105 Facts About Venus Williams

1. Venus Williams's is widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of the sport.

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2. In 2000 and 2001, Venus Williams claimed the Wimbledon and US Open titles, as well as Olympic singles gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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3. Venus Williams's reached four consecutive major finals between 2002 and 2003, but lost each time to Serena.

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4. Venus Williams's became the world No 1 in doubles for the first time on June 7, 2010, alongside Serena, after the pair completed a non-calendar-year Grand Slam at the French Open.

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5. Venus Williams was twice the season prize money leader, and ranks second behind Serena in all-time career prize money winnings, having earned over US$42 million as of March 2022.

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6. Venus Williams was born in Lynwood, California, to Richard Venus Williams and Oracene Price.

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7. Richard stopped sending his daughters to national junior tennis tournaments when Venus Williams was eleven, since he wanted them to take it slowly and focus on schoolwork.

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8. Venus Williams turned professional on October 31, 1994, at the age of fourteen.

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9. Venus Williams played 15 tour events in 1997, including five Tier I tournaments.

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10. Venus Williams's 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.

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11. Venus Williams's 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.

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12. Venus Williams's lost again to Hingis in the quarterfinals of the French Open.

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13. At the US Open, Venus Williams defeated fourth-seeded Sanchez Vicario in the quarterfinals before losing to second seeded and eventual champion Davenport in the semifinals.

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14. In 1998, Venus Williams teamed with Justin Gimelstob to win the mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open and the French Open.

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15. Venus Williams won the first two women's doubles titles of her career, in Oklahoma City and Zurich.

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16. Venus Williams started the 1999 tour in Australia, where she lost to No 10 Steffi Graf in the quarterfinals of the Medibank International in Sydney and No 1 Davenport in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

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17. Venus Williams's defeated Novotna and Graf to reach the final in Key Biscayne, where she defeated her sister in three sets in the first final on the WTA Tour to be contested by two sisters.

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18. Venus Williams teamed with Serena Venus Williams to win the women's doubles title at this event, the first Grand Slam title the pair won together.

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19. At the 1999 Wimbledon Championships, Venus 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.

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20. Venus Williams rebounded in the summer when she won two Fed Cup matches against Italy and lost in the final of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford to No 1 Davenport.

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21. Seeded third at the US Open, Venus Williams lost in the semifinals to No 1 Hingis in three sets.

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22. At the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Venus Williams defeated Hingis in the semifinals before losing to her sister Serena for the first time in the final.

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23. Venus Williams won her sixth title of the year at the Tier I event in Zurich, defeating No 1 Hingis in the final.

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24. In 2000, Venus Williams missed the first five months of the year with tendinitis in both wrists.

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25. Venus Williams's won her first four matches in Paris without losing a set before losing in the quarterfinals to eighth-seeded and former champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in three sets.

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26. Venus Williams's finished the year ranked No 3 and with six singles titles.

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27. In 2001, Venus Williams reached the semifinals of the Australian Open for the first time, where she lost to No 1 Hingis.

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28. Venus Williams reached the semifinals of the Tier I Tennis Masters Series tournament in Indian Wells, California, where she controversially defaulted her match with her sister just before the match started.

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29. Serena Venus Williams was booed during the final with Kim Clijsters and during the trophy presentation.

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30. Venus Williams's played her sister Serena in the final, which was the first Grand Slam singles final contested by two sisters during the open era.

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31. Venus Williams 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, Steffi Graf, Althea Gibson, Maureen Connolly Brinker, and Helen Wills Moody.

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32. Venus Williams began 2002 by winning the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts in Gold Coast, Australia, defeating Henin in the final.

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33. Venus Williams's held it for just three weeks before surrendering it back to Capriati.

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34. Venus Williams failed to defend her title in Miami after losing in the semifinals to her sister Serena.

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35. Seeded second at the French Open, Venus Williams defeated former champion Seles to reach the semifinals for the first time.

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36. Venus Williams replaced Capriati as the No 1 as a result of reaching the final.

