“It Pays off”: Venus Williams Credits Her Visionary Father Richard Williams for the Revolution in Women’s Tennis

Published 02/05/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Five-time Wimbledon winner Venus Williams is one of the greatest players to ever play the sport. She won seven Grand Slam titles in the singles category, fourteen titles in doubles and two in mixed doubles. Venus is a four-time Olympic Gold medalist, winning once in singles and thrice in doubles. 

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One of the most important architects in the American’s career is her father, Richard Williams. In the initial years, the success achieved by Venus and Serena would be credited to their father. During the most crucial phase in an athlete’s career, Venus received the best possible guidance under him.  

Venus Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Laura Siegemund of Germany during her third round Women’s Singles match on Day Six of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Venus Williams: “My dad wasn’t afraid to take a risk”

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Recently, the seven-time Grand Slam winner posted on Instagram, complimenting her father for his contribution, not only in her career but towards the entire women’s tennis revolution. She stated, “My dad wasn’t afraid to take a risk and do something never done before in the sport of tennis. Always take the risk and the leap, it pays off. Thank you dad so grateful!” 

The former World No. 1 player is currently in Australia. She took part in the WTA 500 Melbourne 2021 and lost in the Round of 32 to Petra Kvitova. It was a tight contest, as the Czech player got the better of the American in two close sets. 

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Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams touch rackets after Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 13, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Olympic Gold medalist will now focus on the first Grand Slam of the new season, the Australian Open 2021. She made it to the final in 2017, only to lose to her sister Serena in the final. 

In the previous season, Venus lost in the opening round of three Grand Slam events. During the entire season, she won just one match on the women’s Tour. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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