Venus Williams

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Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player. A former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, Williams 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.

Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association for a total of 19 weeks (11 in singles and 8 in doubles). She first reached the No. 1 ranking in singles on February 25, 2002, becoming the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era, and the second all-time since Althea Gibson. She became the world No. 1 in doubles for the first time on June 7, 2010, alongside Serena, after the pair won their fourth consecutive Grand Slam doubles crown.

Accomplishments

7 singles Grand Slams, 14 doubles Grand Slams, 2 mixed doubles Grand Slams, and 4 Olympic gold medals. Venus created many firsts as she sprinted across the courts in the early 2000s. She was the first African-American woman to ever be ranked World No. 1. Was the First player ranked outside the top 50 to reach the US Open final (1997), and one of only two women (along with Pam Shriver in 1978) to reach the US Open final on her first attempt. One of only two women (along with sister Serena) to win 4 Olympics gold medals in tennis.

One of only two players (male or female) to win 5 Olympics medals, and to win an Olympic medal in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles (both records shared with Kathleen McKane Godfree). Only player ever to win an Olympic medal in 4 different editions of the Games. Most appearances in Grand Slams singles draws (80). Lowest ranked (31st) and lowest-seeded (23rd) woman to ever win Wimbledon (2007). Held the record for fastest ever serve by a woman (129mph) for 7 years, until Sabine Lisicki broke it in 2014.

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