Venus Williams at 40: The Woman, The Champion and the Disease That Almost Took Her Joy

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Famed tennis star Venus Williams has reached the very top in every area of tennis but even though she is now ranked outside the Top 50, she wants to keep on competing. And why not? She became the first American black woman to be ranked #1 in the world. She is credited as changing the women’s game and ushering a new, modern era of power and athleticism on the women’s professional tennis tour.