Serena Jameka Williams: Defiling the odds, inspiring us all

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Oracene Price and Richard Williams welcomed Serena Jameka Williams into the world on September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan, in the United States. The youngest of Price’s five daughters, she is a professional tennis player from the United States.

At the age of four, Serena began playing tennis after her family relocated to Compton, California. She and her sister Venus were homeschooled by her father. In addition to her parents, Richard Williams, a Compton resident who subsequently established The Venus and Serena Williams Tennis Tutorial Academy, served as Serena’s other tutor.

For 319 weeks, including a record-tying 186 weeks in a row, she was ranked as the top singles player in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). She also achieved five year-end rankings as the top performer. Of all the players in the Open Era, she holds the record with 23 Grand Slam singles victories. With 24 to Margaret Court’s 24, Serena is the second-most of all time.

Her first major singles championship was earned at the 1999 US Open, after she became professional in 1995.

From the French Open in 2002 to the Australian Open in 2003, she consistently won all four major singles titles, defeating Venus in the final each time. She also accomplished the “Serena Slam,” which is a non-calender year Grand Slam and a career Grand Slam.

Alongside her sister Venus, she has won 14 major championships in women’s doubles. When it comes to Grand Slam doubles finals, the pair is still unblemished. Between the 2009 Wimbledon Championship and the 2010 French Open, she accomplished a Grand Slam in a non-calendar year, earning her and her sister the top spot in the world doubles rankings. Together with that, she holds an all-time joint record of three gold medals in women’s doubles from the Olympics. She added two significant mixed doubles titles to her 1988-win total.

Announcing her retirement from professional tennis in August 2022, It’s commonly acknowledged that Williams is among the all-time greats in tennis.

Serena is married to Reddit, a co-founder of Alexis Ohanian, who asked her to marry him in Rome on December 10, 2016. On December 30, 2016, they tied the knot. Their union is blessed with two beautiful daughters.

She became a Jehovah’s Witness in Florida and was baptised in January 2023, almost six months after retiring. Williams doesn’t observe birthdays, according to her: “We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that.”

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