Happy Birthday, Venus Williams
Happy 33rd birthday to a woman who has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles and four Olympic gold medals. Venus Williams, who was born on this day in 1980 in Lynwood, Calif., has won seven majors in singles, 13 in women’s doubles and two in mixed. Throughout her career, Venus has had the most success at Wimbledon, which begins next week at the All England Club. She has captured five of her seven singles Grand Slam titles on the green grass and five women’s doubles titles there, playing with her sister Serena. Her first singles title at Wimbledon came in 2000 and her most recent was in 2008. In addition to her success on the court, Venus also successfully lobbied the All England Club to award women equal pay. That is the subject of an upcoming Nine for IX documentary, “Venus Vs.,” which airs on ESPN at 8 p.m. on July 2.