“Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard!”
"It’s lonely at the top. There are a lot of people who don’t like me. Everyone talks behind your back."
Serena Williams began playing tennis at age 3. Full name is Serena Jameka Williams.
Knows 4 languages: English(native), French(conversational), Spanish and Italian(some).
Won her first tournament at age 4.
Studied at home to focus on playing tennis.
"I'm a total klutz. I fall over for no reason. I have a scar on my face because I fell off a bike."
Has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles and 4 Olympic gold medals.
"I never played that well at fifteen, to play the professionals. I think at school I wasn’t good enough."
"I really admire Roger and Novak. I love watching them play, both respectively."
If she didn’t play tennis, she could have been a veterinarian.
Has been producing her own line of designer apparel "Aneres" since 2004 (her first name spelled backward). "I wanted not just to design clothes but to design wedding dresses. That was my first real love, but then I was like: 'Listen. I’m playing professional tennis. I’ll just do athletic wear.' We brought fashion back to tennis."
Serena is the only tennis player who has won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades.
Became the oldest female tennis player to be ranked No. 1 at the age 31.
Williams is the 1st woman since 1988 who won the first three legs of the grand slam.
Moved up ranks from 304 to 99 within 12 months in 1995.
"I don't watch a tremendous amount of sport, outside of football, American football. I like Messi a lot. I think he's a pretty amazing player, footballer."
Is able to catch a flying ball of gelato in her mouth.
Likes reading, acting, talking on the phone, watching movies and football, spending time with family and friends.
"I like to name my cars.My current rental car is called Casper. And you know, Casper seemed obvious for that one."
Serena's prize money is more than $81 million, more than any other female athlete.
She is a professional nail technician (took classes in early 2010 ).
Favorite singers are Mariah Carey and Brandy. "Green Day is my favorite band."
Beloved city is Rome.
Launched her own collection of jewelry and handbags.
Is the first black female athlete who has her picture on the cover of Vogue.
Adores the writer Maya Angelou.
Likes purple color.
Dogs hold the top spot in Serena Williams' heart, but other than dogs, she loves tigers too. "I travel with my teacup Yorkie, Chip."
Gymnastics is her favorite sport to watch.
In 2009, Williams released her autobiography Titled, My Life: Queen of the Court. 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.
Founded the Serena Williams Foundation and built schools in Africa.
Private Life and Family
"I'm always open for dinner and a movie. But because we travel so much, a serious relationship might be difficult right now."
She is the youngest of Price's five daughters: half-sisters Yetunde, Lyndrea and Isha Price, and full sister Venus.