Venus Ebony Starr Williams born on June 17th, 1980 is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is currently ranked World No. 53 as of May 28, 2012 in singles. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association on 3 separate occasions. She went on to became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25th, 2002, becoming the first black woman to achieve this particular feat during the Open Era.
Her 21 Grand Slam titles ties her for twelfth on the all time list and is more than any other active female player except for her younger sister Serena Williams. Venus Williams’ titles consist of: seven in singles, twelve in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles. Those seven Grand Slam singles titles ties her with four other women for twelfth place on the all-time list. Her five Wimbledon singles titles ties her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list. Venus Williams is one of only three women in the open era to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles. From the 2000 Wimbledon Championships through the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments held. She is one of only five women in the open era to win 200 or more main draw Grand Slam singles matches.
Williams has won three Olympic gold medals, one in singles and two in women’s doubles. She has won more Olympic gold medals than any other female tennis player. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams became only the second player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at the same Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody in 1924.
With 43 career singles titles, Williams leads active players on the WTA Tour. Her 35-match winning streak from the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2000 Generali Ladies Linz tournament final is the longest winning streak since January 1, 2000. She is also one of only two active WTA players to have made the finals of all four Grand Slams, the other player being her sister Serena Williams.
Venus Williams has played against her sister Serena Williams in 23 professional matches since 1998, with Serena winning 13 of the 23 matches. They have played against each other in eight Grand Slam singles finals, with Serena winning six times. Beginning with the 2002 French Open, they opposed each other in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals, the first time ever in the open era that the same two players played against each other in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals, let alone sisters. On the doubles side, the pair have won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles playing alongside each other.
A bond of family love and honor is now on a test in the tennis circuit. The formidable journey of William Sisters has put the flag of United States high in the skies of tennis world and holds an honorable position in the world tennis circuit.
Imagining a rivalry taking birth from inside the family tied with the blood relation, is itself a contest worth notable in terms of their world class game skills, devotion and solid uncontested career. Facing each other 23 times, goes in favor of Serena Williams who is leading the battle 13-10, and her lead becomes dominant in Grand Slams as she has the pretty one sided lead of 6-2 in her favor.
The thing which makes them unique and uncontesting with others is that they have been mostly facing each other in the Grand Slams which itself is one high achievement and shows the high class skills and repute of both the sisters. Both former world champions are also leading the table in doubles and are seeded no. 1 in double ranks. Venus Williams is leading the numbers in career titles which are 43 as compared to Serena William’s 37 titles. They are both inarguably the best ever female double players in the history.
Wimbledon, having the history of the toughest tournament and some great names winning it, winning it is indeed a dream come true. Hence the very era talks about none other than William Sisters (Serena Williams and Venus Williams) from USA. They won the title 9 out of 11 times. They are the unchallenged champions of this entire era. Although Serena Williams is having a hard time with her injuries and health, she still has a potential to make a come back and continue her winning streak at Wimbledon.
