Venus Williams: By the Numbers

by: Jonathan Scott | February 26, 2014

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Tuesday marked the 12th anniversary of Venus Williams' ascent to the WTA tour's penthouse—the day she first became No. 1 in the world. The fresh Dubai champion tweeted to that end, not really waxing nostalgic about the mark but rather putting the news out there with a "just the facts, ma'am" approach:

The Spin is a stat-happy spot, always. Here, now, is a by-the-numbers look at Venus over the years, both in terms of the obvious and the not-so apparent. Let's just adopt Venus' own mentality of late and say this: Onward.

33: Age, in years

0: Times she has celebrated her birthday, as a Jehovah's Witness, in her adult life 

3: Singles titles she has won in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, including her title last weekend

5: Singles matches Venus played last week in Dubai

5: Players ranked higher than her at the time she beat in that event

24: Games she lost to those five players (Alize Cornet, Caroline Wozniacki, Flavia Pennetta, Ana Ivanovic, and Elena Vesnina)

2: Number of those players who have been ranked No. 1 to date (Wozniacki, Ivanovic)

1: Grand Slam singles titles those five pros have won so far

7: Grand Slam singles titles Venus has won in her career

13: Grand Slam doubles titles Venus has won, all with Serena Williams

1: Number of tweets that mother Oracene Price sent out over her @Oracene Twitter account at about the time Venus won last week's Dubai title

What that unintentionally hilarious tweet said:

3: Sisters she has who are not named Serena—Isha Price, Lyndrea Price, and Yetunde Price (deceased)

15: Months of life that Venus has on Serena

29: Venus' current rank on the WTA tour

1: Her highest rank, achieved first in 2002

0: African-American women who reached No. 1 before Venus

1: African-American women who became No. 1 after her (namely, Serena) 

3,900: Tweets that Venus has posted to date

1.08: Followers, in millions, that she (nearly) has

221: People, brands, and entities Venus herself follows

1: Tennis player who she has recently followed on Twitter (@vicky_duval95)

3: Female broadcast journalists who Venus has recently begun following on Twitter: Hannah Storm, Robin Roberts, and Katie Couric

1: Number of times Venus appeared on one-time "Real Housewife" and would-be broadcast queen's Bethenny Frankel's daytime talk show before it was canceled

311: The name of one of her favorite music acts, among which Pearl Jam is also included

One more insightful morsel of trivia, though not one in the form of a numeral. The top three Google searches based on typing "Venus Williams" in that text field are "net worth," "boyfriend," and "illness."

Indeed, onward.

Got a thought, a tip, or a point to make? Hit me on Twitter @jonscott9.

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