American tennis player Serena Jameka Williams was born on September 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan. The youngest of Richard and Oracene Williams's (now divorced) five daughters, Serena Williams, along with her sister Venus, would grow up to become one of the sport's great champions with her sister Venus—revolutionized women’s tennis with her powerful style of play, becoming one of the game’s most dominant athletes in the early 21st century.
Their father, Richard Williams, has coached and, some say, harangued the girls since childhood - or even earlier. He says he was watching tennis on TV in 1978, and when he saw how much prize money could be won, he decided on the spot that tennis winnings could be his family's path to success. He started talking his wife - already the mother of three girls from a previous marriage - into having more children.