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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..
. Grand slam events in boldface. She finished the year ranked Number 1 for the third time in her career. Grand slam events in boldface.. She won a tour-high seven titles including four straight during the summer, and posted the most match wins on the WTA with 63. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. Lindsay had an excellent year in 2004.

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. Davenport married investment banker and former All-American tennis player Jon Leach, brother of tennis player Rick Leach, in 2003. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. However, her relative lack of "charisma" (or, more likely, her less glamorous appearance than some others on the tour) has resulted in less attention being paid her than some contemporaries with inferior results. 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 is also known among fans and subject experts to be a good autograph signer. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. She has a reputation amongst the tennis press, and thus much of the tennis-watching public, of being reasonably thoughtful, polite, and balanced, unlike some of her contemporaries.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. She is an advocate for the mental game, as evidenced by her comments on the cover of "Smart Tennis: How to Play and Win the Mental Game.". 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. However, she has worked to overcome this by losing weight, overhauling her conditioning program, and becoming mentally stronger. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. Lack of court speed is perhaps her greatest weakness, partly because of her size; at slightly over 6'2" (1.89 m), she is one of the tallest women ever to play top-level tennis. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. Her game is built largely around her groundstrokes.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. She won three doubles majors: the 1996 Roland Garros, 1997 US Open, and 1999 Wimbledon. Her father, Wink Davenport, was a member of the US Olympic volleyball team in 1968. 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 was the year-end #1 player in 1998, 2001 and 2004. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. Davenport was ranked the world's #1 women singles and doubles player several times between 1998 and 2001, and twice again in 2004. 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. She also won the Olympic gold medal in 1996.

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. Open, 1999 Wimbledon, and the 2000 Australian Open. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. She has won three Grand Slam tournaments: the 1998 U.S. When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. Lindsay Davenport (born June 8, 1976 in Palos Verdes, California) is an American professional tennis player. 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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