Here’s everything you need to know about Venus and Serena Williams, the sisters’ long rivalry, and interesting facts.
Since the late 19th century, where numerous fans widely embraced professional sports, rivalries have emanated. The competition has further helped keep the flame of passion for sports blazing. From the rivalry between sports manufacturers Adidas and Nike, Ford’s contention with Ferrari to that of football sensations, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, sports rivalry in modern sports has come to stay. That has been the case in almost every game known to man.
In tennis, one rivalry which has particularly interested fans is the William sisters’ rivalry. This rivalry between Venus and Serena Williams, which has lasted more than a decade, is of great interest as both parties are related by blood. Each of the Williams sisters boasts of amiable talents. Only a few can match. On several occasions, when they have locked horns, their skills have shown how terrific they are.
In this article, we’ll review the rivalry between the two sisters and exciting facts about their careers. Read to the end.
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Venus and Serena Williams Rivalry History
After both sisters turned pro, they first locked horns on the court in the second round of the 1998 edition of the Australian Open. The match, which was described as below average, ended in favor of the older William, Venus. They then meet in the Italian Open quarterfinal, where Venus emerged victorious again.
The sisters then join forces to win the 1998 editions of the U.S. National Indoor Championships and Zurich Open doubles. In 1999, at the 1999 Lipton International Players Championships in Florida, the sisters met in their first professional WTA Tour singles final, which Venus won once again.
However, Serena got her first taste of victory over her sister at the 1999 Grand Slam Cup. Following that, the sisters went on to win doubles at the 1999 French Open and U.S. Open. In the 2000 Wimbledon semifinal, Venus, on her way to claiming her first Grand Slam title, defeated her sister to progress to the final, which she won.
For tennis fans, 2001 was a delightful year. The Williams sisters first joined forces to win the Australian Open’s doubles but faced each other in fierce competition at the U.S. Open final, the first of several Grandslam finals where they’ll both meet. The match, which was “the most-anticipated tennis final in years,” saw Venus emerged the winner. 2002 was another phenomenal year for the Williams sisters’ rivalry. They met at three Grandslam singles finals; the French Open, the Wimbledon and U.S. Open. Serena emerged victorious in all the events.
2003 was a year riddled with injuries for both Venus and Serena. At the Australian Open singles Finals, the fourth consecutive Grandslam finals, the Williams sisters met again, with Serena triumphing. They also went on to win the Doubles title. At the 2003 Wimbledon, Serena defeated Venus, who was afflicted with an abdominal injury. The win made the Williams sisters winner of seven of the last 9 Grandslam events.
The sisters did not meet in 2004 but locked horns in 2005 at the U.S. Open. The 2008 season was the next; both sisters met again. At the Wimbledon Finals, Venus defeated Serena Williams and went on to win the doubles. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics doubles, both sisters triumphed to win a second Gold medal in Olympic doubles. In the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, Serena went on to win. At the 2009 Wimbledon Finals, both sisters met again, with Serena claiming victory.
After meeting at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Championships, the sisters met again at the Family Circle Cup in 2013, with the younger Williams snatching victory. Venus then defeated Serena at the 2014 Rogers Cup semifinals, before Serena got her revenge at the 2015 Wimbledon fourth round and US Open quarter-final.
Their next faceoff was at the 2017 Australian Open final, where Serena once again triumphed. At the 3rd rounds of the 2018 BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and US Open, the Williams sisters met, with Serena emerging victorious.
People Also Ask: Notable Facts About the Williams Sisters
This interesting facts section presents the most frequently asked questions about the two sisters. Explore.
Who is older Serena or Venus?
Venus Williams is the oldest of the two sisters. Venus was born on the 17th of June 1980, while Serena was born 15 months later, precisely, 23rd of September 1981.
What is Venus Williams net worth?
As of 2020, Venus Williams’ net worth is approximately $95 million. Venus’ value makes her the 7th wealthiest tennis player in the world.
What is Serena Williams net worth?
When did the sisters start tennis?
Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, began teaching his daughters how to play tennis when Serena was four years old. As young as age seven, the Venus Williams’ tennis talents were recognized by Tony Chesta, a local professional tennis player.
In October 1994, at the age of 14, Venus Williams turned pro. Likewise, in 1995, Serena Williams turned pro at the age of 14. Serena, who was determined to turn pro after turning 14, was met with resistance by WTA age restrictions. Following that, she filed a suit against the tour but later dropped the suit. In October 1995, she participated in the first professional event of her career.
How many titles has Venus and Serena won?
Serena Williams has more wins. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles, 14 Grand slam singles, one Olympics Gold singles, and three Olympics Gold doubles.
Venus Williams has won seven Grand slam titles, fourteen Grand slam doubles, one Olympics Gold singles, and three Olympics Gold doubles.
How many times have Venus and Serena played against each other?
The famous Williams sisters have played against each other in 30 professional matches, with the most recent in the 2020 Top Seed Open. Serena has won 19 of their 31 encounters, while Venus trails behind with 12.
Who is better, Venus or Serena?
Venus Williams has spent 11 weeks at the top of the World Female Rankings beginning in February 2002, while Serena Williams has spent 316 weeks at the top spot in the World ranking, starting in July 2002. (Accurate as of August 2020). Also, following Serena’s win against her sister Venus at the 2020 Top Seed Open, she now has a 19-12 advantage in the Williams sisters’ rivalry.
Venus Williams has a total of 49 career wins, while Serena Williams has 73 career wins.
Who has won the most career prize money?
Serena Williams ranks first in the WTA career prize money leaders of all time with $92,715,122, while Venus Williams ranks second with $41,805,656 (Accurate as of August 2020).
Is Venus married?
The answer is NO. Venus isn’t married. According to reports, Venus broke up with her boyfriend Nicholas Hammond in 2019, after they dated for two years. Before Hammond, Venus had a relationship with Elio Pis and Hank Kuehne.
Is Serena still married?
Serena Williams is married to Reddit co-founder and entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian. The couple has been married since November 16, 2017, and has a two years old daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.