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The Career Summary of the Great Venus Williams

Venus Williams is bound to be in the Tennis Hall of Fame for her amazing tennis career. She's gone from playing on the courts of Compton to being a 22-time Grand Slam Champion. In Singles, Venus has won 6 Tier Is, 17 Tier IIs, 5 Tier IIIs, a Tier IV, 2 Premier 5's, 3 International events in singles, one of 2 women to have won the Grand Slam Cup as well as winning an Olympic Gold Medal and the Year-End Championships. She has graced the world with tournament wins on 4 continents: 25 times in North America (21 Singles), 28 times in Europe (16 Singles), 6 times in Asia (5 Singles) and 8 times in Australia (2 Singles), for a grand total of 67 tournaments won plus a Fed Cup title in which she won in her home country of the United States of America. Venus has achieved 15 of the 20 great accomplishments that a tennis player can achieve in their careers.

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Venus Rosewater Dish - Venus has hoisted this luxurious trophy 5 times in the span of her great career. The first of her 5 reigns was in 2000 where she would claim her first ever Grand Slam singles title. In the QFs would be Martina Hingis, who up until this point she hadn't beaten in a Slam. Venus fought past her with a 6-3 4-6 6-4 win, closing it out with an Ace out wide on the AD side. That win would set up a Sister SF clash. Venus would be able to overcome Serena for a 6-2 7-6(3) win to get her into her 2nd Slam Final to play Davenport. Lindsay Davenport was the Defending Champion and Venus was the one looking to pick up her first slam. Venus would finally get her moment when Lindsay netted a volley for Venus to win her inaugural slam title with a score of 6-3 7-6(3). The next year, Venus would defend her title. In the SFs, she would set up a rematch with Davenport of last year's final. Venus would once again get the better of Lindsay with a 6-2 6-7(1) 6-1 victory. In the Final, she stopped Justine's dream run with a 6-1 3-6 6-0 win to claim her 3rd slam and 2nd Wimbledon. It would be a 4 years before Venus would lift the Wimbledon title again, but it was worth the wait. Venus would bagel Pierce and then save multiple set points in the second set tiebreak to make the SFs with her 6-0 7-6(10) win. In the SFs, she played Defending Champion Maria Sharapova and would show her who the real Queen is, taking her down 7-6(2) 6-1. In the Final, Venus found herself down most of the match, she even saved championship point, but at the end of the day it was Venus who jumped for joy as the winner with her 4-6 7-6(4) 9-7 marathon win. That match would be the longest Wimbledon Final in history. Venus would take the title for a 4th time in 2007 with 1st round and 3rd round scares, but from then on she cruised as she beat Sharapova, Kuznetsova, and Ivanovic on her way to the Final all in straight sets, not being taken any further than 6-4 in any of the sets. In the Final, Venus outclassed Bartoli 6-4 6-1 for her 4th title. Venus would defend her Wimbledon title in 2008 beating Dementieva in the SFs 6-1 7-6(3) to set up the 3rd Williams Sisters Wimbledon Final clash. In the Final, Serena started off great, but Venus persevered and stood tough to win her 5th title 7-5 6-4. This would mark the first time Venus won Wimbledon without losing a set.
United States Open Tennis Championship - Venus would claim the title on the "biggest and grandest stage in tennis" in her home slam twice; in 2000 and 2001. This was the stage where Venus bursted onto scene and made a name for herself in 1997. She made the Final where she lost to Martina Hingis, but she showed that she would one day lift this trophy. That time would come in 2000. Venus would exact revenge on Hingis in a thrilling SF. She would come back from a 3-5 deficit in the third and 2 points away from losing to pick up the victory 4-6 6-3 7-5. After a rainy day, Venus claimed her 2nd singles Slam on the night of September 9th when she took down a red-hot Lindsay Davenport 6-4 7-5. Venus would defend her title the next year with beat downs of Kim Clijsters 6-3 6-1 and Jennifer Capriati 6-4 6-2 to set up the first of many Williams Sisters Grand Slam Finals. Venus and Serena would play in the first scheduled prime time US Open Final, where Venus came out on top 6-2 6-4. This would be the first time that Venus won the US Open without losing a set.
Olympic Gold Medal - Venus would be the golden girl in 2000 as she went into the Olympics with a 26 match winning streak. Venus cruised in her first 3 rounds, but found herself in trouble with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Monica Seles, but in both occasions she fought and powered her way through to get herself into the Gold Medal match. Venus would defeat Elena Dementieva 6-2 6-4 in the final when Elena sent a backhand wide and Venus ran to the net basking in gold glory. She would walk onto the Olympic podium, have the Gold Medal she won put around her neck with her national anthem to be played in the stadium in Sydney afterwards as she not only won the Gold Medal for herself, but for her nation.
