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Serena Williams

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  • Eye ColorBrown Eyes
  • Hair ColorBrunettes
  • Birthdate09/26/81
  • HometownSaginaw, Michigan

About Serena Williams

Powerful. Popular. Wildly successful. What don’t you know about the most well-known player in women’s tennis history? Well, a record’s been nicknamed after her: the “Serena slam,” in which she held all Grand Slam titles simultaneously. This first happened in 2003 and again in 2014-15.

In total to date, she’s been ranked #1 in the women’s singles tennis players six times and holds 21 Grand Slam singles titles, which puts her third in the history of the sport. As of 2015, she was the highest-paid female athlete across all sports and was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2015.

Serena and her older, similarly tennis-talented sister, Venus, played together as doubles players and against each other in singles competitions. Overall, Serena is 16-11 against her sister. Asked by Seventeen magazine what kind of clique she was in when she was younger, she answered “a clique of two—me and V” and added that that hasn’t changed since. The two were famously trained by their already well-established tennis-coach parents, Oracene Price and Richard Williams.

Serena went pro in 1995 at the age of 14 and became a top-10 player by 2000. “I play for me,’’ Serena told The New York Times, ‘‘but I also play and represent something much greater than me. I embrace that. I love that. I want that. So ultimately, when I am out there on the court, I am playing for me.’’

She’s been known for her colorful outfits both on and off the court and has had a $40 million contract with Nike since 2004. “A hairdresser at a salon in New York told me that Serena’s catsuit was making gay men turn straight,” Venus told Oprah about a catsuit her sister wore to play in the U.S. Open. “People couldn’t get enough of it.”

Serena dated Canadian rapper Drake for a time and has been dating Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, since 2015.

Her charity efforts are many and often support children’s causes, including building the Serena Williams Secondary School in Kenya and scholarships for children in need in the United States.

“I don’t want to be like some of those celebrities walking around, just so full of themselves. I always want to be down-to-earth, want to be a person who, when you meet them, they’re the same person that you think of them in the article or something.”

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