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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.

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)

Singles (32)

Singles Finalist (20)

Grand slam events in boldface.

Doubles (10)

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


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Doubles partner sister Serena Williams.. On another note, Gabrielle is part of a growing minority of African-American women who press their hair, rather than get a relaxer treatment. Grand slam events in boldface. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology and is married to Chris Howard of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Grand slam events in boldface.. Gabrielle Union has participated in a considerable number of television shows and movies. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. Her new fame landed her on magazine covers and talk shows and she gained the respect of many movie fans.

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. With the 1999 release of Bring it On, in which she played a cheerleader alongside Kirsten Dunst, Union gained wide exposure. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. Soon after, she landed a job in one episode of the popular television series, Saved by the Bell. 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. She needed money to pay off some college loans and debts and she eventually signed to become a model. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. Union was asked by the agency to sign on with them as a new model.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. She eventually transferred to UCLA; while studying there, she decided to intern at a modeling agency to earn extra academic credits. 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. Union wanted to become a lawyer, not an actress, and attended the University of Nebraska before moving on to Cuesta College. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. During high school she dated current NBA star Jason Kidd. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. She proved to be a talented athlete in high school, excelling at basketball, soccer and Track & Field at Foothill High School.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Union moved at the age of eight to Pleasanton, California. 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. She also played a medical doctor in the CBS show, City of Angels. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. She has had many notable roles, including that of a cheerleader in the movie titled Bring it On. 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. Gabrielle Monique Union (born October 29, 1973 in Omaha, Nebraska), better known as Gabrielle Union, is a famous African-American actress.

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. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. Bring It On (2000). When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. Love and Basketball (2000). She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams. Abandon (2002).

1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. Bad Boys II (2003). Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. Cradle 2 the Grave (2003). 2003: Australian Open. Deliver Us From Eva (2003). 2002: Wimbledon. Breakin' All the Rules (2004).

2001: Australian Open. The Honeymooners (2005). 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney. 2000: Wimbledon. Open.

1999: U.S. 1999: French Open. 1999: Hannover. 1998: Zurich.

1998: Oklahoma City.

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