Venus Williams

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Venus Williams
Venus Williams 2012 (cropped).jpg
Williams in 2012
ResidencePalm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
Born (1980-06-17) June 17, 1980 (age 42)
Lynwood, California, USA[1]
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Turned proOctober 31, 1994 (aged 14)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeIndiana University East (BSBA)
Prize moneyUS$42,173,992
Career record815–265 (75.46%)
Career titles49
Highest rankingNo. 1 (February 25, 2002)
Current rankingNo. 467 (February 7, 2022)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (2003, 2017)
French OpenF (2002)
WimbledonW (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008)
US OpenW (2000, 2001)
Other tournaments
Grand Slam CupW (1998)
Tour FinalsW (2008)
Olympic GamesW (2000)
Career record185–37 (83.33%)
Career titles22
Highest rankingNo. 1 (June 7, 2010)
Current rankingNo. 1421 (January 31, 2022)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2001, 2003, 2009, 2010)
French OpenW (1999, 2010)
WimbledonW (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016)
US OpenW (1999, 2009)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (2009)
Olympic GamesW (2000, 2008, 2012)
Mixed doubles
Career record28–8 (77.78%)
Career titles2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1998)
French OpenW (1998)
WimbledonF (2006)
US OpenQF (1998)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesF (2016)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (1999), record 21–4
Hopman CupRR (2013)
Last updated on: February 7, 2022.

Venus Ebony Starr Williams[2] (born June 17, 1980)[3] is an American professional tennis player. William is a former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, Williams is often said to be one of the all-time greats of the sport of tennis.[4][5][6] She is also an Olympic gold medalist[7] who has won 7 Grand Slam titles.[8] She was ranked World No. 24 as of October 22, 2012 in singles.[9]

Williams is the older sister of Serena Williams. Serena has also been ranked as number one in the world. The Williams sisters are well known for their power games. Venus holds the record for the fastest serve by a female player in a main draw match (128.8 mph).

Personal life[change | change source]

In 2003, the sister and personal assistant to Venus Williams, Yetunde Price, was shot dead in Compton, California near the courts on which the sisters once practiced. Shortly after her death , the Williams family said "We are extremely shocked, saddened and devastated by the shooting death of our beloved Yetunde. She was our nucleus and our rock. She was a personal assistant, confidante, and adviser to her sisters, and her death leaves a void that can never be filled. Our grief is overwhelming, and this is the saddest day of our lives."[10]

On December 13, 2007, Williams got her associate degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.[11]

In 2011, Williams was forced to stop playing in the US Open before her second-round match after she learned she had Sjögren's syndrome.[12] After she learned this, Williams started following a vegan diet and lowered the amount of calories and sugars in her diet.[13]

In 2015, Williams got a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Indiana University East.[14] She began studying for the degree in 2011 through an agreement between the university and the Women's Tennis Association. The agreement lets athletes play tennis professionally while studying online. Williams has said that shw wants to earn a MBA as well.[15]

Williams is a Jehovah's Witness.[16]

Relationships[change | change source]

Williams has dated golfer Hank Kuehne. They were seen together from 2007 until 2010. In 2012, she met Cuban model Elio Pis. They dated until 2015.[17] She dated publishing heir Nicholas Hammond for two years until 2019.[18][19]

2017 car accident[change | change source]

On June 9, 2017, Williams was in an accident in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A car collided with her SUV as she was driving through an intersection. The accident caused the death of a 78-year-old man and injured another person in the other vehicle. WHen the accident happened, Police said that Williams was "at fault". After they reviewed the surveillance video, they said that she had not caused it.[20]

On December 21, 2017, authorities said that the accident had occurred after Williams' vehicle was unlawfully cut off by an unidentified driver of a third vehicle.[21] A nearby surveillance camera showed that this was not true. Authorities said the accident was caused by the unidentified third driver, not by Williams.[22]

Records and achievements[change | change source]

  • Records in italics are currently active streaks.

{|class=wikitable style=font-size:97% |- style="background:#efefef;" | width=200|Championship || Years || Record accomplished || width=200|Player tied |- |1997 French Open2021 Wimbledon||1997–2021||Most appearances (90) in Grand Slam singles draw||Stands alone |- |1999 French Open2016 Wimbledon||1999–2016||First 14 Grand Slam doubles finals won (with Serena Williams)||Serena Williams |- |2002 French Open2003 Australian Open||2002–2003||Four consecutive runner-up finishes||Stands alone |- |2002 French Open2003 Australian Open||2002–2003||Four consecutive runner-up finishes to the same player (Serena Williams)||Stands alone |- |2003 Australian Open2017 Australian Open||2003–2017||14 years between first and last final||Chris Evert
Serena Williams |- |2000 Wimbledon2017 Wimbledon||2000–2017||17 years between first and last final||Serena Williams |- |Wimbledon||2005||Longest women's singles final[23]||Lindsay Davenport |- |Wimbledon||2007||Lowest-ranked champion (31st)[24]||Stands alone |- |Wimbledon||2007||Lowest-seeded champion (23rd)[24]||Stands alone |- |Wimbledon||2008||Fastest serve by a woman (129 mph)[25]||Stands alone |- |US Open||2007||Fastest serve by a woman (129 mph)[26][27]||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 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 |}

Awards[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

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  12. Lila (August 31, 2011). "Venus Williams Leaves US Open. 10 Things You Should Know About Sjogren's Syndrome". Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  13. "Vegan Venus Williams talks about food and tennis". Mercury News. January 14, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  14. "Venus Williams receives her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from IU East". Indiana University East. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  15. "Sister Act: Serena and Venus Williams". Hamptons Magazine. Archived from the original on November 3, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  16. "Serena Williams's Secret Weapon: 'Jehovah God'". Religion News Service. July 11, 2015 – via Huff Post.
  17. "Ex-Girlfriend Venus Williams". Glamour Path. July 5, 2019.
  18. Meredith B. Kile (April 2, 2018). "Venus Williams and boyfriend Nicholas Hammond share post-workout PDA". AOL. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  19. "Venus Williams Splits with Boyfriend of Two Years Nicholas Hammond". Tennis World USA. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  20. Perez, Kevin Spain and A. J. "Venus Williams lawfully entered intersection before fatal crash". USA TODAY.
  21. LUCHINA FISHER (November 9, 2017). "Venus Williams deposed in fatal car crash case". ABC news. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  22. Cindy Boren (December 21, 2017). "Venus Williams, other driver will not be charged in fatal car crash". Washington Post. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
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