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Venus Williams
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Williams in 2012
Country  United States
Residence Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.
Born June 17, 1980 (1980-06-17) (age 41)
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
College Indiana University East (BSBA)
Turned pro October 31, 1994 (aged 14)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$41,958,284
  • 2nd in all-time rankings
Official website venuswilliams.com
Singles
Career record 812–256 (76.03%)
Career titles 49 WTA
Highest ranking No. 1 (February 25, 2002)
Current ranking No. 78 (October 12, 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (2003, 2017)
French Open F (2002)
Wimbledon W (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008)
US Open W (2000, 2001)
Other tournaments
Championships W (2008)
Olympic Games W (2000)
Doubles
Career record 185–36 (83.71%)
Career titles 22 WTA
Highest ranking No. 1 (June 7, 2010)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2001, 2003, 2009, 2010)
French Open W (1999, 2010)
Wimbledon W (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016)
US Open W (1999, 2009)
Other Doubles tournaments
Championships SF (2009)
Olympic Games W (2000, 2008, 2012)
Mixed Doubles
Career record 28–8 (77.78%)
Career titles 2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1998)
French Open W (1998)
Wimbledon F (2006)
US Open QF (1998)
Other Mixed Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games F (2016)
Team Competitions
Fed Cup W (1999), record 21–4
Hopman Cup RR (2013)
Last updated on: October 19, 2020.

Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player. A former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, Williams is generally regarded as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis and, along with younger sister Serena Williams, is credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour.

Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association for a total of 19 weeks (11 in singles and 8 in doubles). She first reached the No. 1 ranking in singles on February 25, 2002, becoming the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era, and the second all time since Althea Gibson. She became the world No. 1 in doubles for the first time on June 7, 2010 alongside Serena, after the pair won their fourth consecutive Grand Slam doubles crown. Williams' seven Grand Slam singles titles are tied for 12th on the all-time list, and 8th on the Open Era list, more than any other active female player except her sister. She has reached 16 Grand Slam finals, most recently at Wimbledon in 2017. Her five Wimbledon singles titles tie her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list, but give her sole possession of No. 4 on the Open Era List, trailing only the nine titles of Martina Navratilova and the seven of Serena Williams and Steffi Graf. From the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments in that span. At the 2020 French Open, Williams extended her record as the all-time leader, male or female, in Grand Slams played, with 87. With her run to the 2017 Wimbledon singles final, she broke the record for longest time between first and most recent grand slam singles finals appearances. Williams was twice the season prize money leader in 2001 and 2017, and currently ranks second behind Serena in career prize money earned with over $41.8 million. She has also won 14 Grand Slam Women's doubles titles, all with Serena Williams; the pair is unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals.[19] Williams also has two Mixed Doubles titles. Her combined total of 23 Grand Slam titles across all disciplines is tied with Steffi Graf for the fourth-most by a women's player in the Open Era behind Martina Navratilova, Serena, and Martina Hingis.

Williams has won four Olympic gold medals, one in singles and three in women's doubles with her sister, along with a silver medal in mixed doubles, tying her with Kathleen McKane Godfree for the most Olympic medals won by a male or female tennis player in history. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams became only the second player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at one Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody at the 1924 Summer Olympics (she was followed by her sister in 2012). After winning silver in mixed doubles with Rajeev Ram at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Williams became the first tennis player to win a medal at four separate Olympic games, as well as the first player in the Open Era to win an Olympic medal in all three events (singles, doubles, mixed). She and Serena are also the only tennis players in history with four Olympic gold medals, as well as the only ones to win Olympic gold in the same event on three separate occasions.

With 49 WTA singles titles, Williams trails only her sister Serena Williams among active players on the WTA Tour with most singles titles. Along with her 22 WTA doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles, Venus' combined total of 73 WTA titles is also second among active players behind Serena. Her 35-match winning streak from the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2000 Generali Ladies Linz tournament final is the longest since January 1, 2000. She is also one of only two active WTA players to have reached the finals of all four Grand Slams, along with sister Serena.

