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US$40,452,418 (As of April 2, 2018)[1][2]

2nd in all-time rankings (female)

Official website venuswilliams.com

Singles

Career record 784–226 (77.62%)

Career titles 49 WTA, 0 ITF

Highest ranking No. 1 (February 25, 2002)

Current ranking No. 8 (April 2, 2018)

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)

Other tournaments

Grand Slam Cup W (1998)

Tour Finals W (2008)

Doubles

Career record 182–34 (84.26%)

Career titles 22 WTA, 0 ITF

Highest ranking No. 1 (June 7, 2010)

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)

Mixed doubles

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

Team competitions

Fed Cup W (1999), Record 21–4

Hopman Cup RR (2013)

Medal record

Olympic Games

2000 Sydney Singles

2000 Sydney Doubles

2008 Beijing Doubles

2012 London Doubles

2016 Rio de Janeiro Mixed doubles

Venus Ebony Starr Williams[3] (born June 17, 1980)[1] is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 8 in the WTA singles rankings.[4] She is generally regarded as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis and, 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.[5][6][7] Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association on three occasions, for a total of 11 weeks.[8] She first reached the No. 1 ranking on February 25, 2002, the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era. Her seven Grand Slam singles titles are tied for 12th on the all-time list,[9] and 8th on the Open Era
Open Era
list, more than any other active female player except Serena. She has reached 16 Grand Slam finals, most recently at Wimbledon in 2017. She has also won 14 Grand Slam Women's doubles titles, all with Serena; the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals.[19] Williams also has two Mixed Doubles titles. Her five Wimbledon singles titles tie her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list, but gives her sole possession of No. 4 on the Open Era
Open Era
List, trailing only the nine titles of Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
and the seven of Serena and Steffi Graf. From the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments in that span. At the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Williams extended her record as the all-time leader, male or female, in Grand Slams played, with 75.[10] With her run to the 2017 Wimbledon singles final, she broke the record for longest time between first and most recent grand slam singles finals appearances. Williams has won four Olympic gold medals, one in singles and three in women's doubles, along with a silver medal in mixed doubles,[11] pulling even with Kathleen McKane Godfree
Kathleen McKane Godfree
for the most Olympic medals won by a male or female tennis player. She is the only tennis player to have won a medal at four Olympic Games. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams became only the second player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at the same Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody
Helen Wills Moody
in 1924. With 49 singles titles, Williams trails 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 Maria Sharapova.[12]

Contents

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 singles final 3.2.2 1998: 1st WTA singles title and entering the top 10 3.2.3 1999: Three Tier I
Tier I
titles and 1st Grand Slam doubles title

3.3 2000–02: Williams sisters
Williams sisters
domination

3.3.1 2000: Olympic gold medals
Olympic gold medals
and 1st & 2nd Grand Slam titles 3.3.2 2001: 3rd & 4th Grand Slam titles 3.3.3 2002: World No. 1 ranking and 4 consecutive Grand Slam singles finals

3.4 2003–06: Injuries and losses

3.4.1 2003: Australian Open
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 No. 2 ranking

3.5.1 2007: Fourth Wimbledon title 3.5.2 2008: Fifth Wimbledon title, Tour Championships title and Olympic gold in doubles 3.5.3 2009: Eighth Wimbledon final and 4 consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles 3.5.4 2010: No. 2 singles ranking and No. 1 doubles ranking

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 1st Grand Slam finals 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, Wimbledon & WTA Finals finalist and return to the top 5 3.7.5 2018: 1000th match

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

6.1 1998: Karsten Braasch vs. the Williams sisters

7 Personal life

7.1 2017 auto accident 7.2 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

Early life[edit] Williams was born in Lynwood, California, to Richard Williams and Oracene Price.[13] Her talents were apparent at the age of seven when a professional local tennis player named Tony Chesta spotted Williams and quickly identified the talent.[14] 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's father but respected that "he treated his daughters like kids, allowed them to be little girls".[15] 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.[16] At that time, Williams held a 63–0 record on the United States
United States
Tennis
Tennis
Association junior tour and was ranked No. 1 among the under-12 players in Southern California.[17] In 1995, Richard pulled his daughters out of Macci's academy, and from then on took over all coaching at their home. Playing style[edit]

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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 skilful volleyer who uses her long arm span (1.85m) and agility around the net.[18] Williams also has great court coverage and can hit winners from a defensive position.[19] Williams holds the record for fastest serve in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments: 2007 French Open
French Open
second round, 2008 Wimbledon
2008 Wimbledon
final, 2007 U.S. Open first round – 129 mph (208 km/h).[20] Professional career[edit]

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1994–96: Professional debut[edit] Williams turned professional on October 31, 1994, at the age of fourteen. In the second round of her first professional tournament, the Bank of the West Classic
Bank of the West Classic
in Oakland, Williams was up a set and a service break against world No. 2 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
before losing the match. That was the only tournament Williams played in 1994. 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 Toronto
Toronto
but reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament in Oakland, defeating No. 18 Amy Frazier in the second round for her first win over a top 20 ranked player before losing to Magdalena Maleeva. Williams played five events in 1996, falling in the first round four times but reaching the third round in Los Angeles, before losing to No. 1 Steffi Graf. 1997–99: Early success[edit] 1997: Debut Grand Slam singles final[edit] 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, the European Indoor Championships in Zürich, and the Kremlin Cup
Kremlin Cup
in Moscow. In Indian Wells in March, Williams defeated No. 9 Iva Majoli in the third round for her first win over a player ranked in the top 10. She then lost in the quarterfinals to No. 8 Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
in a third set tiebreak. Her ranking broke into the top 100 on April 14, 1997. She made her debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament at the French Open, reaching the second round before losing to Nathalie Tauziat. She then lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Magdalena Grzybowska. During her debut at the US Open, she lost the final to Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
after defeating Irina Spîrlea in a semifinal which saw Spîrlea intentionally collide with Williams during a changeover. Richard Williams, her father, later claimed that this incident was racially motivated.[21] She was the first woman since Pam Shriver in 1978 to reach a US Open singles final on her first attempt and was the first unseeded US Open women's singles finalist since 1958. On September 8, 1997, her ranking broke into the top 50 for the first time. She ended the year ranked No. 22. 1998: 1st WTA singles title and entering the top 10[edit] In her debut at the Australian Open, Williams defeated younger sister Serena in the second round, which was the sisters' first professional meeting. Williams eventually lost in the quarterfinals to No. 3 Davenport. Three weeks later, Williams defeated No. 2 Davenport for the first time in the semifinals of the IGA Tennis
Tennis
Classic in Oklahoma City. Williams then defeated Joannette Kruger in the final to win the first singles title of her career. In her first Tier I
Tier I
event of the year, Williams lost in the semifinals of the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells to No. 1 Hingis. The following week, Williams won the Tier I Lipton International Players Championships
Lipton International Players Championships
in Key Biscayne, Florida, defeating No. 1 Hingis in the semifinals. On March 30, 1998, her ranking broke into the top 10 for the first time, at No. 10. 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 No. 5 Sánchez Vicario in the semifinals before losing to 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 No. 3 and eventual champion Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. On July 27, 1998, her ranking rose to No. 5. Williams played three tournaments during the North American 1998 summer hard court season. She reached her fifth final of the year at the Bank of the West Classic
Bank of the West Classic
in Stanford, California, defeating No. 6 Monica Seles
Monica Seles
in the semifinals before losing to No. 1 Davenport. Patellar tendonitis in her left knee caused her to retire from her quarterfinal match at the tournament in San Diego
San Diego
while trailing Mary Pierce 4–0 in the third set. At the US Open, Williams defeated fourth-seeded Sánchez Vicario in the quarterfinals before losing to second seeded and eventual champion Davenport in the semifinals. 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 No. 9 Patty Schnyder
Patty Schnyder
in the final. She lost in the second round of the Porsche Tennis
Tennis
Grand Prix in Filderstadt
Filderstadt
before losing in the final of the Tier I
Tier I
Swisscom Challenge in Zürich to No. 1 Davenport and the semifinals of the Tier I
Tier I
Kremlin Cup
Kremlin Cup
in Moscow to Pierce. She had earned enough points during the year to participate in the year-ending Chase Championship but withdrew from the tournament because of tendonitis in her knee. She finished the year ranked No. 5. In 1998, Williams teamed with Justin Gimelstob
Justin Gimelstob
to win the mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open
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.[22] 1999: Three Tier I
Tier I
titles and 1st Grand Slam doubles title[edit] Williams started the 1999 tour in Australia, where she lost to No. 10 Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
in the quarterfinals of the Medibank International
Medibank International
in Sydney and No. 1 Davenport in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. However, she rebounded at the Faber Grand Prix in Hanover, defeating Graf for the first time in the semifinals before losing the final to No. 3 Novotná. Williams then successfully defended her titles in both Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
and Key Biscayne. She defeated Novotná and Graf to reach the final in Key Biscayne, where she defeated Serena in three sets in the first final on the WTA Tour to be contested by two sisters. 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 at the Betty Barclay Cup in Hamburg, defeating Mary Pierce
Mary Pierce
in the final. Williams then won the Tier I
Tier I
Italian Open in Rome, defeating No. 1 Hingis in the semifinals and No. 8 Pierce in the final. At the French Open, she extended her winning streak to 22 matches before losing in the fourth round to No. 125 Barbara Schwartz. Williams teamed with Serena to win the women's doubles title at this event, the first Grand Slam title the pair won together. At the 1999 Wimbledon Championships, Williams defeated No. 17 Anna Kournikova in the fourth round to reach the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, where she lost to eventual runner-up Graf. Williams rebounded in the summer when she won two Fed Cup
Fed Cup
matches against Italy
Italy
and lost in the final of the Bank of the West Classic
Bank of the West Classic
in Stanford to No. 1 Davenport. One week later, Williams defeated Davenport in the semifinals of the TIG Tennis
Tennis
Classic in San Diego before losing to No. 2 Hingis in the final. In her last tournament before the US Open, Williams won the Pilot Pen Tennis
Tennis
in New Haven, Connecticut, defeating No. 5 Seles in the semifinals and Davenport in the final. On August 30, 1999, her world ranking reached third for the first time. Seeded third at the US Open, Williams lost in the semifinals to No. 1 Hingis in three sets. However, she teamed with singles champion Serena at this event to win their second Grand Slam women's doubles title. During the remainder of the year, Williams contributed to the USA's victory over Russia
Russia
in the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
final, winning one singles rubber before joining Serena to win the doubles rubber. At the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Williams defeated Hingis in the semifinals before losing to Serena for the first time in the final. Williams won her sixth title of the year at the Tier I
Tier I
event in Zurich, defeating No. 1 Hingis in the final. Four weeks later, she lost to Davenport in the semifinals of the tournament in Philadelphia. Making her debut at the year-ending Chase Championships, Williams lost to Hingis in the semifinals. She finished the year ranked No. 3. 2000–02: Williams sisters
Williams sisters
domination[edit] 2000: Olympic gold medals
Olympic gold medals
and 1st & 2nd Grand Slam titles[edit] 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 Hamburg
Hamburg
to Amanda Coetzer
Amanda Coetzer
and in the third round of the Tier I
Tier I
Italian Open in Rome to Jelena Dokić. Although she had won only two of her four matches before the French Open, she was seeded fourth there. She won her first four matches in Paris without losing a set before losing in the quarterfinals to eighth-seeded and former champion Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
in three sets. Williams then won 35 consecutive singles matches and six tournaments. She won her first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, defeating No. 1 Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
in the quarterfinals, sister Serena in the semifinals, and defending champion Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
in the final. She also teamed with Serena to win the women's doubles title at this event. 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
Monica Seles
in the finals of both the Acura Classic in San Diego
San Diego
and the Pilot Pen Tennis
Tennis
championships in New Haven. At the US Open, Williams defeated No. 1 Hingis in the semifinals and 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
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 No. 3 and with six singles titles. 2001: 3rd & 4th Grand Slam titles[edit] In 2001, Williams reached the semifinals of the Australian Open
Australian Open
for the first time, where she lost to No. 1 Hingis. However, Williams teamed with her sister 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 Tier I
Tier I
Tennis
Tennis
Masters Series tournament in Indian Wells, California, where she controversially defaulted her match with sister Serena just before the match started. Williams had been suffering from knee tendinitis throughout the tournament and eventually this prevented her from playing. The following day, Williams and her father Richard were booed as they made their way to their seats to watch the final.[23] Serena was subsequently booed during the final with Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
and during the trophy presentation. Due to this, neither Williams sister entered the tournament for 14 years,[24] with Serena entering in 2015 after appeals for forgiveness from the event and the WTA Tour. Williams rebounded from the Indian Wells 'boycott' controversy to win the next tournament on the tour calendar, the Tier I
Tier I
Ericsson Open
Ericsson Open
in Key Biscayne, Florida. She defeated Hingis in the semifinals and No. 4 Jennifer Capriati
Jennifer Capriati
in the final, after saving eight championship points. Because of this victory, her ranking rose to a career high of No. 2. During the European clay court season, Williams won the Tier II tournament in Hamburg
Hamburg
but lost in the third round of the Tier I EUROCARD Ladies German Open to No. 18 Justine Henin
Justine Henin
and the first round of the French Open
French Open
to Barbara Schett. This was only the second time that she had lost in the first round of a Grand Slam singles tournament. Williams then successfully defended her Wimbledon title, defeating third-seeded Davenport in the semifinals and eighth-seeded Henin in three sets in Henin's first Wimbledon final. 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 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. Williams also became only the sixth woman in history to win the singles titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open in consecutive years, the others being Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(twice), Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(twice), Althea Gibson, Maureen Connolly
Maureen Connolly
Brinker, and Helen Wills Moody
Helen Wills Moody
(twice). 2002: World No. 1 ranking and 4 consecutive Grand Slam singles finals[edit] Williams began 2002 by winning the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts in Gold Coast, Australia, defeating Henin in the final. However, she then lost for the first time in her career to Seles in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Williams then went on to win the Open Gaz de France
Open Gaz de France
in Paris when Jelena Dokić
Jelena Dokić
withdrew from the final, and the Proximus Diamond Games
Proximus Diamond Games
in Antwerp, Belgium, defeating Henin in the final. As a result of her strong start to the season, Williams assumed the world No. 1 position for the first time on February 25, dislodging Capriati. Williams was the first African-American woman ever to hold the ranking. She held it for just three weeks before surrendering it back to Capriati. 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 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 French Open, Williams defeated former champion Seles to reach the semifinals for the first time. There, she defeated Clarisa Fernández. In the final, Williams met Serena for a second time in a Grand Slam final, with Serena winning. Williams once again replaced Capriati as the No. 1 as a result of reaching the final. 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 No. 1. The Williams sisters
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 San Diego
San Diego
and New Haven for the third consecutive year, defeating Davenport and Dokic to win the former and defeating Davenport in the final of the latter. At the US Open, Williams defeated Seles in the quarterfinals and Amélie Mauresmo
Amélie Mauresmo
in three sets to make the final. Playing Serena for their third consecutive Grand Slam final, Serena won once again. After that, Williams played just four more matches during the season. She reached the semifinals at the year-ending Sanex Championships after defeating Seles in the quarterfinals, but she then was forced to retire against Clijsters due to injury. Williams finished the year ranked No. 2 having won seven titles, her best showing in both respects of her career. 2003–06: Injuries and losses[edit] 2003: Australian Open
Australian Open
final and injuries[edit] Williams started 2003 by defeating fifth seed Justine Henin
Justine Henin
to make the final of the Australian Open
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
Proximus Diamond Games
in Antwerp, Belgium
Belgium
for the second consecutive year, defeating Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
in the final. However, shortly afterwards, she began to struggle with injury. She reached the final of the clay-court J&S Cup in Warsaw, before being forced to retire against Amélie Mauresmo. She then suffered her earliest exit at a Grand Slam tournament in two years when she lost in the fourth round of the French Open
French Open
to Vera Zvonareva. At Wimbledon, Williams was seeded fourth. Williams defeated former champion Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
in the quarterfinals and Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
in the semifinals to advance to her fourth consecutive Wimbledon final, where she lost again to sister Serena. Wimbledon was Williams's last event of the year as an abdominal injury that occurred during the Clijsters match prevented her from playing again. While she was recovering from the injury, her sister Yetunde Price was murdered.[25] Williams finished the year ranked No. 11. It was the first time in nearly six years that she had dropped out of the top 10. 2004: Tough losses and further injuries[edit] In 2004, Williams came back to the tour suffering inconsistent results. As the third seed because of a protected ranking, she reached the third round of the Australian Open, where she lost to Lisa Raymond. She then lost in the quarterfinals of her next three tournaments. Williams began to find her form at the beginning of the clay-court season. At the Tier I
Tier I
Family Circle Cup
Family Circle Cup
in Charleston, South Carolina, Williams defeated Conchita Martínez
Conchita Martínez
in the final to win her first title in over a year and the second Tier I
Tier I
title on clay of her career. She then won in Warsaw, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
in the final, before reaching the final of the Tier I
Tier I
German Open in Berlin. She then withdrew from that match against Mauresmo due to injury. Going into the French Open, Williams had the best clay-court record among the women and was among the favorites to win the title; however, after making the quarterfinals to extend her winning streak on the surface to 19 matches, she lost to eventual champion Anastasia Myskina. Despite her defeat, she re-entered the top 10. At Wimbledon, Williams lost a controversial second-round match to Croatian 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.[26] 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 Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
for the first time since 2000. 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
Shikha Uberoi
and Chanda Rubin
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
Maria Sharapova
at the Zurich Open. Williams finished the year as No. 9 and did not qualify for the year-ending WTA Tour Championships. 2005: Third Wimbledon title[edit] In 2005, Williams started the year by losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open
Australian Open
to Alicia Molik. She then reached the final in Antwerp, defeating Clijsters and Myskina en route. In the final, Williams was a set and a service break up against Mauresmo before eventually losing. In March, at the NASDAQ-100 Open
NASDAQ-100 Open
in Miami, Williams defeated sister and Australian Open
Australian Open
champion Serena in the quarterfinals, the first time she had defeated Serena since 2001. Williams went on to lose in the semifinals to 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
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 French Open
French Open
runner-up Pierce in a second-set tiebreak, winning it 12–10 to make the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time in two years. There, she defeated defending champion and second-seeded Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
to make the Wimbledon final for the fifth time in six years. Playing top-seeded Davenport in the final, Williams saved a match point with a backhand winner en route to winning. This was Williams's third Wimbledon singles title, her fifth Grand Slam singles title overall and her first since 2001. It was the first time in 70 years that a player had won after being down match point during the women's final at Wimbledon.[citation needed] In addition, Williams was the lowest-ranked (No. 16) and lowest-seeded (14th) champion in tournament history.[citation needed] Williams returned to the top 10 following the victory. 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 No. 10. It was the first year since 2001 that she had finished a year ranked higher than Serena.

