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Venus Williams and Tomas Berdych pose naked for ESPN's Body Issue

Venus Williams and Tomas Berdych pose naked for ESPN's Body Issue

BRISTOL, Conn., June 23 (UPI) --Professional tennis players Venus Williams and Tomas Berdych will bare their bodies and souls on the Body Issue 2014, ESPN The Magazine announced Monday.
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Kerber, Halep move up WTA Top 10

Kerber, Halep move up WTA Top 10

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Petra Kvitova slips three places in the WTA Top 10, allowing Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep to make rankings gains.

Venus Williams wins Dubai Open title match

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- American Venus Williams scored a convincing 6-3, 6-0 victory over Alize Cornet Saturday to win the Dubai Open Tennis Championships.
Cornet upsets Serena Williams in Dubai semifinals

Cornet upsets Serena Williams in Dubai semifinals

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Alize Cornet beat world No. 1 Serena Williams for the first time Friday and denied an all-Williams final at the WTA's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Serena, Venus Williams win at Dubai

Serena, Venus Williams win at Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams advanced to the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with wins Thursday.
Pennetta posts upset win at WTA event in Dubai

Pennetta posts upset win at WTA event in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Qualifier Flavia Pennetta won eight consecutive games Wednesday in beating No. 2-seed Agnieszka Radwanska at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Venus Williams wins WTA opener in Dubai

Venus Williams wins WTA opener in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Venus Williams posted a straight-set win Monday in first-round play of the WTA's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Li, six other top seeds advance at Qatar Open

Li, six other top seeds advance at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Li Na led a parade of WTA Top 10 players into the third round of the Qatar Total Open 2014 with a three-set win Wednesday.
Pironkova, Cetkovska advance on upsets in Qatar

Pironkova, Cetkovska advance on upsets in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Qualifiers Tsvetana Pironkova and Petra Cetkovska pulled off first-round upsets Monday at the WTA's Qatar Total Open 2014.
Serena Williams withdraws from BNP Paribas Open

Serena Williams withdraws from BNP Paribas Open

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams, after expressing an interest in returning to the tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., has withdrawn from the event.
Serena Williams posts solid first-round win in Australia

Serena Williams posts solid first-round win in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- No. 1-ranked Serena Williams cruised through a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Ashleigh Barty Monday, beginning her quest for a sixth Australian Open title.
Azarenka could face three Top 5 players in Melbourne

Azarenka could face three Top 5 players in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Three Top 5 players are potentially ahead for Victoria Azarenka in her quest for a third consecutive Australian Open title.
Sharapova passes Li for third spot in WTA Rankings

Sharapova passes Li for third spot in WTA Rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova lost in the semifinals and Li Na won a tournament but Sharapova still moves ahead of Li in the WTA rankings, which were updated Monday.
Ivanovic gets by Venus Williams in ASB Classic final

Ivanovic gets by Venus Williams in ASB Classic final

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Second-seed Ana Ivanovic fought off four third-set break points and beat Venus Williams in Saturday's final of the ASB Classis tennis tournament in New Zealand.
Venus Williams, Ivanovic to decide ASB Classic title

Venus Williams, Ivanovic to decide ASB Classic title

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Venus Williams, appearing in her 72nd WTA final, will play second-seeded Ana Ivanovic in the title match of the ASB Classic tennis tournament in New Zealand.
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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
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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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