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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.. Florida also hosts the following minor league baseball teams:. Grand slam events in boldface. As of 2004, Florida hosts the following major league teams for spring training:. Grand slam events in boldface.. Florida is an extremely popular location for Major League Baseball spring training, with teams informally organized into the "Grapefruit League". In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. [2] (http://www.sptimes.com/News/050801/State/Bush_s_trustees_mostl.shtml) In 2002, Democratic Senator Bob Graham started a ballot referendum designed to revert to the Board of Regents system.

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. This has not been without controversy. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. As is typical of executive-appointed government boards, the appointees so far have been overwhelmingly Republican. 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. Instead, each public university is now controlled by its own Board of Trustees who are directly appointed by the governor. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. In 2000, Governor Bush and the state legislature acted to abolish the Board of Regents that governed the State University System of Florida.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. Major testing organizations frequently discount the use of state average test score rankings, or any average of scaled scores, as a valid metric (see psychometrics for more details on scaled test scores). 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. Governor Jeb Bush has been criticized by many Florida educators for a program that penalizes underperforming schools (as indicated by standardized tests, such as the FCAT) with fewer funding dollars. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. It should be noted that many education surveys are not scientific, but do measure prestige. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. Florida public schools have consistently ranked in the bottom 25% of many national surveys and average test score rankings.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. states. 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. Average teacher salaries rank near the middle of U.S. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. Florida's public school revenue per student and spending per $1000 of personal income usually ranks in the bottom 25% of U.S. states. 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. See complete list of Florida places.

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. Ranked by per capita income. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. The three largest Protestant denominations in Florida are: Baptist (22% of the total state population), Methodist (8%), Presbyterian (4%). When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. Religiously, Florida is mostly Protestant, but with a growing Roman Catholic community due to Hispanic immigration. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams. The five largest ancestries in the state are: African American (14.6%), German (11.8%), Irish (10.3%), English (9.2%), American (8%).

1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. As of 2003, the state had a population of 17,019,068. Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. Today most of the spam businesses appear to be operating out of South Florida. 2003: Australian Open. Historically Florida has also been home to large telemarketing firms. 2002: Wimbledon. Spammers are not the first business men of questionable ethics to use Florida as a home base.

2001: Australian Open. In 2005 Spamhaus declared Florida the spam capital of the world [1]  (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-sbspammain08may08,0,7702631.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines). Experts have estimated that Florida is an attractive place of business for Spammers due to the gorgeous weather, low key atmosphere, nearby Internet data centers and the state's reputation as "a good place to do dirty business". 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney. Florida did not have any state minimum wage laws until November 2, 2004, when voters passed a Constitutional Amendment requiring inflationary increases to the minimum wage every six months. 2000: Wimbledon. With the arrival of the space program at Kennedy Space Center in the 1960s, Florida has attracted a large number of aerospace and military industries to the state. Open. Other major industries include citrus fruit and juice production, banking, and phosphate mining.

1999: U.S. The large Walt Disney World Resort with four theme parks and over twenty hotels plus countless water parks, shopping centres and other facilities, located in Lake Buena Vista drives the economy of that area, along with more recent entries into the theme park arena such as the Universal Orlando Resort. The great amount of sales tax revenue is what allows the state to be one of the few to not levy a personal income tax. 1999: French Open. Warm weather most of the year and hundreds of miles of beach provide a thriving vacation spot for travelers from around the world. 1999: Hannover. Florida's economy is heavily based on tourism. 1998: Zurich. The per capita personal income was $30,098, ranking 26th in the nation.

1998: Oklahoma City. The gross state product of Florida in 2003 was $550 billion. Many other smaller hurricanes have hit or brushed Florida, and many more hurricanes will hit in the future. Among a long list of other infamous hurricane strikes were the Miami Hurricane of 1926, the Lake Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928, the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, Hurricane Donna in 1960 and Hurricane Opal in 1995. history, Hurricane Andrew, which cost twenty-five billion dollars when it struck on August 12, 1992.

Hurricanes Charley (August 13), Frances (September 4-5), Ivan (September 16), and Jeanne (September 25-26) cumulatively cost forty-two billion dollars to the state. Florida was also the site of the most costly single weather disaster in U.S. Florida saw a slew of destruction in 2004 when it was hit by a record four hurricanes. Hurricanes pose a threat during the summer and fall. Snow flurries fell on Miami Beach for the only time in history.