Billie Jean King Trophy - Venus would win her first Tour Championships in 2008 in her 3rd attempt and would celebrate her winning of the Billie Jean King Trophy with the honor of the great Billie Jean King herself. Venus officially qualified on October 24 along with Zvonareva, with Venus rounding out the field. Venus would go into Doha on a high as she took just her second title of the season in Zurich. Venus was in the Maroon Group along with Serena, Dementieva and Safina. In the round robin stage of the event, Venus would defeat Safina in straight sets, Dementieva in 3 sets, and Serena in 3 sets, with 6-1 6-0 in the final 2 sets. Venus would top the Maroon Group, meaning she qualifies for the SFs and sets up a SF clash with the 2nd best player from the White Group. This would pit Venus against the Year-End #1, Jelena Jankovic. Venus would find her way into the final for the first time at the Tour Championships after beating Jankovic 6-2 2-6 6-3. In the Final, Venus started slow going down a quick deficit, but would fight back to save set points and lead in the tiebreak before losing it to Zvonareva 7-5. But in the final 2 sets, Venus found her game and just cruised to the title with yet another bagel and a 6-2 set in the third to claim her first Year-End Championships.
Lipton Championships/Ericsson Open/Sony Miami Open Trophy - Miami is considered by some people to be the 5th slam and Venus has won here 3 times. The first being in 1998 where Venus would win it for her second singles title. On her way to the title, Venus beat World #1 and Defending Champion Martina Hingis for the second time in her career in the SFs and came back from a set and a break down to beat Anna Kournikova in the Final, 2-6 6-4 6-1. In 1999, Venus would defend her title with wins over a formidable field. Venus would beat Jana Novotna in a tough 3 setter in the QFs, 5-7 6-2 6-3, and then would take down Steffi Graf in a dominant fashion in the SFs with a straight set win, 6-2 6-4. In the final, Venus would run into Serena for the first time that they would play in a Final and Venus would be the victor with a 3 set win, 6-1 4-6 6-4. Venus would win it for a third time in 2001 and hoist the Ericsson Open Trophy. She beat Defending Champion Martina Hingis in straight sets in the SFs and followed it up with beating Jennifer Capriati in the Final. Venus would save 8 championship points in the final set against Capriati before winning in the third set tiebreak, 4-6 6-1 7-6(4).
World #1 Singles Ranking - Venus was long overdue of getting to the #1 rank considering she was one of the best players on tour between 2000 and 2001. She was close, but yet so far from achieving it several times. The #1 ranking supports good play throughout the 52-week period, not just good play for a few weeks in a span of a year. With results that consisted of 9 tournament wins; Miami, Hamburg, Wimbledon, San Diego, New Haven, US Open, Gold Coast, Paris, and Antwerp, 1 SF; Indian Wells, 2 QFs; Australian Open and Stanford, R3 exit at Berlin and R1 exit at Roland Garros, it would finally be enough for Venus to become #1 in the world. Venus headed into Dubai being ensured that she'll secure the #1 rank no matter what her result was. Due to Venus winning Antwerp, she put herself behind Jennifer Capriati by only 137 points, but Capriati had 141 points coming off her ranking. Venus would lead Capriati by 4 points, but Venus would accumulate 102 points for her SF showing in Dubai. This means that Venus would would finally rise to the top of women's tennis on the week of February 25, 2002 with a 106 point lead over #2 Capriati. When becoming the new #1, Venus said that, "Right now, it’s just been great getting there, but it’s another thing staying there. So I just have to be dedicated and more than anything, keep enjoying the game", and "At this point, I am the best player in the world, so that’s exciting and it’s going to be mine at least a week." Little did Venus know, she would hold the #1 rank on 3 occasions in 2002 for a grand total of 11 weeks, becoming just the 11th woman to have become #1 in the computerized rankings on the WTA tour. Venus held the #1 ranking from February 25th to March 17th. Capriati was only 23 points behind Venus after Jennifer made the finals of Scottsdale the week before Indian Wells. Venus' 174 points for her 2001 Indian Wells SF then came off helping Capriati reclaim #1 by 151 points. Venus would get it right back on the week of April 22nd after Venus won Amelia Island the week before Charleston for 284 points and Capriati had to defend Charleston, but lost in the SFs which had her lose 250 points, so Venus took back the #1 by 116 points. Venus would hold the #1 ranking for 4 more weeks before Carpiati would take it back on the week of May 20th. Capriati had a strong results gaining a total of 64 points during the clay season from Berlin and Rome, while Venus lost in the finals of Hamburg when she was the Defending Champion and didn't defend her R3 from Berlin, losing a total of 78 points. Capriati overtook Venus by 26 points on May 20th. Venus would have to wait until after Roland Garros to recapture the #1 ranking. On the week of June 10th, Venus took back the #1 after gaining 614 points for making the finals of Roland Garros, while Capriati lost 486 after losing in the SFs when she was the Defending Champion. A new threat to her #1 ranking would arise in the form of her little sister, Serena, who after winning Roland Garros was only 279 points behind Venus. Venus would hold the #1 ranking for 4 weeks and the last 2 weeks during Wimbledon, where after Serena won it she took the #1 ranking with her. Venus held the top spot in the world for a grand total of 11 weeks.

