US$ 37,885,595 (As of July 17, 2017)
* 2nd in all-time rankings
CAREER RECORD 763–216 (77.94%)
CAREER TITLES 49
HIGHEST RANKING No. 1 (February 25, 2002)
CURRENT RANKING No. 9 (July 17, 2017)
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 )
GRAND SLAM CUP
W (1998 ) 2015 )
TOUR FINALS W (2008 )
CAREER RECORD 174–30 (85.29%)
CAREER TITLES 22 WTA
HIGHEST RANKING No. 1 (June 7, 2010)
CURRENT RANKING No. 39 (July 3, 2017)
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
TOUR FINALS SF (2009 )
CAREER RECORD 28–7 (80%)
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
FED CUP W (1999 ), Record 21–4
HOPMAN CUP RR (2013 )
2000 Sydney Singles
2000 Sydney Doubles
2008 Beijing Doubles
2012 London Doubles
2016 Rio de Janeiro Mixed doubles
VENUS EBONY STARR WILLIAMS (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player who is generally regarded as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis and who, 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.
Ranked world No. 9 in singles as of July 17, 2017, Williams has been
ranked world No. 1 by the Women\'s
Williams has won four
Olympic gold medals , one in singles and three
in women's doubles, along with a silver medal in mixed doubles. Venus
also holds the record for the most Olympic medals won by a male or
female tennis player, shared with
Kathleen McKane Godfree . She is the
only tennis player to have won a medal at four separate Olympic Games.
At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams became only the second player to
Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at the same
Olympic Games, after
Helen Wills Moody
With 49 singles titles, Williams is behind only Serena among active players on the WTA Tour. 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 three active WTA players to have made the finals of all four Grand Slams, along with Serena and Russian Maria Sharapova .
* 1 Early life * 2 Playing style
* 3 Professional career
* 3.1 1994–96: Professional debut
* 3.2 1997–99: Early success
* 3.2.1 1997: Debut Grand Slam final * 3.2.2 1998: 1st WTA title and entering the top 10 * 3.2.3 1999: 3 Tier I titles and continued success
* 3.3 2000–02: Williams sisters domination
* 3.3.1 2000: Olympic gold medals and Wimbledon and US Open champion
* 3.3.2 2001: Achieving back-to-back Wimbledon and US Open titles * 3.3.3 2002: World No. 1 ranking and 4 consecutive Grand Slam finals
* 3.4 2003–06: Injuries and losses
* 3.4.1 2003: Australian Open final and injuries * 3.4.2 2004: Tough losses and further injuries * 3.4.3 2005: Third Wimbledon title * 3.4.4 2006: Wrist injury and drop in the rankings
* 3.5 2007–10: Return to form and world number 2 ranking
* 3.5.1 2007: Fourth Wimbledon title * 3.5.2 2008: Fifth Wimbledon title and Olympic gold in doubles * 3.5.3 2009: Eighth Wimbledon final * 3.5.4 2010: Return to world no. 2
* 3.6 2011–13: Injuries and illness
* 3.6.1 2011: Sjögrens Syndrome diagnosis * 3.6.2 2012: Comeback and Olympic gold record * 3.6.3 2013: Back injury
* 3.7 2014–present: Resurgence and first Grand Slam final since 2009
* 3.7.1 2014: Ending title drought * 3.7.2 2015: Improvement at the Grand Slams and re-entering the top 10 * 3.7.3 2016: Wimbledon semifinal, highest ranking since 2011 and record Olympic medal tally * 3.7.4 2017: Australian Open and Wimbledon Runner-up
* 4 Rivalries
* 4.1 Venus vs. Serena * 4.2 Williams vs. Hingis * 4.3 Williams vs. Davenport
* 5 Fight for equal prize money
* 6 Other on court activities
* 7 Personal life
* 7.1 Entrepreneur
* 8 Recognition * 9 Equipment
* 10 Career statistics
* 10.1 Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
* 10.2 Grand Slam finals
* 10.2.1 Singles: 16 (7 titles, 9 runners-up) * 10.2.2 Women\'s doubles: 14 (14 titles) * 10.2.3 Mixed doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
* 11 Records and achievements * 12 Awards * 13 See also * 14 References * 15 External links
Her talents were apparent at the age of seven when a professional
local tennis player named Tony Chesta spotted
The Williams family moved from
Compton, California , to West Palm
Beach, Florida , when she was ten, so that Venus and Serena could
attend the tennis academy of
Rick Macci , who took notice of the
sisters and who would provide additional coaching. He did not always
agree with Williams' father but respected that "he treated his
daughters like kids, allowed them to be little girls". Richard
stopped sending his daughters to national junior tennis tournaments
when Williams was eleven, since he wanted them to take it slow and
focus on schoolwork. Another motivation was racial, as he had
allegedly heard parents of other players disparage the Williams
sisters during tournaments. At that time,
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Williams is a very powerful baseliner who also has an attacking all-court game. Her game is well adapted to grass, where she feels most comfortable, which is reflected in her five Wimbledon singles titles. She has developed into a skillful volleyer who uses her long arm span (1.85m) and agility around the net. Williams also has great court coverage and can hit winners from a defensive position.
Williams holds the record for fastest serve in three of the four
Grand Slam tournaments: 2007
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1994–96: PROFESSIONAL DEBUT
In 1995, Williams played three more events as a wild card, falling in
the first round of the tournament in Los Angeles and the tournament in
Williams played five events in 1996, falling in the first round four times but reaching the third round in Los Angeles, before losing to World Number 1 Steffi Graf .
