Athlete of the Month for October 2022
Along with her sister Serena Williams, Venus Williams reigns as one of the world’s most renowned professional tennis players, and for good reason at that.
Venus and Serena were introduced to the sport via her father, who saw a budding talent in the sisters when they were young. Venus’s dedication to the sport saw her go professional in 1994, where she gained attention for her powerful serves and ground strokes. Her raw strength and talent led her to become the first unseeded U.S. Women’s Open finalist in the open era; she lost to Martina Hingis in that competition. However, Venus would turn around to victoriously claim the first-place medals for both the 2000 Wimbledon and U.S. Open events. She would defend those titles the next year.
Venus captured more gold at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, winning first place with sister Serena in the doubles event. By 2007, Venus had reclaimed the Wimbledon throne for the fourth time–a fitting achievement for an athlete that would go on to be ranked no. 1 in the world for both singles and doubles. Truly, Venus’s stardom has been something to behold. Throughout her highly impressive career, Venus has won 49 tournaments, 7 Grand Slam titles, 5 Wimbledon wins, and 2 U.S. Open wins. It isn’t a stretch to say that Venus has revolutionized the world of tennis; for that, we thank her.
Visit the WTA’s site to see more of Venus Williams’ player stats.