Serena Williams in a 2013 doubles match with Venus Williams.
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Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002. On her sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf for the most consecutive weeks as No. 1 by a female tennis player. In total, she has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the “Open Era” among female players behind Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.
Williams holds the most Grand-Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players. Her 39 major titles puts her joint-third on the all-time list and second in the Open Era: 23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles. She is the most recent female player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously (2002–03 and 2014–15) and the third player to achieve this record twice after Rod Laver and Steffi Graf. She is also the most recent player to have won a Grand Slam title on each surface (hard, clay and grass) in one calendar year. She is also, together with her sister Venus, the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles simultaneously (2009–10).
Her total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles marks the record for the most Grand Slam wins by a tennis player in the Open Era, and is second on the all-time list behind Margaret Court (24).She is also the only tennis player to have won ten Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. She has won an all-time record of 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hard court. Williams holds the Open Era record for most titles won at the Australian Open (7) and shares the Open Era record for most titles won at the US Open with Chris Evert (6). She also holds the all-time record for the most women’s singles matches won at majors with 325 matches.
Williams has won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Venus, and the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. As a team, she and Venus have the third most women’s doubles Grand Slam titles, behind the 18 titles of Natasha Zvereva(14 with Gigi Fernandez) and the record 20 titles won by Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver. Williams is also a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championship in the singles division. She has also won four Olympic gold medals, one in women’s singles and three in women’s doubles—an all-time record shared with her sister, Venus. The arrival of the Williams sisters has been credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women’s professional tennis tour. Earning almost $29 million in prize money and endorsements, Williams was the highest paid female athlete in 2016. She repeated this feat in 2017 when she was the only woman on Forbes’ list of the 100 highest paid athletes with $27 million in prize money and endorsements. She has won the ‘Laureus Sportswoman of the Year’ award four times (2003, 2010, 2016, 2018), and in December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.
Williams won the singles gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. Serena jumps for joy after defeating her opponent, Maria Sharapova in the 2012 Olympic gold medal match. She won the game easily 6-0, 6-1.
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Williams winning her fifth US Open title, Serena Williams versus Sloane Stephens
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Serena Williams won her 20th grand slam singles title at the French Open 2015, and celebrating her third French Open title,
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Serena Williams at the 2016 Wimbledon, winning her 22nd Grand Slam title
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Serena Williams and Venus Williams, Australian Open 2009
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1st round doubles action from the Women’s draw at the 2013 US Open. Serena and Venus Williams defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro; 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-3
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Serena Williams Has Launched a New Venture Firm for Investing in Women, People of Color, and Young Entrepreneurs / The tennis star’s firm, called Serena Ventures, is focused on funding startups founded by women, people of color, and young entrepreneurs.
- Serena Williams, one of the top tennis players, has publicly launched a venture fund called Serena Ventures.
- The venture-capital firm focuses on early-stage investments in companies led by women and people of color, and those that value “individual empowerment” and creativity.
- Serena Ventures has already invested in more than 30 companies, including the Wing, MasterClass, and Brandless.
Serena Williams Launched a Venture Firm to Invest in Diverse Founders
In addition to recently partnering up with Bumble to assist in their venture fund targeting female-founded venture-backable companies, tennis star Serena Williams has publicly launched her own fund, Serena Ventures, focusing on investing in diverse founders.
“In 2014, I launched Serena Ventures with the mission of giving opportunities to founders across an array of industries. Serena Ventures invests in companies that embrace diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity, and opportunity,” Williams stated on her site. Even though she has been quietly investing in dozens of companies over the last five years, it has not been officially publicized as a fund until now.
Serena Ventures focuses on early-stage companies helping to mentor young founders and take companies to the next level. Through her fund, founders get access to relationships and she encourages collaboration among portfolio companies to expand partnership opportunities.
Williams has currently invested in 30+ companies including, female only co-working space The Wings and black-owned hair company,Mayvenn. “We are proud to be a part of Serena Ventures portfolio,” stated Mayvenn on a recent Instagram post. “As a Black-owned, Oakland, California based company we’ve had humble beginnings; we are committed to uplifting our community as we rise. Serena Williams is a change maker with a passion for diversity and empowerment and we are grateful for her support! Thank you, Serena.”
Portfolio Companies (Image: Serena Ventures)
Serena hired Alison J. Rapaport, CFA, as the vice president of the fund to oversee portfolio management and sourcing new investments. Rapaport’s background consists of working at J.P. Morgan in asset management, specifically Multi-Asset Solutions and she led the development of the firm’s Alternative Beta offering.
Her education includes graduating magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Operations & Information Management and a minor in Psychology. Additionally, she is a CFA charter holder and earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
The firm will continue to invest in companies that include businesses that touch e-commerce, food & beverage, fashion, health & wellness, social good, with an emphasis on minority and female founders. Currently, their portfolio consists of 60% of diverse founder investments.
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