101 Facts About Venus Williams

1. Venus Williams's defeated Serena for the 12th time in her career—her first straight sets victory against her since the 2008 Wimbledon Championships final.

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2. Venus Williams began 2016 by playing at the World Tennis Thailand Championship—an exhibition event in Thailand—where she lost to Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber.

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3. Venus Williams's lost her first match against Dementieva, and her second match against Serena—both in straight sets, after taking the first set.

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4. Venus Williams's reached the quarterfinals in three of the Tier I events—the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California, the European Indoor Championships in Zurich, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

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5. Venus Williams's defeated Serena for the 12th time in her career—her first straight sets victory against her since the 2008 Wimbledon Championships final.

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6. Venus Williams began 2016 by playing at the World Tennis Thailand Championship—an exhibition event in Thailand—where she lost to Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber.

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7. Venus Williams's lost her first match against Dementieva, and her second match against Serena—both in straight sets, after taking the first set.

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8. Venus Williams's reached the quarterfinals in three of the Tier I events—the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California, the European Indoor Championships in Zurich, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

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9. Venus Williams's defeated Serena for the 12th time in her career—her first straight sets victory against her since the 2008 Wimbledon Championships final.

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10. Venus Williams began 2016 by playing at the World Tennis Thailand Championship—an exhibition event in Thailand—where she lost to Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber.

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11. Venus Williams's lost her first match against Dementieva, and her second match against Serena—both in straight sets, after taking the first set.

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12. Venus Williams's reached the quarterfinals in three of the Tier I events—the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California, the European Indoor Championships in Zurich, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

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13. Venus Williams's defeated Serena for the 12th time in her career—her first straight sets victory against her since the 2008 Wimbledon Championships final.

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14. Venus Williams began 2016 by playing at the World Tennis Thailand Championship—an exhibition event in Thailand—where she lost to Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber.

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15. Venus Williams's lost her first match against Dementieva, and her second match against Serena—both in straight sets, after taking the first set.

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16. Venus Williams's reached the quarterfinals in three of the Tier I events—the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California, the European Indoor Championships in Zurich, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

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17. Venus Williams's defeated Serena for the 12th time in her career—her first straight sets victory against her since the 2008 Wimbledon Championships final.

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18. Venus Williams began 2016 by playing at the World Tennis Thailand Championship—an exhibition event in Thailand—where she lost to Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber.

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19. Venus Williams's lost her first match against Dementieva, and her second match against Serena—both in straight sets, after taking the first set.

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20. Venus Williams's reached the quarterfinals in three of the Tier I events—the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California, the European Indoor Championships in Zurich, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

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21. Venus Williams said she didn't want to get involved, and Serena explains her latest petulant on-court behavior that deprived her female opponent of US Open glory as a crusade on behalf of women's rights and social justice.

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22. Venus Williams's defeated Serena for the 12th time in her career—her first straight sets victory against her since the 2008 Wimbledon Championships final.

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23. Venus Williams began 2016 by playing at the World Tennis Thailand Championship—an exhibition event in Thailand—where she lost to Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber.

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24. Venus Williams's lost her first match against Dementieva, and her second match against Serena—both in straight sets, after taking the first set.

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25. Venus Williams's reached the quarterfinals in three of the Tier I events—the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California, the European Indoor Championships in Zurich, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

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26. Venus Williams made history when she signed the largest endorsement deal in women's sports history, earning $40 million with Reebok.

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27. In 1998 Venus Williams finally won her first singles title in the IGA Tennis Classic and won a second singles title at the Lipton Championships.

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28. In 1994 Venus Williams played her first professional tournament in Oakland, California.

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29. Venus Williams's parents, who raised their children in the Jehovah's Witness faith, made sure that their daughters were well educated.

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30. Venus Williams began playing at age four, coached by her father Richard Williams on the public courts of inner-city Compton, California.

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31. Venus Williams won Wimbledon again in 2005, 2007, and 2008, when she again faced her sister in the final.

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32. In 2001, Venus Williams successfully defended her Wimbledon and US titles.

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33. Venus Williams turned pro at 14, reached the finals of the US Open in 1997, and won her first Women's Tennis Association singles championship in 1998.

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34. In 2001, Venus Williams successfully defended her Wimbledon and US Open singles titles, while winning titles at Miami, Hamburg, San Diego, and New Haven.

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35. Venus Williams took her second career singles title in an all-teen final at the Lipton Championships when she defeated Anna Kournikova.

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36. Venus Williams managed to stay out of the limelight for most of 1996 but in May 1997 made her debut at the French Open, winning her first match against Naoko Sawamatsu in three sets.

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37. Venus Williams began playing tennis when she was only 4 years old.

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38. At the tender age of 10, Venus Williams was ranked the number one player in the keenly competitive under-12 division of Southern California, a ranking inherited not long thereafter by younger sister Serena.

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39. Venus Williams was born in Lynwood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, on June 17, 1980, the fourth of five daughters born to Richard and Oracene Williams.

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40. Venus Williams defeated Serena, winning her second back-to-back grand slam tournament game.

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41. Venus Williams began entering competitions, went unbeaten in 63 games, and at age ten had won the Southern California title for girls in the under-12 division.

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42. Venus Williams was born in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California, in June of 1980, the fourth of Richard and Oracene Williams's five daughters.

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43. Venus Williams is more than a great tennis player: she is a true tennis celebrity.

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44. Venus Williams is the older sister of fellow former World No 1 tennis player Serena Williams.

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45. Venus Williams is a practicing Jehovah's Witness and often thanks Jehovah God after winning matches.

