Serena Williams was born on September 26, 1981, in Michigan, USA to Oracene Price and Richard Williams. Her father, Richard, first trained her after which her elder sister Venus Williams, guided her along the way. Their father educated both sisters at home.
The Williams sisters established their tennis foundation in Compton before enrolling in the Rick Macci Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida.
However, the sisters withdrew from the academy as Richard’s teaching approaches did not mesh with that of Macci’s.
Serena Williams is unquestionably one of the top tennis players in the world today, with an unrivaled legacy in the sport. She has won 23 Grand Slam titles and is the oldest female player to hold the World No. 1 ranking.
Records of Serena Williams
As previously stated, the American has a long list of accomplishments to her credit. She has won 73 solo titles and 23 doubles titles in her career. She has also won Olympic gold medals in Sydney, Beijing, and London (2).
Williams won her maiden Grand Slam at the 1999 US Open. From the French Open in 2002 through the Australian Open in 2003, she has won all four Majors in a row.
Williams has 39 Grand Slam titles, the second-most in the Open Era (23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles).
She took a maternity leave after winning the Australian Open in 2017. Williams returned to the tour in 2018, reaching the Wimbledon finals.
The following year, she was a third-round upset in the French Open. She later advanced to the finals of Wimbledon 2019 and the US Open 2019. Unfortunately, she did not win either.
Serena has won a staggering four Grand Slam finals. Williams earned her first title as a mother in the Auckland Open 2020.
Williams was involved in multiple on-court tantrums during her booming career, which resulted in her paying huge penalties.
She was fined $17,500 for her meltdowns during the US Open 2018 final.
Serena won the Auckland Open in 2020 and also advanced to the doubles final with good friend Caroline Wozniacki.
Later, she was knocked out in the third round of the Australian Open.
Later in the year, upon the return of the WTA Tour, Williams advanced to the US Open semi-finals, where she was defeated by Victoria Azarenka. In that match, she sustained an injury that hampered her French Open campaign.
Williams’ season came to an end when she withdrew from her second-round match at Roland Garros.
Estimated net worth and endorsements
Williams has a net worth of $225 million. She has received a prize money of $93,634,967 from the WTA Tour. Through her tennis career, she has earned more than $8 million a year.
It’s hardly surprise that she’s overwhelmed with endorsements because she’s one of the most marketable players.
Her huge list of sponsors includes Nike, Wilson, Gatorade, Delta Air Lines, Aston Martin, Pepsi, Beats by Dre, JP Morgan Chase, Audemars Piguet, Bumble, Upper Deck, IBM, and Intel among others.