Biography of Serena Williams

Serena Williams

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Early Life

Serena Jameka Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan to parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price. She is one of five sisters as was raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses. While young, she moved with her family to Los Angeles, in the Compton suburb, where she started playing tennis at the age of four. Both Serena and her sister Venus were home schooled and was coached in tennis by both her parents. To date, her parents remain her coach.

At the age of nine, Serena relocated with her family to West Palm Beach, Florida, to attend the tennis academy of Rick Macci, who would provided additional coaching. When Serena was 10, her father stopped sending her to national junior tennis tournaments, because he wanted them to take it slow and focus on their education. However, his other motivation was racial, as he had heard parents of white players talking about the Williams sisters in a derogatory manner during tournaments. At that time, Serena had a 46-3 record on the United States Tennis Association junior tour and was ranked number one among under 10 players in Florida. In 1995, Richard took over all the coaching of his daughters at their home, after pulling them from Macci’s academy.

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