Here’s a glimpse into the life of professional tennis player Serena Williams.
Birthday date: September 26, 1981
Birth place: Saginaw, Michigan
Birth name: Serena Jameka Williams
Father: Richard Williams, tennis coach
Mother: The price of Oracene
Marriage: Alexis Ohanian (November 16, 2017-present)
Kids: Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
He has won 73 singles titles, 23 doubles titles and two doubles titles. This includes 39 Grand Slam titles – 23 singles titles, 14 doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles.
He was a four-time Olympic gold medalist.
She has earned more than $94.8 million in career prize money, more than any other female athlete.
Venus Williams is fifteen months younger than her sister and tennis player.
He is a Jehovah’s Witness.
Through his charitable foundation, he has helped open several schools in Africa and around the world.
September 1995 – He turns professional, losing his debut tennis match at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City.
January 1998 – He has entered the Australian Open, his first Grand Slam tournament. He lost to his sister, Venus, in the second round, 6-7, 1-6.
1999 – She enrolls at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida for fashion design.
September 12, 1999 – She won the US Open, becoming the first Williams sister to win a Grand Slam.
July 8, 2002 – She was ranked number one in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for the first time in her career at the age of 20.
2002-2003 – She has completed her first “Serena Slam”, winning all four Grand Slam titles – French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open – but not in the same calendar year.
August 1, 2003 – He underwent surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his left knee.
September 14, 2003 – Williams’ older sister, Yetunde Price, was killed in Compton, California. After two trials that ended in hung juries, Robert Edward Maxfield pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. In 2018, Maxfield was released after serving 12 years.
2004 – Launches clothing line “Aneres” (Serena spelled backwards).
2008 – She creates the Serena Williams Foundation to help young Americans affected by violent crime and underprivileged children around the world.
September 12, 2009 – Williams makes an expletive-laden outburst against Kim Clijsters in the US Open semi-finals against a linesman who calls her out for a bare foot. Clijsters is given a penalty point to win the match. The Grand Slam committee fined Williams a record $82,500 and puts her on probation for the next two years.
July 7, 2010 – He has stitches in both feet after stepping on broken glass while leaving a restaurant in Munich. He later undergoes surgery in July and October to repair a torn tendon in his right foot.
February 2011 – He receives emergency treatment for a hematoma, a blood clot in the lung, related to a pulmonary embolism.
September 2011 – She was named an international goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.
February 18, 2013 – At 31, she becomes the oldest female tennis player to be ranked No. 1 since computer rankings began in 1975. It is the sixth time in his career that he has placed 1st.
September 7, 2014 – Williams has won her third consecutive US Open title.
July 9, 2016 – He has won the Wimbledon title for the 7th time. With her 22nd major tournament victory, Williams tied Steffi Graf for most singles titles in the Open era.
September 12, 2016 – After 186 consecutive weeks of being ranked No. 1 in the WTA world, she is ranked No. 2 behind Angelique Kerber. Williams ties Graf’s record for longest consecutive weeks at No. 1.
December 29, 2016 – Announcing her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
January 28, 2017 – Beats sister Venus in Australian Open final, clinches 23rd grand slam title to overtake Graf for lead in Open Era.
April 19, 2017 – Williams posts a side profile picture of herself in a yellow swimsuit with the caption “20 weeks” on Snapchat, which is quickly deleted. Williams and fiancé Ohanian are expecting their first child this fall, her spokesperson confirmed to CNN.
September 1, 2017 – She gives birth to a girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
December 30, 2017 – He returned to tennis and lost an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi.
January 10, 2018 – She has appeared on the cover of Vogue with her four-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia in the magazine’s February issue. Alexis Olympia becomes the publication’s youngest cover girl. In the magazine article, Williams reveals that she had an emergency C-section, blood clots and additional complications after the birth of her daughter.
September 8, 2018 – Loses to Naomi Osaka in controversial US Open final.
September 9, 2018 – The U.S. Tennis Association says the U.S. Open has fined Williams $17,000 for three code violations that led to her loss in the Sept. 8 women’s singles final.
2019 – Serena launches her own clothing line.
January 12, 2020 – Williams won the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, her first title since becoming a mother in September 2017, and is donating her $43,000 prize to Australian bushfire relief.
September 30, 2020 – Williams has pulled out of the French Open with an Achilles injury.
June 29, 2021 – Williams has been forced to withdraw from her first round Wimbledon match due to injury. The exit marks Wimbledon’s first first-round loss.
August 17, 2021 – Williams and Nike have unveiled a collection of women’s sportswear and accessories created by a team of 10 new designers known as the Serena Williams Design Crew, or SWDC.
August 25, 2021 – He announces on Instagram that he will be pulling out of the US Open due to a hamstring injury.
December 8, 2021 – He announces that he has pulled out of the Australian Open following the advice of his medical team.
April 5, 2022 – In an essay for Elle, Williams recounts her experience with blood clots that nearly killed her daughter in 2017 shortly after her birth.
August 9, 2022 – In an interview with Vogue magazine, Williams says she will evolve “away from tennis” after this year’s US Open to focus on “other things that are important to me.”
September 2, 2022 – Her US Open loss to Australian Ajla Tomljanović in the third round, probably her last match, makes history for ESPN. The roughly three-hour match averaged 4.8 million viewers, making it the most-watched tennis match in ESPN’s 43-year history. Ratings peaked during the final set of the match, which drew 6.9 million viewers.