With the decade coming to an end, we’re counting down the top 10 ATP and WTA players of the 2010s - and today, on the women’s side, we’re starting with legendary No. 10 Venus Williams!
No. 10: Venus Williams (USA)
2010-19 fast facts
Highest ranking: No. 2 (2010)
WTA singles titles: 8
WTA singles finals: 9 (Australian Open 2017, Wimbledon 2017, WTA Finals 2017)
WTA doubles titles: 6 (Australian Open 2010, Madrid Open 2010, French Open 2010, Wimbledon 2012, London Olympics 2012, Wimbledon 2016 – all with Serena Williams)
Top 10 wins: 29
With the decade coming to an end, we’re counting down the top 10 ATP and WTA players of the 2010s – and today, on the women’s side, we’re starting with legendary No. 10 Venus Williams!
Venus would go on to compile solid seasons in 2013 and 2014, but it was in 2015 where she started to get back to her very best tennis, reaching Grand Slam quarter-finals for the first time since 2010 at the Australian and U.S. Opens, while she went on to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon the following year.
2017 ended up being the best year of the decade for Venus as the American put together an incredible resurgence, reaching two major finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon (her first slams finals since 2009), and the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.
At 37 years of age, Venus also made the WTA Finals final in 2017, defeating the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko and Caroline Garcia before going down to Caroline Wozniacki, ending the year at No. 5 in the world.
Naturally, Venus has slowed down over the last two seasons, ending this year at No. 53 in the world (her second year-end finish outside the top 50 since 1996), but what the American has been able to achieve this decade, with the various obstacles that have been put in her place, has been extraordinary and inspiring.
About to enter her fourth different decade on tour in 2020, an elusive 50th career title for Venus would be thoroughly deserved.