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37. Venus Williams finished the year ranked No 2 having won seven titles, her best showing in both respects of her career.

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38. Venus Williams defeated former champion Lindsay Davenport in the quarterfinals and Kim Clijsters in the semifinals to advance to her fourth consecutive Wimbledon final, where she lost again to sister Serena.

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39. In 2004, Venus Williams came back to the tour suffering inconsistent results.

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40. At the Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, Venus Williams defeated Conchita Martinez in the final to win her first title in over a year and the second Tier I title on clay of her career.

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41. Venus Williams completed the year by losing in the quarterfinals of three indoor tournaments in the fall, a period that included defeat in her first meeting with 17-year-old Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova at the Zurich Open.

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42. In 2005, Venus Williams started the year by losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Alicia Molik.

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43. In March, at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami, Venus Williams defeated sister and Australian Open champion Serena Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, the first time she had defeated her sister Serena since 2001.

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44. Venus Williams went on to lose in the semifinals to No 3 Sharapova.

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45. Venus Williams was seeded 14th for the 2005 Wimbledon Championships – Women's singles.

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46. Venus Williams's returned in February at the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, USA, defeating top-seeded Shahar Pe'er in the final, her first singles title since her victory at Wimbledon in 2005.

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47. At the beginning of the clay-court season, Venus Williams reached the semifinals of the Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, where she lost to Jelena Jankovic on a third set tiebreak.

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48. Venus Williams was ranked No 31 going into Wimbledon and was seeded 23rd at the tournament due to her previous results at Wimbledon.

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49. The tournament resulted in Venus Williams's ranking moving up to No 9.

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50. In 2008, as the eighth seed at the Australian Open, Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 2003.

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51. Williams made her first semifinal of the year at the Bangalore Open in Bangalore, India, where she met sister Serena for the first time since 2005 with Serena Williams winning despite Venus Williams holding a match point in the third set tie break.

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52. Venus Williams missed two tournaments at the beginning of the clay-court season due to undisclosed medical problems.

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53. At the French Open, Venus Williams was seeded eighth but was eliminated by 26th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta in the third round.

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54. Venus Williams's ended the year ranked No 6 with three titles and a winning percentage of 78 percent.

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55. The latter win meant that Venus Williams led the head-to-head in career matches with her sister for the first time since 2002.

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56. On European clay, Venus Williams reached the semifinals in Rome before losing to No 1 Safina.

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57. At the 2009 US Open, as the third seed, Venus Williams made it to the fourth round before losing to Kim Clijsters in three sets.

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58. In doubles, Venus Williams teamed with her sister as the second seeds.

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59. Venus Williams's went onto the clay at the Abierto Mexico Telcel in Acapulco, where she was the defending champion.

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60. Venus Williams's suffered the worst defeat of her career in the quarterfinals, losing to No 4 Jelena Jankovic.

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61. Venus 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.

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62. At the Australian Open, Venus Williams retired in the second game of her third round match against Andrea Petkovic after sustaining a hip muscle injury in her second round.

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63. Venus Williams was granted wildcards to participate in the Miami and Charleston tournaments.

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64. At Wimbledon, Venus Williams was unseeded for the first time since 1997.

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65. In singles, Venus Williams defeated Sara Errani and Aleksandra Wozniak in convincing fashion to reach the third round where she faced Angelique Kerber.

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66. Venus Williams's beat Galina Voskoboeva and Alize Cornet before losing to the second seed, Maria Sharapova.

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67. One week after Miami, Venus Williams participated in Charleston as the fifth seed.

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68. Venus Williams pulled out of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships due to a back injury.

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69. Venus Williams lost her second round match in singles losing to Sabine Lisicki and she lost her first round match in doubles despite having two match points.

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70. At the 2014 French Open, Venus Williams was upset by No 56 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in three sets.

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71. At the 2014 Rogers Cup, Venus Williams defeated No 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets, scoring her first victory at that tournament on her fifth attempt.

