Venus Williams is a tennis player from the United States who is regarded as one of the greatest women’s tennis player. She along with her younger sister Serena have both achieved great success in tennis and has been called as ‘The Williams’. Venus Williams has been ranked as World No. 1 on several occasions. She is the first African-American World No. 1 in the open era. Venus has won five Wimbledon titles in her career and has also got 2 US open titles. She has also won a Gold medal as a singles tennis player in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. She has also won all the four Grand Slams in doubles with her sister Serena.
Venus Ebony Starr Williams was born on June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, California. She was born to parents Oracene Price and Richard Williams. She began playing tennis at the age of seven. When she was ten, their family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida and attended the Rick Macci tennis academy. She used to play as juniors and was the No. 1 player in under-12 in Southern California. She had a streak of 63-0 on the USTA junior tour. In December 2007, she received her fashion designing degree from Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. In 2015, she received her B.Sc. from Indiana University East.
Venus Williams dated Hank Kuehne, who is a golfer. She plans to get an MBA degree in the future. She is practicing Jehovah’s Witness and is often seen thanking Jehovah God after winning her matches.
In October 1994, Venus Williams turned into a pro tennis player. She had her first win over a top 10 player in March 1997 when she defeated Iva Majoli, World No. 9. Her Grand Slam debut was at the 1997 French Open. She was ranked as The World No. 22 before the end of the season in 1997. Her professional match with her sister was in the 1998 Australian Open where she defeated Serena. At the IGA Tennis Classic, she defeated Lindsay Davenport who was World No. 2 at that time. She then defeated World No. 1 Martina Hingis at the Lipton International Players Championships.
By doing so she made her place in the top 10 for the first time. Williams won the 2000 Wimbledon by defeating Davenport. The same year she also won the US Open and the Olympic Gold medal. In 2002, she became the World No. 1 player and also reached four consecutive grand slam finals. In 2005, she won her third Wimbledon Championship by defeating Maria Sharapova. In 2008, she won her fifth Wimbledon title by defeating Serena. At the 2012 London Olympics, she won the Gold with her sister in the doubles event. At the 2017 Wimbledon, Williams reached the finals.
With an incredible career, Williams has won numerous awards. She was the WTA Newcomer of the Year in 1997. In 2000, she became the WTA Player of the Year. She has received the ESPY Award thrice and has been named several times in the Celebrity 100 of Forbes. She was also named as the Forbes Most Powerful Black Women in the U.S. She was also named in the Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50 Athletes in 2016.
Venus Williams Net Worth
Venus Williams’s net worth is an estimated $80 million. She owes this fortune to the immense success she had as a tennis player. She has created several records and has broken the records of several other top former players. She stands at 2nd in the all-time career earnings behind her sister Serena. She is the only player to play most number of Grand Slams that is 75. Apart from tennis, she has also ventured into other businesses. Williams is the CEO of ‘V Starr Interiors’. She created her own fashion line with Steve & Barry’s called EleVen. She is also the part owner of Miami Dolphins along with her sister.
Venus Williams is an ardent fashion lover. She is one of the women who fought for equal prize money for both men and women. She is a strong baseliner and is very good at playing in the grass. She is also the faster women server in a grand slam by serving at 129 mph in the 2007 US Open.