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Venus Williams

Full NameVenus Williams

BornJune 17, 1980

Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

NationalityAmerican

RoleRight-handed (two-handed backhand)

Relation(s)Richard Williams (Father), Oracene Price (Mother), Serena Williams (Sister)

Venus Williams Profile


One of the most well-known names in the world of tennis and one of the finest players of the Open Era, Venus Williams is a professional tennis player from the United States of America.


She was the first African American woman to be ranked world number one in the Opera Era

Venus also has four Olympic gold medals and is the only tennis player to have won a medal at four separate Olympic Games.


Early Days


Venus was coached by her parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price. However, her father pulled her from the amateur circuit as he wanted her and Serena (her sister) to take it easy and devote time to their Professional tennis careers.


There were also several racist incidents in her early career. She made her professional debut in 1994 at the age of 14. Though she lost several rounds, she competed against players like the then world number one Steffi Graf.


She was the first woman since Pam Shriver in 1978 to reach a US Open singles final on her first attempt and was the first unseeded US Open women's singles finalist since 1958.


On September 8, 1997, her ranking broke into the top 50 for the first time. She ended 1997 ranked World No. 22.


Rise to Glory


The year 2008 saw her reach the later stages of almost all competitions she participated in, yet she failed to win a Grand Slam. However, she started receiving success with her sister Serena in the doubles events of tournaments.


In 1999, she won the doubles event of the French Open, her first Grand Slam with her sister. She finished the year ranking third in the WTA list.


Peak


In 2000, Williams missed the first five months of the year with tendinitis in both wrists. However, she went ahead to win 35 matches in 6 tournaments. She won her first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon defeating players like Martina Hingis, the world number one and Serena Williams, her sister.


She went ahead to win the US Open and two Olympic gold medals. Venus teamed with Serena to win the doubles title at the Australian Open, completing a Career Golden Slam in women's doubles for the pair.


She went on to win the US Open and Wimbledon for two consecutive years, and thus joined an elite list. She claimed the world number one position in 2003, after a strong and steady start to her season. She won the 2003 Australian Open in the women’s doubles category.


Fall from form


The year 2004 was an unsuccessful and unfortunate year for Venus, as she faced several injuries and even her share of unfair calls, which contributed to some of her losses.


She had a brief moment of glory as she won the Wimbledon in 2005, but that was succeeded and preceded by disappointing performances. She missed the majority of 2006 due to a wrist injury. She faced several injuries between 2011-2013 where she had a sort of title drought.


Return to Dominance


She won her fourth and fifth Wimbledon title in 2007 and 2008 respectively. She won gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She returned to the world number two and consequently the world number one ranking in the year 2010.


She reached the Australian Open final in 2017 where she lost to her sister, Serena in a closely fought match. Despite critics and injuries, she is one of the most inspirational and sensational tennis players of all time.


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