Australian Women's Doubles Championship - Venus and Serena would win Down Under 4 times in their careers in women's doubles. The first was in 2001, beating Anna Kournikova and Barbara Schett in the QFs in 3 sets. In the SFs, Venus and Serena found themselves playing the 2 women who beat them 2 weeks ago in Sydney, Monica Seles and Martina Hingis. Venus and Serena would beat them 7-5 6-2 this time though to find their way to their first Aussie Open Final. In the Final, Venus and Serena would beat Davenport and Morariu 6-2 4-6 6-4 to deny Lindsay her Career Grand Slam, and instead give Venus and Serena a Career Golden Grand Slam. In 2003, Venus and Serena found their way to lifting the trophy at the end of the event, but it wasn't easy as they took down tough teams in Kuznetsova/Navratilova, Clijsters/Sugiyama, Davenport/Raymond, and then Ruano Pascual/Suarez in the Final. In the process, Venus and Serena once again denied Lindsay the chance at a Career Grand Slam. Venus and Serena went into the Final without losing a set. That changed in the Final when they lost the first, but they came back to win it 4-6 6-4 6-3. In 2009, Venus and Serena would win it for a third time. Venus and Serena once again had a tough draw that they found their way through beating Kuznetsova/Petrova in the first round and Stosur/Stubbs in the 3rd round. Hsieh/Peng in the QFs would take a set off the Williams Sisters, but in the end the Williams Sisters came out victorious. In the Final, Venus and Serena dominated Sugiyama and Hantuchova in a 6-3 6-3 win to claim the trophy once more, but in the process denying Sugiyama the Career Grand Slam. To start off the 2010 season, they added another Australian Open doubles title to their collection. They eased their way to the Quarters as the 2nd seeds, beating Ferguson/Moore, Olaru/Savchuk and Hlavackova/Hradecka. In the QFs, it got tight for the Williams Sisters as they were severely tested by Mattek-Sands and Yan. This team gave them all kinds of trouble, but the Williams Sisters were able to prevail 6-4 4-6 6-4. In the SFs, they took the first set off Stubbs and Raymond 6-3. Then they led 5-3 before Stubbs/Raymond came back to take it to a tiebreak. They even had a set point, but the Williams Sisters were too much to handle and they took the match 6-3 7-6(6). In the Final, they trailed a break to World #1 Black and Huber at 1-3, but after that they cruised to the first set 6-4. In the second set, the Williams Sisters took control and never let go as they won it 6-3 after a volley winner from Serena, to the surprise of Venus who thought they were at 5-2 still. So Venus left Melbourne Park with her 4th Australian Open Doubles Title, 5th Aussie Open title overall and 20th Grand Slam Title.
Coupe Simone Mathieu - Venus and Serena would lift this trophy after a great effort in 1999 winning their first women's doubles slam. Venus and Serena cruised to the final without losing a set, taking down the likes of Davenport and Pierce in the SFs. They would run into trouble with Australian Open Champs Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova though in the the Final. Venus and Serena would find themselves up quick in this match before letting it slowly slip away as they would lose the second set in a tiebreak and need to go to a third. In the third, Venus and Serena would go down Championship point, but saved it and would then go on to win the title after Venus hit a forehand return that Anna would volley into the net for a 6-3 6-7(2) 8-6 win. After coming up one slam short of the Grand Slam in 2009, losing in R3 of Roland Garros, Venus and Serena came into the 2010 Roland Garros determined, even playing a doubles warm-up event (only the 2nd time ever they played a clay event outside of Roland Garros) in Madrid and winning it. Venus and Serena would cruise their way into the QFs where they beat Kirilenko/Radwanska 6-2 6-3. The SFs would be a battle for the Doubles World #1 rank between Venus and Serena against Liezel Huber. Huber teamed up with Anabel Medina Garrigues, 2008 and 2009 Roland Garros Doubles Champion, to take the first set away from Team Williams 6-2. But Venus and Serena stormed back to take the second right back 6-2. They would trail a break in the third, 1-3, before fighting hard to win it 6-4 to make their 12th Grand Slam Doubles Final. In the final, they would take on Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik. Venus and Serena would blow past them 6-2 6-3 to remain unbeaten in Slam Finals and would see the Williams Sisters hold all 4 Doubles Slams at the same time, the "Williams Slam".
