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Player - Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

USA | Rank: 17
BirthplaceLynwood, CA, USA
Tournament entry ranking17
Highest singles ranking1 (25-FEB-2002)
Year turned proPro (October 31, 1994)
Height6' 1" (1.85 m)
Weight160 lbs. (72.5 kg)
YTD wins0
YTD loses0
YTD titles won1
Career titles49
Career prize money$34,431,748
Former World No.1, Venus Williams has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning two decades, which includes seven Grand Slam titles and four Olympics gold medals. The American has three times been ranked the number one player in the world, captured 49 career titles, the second most of any active player, 22 doubles titles and four Olympic Gold Medals. She has won seven singles and sixteen doubles titles at Grand Slams. Showing no signs of slowing, 2016 has been another successful year for one of the sports all­‐time greats. Venus won her 49th career title in Kaohsiung before rolling back the years to reach the semi-­finals of Wimbledon, a place where she has triumphed on five occasions. A further final beckoned in Stanford where her rank peaked for the year at world number six on the WTA rankings. The elder of the dominant Williams sisters first broke in to the World’s Top Ten 17 years ago. It will be her 555th week inside the Top Ten – incredibly more than 80% of her professional career. She has won Wimbledon five times (2000,2001,2005,2007,2008) which lead to her being dubbed the best grass court player of all time, and the U.S Open twice (2000,2001). She also won the 2000 Olympic gold medal in singles as well as the 2000, 2008 and 2012 gold medals in doubles with her younger sister, Serena. Over the past twenty years, she has been named WTA's Player of the Year, Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year, and one of Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. Williams was also named the ‘Female Athlete of the Year’ at the ESPY Awards in 2002. Venus smashed the fastest-ever serve women’s history with a 129mph serve in 2008 at Wimbledon. Having learnt to play tennis on public courts in Compton, California, Williams turned professional on October 31, 1994, at the age of fourteen. Venus became the first Williams sister to appear in a major singles final in 1997, when at the age of 17, she reached first Grand Slam final at U.S Open and lost to No.1 Martina Hingis. Williams reached No.1 for the first time on February 25 (after Dubai) and held No.1 for a total of 11 weeks in 2002. She has won the season-ending championship in 2008. Venus also made her mark on the tennis world, by spearheading the fight for equal prize money for female tennis players. Throughout her career, Venus has built a brand on and off court. From her humble beginnings, Williams has become somewhat of an entrepreneur, with her design company ‘V Starr Interiors’ designing the Olympic athletes apartments as part of New York City’s Bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. She also has won an Associate Degree in fashion design, which led to her creating her own fashion line, ‘EleVen’, which she wears on court. This will be her fourth year in Auckland, having served up an epic final against Ana Ivanovic at the 2014 tournament where she finished runner up, but in 2015 she went one better to claim the crown against Caroline Wozniacki.

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