Serena Jameka Williams was on born September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan to Richard Williams and Oracene Price. She has three half sisters, Yetunde, Lyndrea, and Isha Price, and one full sister Venus. The Williams family moved to Compton in Los Angeles county, when Williams was only five. Williams began playing tennis at the same time.
Williams was home-schooled by her father along with her sister. When Williams was nine the family moved once more. This time to West Palm Beach, Florida so that Williams could attend the tennis academy of Rick Macci. Richard Williams stopped sending his daughters to junior tennis tournaments when Williams was ten. He wanted them to take it slow and focus on school work.
Williams’ first professional event was in September 1995 at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City. Williams debuted in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open, where she defeated Irina Spîrlea in the first round before eventually losing to sister Venus. Williams won her first professional title in 1998. In a doubles in Oklahoma City with Venus, becoming the third pair of sisters to win a WTA title.
Williams has had many ups and downs through out her tennis career. However, she has many honors to her name. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked Williams World Number one in singles on five separate occasions. Williams is the reigning champion in singles at Wimbledon. She also reigns in women’s doubles at the French Open. Williams has won more Grand Slam titles in singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles than any other active female player.
Williams has brought home two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles. She has won more career prize money than any other female athlete in history.