Serena Williams Biography
Serena Williams was born Serena Jameka Williams on September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan, USA. She is professional tennis player, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
Serena Williams began playing tennis at the tender age of three. In 1990 at the age of nine, she was enrolled at Rick Macci Tennis Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida. However, in 1995 at the age of fourteen and at the 9th grade, she was withdrawn from the academy by her father. She thereafter continued all tennis coaching at home.
On the same year she was pulled out from Rick Macci Academy, Serena Williams made her professional tennis debut at the Bell Challenge in Quebec, Canada, but lost in the first round.After almost four years entailing several other professional attempts in non-Grand Slam competitions, Serena Williams finally made her first Grand Slam appearance in 1998 at the Australian Open, losing at the second round to her sister Venus Williams. Nevertheless, her breakthrough to global fame and wealth was not far away. It came the following year in 1999 when she won her first Grand Slam Singles title at the US Open.
After her first Grand Slam Singles victory, Serena Williams' performance at the global tennis arena was phenomenal, winning more and more trophies in all years she wasn't having injury issues. As such, as of August 2018, Serena Williams has won a total of 23 Grand Slam Singles titles as listed below.
2017: Australian Open
2015: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon
2014: US Open
2013: French Open, US Open
2012: Wimbledon, US Open
2010: Australian Open, Wimbledon
2009: Australian Open, Wimbledon
2008: US Open
2007: Australian Open
2005: Australian Open
2003: Australian Open, Wimbledon
2002: French Open, Wimbledon, US Open
1999: US Open
In summary Serena Williams has so far won:
Australian Open Singles title (7)
Wimbledon Singles title (7)
French Open Singles title (6), and
US Open Singles title (3)
Further to Grand Slam Singles titles, Serena Williams has won many Grand Slam Doubles and Mixed titles, as well as numerous non-Grand Slam titles including Olympic titles.
As an entrepreneur, Serena Williams business activities focus on product endorsement, fashion, and beauty. In this direction, she has had lucrative endorsement deals with Nike, JP Morgan, Beats by Dre, Wilson, Kraft Foods, among others. Her involvement in fashion is rather recent though, just began in 2018 with her own fashion line in collaboration with Nike and HSN. Her beauty line called Aneres is yet to be launched for business.
In addition to professional tennis and business, Serena Williams is actively involved in philanthropy. she has her own charitable organization, namely, The Serena Williams Foundation that supports education, social welfare, and community development. Through her Foundation, she built and established Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya.
Also, Serena Williams supports other charitable organizations including the following.
1) Build African Schools
2) Common Ground Foundation