What Religion Does Oracene Price, Serena Williams Mother Have Faith In?
Price defines herself as a highly spiritual woman.
Williams has leaned into her faith, having been raised as a Jehovah's Witness.
She used lockdown to re-read the Bible, noting that "I'm not putting my faith in any government or anything like that."
"It is critical for me to comprehend what the Bible says." But what about those of us who are on a different path? "You can try your best to be the best you can be."
"Some people are doing wonderfully well. Others can try to alter their mindsets and think about how they handle problems. Be alert of your surroundings. Make their implicit biases explicit."
"I've never been like anyone else in my life, and I'm not going to start now," Serena says of the future. And as a result, not only tennis, but the entire globe is a better place.
On the other hand, Williams' faith is like a secret weapon for her, a hidden source of power and perseverance that some argue is as important to her game as her 120 mph serve.
How has Williams managed to strike a balance between her faith and her success? It's a topic she and her sister Venus, a former No. 1 tennis player, have only touched on on a few occasions.
On the other hand, Serena Williams has left a trail of words indicating that her faith in God, particularly her status as a Witness, has improved her already strong tennis abilities.
After winning the Australian Open for the sixth time in January, Serena Williams told the fans, "I have to credit Jehovah God for this."
"I was out and down, and he helped me, and all I did was pray, not for victory, but strength and health, and in the end, I was able to get through, so I had to give praise to him first and foremost."
After their mother, Oracene committed to the faith in the early 1980s, she and her four older sisters became Witnesses.
Serena Williams has stated that she attends church and has gone door-to-door to pass out tracts and evangelize, as Witnesses are obliged to do.
Yetunde Price, her oldest half-sister, was shot and died in a shooting in 2003. Serena Williams was the first to learn of the news.
Her tennis was harmed. According to reports, she took some time off, attending Witness meetings and Bible studies up to three times a week.