Venus Williams and Serena Williams were undeniably two of the greatest female sports stars in US history. Her 21st century legacy has entered people’s homes in the best possible way.
A survey by Betsperts has revealed that the sister duo have sparked a huge surge in sports-inspired newborn names.
Serena Williams ranks third behind Kobe Bryant and David Beckham in the list of the most popular athlete-inspired baby names. As many as 10,620 babies have been named after the 23-time major champion, who is close to retiring after the 2022 US Open.
Venus Williams, meanwhile, is seventh on the list. In 2005, she won her third Wimbledon title, her first singles Grand Slam in almost four years. This sporting moment caused quite a stir and resulted in a whopping 115.09% increase in awareness.
Other stars in the top 10 most desirable baby names include Sidney Crosby, Carli Lloyd, Floyd Mayweather, Marshawn Lynch, LeBron James and Tiger Woods.
Venus Williams and Serena Williams will compete at the US Open
Venus Williams and Serena Williams have now turned their focus to the upcoming US Open. The sister duo is on the entry list for the slam event.
While the older sister received a wildcard entry, the younger Williams is entering the tournament with a protected leaderboard. This will be the ultimate tournament for Serena Williams, who will be retiring from professional tennis to ‘evolve’ in areas other than tennis.
“I’ve never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve seen this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use this word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people,” she told Vogue’s September issue.
“Perhaps evolution is the best word to describe what I intend to do. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis and towards other things that are important to me,” she added.
The US Tennis Association has reported a massive increase in ticket sales for the opening days of the tournament due to Junior Williams’ impending retirement.
The federation has announced that the first three nights of the US Open have sold out and prices for the US Open women’s final have increased by almost 68%.
Serena Williams is a six-time champion at Flushing Meadows. The 40-year-old won the first Grand Slam of her illustrious career in New York in 1999. Venus Williams won the US Slam in her career in 2000 and 2001.
The final Grand Slam of the season begins next week with the main draw matches scheduled to take place from August 29th to September 11th.