Venus Williams
Venus Williams
prepares to serve during the 2006 J&S Cup in Warsaw

2006: Wrist injury and drop in the rankings[edit] In 2006, Williams was upset in the first round of the Australian Open by Tsvetana Pironkova, which was her earliest loss ever at that tournament. After that loss, she did not play again for three months due to a wrist injury. She returned in late April on clay in Warsaw, where she defeated former No. 1 Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
in the second round, before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
in the quarterfinals. Williams completed the clay-court season by reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open, where she lost to Nicole Vaidišová. Williams was the defending champion and one of the favorites to win the singles title at Wimbledon. However, she lost in the third round to 26th-seeded Jelena Janković. After the loss, Williams said that she was having pain in her left wrist, although she admitted that the injury was not the cause of her loss. Williams did not play in the US Open series or the US Open itself due to the wrist injury. In October, during her first tournament in almost three months, she reinjured her wrist at the tournament in Luxembourg and lost in the second round to qualifier Agnieszka Radwańska. Williams finished the season as No. 46, her lowest finish since she began to play on the WTA Tour full-time in 1997. It was the second consecutive year she finished higher than Serena, who finished the year at No. 95. 2007–10: Return to form and No. 2 ranking[edit] 2007: Fourth Wimbledon title[edit] Williams withdrew from the 2007 Australian Open, the second consecutive Grand Slam that she had missed due to her recurring wrist injury. She returned in February at the Cellular South Cup
Cellular South Cup
in Memphis, USA, defeating top-seeded Shahar Pe'er
Shahar Pe'er
in the final, her first singles title since her victory at Wimbledon in 2005. At the beginning of the clay-court season, Williams reached the semifinals of the Tier I
Tier I
Family Circle Cup
Family Circle Cup
in Charleston, South Carolina, where she lost to Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
on a third set tiebreak. She also lost to fourth seed Janković in the third round of the French Open, her third consecutive loss to Janković. During her second round win over Ashley Harkleroad, Williams hit a 206 km/h (128 mph) serve, which was the second fastest woman's serve ever recorded and the fastest ever recorded during a main draw match at the time.

Venus competing in the World Tennis
Tennis
Team (WTT)

Williams was ranked 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
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
Svetlana Kuznetsova
and Ana Ivanovic
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, along with Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
and Steffi Graf. She also became the lowest-seeded Wimbledon champion in history, breaking the record she herself set in 2005. Williams returned to the top 20 as a result of the win.[27] At the US Open, after setting a Grand-Slam record 129 mph (208 km/h) serve in the opening round,[28] Williams advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal outside of Wimbledon since 2003. However, she then lost to eventual champion Justine Henin. The tournament resulted in Williams's ranking moving up to No. 9. Williams then won her third title of the year at the Hansol Korea Open Tennis Championships in Seoul, South Korea, defeating Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
in the final, before then losing in the final of the Japan
Japan
Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo to Virginie Razzano. Williams had earned enough points during the year to qualify for the year-ending WTA Tour Championships in Madrid; however, she withdrew because of continuing problems with anemia.[29] Williams finished the year as No. 8 with three titles, her best performance in both respects since 2002, and a winning percentage of 83 percent. 2008: Fifth Wimbledon title, Tour Championships title and Olympic gold in doubles[edit] 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
Bangalore Open
in Bangalore, India, where she met sister Serena for the first time since 2005 with Serena winning despite Williams holding a match point in the third set tie break. Williams missed two tournaments at the beginning of the clay-court season due to undisclosed medical problems.[30] At the French Open, Williams was seeded eighth but was eliminated by 26th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta
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 Sydney Olympics
Sydney Olympics
in 2000. At the US Open, Williams was playing some of her best tennis since dominating the circuit in 2003, However, she was defeated in two tiebreaks by Serena (the eventual tournament winner) in a close quarterfinal match, after Williams had led 5–3 in both sets.

Venus Williams
Venus Williams
at the 2008 WTA Tour
2008 WTA Tour
Championships

At the Porsche Tennis
Tennis
Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany
Germany
in October, Williams defeated a player ranked in the top three for the first time that season by defeating No. 3 Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
to reach her third semifinal of the year. There, she lost to Janković. A fortnight later, Williams won the Zurich Open, defeating Ivanovic in the semifinals before defeating Pennetta in the final to claim her second title of the year and secure a position in the year-ending 2008 WTA Tour Championships in Doha, Qatar. There, Williams defeated No. 2 Safina, No. 3 Serena and No. 5 Dementieva in the preliminary round-robin stage. In the semifinals, Williams defeated No. 1 Janković before winning the year-ending tournament for the first time by defeating Vera Zvonareva
Vera Zvonareva
in the final. She ended the year ranked No. 6 with three titles and a winning percentage of 78 percent. 2009: Eighth Wimbledon final and 4 consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles[edit] As the sixth seed at the 2009 Australian Open, Williams lost in the second round to Carla Suárez Navarro
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. Williams rebounded in singles play in February at the Premier 5 (formerly Tier I) Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships, defeating defending champion and No. 4 Dementieva in the quarterfinals and No. 1 Serena in the semifinals on a third set tiebreak. The latter win meant that Williams led the head-to-head in career matches with her sister for the first time since 2002. Williams went on to defeat Virginie Razzano in the final. This win meant Williams was ranked in the top five for the first time since 2003, while it also marked her 40th professional singles title, only the twelfth player in the open era to achieve the feat.[31] Williams won another title the following week at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel
Abierto Mexicano Telcel
in Acapulco, Mexico, defeating Pennetta in the final. This was her first title on clay since 2005. On European clay, Williams reached the semifinals in Rome before losing to No. 1 Safina. This run meant Williams was ranked in the top three for the first time since 2003. Seeded third at the French Open, Williams lost to Ágnes Szávay
Ágnes Szávay
in the third round, the third consecutive year she had exited at that stage.[32] 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
Williams sisters
teamed up to win the doubles title at the tournament for the fourth time. In Stanford, Williams defeated Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
and Elena Dementieva
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
Monica Niculescu
and Yung-Jan Chan.

Williams 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
Kim Clijsters
in three sets. Williams then teamed up with Serena to play doubles at the open, where they won the title over defending champions and No. 1s in doubles, Cara Black
Cara Black
and Liezel Huber, claiming their third grand slam doubles title in 2009. Williams's 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
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, Williams advanced to the semifinal of the championships. In her semifinal match, she defeated Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
of Serbia
Serbia
to advance to her second consecutive final in the tournament. In the final, she lost to her sister Serena. In doubles, Williams teamed with Serena as the second seeds. However, they lost to Nuria Llagostera Vives
Nuria Llagostera Vives
and María José Martínez Sánchez in the semifinal. Their doubles record at the end of the year stood at 24–2. Williams finished 2009 ranked No. 6 in singles (with a winning percentage of 70 percent) and No. 3 in doubles with Serena, in spite of them playing only six events together that year. 2010: No. 2 singles ranking and No. 1 doubles ranking[edit] Williams played at the Australian Open
Australian Open
as the sixth seed. She defeated 17th-seeded Francesca Schiavone
Francesca Schiavone
in the fourth round. She was two points from defeating 16th-seeded Li Na
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
Liezel Huber
in the final. She went onto the 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
Laura Pous Tió
in the quarterfinals. In the final, she defeated first-time finalist Polona Hercog
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
Ericsson Open
in Key Biscayne, where she was seeded third. She defeated No. 9 Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals and No. 13 Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli
in the semifinals to reach her third straight WTA tour final and fourth Sony Ericsson Open
Ericsson Open
final. She was defeated by Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
in the final in just 58 minutes, ending her 15-match winning streak. By reaching the final, her ranking improved to 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
Ericsson Open
forced her to skip the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
tie against Russia
Russia
and the Porsche Tennis
Tennis
Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Williams returned to the tour at the Premier 5 Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. She suffered the worst defeat of her career in the quarterfinals, losing to No. 4 Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
6–0, 6–1. Despite this loss, Williams's ranking improved to No. 3 on May 10.

Williams at the 2010 Madrid Open

Her next tournament was the Madrid Open, a Premier Mandatory tournament. She lost to Aravane Rezaï
Aravane Rezaï
in the final. In doubles, she teamed with Serena to win the title. On May 17, her ranking improved to 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 French Open, where she played both singles and doubles despite her knee injury. Seeded second in singles, she advanced past the third round at this tournament for the first time since 2006 before losing to Nadia Petrova
Nadia Petrova
in the round of 16. She also played doubles with Serena as the top seeds. Their defeat of Huber and Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
in the semifinals increased their doubles ranking to No. 1. They then defeated 12th seeded Květa Peschke
Květa Peschke
and Katarina Srebotnik
Katarina Srebotnik
in the final to win their fourth consecutive Grand Slam women's doubles title. By virtue of reaching the No. 1-ranking in doubles on June 7, 2010, Venus and Serena became just the 6th and 7th women to reach the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles following in the footsteps of Martina Navratilova, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, and Kim Clijsters. 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 No. 82 and had never gone past the second round of a Grand Slam event. As a result, Williams dropped to No. 4. 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
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 French Open
French Open
champion Schiavone en route to her eighth US Open semifinal, against defending champion Clijsters. Williams won the first set of their match and recovered from 5–2 down in the second set but ultimately double-faulted on a key point near the end of the match and lost in three sets. Because of Serena's withdrawal from the US Open, Williams did not participate at the doubles event where she was the defending champion. 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
Fed Cup
final.[33] 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[edit] 2011: Sjögrens Syndrome diagnosis[edit]

