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20 Facts About Venus Williams

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Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American professional tennis player who is generally regarded as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis and who, 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.

Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each.

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Ranked World No. 11 in singles as of January 28, 2017, Williams has been ranked World No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association on three occasions, for a total of 11 weeks.

The Women's Tennis Association, founded in 1973 by Billie Jean King, is the principal organizing body of women's professional tennis.

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She first became the World No. 1 on February 25, 2002, the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era.

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On 10 June 2002, Venus and Serena became the first sisters to hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the singles rankings, respectively.

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On 7 June 2010, Venus became co-No.

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1 in doubles with Serena after they won their 4th consecutive grand slam doubles title at Roland Garros.

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By virtue of that doubles ascension, Venus became one of seven women to reach No. 1 in singles and No. 1 in doubles.

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On 21 June 2010, Venus and Serena again occupied the No. 2 and No. 1 spots in the singles rankings, respectively.

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This came almost exactly 8 years after first accomplishing this feat.

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At the time, Venus had just celebrated her 30th birthday and Serena was three months shy of her 29th birthday, both ages at which many of their peers had retired.

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Her seven Grand Slam singles titles ties her twelfth on the all-time list, more than any other active female player except sister Serena.

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She has also won fourteen Grand Slam doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles.

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Her five Wimbledon singles titles ties her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list.

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Williams is one of four women to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles in the Open Era.

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From the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments held.

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The 2000 Wimbledon Championships was a tennis tournament played on the outdoor grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London in England.

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She is one of only six women in the Open Era to win 200 or more main draw Grand Slam singles matches.

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At the 2017 French Open, Williams extended her record as the all-time leader, male or female, in Grand Slams played, with 74.

The French Open, often referred to as Roland Garros, is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.

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Furthermore, Williams' run to the 2017 Australian Open Women's Singles final set the record for longest span between singles slam finals in the open era at 20 years, the beginning of which was marked by her appearance in the singles final at the 1997 US Open.

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Williams has won four Olympic gold medals, one in singles and three in women's doubles, along with a silver medal in mixed doubles.

An Olympic medal is awarded to successful competitors at one of the Olympic Games.

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She and Serena have won more Olympic gold medals than any other tennis player, male or female.

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