Venus Williams is a professional tennis player and former World Number 1 on the WTA World Rankings. She has won 49 singles career titles with seven of those being Grand Slam wins. She is also a prolific doubles and mixed doubles player and peaked at Number 1 in the doubles ranking in June 2010. She has 14 Grand Slam doubles titles.
Venus Ebony Starr Williams was born on June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, California in the United States of America. She currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in the US. She stands 185 cm tall and she is a right-handed player with a two-handed backhand.
She is the sister of former tennis player Serena Williams. Together, the two have won many Grand Slam doubles titles. She has been coached by her father Richard Williams. Venus has also worked with Oracene Price, David Witt, and Eric Hechtman.
Throughout her career, she has earned US$42,403,103 in prize money, 2nd in all-time rankings after her sister Serena.
Williams turned pro in 1994 when she was 14 and it was at the Silicon Valley Classic. She lost in her first match to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. That was the only tournament she played in that year. She debuted in a Grand Slam the following year, making it to the finals of the US Open. She became the first woman to reach the finals at Flushing Queens as a first-timer.
In 1998, Williams broke into the Top 10 of the WTA World Rankings for the first time. That year, she also won her first Grand Slam – the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open. She followed this with mixed doubles wins at the French Open.
Two years later in 2000, she won her first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon. She would win at Wimbledon four more times in her career. Also in 2000 and 2001, she won the US Open singles title.
Also in 2000, she won her first two Olympic gold medals – one for singles and another for doubles. She won doubles again in 2008 and 2012. In 2016, she won the silver medal for mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics.
She reached World Number 1 in the WTA Rankings in February 2002. In addition to the Grand Slams and the Olympics, Williams also won the 2008 WTA Tour Finals.
Career Titles - 49
- Highest Singles Ranking: 1 (February25, 2002)
- Current Singles Ranking: 686 (May2022)
Best Grand Slam singles Performances
- Australian Open - F (2003, 2017)
- French Open - F (2002)
- Wimbledon - W (2000, 2001, 2005,2007, 2008)
- US Open - W (2000, 2001)
- Grand Slam Cup - W (1998)
- Tour Finals - W (2008)
- Olympic Games - W (2000)
Career Titles - 22
- Highest Doubles Ranking: 1 (June 7,2010)
Best Grand Slam Doubles Performances
- 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 Tournament
- Tour Finals - SF (2009)
- Olympic Games - W (2000, 2008, 2012)
Career Titles - 2
Best Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Tournament
- Australian Open - W (1998)
- French Open - W (1998)
- Wimbledon - F (2006)
- US Open - QF (1998)
Other Mixed Doubles Tournament
- Olympic Games - F (2016)
- Team Competitions
- Fed Cup - W (1999)
- Hopman Cup - RR (2013)
- 2000 - Gold, 2000 Sydney, Singles
- 2000 - Gold, 2000 Sydney, Doubles
- 2008 - Gold, 2008 Beijing, Doubles
- 2012 - Gold, 2012 London, Doubles
- 2016 - Silver, 2016 Rio de Janeiro,Mixed doubles