Venus Williams

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Venus Williams, 2007

Venus Ebony Starr Williams (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.


  • I started [following a vegan diet] for health reasons. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and I wanted to maintain my performance on the court. Once I started I fell in love with the concept of fueling your body in the best way possible. Not only does it help me on the court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me. … I literally couldn’t play tennis anymore, so it really changed my life. Because it was starting to take away what I loved, I had to make some changes, I had to change my life. Thankfully, I was able to find something that helped me get back to doing what I loved. … It changed the pace that I live at. It changed everything.


  • He is exaggerating, for sure—130 mph approaches the high end for the likes of Sampras.
    • Sports Illustrated writer Ian Thomsen in response to Richard Williams asserting that Venus could hit a 130 mph serve. Her record is 129 mph, the second fastest female speed of all time.
    • Thomsen, Ian (April 6, 1998), "Changing of the guard". Sports Illustrated. 88 (14):64

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