Venus Williams: An achiever through and through!
Today, her worldwide ranking stands at 24. However, Venus Williams has stood at the no. 1 position not once, but thrice, throughout her career so far. Being a woman tennis player of African-American descent could not have been smooth sailing, and yet, the older Williams sister not only sailed through, battling against all the odds, she has fought for a path to be paved for other ambitious sportswomen similar to her.
Venus Williams was born to Richard Williams and Oracene Price. She had three older half-sisters, and one younger sister, Serena Williams. From a very young age, it was evident that Venus has talent in her, which needed to be harnessed. She started playing tennis at tender age of four, and by ten, she was practicing at the training academy owned by Rick Macci. However, soon, her father, who was also her home-tutor, decided to take both his daughters (Venus and Serena) out of the academy, and both the girls started training by themselves. It had never been very easy for Venus Williams, because as a talented child, and as the older of the talented duo of sisters, there were always a lot of expectations riding on her shoulders.
Tennis, for her, became professional when she was only fourteen. She played one tournament in 1994, and in 1997, before long, she was playing at fifteen different events. That year, she got the worldwide rank of 22, and by 1998, she took up the worldwide ranking of 5. Together, both the sisters won many grand slam tournaments and many singles as well as doubles matches. From 2000 onwards, especially, both the sisters made their presence known. However, it was not always very easy to keep professional and personal matters separate. For Venus, her sister was not just another player, but also someone she had to contend with on numerous occasions.
She and her sister have played 24 matches against one another, out of which Serena Williams has won 14 of them. This might have strained the relationship in the family very severely, but Venus Williams did not let this get in the way of the feeling of camaraderie which she and her sister share. For every match they’ve fought against one another, they’ve made up for it by making a beautiful pair during the doubles matches in which they’ve teamed up with one another.
Over the years, Venus Williams has suffered many illnesses as well as bad injuries. Many critics have lost hope, and time and again, she has managed to prove them wrong. Her half-sister, Yetunde Price, was murdered in 2003, in front of a court which was used by the Williams sisters for practice. This was a heavy blow which fell on Venus Williams because she was very close to her older sister.
Despite all kinds of fall-backs, Venus Williams has emerged a winner. From facing racial discrimination by white families at the tennis court as a kid, to dealing with the pressure of performance and professional rivalry with her own sister, she has coped very beautifully with such trying circumstances.
Today, Venus Williams is not just an ace tennis player, she is also one of the few people who have stood up for the rights of sportswomen. She has proved herself to be a true achiever in more ways than one.