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
Vera Zvonareva
and Li Na, but she managed to help Team America to win the silver group. At the Australian Open, Williams retired in the second game of her third round match against Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic
after sustaining a hip muscle injury in her second round.[34] This was Williams's 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.[35] 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 the Fed Cup
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 French Open
French Open
marked the first Grand Slam tournament since the 2003 US Open where neither of the Williams sisters
Williams sisters
were competing. Williams then made her first appearance since the Australian Open
Australian Open
in Eastbourne. Unseeded, she lost for the first time in eleven meetings to Daniela Hantuchová
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
Tsvetana Pironkova
in the fourth round. Originally scheduled to participate in the 2011 Rogers Cup
2011 Rogers Cup
in Toronto and the 2011 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Williams withdrew due to viral illness.[36] Her next scheduled tournament was the US Open.[37] Unseeded at the US Open, Williams defeated Vesna Dolonts in the first round. She was scheduled to meet 22nd seed Sabine Lisicki in the second round, but withdrew before the match began after being diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease which causes fatigue and muscle and joint pain.[38][39] This was the first time in her career that she did not reach the quarterfinals or better in any of the Grand Slam tournaments in a season. As a result, her ranking dropped to one-hundred and five. Williams did not play for the rest of the year at a competitive level; she appeared in three exhibitions tournaments in November and early December. She played against sister Serena in Colombia, which she won in straight sets.[40] The week later, the sisters appeared in Milan, Italy
Italy
to play exhibition against Italian duo Francesca Schiavone
Francesca Schiavone
and Flavia Pennetta. Williams lost both her singles tie-break matches but won the doubles pairing with her sister.[41] Williams played her third exhibition tournament in Barbados
Barbados
where she lost to Victoria Azarenka. She ended the year ranked No. 102. This was her first year-end finish ranked outside of the top 50 since 1997. 2012: Comeback and Olympic gold record[edit] Williams was scheduled to play in Auckland in preparation for the Australian Open.[42] but withdrew from both tournaments due to health problems, announcing that she would return to the WTA tour in February.[43] This dropped her ranking to No. 135. In February, Williams returned to competition in the doubles match of the Fed Cup World Group II tie between USA and Belarus.[44] Playing with Liezel Huber, she won the dead-rubber in straight sets. Williams was granted wildcards to participate in the Miami[45] and Charleston tournaments.[46] In the first round of Miami — her first singles match since the 2011 US Open — Williams defeated Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm
Kimiko Date-Krumm
in straight sets. In the second round, she defeated No. 3 Petra Kvitová, her first top-3 victory since beating Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
in 2009. In the third round, she saved a match point and defeated Aleksandra Wozniak
Aleksandra Wozniak
in a three-set tiebreaker that ended a nearly three-hour match. In the round of 16, she bested No. 15 Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
in three sets to reach the quarterfinals, where she lost to the eventual champion, Agnieszka Radwańska
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 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
Samantha Stosur
in the third round. She lost in the quarterfinals in straight sets to the No. 2, defending and eventual champion Maria Sharapova.[47] Her appearance in Rome increased her ranking to No. 52, placing her as the third-ranked American. She lost in the second round of the French Open
French Open
to Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets. At Wimbledon, Williams was unseeded for the first time since 1997.[48] She lost to Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
in the first round in straight sets.[49] This was the first time Williams 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.[50] 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 Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
and Nadia Petrova
Nadia Petrova
in the second round and top-seeds Liezel Huber
Liezel Huber
and Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
in the semifinals. The Williams sisters
Williams sisters
claimed their fifth Wimbledon doubles title after defeating sixth-seeds Andrea Hlaváčková
Andrea Hlaváčková
and Lucie Hradecká
Lucie Hradecká
in straight sets in the final, on the same day Serena won her fifth Wimbledon singles title. Williams's next stop was the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
Games which was held at the All England Club, Wimbledon. She entered the women's singles and women's doubles events, partnering with sister Serena in doubles. In singles, Williams defeated Sara Errani
Sara Errani
and Aleksandra Wozniak
Aleksandra Wozniak
in convincing fashion to reach the third round where she faced Angelique Kerber. She lost to Kerber in two tiebreaks despite having three set points and leading 5–1 in the tiebreak in the first set. In doubles, the unseeded Williams sisters
Williams sisters
advanced to the final, which was a repeat of their final at Wimbledon against Hlaváčková and Hradecká. The sisters won their third gold medal in doubles after defeating the Czech pair in straight sets. With the win (and Serena's win in the singles event), the Williams sisters
Williams sisters
claimed the most Olympic gold medals
Olympic gold medals
than any other tennis player, male or female. Next, Williams played at Cincinnati
Cincinnati
where she received a singles wild card entry. She defeated her first two opponents, Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
and Chanelle Scheepers, in three tight sets before crushing 8th seed Sara Errani in the third round. In the quarterfinal, she defeated her second top 10 opponent in a row Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
in three sets to advance to her first semifinal since the 2010 US Open. In the semifinal Williams played through a back injury, eventually losing in three sets to Li Na
Li Na
in a match where her average first serve was between 80–90 miles per hour.[citation needed] Her semifinal run brought her ranking back within the top 50 for the first time in almost a year. At the US Open Williams lost in a second-round match against Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
in three sets, despite having a 4–2 lead in the third set. 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
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.[51] With her title in Luxembourg, her ranking rose to number 24. She ended the year with this ranking. 2013: Back injury[edit] 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 African pair Chanelle Scheepers
Chanelle Scheepers
and Kevin Anderson. In USA's second rubber against France, she won both her singles and in mixed doubles defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
and Mathilde Johansson. Next she faced Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
of Spain
Spain
and won in two sets. From there Williams went onto the Australian Open, seeded 25, after missing it the previous year due to injury. She beat Galina Voskoboeva and Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
before losing to the second seed, Maria Sharapova. Her next tournament was Brasil Tennis
Tennis
Cup. She participated the tournament as the 1st seed. She defeated Mirjana Lučić-Baroni
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni
in the first round, Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
in the second round and Magdaléna Rybáriková during the quarterfinals. Reaching her first semifinal of the year, she was then defeated by Olga Puchkova
Olga Puchkova
in three sets. This tournament allowed Williams to strengthen her position in the Top 20. She retired from the 2013 Sony Open Tennis
Tennis
in the third round due to a lower back injury.

Williams stretches for a volley at the 2013 US Open

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
2009 WTA Tour
Championships.A few weeks later she participated in Fed Cup, in a tie between the United States
United States
and Sweden. After Sloane Stephens lost the opening match, Williams stepped into her spot, winning a match against Johanna Larsson, after converting on her eighth match point. This was the first time in Williams's career that she clinched the winning match in a Fed Cup
Fed Cup
tie, leading the United States to a 3–2 victory over Sweden. Williams's next event was the Mutua Madrid Open
Mutua Madrid Open
where she withdrew just before playing her first round match, her next tournament was the Italian Open in Rome where she lost in the first round to Laura Robson. Williams then played at the 2013 French Open
French Open
where she lost to Urszula Radwanska in the first round. She was also entered in Doubles with her sister Serena but pulled out just before their 1st Round match. Williams pulled out of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships due to a back injury it was the first time she has missed Wimbledon in her career. 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
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
Zheng Jie
in three sets. She entered the doubles with Serena Williams. They beat Carla Suarez Navarro
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
Abigail Spears
and Raquel Kops-Jones, and defeated the 11th seeded team of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
and Lucie Safarova in the third round. In the quarterfinals, they defeated the 1st seeded team of Sara Errani
Sara Errani
and Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
in a rematch of the Australian Open
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. She defeated Mona Barthel
Mona Barthel
in the first round, and upset the 1st-seeded and No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka
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
Eugenie Bouchard
in three sets but fell in the semifinals to Petra Kvitova in another three set match. Williams subsequently played at the 2013 China
China
Open in Beijing where she played singles and doubles. Williams lost her second round match in Singles losing to Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki
and she also lost her first round match in Doubles despite having two match points. Williams's last tournament of the season was the 2013 Kremlin Cup
Kremlin Cup
in Moscow but she withdrew due to injury bringing an end to her 2013 season. 2014–present: Resurgence and 1st Grand Slam finals since 2009[edit] 2014: Ending title drought[edit] Williams started her official tennis season as 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
Australian Open
where she lost in the first round to No. 23 Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
in three sets. Moving on to Doha, Williams lost to No. 6 Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
in the second round at the 2014 Qatar Total Open
2014 Qatar Total Open
after failing to put away match point in the third set tie-break. Williams then entered the Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships where she defeated five top-40 players to win her biggest title since the Mutua Madrid Open
Mutua Madrid Open
in 2010 and, at 33 years and 8 months of age, became the seventh-oldest woman to win a WTA singles title. En route, she avenged her loss to Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
in Auckland 6–2, 6–1 and her sister Serena's loss to Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
in the semi-finals, then won the title match the 6–3, 6–0, keeping her head-to-head record perfect against Caroline Wozniacki. Williams then competed in Miami at the 2014 Sony Open Tennis
Tennis
and in Charleston at the 2014 Family Circle Cup
Family Circle Cup
where she lost to Dominika Cibulková
Dominika Cibulková
on hard and Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard
on clay, respectively – both in the round of 16 and both in three sets. At the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Williams failed to force three sets in a loss for the first time that year, falling 4–6, 2–6 to Carla Suárez Navarro. At the 2014 French Open, Williams was upset by No. 56 Anna Karolína Schmiedlová in three sets. Williams then lost in the third round of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, 7–5, 6–7, 5–7 to eventual champion Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
in a classic and much-praised encounter that saw 34 holds of serve and only two breaks. Williams was the only player to take a set against Kvitová in the tournament. Williams played her first tournament of the 2014 US Open Series at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic
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
Victoria Azarenka
to 4–0. In the quarterfinals, Williams lost to No. 18 Andrea Petkovic in three sets. At the 2014 Rogers Cup, Williams defeated No. 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
in three sets, scoring her first victory at that tournament on her fifth attempt. She defeated 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
Carla Suárez Navarro
to advance to the semi-finals, where she defeated younger sister and No. 1 Serena Williams in the pair's 25th meeting. It was her 14th victory over a reigning No. 1 and her first since the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, when she defeated Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
6–1, 6–0 in the semi-finals. It was also the first time since 2009 that Williams had beaten Serena. She lost the championship match 4–6, 2–6 to No. 5 Agnieszka Radwańska. At her final tournament before the 2014 US Open, Williams lost in a tight three-setter to No. 17 Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
in the first round at the 2014 Western & Southern Open. At the US Open Williams made it to the third round for the first time since 2010 and was two points away (multiple times) from moving into the Round of 16 before ultimately going down to 13th seeded Sara Errani
Sara Errani
for the first time in four meetings. Williams's next tournament was at the 2014 Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec, where she received a wildcard as the No. 1 seed. She advanced to the quarter-finals in straight-set first and second round victories and is set to play Czech player, Lucie Hradecká. She defeated Hradecká in a 2-hour, 13-minute match, winning 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(3). In the semi-final, Williams beat fellow countrywomen Shelby Rogers in straight sets to progress to her fourth final of the year, where she lost to a resurgent Mirjana Lučić-Baroni
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni
in straight sets. Williams then played at the 2014 Wuhan Open, where she lost in the first round to Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia
despite having held a match point. Her final tournament of the year was at the 2014 China
China
Open where she won her first two matches before withdrawing before the third round. Williams ended the year ranked No. 19 in singles, the first finish since 2010 inside the top 20. Williams joined the Bangalore
Bangalore
Raptors team in 2014 for the first edition of Champions Tennis
Tennis
League India.[52] 2015: Improvement at the Grand Slams and re-entering the top 10[edit] Williams started off her season at the 2015 ASB Classic where she won her 46th career singles title by defeating Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
in three sets in the final. Then, at the Australian Open, Williams made it to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2010 US Open. She defeated Camila Giorgi
Camila Giorgi
in the third round having to recover from 4–6, 2–4 and 0–40 down to reach the second week of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since the 2011 Wimbledon Championships and then overturned a three-match losing streak to Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
before losing to Madison Keys
Madison Keys
after being up a break in the deciding set. Williams had her 16-match winning streak at the Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships ended by Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
in the third round. Her next tournament was at the Qatar Total Open where she saved a match point in a heated encounter versus Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in the second round before defeating Agnieszka Radwańska for a second time in 2015 to advance to the semifinals. She ended up losing in three sets to Victoria Azarenka. Williams competed at the Miami Open, where she won against Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
in the third round and Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
in the fourth round (scoring her fourth top-10 win of the season and improving her head-to-head record against Wozniacki to a perfect 7–0). In the quarterfinals, she was defeated by Carla Suárez Navarro
Carla Suárez Navarro
in three sets. Williams began her clay court season at the Madrid Open where she lost in the first round to Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
in straight sets. She made it to the third round of the Italian Open before losing to Simona Halep. Williams failed to win her opening match at the 2015 French Open, where she lost in straight sets to American Sloane Stephens. She did not attend her mandatory post-match press conference and was subsequently fined $3000.[53] Williams then played at Wimbledon, winning her first three rounds in straight sets. She then lost to her sister, Serena, in the fourth round in straight sets (4–6 3–6). Williams then played at the Istanbul Cup where she lost in the first round to qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko. Williams began her US Open series at the Rogers Cup where she was a finalist last year. She lost in the first round, 6–0, 6–3 to Sabine Lisicki. Her loss pushed her outside of the top 20. Her next tournament was at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. She made it to the second round and was set to play Ana Ivanovic, before she withdrew due to a virus. She was seeded 23rd for the US Open and played Monica Puig
Monica Puig
in the first round. She led 6–4, 5–3 and held three match points, but lost the second set. She managed to win the match 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 6–3. In the second round, she overcame 2 costly double faults in the second set to defeat fellow American Irina Falconi 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 6–2. She defeated 12th seed Belinda Bencic and qualifier Anett Kontaveit
Anett Kontaveit
in straight sets in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. Williams played her sister, Serena, in the quarterfinals in their 5th meeting at the US Open and their 27th meeting overall. Williams lost the match in three sets (2–6, 6–1, 3–6). Williams scored her fifth top 10 win of the season by defeating No. 7 Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
in the first round of the Wuhan Open. She then beat qualifier Julia Görges
Julia Görges
in the second round for her 700th career win (becoming only the ninth woman in the Open Era
Open Era
to achieve this feat). She landed another top 10 victory by winning against No. 10 Carla Suárez Navarro
Carla Suárez Navarro
in the third round. Williams defeated both Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta
and Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
(saving match point) in three sets to move into the championship match where she won her biggest title in more than 5 years when her opponent, No. 8 Garbiñe Muguruza, retired while trailing a set and a double break. The next week Williams lost to Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
in the second round of the China
China
Open. She made it to the semifinals of the Hong Kong Open where she lost in a tight two-setter to eventual champion Jelena Janković. With her results throughout the season, Williams became an Alternate for the WTA Finals in Singapore. Additionally, she qualified for the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai
Zhuhai
where she is the number one seed. She defeated Madison Keys
Madison Keys
in her first round-robin match in three sets, 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–1. In her second round-robin match she defeated wildcard Zheng Saisai
Zheng Saisai
4–6, 6–1, 6–1 to advance to the semi-finals, where she defeated Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
for a fifth consecutive time. Williams captured the first WTA Elite Trophy, her third WTA title of the season and 48th title of her career by defeating Karolína Plíšková, 7–5, 7–6(8–6) in the final. She re-entered the top ten for the first time since 2011 and ended the year at No. 7 in the WTA rankings. Williams was the 10th most popular player of the year according to the WTA's website and received the WTA Comeback Player of the Year award. 2016: Wimbledon semifinal, highest ranking since 2011 and record Olympic medal tally[edit] Williams began 2016 by playing at the World Tennis
Tennis
Thailand Championship – an exhibition event in Thailand – where she lost to Sara Errani
Sara Errani
and Angelique Kerber. She then entered the ASB Classic, where she was the No. 1 seed and defending champion, and lost in the first round to 18-year-old Daria Kasatkina. (This was also Williams's first tournament since the 2011 Australian Open
Australian Open
as a top-10 player.) At the Australian Open, Williams, seeded 8th, lost to Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta
in the first round. Afterwards, she helped the USA Fed Cup
Fed Cup
Team to a 4–0 victory over Poland, winning both of her singles matches. Williams's next tournament was at the Taiwan Open, where she was the No. 1 seed. She defeated Misaki Doi
Misaki Doi
in the final, earning her 49th career title. Williams returned to Indian Wells for the first time in 15 years after boycotting the tournament in 2001, but lost in the second round to Kurumi Nara. The following week, she was knocked out in the second round of the Miami Open by qualifier Elena Vesnina. Both results marked her worst exits at Indian Wells and Miami in her 23-year career. She began the clay-court season with a win over Alison Riske at the Charleston Open, before losing to Yulia Putintseva
Yulia Putintseva
in the third round in three tight sets. Williams was scheduled to begin her clay-court season at the Madrid Open but withdrew due to a hamstring injury. The following week, she lost in the second round in Rome. Seeded 9th at the French Open, Williams won her first two rounds in straight sets to set up a third-round clash with Alize Cornet, whom she defeated in three sets to reach the fourth round for the first time since 2010. She recorded the 200th loss of her career against 8th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky, who won in straight sets. However, her result pushed her back into the top 10 for the first time since her loss at the Australian Open. She also won her first Grand Slam doubles match with sister Serena since the 2014 US Open.