Personal life

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Williams for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's "National Wear Red Day"

On December 13, 2007, Williams received her associate degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

In 2011, Williams was forced to withdraw from the US Open before her second-round match, following a Sjögren's syndrome diagnosis. After the diagnosis, she adopted a vegan diet, as well as reducing her intake of calories and sugars, which helped get her back to match winning fitness.

In 2015, Williams received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana University East. Starting in 2011, she completed the degree through a reciprocal agreement between the university and the Women's Tennis Association which allows athletes to play tennis professionally while studying online. Her ultimate goal is to get an MBA in the near future.

Williams is a Jehovah's Witness.

Relationships

Williams dated golfer Hank Kuehne, and was a visible presence from the time of Wimbledon 2007 until 2010. In 2012, Williams met Cuban model Elio Pis and started dating until 2015. Williams dated publishing heir Nicholas Hammond for two years until 2019.

Career statistics

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L
Australian Open A QF QF A SF QF F 3R 4R 1R A QF 2R QF 3R A 3R 1R QF 1R F 1R 3R 1R 0 / 20 53–20
French Open 2R QF 4R QF 1R F 4R QF 3R QF 3R 3R 3R 4R A 2R 1R 2R 1R 4R 4R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 23 48–23
Wimbledon 1R QF QF W W F F 2R W 3R W W F QF 4R 1R A 3R 4R SF F 3R 1R NH 5 / 22 89–17
US Open F SF SF W W F A 4R QF A SF QF 4R SF 2R 2R 2R 3R QF 4R SF 3R 2R 1R 2 / 22 79–19
Win–Loss 7–3 17–4 15–4 18–1 19–2 22–4 15–3 10–4 16–3 6–3 14–2 17–3 12–4 16–4 6–2 2–3 3–3 5–4 11–4 11–4 20–4 4–4 3–4 0–3 7 / 87 269–79

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 16 (7 titles, 9 runner-ups)

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1997 US Open Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis 0–6, 4–6
Win 2000 Wimbledon Grass United States Lindsay Davenport 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Win 2000 US Open Hard United States Lindsay Davenport 6–4, 7–5
Win 2001 Wimbledon (2) Grass Belgium Justine Henin 6–1, 3–6, 6–0
Win 2001 US Open (2) Hard United States Serena Williams 6–2, 6–4
Loss 2002 French Open Clay United States Serena Williams 5–7, 3–6
Loss 2002 Wimbledon Grass United States Serena Williams 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Loss 2002 US Open (2) Hard United States Serena Williams 4–6, 3–6
Loss 2003 Australian Open Hard United States Serena Williams 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 4–6
Loss 2003 Wimbledon (2) Grass United States Serena Williams 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Win 2005 Wimbledon (3) Grass United States Lindsay Davenport 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 9–7
Win 2007 Wimbledon (4) Grass France Marion Bartoli 6–4, 6–1
Win 2008 Wimbledon (5) Grass United States Serena Williams 7–5, 6–4
Loss 2009 Wimbledon (3) Grass United States Serena Williams 6–7(3–7), 2–6
Loss 2017 Australian Open (2) Hard United States Serena Williams 4–6, 4–6
Loss 2017 Wimbledon (4) Grass Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 5–7, 0–6

Women's doubles: 14 (14 titles)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1999 French Open Clay United States Serena Williams Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
6–3, 6–7(2–7), 8–6
Win 1999 US Open Hard United States Serena Williams United States Chanda Rubin
France Sandrine Testud
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
Win 2000 Wimbledon Grass United States Serena Williams France Julie Halard-Decugis
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–2
Win 2001 Australian Open Hard United States Serena Williams United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Corina Morariu
6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Win 2002 Wimbledon (2) Grass United States Serena Williams Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–2, 7–5
Win 2003 Australian Open (2) Hard United States Serena Williams Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Win 2008 Wimbledon (3) Grass United States Serena Williams United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–2, 6–2
Win 2009 Australian Open (3) Hard United States Serena Williams Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–3, 6–3
Win 2009 Wimbledon (4) Grass United States Serena Williams Australia Samantha Stosur
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7–6(7–4), 6–4
Win 2009 US Open (2) Hard United States Serena Williams Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–2, 6–2
Win 2010 Australian Open (4) Hard United States Serena Williams Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–4, 6–3
Win 2010 French Open (2) Clay United States Serena Williams Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 6–3
Win 2012 Wimbledon (5) Grass United States Serena Williams Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
7–5, 6–4
Win 2016 Wimbledon (6) Grass United States Serena Williams Hungary Timea Babos
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
6–3, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1998 Australian Open Hard United States Justin Gimelstob Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk
6–2, 6–1
Win 1998 French Open Clay United States Justin Gimelstob United States Serena Williams
Argentina Luis Lobo
6–4, 6–4
Loss 2006 Wimbledon Grass United States Bob Bryan Russia Vera Zvonareva
Israel Andy Ram
3–6, 2–6

