Serena Jameka Williams is a professional tennis player from America and a former world No. 1 female tennis player. She has won 23 single Grand Slam titles, mostly by an Open Era player, and is the second-highest ever after Margaret Court (24). On eight different occasions between 2002 and 2017, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking the world number 1 in individuals.
For the first time on July 8, 2002, she reached the No. 1 ranking. On her sixth chance, she kept 186 consecutive weeks in the ranking and tied Steffi Graf's record. In all, it was No. 1 for 319 weeks, placing third among the women behind Graf in the Open Era.
In single, double, and mixed doubles combined in an active player, Williams holds the record of grandest slam titles. Her 39 titles in Grand Slam puts her 3rd category on the all-time list and her 2nd in the Open Era, 23 single, 14 double, and two mixed.
Where was Serena Williams born?
Serena Williams was born on 26 September 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan, to Richard Williams and Oracene Price who are now divorced. She was the youngest of five girls in the world. She grew up in the dusty Los Angeles suburb of Compton, where her father ran a private security firm.
She picked up her love of sports at the tender age of three, training at a court not far from the home of her family alongside her sister Venus. Serena practiced with her father two hours a day. Her ability to be successful in the game could not be over-looked, and soon after, she began attending the Rick Macci Tennis Academy, which refined her inborn abilities and talent.
She became a professional at the age of 14, against the wishes of her parent. At that age, after some setbacks by the WTA, she entered her first professional tournament as a result of age issues in a previous event. After winning only two games, Serena was expelled from her first professional tournament.