Williams has won 16 Grand Slam titles - 7 in singles, 7 in women's doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. She has won Olympic gold more times than any male or female in tennis history. She has three Olympic gold medals, one in singles and two in women's doubles. She is the older sister of another former women's World No. 1 tennis player Serena Williams.
Williams is an aggressive baseliner and uses an attacking all-court game.
Williams has developed into a skillful volleyer and effectively uses her long reach and relative quickness around the net. She stated during an interview at the 2008 Australian Open that she was working to improve her volley. Her forehand drive-volley, a shot that she helped popularize, is one of the most effective in the women's game.
William's serve is among the most powerful on the women's tour. During the singles final at Wimbledon in 2008, Williams struck the fastest serve by a woman in the tournament's recorded history, at 129 mph. This equalled the record for the fastest serve in a WTA main draw event, previously set by Williams at the 2007 US Open. Also at Wimbledon in 2008, her average first serve speed was 115 mph in the quarterfinals, 116 mph in the semifinals, and 111 mph in the final.
Williams has always been a explosive hitter of the ball off the ground, but her double-handed backhand is more consistently reliable than her forehand. She can hit her backhand down-the-line or crosscourt. Her forehand occasionally breaks down under pressure; however, it is still one of the most powerful forehands in the women's game and yields many winners, from a variety of court positions. During the 2008 Wimbledon singles final, Williams struck a forehand winner measured at 94 mph.
Williams has excellent court coverage. Equipped with long arms, Williams is able to reach shots that many other players would not attempt to play. Williams also is able to play an offensive shot from a defensive position.
Already well-known in tennis circles at age 14, Williams turned professional on October 31, 1994. In the second round of her first professional tournament in Oakland, Williams was up a set and a service break against top seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario before losing the match. That was the only tournament Williams played in 1994. She remained a part-time player on the tour during the next two years, playing only three tournaments in 1995 and five tournaments in 1996.
Williams began to play regularly on the tour in 1997. During her debut at the US Open, she lost in the final to Martina Hingis 6–0, 6–4 after defeating Irina Spirlea in a semifinal famous for "the bump" in which Spirlea and Williams collided during a changeover. Richard Williams, her father, later claimed that this incident was racially motivated.
In 1998, Williams teamed with Justin Gimelstob to win the mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open and the French Open. Her sister Serena Williams won the other two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles that year, completing a "Williams Family Mixed Doubles Grand Slam." In singles, Venus won the Grand Slam Cup, the Lipton International Players Championships in Key Biscayne, Florida, and the tournament in Oklahoma City. She also reached at least the quarterfinals at all four Grand Slam tournaments. She ended the year ranked World No. 5.
In 1999, Williams again won the Lipton International Players Championships, defeating Jana Novotna, Steffi Graf, and her sister Serena in successive matches. Williams also won the Hamburg tournament, the Italian Open in Rome, the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Zurich tournament. Venus and Serena teamed to win the doubles titles at the French Open and the US Open, becoming the first sister team to win a Grand Slam doubles title in the 20th century. Venus also went 2–1 (1–1 in singles and 1–0 in doubles with Serena) in the United States' 4–1 win over Russia in the final of the Fed Cup, giving the U.S. its 16th title.
Williams then won 35 consecutive singles matches and five tournaments. She won her first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, defeating World No. 1 Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals, sister Serena in the semifinals, and defending champion Lindsay Davenport in the final. She won three Tier II events during the North American summer hard court season, defeating Davenport in the final of Stanford, California and Monica Seles in the finals of both San Diego and New Haven, Connecticut. At the US Open, Williams defeated still-World No. 1 Hingis in the semifinals and World No. 2 Davenport in the final. At the Olympic games in Sydney, Williams defeated Sanchez Vicario in the quarterfinals, Seles in the semifinals, and Elena Dementieva in the final to win the gold medal. Her winning streak was eventually snapped in October by Davenport in the final of the tournament in Linz. Williams did not play a tournament the rest of the year because of anemia.
In women's doubles, Williams teamed with her sister Serena to capture the Wimbledon doubles title for the first time and the Olympic gold medal. Williams became only the second player to win the women's singles and doubles titles at the same Olympic games.
Williams reached the semifinals of the Australian Open for the first time, where she lost to World No. 1 Martina Hingis 6–1, 6–1. She also reached the semifinals of the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, where she defaulted her match with sister Serena. She won, however, the next tournament on the tour calendar, the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, defeating Hingis in the semifinals and World No. 4 Jennifer Capriati in the final.
