Fast Facts

  • At age 14, became a tennis pro.
  • In 1999, won the U.S. Open women's singles title and became the first black woman to win a Grand Slam professional tennis tournament since Althea Gibson in 1958.
  • Faced sister Venus in the final of the 1999 Lipton Championships, making it the first time since 1884 that two sisters had faced each other in the final of a pro event (Venus won).
  • Won gold medals in women's doubles at the 2000 and 2008 Summer Olympics with sister Venus.
  • Completed the "Serena Slam" by winning four straight Grand Slam events in 2002 (French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open) and 2003 (Australian Open), beating sister Venus in all four finals.
  • Starred with Venus in the reality TV series Venus and Serena: For Real, which debuted in 2005.
  • After winning her fifth Wimbledon singles title in 2012, tennis great John McEnroe declared her the greatest female player of all time.
  • Has designed clothing for Puma, Nike and her own fashion line, Aneres (her name spelled backwards).
  • Owns a small stake in the Miami Dolphins franchise.


  • Common — Ex-significant Other
  • Yetunde Price — Half Sister
  • Oracene Williams — Mother
  • Lyndrea — Half Sister
  • Richard Williams — Father
  • Isha — Half Sister
  • Venus Williams — Sister


  • Art Institute of Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL