- Also Known As:
- Serena Jameka Williams, Meka, Momma Smash
- Date of Birth:
- September 26, 1981
- 5' 9"
Serena Williams (born Serena Jameka Williams on September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player. Serena and her sister Venus grew up in Compton, California and first became stars of women’s tennis in the late 1990s. Serena began playing tennis before she reached kindergarten. Both girls were home-schooled in order to maximize their practice time. Serena may be younger than her sister Venus, but she became the first sister to win a major tournament by claiming the singles title at the 1999 U.S. Open. In 2002-03, Serena won the “Serena Slam” by holding all four grand slam titles at once: the 2002 French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles, and the 2003 Australian Open. Her other major titles are Wimbledon in 2003, 2009, 2010, and 2012, the French Open in 2013, the Australian Open in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2010, and the U.S. Open in 2008 and 2012. Serena won a gold medal in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, matching the gold won by her sister Venus at the 2000 Summer Olymics in Sydney. She won the 2013 French Open on June 8, 2013. Serena won the French Open on June 6, 2015, which marked her third time taking the crown there, as well as winning her 20th Grand Slam title.
Best Known For:
Serena Williams is best known as a professional tennis player.
As of 2013, Serena is dating her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Previously, she dated Jackie Long and Common for two years. Serena started dating Alexis Ohanian in Oct. 2015, and on Dec. 29, 2016, she confirmed they were engaged. She announced she was pregnant with the pair’s first child on April 19, 2017.