Venus Williams

Venus Williams

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Venus Williams is a Professional American Tennis Player. Venus Williams is popular as one of the all-time greats of women’s tennis. She has won Olympics Gold in both singles and doubles, 2 times US Open winner along with 5 Wimbledon Trophies.

Early life and Childhood

Venus Williams is 39 years old. She was born on June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, California. Her birth name is Venus Ebony Starr Williams and her birth sign is Gemini. She is the daughter of parents named Richard Williams and Oracene Price. Her father is an American tennis coach, as well as her mother, is also a tennis coach. She grew up with her sister Serena Williams and the other three sisters in West Palm Beach, Florida. At the age of ten, her family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida from Compton, California.

Moreover, she was trained by a professional local tennis player named Tony Chesta. She had the best training of her life and made her foundations strong and enduring after admitting to the tennis academy of Rick Macci. Later, she got ranked No. 1 among the under-12 players in Southern California. Then she was removed from the tennis academy of Rick Macci and was home trained.

Furthermore, she belongs to the American nationality and ethnicity of African-Americans. However, there is no information regarding her educational background.

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Caption: 10 years old Venus Williams. Source: Instagram

Professional life

Talking about Venus’s professional life, she turned professional on October 31, 1994, at the age of fourteen. She played 15 tour events in 1997, including five Tier I tournaments. However, she ended the year ranked No. 22. She debuted at the Australian Open and defeated with younger sister Serena Williams in the second round, which was the sisters’ first professional meeting. She eventually lost in the quarterfinals to No. 3 Davenport.

Venus became the first unseeded U.S. Open women’s finalist in the Open era. She lost to Martina Hingis. In 2000, Venus won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, paving her way to sign a $40 million contract with Reebok. She then went out and won the titles in 2001.

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Caption: Venus Williams playing tennis. Source: Instagtam

Likewise, she participated in the Olympics and then also won 35 consecutive singles matches and six tournaments in 2000. Then she finished the year ranked No. 3 and with six singles titles. Likewise, she has finished the year 2002 with ranked No. 2 having won seven titles, her best showing in both respects of her career. Similarly, in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Venus bagged the gold medal in the singles competition, and then took a second one with her younger sister, Serena in the doubles event.

The Williams sisters have credited each other with pushing them in tennis, both as teammates and as competitors. Together, the duo has won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles and have squared off more than 20 times, including the finals of eight Grand Slam tournaments.

After 2006

Moreover, she also competed in only a handful of tournaments in 2006 due to a lingering wrist injury, but then she returned to form in 2007, winning the singles title at Wimbledon. After that, she repeated the victory a year later, when she defeated Serena for a fifth career Wimbledon championship. The Williams sisters teamed up to capture the doubles title at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games after a few months later.

Similarly, she reached the finals of the Rogers Cup and the Coupe Banque Nationale in 2014. In early 2015, she demonstrated her 46th career singles title by defeating top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki at the ASB Classic. In the following year at Wimbledon, the 36-year-old Williams has become the oldest women’s Grand Slam semifinalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994, before suffering a loss to Angelique Kerber.

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Caption: Venus Williams’ first Olympic Gold alongside sister Serena. Source: Instagarm

Late Career

Williams made an appearance in the final-round since Wimbledon in 2009, before losing a hard-fought match to Serena. Then she made another surprise surge to the Wimbledon final, where she was defeated by Garbiñe Muguruza, and advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Open. However, she finished the year ranked a lofty No. 5 in the world.

Likewise, she was unable to carry that stellar form into 2018, however, as she was upset in the first round of both the Australian and French Opens. She lost to Serena in the third round of the U.S. Open, the earliest matchup between the sisters at a major tournament since the 1998 Australian Open.

Furthermore, her ranking has dropped though she continuously competes. At the age of 39, she was the oldest player to enter the 2019 Wimbledon field, and she subsequently lost her only match to the youngest, 15-year-old American Cori Gauff.

Injury and Disease

Venus competed in only a handful of tournaments in the year 2006 due to a lingering wrist injury, but she returned to form in 2007, winning the singles title at Wimbledon.

As in 2011, she got diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that left her easily fatigued and sore. Then she switched to a vegan diet and altered her training schedule for more recovery days, a method that proved successful when she and Serena claimed their 13th Grand Slam doubles title at Wimbledon in 2012.

Off the Court

Off the court, Venus has cultivated a varied number of interests. She has pursued art classes and earned a certificate in interior design. Venus has also started a clothing line called EleVen, and a collection of women’s apparel for Wilson’s Leather. Additionally, she has also launched her own interior design company, V*Starr Interiors. She works on residential projects throughout the country through the company.

In the year 2009, the Williams sisters became the first African-American women to buy shares of an NFL team. It happened when they joined the ownership group of the Miami Dolphins. The next year, Venus co-authored the New York Times bestseller Come To Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession. Venus interviewed successful individuals such as Richard Branson and Condoleezza Rice about their early athletic experiences.

The American tennis champion has also been active in a number of social causes. They include working closely with UNESCO on promoting gender equality throughout the world.

Net worth

Williams is an amazing player and has earned a decent sum of money from her career. Her estimated net worth is around $95 million. However, she has not disclosed any information relating to her salary.

Personal life

Venus Williams was in a relationship with Nicky Hammond. They appeared together in January 2018. They dated for almost two years until they split up in December 2019. Nicholas is a financier and heir to the Annenberg family fortune, according to Essentially Sports.

Talking about her past relationship, she was in a relationship with a Cuban Model Elio Pis since 2012. But they separated from each other.

Previously, she has also dated Hank Kuehne, a golfer for 3 years. In 2007, they started dating and announced their engagement in Christmas 2007 but, unfortunately, they broke up in 2010.

Scandals

There were many rumors and scandals regarding Williams’s professional and personal life. Moreover, she was bounced from the China Open by ninth-seeded Belinda Bencic, and Simona Halep fell to unseeded Russian Ekaterina Alexandrovam.

Body measurements and Social Media

Venus Williams has an amazing personality and a stunning body. She has a height of 6 feet 1 inch and weighs around 74 kg. Her body measurement is 35-26-35 inches. Her bra size is 32c. Likewise, she has Black hair and Dark Brown eye.

Williams is socially active on different social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She has accompanied great fan following. Likewise, she has around 1.2m followers on Instagram, more than 1.7 million followers on her Twitter and more than 2.34 million fans follow her on Facebook. Further, she joined Twitter in June 2009, and on Instagram, she has shared 467 posts so far.

Trivia

  • Venus Williams has a total of 44 career titles in her kitty, out of which are seven Grand Slam victories and four Olympic Gold Medals.
  • She is the single woman since Helen Wilis Moody to win a gold medal in both the singles and doubles games.
  • Venus made her first Grand Slam appearance in the year 1997 at the French Open. In the following year, she became the first unseeded player to reach a Grand Slam final, when she set up a title clash in the US open against Martina Hingis.
  • She became the first African-American woman to become World No. 1 since the computer rankings started in 1975. In the same year, she became the first-ever siblings to rank Top 2 at same time with Serena.
  • Similarly, she has played against her sister 24 times, out of which she won 10 times. These sisters played against each other in eight Grand Slam singles final and alongside each other in thirteen Grand Slam women’s doubles.
  • Venus played a pioneering role in equalizing the prize money for men and women in the Wimbledon and French Open. She became the first woman to benefit from the equalisation of prize money interestingly.
  • Additionally, she initiated an interior designing firm called ‘V Starr Interiors’ of which she is the chief executive officer and her own fashion line ‘EleVen’.
  • In additional Tennis, she has even co-authored a book, ‘Come to Win; on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession’.