The 100 Greatest Athletes of the Complex Decade

79. Venus Williams

Sport: Tennis
Bonafides From 2002-2012: 12x Grand Slam Winner (4 single, 8 doubles)
When Complex launched in the spring of 2002, the Williams sisters were beginning an unprecedented—in any sport—rein of dominance, and while Serena ended up having the greater overall career, Venus appeared on the scene first. In February '02 she became the first black woman to be No. 1 in the Open era, and beginning at the French Open in June '02, she and Serena played each other in the final of four consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. Venus won the French and Australian Opens during that run, and added three Wimbledon titles ('05, '07, '08) in the Complex Decade to go with the two Wimbledons and two U.S. Opens she won before '02. Simply put, she's one of the greatest to ever do it.

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