Venus Williams Ends Her Break from Tennis

Venus Williams Ends Her Break from Tennis
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Kuthula Magubane
Kuthula Magubane
August 26th 2022 - 08:24 AM

American Tennis player and living legend Venus Ebony Starr Williams is stepping back into the professional light in this year's Wimbledon mixed doubles. She was on the mixed doubles entry list published Wednesday, paired with Englishman Jamie Murray, the older brother of Andy Murray who owns two Wimbledon mixed doubles titles. 

Her numbers and records speak for themselves. A former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, Williams has won seven Grand Slam singles titles, five Wimbledon Championships, and four Olympic Gold medals. She is widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of the sport.

Along with her seven singles major titles, Williams has also won 14 women's doubles major titles, all partnering Serena; the pair is unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. The pair also won three Olympic gold medals in women's doubles. The Williams Sisters are credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour.

The last time Venus Williams competed in a professional match was in the August of 2021, when she ended up having to withdraw due to a leg injury, right before the U.S. Open. Her singles ranking fell to No. 570, but she is a “sleeping dragon” and at any moment she can still take wildcards into singles tournaments. 

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