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Williams Sisters
Venus and Serena
Venus and Serena 1993 and 2001.jpg
Venus Serena
Highest singles 
No. 1
(February 25, 2002)
No. 1
(July 8, 2002)
Highest doubles 
No. 1
(June 7, 2010)
No. 1
(June 7, 2010)
Women's Singles titles: 49 73
Women's Doubles titles: 22 23
Grand Slam
Women's Singles titles:
Grand Slam
Women's Doubles titles:
(Aus Open 2001/03/09/10,
French Open 1999/2010,
Wimbledon 2000/02/08/09/12/16,
US Open 1999/2009)
(Aus Open 2001/03/09/10,
French Open 1999/2010,
Wimbledon 2000/02/08/09/12/16,
US Open 1999/2009)
Grand Slam Mixed
Doubles titles:
(Aus Open 1998,
French Open 1998)
(Wimbledon 1998,
US Open 1998)
Summer Olympics
Singles titles:
Gold medal.svg Gold (Sydney 2000) Gold medal.svg Gold (London 2012)
Summer Olympics
Doubles titles:
Gold medal.svg Gold (Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008, London 2012) Gold medal.svg Gold (Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008, London 2012)
Fed Cup
Plays: Right-handed
(two-handed backhand)
(two-handed backhand)
Career Earnings: $42,173,992 (2nd) $94,453,854 (1st)

The Williams sisters are two professional American tennis players: Venus Williams (b. 1980), a seven-time Grand Slam title winner (singles), and Serena Williams (b. 1981), twenty-three-time Grand Slam title winner (singles), both of whom were coached from an early age by their parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price. There is a noted professional rivalry between them— between the 2001 US Open and the 2017 Australian Open tournaments, they met in nine Grand Slam singles finals. They became the first two players, female or male, to play in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals from the 2002 French Open to the 2003 Australian Open; Serena famously won all four to complete the first of two "Serena Slams". Between 2000 and 2016, a 17-year span, they collectively won 12 Wimbledon singles titles (Venus won five, and Serena won seven). By winning the 2001 Australian Open women's doubles title, they became the fifth pair to complete the Career Doubles Grand Slam and the only pair to complete the Career Doubles Golden Slam. At the time, Venus and Serena were only 20 and 19 years old, respectively. Since then, they have gone on to add another two Olympic gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics. Nearly a decade later, the duo would go on to win four consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles from 2009 Wimbledon through 2010 Roland Garros, which would catapult them to co-No. 1 doubles players on 7 June 2010. Two weeks later, on 21 June 2010, Serena would hold the No. 1 singles ranking, and Venus would be right behind her at No. 2 in singles. Their most recent Grand Slam doubles titles came at the 2012 Wimbledon and 2016 Wimbledon events. They remain very close, often watching each other's matches in support, even after one of them has been knocked out of a tournament.

Both sisters have been ranked by the Women's Tennis Association at the world No. 1 position in both singles and doubles. In 2002, after the French Open, Venus Williams and Serena Williams were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, marking the first time in history that sisters occupied the top 2 singles spots in the world rankings. During the 2010 French Open, they became the co-world No. 1 players in women's doubles. On 21 June 2010, Serena and Venus again held the No. 1 and No. 2 rankings spots in singles, respectively, some eight years after first accomplishing this feat. At the time, Serena was three months shy of her 29th birthday and Venus had just celebrated her 30th birthday.

Both players have won four gold medals at the Summer Olympics, one each in singles and three in doubles—all won together—the most of any tennis players. Venus has also won a silver in mixed doubles at the 2016 Rio Olympics. As a duo, they have also completed the Career Golden Slam in doubles, twice. Between the two of them, they have completed the Boxed Set, winning all four grand slams in singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles. They won all of the mixed doubles titles in 1998 to go along with their titles in singles and women's doubles.

Doubles: 23 (22 titles, 1 runner-up)

