Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 46 as of August 27, 2012 in singles. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002, becoming the first African American woman to achieve this feat during the Open Era. Venus, along with her younger sister, Serena, has redefined women's tennis with her strength and superb athleticism. She turned professional on October 31, 1994 and proved that she was more than ready when she beat 50-seeded Shaun Stafford at the Bank of the West Classic in California. Her seven Grand Slam titles tie her for twelfth on the all time list and is more than any other active female player except for her younger sister Serena Williams. Venus Williams' titles consist of: seven in singles, thirteen in women's doubles, and two in mixed doubles. Her seven Grand Slam singles titles also place her with four other women for twelfth place on the all-time list, whereas five Wimbledon singles titles tie her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list. Venus Williams is one of only four women in the open era to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles. Between the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments held. She is one of only five women in the open era to win 200 or more main draw Grand Slam singles matches. At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London, Williams and sister Serena won gold in women's doubles against Czech Republic tennis stars Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. The victory brough both her and Serena's Olympic gold medal count to four.