How Many Doubles Titles Have Venus and Serena Williams Won at the French Open?

Published 05/20/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
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)


When it comes to playing doubles, Venus and Serena Williams are surely two names that stick out in the minds of tennis fans. Even though the two are prolific athletes when they play singles, they are indestructible when they pair up together. The two have been playing tennis together for more than three decades and surely understand the gameplay of each other.

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Venus and Serena Williams first won the French Open doubles title in 1999. They both were teenagers back then as Serena was 17 while her elder sister, Venus Williams was just 18. Despite their ages, they defeated the defending champions Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova in the finals in three sets. The final scoreline of the match was 6-3, 6(2)-7(7), 8-6.

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)

Interestingly, the glory of the 1999 French Open title marked the beginning of the Williams’ era. It was their first-ever Grand Slam title as a pair and they went on to win many more titles together.

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Venus and Serena Williams’ second French Open doubles title

Even though the American sisters won their second title after about 11 years in the 2010 French Open, it was a special one for them. In the seven rounds, the two just lost a single set in the whole tournament. They defeated Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik in the finals to lift their second Roland Garros doubles title. The final scoreline of that match was 6-2, 6-3.

Serena Williams congratulates her sister Venus Williams following their ladies singles third-round match. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

In their fabulous careers so far, Venus and Serena Williams have won the French Open doubles title twice. Venus has also won the French Open mixed doubles title in 1998 with Justin Gimelstob. Interestingly, the pair defeated Serena Williams and Luis Lobo in the finals, which is the highest Serena ever reached at the French Open in the mixed doubles category.

Individually, World No. 8 Serena has three French Open titles as of now. She last won it in 2015 when she defeated Lucie Safarova in the finals. On the other hand, even though Venus is a 7-time Grand Slam champion, she hasn’t won the French Open singles title in her career so far. Intriguingly, she lost the French Open 2002 finals to her sister.

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The two sisters have won 14 Grand Slams as a pair to date. They are still fit enough and can conquer even more. It’ll be fascinating to watch if they can pull off one more major as a pair before bidding goodbye to the sport.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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