Williams at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships

At the Wimbledon Championships, Williams 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. Williams 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
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. Williams began her US Open series at the Stanford Classic where she was the No. 1 seed. She defeated Magda Linette
Magda Linette
in the second round and compatriots Catherine Bellis
Catherine Bellis
and Alison Riske
Alison Riske
in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively to reach her eighth final in Stanford. She lost to Johanna Konta, 5–7, 7–5, 2–6. By virtue of her result, Williams ascended to No. 6 in the rankings, her highest position since being diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome
Sjögren's syndrome
in 2011. Williams then entered the Rogers Cup. Having received a bye in the first round, Williams won her second-round match against Barbora Strycova
Barbora Strycova
in straight sets. She fell to Madison Keys
Madison Keys
in the third round in three sets. 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 Netherlands
Netherlands
in the first round after saving match point. The pair then defeated Italy
Italy
in the quarterfinals and India
India
in the semifinals to set up a clash with the United States
United States
team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
and Jack Sock
Jack Sock
in the gold medal match. The duo lost to Mattek-Sands and Sock 7–6(7–3), 1–6, [7–10]. By winning a silver medal, Williams became the only female player (besides Kathleen McKane Godfree) to win a medal in all three events (singles, doubles and mixed); her five medals mean she now shares the record for most Olympic medals won in tennis with Godfree. At the US Open, Williams 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
Julia Görges
and the 26th seed Laura Siegemund. She lost in the fourth round to 10th seed Karolína Plíšková
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 under the Tennis
Tennis
Anti-Doping program require a strict process for approval which I have adhered to when serious medical conditions have occurred".[54] Williams 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 China
China
Open in the first round by No. 223-ranked Peng Shuai. Williams qualified for the WTA Elite Trophy where she was the defending champion, however she decided not to participate. She finished the year ranked No. 17. 2017: Australian Open, Wimbledon & WTA Finals finalist and return to the top 5[edit] 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.[55] Seeded 13th at the Australian Open, Williams defeated Kateryna Kozlova, qualifier Stefanie Vögele, Duan Yingying and qualifier Mona Barthel
Mona Barthel
in the opening four rounds respectively in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals. She defeated 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
for her 50th win at the Australian Open, the first time Williams won a quarterfinal match in Melbourne since defeating Daniela Hantuchová
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
Australian Open
final since 2003. In doing so, she set the Open Era
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.[56] The following week, Williams competed in the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, but lost in the second round to eventual champion Kristina Mladenovic. At the Indian Wells Masters, Williams 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
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, Williams scored her first top-ten win since 2015, against Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
in the fourth round of the Miami Open. She defeated No. 1 Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
in the quarterfinals, becoming the oldest player to beat a current No. 1. She lost for a third consecutive time to eventual champion Johanna Konta
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, Williams lost to eventual semi-finalist Laura Siegemund
Laura Siegemund
in the Volvo Car Open. Having saved match point in the second set, Williams forced two match points in the third set, but Siegemund saved both. After the match, Williams said, "This could be the best match she'll ever play in her life. I basically won the match but still lost." Williams 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 Shvedova and Lesia Tsurenko
Lesia Tsurenko
in straight sets. She defeated No. 6 Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta
in the third round, but lost in her first quarterfinal in Rome since 2012 to Garbiñe Muguruza
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.[57] Williams defeated Qiang Wang, Kurumi Nara
Kurumi Nara
and Elise Mertens
Elise Mertens
in the first three rounds of the French Open before again losing to Bacsinszky in the fourth round, this time in three sets.[58] Williams entered Wimbledon as the number 10 seed. She defeated Elise Mertens, Qiang Wang, Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka
and Ana Konjuh
Ana Konjuh
to reach the quarterfinals for the 13th time in her career, where she defeated the 2017 French Open
French Open
Champion Jelena Ostapenko
Jelena Ostapenko
in straight sets. This was also her 100th career match at Wimbledon. She advanced to her ninth Wimbledon final by defeating Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta
in straight sets in the semifinals. This marked her 87th win at Wimbledon, the third most on the all-time list. This also marked the first season since 2003 that Williams reached two slam finals. Williams lost the final in straight sets to Garbiñe Muguruza. She gained the No. 9 ranking by reaching the final, her second appearance in the top 10 in 2017; she had briefly returned to the top 10 in 2017 by virtue of beating Angelique Kerber in Miami. Williams began her play in the US Open Series at the Canadian Open. She defeated qualifier Irina-Camelia Begu
Irina-Camelia Begu
in three sets and Kateřina Siniaková in straight sets before losing to fifth seed and eventual champion Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina
in the third round. The next week Williams competed in the Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Masters tournament. She defeated Alison Riske in the first round before losing to Ashleigh Barty
Ashleigh Barty
in the second round. Barty was the first person to have defeated Williams and fail to reach at least the semifinals of the event in which they had defeated her in 2017. At the 2017 US Open, Williams defeated Viktória Kužmová, Océane Dodin, and Maria Sakkari
Maria Sakkari
to reach the fourth round. Williams reached the second week of all grand slams in a single season for the first time since 2010, and reached the second week of seven consecutive grand slams, the longest streak among WTA players at that time. In the fourth round, Williams beat Carla Suárez Navarro
Carla Suárez Navarro
in three sets to reach her twelfth US Open quarterfinal, where she defeated Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
in a third set tiebreak during the two-hour, thirty-five minute match. She also guaranteed her return to the top five in the WTA Rankings at the conclusion of the tournament for the first time since January 2011. Williams then lost in three sets to fellow American and eventual champion Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
in her first US Open semifinal since 2010.[59] On September 26, Williams qualified for the WTA Finals for the first time since 2010.[60] In her first tournament after the U.S. Open, Williams defeated Risa Ozaki
Risa Ozaki
in the first round of the Hong Kong Open, before falling to Naomi Osaka. At the WTA Finals, Williams was placed in the White Group with Karolina Pliskova, Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
and Jelena Ostapenko. After losing her first match to Pliskova in straight sets, Williams defeated Ostapenko in a marathon match lasting almost three and a half hours. She defeated Muguruza in straight sets to progress to the semi-finals, avenging her loss to the Spaniard in the Wimbledon final. Williams then defeated Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia
in three sets to advance to her first final at the year-end championships since 2009, where she finished runner-up to sister Serena. She met Caroline Wozniacki in the final, where she found herself down a set and 0–5. Despite winning the next four games, she lost the match, 4–6 4–6. She finished the year ranked number 5 and topped the prize money list for this year. 2018: 1000th match[edit] Williams began her 2018 season at the Sydney International where she was the second seed and received a first-round bye. In the second round she lost to Angelique Kerber, who went on to win the tournament. As the fifth seed and defending finalist at the Australian Open, Williams lost in straight sets to Belinda Bencic
Belinda Bencic
in the first round, ending her streak of seven consecutive appearances in the second week of the Grand Slams. Williams competed in the Fed Cup
Fed Cup
quarter-finals against the Netherlands. She won both her singles matches in straight sets against Arantxa Rus
Arantxa Rus
and Richèl Hogenkamp
Richèl Hogenkamp
to send the United States
United States
into the semi-finals. She also played her career 1000th match and earned her 20th Fed Cup
Fed Cup
singles win. After receiving a first round bye at the Indian Wells Masters, Williams defeated Sorana Cirstea
Sorana Cirstea
to set up a match with sister Serena in the third round. She defeated Serena for the 12th time in her career – her first straight sets victory against her since the 2008 Wimbledon Championships final. She then defeated Anastasija Sevastova in the fourth round and Carla Suarez Navarro
Carla Suarez Navarro
in the quarter-finals, both in straight sets. She fell to Daria Kasatkina
Daria Kasatkina
in a close three set match in the semi-finals. The following week at the Miami Open, Venus saved three match points in her third round match against Kiki Bertens. She knocked out defending champion Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta
in the fourth round to set up a quarter-final clash with American qualifier Danielle Collins. Rivalries[edit] Venus vs. Serena[edit] Main article: Williams sisters
Williams sisters
rivalry Williams has played younger sister Serena in 29 professional matches since 1998. Overall, Venus has won 12 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 French Open, they played each other in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals, which was the first time in the open era that the same two players had contested four consecutive major finals. Williams vs. Hingis[edit] 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 Williams's debut, Hingis won the match in straight sets. Williams vs. Davenport[edit] Davenport leads the rivalry 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
Open Era
to save a match point and go on to win during a grand slam final. Fight for equal prize money[edit] Despite years of protesting by tennis pioneer Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
and others, in 2005 the French Open
French Open
and Wimbledon still refused to pay women's and men's players equally through all rounds. In 2005, Williams met with officials from both tournaments, arguing that female tennis players should be paid as much as male tennis players.[61] Although WTA tour President Larry Scott commented that she left "a very meaningful impression", Williams's demands were rejected. The turning point was an essay published in The Times
The Times
on the eve of Wimbledon in 2006. In it, Williams accused Wimbledon of being on the "wrong side of history", writing:

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.[61]

In response, British Prime Minister Tony Blair
Tony Blair
and members of Parliament publicly endorsed Williams's arguments.[62] Later that year, the Women's Tennis Association
Women's Tennis Association
and UNESCO
UNESCO
teamed for a campaign to promote gender equality in sports, asking Williams to lead the campaign.[63] Under enormous pressure, Wimbledon announced in February 2007 that it would award equal prize money to all competitors in all rounds, and the French Open
French Open
followed suit a day later.[64] In the aftermath, the Chicago Sun-Times cited Williams as "the single factor" that "changed the minds of the boys" and a leader whose "willingness to take a public stand separates her not only from most of her female peers, but also from our most celebrated male athletes."[65] Williams herself commented, "Somewhere in the world a little girl is dreaming of holding a giant trophy in her hands and being viewed as an equal to boys who have similar dreams."[66] Williams 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. Williams's fight for equality was documented in Nine for IX, Venus Vs. It premiered on July 2, 2013.[67][68] Other on court activities[edit] 1998: Karsten Braasch vs. the Williams sisters[edit] Main article: Battle of the Sexes (tennis) Williams 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."[69] He nonetheless defeated both sisters, playing a single set against each, beating Serena 6–1 and Venus 6–2.[70] 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."[71] Personal life[edit]

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.[72] In 2015, Williams received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana University East.[73] Starting in 2011, she completed the degree through a reciprocal agreement between the university and the Women's Tennis Association
Women's Tennis Association
which allows athletes to play tennis professionally while studying online. Her ultimate goal is to get an MBA in the near future.[74] Williams's 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 millionaire heir Nicholas Hammond.[75] In 2003, at age 31, Yetunde Price, Venus and Serena Williams's 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."[76] In 2011, Williams was forced to withdraw from the US Open before her second-round match, following a Sjögren's syndrome
Sjögren's syndrome
diagnosis.[39] After the diagnosis, she adopted a vegan diet, as well as reducing her intake of calories and sugars, which helped get her back to match winning fitness.[77] Williams is a practising, though unofficial Jehovah's Witness.[78] 2017 auto accident[edit] On June 9, 2017, Williams was driving in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, when another car collided with her SUV
SUV
before she cleared the intersection, an accident that killed a 78-year-old man and injured another person in the second vehicle. Police originally said she was "at fault" for the accident, but after reviewing surveillance video, they determined on July 7 that she had not caused it.[79] On December 21, 2017, authorities determined that the accident occurred after Williams’s vehicle was unlawfully cut off by an unidentified driver of a third vehicle, making a left turn in front of Williams.[80] A nearby surveillance camera had recorded Williams lawfully entering the intersection. Authorities determined the accident was caused by the unidentified third driver, not Williams.[81] Entrepreneur[edit] Williams is the chief executive officer of her interior design firm V Starr Interiors located in Jupiter, Florida. Her company designed the set of the Tavis Smiley Show on the Public Broadcasting Service, the Olympic athletes' apartments as part of New York City's failed bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, and residences and businesses in the Palm Beach, Florida area.[82] In 2001, Williams was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by the Ladies Home Journal.[83] In 2007, Williams teamed with retailer Steve & Barry's to launch her own fashion line, EleVen. "I love fashion and the idea that I am using my design education to actually create clothing and footwear that I will wear on and off the tennis court is a dream come true for me. The vision has been to create a collection that will allow women to enjoy an active lifestyle while remaining fashionable at the same time. I'm thrilled with everything we've created to launch EleVen."[84][85] Williams's line, EleVen made its debut at the 2012 New York fashion week. It was modeled by athletes as opposed to models, a choice made by Williams herself to feature the sort of people the line was designed for. She flaunts her vibrant outfits each time she steps on the court. [86] In June 2009, Williams was named 77th in the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities compiled by Forbes
Forbes
magazine.[87] In August 2009, Williams and her sister Serena became part-owners of the Miami Dolphins. The announcement was made during a press conference overlooking the practice field. This made the sisters the first African-American females to obtain ownership in an NFL franchise. Stephan Ross, the majority owner of the Dolphins, said "We are thrilled to have Venus and Serena join the Dolphins as limited partners. They are among the most admired athletes in the world and have become global ambassadors for the game of tennis. Their addition to our ownership group further reflects our commitment to connect with aggressively and embrace the great diversity that makes South Florida a multicultural gem."[88] In late June 2010, Williams released her first book, Come to Win; 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
The Early Show
and Good Morning America. This gave her a place in the Top 5 of The New York Times Best Seller List.[89] Recognition[edit] In 2005 Tennis
Tennis
Magazine ranked her as the 25th-best player in 40 years.[90][91] In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time.[92] In March 2012, Tennis
Tennis
Channel aired a television series "100 greatest tennis players of all time", where she was ranked as 22nd. During the programme Williams was complimented by rival Lindsay Davenport, with Davenport saying 'Venus had more power than any other player on tour'. Equipment[edit]

