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.. government. Grand slam events in boldface. He also states that they attempted a prisoner exchange with Nick Berg and was rebuffed by the U.S. Grand slam events in boldface.. He claims that he killed Nick Berg, Kim Sun-il and Iraqis who collaborated with the American forces. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. On August 5th, Nouvel Observateur published a feature story by Sara Daniel detailing her meeting with one Abu Rashid, a leader of the mujahadeen council in Fallujah.

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. Two were later released after questioning. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. On May 18, citing "Iraq Sources", Sky News reported that four people had been arrested for the murder. 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. Berg gave the details of his own email account and password, which were later used by Moussaoui. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. This person had asked to borrow Berg's laptop computer to send an email.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. Berg's email address had been used by Moussaoui prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks. According to Berg's father, Nick Berg had had a chance encounter with an acquaintance of Moussaoui on a bus in Norman, Oklahoma. 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. government's investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. S. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. On May 13, it was revealed that Nick Berg had been investigated during the U.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. I ask them to demand peace now."[13] (http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1221515,00.html). 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. And I ask them to do more than pray. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. [12]  (http://www.timesherald.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=11649649&BRD=1672&PAG=461&dept_id=33380&rfi=6) In a message to an anti-occupation demonstration in London, he asked the many people who offered to pray for Nick and his family to "include in their prayers a prayer for peace. 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. I know it is considered a radical group".

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. I am proud to be a member of ANSWER and I plan to be at the march on June 5. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. "I think stopping the war and ending racism are extremely important things that this world has to do right now. When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. The elder Berg said he has been a member of the anti-war activist group ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) since participating in a rally in Washington, D.C., in March 2003. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams. On May 14, Michael Berg attacked the Bush administration's foreign policy, blaming the American actions in Iraq for his son's death.

1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. I don't think this administration is committed to democracy." The FBI claims that Berg specifically refused government assistance in leaving Iraq. Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. [2] His father reportedly stated: "I think a lot of people are fed up with the lack of civil rights this thing has caused. 2003: Australian Open. Michael Berg stated that if his son hadn't been detained for so long, he might have been able to leave the country before the violence worsened. 2002: Wimbledon. government and policies that led to his arrest and detainment in April, for creating the circumstances that led to Nick's death.

2001: Australian Open. Berg's family blamed the U.S. 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney. in Saudi Arabia, and South Korean Kim Sun-il in Iraq, both in June 2004. 2000: Wimbledon. There were two subsequent similar beheadings also claimed by Islamic militants: American Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr. Open. For further details, see Nick Berg conspiracy theories.

1999: U.S. complicity in the death. 1999: French Open. Conspiracy theories are forming suggesting U.S. 1999: Hannover. We will pursue those who are responsible and bring them to justice.". 1998: Zurich. They have no regard for the lives of innocent men, women and children.

1998: Oklahoma City. [11] (http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/editorial/20645.htm) White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan commented, regarding the incident: "It shows the true nature of the enemies of freedom. Others see Berg's slaying as a reminder of why the United States is waging a War on Terror. Islam does prohibit the killing or the maltreatment of prisoners." [10] (http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-05/12/article03.shtml). Even if he was military personnel he should be treated as a prisoner who, according to Shari'ah, must not be killed." Iyaad Samarrai of the Islamic Party commented "This is absolutely wrong.

Muthanna al-Dhari, a member of the Board of Muslim Clergy, said the act "does disservice to our religion and our cause. Iraqi conservative and fundamentalist religious leaders also denounced the killing. Hezbollah issued a statement calling it a "horrible act that does an immense wrong to Islam and Muslims by a group which falsely pretends to follow the precepts of the religion of pardon.". Shiite Islamist group Hezbollah and Palestinian nationalist group Hamas denounced the murder.

Scholars at Al-Azhar University in Cairo issued a declaration of condemnation [9] (http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-05/12/article08.shtml), as did numerous Muslim groups in the West including the Council on American-Islamic Relations. In the Muslim world, the killing of Berg was strongly condemned.
. The video bears some similarities to the videotape showing the murder and decapitation of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002. Like Pearl, Berg was Jewish, although it is uncertain whether his captors were aware of that. There are many differences noted with other decapitation videos, including the decapitation video of Paul Johnson in Saudi Arabia and the video of Kim Sun-il in Iraq.

Bush and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. President George W. slaughtered in this way." The video further threatens U.S. You will not receive anything from us but coffins after coffins ..

During the video, the man reading the statement threatens further deaths: "We tell you that the dignity of the Muslim men and women in Abu Ghraib and others is not redeemed except by blood and souls. Some aspects of the video may or do not support that it is al-Zarqawi ([7] (http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=2020) & [8] (http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4FFA61A3-9C33-4597-A8D9-8079E91F2784.htm)). On May 13, news outlets quoted a CIA source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, that a voice analysis of the tape has led the agency to conclude that the masked man who reads the statement and carries out the killing is "with high probability" al-Zarqawi. For more information on the questions being raised, see Nick Berg conspiracy theories.

Based on details seen in the video, some forensic experts ([6] (http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FE22Ak03.html)) believe Berg was already dead at the time of the decapitation. government. Questions exist regarding the circumstances of Berg's death, the authenticity of the video, and the claims made by the U.S. A scream can be heard as men shout "Allahu Akbar" (a common Arabic expression meaning "God is greatest!").

The masked men then converge on Berg and decapitate him with a knife. troops at Abu Ghraib prison. The statement says that Berg's killing was in direct retaliation for the abuse of prisoners by U.S. A lengthy statement is read aloud.

