Venus Williams

Tennis Player

Venus Ebony Starr Williams, is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 58 as of June 25, 2012 in singles. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002, becoming the second black woman (the first being Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976) to achieve this feat during the Open Era.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Venus Williams.


1980 Birth Born on June 17, 1980.


1994 - 1996 4 More Events
Williams played 15 tour events in 1997, including five Tier I tournaments. … Read More
On March 30, 1998, her ranking broke into the top 10 for the first time, at World No. 10.
Williams started the 1999 tour in Australia, where she lost to World No. 10 Steffi Graf in the quarterfinals of the Medibank International in Sydney and World No. 1 Davenport in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. … Read More


2000 - 2003 5 More Events
2004 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Williams came back to the tour suffering inconsistent results. … Read More
2005 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, Williams started the year by losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Alicia Molik. … Read More
2007 - 2008 2 More Events
As the sixth seed at the 2009 Australian Open, Williams lost in the second round to Carla Suárez Navarro after holding a match point in the third set. … Read More


2010 30 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Williams became one of only two women in 2010 (along with Caroline Wozniacki) to reach at least the fourth round at all four Grand Slam singles tournaments. … Read More
Williams started 2011 by participating at the Hong Kong Tennis Classic. … Read More
2012 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams' next stop was the 2012 Summer Olympics Games which was held at the All England Club at Wimbledon. … Read More
…  She retired from the 2013 Sony Open Tennis in the third round due to a lower back injury. … Read More
Venus started her official tennis season as the world no. 47 at the 2014 ASB Classic in Auckland where she made it to the final and finished runner-up to Ana Ivanovic.
Venus started off her season at the 2015 ASB Classic where she won her 46th career singles title by defeating Caroline Wozniacki in three sets in the final. … Read More
Venus began 2016 by playing at the World Tennis Thailand Championship – an exhibition event in Thailand – where she lost to Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber. … Read More
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