1997–99: EARLY SUCCESS
1997: Debut Grand Slam Final
Williams played 15 tour events in 1997, including five Tier I
tournaments. She reached the quarterfinals in three of the Tier I
events – the State Farm Evert Cup in
Indian Wells, California
1998: 1st WTA Title And Entering The Top 10
In her debut at the Australian Open , Williams defeated younger sister Serena in the second round, which was the sisters' first professional meeting. Venus eventually lost in the quarterfinals to World No. 3 Davenport.
Three weeks later, Williams defeated world No. 2 Davenport for the
first time in the semifinals of the IGA
Williams played only one tournament on clay before the 1998 French Open . At the Italian Open in Rome, she defeated sister Serena in the quarterfinals and world No. 5 Sánchez Vicario in the semifinals before losing to world No. 1 Hingis in the final. Williams lost again to Hingis in the quarterfinals of the French Open. Williams lost her first match at the Direct Line International Championships in Eastbourne on grass before losing to world No. 3 and eventual champion Jana Novotná in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. On July 27, 1998, her ranking rose to world No. 5.
Williams played three tournaments during the North American 1998
summer hard court season. She reached her fifth final of the year at
Bank of the West Classic in
Stanford, California , defeating world
Monica Seles in the semifinals before losing to world No. 1
Davenport. Patellar tendonitis in her left knee caused her to retire
from her quarterfinal match at the tournament in
Williams played four tournaments in the remainder of 1998. She won
her third title of the year at the
Grand Slam Cup in Munich in
September, defeating World No. 9
Patty Schnyder in the final. She lost
in the second round of the Porsche
In 1998, Williams teamed with Justin Gimelstob to win the mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open and the French Open. Her sister Serena won the other two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles that year, completing a "Williams Family Mixed Doubles Grand Slam". Williams won the first two women's doubles titles of her career, in Oklahoma City and Zürich. Both titles came with sister Serena, becoming only the third pair of sisters to win a WTA tour doubles title.
1999: 3 Tier I Titles And Continued Success
Williams started the 1999 tour in Australia, where she lost to World
Steffi Graf in the quarterfinals of the Medibank International
in Sydney and World No. 1 Davenport in the quarterfinals of the
Australian Open . However, she rebounded at the
Faber Grand Prix in
Williams played four clay court events during the spring. She lost
her first match at the
Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island,
Florida . Three weeks later, however, she won her first title on clay
Betty Barclay Cup in
1999 Wimbledon Championships , Williams defeated World No. 17
Williams rebounded in the summer when she won two
Fed Cup matches
During the remainder of the year, Williams contributed to the USA\'s
2000–02: WILLIAMS SISTERS DOMINATION
2000: Olympic Gold Medals And Wimbledon And US Open Champion
In 2000, Williams missed the first five months of the year with
tendinitis in both wrists. She returned to the tour during the
European clay court season. She lost in the quarterfinals of the Betty
Barclay Cup in
Williams then won 35 consecutive singles matches and six tournaments.
She won her first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, defeating
World No. 1
Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals, sister Serena in the
semifinals, and defending champion
She won three Tier II events during the North American summer hard
court season, defeating Davenport in the final of the Bank of the West
Classic in Stanford and
Monica Seles in the finals of both the Acura
At the US Open , Williams defeated World No. 1 Hingis in the semifinals and World No. 2 Davenport in the final. At the Olympic Games in Sydney , she defeated Sánchez Vicario in the quarterfinals, Seles in the semifinals, and Elena Dementieva in the final to win the gold medal. She also won the gold medal in women's doubles with her sister Serena. Davenport eventually snapped her winning streak in October in the final of the Linz Open . Williams did not play a tournament the rest of the year because of anemia . She finished the year ranked World No. 3 and with six singles titles.
2001: Achieving Back-to-back Wimbledon And US Open Titles
In 2001, Williams reached the semifinals of the Australian Open for the first time, where she lost to World No. 1 Hingis. However, Venus teamed with Serena to win the doubles title at the event, completing a Career Golden Slam in women's doubles for the pair.
Williams also reached the semifinals of the
During the European clay court season, Williams won the Tier II
During the North American summer hard court season, Williams won for
the second consecutive year the tournaments in San Diego, defeating
Seles in the final, and in New Haven, defeating Davenport in the
final. Williams also won the US Open singles title for the second
consecutive year, without dropping a set. In the quarterfinals, she
beat fifth-seeded Clijsters, followed by a semifinal victory over
World No. 2 Capriati. She played Serena in the final, which was the
first Grand Slam singles final contested by two sisters during the
open era. Venus won the match and her fourth Grand Slam singles title.
Venus also became only the sixth woman in history to win the singles
titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open in consecutive years, the
2002: World No. 1 Ranking And 4 Consecutive Grand Slam Finals
Williams began 2002 by winning the Mondial Australian Women\'s
Hardcourts in Gold Coast,
Williams failed to defend her title in Miami after losing in the
semifinals to Serena. However, she made a strong start to the
clay-court season, winning the
Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia
Island, Florida , defeating Henin in the final. A week after winning
that tournament, she once again replaced Capriati as the World No. 1,
before losing it again to Capriati after three weeks. During those
three weeks, Williams had made the final in Hamburg, defeating Hingis
in the semifinals before losing to Clijsters in the final. Seeded
second at the
As the top seed at Wimbledon , Williams defeated Henin in the semifinals to make the final for the third consecutive year. However, there, she lost to Serena. This result meant Serena replaced Venus as the World No. 1. The Williams sisters teamed up to win the women's doubles title at the event, their fifth Grand Slam women's doubles title together.
