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Venus Williams Childhood Biography, Family History & Facts

Venus Williams Childhood Biography, Family History & FactsVenus Williams Biography

Birthday: June 17, 1980
Nationality: American
Famous: Quotes By Venus Williams  Vegans
Also Known As: Venus Ebony Starr Williams
Sun Sign: Gemini
Born In: Lynwood, California
Famous As: American Tennis Player
Height: 1.85 M
Father: Richard Williams
Mother: Oracene Price
Siblings: Isha Price, Lyndrea Price, Serena Williams, Yetunde Price
Religion: Jehovah’s Witness
City, States, Provinces & Districts: California
Net Worth: $75 Million As Of April 2017
Venus Williams rose from a tough childhood in Compton, Los Angeles, to become a champion women’s tennis player and four-time Olympic gold medalist.

Who Is Venus Williams?

Born in 1980, in Lynwood, California, Venus Williams learned to play tennis on the public courts of Los Angeles. After turning professional in 1994, she won seven Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal in singles play. She also teamed up with sister Serena Williams to win several doubles championships, boosting her victory total even after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2011.

Venus Williams Childhood Biography, Family History & Facts

Venus Williams

Tennis Career

In 1997 Williams became the first unseeded U.S. Open women’s finalist in the Open era. She lost to Martina Hingis. In 2000, she won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, paving the way for her to ink a $40 million contract with Reebok. She then went out and defended her titles in 2001.

At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Williams captured the gold medal in the singles competition, and then took a second one with Serena in the doubles event. The sisters have credited the other with pushing them in tennis, both as teammates and as competitors. Together, the pair have won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles and have squared off more than 20 times, including the finals of eight Grand Slam tournaments.

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

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

The sisters went on to defeat Czech Republic tennis stars Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the doubles final at the 2012 London Olympic Games, giving them both a total of four Olympic gold medals. That fall, Williams won her first WTA singles title in more than two years.

Williams demonstrated she could still overwhelm opponents by reaching the finals of the Rogers Cup and the Coupe Banque Nationale in 2014. In early 2015, she claimed her 46th career singles title by defeating top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki at the ASB Classic.

That summer, the veteran star advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon, her strongest showing at the tournament since 2011, before losing to Serena on Centre Court. Williams then powered into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, but again was unable to get past her sister in a tense three-set loss.

Venus Williams

The following year at Wimbledon, the 36-year-old Williams became the oldest women’s Grand Slam semifinalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994, before suffering a loss to Angelique Kerber. She then successfully teamed up with Serena to win the doubles title, their sixth together at Wimbledon.

Rio Olympics 2016

In a shocking upset, Williams and Serena were bounced out of the first round of women’s doubles at the Rio Olympics by Czech duo Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova. The top-seeded sisters had entered the match with a perfect 15-0 Olympic record as a duo.

Having also lost in the first round of singles play, Williams sought to salvage her Olympic experience with a late entry into the mixed-doubles competition. However, her bid for a fifth overall Olympic gold medal fell short when she and partner Rajeev Ram were upset by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock in the final.

Injuries & Setbacks

2003 started on a good note with Williams qualifying for the Australian Open final, her first ever since her career. Though French Open brought dismal results, at Wimbledon, she attained victory against Lindsay Davenport and Kim Clijsters before losing to her sister in the finals. As for women’s doubles, the two went on to bag their sixth Grand Slam title.

The success streak of Venus Williams met with a halt as she struggled with injuries from 2003 until 2006. Though she went on to win couple of matches, each time when she was close to winning the title, the injury played the spoilsport as Williams failed to bag a title.

Year 2005 brought mixed results. While she lost in the third round at French Open and fourth round of Australian Open and US Open each, at Wimbledon, she sealed herself a victory in the finals defeating Davenport. With this victory, she managed her fifth Grand Slam singles title overall and her third Wimbledon title. The triumph also brought Williams back to the top 10 ranking list.

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Off the court, Venus Williams has cultivated a varied number of interests. She’s pursued art classes, and earned a certificate in interior design. She has started a clothing line called EleVen, as well as a collection of women’s apparel for Wilson’s Leather.

In addition, she has launched her own interior design company, V*Starr Interiors, which works on residential projects throughout the country.

Venus Williams Childhood Biography, Family History & Facts

In 2009, Venus and Serena became the first African-American women to buy shares of an NFL team when they joined the ownership group of the Miami Dolphins. The following 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, in which she interviewed such successful individuals as Richard Branson and Condoleezza Rice about their early athletic experiences.

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

Early Life

American tennis player Venus Ebony Starr Williams was born on June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, California. One of Richard and Oracene Williams’ five daughters, Venus, along with her younger sister, Serena, has redefined women’s tennis with her strength and superb athleticism. Since turning pro in 1994, Venus has captured seven Grand Slam titles, including five Wimbledon championships.

Richard Williams, center, with his daughters Venus, left, and Serena 1991
Richard Williams, center, with his daughters Venus, left, and Serena 1991

 

Venus was introduced to tennis by her father Richard Williams on the public courts in Los Angeles, not far from the family’s home in Compton. A former sharecropper from Louisiana, Richard Williams used what he’d gleaned from books and videos to instruct his daughters on the game.

 

Turning Pro

By the age of 10, Williams’ serve topped 100 miles per hour, a weapon she used to go 63-0 on the United States Tennis Association junior tour. On October 31, 1994, she turned pro, something she proved she was more than ready for when, in her first match, she beat No. 50-seeded Shaun Stafford at the Bank of the West Classic in California.It was a momentous occasion for the Williams family, Richard in particular, who wasn’t afraid to let the tennis world know that his girls were going to change the game. “That’s one for the ghetto!” he shouted out at the press conference following Williams’ victory.

Awards & Achievements
In her prolific career, Williams has won seven singles Grand Slam titles, thirteen titles in women’s doubles and two mixed doubles title.

For her outstanding performance, she became the World No 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002. With this, she became the first African American to achieve this feat in the Open Era.

Williams has won four Olympic Gold Medals, one in singles and three in doubles. Along with her sister Serena, she is the only player to have won more Olympic gold medals than any other female tennis players.

Williams won the WTA Newcomer of the Year award in 1997. Same year, she also won the September’s Olympic Committee Female Athlete.

In 2000, Williams won the WTA Player of the Year, along with WTA Doubles Team of the Year Awards. She was bestowed with the Sportswoman of the Year Award and Extraordinary Achievement Award.

  • Williams won the Best Female Athlete ESPY Award and Best Female Tennis ESPY Award.

Trivia

She 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 only woman since Helen Wilis Moody to win a gold medal in both the singles and doubles games.

She made her first Grand Slam appearance in the year 1997 at the French Open. The same 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.

In February 2002, she became the first African-American woman to become World No. 1 since the computer rankings began in 1975. Same year, she became the first ever siblings to rank Top 2 at same time with Serena.

She has played against her sister 24 times, out of which she won 10 times. They played against each other in eight Grand Slam singles final and alongside each other in thirteen Grand Slam women’s doubles.

She played a pioneering role in equalizing the prize money for men and women in the Wimbledon and French Open. Interestingly, she became the first woman to benefit from the equalisation of prize money.

In addition to tennis, this ace sports star initiated an interior designing firm called ‘V Starr Interiors’ of which she is the chief executive officer and her own fashion line ‘EleVen’. Additionally, she has also co-authored a book, ‘Come to Win; on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession’.

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