Also among them are a French tennis player Marion Bartoli who is a French No. 1 and the hottest tennis player Maria Sharapova former world No 1. The list of female winners and runner-ups of Wimbledon Open tennis championship during 2010-2000 is as follow:
Year 2010-2000 Wimbeldon Open Winners and runner-ups:
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-2010: Serena Williams
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-2010: Vera Zvonareva
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-2009: Serena Williams
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-2009: Venus Williams
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-2008: Venus Williams
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-2008: Serena Williams
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-2007: Venus Williams
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-2007: Marion Bartoli
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-2006: Amelie Mauresmo
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-2006: Justine Henin-Hardenne
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-2005: Venus Williams
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-2005: Lindsay Davenport
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-2004: Maria Sharapova
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-2004: Serena Williams
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-2003: Serena Williams
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-2003: Venus Williams
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-2002: Serena Williams
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-2002: Venus Williams
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-2001: Venus Williams
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-2001: Justine Henin
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-2000: Venus Williams
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-2000: Lindsay Davenport
Not everyone enjoys fame and popularity in their earlier years. However, sports have been one of the platforms where many players set records being the youngest champions. The same goes for tennis tournaments where the young tennis players defeated the greatest tennis players and shocked the world. The Australian Open has been a platform for many famous tennis players that made their names prominent in the tennis world. The Australian Open provided opportunities for young talent to set records in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events. The youngest male/female tennis champions of the Australian Open title in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events are:
Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open Men’s Singles Title:
- Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s singles title is Ken Rosewall ( 18 years, two months) in 1953
Youngest female tennis champion of the Australian Open Women’s Singles Title:
- Youngest female tennis champion of the Australian Open women’s singles title is Martine Hingis (16 years, three months) in 1997
- Youngest male tennis champion of the Australian Open men’s doubles title is Lew Hoad (18 years, two months) in 1953
- Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open women’s doubles title is Mirjana Lucic (15 years, 10 months) in 1998
- Youngest woman tennis champion of the Australian Open mix doubles title is Venus Williams (17 years, seven months) in 1998
Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the year and the players are judged pretty much for their performance in this slam. The tennis fans use the results to predict the future for every tennis player in the calender year. Australian Open offers a very exciting start of the year with indoor beautiful courts. The crowd cheers for not only Australian but other players as well, making the Australian summer much more overwhelming for every tennis fan.
A three-set tennis game, particularly for women, has been offering plenty of excitement as the game is fast and ends usually in a victory after two sets. From clay’s slower-paced games to hard court play, famous female tennis players have been casting spells with their magical play. The former female champion of the Australian Open title is Serena Williams, who also won the doubles championship with her sister Venus Williams in the same year for the second consecutive year as well. With the Bryan brothers and Williams sisters winning the doubles for second consecutive year, they were the second siblings to set this record.
The list of the ten female tennis players with most Australian Open titles is:
1) Margaret Smith Court
2) Nancye Wynne Bolton
3) Steffi Graf
4) Evonne Goolagong-Cawley
5) Thelma Coyne Long
6) Martina Hingis
7) Monica Seles
8) Serena Williams
9) Jennifer Capriati
10) Joan Hartigan Bathurst
Among these ten top ten female tennis players with the most Australian Open titles, greatest tennis player Margaret Smith Court secured 7 Australian Open titles and still enjoys this record. Who could possibly break this record?
Tennis speaks for glamor when it comes to female tennis players. In a singles match, two glamorous players keep everyone captivated. However, this glamor doubles when four famous female tennis players come onto the court with their amazing outfits and perform at their best. The Australian Open has also been entertaining in female double tennis tournaments. For the past two years, USA tennis players Serena and Venus Williams have been dominating the female double tennis championship. The top ten best female double tennis players with the most Australian Open titles list is:
1) Thelma Coyne Long/Nancye Wynne Bolton
2) Evonne Goolagong Cawley/Peggy Michel
3) Martina Navratilova/Pam Shriver
4) Martina Hingis/Natalia Zvereva
5) Serena Williams/Venus Williams
6) Gigi Fernandez/Natalia Zvereva
7) Mary Bevis Hawton/Thelma Coyne Long
8) Helen Gourlay Cawley/Evonne Goolagong Cawley
9) Martina Hingis/Anna Kournikova
10) Alona Bondarenko/Kateryna Bondarenko
Thelma Coyne Long has been the dominating female player with no fewer than 12 double tennis titles. Since Thelma, such a consistent female player has not shown up in doubles.
There are very few female tennis players who have an aggressive playing style. If you see a three set game of women playing tennis, you will probably notice a rather steady game with shots being played for a longer while which means there’s less chance that any ace will take place. Similarly, the serve of mostly female players is not very aggressive, which leads to fewer aces during a match.
However, things start to change when it comes to the famous USA female tennis player Williams sisters who enthrall the opponents with their steaming fast serves and aces. USA tennis players Venus and Serena Williams are the leading ace scorers in the Australian Open by far. Venus Williams also holds the record of most aces in a match at Wimbledon. In addition to these two names, famous female tennis player Jennifer Capriati is also the leading ace scorer of Australian Open. The last name in this list is the gorgeous and hottest female tennis player Gabriela Sabatini who, with her strong play style, was able to serve numerous aces in the Australian Open.
