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Serena Williams
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Williams at the 2020 US Open
Full name Serena Jameka Williams
Country  United States
Residence Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.
Born September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26) (age 40)
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in
Turned pro October 1995
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 93,634,967
  • 1st in all-time rankings
Singles
Career record 843–147 (85.15%)
Career titles 73 (5th in overall rankings)
Highest ranking No. 1 (July 8, 2002)
Current ranking No. 11 (November 16, 2020)
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
Championships W (2001, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Olympic Games W (2012)
Doubles
Career record 190–34 (84.82%)
Career titles 23
Highest ranking No. 1 (June 21, 2010)
Current ranking No. 397 (November 16, 2020)
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
Championships 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 17–3
Hopman Cup W (2003, 2008)
Last updated on: November 16, 2020.

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) 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 357 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. 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. 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. 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. She is ranked at No. 10 in the world by the WTA as of October 12, 2020.

Earning almost $29 million in prize money and endorsements, Williams was the highest paid female athlete in 2016. 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. In 2019, she was ranked 63rd in Forbes' World's Highest-Paid Athletes list.

Personal life

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Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian in 2018

Williams is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Ohanian proposed to Williams on December 10, 2016 in Rome. On December 30, 2016, Williams announced her engagement to Ohanian in a Reddit post. They were married on November 16, 2017, in New Orleans. Guests at the wedding included Beyoncé, Anna Wintour, Kelly Rowland and Kim Kardashian West. She planned to move to San Francisco with Ohanian after the wedding.

In September 2017, Williams gave birth to a daughter. Williams gave her daughter a doll, Qai Qai, that has become famous on social media.

Williams was raised a Jehovah's Witness, but says she has "never really practiced it." She often thanks Jehovah after winning matches. Williams confirmed that she follows some practices: "Olympia doesn't celebrate birthdays. We're Jehovah's Witnesses, so we don't do that."

Career statistics

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open 2R 3R 4R QF A W A W 3R W QF W W A 4R QF 4R W F W A QF 3R 7 / 19 87–12 88%
French Open 4R 3R A QF W SF QF A A QF 3R QF QF A 1R W 2R W F A 4R 3R 2R 3 / 18 66–13 84%
Wimbledon 3R A SF QF W W F 3R A QF F W W 4R W 4R 3R W W A F F NH 7 / 19 98–12 89%
US Open 3R W QF F W A QF 4R 4R QF W SF A F W W W SF SF A F F SF 6 / 20 106–14 88%
Win–Loss 8–4 11–2 12–3 18–4 21–0 19–1 14–3 12–2 5–2 19–3 19–3 23–2 18–1 9–2 17–2 21–2 13–3 26–1 24–3 7–0 15–2 18–4 8–2 23 / 76 357–51 88%

Note: Williams withdrew from the 2018 French Open before her fourth round match and the 2020 French Open before her second round match, both of which do not officially count as losses.

Grand Slam tournament finals

Singles: 33 (23–10)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponents Score
Win 1999 US Open Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 2001 US Open Hard United States Venus Williams 2–6, 4–6
Win 2002 French Open Clay United States Venus Williams 7–5, 6–3
Win 2002 Wimbledon Grass United States Venus Williams 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Win 2002 US Open (2) Hard United States Venus Williams 6–4, 6–3
Win 2003 Australian Open Hard United States Venus Williams 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–4
Win 2003 Wimbledon (2) Grass United States Venus Williams 4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Loss 2004 Wimbledon Grass Russia Maria Sharapova 1–6, 4–6
Win 2005 Australian Open (2) Hard United States Lindsay Davenport 2–6, 6–3, 6–0
Win 2007 Australian Open (3) Hard Russia Maria Sharapova 6–1, 6–2
Loss 2008 Wimbledon Grass United States Venus Williams 5–7, 4–6
Win 2008 US Open (3) Hard Serbia Jelena Janković 6–4, 7–5
Win 2009 Australian Open (4) Hard Russia Dinara Safina 6–0, 6–3
Win 2009 Wimbledon (3) Grass United States Venus Williams 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Win 2010 Australian Open (5) Hard Belgium Justine Henin 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Win 2010 Wimbledon (4) Grass Russia Vera Zvonareva 6–3, 6–2
Loss 2011 US Open Hard Australia Samantha Stosur 2–6, 3–6
Win 2012 Wimbledon (5) Grass Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 6–1, 5–7, 6–2
Win 2012 US Open (4) Hard Belarus Victoria Azarenka 6–2, 2–6, 7–5
Win 2013 French Open (2) Clay Russia Maria Sharapova 6–4, 6–4
Win 2013 US Open (5) Hard Belarus Victoria Azarenka 7–5, 6–7(6–8), 6–1
Win 2014 US Open (6) Hard Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 6–3, 6–3
Win 2015 Australian Open (6) Hard Russia Maria Sharapova 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Win 2015 French Open (3) Clay Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 6–2
Win 2015 Wimbledon (6) Grass Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 6–4, 6–4
Loss 2016 Australian Open Hard Germany Angelique Kerber 4–6, 6–3, 4–6
Loss 2016 French Open Clay Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 5–7, 4–6
Win 2016 Wimbledon (7) Grass Germany Angelique Kerber 7–5, 6–3
Win 2017 Australian Open (7) Hard United States Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4
Loss 2018 Wimbledon Grass Germany Angelique Kerber 3–6, 3–6
Loss 2018 US Open Hard Japan Naomi Osaka 2–6, 4–6
Loss 2019 Wimbledon Grass Romania Simona Halep 2–6, 2–6
Loss 2019 US Open Hard Canada Bianca Andreescu 3–6, 5–7

Women's doubles: 14 (14–0)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1999 French Open Clay United States Venus Williams Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
6–3, 6–7(2–7), 8–6
Win 1999 US Open Hard United States Venus Williams United States Chanda Rubin
France Sandrine Testud
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Win 2000 Wimbledon Grass United States Venus Williams France Julie Halard-Decugis
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–2
Win 2001 Australian Open Hard United States Venus Williams United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Corina Morariu
6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Win 2002 Wimbledon (2) Grass United States Venus Williams Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–2, 7–5
Win 2003 Australian Open (2) Hard United States Venus Williams Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 2008 Wimbledon (3) Grass United States Venus Williams United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–2, 6–2
Win 2009 Australian Open (3) Hard United States Venus Williams Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–3
Win 2009 Wimbledon (4) Grass United States Venus Williams Australia Samantha Stosur
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7–6(7–4), 6–4
Win 2009 US Open (2) Hard United States Venus Williams Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–2, 6–2
Win 2010 Australian Open (4) Hard United States Venus Williams Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–4, 6–3
Win 2010 French Open (2) Clay United States Venus Williams Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 6–3
Win 2012 Wimbledon (5) Grass United States Venus Williams Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
7–5, 6–4
Win 2016 Wimbledon (6) Grass United States Venus Williams Hungary Tímea Babos
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
6–3, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 4 (2–2)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1998 French Open Clay Argentina Luis Lobo United States Justin Gimelstob
United States Venus Williams
4–6, 4–6
Win 1998 Wimbledon Grass Belarus Max Mirnyi India Mahesh Bhupathi
Croatia Mirjana Lučić
6–4, 6–4
Win 1998 US Open Hard Belarus Max Mirnyi United States Patrick Galbraith
United States Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–2
Loss 1999 Australian Open Hard Belarus Max Mirnyi South Africa David Adams
South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
4–6, 6–4, 6–7(5–7)

Records

  • Records in bold indicate peer-less achievements.
  • Records in italics are currently active streaks.

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