Serena Williams is a retired professional American tennis player. She is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, winning 23 Grand Slam titles throughout her career. Williams also has four Olympic gold medals to her name in both singles and doubles.
Serena Jameka Williams was born on September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan in the United States of America. She currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She stands 175 cm tall and she is a right-handed player with a two-handed backhand.
Williams is the younger sister of fellow tennis player Venus Williams. She is married to Alexis Ohanian and they have a daughter together. At the 2023 Met Gala, the couple confirmed they were expecting a second child.
She has been coached by her father Richard Williams (1994–2022) and she has also worked with Oracene Price (1994–2003), Patrick Mouratoglou (2012–2022), Eric Hechtman (2022), and Rennae Stubbs (2022). Throughout her career, she has earned US$94,816,730 in prize money, which places her 1st in all-time rankings.
Williams would have made her professional debut in 1995, shortly after she turned 14. She received a wildcard entry at the Bank of the West Classic but the WTA denied her owning to age restrictions. This led to Williams filing an antitrust lawsuit against the organization.
Her first professional event was at the Bell Challenge where she lost to Annie Miller in the first qualifying round.
In 1999, Williams broke into the Top 10, landing at the Number 9 spot in the WTA rankings soon after the Miami Masters that year.
In 2002, she withdrew from the Australian Open because of injury but she managed to bounce back by the French Open and ended up winning the title. That year, she also won the Wimbledon and the US Open for the first time. She went on to win the Aussie Open in 2003.
Since those first four wins, which the media referred to as the “Serena Slam”, Williams has won a total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, putting her total at 73 career titles. Her final Grand Slam win was the 2017 Aussie Open, which she famously played while three months pregnant with her first child.
As a doubles player, she has also won 14 Grand Slams. She has one Olympic Gold Medal for singles, won at the 2012 London Olympics, and three doubles Olympic gold medals as well.
Throughout her career, Williams held on to the Number spot for a total of 319 weeks. She also closed the year as World Number 1 five times.
In 2022, she announced her retirement from the sport and was honored during that year’s US Open.
Career Titles: 73
- Highest Ranking: No. 1 (July 8,2002)
Best Grand Slam Singles Performances
- Australian 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 Cup - W (1999)
- Tour Finals - W (2001, 2009, 2012,2013, 2014)
- Olympic Games - W (2012)
Career Titles - 23
- Highest Ranking - No. 1 (June 21,2010)
Best Grand Slam Singles Performances
- Australian Open - W (2001, 2003,2009, 2010)
- French Open - W (1999, 2010)
- Wimbledon - W (2000, 2002, 2008,2009, 2012, 2016)
- US Open - W (1999, 2009)
Other Doubles Tournaments
- Tour Finals - SF (2009)
- Olympic Games - W (2000, 2008, 2012)
Best Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Performances
- Australian Open - F (1999)
- French Open - F (1998)
- Wimbledon - W (1998)
- US Open - W (1998)
- Fed Cup - W (1999), record 17–3
- Hopman Cup - W (2003, 2008)
Medal Record, Representing the United States
- 2000 - Olympic Games, Sydney,Doubles
- 2009 - Olympic Games, Beijing,Doubles
- 2012 - Olympic Games, London,Singles
- 2012 - Olympic Games, London,Doubles