Williams won the titles in
2003–06: INJURIES AND LOSSES
2003: Australian Open Final And Injuries
Williams started 2003 by defeating fifth seed Justine Henin to make the final of the Australian Open for the first time. In the final, however, she lost to sister Serena. This marked the first time in the open era that the same two players had met in four consecutive Grand Slam finals. Venus and Serena teamed to win the women's doubles title at the event, their sixth Grand Slam title in women's doubles.
In February, Williams won the
Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp,
At Wimbledon , Williams lost a controversial second-round match to
Karolina Šprem . The umpire of the match, Ted Watts, awarded
Šprem an unearned point in the second-set tiebreak. Upon the
conclusion of the match, he was relieved of his duties. This defeat
marked the first time since 1997 that Williams had exited Wimbledon
prior to the quarterfinals. After Wimbledon, Williams reached her
fourth final of the year at the
Bank of the West Classic in Stanford,
California , where she was beaten by
As the defending champion at the Athens Olympics , Williams lost in the third round to Mary Pierce . She then won three very close matches against Petra Mandula , Shikha Uberoi and Chanda Rubin to make the fourth round of the US Open where she lost to Davenport, the first time she had ever lost at the US Open prior to the semifinals. Williams completed the year by losing in the quarterfinals of three indoor tournaments in the fall, a period that included defeat in her first meeting with 17-year-old Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova at the Zurich Open . Williams finished the year as world no. 9 and did not qualify for the year-ending WTA Tour Championships .
2005: Third Wimbledon Title
In 2005, Williams started the year by losing in the fourth round of
Australian Open to
In March, at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami, Williams defeated sister and Australian Open champion Serena in the quarterfinals, the first time she had defeated Serena since 2001. Venus went on to lose in the semifinals to world no. 3 Sharapova. In May, Williams won her first title in over a year at the clay-courts at the İstanbul Cup , defeating Nicole Vaidišová in the final. However, at the French Open, she lost in the third round to 15-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva , who subsequently tested positive for steroids and was suspended.
Williams was seeded 14th at Wimbledon . In the quarterfinals of the
tournament, she defeated
Following Wimbledon, Williams reached her fourth final of the year in
Stanford, where she lost to Clijsters. At the US Open , Williams
achieved her second consecutive win over Serena in the fourth round,
but then lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Kim Clijsters
. Williams did not qualify for the year-ending Sony Ericsson
Championships because of an injury sustained during the tournament in
Beijing . She finished the year ranked world no. 10. It was the first
year since 2001 that she had finished a year ranked higher than
Williams was ranked World No. 31 going into Wimbledon and was seeded
23rd at the tournament due to her previous results at Wimbledon.
Williams was a game away from defeat in her first round match against
Alla Kudryavtseva and in her third round match against Akiko Morigami
she was two points away from defeat, but she eventually won both 7–5
in the third set. She then advanced to reach her sixth Wimbledon
final, after beating Maria Sharapova,
Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana
Ivanovic in straight sets en route, where she defeated 18th seed
Marion Bartoli also in straight sets. Williams thus became only the
fourth woman in the open era to win Wimbledon at least four times,
Billie Jean King ,
At the US Open , after setting a Grand-Slam record 129 mph (208 km/h)
serve in the opening round, Williams advanced to her first Grand Slam
semifinal outside of Wimbledon since 2003. However, she then lost to
Justine Henin . The tournament resulted in Williams'
ranking moving up to world No. 9. Williams then won her third title of
the year at the Hansol Korea Open
2008: Fifth Wimbledon Title And Olympic Gold In Doubles
In 2008, as the eighth seed at the Australian Open, Williams reached
the quarterfinals for the first time since 2003. However, she then
lost to eventual runner-up
Ana Ivanovic . Williams made her first
semifinal of the year at the
Bangalore Open in
Williams missed two tournaments at the beginning of the clay-court season due to undisclosed medical problems. At the French Open, Williams was seeded eighth but was eliminated by 26th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta in the third round.
Williams was the defending champion and seventh-seeded player at Wimbledon . Without dropping a set, she reached her seventh Wimbledon singles final. She then won her fifth Wimbledon singles title, and seventh Grand Slam singles title overall, by beating sister Serena in straight sets. This was the first time since 2003 that Venus and Serena had played each other in a Grand Slam final and was the first time since 2001 that Venus had defeated her in a Grand Slam final. Venus and Serena then teamed to win the women's doubles title, their first Grand Slam doubles title together since 2003.
Williams lost in the quarterfinals of the Beijing Olympics to
Li Na .
She did, however, earn a gold medal along with Serena in women's
doubles, their second gold medal as a team, having won together at the
At the Porsche
2009: Eighth Wimbledon Final
As the sixth seed at the 2009
Australian Open , Williams lost in the
second round to
Carla Suárez Navarro after holding a match point in
the third set. However, she teamed up with Serena to win the women's
doubles title at the event, their eighth Grand Slam doubles title
together. Venus rebounded in singles play in February at the Premier 5
(formerly Tier I) Dubai
On European clay, Williams reached the semifinals in Rome before
losing to world No. 1 Safina. This run meant Williams was ranked in
the top three for the first time since 2003. Seeded third at the
Williams was seeded third at Wimbledon . She advanced to her eighth Wimbledon final, at which point she had won 36 straight sets (held since Wimbledon 2007). In the final, however, she lost the first set tie-break, and from then on lost in two sets to sister Serena. The Williams sisters teamed up to win the doubles title at the tournament for the fourth time.