The most widespread snowfall in Florida history happened in February 1978 with snow falling over much of the state in different times of the month, extending as far south as Homestead. The Great Blizzard of 1899, was also the only time the temperature has fallen below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, registering -2f in Tallahassee. During that time, the Tampa Bay area had "Gulf effect" snow, similar to Lake effect snowfall. During the Great Blizzard of 1899, Florida experienced blizzard conditions for possibly the first time.

Snow is a rare occurrence in Florida, although it usually snows somewhere in Florida almost every winter. Florida has more lightning strikes than any other state and also leads the nation in tornadoes per square mile(although the tornadoes in Florida do not get as large as those in the Midwest or Great Plains. Hail is not an uncommon occurrence in some of the more severe thunderstorms. These thunderstorms which are caused by airflow from the Gulf of Mexico seemingly "pop up" in the early afternoon and can often bring heavy downpours, high winds and sometimes tornadoes. Statewide, Florida has the highest average precipitation of any state, due in large part to afternoon thunderstorms which are common throughout most of the state from late spring until the early autumn.

While Florida's nickname is the "Sunshine State", severe weather is a common occurrence in Florida. The Gulf stream has a moderating effect on Florida climate and although it is common for much of Florida to see a high summer temperature over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it is not common for the mercury to go above 100 degrees Fareinheit in Florida. The seasons in Florida often called "Hot and Hotter" are actually determined more by precipitation than by temperature with warm, relatively dry winters and autumns (the dry season) and hot, wet springs and especially the summers (the wet season). Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate with the extreme tip of Florida and the Florida Keys bordering on a true tropical climate.

The climate of Florida is tempered somewhat by its proximity to water. At 345 feet (105 metres) above sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida (it's also the lowest state highpoint.). It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama.

Florida consists of a panhandle extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico and a large peninsula with the Atlantic Ocean as its eastern border and the Gulf of Mexico as its western border. See: List of counties in Florida. The state use tax is 6 percent on purchases made out of state and brought into Florida within 6 months of the purchase date. Local governments may levy a local option sales on top of that, so sales taxes vary by county between 6 and 7.5 percent.

The state sales tax rate is 6 percent. Florida is one of the nine states which does not impose personal income tax (list of others). See: List of Florida Governors. Outside of liberal Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, the Florida Democratic Party tends to be socially conservative and heavily associated with the good ol' boy network.

Tampa, once a hotbed of Democratic union support, is now about 50% both registered Republicans and Democrats making it, and surrounding areas, part of the important I-4 Corridor swing region. In Miami, the liberal Democrats vie for control with wealthy Cuban conservative Republicans and their business allies. As such, and because of its high population and large number of electoral votes, Florida is considered by political analysts to be a key swing state in Presidential elections. The Presidential election in Florida in 2000 was extremely close.

Despite this demographic parity, Republicans control the governorship and most other statewide elected offices; both houses of the state legislature; 18 of the state's 25 seats in the House of Representatives; and one of the state's two senate seats. Though Florida has traditionally been a Democratic state, in recent years explosive population growth has brought with it many Republicans, leaving the state approximately evenly split between the two parties. Bush. W.

Bush and son of former President George H. The current governor is Republican Jeb Bush, brother of President George W. The Florida Legislature has a Senate of 40 members and a House of 120 members. Today, Florida is the fourth most populous state in the Union.

After the fall of the Confederacy in 1865, Florida was readmitted into the Union on June 25, 1868. Florida joined the CSA on February 10, 1861. On March 3, 1845, Florida became the 27th state of the United States of America. Florida seceded from the Union on January 10, 1861 and was one of the founding members of the Confederate States of America (CSA, also known as the Confederacy). Spain finally ceded Florida to the United States with the Adams-Onís Treaty in 1819, in exchange for the US renouncing any claims on Texas.

Control of parts of Florida passed among Spanish, British, and American control. The area of Florida diminished with the establishment of British colonies to the north and French colonies to the west. Over the following century, the Spanish and French both established settlements in Florida, with varying degrees of success. Archaelogical finds indicate that Florida had been inhabited for many thousands of years prior to any European settlements. Spaniards first arrived in 1513 and laid claim to a large, imprecisely defined area extending from about modern day Gainesville northward to the Carolinas, which they called La terra florida, "The flowery land".

Main article: History of Florida. USS Florida was named in honor of this state. Postal abbreviation is FL. The U.S.

It was discovered by Spanish explorers during the Easter season, which is called Pascua Florida in Spanish. "Florida" is a Spanish adjective which means "flowery". It is known as the Sunshine State. Florida is a southern state in the United States.

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