Serena Williams

Serena Williams
Serena Williams at 2013 US Open.jpg
Williams at the 2013 US Open
Full nameSerena Jameka Williams
Country (sports) United States
ResidencePalm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.[1]
Born (1981-09-26) September 26, 1981 (age 39)
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[1]
Turned proOctober 1995
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachRichard Williams (1994–)
Oracene Price
Patrick Mouratoglou (2012–)[2]
Prize moneyUS$ 94,236,271[3]
Career record851–148 (85.2%)
Career titles73 (5th in overall rankings)
Highest rankingNo. 1 (July 8, 2002)
Current rankingNo. 7 (February 22, 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)
French OpenW (2002, 2013, 2015)
WimbledonW (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
US OpenW (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Other tournaments
Grand Slam CupW (1999)
Tour FinalsW (2001, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Olympic GamesW (2012)
Career record190–34 (84.8%)
Career titles23
Highest rankingNo. 1 (June 21, 2010)
Current rankingNo. 406 (February 22, 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2001, 2003, 2009, 2010)
French OpenW (1999, 2010)
WimbledonW (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016)
US OpenW (1999, 2009)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (2009)
Mixed doubles
Career record27–4 (87.1%)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1999)
French OpenF (1998)
WimbledonW (1998)
US OpenW (1998)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (1999), record 17–3
Hopman CupW (2003, 2008)
Last updated on: February 22, 2021.

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981)[1] is an American professional tennis player and former world No. 1 in women's single tennis. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all time behind Margaret Court (24). The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002. On her sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf. In total, she has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among female players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova.

Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players. Her 39 Grand Slam titles put her joint-third on the all-time list and second in the Open Era: 23 in singles, 14 in women's doubles, and two in mixed doubles. She is the most recent female player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously (2002–03 and 2014–15) and the third player to achieve this twice, after Rod Laver and Graf. She is also the most recent player to have won a Grand Slam title on each surface (hard, clay and grass) in one calendar year (2015). She is also, together with her older sister Venus, the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam women's doubles titles simultaneously (2009–10).

Williams has won a record of 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hard court. Williams holds the Open Era record for most titles won at the Australian Open (7) and shares the Open Era record for most titles won at the US Open with Chris Evert (6). She also holds the records for the most women's singles matches won at majors with 362 matches and most singles majors won since turning 30-years-old (10).

Williams has won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Venus, and the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals.[4] As a team, she and Venus have the third most women's doubles Grand Slam titles, behind the 18 titles of Natasha Zvereva (14 with Gigi Fernández) and the record 20 titles won by Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver. Williams is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships in the singles division.[5] She has also won four Olympic gold medals, one in women's singles and three in women's doubles—an all-time record shared with her sister, Venus.[6] 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.[7][8][9][10] She is ranked at No. 7 in the world by the WTA as of February 22, 2021.[11]

Earning almost $29 million in prize money and endorsements, Williams was the highest paid female athlete in 2016.[12] 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. She has won the 'Laureus Sportswoman of the Year' award four times (2003, 2010, 2016, 2018), and in December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.[13] In 2019, she was ranked 63rd in Forbes' World's Highest-Paid Athletes list.[14]

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  2. ^ Rankine, Claudia (August 25, 2015). "The Meaning of Serena Williams". The New York Times. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "". April 29, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Neworth, Jack (September 10, 2012). "Almost Serene Serena". Archived from the original on May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Serena, Liezel & Lisa, Andrea & Lucie Qualify". WTA. September 10, 2012. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Venus and Serena Williams win Olympic gold". CBS News. London, England. Associated Press. August 5, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  7. ^ Allen, Ja (September 28, 2012). "The Williams Sisters and the Rise of the Women's Power Game". Bleacher Report.
  8. ^ Kimmelman, Michael (August 25, 2010). "How Power Has Transformed Women's Tennis". The New York Times. p. MM23.
  9. ^ Crouse, Karen (August 30, 2009). "Williams Sisters Write Their Own Story". The New York Times. p. F2.
  10. ^ "Girl power: Evolution of the women's game". Advantage Publishing (published November 2011). December 15, 2011.
  11. ^ "WTA Rankings". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Badenhausen, Kurt. "Serena Williams – In Photos: The World's Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2016". Forbes.
  13. ^ McCarvel, Nick (December 16, 2015). "Serena Williams revels in Sports Illustrated cover limelight". USA Today. Archived from the original on May 5, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  14. ^ Badenhausen, Kurt (June 11, 2019). "The World's Highest-Paid Athletes". Forbes. Retrieved June 13, 2019.

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