In Stanford , Williams defeated Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva to advance to the finals, where she would lose to Marion Bartoli . Teaming with her sister, she played doubles and won the title, defeating Monica Niculescu and Yung-Jan Chan . Venus lost to the eventual champion, Kim Clijsters, at the US Open
At the 2009 US Open , as the third seed, Williams made it to the fourth round before losing to Kim Clijsters in three sets. Venus then teamed up with Serena to play doubles at the open, where they won the title over defending champions and world No. 1s in doubles, Cara Black and Liezel Huber , claiming their third grand slam doubles title in 2009.
Williams' last tournament in 2009 was the year-ending Sony Ericsson
Championships , where she was the defending champion in singles. She
was in the maroon group which includes her sister Serena, along with
Elena Dementieva and
Svetlana Kuznetsova . She lost her first match
against Dementieva, and her second match against Serena- both in
straight sets, after taking the first set. In her third and final RR
match, Williams defeated
Svetlana Kuznetsova . Because of Dementieva's
loss to Kuznetsova in their round robin match, Venus advanced to the
semifinal of the championships. In her semifinal match, she defeated
Jelena Janković of
Venus finished 2009 ranked world No. 6 in singles (with a winning percentage of 70 percent) and world No. 3 in doubles with Serena, in spite of them playing only six events together that year.
2010: Return To World No. 2
Williams played at the Australian Open as the sixth seed. She defeated 17th-seeded Francesca Schiavone in the fourth round. She was two points from defeating 16th-seeded Li Na in the quarterfinals before losing in three sets. In doubles, she teamed with her sister Serena to successfully defend their title, defeating the top-ranked team of Cara Black and Liezel Huber in the final. The Williams sisters are undefeated in clay at the Abierto Mexico Telcel in Acapulco where she was the defending champion. She reached the semifinals after recovering from a 1–5 third set deficit to Laura Pous Tió in the quarterfinals. In the final, she defeated first-time finalist Polona Hercog from Slovenia. This was her 43rd career title, the most among active female players.
Her next tournament was the Premier Mandatory Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, where she was seeded third. She defeated world No. 9 Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals and world No. 13 Marion Bartoli in the semifinals to reach her third straight WTA tour final and fourth Sony Ericsson Open final. She was defeated by Kim Clijsters in the final in just 58 minutes, ending her 15-match winning streak. By reaching the final, her ranking improved to world No. 4 and she crossed the $26 million mark in career prize money, the only player besides Serena to do so.
The knee injury that hampered her during the final of the Sony
Ericsson Open forced her to skip the
Fed Cup tie against
Her next tournament was the Madrid Open , a Premier Mandatory tournament. She lost to Aravane Rezaï in the final. In doubles, she teamed with Serena to win the title.
On May 17, her ranking improved to world No. 2, behind only Serena. This was the fourth time that the William sisters' have occupied the top two spots, and the first time since May 2003.
Her next tournament was the
Her next tournament was the Wimbledon Championships , where she had reached the final the previous three years. Despite her knee injury, she made it to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Tsvetana Pironkova . Pironkova was ranked 82nd in the world and had never gone past the second round of a Grand Slam event. As a result, Williams dropped to #4 in the world. She was the defending champion in doubles with her sister Serena, having won the tournament in the previous two years. However, they lost this time in the quarterfinals to Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva .
Williams then missed all tournaments in the
US Open Series because of
a left knee injury but still participated at the US Open as the third
seed. She won three matches to move into the fourth round. Williams
became one of only two women in 2010 (along with
Caroline Wozniacki )
to reach at least the fourth round at all four Grand Slam singles
tournaments. Williams then defeated Pe'er and
The recovery of her left knee took longer than expected and it forced her to miss the rest of 2010, including the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships and Fed Cup final . Williams ended the year ranked fifth in singles, the first time she ended a year in the top five since 2002, while playing only nine tournaments. She finished the year ranked eleventh in doubles.
2011–13: INJURIES AND ILLNESS
2011: Sjögrens Syndrome Diagnosis
Williams during her first round match at the US Open
Williams began the year at the final edition of Hong Kong Tennis
Classic exhibition event. She lost both her singles matches against
Vera Zvonareva and
Li Na , but she managed to help Team America to win
the silver group. She fourth at the
Australian Open , Venus retired in
the second game of her third round match against
Andrea Petkovic after
sustaining a hip muscle injury in her second round. This was
Williams' first retirement during a match in a Grand Slam tournament
since 1994 and thus ended her record of most Grand Slam matches
without ever retiring, with 250 consecutive matches. This was also
her first retirement from a match since LA Women\'s Tennis
Championships in Los Angeles in 2004, ending her 294 consecutive
matches without retiring. The injury forced Williams to pull out of
Fed Cup quarterfinal against Belgium, the Dubai Tennis
Championships , and the Mexican Open, where she was the two-time
defending champion in both tournaments. She subsequently withdrew from
the Miami Open causing her ranking to drop to number fifteen. She also
missed the clay court season which caused her ranking to drop to
number twenty-nine. Her absence from the
Williams then made her first appearance since the Australian Open in Eastbourne . Unseeded, she lost for the first time in eleven meetings to Daniela Hantuchová in the quarterfinals. She was seeded 23rd at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships . She played for nearly three hours in her second round match against Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm , winning in three tough sets. She then defeated Spaniard María José Martínez Sánchez in the third round, but was defeated by Bulgarian 32nd seed Tsvetana Pironkova in the fourth round.
