“Grounding Force”: Monica Seles Talks About the Influence of Serena Williams’ Mother on Her Career

Published 09/21/2021, 8:00 AM EDT


Over the last two decades, Serena Williams has established herself as one of the greatest players of all time. She is an ambassador of the sport today who continues to inspire millions. However, she would not have reached anywhere if she had not got the support from her father, Richard Williams, and mother, Oracene Price.

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In a recent podcast, Former World No.1 Monica Seles threw light on the influence of Serena Williams’ mother, Oracene Price, on her career. She believes that even though the tennis world talks a lot about the contribution of Richard Williams, Oracene played an equal part in shaping Serena’s career.

Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. Day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

“In tennis, we always talk about Mr. Williams and not about Oracene. So, I think it is the grounding force that she was, day-to-day, during tournaments. I mean, she never missed a match, she would be there, I mean she never showed emotion, and I think that it is so awesome, and she never put pressure on Serena or Venus,” said Seles.

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Seles mentioned that Oracene never missed a single match of either Serena or Venus. She also highlighted that as a parent, she never even exerted any sort of pressure on her children.

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In the same podcast, Seles also disclosed the cool and composed nature of Oracene. She reflected that one could not guess if Serena or Venus lost by looking at her face in the locker room.

Serena Williams of the United States shows her emotion to the crowd after winning her Women’s Singles semi-final match against Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine. Day eleven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 05, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“I think, to me, she was always the same. If you would see her around the locker room, you would not know if Serena or Venus won or lost and very few parents, you can say that about,” added the 9-time Grand Slam champion.

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It looks highly unlikely that Serena Williams will play a professional match this year now. Even though she is recovering from her hamstring injury, there are chances that fans might see her at the Australian Open 2022 only. Will she be able to win her 24th Grand Slam title before bidding goodbye to the sport?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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