102 Facts About Serena Williams

1. Serena Williams's was ranked world No 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association for 319 weeks, including a joint-record 186 consecutive weeks, and finished as the year-end No 1 five times.

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2. Serena Williams's won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all time.

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3. Serena Williams won 14 major women's doubles titles, all with her sister Venus, and the pair was unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals.

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4. Serena Williams holds the most combined major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles among active players, with 39: 23 in singles, 14 in women's doubles, and two in mixed doubles.

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5. Serena Williams's is joint-third on the all-time list and second in the Open Era for total major titles.

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6. Serena Williams was the world's highest paid woman athlete in 2016, earning almost $29 million.

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7. Serena Williams's repeated this feat in 2017 when she was the only woman on Forbes list of the 100 highest-paid athletes, with $27million in prize money and endorsements.

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8. When Serena Williams was nine, she and her family moved from Compton to West Palm Beach, Florida so she could attend the tennis academy of Rick Macci, who provided her with additional coaching.

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9. Richard stopped sending his daughters to national junior tennis tournaments when Serena Williams was 10, as he wanted them to "go slowly" and focus on school work.

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10. In 1995, when Serena Williams was in the ninth grade, her father pulled his daughters out of Macci's academy and took over all coaching at their home.

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11. In 1995, just after turning 14, Serena Williams planned to make her professional debut as a wild-card entry in the Bank of the West Classic in Oakland, California, but was denied by the WTA owing to their age-eligibility restrictions.

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12. Serena Williams's lost in the first qualifying round to then 18-year-old American Annie Miller, winning just two games.

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13. Serena Williams's failed to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam tournament the remainder of the year, losing in the fourth round of the French Open to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, and the third round of the US Open to Spirlea.

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14. Serena Williams's withdrew from Wimbledon two games into a match with Virginia Ruano Pascual, after straining a calf muscle during the first set.

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15. Serena Williams lost in the third round of the 1999 Australian Open to Sandrine Testud.

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16. Serena Williams ended the year ranked No 4 in just her second full year on the main tour.

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17. Serena Williams started 2000 by losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Elena Likhovtseva.

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18. Serena Williams's ended the year winning the Toyota Princess Cup in Japan and she finished the year ranked No 6.

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19. Serena Williams began 2001 losing to Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals of the Medibank International in Sydney and the Australian Open in Melbourne.

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20. Serena Williams reached the final of the 2001 US Open, losing to sister Venus.

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21. At the 2001 season-ending Tour Championships, Serena Williams won the championship by walkover when Davenport withdrew before the start of the final because of a knee injury.

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22. Serena Williams finished 2001 at No 6 for the second straight year.

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23. Serena Williams played three clay-court tournaments before the 2002 French Open.

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24. Serena Williams went on to win her first clay court title at the Italian Open, defeating Capriati in the semifinals and Henin in the final.

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25. At the 2002 Wimbledon Championships, Serena Williams won tennis's oldest championship for the first time in her life, defeating Venus to win a Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set for the first time in her career.

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26. The top-seeded player at the US Open, Serena Williams reached the final where, for the third Grand Slam in a row, she defeated her sister to win the title, the second US Open crown of her career.

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27. Serena Williams's became the fifth woman to hold all Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously, joining Maureen Connolly Brinker, Court, Graf, and Navratilova.

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28. That fall, Serena Williams won her second title of the year, at the China Open, defeating US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final.

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29. At the US Open, Serena Williams lost to her sister Venus in the fourth round.

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30. Serena Williams's stayed away from pro tennis for six months during the 2006 season.

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31. Serena Williams thought it was mean and unnecessary and used it as motivation along with other criticism.

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32. Serena Williams became the first player since Chris O'Neil to win the title while not being seeded, and claimed her third Australian Open and eighth Grand Slam singles title overall.

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33. Serena Williams's played for her country in the Fed Cup for the first time since 2003 in a tie against Belgium, and won her opening match but withdrew from her second, because of a knee injury.

