Serena Williams – Significant facts
Famous as: Tennis player, clothing designer
Full Name: Serena Jameka Williams
Date of Birth: September 26, 1981
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Race or Ethnicity: African-American
Father: Richard Williams
Mother: Oracene Williams
Education: Art Institute of Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The greatest female tennis star of all times
Serena Williams is one of the top female tennis players in the world. Serena currently ranks World’s No. 1 according to Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA). She is a four time Olympic gold medalist. Needless to say, she is one of the greatest female tennis players of all times.
Early Life of Serena Williams
Serena Williams was born in Michigan to Richard Williams and Oracene Williams. She is the youngest child of her parents’ five children. She is 15 months younger than her tennis pro Venus Williams. Being a tennis coach himself, sports were an ultimate passion for Richard Williams. When he saw the Romanian player Virgina Ruzici win a huge $40,000 at a tournament held in Salt Lake City, he decided that he had better mould his girls into popular tennis players. Serena is a child prodigy as she began playing tennis even before she reached kindergarten! Serena Williams and Venus played excellent tennis at a very young age. Serena’s name flashed at the top of all amateur ranks lists. By the time she was 14, she had already become a pro! She quickly became popular for her determination, influential game, and flamboyant fashion sense.
In September 1995, Serena turned professional; however, she lost her debut tennis match in Quebec at the Bell Challenge. Later, in January 1998, she entered Australian Open, her first ever Grand Slam tournament. But, Serena Williamslost to her sister Venus in the second round. In the year 1999, she enrolled to study fashion design at the Art Institute of Ford Lauderdale, Florida. In September 1999, she became the first Williams sister to win a Grand Slam by winning the US Open title. She ranked WTA World No. 1 for the first time in her career in 2002. In 2002-2003, she completed the ‘Serena Slam’ by winning all the four Grand Slam titles –the Australian Open, The US Open, Wimbledon and the French Open.
Serena’s other key titles are Wimbledon in the years 2003, 2009, 2010 & 2012; the French Open in 2013; the Australian Open in 2005, 2007, 2009 & 2010; the US Open in 2008, 2012 and 2013. She also won a gold medal in women’s singles at the Summer Olympics held in London in 2012. In February 2013, at the age of 31, Serena Williamsbecame the oldest female tennis player to rank No. 1 ever since the computer rankings began in the year 1975. In fact, that was the sixth time she ranked at number one. In September 2013, she beat Victoria Azarenka and retained her US Open title.
Serena Williams – Dating history
Serena Williams dated Brett Ratner, director of Rush Hour. They were together for a while. However, she reportedly dumped him for a silly reason. In 2007, Serena and Jackie Long, an American television and film actor, were spotted at the beach together and out on dates. She also dated rapper Common from 2007 to 2011. She was also known to be in a close relationship with NY Knicks baller Amare Stoudemire in 2010. In 2012, she was romantically linked with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou who helped her win 16 titles in 16 months.
Serena Williams has been well known to make fashion statements via her flashy and colorful outfits. She posed in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2004. She is a certified fashion designer. She has designed clothing for Nike, Puma and her own fashion line named Aneres (her name spelled backwards). She owns a small stake in the franchise of Miami Dolphins. Serena loves to get her nails done. In 2010, she became a certified nail technician when she was preparing for her forthcoming nail collection with a firm called HairTech.
Serena has done some acting and modeling work. She has appeared in television shows like My Wife and Kids and The Simpsons. She starred along with her sister Venus in the reality TV series entitled Venus and Serena: For Real in 2005. She also has been the voice behind a few cartoon characters in shows such as Avatar: The Last Air bender. In 2008, she established the Serena Williams Foundation in order to assist American youth affected by violent crime. The organization also helped underprivileged children all over the world. She has released a book “”On the Line” along with Daniel Paisiner. Serena and her sister Venus Williams released the book “”How to Play Tennis: Learn How to Play Tennis with the Williams Sisters”. A book entitled “”Venus and Serena Williams: Athletes” was released by Anne M. Todd.
Serena Williams – Trivia
- In September 2011, she was appointed as UNICEF’s international goodwill ambassador.
- When she won her 5th Wimbledon singles title in the year 2012, John McEnroe declared Serena Williams as the greatest female player of all times.
- Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings at $14 million for the year 2007.
- She is a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe.
- Serena is afraid of the dark!
- She is allergic to peanuts.
- Serena is a Jehovah’s Witness.
- She has won more than $50 million in career prize money. That is more than any other female athlete has ever won.
- She is an unbelievably hard worker. In 2006, when she was injured, her ranking fell down to #95! However, she climbed all the way up to the number one position just in two years!
- Her powerful serve is considered by critics and tennis experts as one of the greatest serve in the history of women’s tennis. Her serve travelled as hard as 129 mph!
- Some of her favorite musical acts are Brandy, Beyonce, and U2.
- Serena Williams is the youngest of five girls. But, at present, there are only four surviving. Her elder sister Yetunde was shot and killed in 2003.
- She was listed among one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World (2014) by Time Magazine.
Famous Quotes of Serena Williams
“Family’s first, and that’s what matters most. [Venus and I] realize that our love goes deeper than the tennis game.”
“You never fail if you try. You only fail if you don’t try. Go out there and try whatever you are dreaming of!”