Whether you’re an avid tennis fan or just a casual sports fan, you probably already know who Serena Williams is. It’s hard not to because the tennis superstar has been thrust in the limelight because of her supernatural tennis skills that transcend the sport itself. She, together with her older sister Venus are two of the top players in the world. And even now as their careers are slowly coming to a close, they show very little signs of deterioration.
So if you want to know more about Serena Williams, we’ve compiled a list of factoids and trivia that you might want to know about.
She Was Mainly Coached By Her Father
When you pull your two daughters out of the most prestigious tennis academies in the world, you better know what you’re doing. This is exactly what Serena and Venus’ father did in 1995. He decided that he would be the best fit to coach his two daughters despite not have a lot of tennis coaching experience before then.
He must have known something that the other coaches didn’t because he’s coached 2 out of 2 champions.
She Was Pregnant When She Won the Australian Open
On her way to her 23rd Grand Slam, she had a classic match with her sister Venus for the Australian Open. She prevailed. In this circumstance, however, her Grand Slam probably wasn’t the most important prize on her head. This is because she just learned that she just won the ultimate prize of motherhood just before the tournament started.
She’s a Devout Jehova’s Witness
We don’t often hear her talk about her faith. But, when she does, it’s pretty obvious that she’s serious about it. For example, she’s not one to throw a huge birthday party for her child’s first birthday. “We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that,” she said when asked by reporters. She, together with her mother, converted in the early parts of the 80s. Since then, her religion played a huge part in her psyche.
She’s Close to the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
Even before the Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex, Serena Williams was already one of her best friends. The pair met and became quick friends in 2010. Since then, they were present in each other’s most important moments. Serena was even invited to the Royal Wedding of Meghan and Prince Harry in 2018. And when Meghan became pregnant with baby Archie, Serena helped throw a great big baby shower for the young royal. On the other hand, Meghan traveled all the way to New York to support Serena in the US Open.