Memory Lane: Venus Williams wins first career title ... and raises the roof
Memory Lane is a recurring feature in which we dig through photo and video archives for classic moments.
Fifteen years ago Friday, a 17-year-old Venus Williams won the 1998 IGA Tennis Classic in Oklahoma City for her first WTA title. Wearing a white Reebok dress and beads in her hair, Venus broke through in her third career final by defeating South Africa's Joannette Kruger 6-3, 6-2.
Ranked No. 14 at the time, Venus earned her spot in the final with a 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-3 victory against top seed and world No. 2 Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals.
How did Venus celebrate her maiden win (and $27,000 windfall)? By raising the roof:
That day in 1998 also sparked another Williams trend, as Venus came out 30 minutes later to team up with Serena to win their first doubles title.
"This is one I will probably always remember," Venus said at the time. "I can say it all started back in Oklahoma City."