Venus Ebony Starr Williams was born on June 17, 1980 to American-African Richard and Oracene. Born in Saginaw, Michigan but raised in California, Venus once became the World No. 1. She trained since childhood together with her sister Serena, also another former tennis rank No. 1. She dominated the 12 and below competitions in California during her time.
Later, the Williams girls would form a formidable force to reckon with in the professional tournaments. To prevent Venus and Serena from confronting racism, their father Richard sent them at Greneleaf Resort and Conference Center in Haines City, Florida, to train with tennis trainer Rick Macci.
Venus debuted as a tennis pro player on October 31, 1994. She wasn’t a regular though until 1994. Thereafter, she began to play in the doubles, allowing her to take home her Grand Slam titles later on. She also bagged other ATP singles titles until 1999.
It wasn’t until 2000 that Venus seized her 1st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. She defeated then World No. 1 Martina Hingis during the quarterfinals, her sister Serena during the semifinals and during the finals, the defending champion Lindsay Davenport. She also met Hingis and Davenport in the U.S. Open and triumphed over them in that same year.
2001 was also another good year for Venus, for being able to defend her Wimbledon and U.S. Open Grand Slam titles for two years straight. It is noteworthy that Venus is the only the third female tennis player to win said titles at the same time in two consecutive years. Another fun twist is that she lost both titles to her sister Serena in 2002. In the same year, she ranked World No. 1 and became the first African-American to garner the top spot.
In 2003, Venus suffered injuries that kept her out of the competition for the last half of the year. Her performance in WTA events was also largely inconsistent in 2004. It was not until 2005 that she was able to seize another Grand Slam at Wimbledon, defeating the then defending top seed Maria Sharapova. Despite that, she still had inconsistencies in the events due to her recurring wrist injury.
She penetrated the top 10 again in 2006 and ranked World No. 9 while her sister Serena ranked World No. 7. On January 2008, Venus regained her No. 1 rank from the U.S. and became World No. 7. She held the World No. 105 rank as of September 12, 2011.
Venus has already won 49 ATP titles, including 7 Grand Slams – 2 US Opens (2000, 2001), 5 Wimbledon championships (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, and 2008) plus 1 title at the WTA Championships (2008). She has not yet seized any championship title from the neither Australian nor French Open. It is also noteworthy that in 4 of Venus’ Grand Slam finals, her opponent was Lindsay Davenport and one was with her sister Serena.
Unfortunately, Venus had a slew of injuries and illnesses that set her back from 2011 to 2013. However, from 2014 to present, she has experienced resurgence and even gone far in the Grand Slams and ended her title drought. Since making her comeback, Venus has only been steadily improving and climbing back to the top. She has even reached the finals round of the 2017 Australian Open.
Venus marked 2018 as the year she played her 1000th match. She reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 Auckland Open as well as the Indian Wells. Despite her struggles, Venus is now working her way back and is currently ranked at No. 52 as of May 2019. She has a career record of 804 victories and 238 losses.
• 804–238 (77.2%) career record – singles• 49 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - singles• 185–35 (84.1%) career record - doubles• 22 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - doubles• Gold medalist, 2000 Sydney Olympic Games – singles • Gold medalist, 2000 Sydney Olympic Games – doubles• Gold medalist, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games – doubles• Gold medalist, 2012 London Olympic Games – doubles• Silver medalist, 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games – Mixed doubles