Venus Williams

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Venus Williams
Venus Williams 4.jpg
Country  United States
Residence Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.
Born June 17, 1980 (1980-06-17) (age 34)
Lynwood, California, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 72.5 kg (159.8 lbs)
Turned pro October 31, 1994
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money

$28,961,235

(2nd in overall earnings)
Singles
Career record 632–160 (80.3%)
Career titles 44 (7th in overall rankings)
Highest ranking No. 1 (February 25, 2002)
Current ranking No. 37 (January 17, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (2003)
French Open F (2002)
Wimbledon W (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008)
US Open W (2000, 2001)
Other tournaments
Championships W (2008)
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold Medal (2000)
Doubles
Career record 166–25
Career titles 21 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (June 7, 2010)
Current ranking No. 64 (January 13, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2001, 2003, 2009, 2010)
French Open W (1999, 2010)
Wimbledon W (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012)
US Open W (1999, 2009)
Other Doubles tournaments
Championships SF (2009)
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold Medal (2000, 2008, 2012)
Mixed Doubles
Career record 25–6 (80.6%)
Career titles 2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1998)
French Open W (1998)
Wimbledon F (2006)
US Open QF (1998)
Team Competitions
Fed Cup W (1999)
Hopman Cup RR (2013)

Last updated on: January 25, 2014.

Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born July 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 37 in singles as of January 17, 2014. She is an Olympic gold medalist[1] who has won 7 Grand Slam titles.[2] She was ranked World No. 24 as of October 22, 2012 in singles.[3]

Williams is the older sister of fellow former World No. 1 tennis player Serena Williams. The Williams sisters are noted for their power games. Venus holds the record for the fastest serve ever recorded by a female player in a main draw match (128.8 mph).

Awards[change | change source]

1995
  • Sports Image Foundation Award for conducting tennis clinics in low-income areas
1997
  • WTA Newcomer of the Year
  • September's Olympic Committee Female Athlete
1998
  • Tennis Magazine's Most Improved Player
2000
  • WTA Player of the Year
  • WTA Doubles Team of the Year Award (with Serena Williams)
  • Sports Illustrated for Women's Sportswoman of the Year
  • Teen Choice Awards – Extraordinary Achievement Award
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.62)
  • Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year for team sports (with Serena Williams)
2001
  • Best Female Tennis Player ESPY Award
  • EMMA Best Sport Personality Award
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.57)
2002
  • Best Female Athlete ESPY Award
  • Best Female Tennis Player ESPY Award
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.60)
2003
  • 34th NAACP Image Awards' President's Award
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.65)
2004
  • Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.1)
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.77)
2005
  • Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Award
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.81)
  • Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.3)
2006
  • Best Female Tennis Player ESPY Award
  • BET's Best Female Athlete of the Year
  • Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.1)
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.90)
2007
  • Gitanjali Diamond Award
  • Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.3)
2008
  • Whirlpool 6th Sense Player of the Year Award
  • Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.3)
2009
  • Anti-Defamation League Americanism Award
  • Whirlpool 6th Sense Player of the Year Award
  • ITF Women's Doubles World Champion (with Serena Williams)
  • WTA Doubles Team of the Year Award (with Serena Williams)
  • WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year Award (with Serena Williams)
  • Doha 21st Century Leaders Awards – Outstanding Leadership
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.77)
  • Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.2)
2010
  • Caesars Tennis Classic Achievement Award
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.83)
  • YWCA GLA Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award
  • WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year Award (with Serena Williams)
  • Forbes 30 Utterly Inspiring Role Models
  • Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World (No.60)
  • Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.2)
2011
  • Forbes The Celebrity 100 (No.86)
  • TIME Magazine 30 Legends of Women's Tennis
  • Forbes Most Powerful Black Women In The U.S. (No.10)
  • Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.2)
2012
  • World TeamTennis Finals Most Valuable Player

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