Winner -- Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (14-0)
Olympic Gold (3)
WTA Tour Championships (0-0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (2-0)
Premier (2-1)
International (1-0)
Finals by Surface
Hard (10-1)
Grass (7-0)
Clay (3-0)
Carpet (2-0)
Outcome No. Date Championships Surface Opponents Score
Winner 1. February 23, 1998 Oklahoma City, United States (1) Hard Romania C?t?lina Cristea
Australia Kristine Kunce
7-5, 6-2
Winner 2. October 12, 1998 Zürich, Switzerland (1) Carpet South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
5-7, 6-1, 6-3
Winner 3. February 15, 1999 Hannover, Germany (1) Carpet France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
5-7, 6-2, 6-2
Winner 4. May 24, 1999 French Open, Paris, France (1) Clay Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
6-3, 6-7(2-7), 8-6
Runner-up 1. August 8, 1999 San Diego, U.S. (1) Hard United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Corina Morariu
4-6, 1-6
Winner 5. August 30, 1999 US Open, New York City, U.S. (1) Hard United States Chanda Rubin
France Sandrine Testud
4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Winner 6. June 26, 2000 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom (1) Grass France Julie Halard-Decugis
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6-3, 6-2
Winner 7. September 18, 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney, Australia (1) Hard Netherlands Kristie Boogert
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
6-1, 6-1
Winner 8. January 15, 2001 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia (1) Hard United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Corina Morariu
6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Winner 9. June 24, 2002 Wimbledon, London, U.K. (2) Grass Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6-2, 7-5
Winner 10. January 13, 2003 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia (2) Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Winner 11. July 5, 2008 Wimbledon, London, U.K. (3) Grass United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6-2, 6-2
Winner 12. August 17, 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, China (2) Hard Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
6-2, 6-0
Winner 13. January 30, 2009 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia (3) Hard Japan Ai Sugiyama
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
6-3, 6-3
Winner 14. July 4, 2009 Wimbledon, London, U.K. (4) Grass Australia Samantha Stosur
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7-6(7-4), 6-4
Winner 15. August 2, 2009 Stanford, U.S. (1) Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Romania Monica Niculescu
6-4, 6-1
Winner 16. September 14, 2009 US Open, New York City, U.S. (2) Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6-2, 6-2
Winner 17. January 29, 2010 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia (4) Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6-4, 6-3
Winner 18. May 15, 2010 Madrid, Spain (1) Clay Argentina Gisela Dulko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6-2, 7-5
Winner 19. June 3, 2010 French Open, Paris, France (2) Clay Czech Republic Kv?ta Peschke
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6-2, 6-3
Winner 20. July 7, 2012 Wimbledon, London, U.K. (5) Grass Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
7-5, 6-4
Winner 21. August 5, 2012 Summer Olympics, London, U.K. (3) Grass Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6-4, 6-4
Winner 22. July 9, 2016 Wimbledon, London, U.K. (6) Grass Hungary Timea Babos
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
6-3, 6-4

Team competition finals: 1 (1 titles)

Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partners Opponent Score
Winner 1. September 18-19, 1999 Fed Cup, Stanford, US Hard United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Monica Seles
Russia Elena Makarova
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Russia Elena Dementieva

Performance timelines

Women's doubles

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Career W/L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 3R SF A W A W Absent QF W W Absent QF Absent 36-4
French Open Absent W Absent 3R W Absent 3R A 3R 17-3
Wimbledon A 1R A W 3R W 3R Absent 2R W W QF A W A 2R A W Absent 45-5
US Open 1R A W SF 3R Absent W Absent 3R SF QF Absent 25-6
Win-Loss 0-1 2-1 16-1 10-0 10-1 6-0 8-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 9-1 20-1 14-1 0-0 8-1 7-2 4-2 0-0 8-1 0-0 2-1 125-14
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held G Not Held A Not Held G Not Held G Not Held 1R Not Held 15-1
Year-End Championships
WTA Finals Did Not Qualify A Did Not Qualify SF A Did Not Qualify 0-1
  • Neither withdrawals nor walkovers are included in wins and losses.

Note: Serena Williams did not play at the 2004 Olympics because of injury. Venus partnered with American Chanda Rubin and lost in the first-round to eventual gold-medalists Sun Tiantian and Li Ting.

Boycott of the Indian Wells Masters

During the 2001 Indian Wells Masters tournament in Indian Wells, California, controversy erupted when Venus Williams withdrew four minutes prior to her semifinal match with her sister Serena.[1]

The following day, Serena played Kim Clijsters in the final. Venus and her father, (coach to her and Serena) Richard Williams were booed as they made their way to their seats.[1] Serena was booed intermittently during the final, in which she defeated Clijsters, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, and even during the presentation ceremony.[1]

Richard accused the crowds at Indian Wells of overt racism, saying, "The white people at Indian Wells, what they've been wanting to say all along to us finally came out: 'Nigger, stay away from here, we don't want you here'". However, no other reports of verbal racism were reported to tournament officials, although Venus has stated without elaboration, "I heard what he heard".[1][2] Oracene Price (mother and coach of Venus and Serena) accused the crowd of "taking off their hoods".[3]

Effects and criticism

After the initial controversy, neither Williams sister played the tournament in Indian Wells for 14 years. The Women's Tennis Association currently classifies the Indian Wells tournament as a Premier Mandatory event for all eligible players.[1] Exceptions are made when players engage in tournament promotions, but Venus and Serena both declined to promote the tournament; WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott agreed he would not, promotionally, "put them in a position that is going to be awkward," and tournament director Charlie Pasarell has stated he would accept the WTA tour's ruling.[1]

Allegations had been made before Venus's withdrawal that Richard Williams decided who won the matches between his daughters.[4] Those allegations continued and increased as a result of her withdrawal.[1]

Richard has said that racial epithets were used against him and Venus as they sat in the stands during the final, but no official complaints were recorded by the tournament. Venus and Serena have been criticized for refusing to discuss the controversy, as some believe that their silence perpetuates racism.[5]

Serena discusses what happened in her view at Indian Wells in detail in an entire chapter titled "The Fiery Darts of Indian Wells" in her 2009 autobiography, On the Line. She says that on the morning of the semifinal, Venus told the tour trainer that she had injured her knee and didn't think she could play and tried for hours to get approval from the trainer to withdraw, but the tournament officials kept stalling.