Coach: David Witt, Richard Williams, Oracene Price Racket: Wilson Blade 104 Clothing: EleVen Shoes: Nike

In 1995, when Williams was 14 years old, she signed an endorsement deal with Reebok
Reebok
and wore the company's apparel and shoes.[93][94] She used Wilson Hammer 6.2 Stretch racket.[95] Career statistics[edit] Main article: Venus Williams
Venus Williams
career statistics Grand Slam tournament performance timeline[edit]

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
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 at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 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 1R 0 / 18 51–18

French Open 2R QF 4R QF 1R F 4R QF 3R QF 3R 3R 3R 4R A 2R 1R 2R 1R 4R 4R

0 / 20 48–20

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 SF

2 / 19 76–16

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 20–4 0–1 7 / 77 262–69

Grand Slam finals[edit] Singles: 16 (7 titles, 9 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score

Runner-up 1997 US Open Hard Martina Hingis 0–6, 4–6

Winner 2000 Wimbledon Grass Lindsay Davenport 6–3, 7–6(7–3)

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 French Open Clay Serena Williams 5–7, 3–6

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
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)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponent Score

Winner 1999 French Open Serena Williams Martina Hingis Anna Kournikova 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 8–6

Winner 1999 US Open Serena Williams Chanda Rubin Sandrine Testud 4–6, 6–1, 6–4

Winner 2000 Wimbledon Serena Williams Julie Halard-Decugis Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 6–2

Winner 2001 Australian Open Serena Williams Lindsay Davenport Corina Morariu 6–2, 2–6, 6–4

Winner 2002 Wimbledon (2) Serena Williams Virginia Ruano Pascual Paola Suárez 6–2, 7–5

Winner 2003 Australian Open
Australian Open
(2) Serena Williams Virginia Ruano Pascual Paola Suárez 4–6, 6–4, 6–3

Winner 2008 Wimbledon (3) Serena Williams Lisa Raymond Samantha Stosur 6–2, 6–2

Winner 2009 Australian Open
Australian Open
(3) Serena Williams Daniela Hantuchová Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 6–3

Winner 2009 Wimbledon (4) Serena Williams Samantha Stosur Rennae Stubbs 7–6(7–4), 6–4

Winner 2009 US Open (2) Serena Williams Cara Black Liezel Huber 6–2, 6–2

Winner 2010 Australian Open
Australian Open
(4) Serena Williams Cara Black Liezel Huber 6–4, 6–3

Winner 2010 French Open
French Open
(2) Serena Williams Květa Peschke Katarina Srebotnik 6–2, 6–3

Winner 2012 Wimbledon (5) Serena Williams Andrea Hlaváčková Lucie Hradecká 7–5, 6–4

Winner 2016 Wimbledon (6) Serena Williams Timea Babos Yaroslava Shvedova 6–3, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score

Winner 1998 Australian Open Hard Justin Gimelstob Helena Suková Cyril Suk 6–2, 6–1

Winner 1998 French Open Clay Justin Gimelstob Serena Williams Luis Lobo 6–4, 6–4

Runner-up 2006 Wimbledon Grass Bob Bryan Vera Zvonareva Andy Ram 3–6, 2–6

Records and achievements[edit]

These records were attained in Open Era
Open Era
of tennis. Records in bold indicate peer-less achievements. Records in italics are currently active streaks.

Championship Years Record accomplished Player tied

1997 French Open
French Open
– 2017 US Open 1997–2017 Most appearances (76) in Grand Slam singles draw Stands alone

1999 French Open
French Open
– 2016 Wimbledon 1999–2016 First 14 Grand Slam doubles finals won (with Serena Williams) Serena Williams

2002 French Open
French Open
– 2003 Australian Open 2002–2003 Four consecutive runner-up finishes Stands alone

2002 French Open
French Open
– 2003 Australian Open 2002–2003 Four consecutive runner-up finishes to the same player (Serena Williams) Stands alone

2000 Wimbledon – 2017 Wimbledon 2000–2017 17 years between first and last final Stands alone

Wimbledon 2005 Longest women's singles final[96] Lindsay Davenport

Wimbledon 2007 Lowest-ranked champion (31st)[97] Stands alone

Wimbledon 2007 Lowest-seeded champion (23rd)[97] Stands alone

Wimbledon 2008 Fastest serve by a woman (129 mph)[98] Stands alone

US Open 2007 Fastest serve by a woman (129 mph)[99][100] Stands alone

Summer Olympics 2000–2012 4 Olympic gold medals Serena Williams

Summer Olympics 2000–2012 3 doubles Olympic gold medals
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 in four different Olympic Games Stands alone

Miami Open 1998–2002 22 consecutive singles matches won at this tournament Steffi Graf

Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships 2009–2015 16 consecutive singles matches won at this tournament Stands alone

Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships 2010–2014 2 consecutive singles titles without dropping a set Justine Henin

Dubai Tennis
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
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

Year-end Championships 2008–2015 Won both the WTA Finals and WTA Elite Trophy in singles Petra Kvitová

In 1997, Williams became the first woman since Pam Shriver in 1978 to reach the singles final of the US Open on her first attempt.[101] In 1997, Williams became the first player to be ranked outside the top 50 to reach the final at the US Open.[101] This would later be equalled by two players who would beat Williams on the way to the final Clijsters (09), Stephens (17) In 1997, the combined ages of Williams at age 17 and Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
at age 16 in the US Open final were the lowest in the open era history of that tournament. At 1999 IGA SuperThrift Classic in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
marking the first time in tennis history that sisters won titles in the same week (Serena won the Open Gaz de France
Open Gaz de France
in Paris). At the 1999 Lipton International Players Championships
Lipton International Players Championships
in Key Biscayne became the first pair of sisters in the open era to meet in a tournament final (with Serena Williams). In 2000, Williams became the second African-American to win Wimbledon during the open era. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams became only the second player to win Olympic gold medals
Olympic gold medals
in both singles and doubles at the same Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody
Helen Wills Moody
in 1924. Serena Williams
Serena Williams
has since joined these 2 women in completing this feat when she won gold in the Singles at 2012 London Olympics. By winning the 2001 Australian Open
Australian Open
doubles championship, Venus and Serena Williams
Serena Williams
became the fifth pair to complete a Career Doubles Grand Slam and the only pair to win a Career Doubles Golden Slam. The 2001 US Open marked the first time in the open era, and only the second time in 117 years, that sisters met in a Grand Slam singles final (with Serena Williams). In 2001, she became the third woman in the open era, after Navratilova and Graf, to win both Wimbledon and the US Open in consecutive years. In February 2002, she became the first African-American woman to become world No. 1 since the computer rankings began in 1975. In March 2002, at the Miami Open, her record streak of 22 consecutive wins (won the 1998, 1999, and 2001 titles [skipped 2000]) came to an end at the hands of her sister, Serena, who would go on to win the 2002 title. Serena would also win the 2003 and 2004 titles by winning 18 consecutive matches. In the 2005 Miami Open, Venus would play Serena in the quarter-finals after Serena won her 21st consecutive match in the third round. Venus would end up defeating her younger sister in straight sets, including a riveting 7–6 (10–8) second set, to halt her streak one win short of tying Venus' record. On June 10, 2002, Venus and Serena became the first sisters to hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the singles rankings, respectively. Serena would supplant Venus for the No. 1 ranking on July 8, 2002 and they would remain at No. 1 and No. 2 in the rankings until Venus fell to No. 3 on April 14, 2003. On June 21, 2010, Venus and Serena again occupied the No. 2 and No. 1 spots in the singles rankings, respectively. This came almost exactly 8 years after first accomplishing this feat. At the time, Venus had just celebrated her 30th birthday and Serena was three months shy of her 29th birthday. Both were already beyond the ages at which many of their peers had retired. At Wimbledon in 2003, she reached her fourth consecutive Wimbledon final, which since the abolishment of the challenge round system is tied with Helen Wills Moody
Helen Wills Moody
for fourth behind Navratilova's nine, King's five, and Evert's five. Williams, Hingis and Goolagong hold the Open Era
Open Era
record for consecutive losses in Grand Slam singles final appearances (five). One of four women, the others being Serena Williams, Navratilova and Graf, to win the Wimbledon singles title at least five times during the Open Era. During the 2008 WTA Tour Championships
2008 WTA Tour Championships
became the 3rd player after Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
and Serena Williams
Serena Williams
to beat the second Dinara Safina, third Serena Williams
Serena Williams
and first Jelena Jankovic
Jelena Jankovic
ranked players in the same tournament. At Wimbledon in 2009, Williams defeated No. 1 Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
in the semifinals 6–1, 6–0, which was the most one-sided women's semifinal at Wimbledon since 1969, when King defeated Rosemary Casals by the same score. At the Miami Open, Venus and Serena have won a combined 11 titles, including 4 consecutive years from 2001 to 2004. Additionally, they both played in the championship match in 1999 and 2001. Venus would defeat Serena in the 1999 final and Serena would turn the tables two years later and beat Venus for the 2001 title. Williams held the record for the fastest serve in women's tennis at 207.9 km/h (129.2 mph), achieved at the 2007 US Open. She held this record for almost 7 years, until her record was broken by Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki
at the 2014 Stanford Classic
2014 Stanford Classic
with a service speed of 210.8 km/h (131.0 mph). Williams became the first women to win both Year-end Championships (the WTA Finals and the WTA Elite Trophy). She won the 2008 WTA Finals and then the inaugural WTA Elite Trophy in 2015. By reaching the semifinals of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, Williams became the oldest woman (at 36 years) to progress to a Grand Slam semifinal since Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
in 1994 at Wimbledon. Williams also became just the third player over 36 years to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after Navratilova and Billie-Jean King.[102] She achieved this feat again when she reached the semi-finals at the 2017 Australian Open
Australian Open
and the 2017 Wimbledon Championships
2017 Wimbledon Championships
at 37 years of age. At the 2017 Australian Open, Williams, at the age of 36 years, 7 months and 14 days became the oldest Australian Open singles finalist in the Open Era. At the 2017 Miami Open, Williams became the third woman to record 60+ wins behind her sister Serena and Steffi Graf. She also became the oldest woman at 36 years and 10 months to defeat a current world number one, defeating Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
at this event in the quarterfinals. At the 2017 French Open, Williams broke the record and became the oldest woman to reach the 4th round by defeating Elise Mertens
Elise Mertens
in straight sets At the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Williams joined Martina Navratilova as a fellow 37-year old singles finalist. During the 2017 US Open, Williams tied Chris Evert's record of most first round wins at the US open without a loss, they share the record at 19. Williams also achieved her 74th US open match win, putting her third on the all time list. Behind Chris Evert
Chris Evert
and her sister Serena. Williams qualified for the 2017 WTA finals, making her the third oldest athlete to qualify in the competitions history. The only two women older than Williams were Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
and Martina Navratilova. During the 2017 WTA finals Williams competed against Ostapenko, their match had 37 games. That is the most amount of games in a 3 set format in the tournament's history. The match lasted 193 minutes, the second longest match since the tournament was held in Singapore. Williams prevailed in the marathon match 7–5 6–7 7–5 Williams became the oldest finalist in the WTA finals when she narrowly got beat by her friend and competitor Caroline Wozniacki 4–6 4–6

Awards[edit] See also: WTA Awards

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
Tennis
Magazine's Most Improved Player

2000

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 Forbes
Forbes
The Celebrity 100
Celebrity 100
(No. 62) Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year for team sports (with Serena Williams)

2001

Best Female Tennis
Tennis
Player ESPY Award EMMA Best Sport Personality Award Forbes
Forbes
The Celebrity 100
Celebrity 100
(No. 57)

2002

Best Female Athlete ESPY Award Best Female Tennis
Tennis
Player ESPY Award Forbes
Forbes
The Celebrity 100
Celebrity 100
(No. 60)

2003

The President's Award of the 34th NAACP Image Awards Forbes
Forbes
The Celebrity 100
Celebrity 100
(No. 65)

2004

Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No. 1) Forbes
Forbes
The Celebrity 100
Celebrity 100
(No. 77)

2005

Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Award Forbes
Forbes
The Celebrity 100
Celebrity 100
(No. 81) Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No. 3)

2006

Best Female Tennis
Tennis
Player ESPY Award BET's Best Female Athlete of the Year Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No. 1) Forbes
Forbes
The Celebrity 100
Celebrity 100
(No. 90)

2007

Gitanjali Diamond Award Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No. 3) Vogue Magazine Top 10 Best Dressed List for 2007

2008

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) Doha
Doha
21st Century Leaders Awards – Outstanding Leadership Forbes
Forbes
The Celebrity 100
Celebrity 100
(No. 77) Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No. 2)

2009

WTA doubles team of the year (with Serena Williams) WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year (with Serena Williams)

2010

Caesars Tennis
Tennis
Classic Achievement Award Forbes
Forbes
The Celebrity 100
Celebrity 100
(No. 83) YWCA GLA Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year (with Serena Williams) Forbes
Forbes
30 Utterly Inspiring Role Models Forbes
Forbes
100 Most Powerful Women in the World (No. 60) Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No. 2) Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service in Professional Sports

2011

Forbes
Forbes
The Celebrity 100
Celebrity 100
(No. 86) TIME Magazine 30 Legends of Women's Tennis Forbes
Forbes
Most Powerful Black Women In The U.S. (No. 10) Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No. 2)

2012

World Team Tennis
Tennis
Finals Most Valuable Player WTA Player Service Award WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year (with Serena Williams)

2013

BET Black Girls Rock! Star Power Award Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No. 3) WTA Player Service Award

2014

Harris Poll Top 10 Favorite Female Sports Star (No. 3) WTA Fan Favorite Dress (2014 Wimbledon) Tennis
Tennis
Magazine Top 10 Matches of 2014 No. 3 (2014 Wimbledon 3rd Round) ESPN
ESPN
Tennis
Tennis
Top 10 Women's Matches of 2014 No. 3 (2014 Wimbledon 3rd Round)

2015

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 Tennis
Tennis
Player (No. 5) WTA Comeback Player of the Year WTA Social Fan Favorite – #TBT of the Year

2016

Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50 Athletes Nielsen Most Marketable Athletes in the U.S. (No. 6)

2017

ESPN
ESPN
WTA Player of the Year Nielsen Most Marketable Athletes in the U.S. (No. 2)

See also[edit]

Tennis
Tennis
portal

WTA Tour records Grand Slam (tennis) List of WTA number 1 ranked players List of female tennis players List of tennis tournaments List of tennis rivalries Tennis
Tennis
records of the Open Era
Open Era
- Women's Singles Overall tennis records - Womens's Singles Graf–Navratilova rivalry Graf–Sabatini rivalry Graf–Seles rivalry Hingis – V. Williams rivalry Williams sisters
Williams sisters
rivalry List of Grand Slam women's singles champions List of Grand Slam women's doubles champions List of Grand Slam mixed doubles champions

References[edit]

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Venus Williams
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Venus Williams
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Bibliography

Edmondson, Jacqueline (2005). Venus and Serena Williams: A Biography. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-313-33165-0. 

