A compilation of some Venus Williams facts which trace her journey in the realms of professional tennis – right from her debut at the young age of 14 on 31st October, 1994, to her recent accomplishments. Read on…
Venus Williams holds the record for the fastest serve in women’s tennis – a feat she achieved at the 2008 Zürich Open wherein she clocked an amazing speed of 130 mph with her impressive serve. Even though this serve tied Venus with the Dutch tennis player – Brenda Schultz-McCarthy for the fastest serve in overall women’s tennis, the fact that she achieved this feat in a main draw event, while Brenda Schultz-McCarthy did it in the qualifying tournament (the 2006 Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open qualifying tournament), makes Venus the fastest serving women’s tennis player in the world.
Interesting Facts about Venus Williams
One of the greatest women’s tennis players of the world – Venus Ebony Starr Williams was born on 17th June, 1980, at Lynwood, California, U.S. She was the second youngest of the five daughters born to Richard Williams and Oracene Price. The fact that her parents were associated with the game of tennis played a crucial role in Venus making it to the tennis court along with her younger sister Serena Williams.
Both of them dominated the tennis arena right from the word go – with Venus making it to the No. 1 rank on three different occasions and adding an Olympic gold medals as well as seven singles Grand Slam titles to her list of achievements. Given below are more of such facts about Venus which will give you an insight of her on-field achievements.
- Venus Williams made her professional debut at the young age of 14 years in the Bank of the West Classic tournament in Oakland, on 31st October, 1994.
- Williams reached her first quarterfinals in the Bank of the West Classic tournament in Oakland in 1995 by defeating the then World No. 18 Amy Frazier.
- On 14th April, 1997, Venus Williams broke into the top 100. She went on to get into the top 50 by 8th September, 1997, and into the top 10 on 30th March, 1998.
- In 1997, she made her Grand Slam debut (at the French Open) as well, and reached her first Grand Slam final at the US Open.
- She became the first woman to reach the US Open singles finals in her first attempt after Pam Shriver, who achieved this feat in 1978.
- Venus Williams bagged her first singles title at the IGA Tennis Classic in Oklahoma City in 1998, wherein she defeated South African tennis player Joannette Kruger.
- She won her first singles Grand Slam tennis title at the Wimbledon in 2000 by defeating the defending champion Lindsay Davenport.
- In course of time, she won five Wimbledon titles (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008) and two US Open titles (2000 and 2001) to take her overall singles Grand Slam tally to seven.
- Venus Williams has won more than five Wimbledon titles, a feat which has been only achieved by two other athletes of the open era – Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf.
- Williams also won the Olympic Gold medal in women’s singles in 2000, and the WTA Tour Championships in 2008.
- Even though Venus hasn’t won a single Australian Open and French Open singles title, she did manage to win the mixed-doubles title for both these Grand Slams in 1998.
- As of today, the total prize money that Venus Williams has earned stands at US$ 27,681,772 which happens to be the 2nd highest among female athletes of the world.
- Other than the record for the fastest serve, Venus Williams also holds the record for the fastest serve in all the four Grand Slam tournaments – Australian Open (125 mph), French Open (129 mph), US Open (129 mph) and Wimbledon (129 mph).
Other than all these on-field accomplishments, Venus Williams is also quite popular when it comes to fashion. She has her own interior design firm – ‘V Starr Interiors’, based at Florida. In 2007, she teamed with retailer Steve & Barry’s to introduce a new line of clothing – EleVen. In 2010, she launched her first book, which she co-authored with Kelly E. Carter, ‘Come to Win; on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession’.
All these facts stressed on Venus Williams information with reference to her on-field achievements which made her one of the stars in the women’s tennis. An impressive career record of 585-143 (80.5 percent) in singles and 149-23 (86.7 percent) in doubles, 43 singles titles, 19 doubles titles and 2 mixed doubles titles, 3 Olympic Games gold medals, a place in Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World, the ESPY Award for Best Female Tennis Player on three different occasions (2001, 2002 and 2006), Women’s No 1 ranking on three different occasions…… the list of her achievements is quite lengthy.
Add to it her stint as the CEO for her interior design firm ‘V Starr Interiors’ and her brand endorsements, and the list of achievements becomes even more impressive and too lengthy to fit in one write-up; perhaps something like a Venus Williams biography would be a better bet.