Originally scheduled to participate in the
2011 Rogers Cup in Toronto
and the 2011 Western she appeared in three exhibitions tournaments in
November and early December. She played against sister Serena in
Colombia, which she won in straight sets. The week later, the sisters
appeared in Milan,
2012: Comeback And Olympic Gold Record
Williams was scheduled to play in Auckland in preparation for the Australian Open . but withdrew from both tournaments due to health problems, announcing that she would return to the WTA tour in February. This dropped her ranking to world number 135. In February, Williams returned to competition in the doubles match of the Fed Cup World Group II tie between USA and Belarus. Playing with Liezel Huber , she won the dead-rubber in straight sets.
Williams was granted wildcards to participate in the Miami and Charleston tournaments. In the first round of Miami — her first singles match since the 2011 US Open — Williams defeated Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm in straight sets. In the second round, she defeated world no. 3 Petra Kvitová , her first top-3 victory since beating Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2009. In the third round, she saved a match point and defeated Aleksandra Wozniak in a three-set tiebreaker that ended a nearly three-hour match. In the round of 16, she bested world number 15 Ana Ivanovic in three sets to reach the quarterfinals, where she lost to the eventual champion, Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets. Her run improved her ranking to number 87. A week later in Charleston, she reached her second consecutive quarterfinal, where she lost in three sets to Samantha Stosur . Williams at the 2012 French Open.
Williams was granted wildcards to participate in Madrid and Rome . In
Madrid, she lost in the second round to
Angelique Kerber , but still
improved her world ranking to no. 63. A week later in Rome, she
reached her third quarterfinal of the four tournaments she had
participated in with a straight-sets victory against Samantha Stosur
in the third round. She lost in the quarterfinals in straight sets to
the world number 2, defending and eventual champion
Maria Sharapova .
Her appearance in Rome increased her ranking to world number 52,
placing her as the third-ranked American. She lost in the second round
At Wimbledon , Venus was unseeded for the first time since 1997. She
Elena Vesnina in the first round in straight sets. This was
the first time Venus lost in the first round of a Grand Slam since the
2006 Australian Open, and her first opening round loss at Wimbledon
since her debut in 1997. Williams fared better in her return to
doubles competition where she played alongside her sister, Serena . In
just the pair's first tournament since 2010 Wimbledon , the unseeded
sisters advanced to the final with victories over fourth-seeds Maria
Nadia Petrova in the second round and top-seeds Liezel
Williams' next stop was the
2012 Summer Olympics
Next, Williams played at
Williams won her 44th WTA career title and her first title in over two and half years at the 2012 BGL Luxembourg Open , where she defeated Monica Niculescu in straight sets. Williams also qualified for the WTA Tournament of Champions in Sofia, but withdrew as the tournament clashed with her and Serena's 'Breaking the Mould' tour in Africa. With her title in Luxembourg, her ranking rose to number 24. She ended the year with this ranking.
2013: Back Injury
At the 2013
Hopman Cup , and playing for USA (with
John Isner ), the
first rubber was against South Africa. Williams beat Chanelle
Scheepers and, with John Isner, they comfortably defeated the South
Chanelle Scheepers and Kevin Anderson . In USA's second
rubber against France, she won both her singles and in mixed doubles
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and
Mathilde Johansson . Next she faced
Anabel Medina Garrigues of
From there Williams went onto the
Australian Open , seeded 25, after
missing it the previous year due to injury. She beat Galina Voskoboeva
Alizé Cornet before losing to the second seed,
Maria Sharapova .
Her next tournament was Brasil
One week after Miami, Williams participated in Charleston as the
fifth seed. She reached the semifinals, after playing both her third
round and quarterfinals matches on the same day, where she lost to her
sister, Serena , in two sets in the sisters' first meeting since the
2009 WTA Tour Championships .A few weeks later she participated in Fed
Cup, in a tie between the
At the Roger's Cup, she lost in the first round to 13th seed Kirsten
Flipkens in three sets. At the 2013 Western and Southern Open, she
defeated qualifier Jana Cepelova in straight sets, before losing in
the second round to
Elena Vesnina in three sets. Her next tournament
was the 2013 US Open. She pulled an upset in the first round by
defeating 12th seed Kirsten Flipkens in a rematch of the Roger's Cup
first round. She was defeated by
Zheng Jie in three sets. She entered
the doubles with Serena Williams. They beat
Carla Suarez Navarro and
Silvia Soler Espinosa in the first round. In the second round, the duo
beat the 7th seeded team of
Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones, and
defeated the 11th seeded team of
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie
Safarova in the third round. In the quarterfinals, they defeated the
1st seeded team of
Sara Errani and
Roberta Vinci in a rematch of the
Australian Open quarterfinals. Their run ended in the semifinals
against the 5th seeded team and eventual champions Lucie Hradecka and
Andrea Hlavackova. Her next tournament was the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
Mona Barthel in the first round, and upset the 1st seeded
and World Number 2
Victoria Azarenka in the second round. In the third
round, she came back from a set down to beat the 13th seed Simona
Halep in three sets to make it to the quarterfinals of the Premier 5
event. In the quarterfinals she defeated Canadian
Eugenie Bouchard in
three sets but fell in the semifinals to Petra Kvitova in another
three set match. Williams subsequently played at the 2013
2014–PRESENT: RESURGENCE AND FIRST GRAND SLAM FINAL SINCE 2009
2014: Ending Title Drought
Williams started her official tennis season as World No. 47 at the
2014 ASB Classic in Auckland, where she finished runner-up to Ana
Ivanovic . She next participated, unseeded, at the 2014 Australian
Open where she lost in the first round to World No. 23 Ekaterina
Makarova in three sets. Moving on to Doha, Williams lost to World No.