The Duchess of Kent Challenge Cup - Venus and Serena would rise to the Challenge and win the Wimbledon Doubles title 4 times. The first was in 2000 in which they took down the likes of De Swardt/Navratilova in the QFs, who would be the only team to take a set off them and then Kournikova/Zvereva in the SFs. In the Final, Venus and Serena over-powered Halard-Decugis/Sugiyama to win 6-3 6-2. Venus and Serena would go on to win again in 2002 after a tough win in the SFs over Anna Kournikova and Chanda Rubin. Kournikova and Rubin were the only ones to take a set off the Williams Sisters, but the Williams Sisters picked up the win 6-7(3) 6-0 6-3. In the Final, Venus and Serena would deny Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez a Wimbledon title, which would be the only slam they never won, when they beat them 6-2 7-5. It would be 6 years before the Williams Sisters would win another Wimbledon doubles title, but when they won it, they won it in a dominant nature. They would not lose a set in winning the title for a 3rd time. They beat the Roland Garros champs Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual in the 3rd round and in the Final they beat Samantha Stosur and Lisa Raymond. Venus ended the match with a backhand lob winner for the 6-2 6-2 victory. They would defend their title in 2009, once again winning the title without losing a set. They beat 2006 Champs Zi Yan and Jie Zheng 6-0 6-0 in the 3rd round. The Williams Sisters would beat the World #1 team, who were also the 2005 and 2007 Champs, Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6-1 6-2 in the SFs in a completely one-sided domination. In the Final, Venus and Serena would beat Samantha Stosur once more, but this time she was partnered with Rennae Stubbs. They gave the Williams Sisters their best efforts and gave them their toughest match, but the Williams Sisters were too strong and won 7-6(4) 6-4 to pick up their 9th doubles slam. 2012 would see the Williams Sisters enter the Doubles competition unseeded and unranked, but they proved that that means nothing in regards to their doubles capabilities. Venus and Serena eased past Dolonts/Savchuk to set up a second clash with 4th seeds Kirilenko/Petrova. The match started on Saturday and finished on Wednesday as it went 9-7 in the third where the Williams Sisters were 2 points away from losing on 3 occasions. They kept it together to get the 3-6 6-3 9-7 win over the Roland Garros Finalists. In the third round later that day, Venus and Serena took out 13th seeds Mattek-Sands/Mirza 6-4 6-3 with Venus' level of player being much better than in the previous match. In the QFs, Venus and Serena breezed past 10th seeds Kops-Jones/Spears 6-1 6-1. The SFs saw the Williams Sisters take on the #1 team of Huber/Raymond. The Williams Sisters started slow while Huber/Raymond came out strong and took the first set 6-2. Serena, and most significantly, Venus picked up their play to power through them 2-6 6-1 6-2. The final was set between the Williams Sisters and 6th seeds Hlavackova/Hradecka, in what was to be a big hitting, powerful match. The first set only saw one break and it was Hlavackova's serve at 5-5. Serena then held to close the set out as Hradecka hit the forehand sided backhand return long. The second set would be another serving dominant set with once again only one break of serve, this time Hradecka at 2-2. Venus and Serena held onto that break until 5-4 where Venus closed the match with an ace out wide to Hradecka for the 7-5 6-4 win. Venus and Serena lifted this trophy for a 5th time now and won their 13th Doubles Slam.
United States Open Women's Doubles Championship - Venus and Serena would hoist their home slam Doubles title twice in their career. 1999 would be the first time where they won their second Doubles Slam in their careers and for the year. They would beat Mary Joe Fernandez/Monica Seles in the QFs and Mary Pierce/Barbara Schett in the SFs, both in straight sets. In the Final, Venus and Serena would claim their first US Open when they beat Chanda Rubin/Sandrine Testud 4-6 6-1 6-4. Venus and Serena would win the US Open title for a 2nd time 10 years later in 2009. Venus and Serena cruised through the early rounds. In the QFs they beat Yan and Zheng again this season, but this time in a much more highly contested match as they won 7-5 6-4. In the SFs, Venus and Serena would lose their first set of the tournament to Alisa Kleybanova and Ekaterina Makarova who played amazing tennis in a losing effort to the Williams Sisters 7-6(4) 3-6 6-2. In the Final, Venus and Serena would for the second straight slam beat the World #1 team, Black and Huber, who were also the Defending Champions here, in a dominant match with a 6-2 6-2 win.
