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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.. Probably not coincidentally, Wrangler was the initial sponsor of his father's #3 Chevrolet from 1980 until 1987. Grand slam events in boldface. He was also featured in a commercial for Wrangler jeans that used the aforementioned song as its background music. Grand slam events in boldface.. has appeared in print advertisements for Drakkar Noir Cologne, one of the sponsors of his race car, and in the video for Sheryl Crow's song "Steve McQueen", which pays tribute to the late film star famous for his car chase scenes. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. Dale Jr.

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. He has expressed interest in pursuing an acting career. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. Dale Jr.'s looks have helped his media presence. 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. Fans have alleged that the change was approved, in the hopes of saving NAPA Auto Parts as a team sponsor. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. Many of Earnhardt's fans have criticized the leadership at DEI, especially Teresa Earnhardt for her approval of the crew change.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. Teammate Michael Waltrip took the pole position for the Pocono 500, further bolstering the argument that Waltrip may have gotten the better end of the crew change. 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. A recovery seems unlikely, considering that Johnson and second place Greg Biffle have dominated most of the first 13 races of the season. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. Earnhardt must be within 400 points of the leader by the 26th race to qualify for the Chase for the Championship. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. is 15th in the points standings, 414 behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. As of June 11, 2005, Earnhardt Jr. 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. finished fifteenth in the Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, suggesting that DEI may have lost its advantage at the restrictor plate tracks to rival Hendrick Motorsports. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. At one point he was as far back as 29th. Subsequently, Earnhardt Jr. 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. On February 20 2005, Dale fell short of winning back-to-back Daytona 500 races, placing third after struggling with an ill-handling car for much of the race.

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. Rondeau served as Earnhardt's crew chief until the Coca Cola 600 weekend when he was replaced with DEI chief engineer Steve Hmiel. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. Peter Rondeau, a Chance 2 employee who also helped Earnhardt win the Busch Series race at Bristol in August, became the crew chief for Earnhardt in 2005. When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. became the crew chief for the DEI #15 driven by Michael Waltrip for the 2005 season. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams. would be promoted to the team manager position for the DEI corporation, while Tony Eury, Jr.

1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. At the close of the 2004 season it was revealed that Tony Eury, Sr. Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. Truex went on a charge late in the 2004 Busch Series season, and clinched the championship at Darlington, with a strong finish, making Earnhardt the winner of both a driver's championship (1998 and 1999) and an owner's championship (2004). 2003: Australian Open. Earnhardt as an owner was more proficient. 2002: Wimbledon. That incident, combined with two consecutive DNF's in the playoffs, eventually dropped him out of the running, and finished fifth in the 2004 Nextel Cup playoff.

2001: Australian Open. However, he was penalized 25 points for use of an obscenity during the television broadcast, in violation of a NASCAR rule prohibiting participants from using obscene language. 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney. He was able to qualify third for the NASCAR ten-race playoff, and won his fifth Nextel Cup win of the season (a career high) was also his fifth win at Talladega (another record). 2000: Wimbledon. In the fall, Junior became the first driver to sweep the weekend meet at Bristol by winning both the Busch race and Cup race in the same weekend. Open. The burns did not affect Junior in the long run.

1999: U.S. and his stepmother Teresa Earnhardt) and his DEI team mate (John Andretti) in the middle of the races. 1999: French Open. The burns prevented him from finishing two races where he was replaced by Martin Truex, Jr. (driver for Chance 2 Motorsports, co-owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 1999: Hannover. He suffered second and third degree burns on his neck, chin, and legs. 1998: Zurich. The car burst into flames with Junior still inside.

1998: Oklahoma City. crashed the Corvette he was testing for an American LeMans Series race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. won the Daytona 500, 6 years to the day after his father won his only title in the "Super Bowl Of Motorsports." In July, during on off-weekend from NASCAR, Dale Jr. In 2004, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Still, Junior rallied to score two more wins at Talladega, a pair of Bud Pole Awards and an 11th-place finish in the final standings.

finished no better than 30th. In the three races following Fontana, Earnhardt Jr. He struggled after enduring a concussion at Fontana in April -- an injury he did not admit to until mid-September. In 2002, Junior had a roller-coaster season.

The season of emotion produced nine top-fives and 15 top-10 finishes, as well as two Bud Poles. That Talladega victory earned Junior a Winston No Bull 5 $1 million bonus. The second victory came at Dover, Delaware, in the first race after 9/11 and the third was in the EA Sports 500 at Talladega--the site of his father's final victory. The first win came when the series returned to Daytona, the same track where Junior's father had died a few months earlier, for the Pepsi 400.

He didn't stay down for long, though. Junior scored three emotional victories and came back to finish eighth in points. Just as his father would have done, Junior raced at Rockingham the following weekend, but crashed on the first lap and finished in 43rd-place. As Junior finished second, his father died on impact with the wall. The first major event of the season occurred in the final corner of the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500--Junior's father crashed.

came into the season assuming that the biggest obstacle he would face would be a sophomore slump, instead the year proved to be one of the most tumultuous and memorable seasons the young driver has experienced. In 2001 Earnhardt Jr. Lee, Richard and Maurice Petty had previously accomplished the feat. That occasion was only the second time that a father had raced against two sons.

Junior did have a part in recreating one Winston Cup milestone in 2000 when he competed with his father and brother Kerry in the Pepsi 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kenseth ultimately scored a 42-point victory in the rookie race. It didn't pan out that way, as frequent challenger Matt Kenseth outran Junior in the Daytona 500, and never let up in his run to the title. Before his Winston Cup rookie season in 2000, many thought Earnhardt Jr. was the front-runner for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award.

With his father's guidance and his own experience on the short tracks throughout the Carolinas, he was ready to take a bold step forward. won consecutive NASCAR Busch Series Championships in 1998 & 1999. Earnhardt Jr. There, he developed an in-depth knowledge of chassis setup and car preparation, while racing against Kerry and their sister Kelley.

Within two seasons, the young Earnhardt had honed his driving abilities to the point of joining the Late Model Stock Car division. His first race car was a 1978 Monte Carlo that he co-owned with older brother Kerry. began his professional driving career at the age of 17, competing in the Street Stock division at Concord (N.C.) Motorsport Park. Earnhardt Jr.

He currently drives the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (born October 10, 1974 in Kannapolis, North Carolina) is the son of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. NASCAR. List of famous NASCAR drivers.

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