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Venus Williams

Entourage

Oracene Price
Oracene Price
(mother/coach) Richard Williams (father/coach) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(sister/doubles partner) David Witt (hitting coach) Esther Lee (physical therapist)

Career

Statistics World No. 1 ranking United States
United States
Fed Cup
Fed Cup
team Williams sisters Rivalry with Serena Williams

Australian Open
Australian Open
titles

Singles None

Doubles 2001 2003 2009 2010

Mixed Doubles 1998

French Open
French Open
titles

Singles None

Doubles 1999 2010

Mixed Doubles 1998

Wimbledon Championships titles

Singles 2000 2001 2005 2007 2008

Doubles 2000 2002 2008 2009 2012 2016

Mixed Doubles None

US Open titles

Singles 2000 2001

Doubles 1999 2009

Mixed Doubles None

Olympics Gold

Singles 2000

Doubles 2000 2008 2012

Mixed Doubles None

Fed Cup
Fed Cup
titles

1999

Official Website * WTA Profile

Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(Achievement predecessor & successor)

Sporting positions

Preceded by Jennifer Capriati Jennifer Capriati Jennifer Capriati World No. 1 February 25, 2002 – March 17, 2002 April 22, 2002 – May 19, 2002 June 10, 2002 – July 7, 2002 Succeeded by Jennifer Capriati Jennifer Capriati Serena Williams

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Anna Kournikova WTA Newcomer of the Year 1997 Succeeded by Serena Williams

Preceded by Lindsay Davenport WTA Player of The Year 2000 Succeeded by Jennifer Capriati

Preceded by Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
& Anna Kournikova Cara Black
Cara Black
& Liezel Huber WTA Doubles Team of the Year 2000 (with Serena Williams) 2009, 2010 (with Serena Williams) Succeeded by Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
& Rennae Stubbs Gisela Dulko
Gisela Dulko
& Flavia Pennetta

Preceded by Lindsay Davenport Maria Sharapova Best Female Tennis
Tennis
Player ESPY Award 2001-2002 2006 Succeeded by Serena Williams Maria Sharapova

Preceded by Lindsay Davenport Best Female Athlete ESPY Award 2002 Succeeded by Serena Williams

Preceded by Cara Black
Cara Black
& Liezel Huber ITF Women's Doubles World Champion 2009 (with Serena Williams) Incumbent

Preceded by First Award Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
& Victoria Azarenka WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year 2010 (with Serena Williams) 2012 (with Serena Williams) Succeeded by Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko
& Victoria Azarenka Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
& Elena Vesnina

Preceded by Francesca Schiavone WTA Player Service 2012 Incumbent

Preceded by Mirjana Lučić-Baroni WTA Comeback Player of the Year 2015 Succeeded by Dominika Cibulková

Records

Preceded by Brenda Schultz-McCarthy Fastest serve world record holder July 20, 1998 – July 29, 2014 Succeeded by Sabine Lisicki

Venus Williams
Venus Williams
in the Grand Slam Tournaments

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Women's tennis players who won two or more Grand Slam singles titles in one calendar year

Four wins

1953: Maureen Connolly
Maureen Connolly
Brinker 1970: Margaret Court 1988: Steffi Graf

Three wins

1928: Helen Wills Moody
Helen Wills Moody
(FO&WI&US) 1929: Helen Wills Moody
Helen Wills Moody
(FO&WI&US) 1962: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&FO&US) 1965: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&WI&US) 1969: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&FO&US) 1972: Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
(FO&WI&US) 1973: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&FO&US) 1983: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(AO&WI&US) 1984: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(FO&WI&US) 1989: Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(AO&WI&US) 1991: Monica Seles
Monica Seles
(AO&FO&US) 1992: Monica Seles
Monica Seles
(AO&FO&US) 1993: Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(FO&WI&US) 1995: Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(FO&WI&US) 1996: Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(FO&WI&US) 1997: Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
(AO&WI&US) 2002: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(FO&WI&US) 2015: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(AO&FO&WI)

Two wins

1925: Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Lenglen
(FO&WI) 1927: Helen Wills Moody
Helen Wills Moody
(WI&US) 1930: Helen Wills Moody
Helen Wills Moody
(FO&WI) 1931: Cilly Aussem
Cilly Aussem
(FO&WI) 1932: Helen Wills Moody
Helen Wills Moody
(FO&WI) 1939: Alice Marble
Alice Marble
(WI&US) 1946: Pauline Betz
Pauline Betz
Addie (WI&US) 1949: Margaret Osborne duPont
Margaret Osborne duPont
(FO&US) 1950: Louise Bough Clapp (AO&WI) 1952: Maureen Connolly Brinker
Maureen Connolly Brinker
(WI&US) 1954: Maureen Connolly Brinker
Maureen Connolly Brinker
(FO&WI) 1956: Shirley Fry Irvin
Shirley Fry Irvin
(WI&US) 1957: Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
(WI&US) 1958: Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson
(WI&US) 1959: Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
(WI&US) 1960: Darlene Hard (FO&US) 1963: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&WI) 1964: Margaret Court
Margaret Court
(AO&FO) 1964: Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
(WI&US) 1967: Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
(WI&US) 1968: Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
(AO&WI) 1971: Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley (FO&WI) 1974: Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(FO&WI) 1975: Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(FO&US) 1976: Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(WI&US) 1980: Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(FO&US) 1982: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(FO&WI) 1982: Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(AO&US) 1985: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(AO&WI) 1986: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(WI&US) 1987: Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(WI&US) 1994: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
(FO&US) 2000: Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(WI&US) 2001: Jennifer Capriati
Jennifer Capriati
(AO&FO) 2001: Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(WI&US) 2003: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(AO&WI) 2003: Justine Henin
Justine Henin
(FO&US) 2006: Amélie Mauresmo
Amélie Mauresmo
(AO&WI) 2007: Justine Henin
Justine Henin
(FO&US) 2009: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(AO&WI) 2010: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(AO&WI) 2012: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(WI&US) 2013: Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(FO&US) 2016: Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
(AO&US)

AO=Australian Open, FO=French Open, WI=Wimbledon, US=US Open

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Wimbledon (Open era) ladies' singles champions

(1968) Billie Jean King (1969) Ann Haydon-Jones (1970) Margaret Court (1971) Evonne Goolagong (1972) Billie Jean King (1973) Billie Jean King (1974) Chris Evert (1975) Billie Jean King (1976) Chris Evert (1977) Virginia Wade (1978) Martina Navratilova (1979) Martina Navratilova (1980) Evonne Goolagong (1981) Chris Evert (1982) Martina Navratilova (1983) Martina Navratilova (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Martina Navratilova (1986) Martina Navratilova (1987) Martina Navratilova (1988) Steffi Graf (1989) Steffi Graf (1990) Martina Navratilova (1991) Steffi Graf (1992) Steffi Graf (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Conchita Martínez (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Martina Hingis (1998) Jana Novotná (1999) Lindsay Davenport (2000) Venus Williams (2001) Venus Williams (2002) Serena Williams (2003) Serena Williams (2004) Maria Sharapova (2005) Venus Williams (2006) Amélie Mauresmo (2007) Venus Williams (2008) Venus Williams (2009) Serena Williams (2010) Serena Williams (2011) Petra Kvitová (2012) Serena Williams (2013) Marion Bartoli (2014) Petra Kvitová (2015) Serena Williams (2016) Serena Williams (2017) Garbiñe Muguruza

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US Open women's singles champions

(1968) Virginia Wade (1969) Margaret Court (1970) Margaret Court (1971) Billie Jean King (1972) Billie Jean King (1973) Margaret Court (1974) Billie Jean King (1975) Chris Evert (1976) Chris Evert (1977) Chris Evert (1978) Chris Evert (1979) Tracy Austin (1980) Chris Evert (1981) Tracy Austin (1982) Chris Evert (1983) Martina Navratilova (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Hana Mandlíková (1986) Martina Navratilova (1987) Martina Navratilova (1988) Steffi Graf (1989) Steffi Graf (1990) Gabriela Sabatini (1991) Monica Seles (1992) Monica Seles (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Martina Hingis (1998) Lindsay Davenport (1999) Serena Williams (2000) Venus Williams (2001) Venus Williams (2002) Serena Williams (2003) Justine Henin (2004) Svetlana Kuznetsova (2005) Kim Clijsters (2006) Maria Sharapova (2007) Justine Henin (2008) Serena Williams (2009) Kim Clijsters (2010) Kim Clijsters (2011) Samantha Stosur (2012) Serena Williams (2013) Serena Williams (2014) Serena Williams (2015) Flavia Pennetta (2016) Angelique Kerber (2017) Sloane Stephens

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Australian Open
Australian Open
women's doubles champions

(1969) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Judy Tegart Dalton (1970) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Judy Tegart Dalton (1971) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
/ Margaret Court (1972) Kerry Harris / Helen Gourlay Cawley (1973) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Virginia Wade (1974) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley / Peggy Michel (1975) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley / Peggy Michel (1976) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley / Helen Gourlay Cawley (1977 (Jan)) Dianne Fromholtz
Dianne Fromholtz
Balestrat / Helen Gourlay Cawley (1977 (Dec)) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley / Helen Gourlay Cawley & Mona Schallau Guerrant / Kerry Melville Reid (1978) Betsy Nagelsen / Renáta Tomanová (1979) Judy Connor Chaloner / Diane Evers
Diane Evers
Brown (1980) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Betsy Nagelsen (1981) Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith (1982) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1983) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1984) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1985) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1987) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1988) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1989) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1990) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Helena Suková (1991) Patty Fendick / Mary Joe Fernández (1992) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
/ Helena Suková (1993) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1994) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1995) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1996) Chanda Rubin
Chanda Rubin
/ Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1997) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Natalia Zvereva (1998) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Mirjana Lučić (1999) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Anna Kournikova (2000) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Rennae Stubbs (2001) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2002) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Anna Kournikova (2003) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2004) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2005) Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
/ Alicia Molik (2006) Yan Zi / Zheng Jie (2007) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Liezel Huber (2008) Alona Bondarenko
Alona Bondarenko
/ Kateryna Bondarenko (2009) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2010) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2011) Gisela Dulko
Gisela Dulko
/ Flavia Pennetta (2012) Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
/ Vera Zvonareva (2013) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
/ Roberta Vinci (2014) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
/ Roberta Vinci (2015) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie Šafářová (2016) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Sania Mirza (2017) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie Šafářová (2018) Tímea Babos
Tímea Babos
/ Kristina Mladenovic

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French Open
French Open
women's doubles champions

(1968) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Ann Haydon-Jones (1969) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Ann Haydon-Jones (1970) Gail Chanfreau / Françoise Dürr (1971) Gail Chanfreau / Françoise Dürr (1972) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Betty Stöve (1973) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Virginia Wade (1974) Chris Evert
Chris Evert
/ Olga Morozova (1975) Chris Evert
Chris Evert
/ Martina Navratilova (1976) Fiorella Bonicelli / Gail Chanfreau (1977) Regina Maršíková / Pam Teeguarden (1978) Mima Jaušovec / Virginia Ruzici (1979) Betty Stöve
Betty Stöve
/ Wendy Turnbull (1980) Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith (1981) Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer / Tanya Harford (1982) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Anne Smith (1983) Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer / Candy Reynolds (1984) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1985) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1986) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Andrea Temesvári (1987) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1988) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1989) Larisa Savchenko Neiland / Natalia Zvereva (1990) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Helena Suková (1991) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Jana Novotná (1992) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1993) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1994) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1995) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1996) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
/ Mary Joe Fernández (1997) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1998) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Jana Novotná (1999) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2000) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Mary Pierce (2001) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2002) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2003) Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
/ Ai Sugiyama (2004) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2005) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2006) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Samantha Stosur (2007) Alicia Molik
Alicia Molik
/ Mara Santangelo (2008) Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
/ Virginia Ruano Pascual (2009) Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues
/ Virginia Ruano Pascual (2010) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2011) Andrea Hlaváčková
Andrea Hlaváčková
/ Lucie Hradecká (2012) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
/ Roberta Vinci (2013) Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
/ Elena Vesnina (2014) Hsieh Su-wei
Hsieh Su-wei
/ Peng Shuai (2015) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie Šafářová (2016) Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia
/ Kristina Mladenovic (2017) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie Šafářová

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Wimbledon (Open Era) ladies' doubles champions

