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Venus Williams: Tennis’s Big Sister

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by Christienna Fryar 

A few weeks ago, a black woman won Wimbledon. She beamed as she received her trophy in the stands. Venus Williams; 2016 Wimbledon doubles champion. She’s still got it.

As her younger sister Serena has marched her way toward G.O.A.T status, it’s become all too easy to lose track of Venus. Yet it’s only in comparison with her sister that Venus seems inconsequential.

Venus 3Aside from Serena, Venus is the most successful women’s tennis player currently active. In a career that has spanned two decades, a list of her achievements include seven grand slam tournament victories and 49 singles tournament wins in all, more than anyone currently playing (who’s not named Serena Williams). She won Olympic singles gold at Sydney, won the WTA year-end tournament in 2008, and she and Serena are three-time Olympic doubles champions.

Venus heads into Rio 2016, likely her final Olympics…

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