World TeamTennis

Williams has played 14 seasons of World TeamTennis, making her debut in 2000 with the St. Louis Aces, playing a season with the Delaware Smash in 2005, three seasons with the Philadelphia Freedoms from 2006-2008, and eight seasons with the Washington Kastles in 2010-2015, 2017-2019. She has five King Trophies, claiming her first with the Freedoms in 2006 and four trophies with the Kastles in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015. She was also named the 2012 WTT Final MVP for her efforts. It was announced she will be joining the Washington Kastles during the 2020 WTT season set to begin July 12 at The Greenbrier.

Records and achievements

  • These records were attained in Open Era of tennis.
  • Records in bold indicate peer-less achievements.
  • Records in italics are currently active streaks.
Championship Years Record accomplished Player tied
1997 French Open – 2020 French Open 1997–2020 Most appearances (87) in Grand Slam singles draw Stands alone
1999 French Open – 2016 Wimbledon 1999–2016 First 14 Grand Slam doubles finals won (with Serena Williams) Serena Williams
2002 French Open – 2003 Australian Open 2002–2003 Four consecutive runner-up finishes Stands alone
2002 French Open – 2003 Australian Open 2002–2003 Four consecutive runner-up finishes to the same player (Serena Williams) Stands alone
2003 Australian Open – 2017 Australian Open 2003–2017 14 years between first and last final Chris Evert
Serena Williams
2000 Wimbledon – 2017 Wimbledon 2000–2017 17 years between first and last final Serena Williams
Wimbledon 2005 Longest women's singles final Lindsay Davenport
Wimbledon 2007 Lowest-ranked champion (31st) Stands alone
Wimbledon 2007 Lowest-seeded champion (23rd) Stands alone
Wimbledon 2008 Fastest serve by a woman (129 mph) Stands alone
US Open 2007 Fastest serve by a woman (129 mph) Stands alone
Summer Olympics 2000–2012 4 Olympic gold medals Serena Williams
Summer Olympics 2000–2016 5 Olympic finals Stands alone
Summer Olympics 2000–2012 3 doubles Olympic gold medals (with Serena Williams) Serena Williams
Summer Olympics 2000–2016 Most Olympic medals won by a male or female player (5) Kathleen McKane Godfree
Summer Olympics 2000–2016 Has won an Olympic medal in all three events (singles, doubles & mixed) Kathleen McKane Godfree
Summer Olympics 2000–2016 Has won an Olympic medal at four different Olympic Games Stands alone
Miami Open 1998–2002 22 consecutive singles matches won at this tournament Steffi Graf
Dubai Tennis Championships 2009–2015 16 consecutive singles matches won at this tournament Stands alone
Dubai Tennis Championships 2010–2014 2 consecutive singles titles without dropping a set Justine Henin
Dubai Tennis Championships 2014 Only unseeded player to have won in singles and as a wildcard Stands alone
Connecticut Open 1999–2002 4 consecutive singles titles Caroline Wozniacki
Connecticut Open 1999–2000 2 consecutive singles titles without dropping a set Stands alone
U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships 1998–2007 Most singles titles won at this tournament (3) Stands alone
Southern California Open 1999–2002 4 consecutive singles finals Tracy Austin
Mexican Open 2009–2010 2 consecutive singles titles Sara Errani
Lesia Tsurenko
Year-end Championships 1998-2008–2015 Won all three title Grand Slam Cup, WTA Finals and WTA Elite Trophy in singles

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