Venus Ebony Starr Williams (age 41) is an American tennis player. She is a former world no. 1 in singles and doubles, along with her younger sister, Serena Williams. 

She weighs 75 kgs and is 6 feet 1 inch tall.

Early life

Venus was born in Lynwood which is located near the South Gate of the Los Angeles Basin, California.

Venus and her four sisters, with her parents, moved to West Palm Beach when the children were young. So she and her sister were able to attend a tennis academy and receive additional coaching from Rick Macci.

The Coach admired the fact of how nicely their father treated his daughters but at times did not agree with him over certain things.

Venus’s father used to stop her from going to national junior tennis tournaments, as his daughters had to endure racism from other white parents.

However, at that point in Southern California, Venus ranked No. 1 among the under-12 players.

In 1995, Venus’s father chose to stop sending his daughters to Macci’s coaching as he wanted to coach them from home.

Professional career

Venus turned professional on October 31, 1994, at the age of fourteen. Within the second round of her first tournament in Oakland, Venus was up a set and service break against world No. 2 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario before losing the match. Vicario won the title by defeating Navratilova.

That was the sole tournament Williams played in 1994.

In 1995, Venus played three more events as a wild card. She fell within the first round of the tournament in Los Angeles and Toronto.

She defeated Amy Frazier (No. 18) within the second round in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Oakland. It was her first convert to a top 20 ranked player but soon lost a match against Magdalena Maleeva.

Early Success

Venus has played five Tier I tournaments and 15 tour events in 1997.

She was able to reach the quarterfinals in three of the Tier I events. These included the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California, the European Indoor Championships in Zürich, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

In Indian Wells, she defeated Iva Majoli (No. 9) within the third round. It was her first convert to a top 10 ranked player.

She then lost within the quarterfinals to No. 8 Lindsay Davenport during a third-set tie-breaker.

Soon, her ranking broke into the highest 100 on Pan American Day, 1997.

She then lost within the first round of Wimbledon to Magdalena Grzybowska. Additionally, she also lost the ultimate to Martina Hingis, during her debut at the US Open.

Afterward, she defeated Irina Spîrlea during a semifinal.

She was the primary woman since Pam Shriver in 1978 to succeed in a US Open singles final on her first attempt and was the primary unseeded US Open women’s singles finalist since 1958.

On September 8, 1997, her ranking broke into the highest 50 for the first time. She finished the year with a rank of No. 22.

Olympic gold medals, Grand slam titles

In 2000, due to tendinitis in both wrists, Venus missed the first five months of the year.

She returned to the tour during the ECU clay-court season. During the Betty Barclay Cup, she lost within the quarterfinals to Amanda Coetzer.

Additionally, within the third round of the Tier I Italian Open in Rome, she lost to Jelena Dokić. She was seeded fourth in the French Open and had won only two of her four matches.

She won her first four matches in Paris without losing a set. But she lost the quarterfinals to eighth-seeded and former champion Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in three sets.

Venus then won 35 singles matches and 6 tournaments, consecutively.

At Wimbledon, she won her first slam singles title after defeating No. 1 Martina Hingis within the quarterfinals, sister Serena, and defending champion Lindsay Davenport within the final.

She also won the women’s doubles title while teaming up with her younger sister Serena Williams.

At the US Open, Venus defeated Hingis, No. 1, and Davenport No. 2 within the final. 

In Sydney, during the 2000 Summer Olympics, she won the trophy by defeating Sánchez Vicario, Seles, and Elena Dementieva.

She also won the trophy in women’s doubles together with her younger sister Serena.

Due to anemia, Venus didn’t play a single tournament for the remainder of the year. She finished the year ranked No. 3.

Playing Style

Venus’s natural game has always been aggressive, with an all-court game.

Due to her bold playing style, she collected a great amount of both wins and unforced errors.

She has impactful groundstrokes on both sides, she can also effectively hit with both her topspin and forehand. She is also capable of hitting her backhand with a slice.

Venus’ serve is really powerful. Her first serve would average 182km/h at the pinnacle of her career. It has reached a peak of 189 km/h.

Venus, additionally, also holds the record for the fastest serve, recorded at the 2007 US Open, at 208 km/h.

A six feet and one-inch height keeps her at an advantage with a long arm span that allows her to reach the ball whilst positioned at the net.


From Wimbledon 2007 to 2012, Venus dated Hank Kuehne, a professional golfer. Afterward, she started dating Elio Pis, an underwear model.

She then dated Nicholas Hammond for two years after which Venus has stayed single.


Venus faced a difficult moment during the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 1999. The match was with her fierce rival Lindsay Davenport.

At that time, Venus used to wear beads in her hair. The umpire stopped the match after a strand of beads flew to the court.

Venus said that the umpire was being too rigid about it.

However, it happened again and the umpire penalized her for that. She took the issue to the referee, though he agreed with the umpire.

NameVenus Ebony Starr Williams
Date of BirthJune 17, 1980
Height6 feet 1 inch
Weight75 kgs
Turned proOctober 31, 1994
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachRichard Williams
Oracene Price
David Witt (2007–2018)
Eric Hechtman (2019–present)
CollegeIndiana University East (BSBA)
ResidencePalm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.

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