During the European clay court season, Williams won the Tier II tournament in Hamburg but lost in the third round of the Tier I Qatar Telecom German Open to Justine Henin and the first round of the French Open to Barbara Schett.
During the summer hard court season in North America, Williams won the tournaments in San Diego and New Haven, Connecticut for the second consecutive year. She defeated Monica Seles in the San Diego final and Davenport in the New Haven final. Williams also won the US Open singles title for the second consecutive year, without dropping a set. In the quarterfinals, she beat fifth-seeded Kim Clijsters, followed by a semifinal victory over World No. 2 Capriati and a defeat of World No. 10 Serena Williams in the final. Venus was only the third woman in history to win the singles titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open in consecutive years, the others being Martina Navaratilova and Steffi Graf.
In women's doubles, Venus and Serena Williams won the Australian Open title for the first time and became only the fifth team to complete a career Grand Slam in that event.
On clay, Williams beat Henin in the final of the Amelia Island, Florida tournament before traveling to Europe for two clay court tournaments. In Hamburg, Williams defeated Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in a three-set quarterfinal and World No. 4 Martina Hingis in the semifinals before losing to World No. 3 Kim Clijsters in the final. At the French Open, Williams defeated Seles in the quarterfinals before sister Serena defeated Venus in the final.
Williams then reached the Wimbledon singles final for the third consecutive year after defeating World No. 6 Henin in the semifinals. In the second consecutive all-Williams Grand Slam singles final, Serena defeated Venus in straight sets.
During the summer hard court season in North America, Williams won the tournaments in San Diego and New Haven, Connecticut for the third consecutive year. She defeated World No. 5 Jelena Dokic in the San Diego final and Lindsay Davenport in the New Haven final. She also won the tournament in Stanford, California, defeating World No. 5 Kim Clijsters in the final. At the US Open, Williams defeated sixth-seeded Seles in the quarterfinals and Amelie Mauresmo in the semifinals before losing to sister Serena for the third consecutive time in the final of a Grand Slam event.
Williams won seven singles titles during the year, a career best. In February, Williams became the World No. 1, the first African-American player to garner that spot since the computer rankings began in 1975.
In women's doubles, the Williams sisters won the Wimbledon title for the second time.
Williams started the year by losing to her sister Serena in three sets in the Australian Open final. Williams then won the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium for the second consecutive year, defeating Daniela Hantuchova and Kim Clijsters in consecutive matches.
During a semifinal match against Clijsters at Wimbledon, Williams suffered an abdominal injury that required medical attention during the match. Williams lost the first set and was behind early in the second set before rain delayed the match. Once play resumed, Williams won the match 4–6, 6–3, 6–1, advancing to her fourth consecutive Wimbledon final, where she lost to her sister Serena 4–6, 6–4, 6–2. Following Wimbledon, both Venus and Serena suffered injuries that kept them out of competition for the last half of the year.
Williams came back to the tour and experienced inconsistent results. As the third seeded player because of a protected ranking, she reached the third round of the Australian Open, where she lost to Lisa Raymond. After quarterfinal losses in Tokyo, Dubai, and Miami, Williams won the Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, defeating Conchita Martinez in the final. At the Tier II tournament in Warsaw, Williams defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. The following week, Williams reached the final of the Tier I tournament in Berlin but was forced to retire from her match against Amelie Mauresmo. Going into the French Open, Williams had the best clay court record among the women and was among the favorites to win the title; however, she lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Anastasia Myskina 6–3, 6–4.
At Wimbledon, Williams lost a controversial second round match to Croatian Karolina Sprem. The umpire of the match, Ted Watts, awarded Sprem an unearned point in the second set tiebreak. Upon the conclusion of the match, he was relieved of his duties.
Williams was the third seed at the hardcourt tournament in Stanford, where she lost the final to top seeded Lindsay Davenport in a third set tiebreak. At the tournament in Los Angeles the following week, Williams lost again to Davenport, this time in the semifinals. Williams was leading 5–1 in the first set when she suffered an injury and lost the last six games of the set. She then retired from the match.
In the fourth round of the US Open, Williams lost to Davenport for the third consecutive time. Williams ended her year by losing in the quarterfinals of three consecutive tournaments in Moscow, Zurich, and Philadelphia.
Williams started the year by losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Alicia Molik. She then reached the final at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium, where she was attempting to win the tournament for the third time in four years. She defeated Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals, Anastasia Myskina in the semifinals, and was up a set and a break in the final against Amelie Mauresmo before losing the match. Williams then lost in the first round in Dubai.
