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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.. She will also join Jose Canseco, Bronson Pinchot, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, Janice Dickenson, Carey Hart, and Pepa from r&b duo Salt-N-Pepa on the fifth season of the VH1 reality series The Surreal Life. Grand slam events in boldface. Viewers saw her become agitated when other contestants implied that she was only taking part to boost sales of her products. Grand slam events in boldface.. In early 2005, she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. Bourret has hosted the series Caprice's Travels and Friday Night's All Wright as well as several award shows.

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. She has also appeared in the films Hollywood Flies, Nailing Vienna, and Jinxed In Love. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. She has appeared on stage in London in The Vagina Monologues and Rent. 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. Bourret is now moving into an acting career. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. In 2001, she released her first single as a pop singer, "Once around the Sun", which was co-written by 90's star Chesney Hawkes.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. In addition to marketing her image in posters and calendars, Bourret has also developed lines of beauty products, lingerie, and swimsuits. 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. She has also been featured in television ad campaigns for Diet Coke and Pizza Hut. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. She was voted GQ Magazine's Woman of the Year and Maxim's International Woman of the Year three years running. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. Bourret also posed nude in the March, 2000 issue of Playboy magazine.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Bourret has appeared on the covers of more than 300 magazines published around the world, including GQ, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Vogue, Maxim and FHM. 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. Bourret has become one of the UK's most famous models and is popularly known by just her first name. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. An appearance in a revealing dress at the 1996 British National Television Awards ceremony helped gain her public recognition. 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. After growing up in Whittier, California she moved to the United Kingdom in 1996 to further her career in modelling.

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. Bourret was born in Hacienda Heights, California and won the title of Miss Teen California at the age of 16. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. Caprice Bourret (born October 24, 1974), often known by just her first name, is an American supermodel and actress. When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams.

1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. 2003: Australian Open. 2002: Wimbledon.

2001: Australian Open. 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney. 2000: Wimbledon. Open.

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

1998: Oklahoma City.

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