Who are the most successful siblings in the sport world? The answer absolutely is Venus and Serena Williams? Tournament after tournament they’ve proven their superiority.
Venus Williams born June 17, 1980 is the oldest of the two sisters and currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Venus started playing tennis professionally in October 1994 at the age of 14. While she played a couple of tournaments in 1995 and 1996, she did not start playing tennis regularly on the tour until 1997. She debuted at the US Open but lost to Martina Hingis. In 1998 she won the mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open and French Open. In the span of her career she has won 16 Grand Slam titles including seven in singles, seven in women’s doubles and 2 in mixed doubles. She has also won three Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles events. She plays right-handed but has a two-handed backhand. In 2008, she struck the fastest serve by a woman in Wimbledon‘s recorded history. She is very skilled at volleying and due to her long arms she can reach shots that a lot of players would not try to play.
Serena Williams, born September 26, 1981 is currently considered the top ranked American female player in the game of tennis. She has won eight Grand Slam titles in the singles event and two Olympic gold medals in the women’s doubles event. Serena began playing tennis at a very young age and won her first tournament at the age of four and a half. By the age of ten she had entered 49 tournaments and won 46 of them. Her first professional event was at a tournament in Quebec City. She first ranked in the WTA top 20 in 1998. She moves very quickly around the tennis court and plays very aggressively. She is primarily a baseline player but she is very capable of overpowering her opponents with her serves. While tennis is her career, she has also taken the time out to start a clothing line called Aneres. She has also done several acting jobs including roles in ER, Hair Show, The Division and My Wife and Kids. In Men’s Fitness magazine Serena was asked what she would be doing if she wasn’t a tennis pro and she stated that she loves writing and acting and would probably be a struggling actress or writer.
With the strides that these two women have made in the game of tennis in their many years of playing, it’s hard for one not to think of them when the topic of tennis is being discussed.
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