Williams then reached the quarterfinals at Amelia Island, where she lost to top seeded Lindsay Davenport. In her next tournament in Charleston, Williams lost in the third round. She then won a Tier III title in Istanbul, defeating second seeded Nicole Vaidišová in the final.
At Wimbledon, Williams defeated defending champion Maria Sharapova in a semifinal 7–6(2), 6–1, breaking Sharapova's serve four times. (Sharapova had lost only one service game to that point.) This marked the sixth consecutive year that at least one of the Williams sisters had reached the final, and it was Venus's fifth appearance in the Wimbledon final in the past 6 years. In the longest Wimbledon final in history, Williams was down match point at 6–4, 6–7(4), 5–4 (40–30) before coming back to defeat top seeded Davenport. This was Williams's third Wimbledon singles title, and this was the first time in 70 years that a player had won after being down match point during the women's final. In addition, Williams was the lowest-ranked (World No. 16) and lowest-seeded (14th) champion in tournament history.
Playing for the fifth consecutive week, including Fed Cup, Williams reached the final of the Stanford tournament after defeating Patty Schnyder in a semifinal 2–6, 7–6, 6–2. Visibly exhausted, Williams lost the final to Kim Clijsters.
At the 2005 US Open, Williams reached the quarterfinals. In the fourth round, Venus defeated her sister Serena for the second consecutive time. In the quarterfinals, Williams lost to Clijsters 4–6, 7–5, 6–1, who went on to win the tournament.
In 2005, TENNIS Magazine ranked her 25th on its list of the 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era.
Williams was out of action from January 16 until April 30 because of injuries. After defeating Martina Hingis in the second round, she reached the quarterfinals of the J&S Cup in Warsaw, losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova. She then lost to Hingis in a semifinal of the Italian Open, after defeating Jelena Janković and Patty Schnyder in earlier rounds. Williams ended her clay court season with a French Open quarterfinal loss to Nicole Vaidišová 6–7, 6–1, 6–3.
Williams was one of the favorites to win the singles title at Wimbledon. She defeated fellow American Lisa Raymond in the second round after Williams was two points from defeat. Williams then lost in the third round to 26th-seeded Janković 7–6(8), 4–6, 6–4. After the loss, Williams said that she was having pain in her left wrist, although she admitted that the injury was not the cause of her loss.
Williams did not play in the US Open series or the US Open itself due to a recurring wrist injury. During her first tournament in almost three months, she reinjured her wrist in Luxembourg and lost in the second round to qualifier Agnieszka Radwanska after defeating Ana Ivanović in the first round.
Williams then won the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, defeating top-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel in the final. This was her first tournament since October 2006 and her 34th career singles title.
Williams's next tournament was the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, where she lost in the third round to top seeded Maria Sharapova 2–6, 6–2, 7–5. However, her ranking rose seven places to World No. 32.
She then moved onto clay, playing at the Tier II Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida. She beat fourth seeded Patty Schnyder before falling in the quarterfinals to the eighth seed and eventual champion Tatiana Golovin 6–2, 6–3. Her next tournament was the Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, where she lost in the semifinals to Jelena Janković. Despite the loss, her ranking rose to World No. 22.
Williams played Fed Cup with her sister Serena for the first time in four years, in a home tie against Belgium on hard courts in Delray Beach, Florida, beating the young Belgian team 5–0. Williams defeated Kirsten Flipkens 7–5, 6–2 and Yanina Wickmayer 6–1, 6–2.
Williams then traveled to Europe to prepare for the French Open. At the J&S Cup in Warsaw, Williams lost in the quarterfinals to Svetlana Kuznetsova 3–6, 6–3, 6–4. Two weeks later, Williams played the Istanbul Cup, defeating Tatiana Poutchek in the first round before losing to French hard hitter Aravane Rezai in the second round 6–4, 6–4. This was Williams's first defeat in a Tier III event on the WTA Tour. At the French Open, Williams lost her third round match with Janković 6–4, 4–6, 6–1. During her second round win over Ashley Harkleroad, Williams hit a 206 km/h (128.8 mph) serve, which is the second fastest woman's serve ever recorded and the fastest ever recorded during a main draw match.
