Venus Williams – The Elegant Artist

Player Profiles
By Hiland Doolittle, December 7th, 2009

Don’t let that calm, mature demeanor fool you.  Venus Williams comes to play.  At 6’ 1”, Venus is quick, boasts a powerful serve and moves with flowing agility.  At 29 years old and with 15 impressive years on the tour, Venus Williams is still poetry in motion.

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Venus Williams reached the finals at Wimbledon where she has won five career titles.  Her sister Serena took the crown but Venus once again delighted the crowds with her strong play and resounding serve.  Unfortunately, that serve was missing in the finals and Serena outgunned her older sister.

That was her best performance of the Grand Slam year but Venus and Serena combined to win three of the four doubles titles.  They achieved their highest doubles ranking and finished the year at number three.  Few fans doubt their doubles prowess and they are generally the bookmaker’s favorite.

With seven singles and ten doubles Grand Slam championships under her belt, Venus is no stranger to center court.  It is possible that after 14 years on the circuit, the talented entrepreneur has begun to consider other options.  Her success at the major tournaments in 2010 may well determine her next move.

Birth Date06-17-80
ResidencePalm Beach Gardens,  FL
Weight160 lbs
Year Turned Pro1994
Current Rank – Singles6
Current Rank – Doubles3
Career Prize Earnings$25,066,990
Year-To- Date – Earnings$3,126,894
Grand Slam (Singles)7
Australian Open0
French Open0
U.S. Open2
Grand Slam Doubles10

Venus in 2009

Although falling in the rankings to sixth, it was not a quiet year for the former world number one.  In February, Venus recorded her 40th tour championship at Dubai with wins over Elena Dementieva and Serena en route to the finals.  Later in the month, she and added her 41st title at Acapulco.

She had several other strong tournaments including a runner-up finishes at Wimbledon, Stanford, and at the Tour Championships to close out the year.  Her career earnings are now a hefty $25,066,990.  In 2009, she earned $3,126,894.  It was a superior year for doubles as she and Serena moved up 7 notches to their number three ranking.

Her annual won-lost record was a comfortable 38 –16 which boosted her career record to an impressive 553 – 137.  Venus holds more career wins than any active tour player.

In defeating top seed Dinara Safina at Wimbledon, Venus upset a world number one for the 13th time, also a record.  We suspect that as long as Venus continues to enjoy the rigors of life on the tour, a more mellow Venus will continue to win with her combination of finesse and experience.  Her singles wins may lower, but her doubles expertise remains unquestioned.

Like all her fans, we urge the elegant star to keep firing away!



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