Fun Fact 2 Venus Williams is a famous professional tennis player. She is
American and she lives in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida.
Fun Fact 3: Venus Williams is an outstanding tennis player. She was the
first black American female to achieve World No. 1 during the Open Era.
She achieved this on February 25th, 2002.
Fun Fact 4: Venus Williams has a famous sister called Serena, she is
also a professional tennis player with incredible skill.
Fun Fact 5: Venus Williams has won many medals for her outstanding
achievements. She has won four Olympic gold medals! Together, with her
sister Serena, the Williams sisters have won more Olympic gold medals
than any female tennis star.
Fun Fact 6: There are only three Women's Tennis Association (WTA)
players who have made all 4 Grand Slams; Australian Open, French Open,
Wimbledon and US Open. Venus Williams is one of the professional female
tennis players to achieve this along with her sister Serena and Maria
Fun Fact 7: Venus Williams broke a record in 2008 during the Zurich
Open, she holds the fastest serve by a female tennis player in a main
draw event. She achieved a speed of 209.2 km/h (130 mph).
Fun Fact 8: Venus Williams was fourteen years of age when she began
playing tennis professionally. She played her first professional
tournament in 1994 in Oakland.
Fun Fact 9: Venus Williams, along with her sister and mother, are
practicing Jehovah Witnesses. Although the sisters do not vote, they
have shown their support for President Obama.
Fun Fact 10: Venus Williams trained for 2 hours per day with her sister
Serena when they were small children. The sisters were coached by their
Fun Fact 11: Venus Williams has suffered many wrist injuries including
tendinitis during the first part of 2000. Tendinitis can be described as
the inflammation of a tendon.
Fun Fact 12: In 2007 the pay rules for Wimbledon were changed. This was
instigated by Venus Williams who claimed that Wimbledon were on the
wrong side of history. Before 2007, male tennis players were paid more
than female players. This rule was changed and equal prize money was
awarded to all competitors in all rounds.
Fun Fact 13: In 2007, Venus Williams won the Wimbledon tournament. As
the rules had been changed in favor of paying equal prize money to all
competitors, no matter what their gender, Venus received the same amount
as Roger Federer, the male winner.
Fun Fact 14: Venus Williams' sister was killed in 2003. The tragedy left
the family grief stricken and deeply saddened. They issued this
statement, "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."
Fun Fact 15: Venus Williams achieved an associate degree in 2007 in
Fashion Design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She has an
interior design company called V Starr Interiors.