At Wimbledon in a first round match on Court 2, Williams was within two points of defeat against Alla Kudryavtseva before winning. In the third round, Akiko Morigami served for the match in the third set before Williams regrouped and won the match 6–2, 3–6, 7–5. In her fourth round match, Williams defeated second-seeded Sharapova 6–1, 6–3. In the quarterfinals, Williams defeated fifth-seeded Kuznetsova 6–3, 6–4 to reach her sixth career Wimbledon semifinal, where she defeated sixth-seeded Ana Ivanović 6–2, 6–4. In the final, Williams defeated Marion Bartoli 6–4, 6–1. Seeded 23rd and ranked World No. 31, Williams broke her own record set in 2005 as the lowest seeded and lowest ranked Wimbledon singles champion. During the award ceremony, she said that her sister Serena inspired her to win. With her fourth Wimbledon title, Williams joined Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, and Steffi Graf as the only women to who have won at least four Wimbledon singles titles during the open era. The win also bettered her ranking to World No. 17, her first return to the top 20 in a year.
Williams then played for the U.S. in its Fed Cup semifinal tie against Russia. Williams won both her singles matches over Nadia Petrova and Anna Chakvetadze; however, the U.S. lost the tie when Williams and Lisa Raymond were defeated in the deciding doubles match.
At the Tier I Acura Classic in San Diego, Williams lost her quarterfinal match to Chakvetadze 6–7, 7–6, 6–2 after Williams double faulted while holding a match point in the second set. Nevertheless, her ranking increased to World No. 14.
At the US Open, after setting a Grand-Slam record 129 mph serve in the opening round, Williams defeated Janković in the quarterfinals 4–6, 6–1, 7–6(4) before losing to the eventual champion, Justine Henin, in a semifinal 7–6, 6–4. Both players had health issues during the match. In the second set, Williams was treated for a stomach ache and dizziness. In the post match interview, Williams stated, "I just was feeling dizzy, a little sick to the stomach. Was just having some energy problems. I'm not really sure what's wrong with me. But, you know, credit to her for playing well. The tournament resulted in Williams's ranking moving up to World No. 9. With sister Serena at World No. 7, it was the first time the sisters were in the top 10 together since September 2005.
Williams then played three tournaments in Asia. Williams won her 36th career singles title at the Hansol Korea Open Tennis Championships in Seoul, South Korea, defeating fourth-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko in the final. Despite having a heavily strapped leg, Williams then played in the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo, where she lost to Virginie Razzano in the final 4–6, 7–6(7), 6–4 after holding three match points. At the PTT Bangkok Open, Williams lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Flavia Pennetta 6–4, 7–6(8).
Despite officially qualifying for the WTA Tour Championships, Williams withdrew because of continuing problems with anemia. She was replaced by Sharapova, who subsequently reached the final.
Williams was the eighth-seed at the Australian Open. Playing in the quarterfinals at this tournament for the first time since 2003, Williams lost to fourth-seeded Ana Ivanović 7–6(3), 6–4. When asked after the match about whether the quarterfinal losses by both Williams sisters at the Australian Open marked their decline, she replied that she had heard the same talk "every single year. Serena and I, we don't have anything to prove. The way we're playing still maintains what other women are doing in tennis. We still set a very high standard. I don't get too caught up in what the next person thinks. Playing with her sister Serena in the women's doubles event at the Australian Open, they defeated the second-seeded team of Katarina Srebotnik and Ai Sugiyama in the second round but lost in the quarterfinals to the seventh-seeded team and 2006 Australian Open champions Zi Yan and Jie Zheng.
At the Tier I Qatar Total Open in Doha, Williams was upset in the third round by 18 year old Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. Williams also played the doubles tournament in Doha as a wild card team with Wozniacki. Their first round win marked the first time that Venus had won an official WTA tour women's doubles match without sister Serena. In the second round, Williams and Wozniacki lost to the fourth-seeded Taipei pair of Yung-Jan Chan and Chia-Jung Chuang.
At the Tier II Canara Bank Bangalore (India) Open, Venus and her sister Serena lost in the doubles quarterfinals to third-seeded and eventual tournament winners Shuai Peng and Tiantian Sun. In singles, Venus lost to Serena, the eventual tournament champion, in the semifinals 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(4) on Serena's second match point after Serena had saved a match point while trailing 6–5 in the third set.
On April 9, 2008, Williams announced that she will be away from the tour indefinitely but refused to explain other than to say, "I've just been having some issues that I need to resolve, so I'm working on that at the moment and I'm hoping to be back playing as soon as possible. I'm not going to get any further into it, but of course I love the sport. The following day, Williams's agent, Carlos Fleming, said, "This is not a hiatus. This is not a break from the tour. This was a limited window where she could get these [medical] evaluations before the three major tournaments and Olympics this summer," adding "Venus has assured me that there's no serious medical problem.
