Big sister, ELEVEN, Wimbledon legend: Everything you always wanted to know about Venus Williams (but never had time to find out) – updated with 2024 Indian Wells wildcard
Venus Williams is a seven-time major singles champion and four-time Olympic gold medallist. She’s also Serena’s big sister. Get to know the older Williams sister better
Who is Venus Williams?
Venus Williams is a professional tennis player who competes on the WTA Tour. She is a former world No 1 in singles and doubles and a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion.
Where is Venus Williams playing next?
Williams’ last appearance on the tour was at the 2023 US Open, where she lost in the first round to Belgium’s Greet Minnen.
In a recent interview, the 43-year-old said that the fall she suffered during first-round loss to Elina Svitolina at Wimbledon in July not only disrupted her plans for the rest of 2023, but also the start of 2024.
“I tried my best to recover for the US Open. I did not reach my form so now I am just resting until I get back,” Williams said. “I am targeting March, that’s when the tournaments go back to the States, so my goal is to be up and running when tournaments come back to the U.S.”, Williams said indicating that she would play next at Indian Wells and/ or Miami.
Williams then announced that she would to return to the tour in March 2024, aiming to play in the Sunshine Double hard-court events in early spring.
A few weeks after that announcement, Williams was awarded a wildcard to Indian Wells, confirming her participation in the tournament.
Is Venus Williams still playing on Tour?
Yes, at 43, Williams continues to play on the WTA Tour. Though her ranking has dropped and she plays less frequently nowadays, she won her first-round match at the WTA event in Rotterdam and was given a wild card into Wimbledon in 2023.
She then received a wild card into the 2023 US Open, where she lost in the first round to lucky loser Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-1.
“It was really great to hear the support,” she said afterwards. “I know the fans have been here for me forever, so that’s fantastic to still have that support even more than ever.”
Where was Venus Williams born?
Venus Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan, but grew up in Compton, California. She now resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
What did Venus Williams do for equality in tennis?
Williams took the torch from Billie Jean King and lobbied for equal prize money for women at Wimbledon, which was the last Grand Slam that had yet to grant the women equal prize money. Williams spoke at a meeting for the Grand Slam committee at Wimbledon before the 2005 final, and in 2006 Williams penned an opinion piece on the London Times in 2006 that was crucial in bringing attention to the issue.
“I feel so strongly that Wimbledon’s stance devalues the principle of meritocracy and diminishes the years of hard work that women on the tour have put into becoming professional tennis players,” she said in the piece.
In 2007 the club finally gave in and granted equal prize money to men and women at Wimbledon.
Who was Venus Williams’ first coach?
Venus, along with her sister Serena, were coached by their father, Richard Williams, and their mother, Oracene Price.
What did Venus Williams do as a 37-year-old?
In 2017 Williams marched into the Wimbledon final to become the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994. The American, a five-time champion at the All England Club, lost to Garbine Muguruza in the final in straight sets.
How many titles has Venus Williams won?
Venus Williams has claimed 49 singles titles on the WTA Tour, including seven Grand Slam singles titles. She also 22 doubles titles, including 14 major doubles titles.
What was Venus Williams’ biggest win?
Venus Williams broke through to claim the Wimbledon title in 2000. It was her first major singles title and it kicked off a decade of domination for the Williams sisters at the All England Club. During the decade either Venus or Serena would win the title in eight of 10 years. There were four Wimbledon finals featuring both Williams sisters in that 10-year span at Wimbledon.
What is Venus and Serena’s rivalry like?
Venus and Serena have an intense rivalry that has captured the imagination of the American public, the tennis world and the world at large. They have squared off 31 times in WTA matches, most recently at the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky in 2020.
They have also met 16 times at Grand Slams and nine times in Grand Slam finals.
Serena leads the head-to-head 19-12, and has won seven of nine of the pair’s Grand Slam finals.
What does Venus Williams do outside of tennis?
The American has an entrepreneurial side. She founded EleVen, a women’s apparel company. Williams is the founder and CEO.
“I started EleVen with the dream of creating a community to help empower women to feel and do their best in clothing that they can feel confident in on and off the court.”
What is Venus Williams’ career-high ranking?
Venus Williams reached the WTA’s top ranking on February 25, 2002. She has held the top ranking for a total of 11 weeks. You can find her current ranking and rankings history on her profile page.
What did Venus Williams do during the coronavirus pandemic?
The American took to social media and hosted a number of workout sessions on Instagram Live. She worked out with NFL star Rob Gronkowski and, of course, her sister Venus.
How much prize money has Venus Williams won?
As of October 2023, Venus Williams has won more than $42.5 million on the WTA Tour. You can find her up to date earnings on her page on the WTA Tour’s official website.