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34. Serena Williams withdrew from her next three scheduled tournaments because of an urgent need for dental surgery.

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35. At Wimbledon, Serena Williams reached the finals for the first time in four years but lost to her older sister Venus in straight sets, in their first Slam final since 2003.

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36. At the Open GdF Suez, Serena Williams withdrew before her semifinal match against Dementieva because of a knee injury.

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37. Serena Williams's continued in the doubles competition, teaming up with Venus to win their third Grand Slam doubles title of the year and tenth of their career.

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38. Serena Williams's broke the record previously set by Justine Henin for the most prize money earned by a female tennis player in one year, with Williams earning $6,545,586.

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39. At the Australian Open, Serena Williams was the defending champion in both singles and doubles.

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40. Serena Williams's made her first appearance on the WTA tour in almost a year in Eastbourne.

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41. Serena Williams failed to drop more than three games per set en route to winning the medal.

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42. In New York City, Serena Williams went on to win her fourth US Open singles title and her 15th career Grand Slam title overall beating Azarenka in the final.

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43. Serena Williams defeated Sharapova to claim her second Roland Garros title, her sixteenth grand slam tournament title overall.

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44. Serena Williams is just the fourth person to win Best Female Athlete on two occasions and she won Best Female Tennis player for a record sixth time.

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45. In late December 2013, Serena Williams capped off her year by receiving the Associated Press 2013 Female Athlete of the Year award, her third AP award after 2002 and 2009.

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46. At Dubai, Serena Williams lost her semifinal match to Alize Cornet in straight sets.

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47. Serena Williams rebounded by winning 19 out of her next 20 matches.

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48. Serena Williams tied Evert and Navratilova's 18 Grand Slam singles titles won in the Open Era.

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49. At the China Open Serena Williams retired prior to her quarterfinal match versus Samantha Stosur.

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50. Serena Williams's held the No 1 ranking for the entire calendar year, a feat not accomplished since Steffi Graf in 1996.

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51. Serena Williams announced that she would be competing at the Indian Wells Masters ending her 14-year boycott of the event.

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52. Nonetheless, Serena Williams secured the year-end No 1 ranking with her results at the tournament.

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53. Serena Williams held the No 1 ranking the entire season for the second consecutive year, finishing there for the fifth time in her career.

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54. Serena Williams's dominated the head-to-head against Kerber, having lost only once in six meetings and having not lost a set to her in four years.

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55. At the French Open, Serena Williams dropped only one set en route to the final.

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56. Serena Williams's defeated Yulia Putintseva in the quarterfinals despite being five points away from losing.

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57. On top of failing to equal Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles, Serena Williams completed the Career Grand Slam runner-up set with this loss.

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58. On July 24, 2016, Serena Williams withdrew from Rogers Cup citing a shoulder inflammation injury.

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59. In singles, after defeating Daria Gavrilova and Alize Cornet in the first two rounds, Serena Williams faced Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in the third round in what was a rematch of this year's French Open fourth round, but lost to the Ukrainian, bringing an end to her Olympics campaign.

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60. Serena Williams pulled out of the WTA Finals because of a shoulder injury.

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61. On September 1, 2017, Serena Williams gave birth to a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.

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62. On December 30, 2017, Serena Williams played her first match since giving birth, an exhibition match at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, losing to reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

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63. Serena Williams made her return to Grand Slam tennis at the 2018 French Open, playing singles and doubles with her sister Venus.

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64. Serena Williams's met 13th seed Julia Gorges of Germany in the semifinal and beat her comfortably in two sets to reach her tenth Wimbledon final, the first since giving birth.

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65. Serena Williams's said in the interview, "I couldn't shake it out of my mind.

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66. Pliskova won the first set and lead in the second, but Serena Williams took control of the match, winning the second and rapidly taking a huge lead in the third.

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67. At the Canadian Open, Serena Williams defeated Naomi Osaka in straight sets in the quarterfinals and Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova in three sets in the semi finals.