Williams was the defending champion and seventh-seeded player at Wimbledon. Without dropping a set, she reached her seventh Wimbledon singles final after defeating fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva in the semifinals 6–1, 7–6(3). Venus then won her fifth Wimbledon singles title, beating her sister Serena in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. This was the first time since 2003 that Venus and Serena had played each other in a Grand Slam final and was the first time since 2001 that Venus had won a Grand Slam final against Serena. Venus and Serena then teamed to win the women's doubles title without dropping a set the entire tournament, defeating Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur in the final 6-2, 6-2. The Williams sisters have won all seven Grand Slam women's doubles finals they have played.
Williams was on the Philadelphia Freedoms team in World Team Tennis in July. She won six of the nine singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles matches she played. Williams then withdrew from the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles and the Rogers Cup in Montreal because of an injury to her right knee.
At the Olympic Games in Beijing, Williams was seeded seventh but lost to unseeded Li Na in the quarterfinals 7–5, 7–5. She did, however, earn a gold medal (with her sister Serena) in women's doubles, defeating the Spanish team of Virginia Ruano Pascual and Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2, 6-0 in the final. It was their second gold medal as a team, having won together in Sydney, Australia in 2000.
Williams was seeded seventh at the US Open and lost to her fourth-seeded sister Serena in the quarterfinals 7–6(6), 7–6(7). Venus led 5–3 in both sets and failed to convert on two set points in the first set and eight set points in the second set.
Seeded sixth at the tournament Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, she has advanced to the semi-finals, defeating in-form Russian Dinara Safina in straight sets in the quarter-finals. In semifinals she lost to second-seeded Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) in three sets 6-7, 7-5, 6-2.
As of July 10, 2008, Williams win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows:
Despite years of protesting by tennis pioneer Billie Jean King and others, in 2005 the French Open and Wimbledon still refused to pay women's and men's players equally through all rounds. In 2005, Williams met with officials from both tournaments, arguing that female tennis players should be paid as much as males. Although WTA tour President Larry Scott commented that she left "a very meaningful impression," Williams's demands were rejected.
The turning point was an essay published in the The Times on the eve of Wimbledon in 2006. In it, Williams accused Wimbledon of being on the "wrong side of history," writing:
I feel so strongly that Wimbledon’s stance devalues the principle of meritocracy and diminishes the years of hard work that women on the tour have put into becoming professional tennis players.
I believe that athletes — especially female athletes in the world’s leading sport for women — should serve as role models. The message I like to convey to women and girls across the globe is that there is no glass ceiling. My fear is that Wimbledon is loudly and clearly sending the opposite message....
Wimbledon has argued that women’s tennis is worth less for a variety of reasons; it says, for example, that because men play a best of five sets game they work harder for their prize money.
This argument just doesn’t make sense; first of all, women players would be happy to play five sets matches in grand slam tournaments....
Secondly, tennis is unique in the world of professional sports. No other sport has men and women competing for a grand slam championship on the same stage, at the same time. So in the eyes of the general public the men’s and women’s games have the same value.
Third, ... we enjoy huge and equal celebrity and are paid for the value we deliver to broadcasters and spectators, not the amount of time we spend on the stage. And, for the record, the ladies’ final at Wimbledon in 2005 lasted 45 minutes longer than the men’s....
Wimbledon has justified treating women as second class because we do more for the tournament. The argument goes that the top women — who are more likely also to play doubles matches than their male peers — earn more than the top men if you count singles, doubles and mixed doubles prize money. So the more we support the tournament, the more unequally we should be treated! But doubles and mixed doubles are separate events from the singles competition. Is Wimbledon suggesting that, if the top women withdrew from the doubles events, that then we would deserve equal prize money in singles? And how then does the All England Club explain why the pot of women’s doubles prize money is nearly £130,000 smaller than the men’s doubles prize money?
I intend to keep doing everything I can until Billie Jean's original dream of equality is made real. It’s a shame that the name of the greatest tournament in tennis, an event that should be a positive symbol for the sport, is tarnished.
In response, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and members of Parliament publicly endorsed Williams's arguments. Later that year, the Women's Tennis Association and UNESCO teamed for a campaign to promote gender equality in sports, asking Williams to lead the campaign. Under enormous pressure, Wimbledon announced in February 2007 that it would award equal prize money to all competitors in all rounds, and the French Open followed suit a day later. In the aftermath, the Chicago Sun-Times cited Williams as "the single factor" that "changed the minds of the boys" and a leader whose "willingness to take a public stand separates her not only from most of her female peers, but also from our most celebrated male athletes. Williams herself commented, "Somewhere in the world a little girl is dreaming of holding a giant trophy in her hands and being viewed as an equal to boys who have similar dreams.
