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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. Grand slam events in boldface.
. Grand slam events in boldface.. She is planning to release an Unplugged album in April 2005. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. on September 24, 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. Keys became an Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha  (http://www.aka1908.com) Sorority, Inc. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. She eventually went home with 4 Grammys (Best R&B Album for The Diary of Alicia Keys; Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "If I Ain't Got You"; Best R&B Song for "You Don't Know My Name"); and Best R&B Duo or Group ("My Boo" with Usher). 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 47th Annual Grammy Awards ceremonies held on February 13, 2005, she gave a powerful solo performance of the single "If I Ain't Got You", and then joined Jamie Foxx and Quincy Jones in a stirring rendition of the Hoagy Carmichael song made famous by the late Ray Charles, "Georgia On My Mind". She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. In late 2003, Keys released her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, which shot straight up to the top of the Billboard R&B charts, selling over 610,000 copies its 1st week.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. Some critics went on to accuse her of outright plagiarism, especially in the case of her single "Fallin'", which interpolates James Brown's "It's A Man's World" right down to the string arrangement. 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. Keys' work had a sound similar to 1970s soul singers like Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, with hip hop influences like those apparent in neo soul artists like Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and D'Angelo. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. Critical reviews were mostly positive. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. As such, she established a large fanbase of devoted fans, making her one of the most popular artists of the early years of the twenty-first century.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Because she wrote her own songs and played several instruments very well, consumers saw Keys as an original voice at a time when the musical marketplace was flooded with pop bands that were little more than an attractive front for the creative energies of others. 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. With it she won five Grammy Awards in 2002 (see 2002 in music). Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. Songs in A Minor was a commercially successful album. 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. Following her mentor Clive Davis to his newly-formed J Records label, she released her debut album Songs in A Minor, the title being a reference to both her classical aspirations and to the fact that she wrote most of the songs while still being very young.

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. She briefly attended Columbia University on a scholarship before devoting herself to a full-time musical career. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. Keys graduated as valedictorian from the Professional Performing Arts School, a public high school in Manhattan at the age of 16 years old. When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. Keys's mother was the one who most supported her during the time when Keys was developing her talents. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams. She wrote her first song "Butterflyz" at the age of fourteen; the song can be found on her debut album.

1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. She learned classical music by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin, who was her favorite composer. Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. She began playing piano when she was seven. 2003: Australian Open. Alicia's maternal grandmother is Puerto Rican. 2002: Wimbledon. She was born to a Italian mother, Terri Augello, and a Black father, Craig Cook and was raised in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City.

2001: Australian Open. Alicia Keys (born Alicia Augello-Cook on January 25, 1981 in Manhattan, New York City, USA) is a popular R&B/soul vocalist and pianist. 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney. 2004 "Karma" #20 US. 2000: Wimbledon. 2004 "My Boo" (with Usher) #1 US, #5 UK - Platinum certification. Open. Tony! Toni! Tone!) #8 US.

1999: U.S. 2004 "Diary" (feat. 1999: French Open. 2004 "If I Ain't Got You" #4 US, #18 UK - Platinum certification. 1999: Hannover. 2003 "You Don't Know My Name" #3 US, #19 UK. 1998: Zurich. 2002 "Girlfriend" #24 UK.

1998: Oklahoma City. Alicia Keys) #2 US, #6 UK. 2002 "Gangsta Lovin'" (Eve feat. 2002 "How Come You Don't Call Me" #59 US, #26 UK. 2002 "A Woman's Worth" #7 US, #18 UK.

Alicia Keys and Eve) #37 UK. 2002 "Brotha Part II" (Angie Stone feat. 2001 "Fallin'" #1 US, #3 UK. 1).

2003: The Diary of Alicia Keys [4x Platinum--U.S.] (2 weeks at No. 1). 2001: Songs in A Minor [6x Platinum--U.S.] (3 weeks at No. Longest Note:.

Vocal Range: [approx.]2.5 octaves (C3-E5). Lowest note: C3 (The Life). Highest note: E5 (You Don't Know My Name). Voice type: Contralto.

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