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Venus Williams

Venus WilliamsAKA Venus Ebone Starr Williams

Born: 17-Jun-1980
Birthplace: Lynwood, CA

Gender: Female
Religion: Jehovah's Witness
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Tennis

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Winner of 17 Grand Slam titles

Venus Williams is a professional tennis player, famous for her dominating game, and easily recognized by her height (6'1") splashy outfits, and cornrowed hair. She was named 2000 Sportswoman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Her sister Serena Williams is also a top-ranked player.

Venus started playing tennis at age 4, and was coached mostly by her father, who taught himself tennis from how-to-play books. The family was poor, and Venus's childhood was spent in the high-crime areas of Compton, California. Her father used to take all five of his daughters to the run-down public tennis courts, but Venus and Serena showed the most aptitude. Venus says she also learned much from watching matches on TV -- copying the footwork, and noticing that the best players found their opponents' weakness, and then kept hitting the ball into their weak zones over and over. Eventually both girls came to dominate the junior circuit, before Venus turned pro at 14.

As a professional, she has won several big tournaments. She has a multiyear, multimillion contract with Reebok, making her "without question, the biggest woman endorser ever". Venus also has a deal with Wilson Leather, to create and market her own line of athletic products. Venus runs an interior design company in her spare time, and said years ago that she didn't intend to play tennis competitively past age 26.

Father: Richard Williams
Mother: Oracene Price ("Brandy")
Sister: Serena Williams (tennis player, b. 26-Sep-1981)
Sister: Yetunde Price (half-sister, d. 14-Sep-2003 murder)
Sister: Lyndrea Price (half-sister)
Sister: Isha Price (half-sister)
Boyfriend: Hank Kuehne (PGA golfer)

    High School: (home schooled)
    University: AA Fashion Design, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (2007)

    Winner, Australian Open (mixed doubles) 1998
    Winner, French Open (mixed doubles) 1998
    Winner, French Open (women's doubles) 1999
    Winner, US Open (women's doubles) 1999
    Winner, US Open (women's singles) 2000
    Winner, Wimbledon (women's singles) 2000
    Winner, Wimbledon (women's doubles) 2000
    Winner, Australian Open (women's doubles) 2001
    Winner, US Open (women's singles) 2001
    Winner, Wimbledon (women's singles) 2001
    Winner, Wimbledon (women's doubles) 2002
    Winner, Australian Open (women's doubles) 2003
    Winner, Wimbledon (women's singles) 2005
    Winner, Wimbledon (women's singles) 2007
    Winner, Wimbledon (women's singles) 2008
    Winner, Wimbledon (women's doubles) 2008
    Winner, Wimbledon (women's doubles) 2009
    Olympic Gold Medal 2000 (singles tennis)
    Olympic Gold Medal 2000 (doubles tennis)
    Olympic Gold Medal 2008 (doubles tennis)
    Endorsement of American Express
    Endorsement of Avon
    Endorsement of Reebok
    Endorsement of Kraft Foods Double Stuf Oreo (2010)

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