Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships announced the Wimbledon 2020 canceled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Wimbledon celebrates the 20th anniversary of Venus Williams’ first Wimbledon Grand Slam title.
In the 114th edition of the Championships, Venus Williams defeated the defending champion Lindsay Davenport in the straight-set to clinched her maiden Grand Slam title. Notably, Venus dropped only one set throughout the entire tournament, to Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2000.
For that special event, The championships released a short film about the Wimbledon journey of Venus Williams. It’s named “Dare to Dream,” and especially narrated by her younger sister Serena Williams. “When we were girls, Venus always went first. Big sisters have a way of being leaders, and she was my guiding light,”
“We made a big splash when we arrived on tour. The sport had never seen sisters or players like us. We played the only kind of tennis we knew: smart, powerful, unforgiving.”
“I dreamed always of winning the US Open, but for Venus, it was Wimbledon… When I achieved my dream in [New York in] 1999, my sister watched with pride, but the year 2000 would be her turn.” Serena added.
“My Big Sister Wimbledon Champion”- Serena Williams
Former number one Serena Williams also explained her semifinal experience with Venus Williams in the same tournament.
“It was the first time two sisters had faced off in a Grand Slam semifinal. Wow, We have come a long way from the public courts of Compton. Venus got the better of me that day and she went on to make history. That year Venus became the first black ladies singles champion since Althea Gibson in 1958. And the first black player to capture the title since Arthur Ashe in 1975.” Serena Williams Concluded.