Insights into Serena Williams’ relationship with debt-ridden stepmother Lakeisha amid the star’s struggle to save her crumbling childhood home

SERENA Williams’ stepmother has played a significant role in the tennis superstar’s life since she married the icon’s father, Richard, more than a decade ago.

Although Lakeisha Juanita Williams was spotted cheering on her famous stepdaughters at tennis matches, shocking details have been revealed in her messy divorce battle with Richard Williams.

Despite the relationship she's forged with the tennis stars, Lakeisha's nasty court battle with Richard has sparked some controversy

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Despite the relationship she’s forged with the tennis stars, Lakeisha’s nasty court battle with Richard has sparked some controversyPhoto credit: Reuters
The now ex-wife of Venus and Serena Williams' father Richard claimed Serena threatened to lock her out of her Florida home if Lakeisha Juanita Williams didn't leave

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The now ex-wife of Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard claimed Serena threatened to lock her out of her Florida home if Lakeisha Juanita Williams didn’t leavePhoto credit: AFP

Lakeisha and the father of tennis prodigies, who is the subject of Oscar-nominated biopic King Richard, married in 2010 when Lakeisha was 32 and Richard was 69.

She and Richard have been in a vicious legal battle over their divorce since 2017.

Before the relationship went awry, Venus and Serena’s stepmother, who is 37 years Richard’s junior, seemed to get along well with her infamous stepdaughters.

In 2014, Richard’s wife was spotted outside the tennis court at the Sony Open final with Serena’s sister Venus and their half-brother, who was then just over a year old.

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Venus and her stepmother wore complementary outfits to Serena’s tennis match as they both wore a white top and dark blue jeans with similar but different shoes, according to photos in the Daily Mail.

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Despite the relationship she’s forged with the tennis stars, Lakeisha’s nasty court battle with Richard has sparked some controversy.

Serena’s stepmother has made allegations that the icon said she would lock Lakeisha out of the house she lived in amid a court battle over the tennis champ’s childhood home.

The estranged wife of Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard claimed, according to TMZ, Serena threatened to lock her out of their Florida home if Lakeisha Juanita Williams didn’t leave.

Court documents show that Lakeisha accused Serena of telling her to leave the family home where the couple lived with their son at the time.

Her claims were that she was ordered to leave the house she said Serena owned.

In the documents, Lakeisha states that Serena’s legal team sent her demanding letters “urging her and the child to leave the house and threatening to swap the locks.”

The documents even noted that Lakeisha said Richard had “behaved hostilely” during their marriage and she feared he would hurt their infant son, TMZ reported in 2017.

Serena Williams did not answer any of the claims her stepmother made about her at the time.

In the 2017 court filings, Lakeisha also filed an urgent motion, asking the court to force the sale of another property she and Richard co-owned because she needed the money.

BANKRUPTCY

Richard’s ex-wife, now 43, has criticized the handling of her case with investigations into her chaotic finances, including a $500,000 bankruptcy.

Venus and Serena’s father’s ex allegedly even forged Richard’s signature, which she claimed at his request.

She reportedly signed his name on the title deeds of his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. to take out a $255,000 mortgage with a “hard lender” named David Simon.

Simon’s attorneys accused Lakeisha of manhandling the lot and spending every last penny on “fast food and frivolities.”

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Since 2017 he has been trying to get his money back from her, which now totals $513,213 including interest.

The lender also wants the house to be auctioned to pay off their debt.

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