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Wikipedia Summary for Venus Williams

Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player. A former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, Williams is generally regarded as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis and, along with younger sister Serena Williams, is credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour.

Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association for a total of 19 weeks (11 in singles and 8 in doubles). She first reached the No. 1 ranking in singles on February 25, 2002, becoming the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era, and the second all time since Althea Gibson. She became the world No. 1 in doubles for the first time on June 7, 2010 alongside Serena, after the pair won their fourth consecutive Grand Slam doubles crown. Williams' seven Grand Slam singles titles are tied for 12th on the all-time list, and 8th on the Open Era list, more than any other active female player except her sister. She has reached 16 Grand Slam finals, most recently at Wimbledon in 2017. Her five Wimbledon singles titles tie her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list, but give her sole possession of No. 4 on the Open Era List, trailing only the nine titles of Martina Navratilova and the seven of Serena Williams and Steffi Graf.

From the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments in that span. At the 2021 Australian Open, Williams extended her record as the all-time leader, male or female, in Grand Slams played, with 88. With her run to the 2017 Wimbledon singles final, she broke the record for longest time between first and most recent grand slam singles finals appearances. Williams was twice the season prize money leader in 2001 and 2017, and currently ranks second behind Serena in career prize money earned with over $41.8 million. She has also won 14 Grand Slam Women's doubles titles, all with Serena Williams; the pair is unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals.[19] Williams also has two Mixed Doubles titles. Her combined total of 23 Grand Slam titles across all disciplines is tied with Steffi Graf for the fourth-most by a women's player in the Open Era behind Martina Navratilova, Serena, and Martina Hingis.

Williams has won four Olympic gold medals, one in singles and three in women's doubles with her sister, along with a silver medal in mixed doubles, tying her with Kathleen McKane Godfree for the most Olympic medals won by a male or female tennis player in history. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams became only the second player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at one Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody at the 1924 Summer Olympics (she was followed by her sister in 2012). After winning silver in mixed doubles with Rajeev Ram at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Williams became the first tennis player to win a medal at four separate Olympic games, as well as the first player in the Open Era to win an Olympic medal in all three events (singles, doubles, mixed). She and Serena are also the only tennis players in history with four Olympic gold medals, as well as the only ones to win Olympic gold in the same event on three separate occasions.

With 49 WTA singles titles, Williams trails only her sister Serena Williams among active players on the WTA Tour with most singles titles. Along with her 22 WTA doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles, Venus' combined total of 73 WTA titles is also second among active players behind Serena. Her 35-match winning streak from the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2000 Generali Ladies Linz tournament final is the longest since January 1, 2000. She is also one of only two active WTA players to have reached the finals of all four Grand Slams, along with sister Serena.

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When you get told that you have a disease, it's like: 'Really? Nah, it's all right. I don't believe that. It must be something else, I'm just making an excuse, let me push harder.'

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I spent my whole life playing sports and training and pushing myself to the limits.

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I love design.

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The most challenging thing is people do see me as a tennis player, but I've had a lot of opportunities because I am a tennis player. And I don't mind that.

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'Oh and Oh' is a tennis term ... It's a nice way of saying you took your opponent to pieces.

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Every Olympics is something special. If you're fortunate enough to play for your country -- there's just so much energy. It's truly amazing.

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There is nothing like training and preparation. You have to train your mind as much as your body.

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You have to believe in yourself when no one else does, that makes you a winner right there.

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You have to prove that you know what you're doing. You have to have longevity. You have to stay around.

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We're all conditioned that we shouldn't like our brothers and sisters, that we should be angry and fight. But that's abnormal. A lot of people think that the way Serena and I are with one another is weird. It's not.

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I think if you have the opportunity to bully your opponent then you have to take that chance.

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I know I'm good at tennis. Other than that, everything else is a wild card. I'm a wild card.

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We've been training and playing full-time since we were 18 and 19. So after tennis, we'll be excited to see what it's like to have more free time.

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Serena and I, we don't have anything to prove ... we still set a very high standard.

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Nerves are normal. You can't be cured from them unless you're a machine.

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If you give me a short shot I will attack you. I'm not a baseliner who rallies. I try to get the point over with.

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The most fun part about working out is being done -- getting through the workout, let's be honest. But that feeling afterward? Yeah, that's worth it.

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There is nothing like playing at Wimbledon; you can feel the footprints of the legends of the game-men and women-that have graced those courts.

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Id like to imagine that in order to beat me a person would have to play almost perfect tennis.

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Chiropractic gives me the flexibility I need to keep in the game.

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It's a great feeling to have accomplished what I have, but I want to do more.

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Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.

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Longer Version:

Tennis is mostly mental. Of course, you must have a lot of physical skill but you can't play tennis well and not be a good thinker. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.


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My motto is: I'm alive, so that means I can do anything.

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I guess it's a little bit sentimental, but at the time I was really very focused in on really my performance. Afterward, it was really just a breath of fresh air, just like, 'Oh, yes, I'm back now. I'm doing good.'

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It is very important not to think about losing.

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The naysayers, they don't mean a thing.

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I remember watching the Olympics at home as a kid. It was one my Dad's dreams to win an Olympic medal.

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Well, when I walk behind short people I feel like I'm going to fall over because I start taking these little steps, and I can't take little steps.

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I love to be busy, and when I'm off the court, I do things I love.

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So what if you fail? At least you'll know what not to do when you try again.

