A former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, Venus Williams has won 7 Grand Slam singles titles, 5 at Wimbledon and two at the US Open.
Venus Williams : Ranking | Illness | Retired | Siblings
Williams is an aggressive player, with an all-court game. Due to her assertive playing style, she typically accumulates large numbers of both winners and unforced errors.
|Born||June 17, 1980
Lynwood, California, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Turned pro||October 31, 1994 (aged 14)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|College||Indiana University East (BSBA)|
She possesses powerful groundstrokes on both sides, and is capable of hitting both her forehand and backhand flat, and with topspin.
She is also adept at hitting her backhand with slice, to slow down rallies and disrupt pace within rallies. Her serve is powerful, allowing her to serve numerous aces in any match.
At the peak of her career, her first serve would average 182 km/h (113 mph), and would frequently peak at 199 km/h (124 mph); her serve has slowed since then, averaging 172 km/h (107 mph), and peaking at 189 km/h (117 mph).
Venus williams Ranking
Williams turned professional on October 31, 1994, at the age of fourteen. In the first round of the tournament, Venus played former NCAA singles champion Shaun Stafford, who earlier that year had reached the fourth round of the French Open. Williams beat her fellow American 6–3, 6–4.
|Career record||815–267 (75.3%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (February 25, 2002)|
In 1995, Williams played three more events as a wild card, falling in the first round of the tournament in Los Angeles and the tournament in Toronto but reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament in Oakland, defeating No. 18 Amy Frazier in the second round for her first win over a top 20 ranked player before losing to Magdalena Maleeva.
|Career record||185–37 (83.3%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (June 7, 2010)|
In her debut at the Australian Open, Williams defeated younger sister Serena Williams in the second round, which was the sisters’ first professional meeting. Williams eventually lost in the quarterfinals to No. 3 Davenport.
This is devastating news for the Williams family, her fans and tennis fans across the world. Tennis is one of the ultimate tests of endurance this world has to offer. It would be seemingly impossible for anybody to perform at a high level with this syndrome slowly eating away at their body during a match.
We can only hope for the sake of the sport and her well-being that a cure is out there to control this limiting disease. We need Venus back on the court as soon as possible, but not at the expense of her well-being. That is what is most important right now.
Sjogren’s Syndrome will surely shorten her career unless it can be controlled. Venus did the right thing by pulling out of the US Open.
Hopefully with the right medical attention and time away from the game, Venus can come back to wow us like she always does.
Fatigue and joint pain is devastating for any person, let alone a tennis player. Still, I would expect Venus to return to the hallowed court sooner than we would ever imagine. We rarely ever see people as determined as the Williams sisters.
Venus williams Retired
Venus Williams dodges retirement questions by insisting she’s ‘just focused on the doubles’ with sister Serena after being knocked out of the US Open women’s singles tournament in the first round.
It wasn’t a great start to the 2022 US Open for Venus Williams, who now has only the women’s doubles tournament to look forward to.
The 42-year old didn’t say whether she would retire after she was eliminated in the first-round of the US Open playing on Arthur Ashe Tuesday afternoon; telling reporters that she’s ‘just focused on the doubles.’
Williams, a former back-to-back US Open champion who made the tournament via a wildcard entry, fell to the world’s 49th ranked player Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium 1-6, 6-7 (5-7).
While legendary tennis superstars Serena Williams and Venus Williams may perhaps be one of the most well-known sister duos of all time, they have three sister and one brother whose lives have gone mostly under the radar.
But who are Serena and Venus’ other siblings, and where are they now? As they tune in to watch Serena’s final shot at a Grand Slam title before she retires, here’s a look at the rest of the Williams clan.
Yetunde was the eldest daughter of Oracene Price, who is also Serena and Venus’ mother. When it comes to her childhood, she was also raised by Richard Williams, Serena and Venus’ father. “Yetunde and I were so close; she changed my diapers,” Serena told People in 2007.
Although Isha Price, 46, has been out of the mainstream limelight, she has had a successful career as a lawyer and producer, via The Sun. She was one of the executive producers for the acclaimed film King Richard.
In 2022, she published a piece in The Hollywood Reporter explaining the significance of the movie. “The complicated relationship among siblings often plays out in real life in such a huge way.