Petra Kvitová in the second round at the 2014 Qatar Total Open
after failing to put away match point in the third set tie-break.
Williams then entered the Dubai
Williams played her first tournament of the 2014
US Open Series at
Bank of the West Classic where she is a two-time former
champion. In the second round, she scored her first Top-10 victory of
the year and improved her head-to-head record against Victoria
Azarenka to 4–0. In the quarterfinals, Williams lost to World No. 18
Andrea Petkovic in three sets. At the
2014 Rogers Cup , Williams
defeated World No. 24
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets, scoring
her first victory at that tournament on her fifth attempt. She
defeated World No. 7
Angelique Kerber in the third round in a
three-set thriller described by one of the commentators as "quite
simply one of the matches of the 2014 season so far on the WTA".
Williams produced yet another upset in three sets against Carla
Suárez Navarro to advance to the semi-finals, where she defeated
younger sister and World No. 1
Serena Williams in the pair's 25th
meeting. It was her 14th victory over a reigning World No. 1 and her
first since the
2009 Wimbledon Championships
At the Wimbledon Championships , Venus reached the third round of the championships where she overcame the 29th seed, Daria Kasatkina, in a 2-hour, 42-minute marathon. She defeated 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth round, and now leads 4–3 in their head-to-head meetings. Venus advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in six years, where she defeated Yaroslava Shvedova . In her first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2010 US Open and her first Wimbledon semifinal since 2009, she lost to 4th seed Angelique Kerber in straight sets. In the doubles tournament, Venus and Serena advanced to their first Grand Slam Doubles final since 2012. They then won their 14th major title together and sixth at Wimbledon.
Venus began her US Open series at the Stanford Classic where she was
the No. 1 seed. She defeated
Magda Linette in the second round and
Catherine Bellis and
Alison Riske in the quarterfinals and
semifinals respectively to reach her eighth final in Stanford. She
Johanna Konta , 5–7, 7–5, 2–6. By virtue of her result,
Venus ascended to No. 6 in the rankings, her highest position since
being diagnosed with
Sjögren's syndrome in 2011. Venus then entered
the Rogers Cup . Having received a bye in the first round, Venus won
her second-round match against
Barbora Strycova in straight sets. She
Williams failed to medal in her singles and doubles events at the
2016 Olympic Games in Rio, falling in the first round in both events,
marking her worst exits of her Olympic career. She entered the mixed
doubles event with
Rajeev Ram , defeating the
At the US Open , Venus broke the record for the most Grand Slam appearances , surpassing Amy Frazier 's record of 71. This is also the first time that she's been seeded in the top ten at all four Grand Slam tournaments this year, having last achieved this in 2010. She won her first three round matches respectively against Kateryna Kozlova , Julia Görges and the 26th seed Laura Siegemund . She lost in the fourth round to 10th seed Karolína Plíšková after failing to convert match point.
In September 2016, in response to WADA database leak, Williams
confirmed the usage of banned substances classified by WADA as
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), stating: "The applications for TUEs
Venus failed to defend her title in Wuhan , falling in the third
round to 9th seed
Svetlana Kuznetsova . This pushed her outside of the
top ten for a second time this year. The following week she was
bundled out of the
2017: Australian Open And Wimbledon Runner-up
Williams began her 2017 season at the ASB Classic , winning her opening match against local wildcard Jade Lewis before withdrawing due to a right arm pain. Seeded 13th at the Australian Open , Venus defeated Kateryna Kozlova , qualifier Stefanie Vögele , Duan Yingying and qualifier Mona Barthel in the opening four rounds respectively in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals. She defeated 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for her 50th win at the Australian Open, the first time Williams won a quarterfinal match in Melbourne since defeating Daniela Hantuchová in 2003. Coming back from a set down in her semifinal match, Williams defeated rising American star Coco Vandeweghe 6–7(3–7), 6–2, 6–3 to advance to her first Grand Slam final since Wimbledon 2009 and her first Australian Open final since 2003. In doing so, she set the Open Era record for the longest span (20 years) between grand slam singles final appearances, having first reached a grand slam singles final at the 1997 US Open . In a closely fought final, she lost 6–4, 6–4 to her younger sister Serena Williams , who made history by winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, surpassing the mark set by Steffi Graf . The following week, Venus competed in the St. Petersburg Ladies\' Trophy , but lost in the second round to eventual champion Kristina Mladenovic . At the Indian Wells Masters , Venus came back from 1–6, 1–4 down and saved three match points in the second round to defeat Jelena Jankovic , tying their head-to-head record at seven-all. This was her first win at Indian Wells since 2001. She defeated Lucie Safarova and qualifier Peng Shuai in the third and fourth rounds respectively, avenging her previous losses to both players. She lost to the eventual champion, Elena Vesnina , in the quarterfinals. The following week, Venus scored her first top-ten win since 2015, against Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round of the Miami Open . She defeated World No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals, becoming the oldest player to beat a current World No. 1. She lost for a third consecutive time to eventual champion Johanna Konta in straight sets in her first semi-final in Miami since 2010. This marked her fourth consecutive loss to eventual champions.
