Serena Williams, the younger of the two incredibly talented Williams sisters, has had a more successful tennis career than Venus Williams. The sisters often play doubles together and are the richest female athletes in the world.
edit Early Life
Serena Williams was born on September 26th 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan. She began playing tennis in California at age 5 and was home-schooled and coached by her parents. Her family moved from Compton to West Palm Beach when she was nine so she could attend Rick Macci’s tennis academy. He provided additional coaching. Serena Williams began playing professionally in September 1995 at age 15.
Venus Williams was born June 17th 1980 in Lynwood, California. She started playing tennis at age 4, and moved with her family to West Palm Beach at age 10 to attend Rick Macci’s academy. She turned professional on October 31st 1994 at age 14.
edit Playing Style
Serena Williams is a baseline player. She takes immediate control of rallies using a powerful serve and return and forceful groundstrokes. Her serve can be up to 128 mph.
Venus Williams is also a baseline player with an attacking all-court game. She is most comfortable playing on grass. She is a skillful volleyer with great court coverage. She has the record for the fastest serve by a woman, with 130 mph at the Zurich Open.
edit Grand Slams
Serena Williams has been in 18 Grand Slam singles finals, winning 14 titles. She’s been in 13 Grand Slam doubles finals, winning them all. She always partners with her sister Venus Williams in these scenarios. She has also been in 4 Grand Slam mixed double finals, winning 2 and coming as runner up in another 2.
Venus Williams has been in 14 Grand Slam singles finals, winning 7 titles. She has won 13 Grand Slam finals with her sister, and two mixed double finals.
Some of the greatest Grand Slam moments of Serena and Venus captured in this video:
Serena Williams became the world no. 1 on July 8th 2002. Since then, she has regained this ranking 5 times, last achieving it on November 2nd 2009. She’s ranked as the 9th best female player of all time.
Venus Williams has been ranked World No. 1 in singles three times. The first time was on February 5th 2002, when she became the first African American woman to achieve this during the Open Era. She is tied for 12th place as the best female player of all time.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams have both won four Olympic gold medals: one each in singles and three together in doubles.
The Olympic Gold medal records for Serena and Venus are:
|Serena Williams||Venus Williams|
|2000 Sydney||Doubles||Singles & Doubles|
|2012 London||Singles & Doubles||Doubles|
edit Prize Money
Serena Williams has won $38,177,142 in prize money. She is the only female player to have won over $35 million in prize money.
Venus Williams has won $28,411,851 in prize money over her career. She was involved in the fight for equal prize money for male and female players. She met with officials in the French Open and Wimbledon in 2005, but her demands were rejected. She published an essay in The Times immediately before Wimbledon 2006, criticizing them for this decision. Her arguments were endorsed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and members of the British Parliament, and she was asked by the Women’s Tennis Association to lead a campaign promoting gender equality in sport. Wimbledon announced in February 2007 that it would award equal prize money to all competitors in all rounds, and the French Open followed a day later.
Serena has a better record than Venus Williams in a head-to-head comparison for direct encounters against each other.
In the 2009 US Open, Williams was given a warning after slamming her racquet on the court over a lost set. Later in the same match, Williams was given a foot fault, after which gestured with her racquet at the lineswoman and yelled at her, including profanities. She was penalized a point for unsportsmanlike behavior, and was given an on-site fine of $10,000. She was later fined $175,000 and placed on two year probation. In the 2011 US Open, Williams directed abuse at an umpire and was fined $2000.
Venus Williams has not been involved in any controversies.
Serena Williams is an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has had special clothing lines with Puma and Nike, and has her own designer line called Aneres. She is a part owner of Miami Dolphins and helped fund the construction of the Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya.
Venus Williams earned her associate degree in Fashion Design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale on December 13th 2007. She is pursuing a BA in business at Indiana University East and aims to earn an MBA. She is the chief executive officer of her interior design firm “V Starr Interiors” and has launched her own fashion line, EleVen. She is a part-owner of the Miami Dolphins.
The Williams sisters have won several awards in their career. Serena Williams' awards include TIME Magazine World’s 100 Most Influential People, WTA Player of the Year and the BET Award for Female Athlete of the Year. Venus Williams' awards include Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World, WTA Player of the Year and BET’s Best Female Athlete of the Year.