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(born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player who is generally regarded as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis and who, along with younger sister Serena Williams, is credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour. 11 in singles as of January 28, 2017, Williams has been ranked World No.1 by the Women's Tennis Association on three occasions, for a total of 11 weeks. 1 on February 25, 2002, the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era.
As of the 2017 Australian Open, Williams extends her record as the all-time leader, male or female, in Grand Slams played, with 73.
She and Serena have won more Olympic gold medals than any other tennis player, male or female.
Taught the game by their father, the sisters have won a combined 24 Grand Slam singles titles and have both been ranked No.
1."From the beginning, I decided that if people came to me later on and told me my daughters were great tennis players, I had failed," he writes.
There are meditations on the American dream, ambition and, above all, racism.
The latter is the prism through which Richard Williams learned to see the world and, as he repeatedly hammers home, still does to this day."If a person doesn't know where they started from, they sure as heck don't know where they're going," he said in the interview.
Her five Wimbledon singles titles ties her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list.
Williams is one of four women to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles in the Open Era.
Venus also holds the record for the most Olympic medals won by a male or female player shared with Kathleen Mc Kane Godfree and the only player to have won a medal at four separate Olympic Games.
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.
It goes into detail about how Indian Wells, in his words, "disgraced America."The book covers plenty of other ground, although there is not much that is revelatory about the professional tennis careers of Serena and Venus Williams.