Venus: Aussie mixed title with Gimelstob began it all

by: Matt Cronin | January 13, 2013

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

Venus Williams says that her 1998 Australian Open mixed doubles title with fellow American Justin Gimelstob was the start of her overall success. Williams owns 44 career singles titles, seven of which are Grand Slams, as well as 21 doubles titles, 13 of which are Grand Slams and three of which Olympic gold medals. All her doubles titles were won with her sister, Serena.

“The mixed doubles in ‘98, that was like the first title I ever had,” said Venus, who wouldn’t win her first singles title until a month later in Oklahoma City. We had the French Open that year, too. That was definitely the beginning for me. After that I started winning events. Sometimes it takes winning a mixed or whatever it is, a major, to really understand how to win matches.”

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Andy Murray says this comeback has been most challenging of his career

The three-time Grand Slam champion is currently working his way back from hip surgery. 

TC Plus Match of the Day: Pablo Cuevas vs. Adrian Mannarino, Barcelona

Cuevas is a seasoned veteran on clay, but Mannarino holds a better ATP ranking.

What's at Stake: The women kick off their spring swing in Stuttgart

Also, the ATP goes deeper into the dirt with a big tournament in Barcelona.