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68. Serena Williams's told the chair umpire of her decision to retire because of back spasms.

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69. Top-seeded Serena Williams won her first singles title as a mother at the 2020 ASB Classic, defeating Jessica Pegula in the final.

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70. When leaving the court after losing to Osaka in the Australian Open, Serena Williams paused to acknowledge the crowd longer than she usually would.

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71. In December 2021, Serena Williams announced she would not play the 2022 Australian Open, citing the same leg injury.

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72. Serena Williams's spent much of early 2022 promoting King Richard about her father with her sisters.

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73. Serena Williams's appeared at several award ceremonies including the 94th Academy Awards.

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74. Serena Williams entered the 2022 Wimbledon Championships in singles, having accepted a wildcard after dropping to 1204th in the singles rankings.

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75. Serena Williams's went on to cite growing her family, focusing on her venture capital firm, and spending more time with family as reasons she would be leaving the sport.

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76. Serena Williams is an aggressive baseliner, whose game is centered around her powerful serve and forceful groundstrokes.

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77. Serena Williams is known for her forceful groundstrokes, which are considered two of the most powerful shots in the history of women's tennis.

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78. Justine Henin and Serena Williams met 14 times, five of which were in tournament finals.

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79. In 2015, Serena Williams decided to end her 14-year boycott and played.

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80. Serena Williams gestured with her racket to the lineswoman who had made the call and yelled at her, with profanities and a threat to shove a tennis ball down the lineswoman's throat.

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81. When Venus and Richard Serena Williams entered the stadium to support Serena Williams in the finals, Richard said that a dozen fans in the stands yelled racial slurs at him and his daughter, and that one fan yelled "skin him alive.

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82. Serena Williams is hailed by many coaches, players and sportscasters to be one of the best female tennis players of the Open Era.

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83. BBC presenter and former French Open Champion, Sue Barker, said "Serena Williams is the greatest because this era is so much more competitive than previous eras.

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84. In September 2022, Twitter said that Serena Williams was the most tweeted about female athlete ever.

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85. Serena Williams proposed to her on December 10, 2016, in Rome.

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86. In September 2017, Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, who is often referred to as "Olympia".

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87. Serena Williams gave her daughter a doll, Qai Qai, that has become famous on social media.

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88. Serena Williams's used the Wilson Hammer Stretch range of racquets when she won her first Grand Slam title in 1999, before switching to the Hyper Hammer range.

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89. Serena Williams's switched to the Wilson nCode briefly in 2005, and has used various iterations of the Wilson Blade racquet since 2008.

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90. Serena Williams is the current CSO for British luxury automobile manufacturer Aston Martin.

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91. At the 2004 US Open, Serena Williams wore denim skirts and knee-high boots—tournament officials did not allow her to wear the boots during matches.

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92. In February 2019, Serena Williams was appointed to the board of directors of online fashion marketplace Poshmark.

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93. Serena Williams responded by tweeting her displeasure, saying, "@TennysSandgren I don't need or want one.

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94. In 2007, Serena Williams appeared in the music video of "I Want You" by the American rapper Common, alongside performers Alicia Keys and Kanye West.

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95. In late 2009, Serena Williams became the first active female professional athlete to appear in a feminine hygiene product advertising campaign.

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96. Serena Williams said the director told her, "We would love for you to be in this particular song.

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97. In 2021, Serena Williams signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios.

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98. In 2017, Serena Williams became Ambassador for the Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse project, an initiative to provide financial empowerment to domestic abuse victims.

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99. On July 21, 2020, Serena Williams was announced as part of a nearly all-women investors' group that was awarded a new franchise in the National Women's Soccer League, the top level of the women's sport in the US The new team is set to start play in 2022.

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100. Note: Serena 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.

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101. Serena Williams's holds the Open Era record for most women's singles titles at the Australian Open and shares with Chris Evert the Open Era record for most titles won at the US Open (6).

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102. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Serena Williams became only the third player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at one Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody at the 1924 Summer Olympics and Venus at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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