Serena Jameka Williams was born in September 26, 1981.She is an American retired professional tennis player.
For 319 weeks, she was ranked world No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
This included a joint-record of 186 consecutive weeks, and finished as the year-end No. 1 five times.
23 Grand Slam Singles Titles
She won the most titles by any player in the Open Era, 23 Grand Slam singles titles. And the second-most of all time only behind Margaret Court’s 24.
Serena was coached along with her older sister Venus, by her parents Oracene Price and Richard Williams.
She turned professional in 1995 and in 1999, she won her first major singles title at US Open. Between 2002 and 2003, where she participated in both the French Open and;
Dominance in the Opens
The Australian Open, she was dominant as she won all four major singles titles (each time over Venus in the final);
To achieve a non-calendar year Grand Slam and the career Grand Slam, known as the ‘Serena Slam’.
The next few years saw her claim two more singles majors, but suffer from injury and decline in form.
Beginning in 2007, however, she gradually returned to form. Despite continued injuries, retaking the world No. 1 singles ranking.
Beginning at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Williams returned to dominance, claiming Olympic gold.
And becoming the first tennis player to achieve a Career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles.
Thirteen Singles Majors
She won eight out of thirteen singles majors, including all four in a row from 2014–15 to achieve a second “Serena Slam”.
At the 2017 Australian Open, she won her 23rd major singles title, surpassing Steffi Graf’s Open Era record.
She then took a break from professional tennis after becoming pregnant, and has reached four major finals since returning to play.
14 Major Women’s Doubles Titles
Williams also won 14 major women’s doubles titles, all with her sister Venus, and the pair was unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals.
This includes a non-calendar year Grand Slam between the 2009 Wimbledon Championships and the 2010 French Open, which granted the sisters the doubles world No. 1 ranking.
She won four Olympic gold medals, three in women’s doubles—an all-time joint record shared with her sister.
Two Major Mixed Doubles Titles
She has also won two major mixed doubles titles, both in 1998. In August 2022, Williams announced her impending retirement from professional tennis.
Williams is widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The arrival of the Williams sisters has been credited;
With ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women’s professional tennis tour. Serena holds the most combined major titles in singles, doubles, and;
Mixed doubles among active players, with 39: 23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles.
She is joint-third on the all-time list and second in the Open Era for total major titles. She is the most recent woman to simultaneously hold all four major singles titles (2002–03;
And 2014–15), and the most recent woman to win the Surface Slam (major titles on hard, clay and grass courts in the same calendar year), doing so in 2015.
2009 – 2010
She is also, with Venus, the most recent player to have simultaneously held all four major women’s doubles titles (2009–10).
Williams was the world’s highest paid woman athlete in 2016, earning almost $29 million. She repeated this feat in 2017;
When she was the only woman on Forbes’ list of the 100 highest-paid athletes, with $27 million in prize money and endorsements.
2003 – 2010
She has won the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award four times (2003, 2010, 2016, 2018), and in December 2015;
Was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine. In 2021, she was ranked 28th on Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Athletes list.
She is the highest-earning woman athlete of all time.