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.With 49 singles titles, Williams trails only Serena among active players on the WTA Tour.The Williams family moved from Compton, California, to West Palm Beach, Florida, when she was ten, so that Venus and Serena could attend the tennis academy of Rick Macci, who took notice of the sisters and who would provide additional coaching.He did not always agree with Williams's father but respected that "he treated his daughters like kids, allowed them to be little girls".In her first Tier I event of the year, Williams lost in the semifinals of the State Farm Evert Cup in Indian Wells to No. The following week, Williams won the Tier I Lipton International Players Championships in Key Biscayne, Florida, defeating No. On March 30, 1998, her ranking broke into the top 10 for the first time, at No. Williams played only one tournament on clay before the 1998 French Open.At the Italian Open in Rome, she defeated sister Serena in the quarterfinals and No.At the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Williams extended her record as the all-time leader, male or female, in Grand Slams played, with 75.With her run to the 2017 Wimbledon singles final, she broke the record for longest time between first and most recent grand slam singles finals appearances.
Williams played five events in 1996, falling in the first round four times but reaching the third round in Los Angeles, before losing to No. Williams played 15 tour events in 1997, including five Tier I tournaments. Her ranking broke into the top 100 on April 14, 1997.She has developed into a skilful volleyer who uses her long arm span (1.85m) and agility around the net.Williams turned professional on October 31, 1994, at the age of fourteen.During her debut at the US Open, she lost the final to Martina Hingis after defeating Irina Spîrlea in a semifinal which saw Spîrlea intentionally collide with Williams during a changeover.Richard Williams, her father, later claimed that this incident was racially motivated.Her 35-match winning streak from the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2000 Generali Ladies Linz tournament final is the longest since January 1, 2000.