Serena Williams is many things in this generation but most importantly a symbol of great motivation for the female race because of her unmatchable achievements in the professional world of tennis. She started off at three with her father as her major coach and in 1995, began her official career. Since then Serena has constantly been on the top list of female tennis players in the world and can even be credited as the Greatest and Highest Paid Female Tennis Player of All-Time.
Date of Birth: September 26, 1981
Zodiac Sign: Libra
It is not news that Williams has won multiple awards and more than 20 Grand Slam titles for her single matches even though she shares 14 grand slams with her elder biological sister Venus for doubles. The dynamic duo is admired by many but first of all, by their family. They come from a blended family and are known to be huge supporters of each member’s success. We’ll be taking you through the private life of everyone who belongs to the Williams and Price family starting from the lovely parents down to the youngest addition to Serena Williams. Enjoy this detailed read.
Oracene Price (mother)
Date of Birth: April 3, 1952
Zodiac Sign: Aries
She is known first to be the mother of the foremost two female sensations in professional tennis. Price is a tennis coach herself and helped out in the coaching of her two daughters in the early days of their careers. Brandy (her birth name) is the soft spoken and extremely articulate woman who is regarded as the greatest tennis mother of all time.
Oracene and Richard were together for twenty years before they had to part ways. They were officially not together from 2000 but it was not announced to the world till 2002. Since their split, the successful parents have remained close. Price is and always has been a huge supporter especially for her two famous daughters in the sports world.
Richard Williams II (father)
Date of Birth: February 16, 1942
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
He met Oracene in 1979 while married to Betty Johnson. Price herself was married to Yusef Rasheed but the two lovers went ahead and started a relationship. In the space of a year, they ended their previous marriages, Venus was born and they tied the knot. Price and Williams were parents already from their former marriages so their coming together was also the creation of a blended family.
Richard has so far been more than a father to the tennis legend, in fact the story of her success can never be written without a good number of words about his important role. He first had this huge dream and later became the first trainer to both Serena and her sister Venus. After 1980, Williams Sr. developed an avid interest in the sports and drafted out a plan to make his daughters one of the best in the history of the tennis arena.
Luckily for him, his desire came to pass and his daughters even exceeded what he ever thought. He coached his daughters up until their first Grand Slam titles and watched them rise higher and higher in their respective careers. The journey was not a smooth ride all through as Richard had to face criticism for having his daughters focus single-mindedly on sports and not letting the young girls have a normal childhood. He pulled them out of tennis and moved out of Compton to Palm Beach Gardens. The Williams daughter eventually became young professional tennis players and things progressed geometrically from there.
After his divorce with Oracene, He remarried 37 years younger Lakeisha Graham in December 2010 and two years later, became the father to a boy young enough to be his grandson.
Yetunde Price (elder half-sister from mother’s previous marriage)
Date of Birth: August 9, 1972
Date of Death: September 14, 2003 (aged 31)
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Yetunde was one very close half-sister to the famous Williams. She was a registered nurse and mother of three children; Jeffrey, Justus, Jair. She owned a beauty shop together with a friend and occasionally acted as the personal assistant of the Williams sisters. Yetunde was sadly involved in a drive by shooting in 2003 and died almost immediately. Her death shook her family and the tennis sisters admitted that it took them a long time to get over the loss of their close friend and sister.
Isha Price (elder sister from Oracene’s previous marriage)
Date of Birth: February 18, 1975
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
She is not a Williams but shares a close bond with her superstar sisters. Her name was in many stories in early 2017 when her sister Venus publicly called her out at the Australian open showdown with Serena. The younger Williams eventually won the game but in a gracious thank-you-speech, Venus called out for Isha but realized she was not present. It was later realized that Isha had chosen to watch the game from her hotel room as it was too tough a choice deciding whom to support among both sisters. Price is a lawyer and has her own life going on outside her famous sisters.
Lyndrea Price (elder sister from Oracene’s previous marriage)
She grew up playing tennis like her sisters but is now a fashion merchandiser and web developer.
Richard Williams III (elder brother from Richard’s previous marriage)
Richard is the first son born to Williams Sr. and he has chosen to stay completely out of the spotlight. He is never seen at any of his sister’s international matches and he lives a private life with his family. He runs his father’s charter bus line together with his wife but in 2001 was charged with misdemeanour domestic battery.
Venus Williams (elder sister from same parents)
Date of Birth: June 17, 1980
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Venus is regarded as one of the fastest and best servers in the history of tennis. The multiple-time Olympic gold medallist started off with her younger sister at an early age of four thanks to their dad’s great interest in the sports. By the time, Venus was seven; she was a phenomenal child prodigy and was already gaining the attention of great tennis players. She grew up in the tough neighbourhood of Compton and was homeschooled by Oracence due to her busy schedule with tennis lessons.
She started professional tennis at fourteen and is greatly distinguished for her attacking mode on court. The Serena sisters have been the face of tennis since the late 1990s and still continue to dominate the sports even now in the 21st century. Even though the younger Williams is the more successful one, her elder sister Venus has been able to cement her name as an all-time legend in the came from her early career heroics.
In 2011, Venus Ebony Starr was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome and because of this disease, she turned vegan and had drastically changed her diet. Since 2013, the older tennis star has been in a relationship with Elio Pis whom she met while he modelled for her fashion line eleven. It is not a surprise that both sisters are as close as the word itself. They lived together in the same house for over fifteen years but finally got separate houses, about five miles apart in 2014.
Dylan Starr Williams (younger brother from father’s third marriage)
Date of Birth: mid-August 2012
Zodiac Sign: Leo
No one would have imagined that the famous tennis competitor Serena could have another brother but just when Richard was a septuagenarian, he became the father of another male child and this time; it was to Lakeisha who is just a year older than Venus. Serena has however mentioned that she is excited about having a younger sibling as she has been the last child for over three decades before the unexpected addition.
Dylan’s second name came after Venus’s second name and Serena added that she was jealous he was named after her elder sister and not her. According to Papa Williams, he does not want his youngest son to play tennis like his elder sisters because ‘he wants his son to be a billionaire and there is not enough money in the sports’. If Richard knew what he knows now, his daughters would never have stepped foot on the tennis court.
Alexis Ohanian (husband)
Duration of Relationship: 2015 till present (got married November 16, 2017)
Date of Birth: April 24, 1983
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
With Serena being one of the best thing to ever happen to female tennis, settling down was always a bit of a puzzle. She is still not married but is in love with tech whizz Ohanian. Alexis is a huge success in his own right and is the co-founder of Reddit. They first got together in 2015 at a lunch in Italy. They were both lodged in the same Cavalieri Hilton hotel and ended up sitting at tales next to each other.
Ohanian had never watched a tennis match and Williams had never heard of Reddit as at the time they met. The two began dating October that year, got engaged since December 10, 2016 and he has been the nicest fiancé to the legendary player. They tied the knot on November 16, 2017 in New Orleans. The theme of the wedding was Beauty and the Beast.
Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. (daughter with Alexis Ohanian)
Date of Birth: September 1, 2017
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Serena announced on snap-chat in mid-April that she was 22 weeks pregnant putting the baby’s expected delivery data round the end of August or early September.
As expected, the beautiful baby girl was born 1st of September, the same day she went into labor. Alexis Jr. was already at a Royal wedding.