(1968) Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King (1969) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Judy Tegart Dalton (1970) Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King (1971) Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King (1972) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Betty Stöve (1973) Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King (1974) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley / Peggy Michel (1975) Ann Kiyomura / Kazuko Sawamatsu (1976) Chris Evert
Chris Evert
/ Martina Navratilova (1977) Helen Gourlay Cawley / JoAnne Russell (1978) Kerry Melville Reid / Wendy Turnbull (1979) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Martina Navratilova (1980) Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith (1981) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1982) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1983) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1984) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1985) Kathy Jordan / Elizabeth Sayers Smylie (1986) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1987) Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
/ Helena Suková (1988) Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
/ Gabriela Sabatini (1989) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Helena Suková (1990) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Helena Suková (1991) Larisa Savchenko Neiland / Natalia Zvereva (1992) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1993) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1994) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1995) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1996) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Helena Suková (1997) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natasha Zvereva (1998) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Jana Novotná (1999) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
/ Corina Morariu (2000) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2001) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Rennae Stubbs (2002) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2003) Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
/ Ai Sugiyama (2004) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Rennae Stubbs (2005) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Liezel Huber (2006) Yan Zi / Zheng Jie (2007) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Liezel Huber (2008) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2009) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2010) Vania King
Vania King
/ Yaroslava Shvedova (2011) Květa Peschke
Květa Peschke
/ Katarina Srebotnik (2012) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2013) Hsieh Su-wei
Hsieh Su-wei
/ Peng Shuai (2014) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
/ Roberta Vinci (2015) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Sania Mirza (2016) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2017) Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
/ Elena Vesnina

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US Open women's doubles champions

(1968) Maria Bueno
Maria Bueno
/ Margaret Court (1969) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Darlene Hard (1970) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Judy Tegart Dalton (1971) Rosemary Casals / Judy Tegart Dalton (1972) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Betty Stöve (1973) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Virginia Wade (1974) Rosemary Casals / Billie Jean King (1975) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Virginia Wade (1976) Delina Boshoff / Ilana Kloss (1977) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Betty Stöve (1978) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Martina Navratilova (1979) Betty Stöve
Betty Stöve
/ Wendy Turnbull (1980) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Martina Navratilova (1981) Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith (1982) Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull (1983) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1984) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1985) Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
/ Helena Suková (1986) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1987) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Pam Shriver (1988) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Robin White (1989) Hana Mandlíková
Hana Mandlíková
/ Martina Navratilova (1990) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Martina Navratilova (1991) Pam Shriver / Natalia Zvereva (1992) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1993) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
/ Helena Suková (1994) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1995) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1996) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
/ Natalia Zvereva (1997) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
/ Jana Novotná (1998) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Jana Novotná (1999) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2000) Julie Halard-Decugis / Ai Sugiyama (2001) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Rennae Stubbs (2002) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2003) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2004) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Paola Suárez (2005) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Samantha Stosur (2006) Nathalie Dechy
Nathalie Dechy
/ Vera Zvonareva (2007) Nathalie Dechy
Nathalie Dechy
/ Dinara Safina (2008) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Liezel Huber (2009) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
/ Venus Williams (2010) Vania King
Vania King
/ Yaroslava Shvedova (2011) Liezel Huber
Liezel Huber
/ Lisa Raymond (2012) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
/ Roberta Vinci (2013) Andrea Hlaváčková
Andrea Hlaváčková
/ Lucie Hradecká (2014) Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
/ Elena Vesnina (2015) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Sania Mirza (2016) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Lucie Šafářová

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Australian Open
Australian Open
mixed doubles champions

(1969) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Marty Riessen
Marty Riessen
& Ann Haydon-Jones
Ann Haydon-Jones
/ Fred Stolle (1987) Zina Garrison
Zina Garrison
/ Sherwood Stewart (1988) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Jim Pugh (1989) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
/ Jim Pugh (1990) Natalia Zvereva / Jim Pugh (1991) Jo Durie
Jo Durie
/ Jeremy Bates (1992) Nicole Provis / Mark Woodforde (1993) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
/ Todd Woodbridge (1994) Larisa Savchenko Neiland / Andrei Olhovskiy (1995) Natalia Zvereva / Rick Leach (1996) Larisa Savchenko Neiland / Mark Woodforde (1997) Manon Bollegraf / Rick Leach (1998) Venus Williams
Venus Williams
/ Justin Gimelstob (1999) Mariaan de Swardt / David Adams (2000) Rennae Stubbs
Rennae Stubbs
/ Jared Palmer (2001) Corina Morariu
Corina Morariu
/ Ellis Ferreira (2002) Daniela Hantuchová
Daniela Hantuchová
/ Kevin Ullyett (2003) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
/ Leander Paes (2004) Elena Bovina / Nenad Zimonjić (2005) Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
/ Scott Draper (2006) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Mahesh Bhupathi (2007) Elena Likhovtseva
Elena Likhovtseva
/ Daniel Nestor (2008) Tiantian Sun / Nenad Zimonjić (2009) Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza
/ Mahesh Bhupathi (2010) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Leander Paes (2011) Katarina Srebotnik
Katarina Srebotnik
/ Daniel Nestor (2012) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Horia Tecău (2013) Jarmila Gajdošová
Jarmila Gajdošová
/ Matthew Ebden (2014) Kristina Mladenovic
Kristina Mladenovic
/ Daniel Nestor (2015) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Leander Paes (2016) Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
/ Bruno Soares (2017) Abigail Spears
Abigail Spears
/ Juan Sebastián Cabal (2018) Gabriela Dabrowski
Gabriela Dabrowski
/ Mate Pavić

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French Open
French Open
mixed doubles champions

1968–1970

(1968) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Jean-Claude Barclay (1969) Margaret Court
Margaret Court
/ Marty Riessen (1970) Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Bob Hewitt

1971–1980

(1971) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Jean-Claude Barclay (1972) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
Cawley / Kim Warwick (1973) Françoise Dürr
Françoise Dürr
/ Jean-Claude Barclay (1974) Martina Navrátilová / Iván Molina (1975) Fiorella Bonicelli / Thomas Koch (1976) Ilana Kloss
Ilana Kloss
/ Kim Warwick (1977) Mary Carillo / John McEnroe (1978) Renáta Tomanová / Pavel Složil (1979) Wendy Turnbull
Wendy Turnbull
/ Bob Hewitt (1980) Anne Smith / Billy Martin

1981–1990

(1981) Andrea Jaeger / Jimmy Arias (1982) Wendy Turnbull
Wendy Turnbull
/ John Lloyd (1983) Barbara Jordan / Eliot Teltscher (1984) Anne Smith / Dick Stockton (1985) Martina Navrátilová / Heinz Günthardt (1986) Kathy Jordan / Ken Flach (1987) Pam Shriver / Emilio Sánchez
Emilio Sánchez
Vicario (1988) Lori McNeil / Jorge Lozano (1989) Manon Bollegraf / Tom Nijssen (1990) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
/ Jorge Lozano

1991–2000

(1991) Helena Suková
Helena Suková
/ Cyril Suk (1992) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
/ Mark Woodforde (1993) Eugenia Maniokova / Andrei Olhovskiy (1994) Kristie Boogert
Kristie Boogert
/ Menno Oosting (1995) Larisa Neiland / Todd Woodbridge (1996) Patricia Tarabini / Javier Frana (1997) Rika Hiraki / Mahesh Bhupathi (1998) Venus Williams
Venus Williams
/ Justin Gimelstob (1999) Katarina Srebotnik
Katarina Srebotnik
/ Piet Norval (2000) Mariaan de Swardt / David Adams

2001–2010

(2001) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
/ Tomas Carbonell (2002) Cara Black
Cara Black
/ Wayne Black (2003) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
/ Mike Bryan (2004) Tatiana Golovin
Tatiana Golovin
/ Richard Gasquet (2005) Daniela Hantuchová
Daniela Hantuchová
/ Fabrice Santoro (2006) Katarina Srebotnik
Katarina Srebotnik
/ Nenad Zimonjić (2007) Nathalie Dechy
Nathalie Dechy
/ Andy Ram (2008) Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
/ Bob Bryan (2009) Liezel Huber
Liezel Huber
/ Bob Bryan (2010) Katarina Srebotnik
Katarina Srebotnik
/ Nenad Zimonjić

2011–present

(2011) Casey Dellacqua
Casey Dellacqua
/ Scott Lipsky (2012) Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza
/ Mahesh Bhupathi (2013) Lucie Hradecká
Lucie Hradecká
/ František Čermák (2014) Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Anna-Lena Grönefeld
/ Jean-Julien Rojer (2015) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
/ Mike Bryan (2016) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
/ Leander Paes (2017) Gabriela Dabrowski
Gabriela Dabrowski
/ Rohan Bopanna

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Grand Slam / non-calendar year / career Grand Slam-winning singles/doubles tennis players

Grand Slam

Men's singles

1938: Don Budge 1962: Rod Laver 1969: Rod Laver

Women's singles

1953: Maureen Connolly 1970: Margaret Court 1988: Steffi Graf

Men's doubles

1951: Ken McGregor/ Frank Sedgman

Women's doubles

1960: Maria Bueno 1984: Martina Navratilova/ Pam Shriver 1998: Martina Hingis

Mixed doubles

1963: Margaret Court/ Ken Fletcher 1965: Margaret Court 1967: Owen Davidson

Non-calendar year Grand Slam

Men's singles

2015–16: Novak Djokovic

Women's singles

1983–84: Martina Navratilova 1993–94: Steffi Graf 2002–03: Serena Williams 2014–15: Serena Williams

Men's doubles

2012–13: Bob Bryan/ Mike Bryan

Women's doubles

1949–50: Louise Brough 1986–87: Martina Navratilova/ Pam Shriver 1992–93: Gigi Fernández/ Natasha Zvereva 1996–97: Natasha Zvereva 2009–10: Serena Williams/ Venus Williams

Mixed doubles

1967–68 Billie Jean King

Career Grand Slam

Men's singles

1933-34-35: Fred Perry 1937-38: Don Budge 1960-61-62: Rod Laver 1961-63-64: Roy Emerson 1992-94-95-99: Andre Agassi 2003-04-09: Roger Federer 2005-08-09-10: Rafael Nadal 2008-11-16: Novak Djokovic

Women's singles

1951-52-53: Maureen Connolly 1949-50-51-54: Doris Hart 1951-56-57: Shirley Fry Irvin 1960-62-63: Margaret Court 1966-67-68-72: Billie Jean King 1974-75-82: Chris Evert 1978-81-82-83: Martina Navratilova 1987-88: Steffi Graf 1999-2002-03: Serena Williams 2004-06-08-12: Maria Sharapova

Men's doubles

1935-36-39: Adrian Quist 1948-50-51 Frank Sedgman 1951: Ken McGregor 1953–56: Lew Hoad/ Ken Rosewall 1957-58-59: Neale Fraser 1959-60-62: Roy Emerson 1965–67: John Newcombe/ Tony Roche 1962-64-67-77: Bob Hewitt 1982-84-86-89: John Fitzgerald 1983-87-89: Anders Järryd 1994-95-98: Jacco Eltingh/ Paul Haarhuis 1989-92–93-2000: Mark Woodforde 1992–93-95-2000: Todd Woodbridge 1998-2002-03-05: Jonas Björkman 2003-05-06: Bob Bryan/ Mike Bryan 2002-04-07-08: Daniel Nestor 1999-2006-12: Leander Paes

Women's doubles

1942-46-50: Louise Brough
Louise Brough
Clapp 1947-48-50-51: Doris Hart 1950-51-57: Shirley Fry Irvin 1956–1957: Althea Gibson 1958–60: Maria Bueno 1961–64: Lesley Turner Bowrey 1961-63-64: Margaret Court 1964-66-69-70: Judy Tegart Dalton 1980–81: Kathy Jordan/ Anne Smith 1975-76-77-80: / Martina Navratilova 1981-82-83-84: Pam Shriver 1989-90-93: Helena Suková 1988–90-91-92: Gigi Fernández 1989-90-91-93: / Natasha Zvereva 1989-90-94: Jana Novotná 1996-97-98: Martina Hingis 1999-2000-01: Serena Williams/ Venus Williams 2000-01-06: Lisa Raymond 2012-13-14: Sara Errani/ Roberta Vinci

Mixed doubles

1925-26-27-28 Jean Borotra 1949–51: Doris Hart/ Frank Sedgman 1961-1963: Margaret Court 1962-1963: Ken Fletcher 1965-66-67: Owen Davidson 1967–68: Billie Jean King 1969–75: Marty Riessen 1961-70-77-79: Bob Hewitt 1992–93-95: Mark Woodforde 1990-93-94-95: Todd Woodbridge 1974-85-2003: Martina Navratilova 2001-02-05: Daniela Hantuchová 1997-99-2005-06: Mahesh Bhupathi 2002-04-08-10: Cara Black 1999-2003-08-16: Leander Paes 2006-15-16: Martina Hingis

Venus Williams
Venus Williams
achievements

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World rankings – Top ten tennis players as of week of 2 April 2018[update]

ATP singles ATP doubles WTA singles WTA doubles

Rafael Nadal     Roger Federer Marin Čilić Alexander Zverev Grigor Dimitrov Juan Martín del Potro Dominic Thiem Kevin Anderson John Isner David Goffin

Łukasz Kubot Marcelo Melo Mate Pavić Henri Kontinen John Peers Oliver Marach Bob Bryan Mike Bryan Nicolas Mahut Ivan Dodig

Simona Halep Caroline Wozniacki Garbiñe Muguruza Elina Svitolina Jeļena Ostapenko Karolína Plíšková Caroline Garcia Venus Williams Sloane Stephens Petra Kvitová

Latisha Chan Elena Vesnina Ekaterina Makarova Tímea Babos Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková Ashleigh Barty Lucie Šafářová Kateřina Siniaková Casey Dellacqua Gabriela Dabrowski

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Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association: Top female singles tennis players from the Americas as of 2 April 2018

1. Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(8 ) 2. Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
(9 3) 3. Madison Keys
Madison Keys
(14 1) 4. CoCo Vandeweghe
CoCo Vandeweghe
(15 1) 5. CiCi Bellis
CiCi Bellis
(43 1)

6. Danielle Collins
Danielle Collins
(53 40) 7. Beatriz Haddad Maia
Beatriz Haddad Maia
(63 1) 8. Monica Puig
Monica Puig
(68 14) 9. Varvara Lepchenko
Varvara Lepchenko
(72 3) 10. Madison Brengle
Madison Brengle
(80 3)

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Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association: Top American female singles tennis players as of 2 April 2018

1. Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(8 ) 2. Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
(9 3) 3. Madison Keys
Madison Keys
(14 1) 4. CoCo Vandeweghe
CoCo Vandeweghe
(15 1) 5. CiCi Bellis
CiCi Bellis
(43 1)

6. Danielle Collins
Danielle Collins
(53 40) 7. Varvara Lepchenko
Varvara Lepchenko
(72 3) 8. Madison Brengle
Madison Brengle
(80 3) 9. Jennifer Brady (82 1) 10. Sofia Kenin
Sofia Kenin
(85 9)

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Women's Tennis
Tennis
Association: Top American female doubles tennis players as of 30 October 2017

1. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
(8 1) 2. Abigail Spears
Abigail Spears
(27 1) 3. Raquel Atawo
Raquel Atawo
(34 ) 4. Nicole Melichar
Nicole Melichar
(39 ) 5. Coco Vandeweghe
Coco Vandeweghe
(64 )

6. Vania King
Vania King
(91 1) 7. Jacqueline Cako
Jacqueline Cako
(96 1) 8. Caroline Dolehide (100 1) 9. Asia Muhammad
Asia Muhammad
(116 11) 10. Kaitlyn Christian (119 36)

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Women's Tennis Association
Women's Tennis Association
(WTA) world No. 1 singles players

Chris Evert
Chris Evert
(1975/1985 – 260 w) Evonne Goolagong
Evonne Goolagong
(1976 – 2 w) Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(1978/1987 – 331 w) Tracy Austin
Tracy Austin
(1980 – 22 w) Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf
(1987/1997 – 377 w) // Monica Seles
Monica Seles
(1991/1996 – 178 w) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
(1995 – 12 w) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
(1997/2001 – 209 w) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
(1998/2006 – 98 w) Jennifer Capriati
Jennifer Capriati
(2001/2002 – 17 w) Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(2002 – 11 w) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(2002/2017 – 319 w) Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
(2003/2011 – 20 w) Justine Henin
Justine Henin
(2003/2008 – 117 w) Amélie Mauresmo
Amélie Mauresmo
(2004/2006 – 39 w) Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
(2005/2012 – 21 w) Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
(2008 – 12 w) Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
(2008/2009 – 18 w) Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
(2009 – 26 w) Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
(2010/2018 – 71 w) Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka
(2012/2013 – 51 w) Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
(2016/2017 – 34 w) Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
(2017 – 8 w) Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
(2017 – 4 w) Simona Halep
Simona Halep
(2017/2018 – 22 w)

WTA rankings incepted on November 3, 1975 (year first held/year last held – number of weeks (w)) current No. 1 in bold, as of week of April 2, 2018[update]

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Women's Tennis Association
Women's Tennis Association
(WTA) world No. 1 doubles players

Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova
(1984/1990 – 237 w) Pam Shriver (1985/1986 – 48 w) Helena Suková
Helena Suková
(1990/1993 – 68 w) Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná
(1990/1999 – 67 w) Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
(1991/1995 – 80 w) Natasha Zvereva
Natasha Zvereva
(1991/1999 – 124 w) Larisa Neiland (1992 – 4 w) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
(1992/1997 – 111 w) Lindsay Davenport
Lindsay Davenport
(1997/2000 – 32 w) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
(1998/2018 – 90 w) Anna Kournikova
Anna Kournikova
(1999/2000 – 10 w) Corina Morariu
Corina Morariu
(2000 – 7 w) Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
(2000/2012 – 137 w) Rennae Stubbs
Rennae Stubbs
(2000 – 3 w) Julie Halard-Decugis (2000 – 14 w) Ai Sugiyama
Ai Sugiyama
(2000/2003 – 45 w) Paola Suárez
Paola Suárez
(2002/2004 – 87 w) Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
(2003 – 4 w) Virginia Ruano Pascual
Virginia Ruano Pascual
(2003/2005 – 65 w) Cara Black
Cara Black
(2005/2010 – 163 w) Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
(2006/2007 – 61 w) Liezel Huber
Liezel Huber
(2007/2012 – 199 w) Serena Williams
Serena Williams
(2010 – 8 w) Venus Williams
Venus Williams
(2010 – 8 w) Gisela Dulko
Gisela Dulko
(2010/2011 – 24 w) Flavia Pennetta
Flavia Pennetta
(2011 – 18 w) Květa Peschke
Květa Peschke
(2011 – 10 w) Katarina Srebotnik
Katarina Srebotnik
(2011 – 10 w) Sara Errani
Sara Errani
(2012/2015 – 87 w) Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci
(2012/2015 – 110 w) Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
(2014 – 20 w) Hsieh Su-wei
Hsieh Su-wei
(2014 – 5 w) Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza
(2015/2017 – 91 w) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
(2017 – 32 w) Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
(2017 – 6 w) Latisha Chan
Latisha Chan
(2017/2018 – 24 w)

WTA rankings incepted on September 4, 1984 (year first held/year last held – number of weeks (w)) current No. 1 in bold, as of week of April 2, 2018[update]

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Tennis at the Summer Olympics
Tennis at the Summer Olympics
• Olympic champions in women's singles

Demonstration

1968:  Helga Niessen (FRG) 1984:  Steffi Graf (FRG)

Indoor

1908:  Gwendoline Eastlake-Smith (GBR) 1912:  Edith Hannam (GBR)

Outdoor

1900:  Charlotte Cooper (GBR) 1908:  Dorothea Chambers (GBR) 1912:  Marguerite Broquedis (FRA) 1920:  Suzanne Lenglen (FRA) 1924:  Helen Wills (USA) 1988:  Steffi Graf (FRG) 1992:  Jennifer Capriati (USA) 1996:  Lindsay Davenport (USA) 2000:  Venus Williams (USA) 2004:  Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) 2008:  Elena Dementieva (RUS) 2012:  Serena Williams (USA) 2016:  Monica Puig (PUR)

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Tennis at the Summer Olympics
Tennis at the Summer Olympics
• Olympic champions in women's doubles

Demonstration

1968:   Edda Buding
Edda Buding
& Helga Niessen (FRG)

Women's Doubles

1920:  Kathleen McKane & Winifred McNair (GBR) 1924:  Hazel Wightman & Helen Wills (USA) 1988:   Zina Garrison
Zina Garrison
& Pam Shriver (USA) 1992:   Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
& Mary Joe Fernández (USA) 1996:   Gigi Fernández
Gigi Fernández
& Mary Joe Fernández (USA) 2000:   Serena Williams
Serena Williams
& Venus Williams (USA) 2004:   Sun Tiantian & Li Ting (CHN) 2008:   Serena Williams
Serena Williams
& Venus Williams (USA) 2012:   Serena Williams
Serena Williams
& Venus Williams (USA) 2016:   Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
& Elena Vesnina (RUS)

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WTA Year-end championships winners singles

(1972) Chris Evert (1973) Chris Evert (1974) Evonne Goolagong (1975) Chris Evert (1976) Evonne Goolagong (1977) Chris Evert (1978) Martina Navratilova (1979) Martina Navratilova (1980) Tracy Austin (1981) Martina Navratilova (1982) Sylvia Hanika (1983) Martina Navratilova (1984) Martina Navratilova (1985) Martina Navratilova (1986-1) Martina Navratilova (1986-2) Martina Navratilova (1987) Steffi Graf (1988) Gabriela Sabatini (1989) Steffi Graf (1990) Monica Seles (1991) Monica Seles (1992) Monica Seles (1993) Steffi Graf (1994) Gabriela Sabatini (1995) Steffi Graf (1996) Steffi Graf (1997) Jana Novotná (1998) Martina Hingis (1999) Lindsay Davenport (2000) Martina Hingis (2001) Serena Williams (2002) Kim Clijsters (2003) Kim Clijsters (2004) Maria Sharapova (2005) Amélie Mauresmo (2006) Justine Henin (2007) Justine Henin (2008) Venus Williams (2009) Serena Williams (2010) Kim Clijsters (2011) Petra Kvitová (2012) Serena Williams (2013) Serena Williams (2014) Serena Williams (2015) Agnieszka Radwańska (2016) Dominika Cibulková (2017) Caroline Wozniacki

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Best Female Athlete ESPY Award
Best Female Athlete ESPY Award
winners

1993: Seles 1994: Krone 1995: Blair 1996: Lobo 1997: Van Dyken 1998: Hamm 1999: Holdsclaw 2000: Graf 2001: Jones 2002: V. Williams 2003: S. Williams 2004: Taurasi 2005: Sörenstam 2006: Sörenstam 2007: Mowatt 2008: Parker 2009: Liukin 2010: Vonn 2011: Vonn 2012: Griner 2013: S. Williams 2014: Rousey 2015: Rousey 2016: Stewart 2017: Biles

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Jefferson Award for Public Service

U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Outstanding Public Service By An Elected or Appointed Official

Henry A. Kissinger Elliot Richardson Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Arthur F. Burns, Alan Greenspan, William E. Simon Michael Mansfield Hubert H. Humphrey Kenneth A. Gibson, William Donald Schaefer, Coleman A. Young Cyrus R. Vance Warren Christopher Howard H. Baker Paul A. Volcker William H. Webster James A. Baker, III George P. Shultz William J. Brennan C. Everett Koop Paul Nitze Colin Powell Dick Cheney Thurgood Marshall Carla Hills George J. Mitchell, Bob Michel Harry Blackmun Sam Nunn Robert Dole Robert Rubin Daniel Patrick Moynihan John Glenn Madeleine Albright Rudolph Giuliani Condoleezza Rice Sandra Day O'Connor Lee H. Hamilton, Thomas H. Kean John Lewis Richard M. Daley Joe Lieberman Edward Kennedy Michael R. Bloomberg, Cory A. Booker Ruth Bader Ginsburg David H. Petraeus Tom Coburn, Patrick Leahy Gabrielle Giffords Sonia Sotomayor Arne Duncan Deval Patrick

S. Roger Horchow Award for Outstanding Public Service by A Private Citizen

John W. Gardner Ralph Nader Katharine Graham John D. Rockefeller, III Art Buchwald Paul Mellon Howard Jarvis Norman Borlaug Walter Cronkite Bob Hope Kirk Douglas J. Peter Grace Lee Iacocca H. Ross Perot Irving Brown James W. Rouse Leo Cherne Jimmy Carter Robert C. Macauley Faye Wattleton James Burke Jim Brady, Sarah Brady Walter H. Annenberg Brian Lamb Nancy Brinker Oprah Winfrey Elizabeth Dole Elayne Bennett Ted Benna Lilly Tartikoff Anne Douglas Ken Burns Vartan Gregorian Michael Feinberg, David Levin Jeffrey Sachs Edward Jagen Greg Mortenson, Pamela Hawley Paul Farmer Bill Shore Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis Elie Wiesel Andrew Shue, Charles Best Jeff Skoll, Ivan Hageman Sean Parker Peter Diamandis, Sheila Johnson

Outstanding Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged

Cesar Chavez Thomas Szasz Leon Sullivan Theodore Hesburgh Howard Rusk Jerry Lewis Jesse Jackson Allard Lowenstein Marva Collins Claude Pepper Helen Hayes Maude E. Callen Betty Ford Eugene Lang Ginetta Sagan Bruce Ritter Kimi Gray Jaime Escalante Marian Wright Edelman Eunice Shriver Arthur Ashe Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward Barbara Bush Rosalynn Carter Oseola McCarty Thaddeus S. Lott, Sr. Millard Fuller Benjamin Carson Dorothy Height Bill Gates, Melinda Gates Mathilde Krim Fred L. Shuttlesworth Dave Pelzer I. King Jordan Geoffrey Canada Darell Hammond William E. Milliken Jim Gibbons Jerry M. Reinsdorf Richard Proudfit Dolores Huerta Pedro José Greer Adam Braun Kyle Zimmer

Samuel S. Beard Award for Outstanding Public Service by An Individual 35 Years or Under

Joseph A. Yablonski Maynard Jackson Emmett Tyrrell Vilma S. Martinez Max Cleland Bernard Powell Denis Hayes 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team David Stockman Henry Cisneros Jan Scruggs Sally Ride Trevor Ferrell Robert Hayes Steve Jobs Marlee Matlin Marc Buoniconti Anne Donahue Wendy Kopp Michael Brown, Alan Khazei Mary Taylor Wayne Meisel Stacey Bess Andrea Jaeger Michael Danziger Bobby Jindal Anthony Shriver Faith Hill Lance Armstrong Chad Pregracke Matthew Meyer Kirsten Lodal, Brian Kreiter Benjamin Shuldiner Peyton Manning Lindsay Hyde Ocean Robbins Jennifer Staple Tad Skylar Agoglia Brittany Bergquist, Robbie Bergquist Amber Lynn Coffman Dr. Neilesh Patel Jack Andraka Lauren Bush Lauren The Young American Soldier Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi

Outstanding Public Service in Professional Sports

Nnamdi Asomugha, Tyrus Thomas, Curtis Granderson, Stuart Holden, Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Justin Tuck, Lauryn Williams, Venus Williams, Ryan Zimmerman Drew Brees, Tamika Catchings, Stephen Curry, Warrick Dunn, Brad Davis, Ernie Els, Ryan Hall, Paul Pierce, CC Sabathia, Brian Westbrook Jeremy Affeldt, Dereck Faulkner, Julie Foudy, Jeff Karstens, Jim Kelly, Charlie Kimball, Pat LaFontaine, Hannibal Naives, Jeff Saturday, Troy Vincent, Marty Lyons Mark Ein Mariano Rivera, James Thrash Fred Jackson Eric Decker Joe Torre

Lifetime Achievement in Public Service

Ray Chambers Marlo Thomas Craig Hatkoff, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro The Robin Hood Foundation Tom Brokaw Billie Jean King Harry Belafonte

Outstanding National or Global Service by a Young American 25 Years or Under

Ellie Duke, Katherine Foronda, Ted Gonder, Dallas Jessup, Emma Lindle, Tristan Love, Jessie Mintz, Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, Joe Togani, Kelly Voigt Sicomac Elementary School Student Council, Sashin Choksh, Morgan Harley, Greg Nance, Nick Hebert, Patrick Ip, Talia Lemon, Sarah Nuss, Mordecai Scott, Jessica Singer, Tyrone Stevenson, Vanessa Strickland Lillian Pravda, Maria Keller Corinne Hindes, Katrine Krisebom, Kid President Sophia Sánchez-Maes Laurie Hernandez

Outstanding Public Service by a Corporation

Prudential, Starkey Laboratories Pfizer General Electric Weyerhaeuser Target Corporation Salesforce Warby Parker

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2014 World Team Tennis
Tennis
Champion Washington Kastles

Kevin Anderson Jarmila Gajdošová Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis
(WTT Final Most Valuable Player) Leander Paes Bobby Reynolds Anastasia Rodionova Shelby Rogers Sloane Stephens Venus Williams

Head Coach: Murphy Jensen

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2015 World Team Tennis
Tennis
Champion Washington Kastles

Madison Brengle Martina Hingis Denis Kudla Leander Paes
Leander Paes
(WTT Final Most Valuable Player) Sam Querrey Rajeev Ram Anastasia Rodionova
Anastasia Rodionova
(WTT Female Co-Most Valuable Player) Venus Williams

Head Coach: Murphy Jensen

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 165099100 LCCN: n98055

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