Olympic Gold Medal - Venus and Serena would walk onto the Olympic podium twice together to have Olympic Gold Medals hang around their necks. Venus and Serena would claim Gold in Sydney when they cruised through the field. The only road bump for them was going 3 sets with Likhovtseva and Myskina, but after that they eased on to the podium with straight set wins over the top seeds Halard-Decugis/Mauresmo in the QFs, Callens/Van Roost in the SFs and a 6-1 6-1 beatdown to the Dutch team Boogert/Oremans in the Gold Medal Match. With the winning of the Gold Medal, Venus would do the double, winning both the singles and doubles gold. Venus and Serena would reclaim gold glory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They would narrowly escape the first round though with a tough 3 set win over the Czechs Benesova/Vaidisova, and then another tough win in the SFs over the determined Aussie Open Champs, Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko. Venus and Serena would cruise their way to the gold with a dominant performance against Medina Garrigues and Ruano Pascual with a 6-2 6-0 win in the Gold Medal Match. With the win, Venus would win the most gold medals of anyone in the Open Era in tennis, the most in history for women and tied for most including men. 2012 would see the Williams Sisters go for the record 3rd Doubles Gold Medal. Coming in with the Wimbledon title, they were favorites, but were unseeded. They eased past Cirstea/Halep 6-3 6-2 to set up a second round clash with Kerber/Lisicki. The Sisters struggled in that second set, but came through 6-2 7-5. The Williams Sisters then had to play the undisputed team of the year thus far, Errani/Vinci. Venus and Serena simply overpowered them in every single way and got the 6-1 6-1 victory. In the Semis, Venus and Serena would take on Kirilenko/Petrova, who they beat 9-7 in the third at Wimbledon. They did not mess around this time though as they did what it takes to get the two necessary breaks at 6-5 in the first and 5-4 in the second to close out the Russians. The Gold Medal Match would be a rematch of the Wimbledon Final just 3 weeks earlier. Venus and Serena broke Hradecka's serve in the first game of the match and held onto it to win 6-4 in the first set. Venus and Serena once again just need one break in the second, this time to go up 3-2 and clung to it until Venus hit a poached backhand volley cross court winner to win them their 3rd Olympic Gold Medal in Doubles. Serena had won the Singles gold the day prior, so they are tied for the most Gold Medals in Tennis History.
Martina Navratilova Doubles Trophy -
World #1 Doubles Ranking - Venus and Serena would finally be able to climb to the #1 rank of doubles on the week of June 7, 2010 to become the 6th and 7th players to be ranked #1 in both Singles and Doubles. Achieving the #1 ranking in doubles was always going to be a tough task for the Williams Sisters because of their very limited play. Most doubles players play week in and week out, but the Williams Sisters play just the Grand Slams and the occasional tour event. The #1 ranking benefits consistency throughout the 52-week period, not just good play for a few weeks in the year. The Williams Sisters began taking doubles serious again in 2008 when they teamed together to play Bangalore, Wimbledon and the Olympics in Beijing, and Venus also played Doha with Caroline Wozniacki. In the 2009 season, they played all of the Grand Slams along with Stanford. They won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, Stanford and US Open. They qualified for the YEC in Doha and had a shot of finally reaching #1, but ultimately they lost in the SFs to Nuria Llagostera Vives/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, ending their chances of getting #1 in 2009. In 2010, the Williams Sisters defended their Australian Open title and were gunning for the Roland Garros title and #1 rank. They learned from their mistakes of last year, which was not playing a single event in between the Australian Open and Roland Garros, by entering Madrid and winning it. This gave them the much needed doubles practice heading into Roland Garros. In Roland Garros they cruised through the field to make it to the SFs. Wednesday, June 2nd would be a big day as it was the Roland Garros SFs and would determine who would be the #1 ranked Doubles player; either Liezel Huber or the Williams Sisters. Their day would finally come to be #1 as they won it in 3 sets and then 2 days later take the title. Venus and Serena would leave the 2010 Roland Garros with the Doubles title and the #1 rank. About getting to #1 in doubles, Venus commented, “It’s an achievement that I never thought would happen. To clinch No. 1 in singles and doubles is an honor and to be able to achieve it in doubles with my sister is just wonderful." Venus and Serena were the 23rd and 24th women to rise to the #1 rank. In their 4th week as #1, they would lose 1500 points after losing in the QFs of Wimbledon where they were Defending Champions. They then held the #1 ranking for 4 more weeks until their 470 points for winning Stanford came off after they didn't enter the event and Liezel Huber won Stanford with Davenport, which took Huber back to the #1 ranking. Venus and Serena would hold the #1 ranking in doubles for a total of 8 weeks.

