Last updated on April 15th, 2022
Find below 52 facts about Serena Williams, an American lawn tennis prodigy, and the sister of Venus Williams, who is a lawn tennis sensation too. You will read about her life, her love life, her sports career, hobbies, along with some fun facts too.
1. Serena, a famous American lawn tennis player is the daughter of Richard Williams and Oracene Price and the younger sister of yet another famous tennis player Venus Williams. She was born on 26 September 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan.
2. She is the youngest of five sisters: Yetunde, Isha, Lyndrea, and Venus. Her eldest sister was murdered in the fall of 2003 in Los Angeles, California. Although she was born in Saginaw, Michigan, she was raised in Los Angeles.
3. Her family moved to Palm Beach, Florida when Williams was nine years old so that she could attend Rick Macci’s tennis academy.
4. Both Serena together with her elder sister were homeschooled by their father from elementary through high school so that they could spare more time to practice tennis. This move would pay off in the future.
5. Serena did go to college. From 2000 to 2003 she attended fashion school at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. However, this does not mean that she was not pursuing her passion for playing tennis.
6. She excelled at pattern making while at this institute, noting that she had always enjoyed mathematics and that she loved the technical aspects of the skill of pattern making. She launched a line of evening wear after graduating from fashion school.
7. Her stint at fashion making turned out to be a failure and the line fizzled out quickly. Tennis finally took precedence at this time, and Serena went back to the tennis courts, winning titles by the dozen and building up a fortune.
8. During this period she started a family along with Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit. The couple got married and were blessed with a baby in the year 2017.
9. In 1999, at the young age of 17, Serena won the U.S. Open. This was the beginning of her status as a major tennis star. Apart from tennis, she was also interested in fashion.
10. She began a shortened schedule on the tennis court to attend fashion school, a move that was criticized by many in the tennis community. However, Serena did not let these criticisms deter her from following her passion. She had collaborated on collections with HSN and Nike throughout her career.
11. Serena decided to launch her clothing line named Serena that debuted in the year 2018. Talking to Elle about her new venture, she described that her clothing line was for confident women. She knew that should not be playing the sport forever, and wanted a business lined up once she retired from professional tennis.
12. During an interview, the famous tennis star told reporters that she did not believe in celebrating birthdays because she was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and that such celebrations displease God.
13. Serena spent the majority of her time on the tennis courts. Her training started when she was just three years of age. By the time she was in her mid-teens, she was playing professional tennis.
14. Many people wonder about her heritage even though Serena grew up in the United States. Some believed that she was a Jamaican. Serena declined these rumors. Although nobody knows her actual heritage, she has hinted at her ethnic roots being in Africa.
15. The professional career of the legend began in 1995, shortly after Serena’s fourteenth birthday. Within a span of a decade, she won the 2002-2003 season as well as the U.S. Open.
Serena Williams - Grand Slam Results
|1999||US Open||Serena Williams||Martina Hingis||6-3, 7-6|
|2001||US Open||Venus Williams||Serena Williams||6-2, 6-4|
|2002||French Open||Serena Williams||Venus Williams||7-5, 6-3
|2002||Wimbledon||Serena Williams||Venus Williams||7-6(4), 6-3|
|2002||US Open||Serena Williams||Venus Williams||6-4, 6-3
|2003||Australian Open||Serena Williams||Venus Williams||7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4|
|2003||Wimbledon||Serena Williams||Venus Williams||4-6, 6-4, 6-2
|2004||Wimbledon||Maria Sharapova||Serena Williams||6-1, 6-4|
|2005||Australian Open||Serena Williams||Lindsay Davenport||2-6, 6-3, 6-0
|2007||Australian Open||Serena Williams||Maria Sharapova||6-1, 6-2
|2008||Wimbledon||Venus Williams||Serena Williams||7-5, 6-4
|2008||US Open||Serena Williams||Jelena Jankovic||6-4, 7-5
|2009||Australian Open||Serena Williams||Dinara Safina||6-0, 6-3
|2009||Wimbledon||Serena Williams||Venus Williams||7-6(3), 6-2|
|2010||Australian Open||Serena Williams||Justine Henin||6-4, 3-6, 6-2
|2010||Wimbledon||Serena Williams||Vera Zvonareva||6-3, 6-2
|2011||US Open||Samantha Stosur||Serena Williams||6-2, 6-3
|2012||Wimbledon||Serena Williams||Agnieszka Radwanska||6-1, 5-7, 6-2
|2012||US Open||Serena Williams||Victoria Azarenka||6-2, 2-6, 7-5
|2013||French Open||Serena Williams||Maria Sharapova||6-4, 6-4
|2013||US Open||Serena Williams||Victoria Azarenka||7-6, 6-7, 6-1
|2014||US Open||Serena Williams||Caroline Wozniacki||6-3, 6-3
|2015||Australian Open||Serena Williams||Maria Sharapova||6-3, 7-6(5)
|2015||French Open||Serena Williams||Lucie Safarova||6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2
|2015||Wimbledon||Serena Williams||Garbine Muguruza||6-4, 6-4
|2016||Australian Open||Angelique Kerber||Serena Williams||6-4, 3-6, 6-4
|2016||French Open||Garbine Muguruza||Serena Williams||7-5, 6-4
|2016||Wimbledon||Serena Williams||Angelique Kerber||7-5, 6-3
|2017||Australian Open||Serena Williams||Venus Williams||6-4, 6-4
|2018||Wimbledon||Angelique Kerber||Serena Williams||6-3, 6-3
|2018||US Open||Naomi Osaka||Serena Williams||6-2, 6-4
|2019||Wimbledon||Simona Halep||Serena Williams||6-2, 6-2
|2019||US Open||Bianca Andreescu||Serena Williams||6-3, 7-5
|Table last updated||24 January 2021||Grand Slam Finals Appearances: 33|
Grand Slam Titles Won: 23
16. It was not long before she started adding more feathers to her cap. In what is referred to as the career Grand Slam, she won all four major tournaments, the Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the French Open, and the Australian Open.