The following week, after receiving a bye, Venus lost to eventual
Laura Siegemund in the
Volvo Car Open . Having saved
match point in the second set, Venus forced two match points in the
third set, but Siegemund saved both. After the match, Venus said,
"This could be the best match she'll ever play in her life. I
basically won the match but still lost." Venus withdrew from the
Madrid Open after an injury to her right arm. She made her European
clay-court debut at the Italian Open where she defeated Yaroslava
Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets. She defeated world
Johanna Konta in the third round, but lost in her first
quarterfinal in Rome since 2012 to
Garbiñe Muguruza in three sets.
During this match, Williams hit a reactionary lob off an attacking
forehand that was voted WTA shot of the month. Williams defeated
Qiang Wang ,
Kurumi Nara and
Elise Mertens in the first three rounds
Williams entered Wimbledon as the number 10 seed. She defeated Elise
Qiang Wang ,
Naomi Osaka and
Williams began her play in the US Open Series at the Canadian Open . She defeated qualifier Irina-Camelia Begu in three sets and Kateřina Siniaková in straight sets to set up a meeting with fifth seed Elina Svitolina .
VENUS VS. SERENA
Main article: Williams sisters rivalry
Williams has played younger sister Serena in 28 professional matches since 1998. Overall, Venus has won 11 of those matches and Serena has won 17. They have met in 15 Grand Slam tournaments, with Venus winning five matches to Serena's ten. They have met in nine Grand Slam tournament finals, with Venus winning twice. Of the six occasions where they met in an earlier round, the victor has gone on to win the championship four times (Venus once, in the 2000 Wimbledon Championships ).
Beginning with the 2002
WILLIAMS VS. HINGIS
Williams and Hingis met 21 times during their careers. The overall head-to-head series is 11–10, in Hingis' favor. Their rivalry is one of the best in women's sports and has been called a "rivalry for the ages". The pair met in the 1997 US Open final during Venus' debut, Hingis won the match in straight sets.
WILLIAMS VS. DAVENPORT
Davenport leads the victory 14–13 in their 27 professional matches. Williams leads 3–0 in Grand Slam Finals. The most noteworthy match they played was the 2005 Wimbledon championships which broke the record for the longest Wimbledon women's final. Williams won the match and also saved a match point, which makes her only the second woman in the Open Era to save a match point and go on to win during a grand slam final.
FIGHT FOR EQUAL PRIZE MONEY
Despite years of protesting by tennis pioneer
Billie Jean King and
others, in 2005 the
The turning point was an essay published in
I feel so strongly that Wimbledon's stance devalues the principle of meritocracy and diminishes the years of hard work that women on the tour have put into becoming professional tennis players. I believe that athletes – especially female athletes in the world's leading sport for women – should serve as role models. The message I like to convey to women and girls across the globe is that there is no glass ceiling. My fear is that Wimbledon is loudly and clearly sending the opposite message.... Wimbledon has argued that women's tennis is worth less for a variety of reasons; it says, for example, that because men play a best of five sets game they work harder for their prize money. This argument just doesn’t make sense; first of all, women players would be happy to play five sets matches in grand slam tournaments.... Secondly, tennis is unique in the world of professional sports. No other sport has men and women competing for a grand slam championship on the same stage, at the same time. So in the eyes of the general public the men's and women's games have the same value. Third, ... we enjoy huge and equal celebrity and are paid for the value we deliver to broadcasters and spectators, not the amount of time we spend on the stage. And, for the record, the ladies’ final at Wimbledon in 2005 lasted 45 minutes longer than the men's.... Wimbledon has justified treating women as second class because we do more for the tournament. The argument goes that the top women – who are more likely also to play doubles matches than their male peers – earn more than the top men if you count singles, doubles and mixed doubles prize money. So the more we support the tournament, the more unequally we should be treated! But doubles and mixed doubles are separate events from the singles competition. Is Wimbledon suggesting that, if the top women withdrew from the doubles events, that then we would deserve equal prize money in singles? And how then does the All England Club explain why the pot of women's doubles prize money is nearly £130,000 smaller than the men's doubles prize money? I intend to keep doing everything I can until Billie Jean\'s original dream of equality is made real. It's a shame that the name of the greatest tournament in tennis, an event that should be a positive symbol for the sport, is tarnished.
In response, British Prime Minister
Tony Blair and members of
Parliament publicly endorsed Williams' arguments. Later that year,
Venus herself became the first woman to benefit from the equalization of prize money at Wimbledon, as she won the 2007 tournament and was awarded the same amount as the male winner Roger Federer . Venus's fight for equality was documented in Nine for IX , Venus Vs. It premiered on July 2, 2013.