As the overall game pace has slowed down due to player preference at playing from the baseline, the chances of ace have lowered. The game is relatively slower for women with lots of grunting presently.
Grass court tennis tournaments are the most interesting and at the same the challenging tennis games that requires a lot of spirit and focus. The popularity of the grass court games are spoken of even now. Earlier there were only two forms of tennis court surfaces. Grass court is one of them. As time passed some more court surfaces came to be in reality. Before the advent of other courts, grass courts were the most prominent form of courts used for playing tennis tournaments. Almost all of the tennis tournaments were dependent on the grass court surfaces. The hard court surfaces then came into existence and added altogether a new arena to the world of tennis tournaments. The ball needs to be hit faster and with great force in order to make it go bouncing in a grass court field. These aspects make up for the kind of force and power packed performance essential to win the game. Winning a grass court game is definitely a tough task. A Grass court brings down the ball’s bounce thus an extra amount of force required to get the ball to go high and bounce. It is difficult to get a single title in grass court but a few women have strived hard to get a string of titles in the grass court field. These tennis players have molded themselves according to the grass court conditions and have mastered them in course of time. Given below is the list of famous female tennis champions with most titles in grass court tennis.
- Martina Navratilova
- Helen Wills Moody
- Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers
- Steffi Graff
- Blanche Bingley
- Billie Jean King
- Suzanne Lenglen
- Charlotte Cooper Sterry
- Lottie Dod
- Venus Williams
These are the best female tennis players and are the trendsetters in grass court tennis and have attracted everybody with their stunning feat in the grass courts.
Wimbledon has always been an enjoyable, worth watching and interesting game. The game turns more interesting when two top ranked players are rivals in it. Records are made during such games. One such game happened between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in 2008 Wimbledon final. The game lasted for a record of 4 hours and 48 minutes ending up with Rafael Nadal as the new world champion. A year earlier Nadal withdrew from the game because of a knee injury but in 2008 he not only played, but also became the winner. In the exciting five sets, the first two 6-4, 6-4 were in Nadal’s favor, while the next two sets put the game on tie when Federer beat Nadal 6-7, 6-7 each. The final fifth set went again in Nadal’s favor in which he won by 9-7. The match not only broke the record for the longest match by time but also made a record as the longest final match.
In women’s singles, the longest match by time was in 2005 between Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport that lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes. Venus completed her victory by 4-6, 7-6, and 9-7 and claimed the first Grand Slam title for herself in four years. She became the first women to score a win after facing a match point in the past 70 years. Though Venus lost the first set, she managed to win all the rest to complete her victory. Davenport sustained a back injury in the game for which she took a break too, but she still put up a good, challenging fight for Venus during the game.
A tennis player picks a ball, takes it into the air and hits it diagonally into the opposite service box to start a point. Yes! It is the tennis serve which starts the game for a player. A ball needs to cross the net and fall on the opposite service box. It’s all good as long as the ball crosses the net. Having a good serve is the biggest advantage for players as it helps them to get a hold of their game and not give it away easily. The fastest serve record has been made by Andy Roddick who served at 249.5 km/h (155 mph). In women’s tennis, Venus Williams and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy scored the fastest serve at a speed of 209 km/h (130 mph).
There are many different styles of serves which are played in tennis. The most common are the first and the second serves. Along with them, flat serve, slice serve, topspin serve, topspin slice serve, and American twist serve are typically played in tennis. Let’s have a look into the technicality of the first and the second serve.
The rules are no different for the first and the second serve, only the tactics differ. The first serve is all about the power, deception, and skill the player has in striking the ball, either by pushing the opponent in the disadvantageous zone or out-righting him/her. This creates a chance for winning the point. The second serve usually pops up after the double fault, which forces the player to hit with higher curve or less power. Typically, this is not the most favorite serve for the tennis players.
Simple difference, isn’t it? Players like Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic, Roger Federer, and Pete Sampras are few of the players with powerful first serves.