DUBAI, UAE - With Venus Williams winning the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and getting back in the big leagues of women's tennis now, we at wtatennis.com thought we'd drop a few stats on her career and how this fits in - just in case any of you wanted a reminder of her greatness!
? Since her Sjögren's Syndrome lay-off from August 2011 to March 2012, this is Venus' second and biggest WTA title - she won an International-level title in Luxembourg at the end of the 2012 season and Dubai is a Premier-level event. It's her first Premier-level title since winning Dubai in 2010.
? This is Venus' 45th WTA title overall. She still has the second-most WTA titles among active players (Serena Williams leads with 58) and 11th-most all-time (after Navratilova-167, Evert-154, Graf-107, Court-92, Goolagong Cawley-68, King-67, Serena-58, Davenport-55, Wade-55 and Seles-53).
? Venus still leads Serena among active players for career match wins - she now has 647 and Serena has 641 (they are 100 matches ahead of the next player on the list - Jelena Jankovic is next with 541).
? Not only has Venus won Dubai the last three times she has played it - a three-title, 15-match win streak - but she has won 30 of her last 31 sets at this tournament as well (the only set she has lost in this streak came in the 2009 semifinals against Serena - she won the match, 61 26 76(3)).
? This is the fifth event Venus has won three or more times. She is a five-time winner at Wimbledon (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008), a four-time winner at New Haven (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) and a three-timer at Dubai (2009, 2010, 2014), Miami (1998, 1999, 2001) and San Diego (2000, 2001, 2002).
? Venus is a seven-time Grand Slam champion, winning Wimbledon five times (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008) and the US Open twice (2000 and 2001). Her best results at the other two majors are runner-up finishes, at the 2002 French Open and 2003 Australian Open (losing both finals to Serena).
? Venus is a former World No.1, rising to the top spot for the first time almost exactly 12 years ago (she spent a total of 11 weeks as the World No.1, all in 2002 - three weeks from February 25 to March 17, another four weeks from April 22 to May 19 and another four weeks from June 10 to July 7).
? Venus played her first event almost 20 years ago at Oakland in 1994 - as an unranked wildcard, she won her first round and pushed then-No.2 Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario to three sets in the second round.
? Venus has also had a legendary doubles career, winning 13 Grand Slam doubles titles with Serena (four Australian Opens, two French Opens, five Wimbledons and two US Opens) and becoming the co-No.1 doubles player with her for eight weeks (from June 7 to August 1, 2010). Venus also has two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles with Justin Gimelstob (both in 1998 - the Aussie and French Opens).
? Venus has four gold medals - one in singles (2000) and three in doubles (2000, 2008 and 2012 - all with Serena). She and Serena are the only players, male or female, to win four gold medals in tennis.