Serena Williams was born on 26th September 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan. Her parents are Richard Williams and Oracene Price. Serena has older sister Venus and three stepsisters: Yetunde, Lyndrea and Isha Price.
Serena started playing tennis at the age of four when the family moved to Compton, California. She and her sister Venus were home-schooled by their father. When Serena was nine, the family moved from Compton to West Palm Beach, FL, so that she could attend the tennis academy of Rick Macci, who would provide additional coaching. Macci spotted the exceptional talents of the sisters.
In 1995, 14-year-old Serena turned pro, and, along with her sister Venus, enjoyed a run of high-profile victories.
Two years later, she was already No. 99 in the world rankings—up from 304 just 12 months before. A year later, she graduated high school, and almost immediately inked a $12 million shoe deal with Puma.
In 1999, she beat out her sister in their race to the family's first Grand Slam win, when she captured the U.S. Open title.
Over the next decade, Serena alone would win 23 Grand Slam titles—including 10 doubles championships with her sister, Venus Williams.
In 2011, Williams suffered a series of health scares, after doctors found a blood clot in one of her lungs, which kept her away from tennis for several months.
Williams's forehand is considered to be among the most powerful shots in the women's game as is her double-handed backhand.
Williams was once known for her unusual and colorful outfits on court. Serena expanded her brand into film, television, and fashion. Since 2004, she has been running her own line of clothing, "Aneres" — her first name spelled backward.
She has also provided guest voice work for such cartoons as The Simpsons and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
In 2009, Williams became the first active female professional athlete to appear in a feminine hygiene product advertising campaign. In the same year, Serena and Venus Williams became part-owners of a professional American football team “Miami Dolphins”.
The Williams sisters, with author Hilary Beard, wrote a book titled Venus & Serena: Serving From The Hip: 10 Rules For Living, Loving and Winning, which was published in 2005. By 2009, Williams had released an autobiography, Queen of the Court.