OTHER ON COURT ACTIVITIES
1998: KARSTEN BRAASCH VS. THE WILLIAMS SISTERS
Main article: Battle of the Sexes (tennis)
Venus competed in a "Battle of the Sexes", along with her sister Serena Williams , against Karsten Braasch at the 1998 Australian Open , who at the time was ranked 203rd. A decade and a half younger than Braasch, who was described by one journalist as "a man whose training regime centered around a pack of cigarettes and more than a couple bottles of ice cold lager ." He nonetheless defeated both sisters, playing a single set against each, beating Serena 6–1 and Venus 6–2. Braasch said afterwards, "500 and above, no chance." He added that he had played like someone ranked 600th in order to keep the game "fun."
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 2015, Williams received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business
Indiana University East . Starting in 2011, she
completed the degree through a reciprocal agreement between the
university and the Women's
Williams' longtime boyfriend, pro golfer Hank Kuehne , was a visible presence from the time of Wimbledon 2007 until 2010, when Kuehne dated and (in May 2011) married his current wife, Andy. Williams is now dating Cuban model Elio Pis whom she met when he modeled for her EleVen fashion line.
In 2003, at age 31, Yetunde Price , Venus and Serena Williams' older half-sister, was shot dead in Compton, California , near the courts on which the sisters once practiced. Price was the Williams sisters' personal assistant. The Williams family issued this statement shortly after the death: "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."
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 .
Williams is a practicing Jehovah\'s Witness and often thanks Jehovah God after winning matches.
On June 9, 2017, Williams was driving in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida,
when another car collided with her
Williams is the chief executive officer of her interior design firm V
Starr Interiors located in
In 2001, Williams was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by the Ladies Home Journal .
In 2007, Williams teamed with retailer Steve on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession, which she co-wrote with Kelly E. Carter. In promotion of the book she embarked on a tour around America in support of the release, whilst also appearing on several talk shows, including The Early Show and Good Morning America . This gave her a place in the Top 5 of The New York Times Best Seller List .
In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time .
In March 2012,
* Coach: David Witt, Richard Williams, Oracene Price * Racket: Wilson Blade 98 * Clothing: EleVen * Shoes: Nike
In 1995, when Williams was 14 years old, she signed an endorsement
Main article: Venus Williams 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. To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
TOURNAMENT 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 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 0 / 17 51–17
Wimbledon 1R QF QF W W F F 2R W 3R W W F QF 4R 1R A 3R 4R SF F 5 / 20 87–15
US Open F SF SF W W F A 4R QF A SF QF 4R SF 2R 2R 2R 3R QF 4R
2 / 18 71–15
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 15–3 7 / 75 257–67
GRAND SLAM FINALS
Singles: 16 (7 Titles, 9 Runners-up)
OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE OPPONENT SCORE
Runner-up 1997 US Open Hard Martina Hingis 0–6, 4–6
Winner 2000 US Open Hard Lindsay Davenport 6–4, 7–5
Winner 2001 Wimbledon (2) Grass Justine Henin 6–1, 3–6, 6–0
Winner 2001 US Open (2) Hard Serena Williams 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 2002 Wimbledon Grass Serena Williams 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Runner-up 2002 US Open (2) Hard Serena Williams 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2003 Australian Open Hard Serena Williams 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 2003 Wimbledon (2) Grass Serena Williams 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Winner 2005 Wimbledon (3) Grass Lindsay Davenport 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 9–7
Winner 2007 Wimbledon (4) Grass Marion Bartoli 6–4, 6–1
Winner 2008 Wimbledon (5) Grass Serena Williams 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 2009 Wimbledon (3) Grass Serena Williams 6–7(3–7), 2–6
Runner-up 2017 Australian Open (2) Hard Serena Williams 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2017 Wimbledon (4) Grass Garbiñe Muguruza 5–7, 0–6
Women\'s Doubles: 14 (14 Titles)
OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP PARTNER OPPONENT SCORE
Winner 2009 Wimbledon (4) Serena Williams Samantha Stosur Rennae Stubbs 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Mixed Doubles: 3 (2 Titles, 1 Runner-up)
OUTCOME YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP SURFACE PARTNER OPPONENTS SCORE
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
2000 Wimbledon – 2017 Wimbledon 2000–2017 17 years between first and last final STANDS ALONE
Longest women's singles final
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 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 text-align:left; vertical-align:top;"> 1995
* Sports Image Foundation Award for conducting tennis clinics in low-income areas
* WTA Newcomer of the Year * September's Olympic Committee Female Athlete
* WTA Player of the Year
* WTA Doubles Team of the Year (with Serena Williams)
* Sports Illustrated for Women's Sportswoman of the Year
* Teen Choice Awards – Extraordinary Achievement Award
* Gitanjali Diamond Award * Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.3) * Vogue Magazine Top 10 Best Dressed List for 2007
* Whirlpool 6th Sense Player of the Year Award
* Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.3)
* 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 (with Serena Williams)
* WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year (with Serena Williams)
* WTA doubles team of the year (with Serena Williams) * WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year (with Serena Williams)
* World Team
* BET Black Girls Rock! Star Power Award * Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.3) * WTA Player Service Award
* Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.3)
* WTA Fan Favorite Dress (2014 Wimbledon)
* US Open Sportsmanship Award
* WTA February Best Dressed Player
* WTA Roland Garros Best Dressed Player
* WTA October Best Dressed Player
* Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No.3)
* Harris Poll Top 10 Greatest
* Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50 Athletes
WTA Tour records
Grand Slam (tennis)
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