The video shows Berg surrounded by five men wearing ski masks and head scarves. I live in West Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.". I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah. He identified himself: "My name is Nick Berg, my father's name is Michael, my mother's name is Susan.

Berg is seen in the video wearing an orange jumpsuit. See: Internet Archive (http://web.archive.org/web/*/http%3A//www.al-ansar.biz/). The video is about five minutes and thirty-two seconds long. Both al-Zarqawi and Muntada al-Ansar are associated with the Al-Qaida movement.

On May 11, 2004, the website of the militant Islamist group Muntada al-Ansar [5] (http://www.al-ansar.biz/) allegedly broadcast a video with the opening title of "Abu Musa'b al-Zarqawi slaughters an American", which shows Berg being decapitated. Military sources stated publicly at that time that Berg's body showed "signs of trauma", but did not disclose that he had been decapitated. Berg's family was informed of his death on May 10. military patrol.

Berg's body was found decapitated on May 8, 2004 on a Baghdad overpass by a U.S. government, also hired a private investigator and contacted both their Congressional delegation and the Red Cross in search of information. Berg's family, frustrated with what they say was a lack of action by the U.S. State Department investigator looked into Berg's disappearance, official government inquiries produced no leads.

Although a U.S. Berg's family became concerned after not hearing from him for several days. officials on April 10 and did not return again to his hotel after that date. Berg had his last contact with U.S.

His family last heard from him on April 9. Berg is said to have refused this offer and traveled to Baghdad, where he stayed at the Al Fanar Hotel. officials to take a flight out of Iraq, with their assistance. military in Mosul.". [4] (http://www.wkrn.com/Global/story.asp?S=1865745) According to the Associated Press, Berg was released from custody on April 6 and advised by U.S.

consul stating "I have confirmed that your son, Nick, is being detained by the U.S. The Mosul police deny they ever arrested Berg, and Berg's family has turned over an email from the U.S. maintains that at no time was Berg in coalition custody, but rather that he was held by Iraqi forces. The U.S.

He said that he had not been mistreated during his confinement. After his parents filed suit in federal court in Philadelphia on April 5, claiming that he was being held illegally, he was released from custody. FBI agents visited his parents to confirm his identity on March 31, but he was not immediately released. officials and held for 13 days without access to legal counsel.

His family claims he was turned over to U.S. Berg had intended to return to the United States on March 30, 2004, but he was detained in Mosul on March 24 by Iraqi police at a checkpoint. Throughout his time in Iraq, he maintained frequent contact with his family in the United States by telephone and e-mail. Leaving on February 1, he returned to Iraq on March 14, 2004, only to find that the work he was promised was unavailable.

He also went to the northern city of Mosul, visiting an Iraqi man whose brother had been married to Berg's late aunt. He first arrived in Iraq on December 21, 2003, and made arrangements to secure contract work for his company. He traveled to Iraq in the hope of helping to repair its damaged infrastructure. Berg, unlike most of his family, was a supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and of Bush administration policy.

In addition, Berg set up a subsidiary of his company, Prometheus Tower Services, Inc., in Kenya [3] (http://www.macon.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/pennsylvania/counties/chester_county/8683572.htm). He once traveled to Kitende, Uganda to help a village, by among other things teaching villagers how to make Bovl Blocks, a modular concrete block Berg invented for use in tower construction where steel is not readily available or is cost-prohibitive. Berg received no degrees for any of his university studies. Also while at the University of Oklahoma, according to Nickberg.org, Berg developed a "paper brick" that was to be the precursor to his "Bovl Block" pressed construction blocks.

Berg attended four universities: Cornell, Drexel, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Oklahoma, where he was often homeless and was arrested for trespassing[2] (http://www.oudaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/05/19/40aaaeb82e3f9) in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Police handcuffed and detained Berg during his animated explanation of the device, which police suspected of being capable of illicitly opening remotely-controlled garage doors[1] (http://middleeastinfo.org/article4561.html). During his attendance at this school, according to James Dao of the New York Times, Berg was involved in a minor brush with the law concerning a device Berg identified as a "truth detector". Berg attended West Chester Henderson High School, where he received a diploma in 1996.

He inspected and rebuilt communication antennas, and had previously visited Kenya, Ghana, and Uganda on similar projects. Berg was a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, where he owned his own company, Prometheus Methods Tower Service. Bush for his son's death. Berg's father has blamed George W.

The act was condemned by many Muslim leaders as contrary to Islamic law and harmful to their cause. soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison. His killers claimed that his death was carried out to avenge abuses of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. The decapitation, the first of a series of such killings of foreign hostages in Iraq, received worldwide attention because it was filmed, and the footage was subsequently released on the Internet, reportedly from a Malaysian homepage by the Islamic organisation al-Ansars.

Islamic militants have been accused of killing Berg. He was captured and beheaded in May 2004. Nicholas Evan Berg (April 2, 1978 – May 2004) was an American businessman seeking telecommunications work in Iraq during the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. http://tides.carebridge.org/Videos/Berg.wmv (8.2 MB WMV format, The Nick Berg execution is left out in this version).

http://www.thememoryhole.org/war/decapitation_video.htm (5.4 MB WMV format). http://www.consumptionjunction.com/downloads/cj_34947.wmv (8.2 MB WMV format). The complete video, including the beheading of Nick Berg

    . It is then laid on Berg's dead body.

    At 00:05:20, the head is presented to the camera. At 00:04:30 in the video, one of the men attacks Berg with a knife; the men surround him; very quickly, screams can be heard as Berg is held by the men and beheaded. Then a pronouncement is read by a masked man standing between four other masked men. From 00:00:08 to 00:00:22, Berg introduces himself.

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