Venus herself became the first woman to benefit from the equalization of prize money at Wimbledon, as she won the 2007 tournament and was awarded the same amount as the male winner Roger Federer.
In 2003, Venus and Serena Williams' older sister Yetunde Price, 31, was shot dead near the courts on which the sisters once practiced. Price was the Williams sisters' personal assistant. The Williams family issued this statement shortly after the death: "We are extremely shocked, saddened and devastated by the shooting death of our beloved Yetunde. She was our nucleus and our rock. She was a personal assistant, confidante, and adviser to her sisters, and her death leaves a void that can never be filled. Our grief is overwhelming, and this is the saddest day of our lives.
Williams' long time boyfriend, pro golfer Hank Kuehne, has been a visible presence since Wimbledon 2007, holding her hand during long rain delays and clapping support from the players' box along with her parents and younger sister Serena. "He's a great guy," Williams said. "He understands competition. He's very supportive. I love having him here and everyone else in the box, too.
Williams professes to be a devout Jehovah's Witness.
Williams is the chief executive officer of her interior design firm "V Starr Interiors" located in Jupiter, Florida. Williams's company designed the set of the "Tavis Smiley Show" on PBS, the Olympic athletes' apartments as part of the U.S. bid package for New York City to host the 2012 Olympic Games, and residences and businesses in the Palm Beach, Florida area.
In 2007, Williams teamed with retailer Steve & Barry's to launch her own fashion line EleVen. "I love fashion and the idea that I am using my design education to actually create clothing and footwear that I will wear on and off the tennis court is a dream come true for me. The vision has been to create a collection that will allow women to enjoy an active lifestyle while remaining fashionable at the same time. I'm thrilled with everything we've created to launch EleVen.
In 2001, Williams was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by the Ladies Home Journal.
|Year||Championship||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|2000||Wimbledon||Lindsay Davenport||6–3, 7–6(3)|
|2000||US Open||Lindsay Davenport||6–4, 7–5|
|2001||Wimbledon (2nd)||Justine Henin||6–1, 3–6, 6–0|
|2001||US Open (2nd)||Serena Williams||6–2, 6–4|
|2005||Wimbledon (3rd)||Lindsay Davenport||4–6, 7–6(4), 9–7|
|2007||Wimbledon (4th)||Marion Bartoli||6–4, 6–1|
|2008||Wimbledon (5th)||Serena Williams||7–5, 6–4|
|Year||Championship||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|1997||US Open||Martina Hingis||6–0, 6–4|
|2002||French Open||Serena Williams||7–5, 6–3|
|2002||Wimbledon||Serena Williams||7–6(4), 6–3|
|2002||US Open (2nd)||Serena Williams||6–4, 6–3|
|2003||Australian Open||Serena Williams||7–6(4), 3–6, 6–4|
|2003||Wimbledon (2nd)||Serena Williams||4–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|Year||Championship||Partnering||Opponents in Final||Score in Final|
|1999||French Open||Serena Williams|| Martina Hingis|
|6–3, 6–7, 8–6|
|1999||US Open||Serena Williams|| Chanda Rubin|
|4–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|2000||Wimbledon||Serena Williams|| Julie Halard|
|2001||Australian Open||Serena Williams|| Lindsay Davenport|
|6–3, 4–6, 6–4|
|2002||Wimbledon (2nd)||Serena Williams|| Virginia Ruano Pascual|
|2003||Australian Open (2nd)||Serena Williams|| Virginia Ruano Pascual|
|4–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|2008||Wimbledon (3rd)||Serena Williams|| Lisa Raymond|
|Year||Championship||Partnering||Opponents in Final||Score in Final|
|1998||Australian Open||Justin Gimelstob|| Cyril Suk|
|1998||French Open||Justin Gimelstob|| Luis Lobo|
