American legend, Serena Williams, was born to Oracene Price and Richard Williams in Michigan, USA on September 26, 1981. She was initially coached by her father Richard and helped on her way by elder sister Venus Williams, who guided her. Both sisters were home-schooled by their father.
The Williams sisters built their tennis base in Compton and later joined the Rick Macci Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida.
As Richard’s coaching techniques were not in sync with those of Macci’s, he pulled his daughters out of the academy and, from then on, took over all coaching at their home.
Currently, Serena Williams is undoubtedly one of the best tennis players in the world with an unparalleled legacy in the sport. It is said that she could even rival her male counterparts. She has claimed 23 Grand Slam titles and is the oldest female player to be ranked as World Number one.
As mentioned earlier, the American has numerous records to her name. She has claimed a grand total of 73 singles titles and 23 doubles titles. She has even bagged Olympic Gold medals at Sydney, Beijing, and London (2) Olympics.
Williams won her first Grand Slam at US Open 1999. In 2002-03 from French Open 2002 to Australian Open 2003, she attained the ‘Serena Slam’ by pulling off all four Majors in a row.
The American ace did it again in 2014-15.
Williams has won 39 Grand Slam titles in total, which is the second-highest in the Open Era (23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles).
Following her triumph at the Australian Open 2017, Serena went on maternal leave. She returned to the tour at Wimbledon 2018, where she reached the finals.
As a mother, Serena has reached four Grand Slam finals but is yet to win a Slam.
At Auckland Open 2020, Williams won her first title as a mother. With that title, she has won at least one title in four separate decades.
Throughout her thriving career, Williams was engaged in numerous on-court outbursts, and that has led her to pay hefty fines.
She was fined $17,500 during the US Open 2018 final for her series of meltdowns.
In 2020, Serena won the Auckland Open and also reached the doubles final with good friend Caroline Wozniacki.
Later, she suffered a shocking third-round exit at the Australian Open.
After the resumption of the WTA Tour, later in the year, Williams reached the semi-finals of the US Open, where she lost to Victoria Azarenka. She suffered an injury in that match, which affected her French Open campaign.
Williams’ season ended with a withdrawal before her second-round tie at Roland Garros.
Williams has drawn a total of US $93,634,967 as prize money from the WTA Tour, much more than any other female tennis player. Approximately, she earns more than $8 million a year through her tennis career.
She also has an estimated net worth of $225 million.
Being one of the most marketable players, it isn’t surprising that she is flooded with endorsements.
Her sponsors include Nike, Wilson, Gatorade, Delta Air Lines, Aston Martin, Pepsi, Beats by Dre, JP Morgan Chase, Audemars Piguet, Bumble, Upper Deck, IBM, Intel.
Williams is also the Chief Sporting Officer for Aston Martin. She penned the contract back in June 2015.
Her flourishing career has been portrayed in several books, ‘My Life: Queen of the Court’ being one of them, which is written by Serena herself.
‘On the Line’ is one of the most famous books that was released after her 2009 Australian Open victory.
‘Venus and Serena Williams: A Biography by Jacqueline Edmondson,’ talks about the unprecedented careers of both sisters.
‘Serena Williams: The Inspiring Story of One of Tennis’ Greatest Legends by Clayton Geoffreys is one of the most inspiring books to read.
‘Serena Williams: Tennis Champion, Sports Legend, and Cultural Heroine’ by Merlisa Lawrence Corbett depicts the polarising and controversial side of Williams.
Serena married Alexis Ohanian in 2017, and before their marriage, they were blessed with a daughter named Alexis Olympia. Their wedding took place in Florida, USA. Her husband is the co-founder of Reddit.
The tennis legend owns a “strong, sexy, sophisticated clothing” line called S by Serena.
She also owns Serena Ventures that invests capital in startups and businesses all around the world. Serena also has stakes in UFC and Miami Dolphins.
Williams has been heavily involved in social change throughout her career. She has used social media as a means to express her views. The former World number 1 has been a huge philanthropist and can often be seen working with various charities.
In 2008, Williams provided aid to fund the construction of a secondary school in Kenya. The foundation also helps underprivileged children attain university scholarships in the United States.
In 2016, she partnered with Helping Hands Jamaica to build the Salt Marsh Primary School for Jamaican youth.
She is involved in many other charitable organizations. In 2017, she also became the ambassador for the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Project, which helps those facing domestic abuse.
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
73 Singles WTA titles and 23 doubles titles
Nike, Wilson, Gatorade, Delta Air Lines, Aston Martin, Pepsi, Beats by Dre headphones, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Audemars Piguet, etc.
USD 225 million