(SL) – She’s believed to have met him a year ago and video shows her having dinner with Alexis that infamous night a man snatched her phone off the table in a restaurant in Rome and ran out with it. Serena chased him down. The man gave the phone back, but when the story came out no one knew who the ‘friend’ was that she was dining with. Now we know. It’s Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian who credits the Tennis hottie for making him the happiest man in the world.
Ohanian showed just how amazing he thinks the tennis champ is by taking whisking Serena back to Rome (where they first met) for a romantic trip and proposing to her.
Williams, 35, shared the news on Reddit by posting a poem, writing: ‘At the same table we first met by chance / This time he made it not by chance / But by choice / Down on one knee / He said 4 words / And I said yes.’ Someone had a bag packed for me / And a carriage awaited / Destination: Rome / To escort me to my very own “charming” / Back to where our stars first collided,’ wrote Williams.
Ohanian, 33, later posted Williams’ poem to his Facebook account, writing: ‘She said yes.’He also commented on her poem on Reddit, writing: ‘And you made me the happiest man on the planet.’
A Look At Rena’s Past Loves
The Daily Mail reports, prior to Ohanian, Williams was linked to a number of A-list stars from the worlds of film, music and sports. Her first high-profile relationship came in 2002 with reports that she was dating football star Keyshawn Johnson, who was a decade her senior.
Johnson, who was the first pick in the 1996 draft, was playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time and had just split with his first wife.
The relationship was never confirmed, but if true the two certainly had a positive impact on one another, with Serena winning four straight Grand Slams for the first time in her career between 2002 and 2003 and Johnson leading the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory.
In 2004, Williams began dating director Brett Ratner, a relationship that would last for two years. Ratner, who was 12 years older than Williams at the time, was at the peak of his career at the time thanks to the success of the first two Rush Hour films.
He directed the biggest film of his career during that time, X-Men: The Last Stand, which grossed close to $500million worldwide.
Williams meanwhile won just one Grand Slam during those two years. After that relationship ended she dated actor Jackie Long in 2007, who reportedly dumped the tennis star.
Williams later wrote a blog detailing how a man believed to be Long ‘disappeared for a week’ before calling to break up with her at the same time she was falling in love with him. The following year Williams began dating rapper Common, who she spent two years with.
The couple were frequently spotted out together at events, and even in the years after their split there were rumors that they had reunited. Williams was briefly linked to another A-list name after her split from Common, Amar’e Stoudemire. She and the Stoudemire were rumored to be an item after she and the New York Knicks power forward were spotted attending events together in the city.
For her next relationship, Williams chose a tennis player, dating Bulgarian heartthrob Grigor Dimitrov. The affair was brief, and after the split Dimitrov began dating Maria Sharapova, whom Williams has defeated in their last 18 straight matches.
Next up was her tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou, whom Williams was rumored to be with in 2012 after her split from Dimitrov. That relationship fizzled out, but Mouratoglou has continued to be Williams coach and is credited with her incredible success over the past five years.
And last, but not least, were the rumors that Williams was dating Drake in 2015.
Those rumors now seem to have been false as she would have been with Ohanian at the time, unless the two were not yet serious or on a break. As for Ohanian, his ex is Sabriya Stukes. Serena has been relatively quiet about his relationship with Ohanian. But clearly the two have been putting in some serous time and are ready to take it to the next level.