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Venus Williams withdraws from Rome event

WARSAW, Poland, April 30 (UPI) -- World No. 3 Venus Williams has decided to pare down her schedule, and has withdrawn from the Italia Masters tennis event in Rome.

Four cities in hunt for Fed Cup

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 29 (UPI) -- The United States announced Tuesday that it has limited its choices for the site of the Fed Cup quarterfinals to four cities.

Parra shocks Maleeva at J&S Cup tennis

WARSAW, Poland, April 29 (UPI) -- Spanish qualifier Arantxa Parra recorded the biggest victory of her brief career Tuesday, stunning fifth-seeded Magdelena Maleeva of Bulgaria in the first round

Pistolesi reaches second round

WARSAW, Poland, April 28 (UPI) -- Seventh seed Anna Pistolesi advanced Monday to the second round of $700,000 J&S Cup with a straight-sets victory over Barbara Schett.

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Williams sisters dominate in Fed Cup

LOWELL, Mass., April 27 (UPI) -- Team Williams completed a 5-0 sweep of the Czech Republic Sunday as the United States rolled into the second round of the Fed Cup.

Americans lead in Fed Cup

LOWELL, Mass., April 26 (UPI) -- Venus and sister Serena Williams made quick work of their singles matches Saturday as the United States built a 2-0 lead over the Czech Republic in their first-

Capriati reaches semifinals

MIAMI, March 26 (UPI) -- Sixth seed Jennifer Capriati rallied against fellow American Meghann Shaughnessy Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open.

Agassi, Venus advance in Miami

MIAMI, March 22 (UPI) -- Andre Agassi opened defense of his Nasdaq-100 Open title Saturday with a 6-4, 6-2 second-round victory over Michael Chang at the $6.21 million Tennis Masters Se

Venus Williams withdraws in Arizona

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Venus Williams, the top seed and defending champion, withdrew Thursday from the State Farm Women's Classic due to tendinitis in her left knee.

Lisa Raymond defends title in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Lisa Raymond defended her Kroger St. Jude title Saturday while fellow American Andy Roddick is happy to a chance to do the same thing.

Capriati enjoys successful return

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Justine Henin-Hardenne and Amelie Mauresmo, the top two seeds, needed three sets each Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships.

Rain spoils opening day of Copa Colsanitas

BOGOTA, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- American Ansley Cargill rallied for a three-set victory Monday as rain spoiled nearly half of the first-round tennis matches at the Copa Colsanitas.

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Venus Williams
American Venus Williams returns the ball in her match against Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm on the third day of the 125th Wimbledon Championships in Wimbledon,England on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. UPI/Hugo Philpott

Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 32 as of 4 July 2011 in singles and World No. 20 in doubles as of 2011. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002, becoming the first black woman to achieve this feat during the open era.

Her 21 Grand Slam titles ties her for twelfth on the all time list and is more than any other active female player except for her younger sister Serena Williams. Venus Williams' titles consist of: seven in singles, twelve in women's doubles, and two in mixed doubles. Those seven Grand Slam singles titles ties her with four other women for twelfth place on the all-time list. Her five Wimbledon singles titles ties her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list. Venus Williams is one of only three women in the open era to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles. From the 2000 Wimbledon Championships through the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments held. She is one of only five women in the open era to win 200 or more main draw Grand Slam singles matches.

Williams has won three Olympic gold medals, one in singles and two in women's doubles. She has won more Olympic gold medals than any other female tennis player. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams became only the second player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at the same Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody in 1924.

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