Began playing at age 5 at public courts in Compton, California ... MIXED DOUBLESWinner (2): 1998 - Wimbledon, US Open (both w/Mirnyi).
American tennis player Venus Ebony Starr Williams was born on June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, California.
One of Richard and Oracene Williams' five daughters, Venus, along with her younger sister, Serena, has redefined women's tennis with her strength and superb athleticism.
It was a momentous occasion for the Williams family, Richard in particular, who wasn't afraid to let the tennis world know that his girls were going to change the game. " he shouted out at the press conference following Williams's victory. A few months later, the Williams sisters teamed up to capture the doubles title at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
In 2011, Williams was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that left her easily fatigued and sore.
Li in final); had only four losses, at Australian Open (l. to Stosur); withdrew from Tokyo and Beijing w/medical reasons; did not qualify for WTA Finals.2010 - Another Top 5 season (finishing No.4); won two WTA titles at Australian Open (12th Grand Slam title; d. to Jankovic 46 63 76(5); held mp at 5-4 third set); QF once (Roland Garros - l. Williams - fourth Grand Slam doubles title at Australian Open).2000 - Another Top 10 season (finishing No.6); won three WTA titles at Hannover (d.