What got me most of all was that it wasn't just a scattered bunch of boos. It wasn't coming from just one section. It was like the whole crowd got together and decided to boo all at once. The ugliness was just raining down on me, hard. I didn't know what to do. Nothing like this had ever happened to me. What was most surprising about this uproar was the fact that tennis fans are typically a well-mannered bunch. They're respectful. They sit still. And in Palm Springs, especially, they tended to be pretty well-heeled, too. But I looked up and all I could see was a sea of rich people--mostly older, mostly white--standing and booing lustily, like some kind of genteel lynch mob. I don't mean to use such inflammatory language to describe the scene, but that's really how it seemed from where I was down on the court. Like these people were gonna come looking for me after the match. ... There was no mistaking that all of this was meant for me. I heard the word nigger a couple times, and I knew. I couldn't believe it. That's just not something you hear in polite society on that stadium court ... Just before the start of play, my dad and Venus started walking down the aisle to the players' box by the side of the court, and everybody turned and started to point and boo at them ... It was mostly just a chorus of boos, but I could still hear shouts of 'Nigger!' here and there. I even heard one angry voice telling us to go back to Compton. It was unbelievable ... We refused to return to Indian Wells. Even now, all these years later, we continue to boycott the event. It's become a mandatory tournament on the tour, meaning that the WTA can fine a player if she doesn't attend. But I don't care if they fine me a million dollars, I will not play there again.

However, on February 3, 2015, Serena Williams wrote an exclusive column for TIME magazine stating her intentions to return to Indian Wells for a tournament on March 9, 2015. She did indeed return and won her opening match.[6] Williams withdrew before her semi-final match with Simona Halep because of a knee injury.[7]

The WTA announced on January 27, 2016, that Venus would return to Indian Wells for the first time in 15 years.[8]

Best result in Grand Slam singles (combined)

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR
Australian Open A QF QF 4R SF QF WS 3R WS 3R WS QF WS WS 3R 4R QF 4R WS F WS 1R QF 3R SF 7 / 24
French Open 2R QF 4R QF QF WS SF QF 3R QF QF 3R QF QF A 2R WS 2R WS F 4R 4R 3R 2R 4R 3 / 23
Wimbledon 1R QF QF WV WV WS WS F WV 3R WV WV WS WS 4R WS 4R 3R WS WS F F F NH 12 / 23

Year-end WTA ranking

Player 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Venus 205 216 22 5 3 3 3 2 11 9 10 46 8 6 6 5 102 24 49 18 7 17 5 40 53 78
Serena 99 20 4 6 6 1 3 7 11 95 7 2 1 4 12 3 1 1 1 2 22 16 10 11

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "What Happened at Indian Wells?"
  2. ^ "Off-court distractions"
  3. ^ "A fortnight of firsts at the French"
  4. ^ Woolsey, Garth (2009-03-22). "Williams sisters at Indian Wells? Forget it". Toronto Star. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Edmondson, p. 91
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-03-15. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Serena Williams WDs at Indian Wells". ESPN. 2015-03-21. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Venus books return to Indian Wells". WTA. 2016-01-27. Retrieved .

Further reading

  • Edmondson, Jacqueline (2005). Venus and Serena Williams: A Biography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-33165-0
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Liezel Huber
World No. 1 (doubles)
June 7, 2010 - August 1, 2010
Succeeded by
United States Liezel Huber
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Switzerland Martina Hingis & Russia Anna Kournikova
Zimbabwe Cara Black & United States Liezel Huber
WTA Doubles Team of the Year
Succeeded by
United States Lisa Raymond & Australia Rennae Stubbs
Argentina Gisela Dulko & Italy Flavia Pennetta
Preceded by
Zimbabwe Cara Black & United States Liezel Huber
ITF Women's Doubles World Champion
Succeeded by
Argentina Gisela Dulko &
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Preceded by
First Award
Russia Maria Kirilenko & Belarus Victoria Azarenka
WTA Fan Favorite Doubles Team of the Year
Succeeded by
Russia Maria Kirilenko & Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Ekaterina Makarova & Russia Elena Vesnina

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