“Lot of Pieces to the Part”: Serena Williams Opens Up About Her Support System

Published 04/10/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette


After withdrawing from the Miami Open last month, Serena Williams is likely to compete at the 2021 Rome Masters. With the European clay-court season about to start, Williams will start preparing for the French Open, a tournament which she has won three times.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021, Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Recently, Williams featured in an interview with the Chief Marketing Officer, Behnaz Ghahramani, of luxury shoe brand Stuart Weitzman. Being the global spokeswoman for the brand, Williams answered a host of questions in the premiere episode of the Shine Series.

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Serena Williams talks about her support system

Among the repertoire of interesting questions, Ghahramani asked Williams about her support system, and how the people close to her stand by her, especially during the tough time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion mentioned having several people in her support system and each one of them holding a crucial place in her life. The tennis star expressed the importance of people who can be completely honest with you so that one doesn’t tread the wrong path.

“That’s a tough question because I have a lot of people in my support system and then there’s people that I go to for certain things and there’s people that I go to for other things. So, I think it’s good to know who’s good at what, who’s motivating at what, and…. who can be completely honest with you when you need that as well. So, there’s a lot of pieces to the part,” said Serena.

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Williams’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, is frequently spotted in the stands to support her partner alongside their little daughter Olympia. The father-daughter duo has been a constant source of strength for Williams on and off the court.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Alexis Ohanian and Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., husband and daughter of Serena Williams (not pictured), attend the Women’s Singles third round match between Serena Williams of the United States and Sloane Stephens of the United States on Day Six of the 2020 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 05, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bell/Getty Images)

During her career spanning over two decades, Serena’s elder sister and 7-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has also been guiding motivation for the 39-year-old.

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For the last four years, Williams has been eyeing the elusive 24th Grand Slam title. However, despite reaching four Major championship finals since the 2017 Australian Open, Williams has suffered defeat on each occasion.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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