Australian Mixed Doubles Championship - Venus went into this event in 1998 playing with Justin Gimelstob as a Wild Card team and they left with the winner's trophy. This would be the first time they would play together and they took down some good doubles players; Katrina Adams/Ellis Ferreira, Kournikova/Mark Knowles, Lisa Raymond/Patrick Galbraith and Elena Likhovtseva/Max Mirnyi in route to the final. The only set they would lose was the second set against Raymond/Galbraith in the QFs, but they recovered in the third and won 7-6(2) 3-6 6-2. In the Final, Venus and Justin continued their dominance, beating Cyril Suk/Helena Sukova 6-2 6-1, denying Sukova a Career Grand Slam in Mixed Doubles. After losing the one set all tournament, Venus and Justin lost only 8 games in 5 sets.
Coupe Marcel Bernard - Venus and Justin would go to play in Paris together following their success in Australia and they would once more lift the winner's trophy in 1998. Venus and Justin cruised through the event and made their way to the Final to play Serena and Luis Lobo. Venus and Justin would trail 4-1 and nearly 5-1 in the first, but came right back to win the first set 6-4. The second set both teams were trading holds until 3-3 where they got the decisive break of Serena's serve and eventually won their second Mixed Slam together 6-4 6-4, without losing a set all tournament.
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The Rose Bowl - Venus would be a key part in Team USA in the Fed Cup Team Competition. Venus would only be apart of the winning team once though and that was in 1999. Venus would go with Team USA, coached by Billie Jean King, to Ancona, Italy for the SFs on outdoor red clay. Venus would go 2-0 in singles with straight set wins over Rita Grande and Silvia Farina Elia, and a win in doubles with Serena 6-2 6-2 over Tathiana Garbin and Adriana Serra Zanetti, aiding USA to a 4-1 win over Italy. In the final, Venus would compete for Team USA once more against Russia in the United States. It was held on outdoor hardcourts in Stanford. Venus would open up the Final with a straight set win over Elena Likhovtseva 6-3 6-4. Lindsay would play and win the next 2 rubbers to give USA the quick win over Russia. Venus would compete in 2 dead rubbers, a losing effort to Dementieva after having Match point and a win in doubles with Serena over Dementieva and Elena Makarova 6-2 6-1. USA would claim the title in a 4-1 win over Russia. Venus' first Fed Cup glory would be won at home in the US.

