instagram: 15.1 million
Facebook: 7.4 million
Twitter:      10.4 million

Serena Williams’s Daughter and Husband:

Serena Williams got engaged to, Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian. The beautiful couple got married on November 16, 2017, they were married in Lousiana.

 

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She gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on September 1, 2017. Serena announced her pregnancy through an Instagram post and shared the journey of her pregnancy on youtube.

Quick Facts:

Name: Serena Williams
Age: 40
Date of Birth: September 26, 1981
Height: 1.75 meter
Weight: 70 kg
Parents: Orancene Price and Richard Williams
Spouse: Alexis Ohanian-2017
Children: Alexis Olympia Ohanian
Net worth: 250 million USD
Olympic: 3 gold medals
US Open: Six times winner (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
French Open: Three times winner (2002, 2013, 2015)
Australian Open: Seven times winner (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017
Last Updated: August 2022

 

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