First of many for Venus Williams
On this day in 2000, 20-year-old Venus Williams beat Lindsay Davenport in the Wimbledon final to win her first grand slam singles title. Williams, seeded fifth, beat No. 1 Martina Hingis in the quarterfinal and sister Serena in the semifinal before taking out Davenport, who was the reigning Australian Open champion. Venus would go on to defend her Wimbledon title in 2001 and also claimed the Venus Rosewater Dish at the All England Club in 2005, 2007 and 2008. In all, Venus has won seven grand slam titles, which ties her for 12th on the all-time list. One of the women she is tied with, Justine Henin, was the runner-up in that 2001 Wimbledon final, falling to Venus in three sets.