Venus and Serena Williams are two of the most recognizable and famous siblings in tennis. The women have been dominant in their sport for more than two decades but still, there is a lot their fans don’t know about them.
Two questions that always come up are: Who is older and who has the higher net worth? Here are the answers to both of those questions as well as a few other things you probably didn’t know about the tennis stars including the tragedy they endured when they lost their half-sister.
Is Venus or Serena older?
The Williams sisters are not far apart in age but Venus is older as she was born the year before Serena.
Venus Ebony Starr Williams was born on June 17, 1980, to parents Oracene and Richard Williams. The couple then welcomed Serena Jameka Williams just over a year later on Sept. 26, 1981.
When they were kids their family moved from California to Florida so the girls could attend The Rick Macci Tennis Academy. In 1994, Venus turned pro and in her first match, she beat No. 50-seeded Shaun Stafford. In 1997, Venus became the first unseeded U.S. Open women’s finalist in the Open era. Three years later, she won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Serena followed in her sister’s footsteps with her own dominance by winning her first major championship in 1999 and completing the career Grand Slam in 2003, which was just the first of many for her.
Venus has an impressive net worth of $95 million thanks to her career earnings and endorsement deals. In 2007, Venus earned her associate degree in fashion design and started her own line called EleVen which is a collection of fashion-forward activewear.
Of course, Serena has her own clothing line as well. She also has endorsement deals with several different companies including a lucrative deal with Nike. All that, along with her career earnings, gives the younger Williams sister a much higher net worth as she is worth a whopping $180 million.
The siblings have experienced plenty of highs and lows in their careers and personal lives. A particularly tragic time in their lives was when they learned that their older half-sister was murdered.
Yetunde Price, who was the oldest of their mother’s five children, was gunned down in Compton, California, on Sept. 14, 2003. Price and her boyfriend, Rolland Wormley, were shot at when they drove their SUV down a block where there was suspected drug house. Wormley has always maintained that the attack was unprovoked.
Several months after the shooting, Southside Crips member Robert Edward Maxfield was taken into custody for the murder. After two trials ended in a mistrial, Maxfield ended up pleading no contest in the third and was sentenced to 15 years behind bars. He was let out after 12 for good behavior.
“No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior,” Serena said when she found out that Maxfield has been released from prison early. “It’s unfair that she’ll never have an opportunity to hug me.’”
Unbelievable: Maria Sharapova says she got mobbed in the Olympic village cafeteria
Many players prefer not to stay at the Olympic village as other athletes tend to get a little star struck at coming face to face with high profile superstars. Maria Sharapova got a taste of this herself when she went into the cafeteria at the Olympic village.
Sharapova is the highest earning female athlete in the world and a global superstar. “I’m usually pretty naïve about like people’s knowledge of me, my career, what I’ve achieved,” Sharapova told the press after her first round win on Sunday in London.
“I try to be pretty humble about it, but the biggest mistake I’ve made in a long time was entering the cafeteria. I didn’t walk out eating any food. I barely got an orange juice. It was quite funny. Actually, I didn’t sign any autographs, it was just pictures. I felt like a little statue.”
Tyson Fury stunned two female fans by partying at their flat after selfie encounter
Tyson Fury left two fans “star struck” after partying with them for eight hours after they asked the heavyweight champion for a selfie.
The Gypsy King is still celebrating his knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas earlier this month, which saw him retain his WBC title.
Stella, 21 and Kailah, 24, had asked Fury for a picture before knocking back shots with the champ in a bar.
According to the Sun, Stella and Kailah were “starstruck” when meeting the 33-year-old fighter and called him a “perfect gentleman”.
A source told the paper: “Stella and Kailah are normal hard-working girls who went out for a midweek drink and ended up doing shots and dancing with one of the world’s most famous sporting stars.
Tyson Fury allegedly partied with two fans back at their flat
“They felt very lucky to be out with him and he was very complimentary to them and they loved his fun-loving personality.
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“He’s a beast of a boxer, but out of the ring he’s a gentle, fun-loving guy.”
The pair bumped into Fury, along with boxing pal Andy Lee whilst out in Manchester on Wednesday afternoon.
Outside, they asked Fury for a selfie, which Stella subsequently placed on her personal Facebook page.
Kailah then shared the image with the caption: “Trust me to have no make-up on the day I meet Tyson Fury.”
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After exchanging numbers, Lee made contact with the girls asking them to join them for something to eat.
Stella recalled: “I’m just having a drink in a bar. I’m not looking my best right now to be joining for dinner as I’m in my comfies. I’m heading home but I can get ready.”
The quartet then met back up to drink in Miami Ice Bar, dancing and drinking before the four went to Stella and Kailah’s flat to continue the party.
The report added that Tyson called it a night at around 11.30pm, returning home to wife Paris and their six children.
Fury left the party before midnight to return home to wife Paris
“They had a few cocktails together and were asking Tyson about his boxing career and he really enjoyed being in the company of some down-to-earth girls,” the source continued.
“He might be heavyweight champion, but he’s a man of the people and likes to live as normal a life as possible. They thought Tyson was very charming and he was very complimentary to them.”
Fury has been revelling in his trilogy sealing victory over Wilder, partying in Vegas before making an heroic return to the UK.
His night out in Manchester came hours after he enjoyed a game of bingo in his home town of Morecambe along with A League of their Own stars Andrew Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp.
Novak Djokovic: ‘As much as it hurts me personally…’
What a way to close the year for Daniil Medvedev. The world number two won his first Grand Slam title a couple of months ago in New York and is now very close to lifting the “Salad Bowl” in Madrid. On his tie against Germany, where he beat Jan-Lennard Struff, he stated: “It’s never easy, it’s Davis Cup.
Although without a doubt, if you look at the scoreboard, there have been only two individual matches, and I have not faced a break ball until the last game of the match. But it is never easy. I have seen Andrey (Rublev) on television, and he has played with great confidence.
In my game, until 4-4 in the first set, my rival was playing at a high level, serving incredible. Then he had a worse game with fewer firsts and more errors and I was able to break his serve. It was the key to the game. In less than six hours we have taken out both games, with freshness for the final and a lot of confidence, “he added in statements taken up by “Break Point.”
Now in the title series, Russia will face dangerous Croatia. Despite the difficulty that their rival could mean, they start as clear favorites. “It would have been special to play Novak Djokovic in the final. He always is.
But this is the Davis Cup. He won his match, but he’s not in the final. Borna Gojo did an amazing job from what I could tell. Huge stuffy in this competition. Since he had won his match, it was known that even if Novak won it would not be easy against the best doubles pair in the world.”
Nole doesn’t have any regrets in life
When quizzed on whether he felt any regrets about continuing to play after the US Open, Novak Djokovic answered in the negative. He always gives his best when playing for Serbia, as it holds special meaning to him and his teammates as well.
The Davis Cup format is cruel according to him, as one singles win isn’t enough and it’s important to win every match and set as it all counts. “Season finished today, so I don’t regret any tournament that I played after the date that you mentioned,” he said.
“I give my best, as I always do, for national team. There is extra meaning and importance for me, for everybody involved. Unfortunately wasn’t to be this time,” he rued. “One singles win is not enough. This kind of competition is cruel in a way because it just requires you to win every single match that you play or every single set because it counts.
I don’t regret anything in life,” he said. “I try to draw lessons from especially the tough moments like this. As much as it hurts me personally and us as a team, these are usually the biggest opportunities to get stronger, to grow, and develop to be even a better person and a player.”