Coached by her father Richard Willians, Serena Williams began playing tennis at the age of four alongside her sister Venus. Both girls attended a prestigious tennis academy in Florida before Serena went pro at 14 years old. Her first professional singles win came in 1999 at Paris’s Open Gaz de France. The same year, Serena won her first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open against Martina Hingis.
Since then, Serena has become a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion. Among active players, she holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined. In total, the four-time Olympic gold medalist has earned $94,518,971 in prize money from her illustrious tennis career.
Some of Serena’s most notable sponsors over the years include Puma, Nike, Gatorade, Delta Air Lines, Pepsi, Beats by Dre, and Aston Martin. She’s launched several fashion lines, including her own: S by Serena. An outspoken advocate for Black Lives Matter and women’s rights, the tennis star has received many awards for her activism.
- Full name: Serena Jameka Williams
- Birthday: Sept. 26, 1981
- Height: 5 feet 9 inches
- Spouse: Alexis Ohanian (m. 2017)
- Children: Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., aka “Olympia” (b. 2017)
- Hometown: Saginaw, Michigan (born), West Palm Beach, Florida (raised)
- Net worth: Estimated $210 million