Venus Williams and Serena Williams have been an inspiration for each other during their careers and their lives as well, overcoming many difficulties in terms of health and injuries. They faced in a Major final nine times, with Serena leading head to head meetings 7-2.
In an interview to InStyle, the 38-year-old revealed who she got the best advice from. And she indicated just the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion. ‘I think some of my best advice comes from my sister Serena. One time she told me, “If you take your opportunities, more will come.” And I was playing this really important match, and it rang in my head – “If you take your opportunities, more will come.” And more did come.’
Venus is an inspiration for people around the world as well: ‘I think it’s a woman that just doesn’t accept any limitations. And she’s everything she wants to be. No excuses for who she is. That’s just the most amazing kind of women.’
Venus also remarked she wants to play 2020 Tokyo, in two years: ‘It’s my goal to take up another Olympic spot. I’ve got a lot of tremendous opportunities at the Olympics…It’s such a beautiful experience. I really hope, God willing, I’ll be there’. She doesn’t care about being 40 in 2020: ‘I’ll be 40 but I won’t look 40.’
Serena reveals doping witch-hunt
Serena Williams has again hit out at the frequency with which she is selected for anti-doping tests. The Wimbledon runner-up took to Twitter on Tuesday night after she received another visit from a tester.
Williams wrote: “And it’s that time of the day to get ‘randomly’ drug tested and only test Serena. Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean.”
In a second message, the 36-year-old added: “But I’m ready to do whatever it takes to have a clean sport so bring it on. I’m excited.” Figures from the United States Anti-Doping Agency show Williams has been tested more than any other tennis player so far in 2018. Individual figures for athletes tested through the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme are published at the end of each year.
Williams addressed the issue at a press conference before Wimbledon after it was revealed the American was unhappy when a tester refused to leave her house having turned up for a random test outside of the 23-time grand slam champion’s allotted hour. She said: “How is it I’m getting tested five times in June? It’s only June, I’ve been tested five times.
“Tennis has given me so much. It’s such an amazing sport. I feel like equality, that’s all I’ve been preaching. If that’s testing everyone five times, let’s do it. It’s just about being equal and not centring one person out. Just due to the numbers, it looks like I’m being pushed out.”
Serena gets wild card entry for Rogers Cup
The 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has changed her mind about playing the upcoming Rogers Cup in Montreal, returning to this event for the first time since 2015 when Belinda Bencic stopped her in the semi-final. A year earlier, Williams had competed in Montreal for the last time, suffering another semi-final loss, this time to her sister Venus. Returning after a long break, Serena has played only four tournaments so far in 2018, reaching the final at Wimbledon and moving from the 181st spot back to Top 30.
A great result at the All England Club has obviously motivated a great champion to adjust her plans and add Rogers Cup to her schedule this summer. Serena had made her debut at Rogers Cup back in 2000 when she was still 18, losing in the final against Martina Hingis but going all the way a year later when he defeated Jennifer Capriati in the title match. Between 2006-2010 she played this event only once and it was only a success for her in the last four editions, winning titles in 2011 and 2013 and ending her run in the semis in 2014 and 2015.