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Historic Achievements

-Tied for 11th for most Combined Grand Slam titles won
-Tied for 12th for the all-time most Slams won in Singles, tied for 8th for most Slams won in Singles during the Open Era
-Tied for 11th for all-time most Slams won in Doubles, 5th for most Doubles Slams won during the Open Era
-Tied for 39th for most Mixed Slams won all-time.
-One of the 14 women in the Open Era to have made the finals of each of the Grand Slams.
-One of 3 women to win Wimbledon and USO in back-to-back years in the Open Era and one of 6 in all-time to do it.
-One of 4 women to win the Wimbledon title at least 5 times along with Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, and Serena Williams in the Open Era.
-Venus and Serena are the only pair to have the Career Golden Slam in Doubles, which they have done twice.
-Venus and Serena are just the 2nd and 3rd women to have completed the Career Golden Grand Slam twice, the other being Gigi Fernandez.
-Has won the most gold medals in tennis by any woman along with sister Serena and is tied with her for most in general.
-First African American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in tennis
-Second woman ever to win both singles and doubles Olympic Gold Medals for tennis in the same year
-By winning the 2007 Wimbledon, she won the first equal prize money check and became the lowest seed (23rd) to win Wimbledon
-2001 US Open final marked the first time in the Open Era that sisters played against each other in a Grand Slam final
-Competed in the longest final in Wimbledon history when she beat Lindsay Davenport in 2005
-Competed in the shortest Wimbledon Semi-final when she beat the World #1 Dinara Safina 6-1 6-0 in 53 minutes and was the biggest win over a World #1
-At the 1997 US Open, Venus was the first woman since Pam Shriver in 1978 to reach the final of the US Open on her first attempt, was the first unseeded finalist and competed in the youngest final with Martina Hingis at the US Open (Venus was 17 and Hingis was 16).
-Has beaten players that were World #1 at the time 13 times
-In the process of winning 2008 YEC, she became the 3rd woman to beat the World's Top 3 in the same event.
-Has the best winning streak of 22 consecutive match wins at Miami along with Steffi Graf
-First African American #1 player in WTA and 11th overall
-One of 7 women to be ranked #1 in both singles and doubles.
-Has 500+ Career Wins in singles
-Has the fastest serve in women's tennis with a 130MPH serve
-Has the fastest serve at all the slams
-First tennis player to have her own clothing line
-Has given a bagel every year since 1996 (85 total)
-WTA Player of the Year in 2000
-WTA Doubles Team of the Year in 2000
-ITF Women's Doubles World Champion in 2009
-WTA Doubles Team of the Year in 2009.
-WTA Prize Money Leader for the Year 2001
-WTA Most Impressive Newcomer for the Year 1997
-Whirlpool 6th Sense Player of the Year Award for 2008 and 2009

