Serena Williams has been able to gain a world recognition for her skillful roles in the world of table tennis and so she is dubbed the “queen of tennis”. With a career that ran for decades, the American female tennis player has been able to stylishly revolutionalize women’s tennis and in return, has won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other male or female player in the history of the game.
Serena started playing table tennis at the age of three but she became a professional player in 1995 and at the age of fourteen, and that was only after she learned about the game from her parents Oracene Price and Richard Williams, who were both tennis coaches. When Serena started playing professionally, she was number 304 on the tennis ranking but with more training from her experienced father, she was able to make her way to the top 100 ranking, beating world No. 7 and world No. 4.
In less than a decade into her professional career, Serena Jameka Williams already made her way to the top list of the world ranking, dethroning her sister Venus. She went ahead to win more awards for herself – the 2003 Australian Open, the 2008 US Open singles, the US Open, the Australian Open doubles tournament, and lots more. Today Williams has about 23 doubles titles, 72 career singles titles, and two mixed doubles titles. Her net worth is about $27 million with over $88 million in career prize money. You could also refer to her as a four-time Olympic gold medalist. Well, stories about Serena William’s career progression cannot be overstretched, however, this article will be focusing on her personal life- her family, marital life and lots more. Find out more about the Michigan-born American tennis player, Serena Williams.
Is Serena Williams Married, Who is Her Husband?
Looking at the skills and strength she displays on the tennis field, fans and critics may not find it difficult to refer to her as a guy who has undergone a sexual reassignment. Whatever be the case, the legendary tennis player has identified as a woman who is married to an Internet entrepreneur and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
Prior to her relationship with Ohanian, Serena was reportedly involved with famous rapper Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common. They were together as a couple until 2010 when they broke up. Williams only announced her engagement to the Reddit executive chairman on December 29, 2016, and their marriage became a reality on November 16, 2017. The wedding ceremony was held in New Orleans with celebrity guests like Kim Kardashian West, Beyoncé, Anna Wintour, and Kelly Rowland, in attendance.
Alexis Ohanian was born on April 24, 1983, which means that he is about two years younger than his wife. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to an Armenian-American father Chris Ohanian, and a German-born mother, Anke. His high school education was at Howard High School and he went to the University of Virginia and graduated in 2005 with degrees in commerce and history. Since then, He has joined numerous fast-growing tech-related businesses like Zenefits, Instacart, Opendoor, and Cruise before creating the social news center Reddit. Stories about how the couple met are not yet known but their daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born on September 1, 2017.
When Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, issues about her child’s naming caused some media frenzy. Serena named her daughter after her husband, Alexis, like it is done when fathers pass down their name to their sons. Although Williams is yet to speak on why she named her daughter after her husband, there are indications that the naming was Williams’ step toward her support for gender equality and social justice and a way of liberating her daughter from societal norms and rules. When Alexis turned a year old, Serena refused to celebrate her daughter’s birthday mainly because of her strict Jehovah Witness beliefs.
Serena Williams Father, Sister
Serena’s father Richard, was born on February 16, 1942, as one of the six children born to Julia Mae Williams of Shreveport, Louisiana. He was first married to Betty Johnson, in 1965 and together, they had six children before they separated in 1973. Williams met Serena’s mother, Oracene Price in 1979, she was also with three children from her previous marriage and together, they had two additional children- Serena and her sister Venus.
Venus was born on June 17, 1980. She was born as Venus Ebony Starr Williams and she began playing tennis at the early age of seven after she was spotted by a professional tennis coach Tony Chesta. As a powerful baseliner, Venus has earned many awards and accolades for herself following her outstanding performances in the table tennis court which she started professionally on October 31, 1994, at the young age of 14. She gained her associate degree in fashion design on December 13, 2007, from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She also gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana University East. and she is willing to go further in her studies just so she would earn an MBA in the nearest future.
Outside her table tennis career, Venus is a promising businesswoman. She owns an interior design firm best known as V Starr Interiors, located in Jupiter, Florida.