Venus Williams came of age at the US Open. The 1997 tournament marked her first foray to New York, and she promptly made herself at home. A 17-year-old Venus, long tabbed as a future champion, showed that the hype was very much real, storming to the final on the strength of her power game, steely resolve, competitive spirit and unbridled joy.
So began a love affair between a player and a city that continues to this day. Venus is one of the Open era’s most enduring champions. She has now competed in 19 US Opens, tied for fifth most in tournament history and just two behind the women’s record holder, Martina Navratilova.
Venus is one of the most accomplished players in US Open history. Her 92 matches played are fourth most in tournament history among women, and her 76 victories also rank fourth. She trails only Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Serena in both categories.
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