Venus Williams is tennis. Even people who don't play or watch tennis on a regular basis are familiar with Williams' powerhouse performances. She and younger sister Serena Williams have been winning matches and securing titles since their teens.
Now in her mid-30s, Venus Williams remains a world-class tennis star with four Olympic gold medals and a host of other top tennis titles. Williams returns to the Volvo Car Open on Daniel Island this year, giving locals and tournament visitors a chance to see her in action.
This isn't Williams' first visit to the Volvo Car Open, the largest women's-only tennis tournament in the North America. In fact, she's had some pretty spectacular matches, in her past eight appearances, at this event, which features more than 70 of the world’s top female tennis players.
Get ready to see what Williams has in store for fans this year by reliving her 10 top moments at the Volvo Car Open - both off and on the court.
1. Venus Williams won the Volvo Car Open title in 2004.
She defeated Conchita Martínez 2–6, 6–2, 6–1 in 2004 to hoist the trophy on Billie Jean King Stadium Court. It was the first title for Williams that season and the 30th of her career.
2. Sibling showdown in the 2013 semifinals.
This match was the first time Venus and Serena had played each other since 2009 and their first meet up on clay since the 2002 French Open final. Attendance for their match was 9,538 – the most-attended session in Volvo Car Open history. They also had both played doubleheaders the day before because of rain earlier in the week (that, too, was a moment for the tennis history books).
3. Harold visits Charleston.
Williams has brought her dog, Harold, a gray Havanese, to Charleston many times. He's attended matches, the player party and, in 2016, he even joined her on Daniel Island for the media All Access Hour and posed for photos with her.
4. Volvo ride + drive with Andrew Krasny.
Williams took a spin with the tournament emcee in a brand-new Volvo at the 2016 tournament. Together they sang and re-enacted their very own carpool karaoke – dancing and laughing along the way.
5. Taking to the court with everyday folks.
In 2013, Williams played with Daniel Island residents and members of the media in an EleVen exhibition match. EleVen is her clothing line that is available for purchase in the Volvo Car Open merchandise tent.
6. Hanging with fans.
Williams often takes the time to recognize her fans, whether that means signing autographs for children of interacting with longtime Charleston fans who attend year after year to watch her play.
7. Honoring the military through tennis.
In 2012, Williams played Return the Serve with a veteran during the Volvo Car Open's first Military Night. She danced and entertained the crowd after her win.
8. Player party fun.
Williams showed up in style to the Volvo Car Open's 2012 Player Party when she arrived in a rickshaw.
9. Honoring 40 years of tennis.
For the 40th anniversary of the Volvo Car Open, Williams joined the Original 9 for a special event honoring women's tennis and the nine women – including Billie Jean King – who formed the Women's Tennis Association.
10. Karaoke competition.
During a rain delay in 2013, Venus and Serena took the mic in the player's lounge and performed karaoke to everyone's delight.
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