Venus Ebony Star Williams born June 17, 1980, is an

American professional tennis player

A former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles

Williams has won seven Grand Slam singles titles

 five at Wimbledon and two at the US Op

She is widely regarded as one of the sport's all-time greats.

Along with her younger sister Serena

Williams, Venus Williams was coached by her parents 

Oracene Price and Richard Williams

Turning professional in 1994, she reached her

First major final at the 1997 US Open. In 2000 and 2001

Williams claimed the Wimbledon and US Open titles, as well as 

Olympic singles gold at the 2000 Sydney 

Olympics. She first reached the singles

World No. 1 ranking on 25 February 2002, becoming the first