Former World No. 1 Serena Williams and her daughter Olympia are among the investors in a new women's football team in Los Angeles, along with others such as Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain and Eva Longoria.
Serena Williams and her daughter invest in new women's football team in Los Angeles
The National Women's Soccer League has confirmed that the new team, tentatively-named Angel City, will begin competing in the national competition from 2022.
The owners include a group of women including 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williiams, with her two-year-old daughter Olympia — actors Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria, and tech entrepreneurs Julie Uhrman and Alexis Ohanain (Serena's husband) and a number of current and former US women's team players.
Ohanian Sr. said in an announcement on Instagram, “I am proud to be a part of this wonderful group (majority women!) working to bring a women’s professional football club to Los Angeles. As someone who spends hours kicking around a football with my two-year-old daughter, I want her to have a front-row seat to this revolution”.
According to the ABC website, Portman said, "Today we take an exciting step by announcing the first women majority-owned and led ownership group. I am thrilled by the opportunity to partner with this incredible group of people to bring a professional women's soccer team to Los Angeles.
Together, we aim to build not only a winning team on the field, but also to develop a passionately loyal fan base. Sports are such a joyful way to bring people together, and this has the power to make tangible change for female athletes both in our community and in the professional sphere."
Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all time behind Margaret Court, who has 24 Grand Slams. She has been ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017, including one stint at World No.
1 for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf. In total, she has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among the women behind Graf and Martina Navratilova. Serena Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players.
Her 39 Grand Slam titles put 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.