Serena Williams, born on September 26, 1981, is one of the most famous tennis players in the world. She was trained from a young age by her father alongside her older sister Venus, who also went on to make tennis history. The sisters revolutionized women’s professional tennis by ushering in a new era of athleticism and power in the sport, and her powerful style of play has earned her a lot of Grand Slam singles titles, a grand total of 23, more than any other player during the Open Era, and the second-most of all time. She is widely considered to be one of the greatest tennis players in history. If you want to celebrate her special day with us, all you have to do is read on.
Serena Jameka Williams
Meka, Momma Smash, ReRe, Serena Slam
September 26, 1981
Serena Williams has become a household name worldwide, and few people don’t know about the legendary player’s prowess. Her talent is obvious, and she has a record-breaking amount of wins to back it up. Williams was born on September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan. Her zodiac sign is Libra, her ethnicity is African American, and her talent is unmatched. She is the daughter of Richard Williams and Oracene Price and, besides her sister Venus, she grew up with three older half-sisters on her mother’s side. After moving to Compton, California when she was four years old, the Williams sisters began to be trained by their parents, especially their father Richard. She was later coached by professionals, including Rick Macci at his tennis academy, which the family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida for. Williams turned professional in 1995, one year after her sister Venus. Their powerful serves and ground strokes, and superb athleticism earned the sisters a great deal of attention. The youngest Williams became the first of the two to win a Grand Slam singles title, winning the 1999 U.S. Open.
In 2000, they won gold medals in the doubles event at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Williams asserted herself in 2002 and won the French Open, the U.S. Open, and Wimbledon, defeating her older sister in the finals of each tournament. She then won the Australian Open in 2003, becoming the sixth woman in the Open Era to do so, as well as the fifth woman to hold all Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously, a feat that got her the “Serena Slam” nickname. Also that year, she came out the winner at Wimbledon, besting her older sister in the finals. In 2005, Williams won the Australian Open again. Having taken time off to recover after facing injuries and struggling with her mental health, she made her triumphant comeback in 2007 to win the Australian Open. The sisters won their second doubles tennis gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. That same year, Williams won the U.S. Open once again. In 2009, she earned her 10th Grand Slam singles title by winning the Australian Open. Williams defended her titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2010. After this, she stepped back from playing for almost a year as she battled various health issues.
In 2012, Williams won her fifth Wimbledon singles title, as well as winning a gold medal in the singles event at the London Olympic Games, also teaming up with her sister to win the doubles event. That same year, Williams earned her 15th Grand Slam singles title after winning at the U.S. Open. In 2013, Williams became the fourth Open Era woman to win each Grand Slam title on at least two occasions. In 2015, she captured her sixth Australian Open and won the French Open as well. Her streak remained unbroken at Wimbledon, where she won a straight-set final to capture her sixth career Wimbledon singles title. Williams won Wimbledon again in 2016, giving her 22 career Grand Slam singles titles, which tied her with Steffi Graf for the most Slams in the Open Era for any player. However, Williams broke Graf’s record at the 2017 Australian Open, where she defeated her sister in the final. That same year, Williams announced that she was pregnant and would miss the rest of the 2017 season. After giving birth and getting married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Williams returned to tennis in 2018. At the 2020 ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, she won her first singles event in about three years. In 2021, a film was made about the sisters’ father and their training years before turning professionals, titled “King Richard.” Williams spent most of her time promoting the film, which went on to win an Academy Award for ‘Best Actor’ for Will Smith’s portrayal of the titular character.
Her father Richard begins training her to play tennis alongside her older sister Venus.
Williams makes her professional debut at the Bell Challenge in Quebec.
Williams becomes the fifth woman to hold all Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously.
After winning the Australian Open, she earns her 10th Grand Slam singles title.
Williams becomes the second woman to win a career Golden Slam.
She surpasses Steffi Graf as the player with the most Grand Slam titles of the Open Era, with a whopping total of 23.
Why We Love Serena Williams
Williams has made tennis history
Growing up, not many people thought that the Williams sisters would fare well in tennis, as they were poor, African American young girls being trained by their father. Needless to say, Williams and her older sister proved them all wrong and showed the world that talent is not reserved for the privileged.
She doesn’t let anyone tell her what she should do
There have been many negative reactions to Williams’s bold on-court fashion statements, even having a skin-tight catsuit she wore once banned on the grounds of “respecting the game and the place.” Not one to be told what she should or shouldn’t wear, Williams wore a black tutu to her first match in the U.S. Open a few months later. What an icon!
Williams supports important causes
Over the years, she has done extensive charity work, including playing tennis matches to raise money for a charity tour, creating the Serena Williams Foundation through which she helps build schools and provides university scholarships, being involved in programs that help at-risk youth, raising funds for the 2010 Haiti earthquake relief, collaborating with her sister on The Williams Sisters Fund, and much more. She has also spoken out about issues that affect her as an African American female athlete, like unequal pay and recognition, and racism.
5 Surprising Facts
Williams is a fashion designer
Over the years, she has collaborated with and launched many clothing lines, including her own, named Aneres, Serena, and S by Serena.
A top-earning female athlete
Williams is on the top 10 list of the highest-earning female athletes of all time.
She’s also an actress
Aside from killing it on the tennis court, Williams also likes to appear on film and T.V. from time to time, and her credits include “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” and “Drop Dead Diva.”
Williams loves dogs and tigers
She has owned many dogs and has also professed her love for tigers.
English isn’t the only language she knows
Williams has proven that she can speak French by giving her on-court interviews in French at the French Open, and she also knows some Italian.
Serena Williams FAQs
Are Venus and Serena Williams friends?
Of course. The sisters share a very strong bond from their childhood and all the years they trained together.
Does Serena Williams have kids?
Yes, she has one daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian.
Is Serena Williams retiring from tennis?
Yes, Williams announced her retirement.
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