|Year||Championship||Partnering||Opponents in Final||Score in Final|
|2006||Wimbledon||Bob Bryan|| Andy Ram|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in Final||Score in Final|
|1.||February 23, 1998||Oklahoma City, U.S.||Hard||Joannette Kruger||6–3, 6–2|
|2.||March 16, 1998||Key Biscayne, U.S.||Hard||Anna Kournikova||2–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|3.||September 28, 1998||Munich, Germany||Hard||Patty Schnyder||6–2, 3–6, 6–2|
|4.||February 22, 1999||Oklahoma City, U.S.||Hard||Amanda Coetzer||6–4, 6–0|
|5.||March 15, 1999||Key Biscayne, U.S.||Hard||Serena Williams||6–1, 4–6, 6–4|
|6.||April 26, 1999||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Mary Pierce||6–0, 6–3|
|7.||May 3, 1999||Rome, Italy||Clay||Mary Pierce||6–4, 6–2|
|8.||August 23, 1999||New Haven, U.S.||Hard||Lindsay Davenport||6–2, 7–5|
|9.||October 11, 1999||Zurich, Switzerland||Hard||Martina Hingis||6–3 6–4|
|10.||June 26, 2000||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||Lindsay Davenport||6–3, 7–6(3)|
|11.||July 24, 2000||Stanford, U.S.||Hard||Lindsay Davenport||6–1, 6–4|
|12.||July 31, 2000||San Diego, U.S.||Hard||Monica Seles||6–0, 6–7(3), 6–3|
|13.||August 21, 2000||New Haven, U.S.||Hard||Monica Seles||6–2, 6–4|
|14.||August 28, 2000||US Open, New York City||Hard||Lindsay Davenport||6–4, 7–5|
|15.||September 18, 2000||The Olympics - Sydney, Australia||Hard||Elena Dementieva||6–2, 6–4|
|16.||March 19, 2001||Key Biscayne, U.S.||Hard||Jennifer Capriati||4–6, 6–1, 7–6(4)|
|17.||April 30, 2001||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Meghann Shaughnessy||6–3, 6–0|
|18.||June 25, 2001||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||Justine Henin||6–1, 3–6, 6–0|
|19.||July 30, 2001||San Diego, U.S.||Hard||Monica Seles||6–2, 6–3|
|20.||August 20, 2001||New Haven, U.S.||Hard||Lindsay Davenport||7–6(6), 6–4|
|21.||August 27, 2001||US Open, New York City||Hard||Serena Williams||6–2, 6–4|
|22.||December 31, 2001||Gold Coast, Australia||Hard||Justine Henin||7–5, 6–2|
|23.||February 4, 2002||Paris, France||Carpet||Jelena Dokic||walkover|
|24.||February 11, 2002||Antwerp, Belgium||Carpet||Justine Henin||6–3, 5–7, 6–3|
|25.||April 8, 2002||Amelia Island, U.S.||Clay||Justine Henin||2–6, 7–5, 7–6(5)|
|26.||July 22, 2002||Stanford, U.S.||Hard||Kim Clijsters||6–3, 6–3|
|27.||July 29, 2002||San Diego, U.S.||Hard||Jelena Dokic||6–2, 6–2|
|28.||August 19, 2002||New Haven, U.S.||Hard||Lindsay Davenport||7–5, 6–0|
|29.||February 10, 2003||Antwerp, Belgium||Carpet||Kim Clijsters||6–2, 6–4|
|30.||April 12, 2004||Charleston, U.S.||Clay||Conchita Martinez||2–6, 6–2, 6–1|
|31.||April 26, 2004||Warsaw, Poland||Clay||Svetlana Kuznetsova||6–1, 6–4|
|32.||May 15, 2005||Istanbul, Turkey||Clay||Nicole Vaidišová||6–3, 6–2|
|33.||July 9, 2005||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||Lindsay Davenport||4–6, 7–6(4), 9–7|
|34.||February 24, 2007||Memphis, U.S.||Hard||Shahar Peer||6–1, 6–1|
|35.||July 7, 2007||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||Marion Bartoli||6–4, 6–1|
|36.||September 30, 2007||Seoul, South Korea||Hard||Maria Kirilenko||6–3, 1–6, 6–4|
|37.||July 5, 2008||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||Serena Williams||7–5, 6–4|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Partnering||Opponents in Final||Score in Final|
|1.||February 23, 1998||Oklahoma City, U.S.||Serena Williams|| Catalina Cristea |
|2.||October 12, 1998||Zurich Open, Switzerland||Serena Williams|| Mariaan De Swardt |
|5–7, 6–1, 6–3|
|3.||February 15, 1999||Hamburg, Germany||Serena Williams|| Alexandra Fusai |
|5–7, 6–2, 6–2|
|4.||May 24, 1999||French Open, Paris||Serena Williams|| Martina Hingis |
|6–3, 6–7(2), 8–6|
|5.||August 30, 1999||US Open, New York City||Serena Williams|| Chanda Rubin |
