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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 speaks Italian, French and English fluently, and has acted in all these languages, as well as Aramaic in The Passion of the Christ. Grand slam events in boldface. In her newest film, the Mel Gibson-directed movie The Passion of the Christ, she stars as Mary Magdalene. Grand slam events in boldface.. Some of her acting roles have included the movies Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), L'Appartement (1996), Malèna (2000), Le pacte des loups (The Brotherhood of the Wolf) (2001), Astérix et Obelix: Mission Cleopatre (2002), Irréversible (2002), Tears of the Sun (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003). In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. In that year, Monica made the transition to acting — a very popular trend that models Laetitia Casta, Jaime King and Estella Warren have also successfully followed — and began taking acting classes.

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 posed for Dolce & Gabbana and French ELLE, amongst others. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. By 1989, Monica was becoming prominent as a model in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York City. 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. In 1988, Monica moved to one of Europe's fashion centers — Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. Initially pursuing a career as a lawyer, Monica decided to start modeling in order to help pay for her tuition while at the University of Perugia. But the glamorous life of a model tempted Monica away from her law studies.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. She is married to fellow actor Vincent Cassel, with whom she has starred in several films and with whom she had a daughter, called Deva. 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. Monica Bellucci (born September 30, 1964) is an Italian supermodel and actress, born in Città di Castello, Italy. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. 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. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. 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.

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. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. 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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