Maddie is one of my bestest friends on tour and to play her here, honestly, I wouldn’t have wanted to play anyone else. I told her I wished it could be a draw, cause I wish we could’ve both won. I’m gonna support her no matter what, and I know she’s gonna support me no matter what, so to stand here with her today is incredible, and that’s what real friendship is.
- Sloane Stephens, 2017 US Open Women’s Singles Champion
Venus Williams (b. 1980) is regarded
as one of the best tennis players in history. She was World No. 1 for a total
of 11 weeks throughout her career, and was the first African American to reach
that spot in the Open Era.
She is one of only
seven women who have ever reached No. 1 in both singles and doubles. She has
won seven Grand Slam singles titles, and fourteen Grand Slam doubles. She has
won four Olympic gold medals, and holds the record for most Olympic medals by a
tennis player, male or female.