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72. Venus Williams produced yet another upset in three sets against Carla Suarez Navarro to advance to the semifinals, where she defeated younger sister and No 1 Serena Venus Williams in the pair's 25th meeting.

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73. At the US Open Venus Williams made it to the third round for the first time since 2010 and was two points away from moving into the Round of 16 before ultimately going down to 13th-seeded Sara Errani for the first time in four meetings.

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74. Venus Williams joined the Bangalore Raptors team in 2014 for the first edition of Champions Tennis League India.

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75. Venus Williams competed at the Miami Open, where she won against Samantha Stosur in the third round and Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round.

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76. Venus Williams's landed another top 10 victory by winning against No 10 Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round.

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77. The next week Venus Williams lost to Ana Ivanovic in the second round of the China Open.

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78. Venus Williams's re-entered the top ten for the first time since 2011 and ended the year at No 7 in the WTA rankings.

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79. Venus Williams's began the clay-court season with a win over Alison Riske at the Charleston Open, before losing to Yulia Putintseva in the third round in three tight sets.

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80. Seeded 9th at the French Open, Venus 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.

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81. Venus Williams's recorded the 200th loss of her career against 8th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky, who won in straight sets.

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82. At the Wimbledon Championships, Venus Williams reached the third round of the championships where she overcame the 29th seed, Daria Kasatkina, in a 2-hour, 42-minute marathon.

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83. Venus Williams's fell to Madison Keys in the third round in three sets.

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84. Seeded 13th at the Australian Open, Venus Williams defeated Kateryna Kozlova, qualifier Stefanie Vogele, Duan Yingying and qualifier Mona Barthel in the opening four rounds respectively in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals.

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85. At the 2017 US Open, Venus Williams defeated Viktoria Kuzmova, Oceane Dodin, and Maria Sakkari to reach the fourth round.

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86. Venus Williams's guaranteed her return to the top five in the WTA rankings at the conclusion of the tournament for the first time since January 2011.

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87. At the WTA Finals, Venus Williams was placed in the White Group with Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza and Jelena Ostapenko.

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88. Venus Williams parted ways with her long-time coach David Witt at the end of the 2018 season.

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89. Unseeded at the Australian Open, Venus Williams defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu and French woman Alize Cornet, both in three sets, to set up a meeting with the topseeded Simona Halep in the third round.

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90. Venus Williams entered the mixed doubles with Frances Tiafoe and they lost in the second round.

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91. At the Mexican Open, where she was the fifth seed, Venus Williams was beaten by qualifier Kaja Juvan.

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92. Venus Williams travelled to 2020 Italian Open in Rome the week after the US Open to join the rescheduled clay court swing.

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93. At the 2020 French Open, Venus Williams crashed out in straight-sets to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

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94. Venus Williams's ranking fell to 78 in the world by the end of the season.

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95. Since then Venus Williams was on a 5-match losing streak and dropped out of the top 100 in May, before the 2021 French Open, to her lowest ranking since 2011.

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96. Venus Williams's missed the next four grand slam tournaments in singles, before receiving a wildcard for the 2022 US Open.

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97. On December 13, 2007, Venus Williams received her associate degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

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98. In 2015, Venus Williams received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Indiana University East.

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99. Venus Williams's dated publishing heir Nicholas Hammond for two years until 2019.

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100. Police originally said that Venus Williams was "at fault" for the crash, but on December 21, 2017, authorities determined the crash was caused by an unidentified third driver.

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101. Venus Williams is the chief executive officer of her interior design firm V Starr Interiors, located in Jupiter, Florida.

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102. Venus Williams's wears outfits from her fashion line on the tennis court.

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103. In June 2009, Venus Williams was named 77th in the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities list compiled by Forbes magazine.

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104. In 1995, when Venus Williams was 14 years old, she signed an endorsement deal with Reebok and wore the company's apparel and shoes.

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105. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Venus Williams became only the second player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at one Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody at the 1924 Summer Olympics.

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