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In 2015, she became the first black female athlete to have a picture by herself on the cover of Vogue, which she did for the April 2015 issue. Serena Williams is hailed by many coaches, players and sportscasters to be one of the best female tennis players of the Open Era. Her numerous victories on court have been a positive influence on young girls and boys who see Williams as a role model and an ambassador of tennis. Some commentators, players and sports writers regard Williams as the greatest female tennis player of all time.

At the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018 French Open she gave her on-court interviews in French, much to the crowd's delight.

Full name Serena Jameka Williams
Country (sports) Flag of the United States 1912 1959 United States
Residence Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.
Born September 26, 1981
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Turned pro October 1995
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Richard Williams (1994–)
Oracene Price
Patrick Mouratoglou (2012–)
Prize money US $92,543,816
  • 1st in all-time rankings (female)
Official website www.serenawilliams.com
Career record 826–142 (85.3%)
Career titles 72 WTA (5th in overall rankings), 0 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (July 8, 2002)
Current ranking No. 9 (September 9, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)
French Open W (2002, 2013, 2015)
Wimbledon W (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
US Open W (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Other tournaments
Grand Slam Cup W (1999)
Tour Finals W (2001, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Career record 187–33 (85.0%)
Career titles 23 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (June 21, 2010)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2001, 2003, 2009, 2010)
French Open W (1999, 2010)
Wimbledon W (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016)
US Open W (1999, 2009)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals SF (2009)
Mixed doubles
Career record 27–4 (87.1%)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open F (1999)
French Open F (1998)
Wimbledon W (1998)
US Open W (1998)
Team competitions
Fed Cup W (1999), record 16–1
Hopman Cup W (2003, 2008)


Representing Flag of the United States 1912 1959 United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Doubles
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Doubles
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Singles
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Doubles
Last updated on: September 9, 2019.


Williams's return to Indian Wells in 2015 was done in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to those who might have been denied a fair trial. EJI executive director Bryan Stevenson lauded her courage in supporting his organization. "It's so rare when athletes at the top of their game are willing to embrace a set of issues that, for a lot of people, are edgier", he said. "This is not aid to orphans. ... She was standing when a lot of her contemporaries remain seated, speaking up when others are being quiet."

Williams has become more involved in social change as her career has progressed, primarily using social media as a medium of expressing her views. In 2016 she posted her support of Black Lives Matter on her Facebook page, voicing her concern about her young nephew being in danger from police officers due to his skin color. During American tennis player Tennys Sandgren's breakthrough run to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open, it was revealed that he tweeted insensitive words about the LGBT community, followed members of the alt-right, and referred to an article describing Williams's on-court behavior as "disgusting". Williams responded by tweeting her displeasure, saying, "@TennysSandgren I don't need or want one. But there is an entire group of people that deserves an apology.

I can't look at my daughter and tell her I sat back and was quiet. No! She will know how to stand up for herself and others – through my example." Additionally, she attached an image that read, "Maturity is being able to apologize and admit when you're wrong because you know that your mistakes don't define you".



In September 2017, Williams gave birth to a daughter. Williams had a cesarean-section delivery due to complications (specifically, a blood clot in her lungs, referred to as a pulmonary embolism) during the labor of her daughter and, at first, was devastated about it. She suffered another pulmonary embolism after giving birth, leaving her bedridden for six weeks and delaying her return to training. In August 2018, Serena announced she was suffering from postpartum depression.

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Charity work

In 2004 and 2005, Serena and her sister, Venus, visited hospitals and played several tennis matches in predominantly black cities in order to raise money for the local Ronald McDonald House charities. An ESPN episode was dedicated to the Williams sisters' charity tour.

In 2008, as part of the Serena Williams Foundation's work, Williams helped to fund the construction of the Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya. The Serena Williams Foundation also provides university scholarships for underprivileged students in the United States. In 2016, the Serena Williams Fund partnered with Helping Hands Jamaica to build the Salt Marsh Primary School for Jamaican youth in Trelawny Parish.

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