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Venus Williams

Country: United States
Residence: Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 160 lbs. (72.5 kg)
Plays: Right
Turned pro: October 1994
Highest singles ranking: 1 (February 25, 2002)
Singles titles: 32
Career Prize Money: $14,815,188
Grand Slam Record
Titles: 4
Australian Open F (2003)
French Open F (2002)
Wimbledon W (2000, '01)
U.S. Open W (2000, '01)

Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. 1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams.

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Early life

When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. Their father Richard used to take all five of his daughters to the courts in hopes that someday at least one of them would reach sporting glory and move them into a better place.

Venus as a young girl became one of California's top young tennis players, and she and her sister Serena shared the top seed as California's best young players for a long time.

Tennis career

Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. She has garnered many important championships, including two Gold medals at the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, the Fed Cup, the 1999 French Open doubles (with sister Serena as her partner) and 5 other doubles and 2 mixed doubles grand slams, the Oklahoma City Tennis championship, the Italian Open, and the Hamburg Open. In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena.

When Venus and Serena won the 1999 French Open doubles title, they became the first pair of sisters to win a doubles title in the 20th century.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6.

Williams' older sister, Yetunde Price, was killed by gunshots in the Compton area as she and a male driver passed by inside a car, on the morning of September 14, 2003.

Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. After finishing an injury plagued 2003 season ranked 11, Williams rebounded into the top 10 for a year end #9 ranking in 2004, but for the first time since 1997, she failed to qualify for the WTA Tour's annual Year Ending Championships in Los Angeles. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16.

Titles (41)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (4)
WTA Championships (0)
Olympic Gold (1)
Tier I Event (6)
WTA Tour (23)

Singles (32)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 1998-02-23 Oklahoma City, USA Hard Joannette Kruger (South Africa) 6-3 6-2
2. 1998-03-16 Key Biscayne, USA Hard Anna Kournikova (Russia) 2-6 6-4 6-1
3. 1998-09-28 Munich, Germany (Grand Slam Cup) Carpet Patty Schnyder (Switzerland) 6-2 3-6 6-2
4. 1999-02-22 Oklahoma City, USA Hard Amanda Coetzer (South Africa) 6-4 6-0
5. 1999-03-15 Key Biscayne, USA Hard Serena Williams (USA) 6-1 4-6 6-4
6. 1999-04-26 Hamburg, Germany Clay Mary Pierce (France) 6-0 6-3
7. 1999-05-03 Rome, Italy Clay Mary Pierce (France) 6-4 6-2
8. 1999-08-23 New Haven, USA Hard Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-2 7-5
9. 1999-10-11 Zurich, Switzerland Hard Martina Hingis (Switzerland) 6-3 6-4
10. 2000-06-26 Wimbledon, London, Great Britain Grass Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-3 7-6
11. 2000-07-24 Stanford, USA Hard Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-1 6-4
12. 2000-07-31 San Diego, USA Hard Monica Seles (USA) 6-0 6-7 6-3
13. 2000-08-21 New Haven, USA Hard Monica Seles (USA) 6-2 6-4
14. 2000-08-28 U.S. Open, New York, USA Hard Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-4 7-5
15. 2000-09-18 The Olympics, Sydney, Australia Hard Elena Dementieva (Russia) 6-2 6-4
16. 2001-03-19 Miami, USA Hard Jennifer Capriati (USA) 4-6 6-1 7-6
17. 2001-04-30 Hamburg, Germany Clay Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 6-3 6-3
18. 2001-06-25 Wimbledon, London, Great Britain Grass Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium) 6-1 3-6 6-0
19. 2001-07-30 San Diego, USA Hard Monica Seles (USA) 6-2 6-3
20. 2001-08-20 New Haven, USA Hard Lindsay Davenport (USA) 7-6 6-4
21. 2001-08-27 U.S. Open, New York, USA Hard Serena Williams (USA) 6-2 6-4
22. 2001-12-31 Gold Coast, Australia Hard Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium) 7-5 6-2
23. 2002-02-04 Paris, France Hard Jelena Dokic (Serbia & Montenegro) W/O
24. 2002-02-11 Antwerp, Belgium Hard Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium) 6-3 5-7 6-3
25. 2002-04-08 Amelia Island Clay Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium) 2-6 7-5 7-6
26. 2002-07-22 Stanford, USA Hard Kim Clijsters (Belgium) 6-3 6-3
27. 2002-07-29 San Diego, USA Hard Jelena Dokic (Serbia & Montenegro) 6-2 6-2
28. 2002-08-19 New Haven Hard Lindsay Davenport (USA) 7-5 6-0
29. 2003-02-10 Antwerp, Belgium Hard Kim Clijsters (Belgium) 6-2 6-4
30. 2004-04-12 Charleston, USA Clay Conchita Martinez (Spain) 2-6 6-2 6-1
31. 2004-04-26 Warsaw, Poland Clay Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 6-1 6-4
32. 2005-05-15 Istanbul, Turkey Clay Nicole Vaidisova (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-2

Singles Finalist (20)

Grand slam events in boldface.

  • 1997: U.S. Open (lost to Martina Hingis)
  • 1998: Sydney (lost to Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario)
  • 1998: Rome (lost to Martina Hingis)
  • 1998: Stanford (lost to Lindsay Davenport)
  • 1998: Zurich (lost to Lindsay Davenport)
  • 1999: Hannover (lost to Jana Novotna)
  • 1999: Stanford (lost to Lindsay Davenport)
  • 1999: San Diego (lost to Monica Seles)
  • 1999: Munich (lost to Serena Williams)
  • 2000: Linz (lost to Lindsay Davenport)
  • 2002: Hamburg (lost to Kim Clijsters)
  • 2002: Roland Garros (lost to Serena Williams)
  • 2002: Wimbledon (lost to Serena Williams)
  • 2002: U.S. Open (lost to Serena Williams)
  • 2003: Australian Open (lost to Serena Williams)
  • 2003: Warsaw (lost to Amelie Mauresmo)
  • 2003: Wimbledon (lost to Serena Williams)
  • 2004: Berlin (lost to Amelie Mauresmo)
  • 2004: Stanford (lost to Lindsay Davenport)
  • 2005: Antwerp (lost to Amelie Mauresmo)

Doubles (10)

Grand slam events in boldface. Doubles partner sister Serena Williams.

  • 1998: Oklahoma City
  • 1998: Zurich
  • 1999: Hannover
  • 1999: French Open
  • 1999: U.S. Open
  • 2000: Wimbledon
  • 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney
  • 2001: Australian Open
  • 2002: Wimbledon
  • 2003: Australian Open

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