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I try to update as much as possible. You don't want to be in the past.

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To be a well-rounded person and know what's going on in the world around you, to have a perspective outside of your sport, is important for every athlete. I'm blessed that our parents gave us that.

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I will always be the older sister. That's never going to change.

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We're breaking records and we're moving forward. I always expected to win Grand Slams. This was meant to be.

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In my mind, I'm always the best. If I walk out on the court (and) I think the next person is better, I've already lost.

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Just believe in yourself. Even if you don't, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.

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Workout. Lead a balanced life and try to have fun. It's what you make it.

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I don't want to give anyone an edge in my mind. Every time I walk out on the court, I have to feel I'm the best so I can compete well. A lot of times, my chief rival is just me.

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I have to say accounting almost killed me.

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If I cared deeply about what people thought of me, I probably would have never made it out of Compton, California.

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Tennis is a huge part of my life, but I don't base my self-value or my self-worth or the quality of my life on my results on the court.

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I'm the big sister. I want to make sure she has everything, even if I don't have anything. I love her too much.

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Longer Version:

I'm the big sister. I want to make sure she has everything, even if I don't have anything. I love her too much. ".


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I wear a lot of tight dresses, so I'm like, 'I need to do my sit-ups!'

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My dresses are designed to win, so going through it, I think about, what do I want to represent? So, definitely, Vera Wang has been an inspiration for me.

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Right now, I'm at the top of the world in my game so my focus isn't on when I'm going to end. My focus is on playing the best tennis that I can, and there is no end to that.

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I don't come to tournaments to make friends, to go to parties, to hold conversations. I come to be the best, and I'm not mean and cruel and dirty.

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It's what I've trained for, from the first sketch to the fabric. Making dresses that are different from the usual style, and a lot of fun to wear.

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You have to stay on top and learn from mistakes.

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I'm always on the court with my dad.

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The thing is, it's not good anyway for eight-year-olds to be out there playing tennis tournaments so soon in their lives. But when I did get to play in a tournament, when I was nine, I was overjoyed.

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I guess tennis is my main art, but fashion is definitely very close.

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A lot of times when you play... you get this adrenalin that blocks pain.

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Everything is tennis for me, it's my career and it's entertainment, but it's also a business.

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Serena and I have done some great career planning, and we're playing really at the peak of our tennis right now. I think tennis has been a sport where people play this insane schedule from 14 years old, so of course at 26, it's over. We've really paced ourselves.

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I'm not a trend person. I don't want to look to my right and see somebody in the same thing.

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Since I started playing at the Olympics in 2000, I have always wanted to do a dress based on Wonder Woman. It should be interesting to wear. And hopefully, it will get me a gold medal.

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Sjogren's is something you live with your whole life. The good news for me is now I know what's happening after spending years not knowing... I feel like I can get better and move on.

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Grand Slam losses are hard. I treat myself after losses though, I usually go to McDonald's and I have a hamburger and you know, something. Because you know, you just need to be nice to yourself sometimes after the loss.

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As far as everyone else's opinion, I mean, if I would have thought that everyone was right, I probably wouldn't have left Compton, so I don't get too caught up on what the next person thinks.

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If you look at me, I'm very tall but I'm not huge or muscular. I tend to be slim and you know, I actually can lose weight quicker than I can gain it.

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When you're on top, you're on top.

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I'd like to imagine that in order to beat me a person would have to play almost perfect tennis.

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I think nowadays it's so easy as an athlete to become a statistic whether or not you lose everything or having trouble or whatever it may be.

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I contribute my best in my sport and I also have a ton of respect for myself and my family.

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I don't have time to be negative.

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Life is challenging but I'm always up for a challenge.

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If the sun comes up, I have a chance.

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If I didn't play tennis I don't know where I'd be.

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My ambition is to enjoy my life and to do exactly what I want to do. And I'll do that. I will be free.

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I know it's not the most important thing for me to win the most Grand Slams and be remembered in this world. I certainly don't have to win little tournaments here, there and everywhere, I don't have to win at all. Although I do want to.

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I say accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. If you don't accessorize, someone else will.

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I just try to stay positive and focused on the tennis, not let anything get to me, like crazy questions. But I'm tough, let me tell you, tough as nails.

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I knew my destiny was to be in the winner's circle. There were times along the way where I didn't make it there. But I felt my destiny was definitely to win big titles, win lots of titles.

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My goal is always the same: to keep the other player from ever scoring a point. That doesn't always happen, but that's what I try for.

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I'm only seeing tennis balls these days. And maybe the occasional fashion sketch.

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All those lessons that I've learned on the court, I have applied them to my life outside of the court in business, my company, called V Starr interiors, an interior design company, and EleVen, which I wear on court.

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Some people say I have attitude -- maybe I do... but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does -- that makes you a winner right there.

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You have to let fear go. Another lesson is you just have to believe in yourself; you just have to. There's no way around it. No matter how things are stacked against you, you just have to every time.

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I'm this overachiever type, I'll just work and work and I'll just do it over and over and over again.

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My first job is big sister and I take that very seriously.

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I love the food in Thailand because of the exotic spices they use. Their style of cooking is unique to their culture and always amazing.

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After working so hard on the court, I find that snacks help me avoid late-afternoon energy lows.

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My motto has always been that you can't say, 'Oh, it won't happen to me.' You have to say, 'That can happen to me.' So always be aware that things can happen.

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