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46. Venus Williams is dating Cuban model Elio Pis whom she met when he modeled for her EleVen fashion line.

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47. Venus Williams holds the record for the most Olympic medals won by a male or female player shared with Kathleen McKane Godfree and the only player to have won a medal at four separate Olympic Games.

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48. Venus Williams is one of four women to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles in the Open Era.

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49. Venus Williams opened 2017 with a run to the Australian Open final, her first final-round appearance since Wimbledon in 2009, before losing a hard-fought match to Serena.

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50. Venus Williams demonstrated she could still overwhelm opponents by reaching the finals of the Rogers Cup and the Coupe Banque Nationale in 2014.

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51. Venus Williams had looked sharp throughout this fortnight, too, breezing through three rounds before beating current world No 1 Simona Halep in a high-quality, three-set tussle Monday.

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52. Venus Williams appears as the fish, "Neptuna Gilliams", in the novelization of Serena Williams' life, as lived by a blue-finned fish, overcoming "fishism" and gender discrimination in the fictional ocean country of "United Shoals of Americlam" to become the greatest marine player of the game of "Bubble Ball.

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53. Venus Williams's defeated Victoria Azarenka and Lauren Davis before losing in the quarterfinals to Bianca Andreescu in three sets.

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

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55. Venus Williams's was scheduled to finish her season at the Luxembourg Open, but pulled out due to a knee injury.

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56. Venus Williams reached the third round in doubles with her sister Serena, losing to third seeds Klepac and Martinez Sanchez.

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57. Venus Williams's lost to Kontaveit again in the third round.

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58. Venus Williams's knocked out defending champion Johanna Konta in the fourth round before falling to American qualifier Danielle Collins in the quarterfinals.

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59. Venus Williams's defeated Serena for the 12th time in her career—her first straight sets victory against her since the 2008 Wimbledon Championships final.

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60. Venus Williams's played her career 1000th match and earned her 20th Fed Cup singles win.

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61. 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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62. Venus Williams's defeated qualifier Irina-Camelia Begu in three sets and Katerina Siniakova in straight sets before losing to fifth seed and eventual champion Elina Svitolina in the third round.

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63. Venus Williams's advanced to her ninth Wimbledon final by defeating Johanna Konta in straight sets in the semifinals.

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64. Venus Williams's defeated Elise Mertens, Qiang Wang, Naomi Osaka and Ana Konjuh to reach the quarterfinals for the 13th time in her career, where she defeated the 2017 French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets.

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65. Venus Williams's lost for a third consecutive time to eventual champion Johanna Konta in straight sets in her first semifinal in Miami since 2010.

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66. Venus Williams's defeated No 1 Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals, becoming the oldest player to beat a current No 1.

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67. Venus Williams's defeated Lucie Safarova and qualifier Peng Shuai in the third and fourth rounds respectively, avenging her previous losses to both players.

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68. Venus Williams failed to defend her title in Wuhan, falling in the third round to 9th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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69. Venus Williams's lost in the fourth round to 10th seed Karolina Pliskova after failing to convert match point.

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70. Venus Williams's won her first three round matches respectively against Kateryna Kozlova, Julia Gorges and the 26th seed Laura Siegemund.

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71. Venus Williams's defeated Magda Linette in the second round and compatriots Catherine Bellis and Alison Riske in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively to reach her eighth final in Stanford.

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72. Venus Williams's won her first Grand Slam doubles match with sister Serena since the 2014 US Open.

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

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74. 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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75. Venus Williams's defeated Misaki Doi in the final, earning her 49th career title.

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76. Venus Williams began 2016 by playing at the World Tennis Thailand Championship—an exhibition event in Thailand—where she lost to Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber.

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

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79. Venus Williams's defeated 12th seed Belinda Bencic and qualifier Anett Kontaveit in straight sets in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.

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80. Venus Williams's made it to the third round of the Italian Open before losing to Simona Halep.

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81. Venus Williams's ended up losing in three sets to Victoria Azarenka.

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82. 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 Williams in the pair's 25th meeting.

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83. Venus Williams's 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".

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84. 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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85. Venus Williams's was defeated by Zheng Jie in three sets.

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86. Venus Williams's was entered in Doubles with her sister Serena but pulled out just before their 1st Round match.

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87. Venus Williams's reached the semifinals, after playing both her third round and quarterfinals matches on the same day, where she lost to her sister, Serena, in two sets in the sisters' first meeting since the 2009 WTA Tour Championships.

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88. Venus Williams's retired from the 2013 Sony Open Tennis in the third round due to a lower back injury.

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

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90. Venus Williams's defeated her first two opponents, Maria Kirilenko and Chanelle Scheepers, in three tight sets before crushing 8th seed Sara Errani in the third round.

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91. Venus Williams's lost in the second round of the French Open to Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets.

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92. Venus Williams's lost in the quarterfinals in straight sets to the No 2, defending and eventual champion Maria Sharapova.

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93. Venus Williams was granted wildcards to participate in Madrid and Rome.

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94. Venus Williams's played for nearly three hours in her second round match against Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, winning in three tough sets.

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95. Venus Williams's was seeded 23rd at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.

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96. Venus Williams's won three matches to move into the fourth round.

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97. Venus Williams's was the defending champion in doubles with her sister Serena, having won the tournament in the previous two years.

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98. Venus Williams's was defeated by Kim Clijsters in the final in just 58 minutes, ending her 15-match winning streak.

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

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100. Venus Williams's was two points from defeating 16th-seeded Li Na in the quarterfinals before losing in three sets.

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101. Venus Williams's defeated 17th-seeded Francesca Schiavone in the fourth round.

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