|4–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|6.||June 26, 2000||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Serena Williams|| Julie Halard |
|7.||September 18, 2000||Summer Olympic Games, Sydney, Australia||Serena Williams|| Kristie Boogert |
|8.||January 15, 2001||Australian Open, Melbourne||Serena Williams|| Lindsay Davenport |
|6–2, 4–6, 6–4|
|9.||June 24, 2002||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Serena Williams|| Virginia Ruano Pascual |
|10.||January 13, 2003||Australian Open, Melbourne||Serena Williams|| Virginia Ruano Pascual |
|4–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|11.||July 5, 2008||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Serena Williams|| Lisa Raymond |
|12.||August 17, 2008||Summer Olympic Games, Beijing, China||Serena Williams|| Anabel Medina Garrigues |
Virginia Ruano Pascual
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||QF||QF||A||SF||QF||F||3R||4R||1R||A||QF||0 / 9|
|French Open||A||A||A||2R||QF||4R||QF||1R||F||4R||QF||3R||QF||3R||3R||0 / 12|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||1R||QF||QF||W||W||F||F||2R||W||3R||W||W||5 / 12|
|US Open||A||A||A||F||SF||SF||W||W||F||A||4R||QF||A||SF||QF||2 / 10|
|SR||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||2 / 3||2 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||1 / 4||0 / 3||1 / 3||1 / 4||7 / 43|
|WTA Tour Championships||A||A||A||A||A||SF||A||A||SF||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2|
|Summer Olympics||Not Held||A||Not Held||W||Not Held||3R||Not Held||QF||1 / 3|
|WTA Tier I tournaments|
|Doha||Not Held||Not Tier I||3R||0 / 1|
|Indian Wells||Not Tier I||1R||QF||SF||A||A||SF||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 4|
|Key Biscayne||A||A||A||3R||W||W||A||W||SF||4R||QF||SF||A||3R||QF||3 / 10|
|Charleston||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||W||3R||A||SF||A||1 / 3|
|Berlin||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||3R||A||A||F||A||A||A||A||0 / 2|
|Rome||A||A||A||A||F||W||3R||A||A||A||A||A||SF||A||QF||1 / 5|
|Montreal / Toronto||A||1R||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 2|
|Tokyo||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||A||A||A||A||0 / 1|
|Moscow||Not Held|| Not|
|QF||SF||A||A||A||2R||A||QF||A||A||A||1R||0 / 5|
|San Diego||Not Tier I||A||A||A||QF|| Not|
|0 / 1|
|1 / 4|
|Philadelphia||A||A||Not Tier I||Not Held||Not Tier I||Not Held||0 / 0|
|Match winning percentage||50%||40%||58%||70%||80%||82%||91%||90%||87%||84%||79%||79%||68%||83%||74%||70%|
|Year end ranking||None||205||216||22||5||3||3||3||2||11||9||10||46||8||N/A|
A = did not participate in the tournament.
SR = the ratio of the number of singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Summer Olympics||Not Held||W||Not Held||1R||Not Held||W||10–1|
Currently 8-9 (on matches actually played)
|2008||Serena||Hard||US Open||QF||2||7-6(6), 7-6(7)|
|2008||Serena||Hard||Bangalore||SF||3||6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4)|
|2005||Venus||Hard||US Open||4R||2||7-6(5), 6-2|
|2005||Venus||Hard||Key Biscayne, Florida||QF||2||6-1, 7-6(8)|
|2003||Serena||Grass||Wimbledon||F||3||4-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|2003||Serena||Hard||Australian Open||F||3||7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4|
|2002||Serena||Hard||US Open||F||2||6-4, 6-3|
|2002||Serena||Clay||French Open||F||2||7-5, 6-3|
|2002||Serena||Hard||Key Biscayne, Florida||SF||2||6-2, 6-2|
|2001||Venus||Hard||US Open||F||2||6-2, 6-4|
|2001||Serena||Hard||Indian Wells, California||SF||walkover|
|1999||Serena||Hard (I)||Grand Slam Cup||F||3||6-1, 3-6, 6-3|
|1999||Venus||Hard||Key Biscayne, Florida||F||3||6-1, 4-6, 6-4|
|1998||Venus||Clay||Italian Open||QF||2||6-4, 6-2|
|1998||Venus||Hard||Australian Open||2R||2||7-6(4), 6-1|