52 Interesting Facts About Serena Williams

Last updated on July 26th, 2022

40. All of us have a favorite gadget in the kitchen, and Serena is no different. Her favorite device in the kitchen is the toaster oven.

41. Although she has an apartment in Paris and loves visiting the city whenever she gets the opportunity, her favorite city is Rome, Italy. Some say that the reason behind this is because she met her love, Alexis while having breakfast at the Cavalieri Hotel in Rome.

42. Since 1998, Serena has appeared in 20 U.S. Open tournaments and has won 6 U.S. Open Women’s Singles titles.

43. Search the gym bag of any athlete and you would expect to find stuff related to his or her sports. However, it is a different story so far as Serena is concerned. Check her sports bag and you are sure to find a bottle or two of Opi Nail Polish. This makes sense as she has her own OPI line.

44. This apart, she has made guest appearances in a number of television shows including “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Punk’d,” “America’s Next Top Model,” as well as “The Simpsons.”

45. Most famous sportspersons are associated with one color or the other. It is the same with Williams whose favorite color is purple.

Williams Serena is a winner of US Open 2008
Williams Serena at US Open 2008. Photo © Zairbek Mansurov | Dreamstime.com

46. Because of her unruly and colorful outfits, Serena has been a trendsetter in the fashion world in her off-court activities. She had a special bond with Nike and Puma in the past. Since 2004, she has been running her line of designer apparel called Aneres.

47. Serena released her autobiography, “Queen of the Court” in the year 2010. She and her sister have been a part-time owner of the Miami Dolphins, an American football team in the year 2009. In May 2018, HBO released the first of a five-chapter documentary series on Serena, called “Being Serena.”

48. Although Serena is more known for her on-court activities, few people know that she had tried her hand acting too. Some of the movies in which she played a role include: Hair Show Agent Ross (2004), 7 Days in Hell (2015), Ocean’s Eight (2018) and Pixels (2015).

49. Serena once broke down in tears after withdrawing from the Rogers Cup final, retiring four games into her match in Toronto against Bianca Andreescu, a Canadian teenager. As Williams wept after calling for a medical timeout, questions were raised regarding her fitness for the U.S. Open. The pain was due to back spasms and the timeout lasted 16 minutes.

50. In a video posted on Instagram, the husband of Serena gave viewers a rare glimpse into their life at home. In the video, Williams is seen trying to make the fake gymnast jump into a mat without falling off the rod attached to the mat. After a number of failed attempts, Alexis seeks the help of Simone Biles, a gymnastics champion, for the team of the failing gymnast. Serena succeeded in her last attempt and started celebrating while her husband shouts “He has done it finally, after about 1,000 dismounts.”

51. Whenever an athlete, as famous as Serena gets, it grabs the attention of the press. In late February 2011, she developed a pulmonary embolism. While full recovery is possible, it is a serious problem indeed and needs serious medications. It is also reported that Serena needed treatment for a hematoma, which is a collection of clotted blood, which forms outside of a blood vessel.

52. Serena had also featured in Common’s music video way back in the year 2007. She had featured in the show along with her co-stars Kayne West, Kerry Washington, as well as Alicia Keys. According to a rumor, Serena was dating the rapper at that time.

Serena Williams Quotes

1. “Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard.”

2. “Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.”

3. “I’ve had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.”

4. “You can be whatever size you are, and you can be beautiful both inside and out. We’re always told what’s beautiful and what’s not, and that’s not right.”

5. “Family’s first, and that’s what matters most. We realize that our love goes deeper than the tennis game.”

6. “I hate losing.”

7. “Having a pulmonary embolism is definitely easier than heart break.”

8. “Venus told me the other day that champions don’t get nervous in tight situations. That really helped me a lot. I decided I shouldn’t get nervous and just do the best I can.”

9. “I’m a perfectionist. I’m pretty much insatiable. I feel there’s so many things I can improve on.”

10. “I’m definitely not a fearless individual.”

11. “I’m Serena Williams on the court, but away I have so many different names. I call myself Butterfly.”

12. “I’ve thought it would be cool to have a baby young. You know, be my road dog – like my dogs, they travel the world – but there’s always something you have to give up for success. Everything comes at a cost. Just what are you willing to pay for it?”

13. “It’s always good to get a smaller tournament under your belt so that by the time you get to the Slams, you have a lot of experience.”

14. “I love my dogs.”

15. “To this day, I don’t love my arms. People want more fit arms, but my arms are too fit. But I’m not complaining. They pay my bills.”

16. “I’m so frugal, you wouldn’t believe it.”

17. “No one likes getting their nails done more than I do.”

18. “I’m an unbelievable designer.”

Serena Williams – quick facts and statistics

Born26 September 1981, Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Momma Smash
Field of WorkTennis
Career High Ranking1
Jul 8 2002
Win/Lost Singles843/ 147
Grand Slams Win/Lost recordWon: 357
Lost: 51
Grand Slams Singles resultsAustralian Open W (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)
French Open W (2002, 2013, 2015)
Wimbledon W (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
US Open W (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles resultsAustralian Open W (2001, 2003, 2009, 2010)
French Open W (1999, 2010)
Wimbledon W (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016)
US Open W (1999, 2009)
Olympic GamesGold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Doubles
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Doubles
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Singles
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Doubles
TrainerPatrick Mouratoglou
ManagerJill Smoller
Height1.75 m
AwardsSports Illustrated Sports person of the Year 2015;
Glamour Award for the Athlete;
Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman and many more
EducationThe Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale from 2000-2003
ParentsFather: Richard Williams
Mother: Oracene Price
SiblingSisters: Venus Williams
Yetunde Price,
Lyndrea Price,
Isha Price,
Brothers: Dylan Star Williams, Richard Williams III, Ronner Williams
SpouseAlexis Ohanian (m. 2017)
ChildrenAlexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
In films1. Venus and Serena
2. In Search of Greatness
Net Worth200 Million USD (2020)