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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 helps with construction to expand the orphanage, and buys clothes for poor children in Salvador, Bahia. Grand slam events in boldface. Adriana does charitable work by helping with an orphanage, "Caminhos da Luz" (Ways of Light), located in her home town. Grand slam events in boldface.. Probably best known for her Victoria's Secret work and Angel status (along with Heidi Klum and Gisele), Adriana first graced the VS runway in 2000, and was the show opener for the 2003 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. Adriana then built upon her entry, doing more print work (Maybelline, Bebe, Mossimo, BCBG) and gracing the cover and editorials of more high fashion magazines (Harper's Bazaar, Elle).

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. Her print career followed, and like many other famous names (Claudia Schiffer, Laetitia Casta, Eva Herzigova), Adriana became a Guess? Girl in their 2000 Costanoa campaign. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. Her early career consisted mostly of fashion editorial work (with early appearances in international editions of Vogue and Marie Claire in 1997/1998), as well as runway work (Christian Lacroix, Valentino, and others). Adriana’s first big break came when she was featured in a Vassarette ad in Times Square. 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. At the age of fifteen, Adriana moved to New York City, and eventually moved on from Ford, signing with Elite Model Management. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. She later followed with a 2nd place finish in the 1996 Ford Supermodel of the World contest.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. At the age of thirteen, she finished 1st place in a Ford Supermodel of Brazil model search. 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. Born in Salvador, a large city on the east coast of Brazil in the state of Bahia, Adriana was discovered shopping at a local mall. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. One of the bevy of Brazilians entering the modeling world in the late 1990s (including Gisele BŁndchen, Ana Beatriz Barros, and Alessandra Ambrosio), the 5'10", chocolate brown-haired Adriana Lima rose to stardom out of less than glamorous conditions. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. Adriana Francesca Lima (born June 12, 1981) is a Brazilian-born supermodel, best known as one of the faces of Victoria's Secret.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Victoria's Secret. 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. Maybelline. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. Guess?. 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. Christian Lacroix.

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. Christian Dior. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. Valentino. When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. Armani. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams. Ralph Lauren.

1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. Vogue (GER) 1999. Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. Vogue (US) 1999. 2003: Australian Open. Vogue (Italy) 1998. 2002: Wimbledon. Vogue (UK) 1998.

2001: Australian Open. Vogue (Italy) 1997. 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney. Marie Claire (ITA) 1999. 2000: Wimbledon. Marie Claire (Brazil) 1998. Open. I-D (UK) 1998.

1999: U.S. Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Portugese. 1999: French Open. Nationality: Brazilian. 1999: Hannover. Ethnicity: French, Portuguese, Japanese, Native-American, and Caribbean. 1998: Zurich. Hair: Dark Brown.

1998: Oklahoma City. Eyes: Blue-Grey. Shoe Size: 9 (US); 41 (EU). Dress Size: 4 (US); 34 (EU). Measurements: 33-23-33 (US); 84-59-84 (EU).

Weight: 109 lbs (49 kg). Height: 5'10" (178 cm).

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