17. It was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Serena would go on to become among the greatest female tennis player of all time. During her illustrious career, she won 23 Grand Slam titles, racking up prize money and sponsorship.
18. Serena was also amongst the highest-paid athletes in the world. Despite her fortune and fame, she is well known for giving back. Apart from donating money to numerous causes, she has partnered with multiple non-profit organizations and charities. She was the co-founder of the Serena Williams Secondary School in Kenya that opened in November 2008.
19. Serena has also donated a lot of money to help build schools in Jamaica and Africa. It goes to show that she never let fame and fortune get into her head.
20. She was not afraid of getting her hands dirty. When she traveled to Jamaica to help build schools in underdeveloped areas, she shared a snap on Instagram showing her build the frame of a wall, while donning work gloves and a hard hat.
21. Charity apart, the tennis superstar has been spotted in Jamaica multiple times, often staying at the $20,000 per week beachfront villa. She is fond of traveling around the world, with Jamaica being a favorite spot for her and her team.
22. Few people are aware of the fact that Serena speaks fluently in French too. She learned this language when she was a teenager. However, only a handful of people outside her inner circle were aware of it until Williams won the French Open in 2013.
23. Serena claimed that she was not from Jamaica when asked why she was learning French. Her quick reply was that many people in Africa speak French outside the native languages. However, she has done lots of work for the underprivileged in Jamaica and Africa.
24. Although Serena was fluent in the French language, she was nervous about sharing this fact with the world. She had once revealed to the press that talking in French was more nerve-racking than playing tennis.
25. Her passion for the French language apart, Serena loves French culture too. She purchased an apartment in Paris that is in close proximity to the famous Eiffel Tower, in which she stays whenever she visits Paris for professional or personal reasons.
26. Serena follows a vegan diet. The tennis titan relaxes her diet during the off-season to include protein. However, she strictly adheres to a plant-based diet when she is training and competing. Serena went vegan after her sister, Venus, was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease.
27. In 2015, Serena was named as the Sportsperson of the Year and her image adorned the cover of Sports Illustrated. This led to some controversy with many individuals claiming that her cover shot was too sexy.
28. Serena continued to remain the supreme female tennis star on the tennis courts after her first Grand Slam. During this period she found success in her personal life and founded The Serena Williams Foundation as well.
29. Although both Serena and Venus are well established and famous in the tennis fraternity, Serena is the leader based on the number of titles won. Venus has won 49 singles titles whereas Serena has won 73.
30. Despite their rivalry, both the sisters have excelled when playing in the doubles. They have won 22 double titles when playing together, which includes three Olympic gold medals and 14 Grand Slam titles.
31. Considered as amongst the most dominating and the most talented female tennis player ever, Serena has achieved everything a tennis player can dream of. Apart from her four Olympic medals, she has won 36 Major titles. She is the sole female tennis player to have won in excess of $50 million in prize money.
32. All of us think about the “tennis star” whenever the name Serena Williams is mentioned but how many of us know that she is a dog lover too. She has two dogs: Christopher Chip Rafael Nadal and Lauralei. The tennis legend also lovers tigers.
33. Serena is unarguably a nail enthusiast. She was seen flaunting a koala-bear nail art as she played against her Russian rival Anastasia Potapova in the court in Melbourne Park.
34. Keeping the above fact in mind, it is not surprising that her daughter, Ohanian, would remain far behind. A video posted when Ohanian was two years old shows Serena’s daughter painting her father’s nails with paint.
35. Serena had admitted that Pizza was one of her favorite foods. However, ever since she became a vegan, she now splurges on vegan pizza to accommodate her raw vegan lifestyle.
36. Her vegan diet and her strenuous workout routine apart, Serena admits that she has two non-negotiable strategies. It does not matter whether she is training for tennis or not, she drinks lots of water per day. To be precise, she drinks more than one gallon of water daily.
37. Despite her hectic schedule, Williams always finds a way or two to rejuvenate her mind. It might be watching a TV program that has nothing to do with anything. She also depends on the companionship of her daughter for clearing her mind.
38. Considering that she is a powerhouse athlete, Serena loves to ravish on vegan food. She loves to eat smoothies along with lots of raw fruits. However, even though she learned to eat leafy greens, she was not so strict with her vegan diet and would occasionally take a little fish or chicken.
39. When she is training, plants make up most of her diet. Her breakfast consists of almond butter, fruit, and oats. She prefers a light salad for lunch. For dinner, she takes vegetables with brown rice and chia and hemp seeds.
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