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Stats

The Titles
1998 Australian Open Mixed Doubles
1998 Miami Singles
1998 Roland Garros Mixed Doubles
1999 Miami Singles
1999 Roland Garros Doubles
1999 US Open Doubles
1999 Fed Cup
2000 Wimbledon Singles
2000 Wimbledon Doubles
2000 US Open Singles
2000 Sydney Olympic Gold Singles
2000 Sydney Olympic Gold Doubles
2001 Australian Open Doubles
2001 Miami Singles
2001 Wimbledon Singles
2001 US Open Singles
#1 Singles Player In the World
2002 Wimbledon Doubles
2003 Australian Open Doubles
2005 Wimbledon Singles
2007 Wimbledon Singles
2008 Wimbledon Singles
2008 Wimbledon Doubles
2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Doubles
2008 Doha YEC Singles
2009 Australian Open Doubles
2009 Wimbledon Doubles
2009 US Open Doubles
2010 Australian Open Doubles
2010 Roland Garros Doubles
#1 Doubles Player in the World
2012 Wimbledon Doubles
2012 London Olympic Gold Doubles

Total Count
5 Wimbledon Singles
5 Wimbledon Doubles
4 Australian Open Doubles
3 Miami Singles
3 Time Singles World #1
3 Olympic Golds Doubles
2 US Open Singles
2 US Open Doubles
2 Roland Garros Doubles
1 Australian Open Mixed
1 Roland Garros Mixed
1 Olympic Gold Singles
1 YEC Singles
1 Fed Cup
1 Time Doubles World #1

Total of the Total
10 Wimbledons
5 Australian Opens
4 US Opens
4 Times #1 Ranking
4 Olympic Gold Medals
3 Roland Garros'
3 Miami's
1 YEC
1 Fed Cup

Won Without Losing a Set
1998 Roland Garros Mixed Doubles
2001 US Open Singles
2008 Wimbledon Singles
2008 Wimbledon Doubles
2009 Wimbledon Doubles
2012 London Olympic Gold Doubles

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You're great uranium! Love it, hopefully the doubles YEC and #1 will come soon among the singles grand slams that remain. I think the hardest for her will be the FO for sure. Not sure if she will even try for the mixed doubles??

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Historic Achievements

-Has won the most gold medals in tennis by any woman and is tied for most in general with Reginald Doherty in the very early 1900s.
-First African American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in tennis
-Second woman to win both singles and doubles Olympic Gold Medal in the same year
-First African American #1 player in WTA
-Has 500+ Career Wins in singles
-Venus and Serena are the only pair to have the Career Golden Slam in Doubles
-Prize Money leader for the year 2001
-By winning the 2007 Wimbledon, she won the first equal prize money check
-Tied for 16th for most Combined Grand Slam titles won
-Tied for 12th for the all-time most slams won in singles, tied for 7th for most slams won in singles during the Open Era
-Tied for 11th for most doubles slams won during the Open Era
-Tied for 38th for most mixed slams won all-time.
-One of the 13 women in the Open Era to have made the finals of each of the Grand Slams.
that pretty much sums up Vee...she is an achiever and should remind herself all the time ,at times she seems to forget that she is great.
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u forgot a couple of Achievements i no its hard to remember them all lol. but Shes 1 of 2 people ever to play against the same person in 4 straight GS finals and only the 3rd in the open era to defened Wimbledon and the USO Steffi and Martina are the others

great thread
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Great thread

Daniilidou. Venus. Azarenka. Halep. Wickmayer.
Cornet. Ivanovic. Vesnina.. Vaidisova. Krajicek.
Paszek. Begu. Cirstea. Lisicki. Pavlyuchenkova.
Pironkova. Stephens. Tatishvili. McHale. Flipkens.
Grammatikopoulou ~ Papamichail ~ Sakkari
I'm obsessed with the Greek players. Deal with it.

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Re: Venus' Road to GOATness

Just to throw this out there:
If Venus wins the Australian Open ever, then she will be the 2nd woman in the Open Era to lose in every round and to also win in every round before winning the whole thing for the first time along with Jana Novotna at Wimbledon.


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