Defining a Champion: Venus Williams' Top 12 Most Significant Victories

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Defining a Champion: Venus Williams' Top 12 Most Significant Victories
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Venus Williams

Over the past 16 years Venus Williams has been one of the world's most famous tennis stars. She has astonished the sport with her power and athleticism on the court and has also attracted legions of first-time fans to tennis by being a pioneer as an African-American tennis champion.

Sometimes overshadowed by younger sister Serena, Venus has still built a world-class resume of her own. She will also forever be remembered by the WTA for being a leader in the fight for equal prize money for women.

Now at 32, Venus still has a bright future in competitive tennis, although it is hard to deny that her best days have probably passed.

This is a look back at 12 victories that helped define Venus Williams as the champion we know today.

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