PRICELESS and PROPHETIC: INTERVIEW WITH 12-YEAR-OLD VENUS – SERENA AGE 11 and DAD RICHARD WILLIAMS

  “Thank Heaven for little girls, they grow up in the most delightful ways,” sings Maurice Chevalier in the classic movie ‘Gigi’.  A most appropriate tribute song for tennis sisters Venus and Serena, only that refrain is best edited to…”they grow up in the most ‘winning’ ways.”
(Video of the song can be found at the bottom of this post.)

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Venus Serena and DAD's VISIONThis story is about the time a man with a vision who saw it through to total fulfilment‼ Richard Williams, the father of tennis phenoms Venus and Serena, made the successful journey from a man who self-taught himself tennis fundamentals and then developed two Tennis Champions who changed the women’s game.

While only youngsters, the tennis world was swirling with rumblings about their athletic ability…

but only Father knew best about their champion acumen.

Venus and Serena Williams won their first Olympic gold medal in doubles at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Venus and Serena Williams won their first Olympic gold medal in doubles at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

VENUS QUALITIES OF A CHAMPIONEarly on Richards describes Venus as a Champion-To-Be, he said: “…she possesses the four qualities all champions have naturally – Rough, Tough, Strong; and mentally, unbelievably Sound.”

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Yet he reserved speaking of greatness for his comments about Serena.  Father Richard predicted her tenacity would enable her to soar: “…so strong, once she gets a hold of you she never let’s go and plays with anger better than any athlete‼

VENUS SERENA DREAMERSWatch and listen to the Williams Sisters, though adolescents, speak boldly and clearly of their dreams. Venus at the time only 12 had won all 63 of her junior tennis matches.

And not to be outdone in accomplishments 11-year-old little sister Serena had claimed victory in all but two of her 52 matches.

Venus 2005 Wimbledon It's Me Again
Venus Williams realizes her childhood dream of winning Wimbledon – five times over.

Let’s speak of dreams…the dream of Venus then was to win the title on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon;  and, for Serena, the desire to lift the trophy at the grand slam of her home country, the US Open.

2014 US Open: Serena ties Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with  18 Grand Slam titles.
2014 US Open: Serena ties Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam titles.

The rest is a kind of  amazing history, the achievement of both an America Dream along with a father’s belief he had champions-in-the making…still being played out, before our very delightful eyes. The sisters now in their 30s, continue to stun the tennis establishment and fans the world over.

Gold medalists again in 2012: Serena and Venus Williams of the United States celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Women's Doubles Tennis. London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (August 4, 2012 - Source: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe)
Gold medalists again in the 2012 Olympic Games in London: Serena and Venus Williams of the US are all smiles during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Doubles Tennis. (August 4, 2012 – Source: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe)

VENUS SERENA LOOK TO THE FUTUREFor now…let’s go back to the time of the beginning of the careers of Venus and Serena Williams – two little girls from Compton –  and their musings as they look to the future:

AND THANK HEAVEN FOR VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS…

and all joy they’ve given to us on court, bringing excellence in every match, and a reality that dreams matched with drive do come true‼ Now time to share that musical moment from one of my favorite movies – ‘Gigi’:

That time the Williams Sisters were Diet Divas

That time the Williams Sisters were Diet Divas

Frank Herholdt shot the Nabisco campaign that featured Venus and Serena Williams endorsing the Nabisco Calorie Saving Snacks. Great Photo Advertisement was the end result. FABULOSO‼

Venus Williams Will NOT Return To Indian Wells This Year

VENUS WILLIAMS...first African American woman to become World#1 in 2002: a Woman of Conviction and a Champion on-and-off the court! Wearing jacket  from her OlaCollection▬EleVenByVenus.
VENUS WILLIAMS…first African American woman to become World#1 in 2002: a Woman of Conviction and a Champion on-and-off the court! Wearing jacket from her OlaCollection▬EleVenByVenus.

Earlier her sister Serena Williams announced her return this year to the tournament formerly known as “Indian Wells”; as for elder sister Venus, Tennis X.com reports that while in Dubai she stated that she won’t be participating in the 2015 event.

VENUS DUBAI INTERVIEW“I made my schedule up,” Venus said last week in Dubai. “I think I’m entered in Miami, and that’s pretty much what it is.“I haven’t really given a lot of thought to (playing Indian Wells). I have just been focusing on this year.”

In regards to her younger sister’s decision, when queried about how much they discussed the tennis tournament which saw the Williams’ family viciously taunted by fans in 2001, including racist taunts, Venus reportedly said :

VENUS INTERVIEW 2“She just said, I might be playing there. I said, Oh, okay. That’s pretty much the conversation,” Venus said. ” I just respect every decision she makes, pretty much. It’s nothing complicated about it.

Venus Williams and her father, Richard, were heckled by fans during the 2001 Indian Wells final, in which Serena was also booed loudly. (Source: Reuters)
Venus Williams and her father, Richard, were heckled by fans during the 2001 Indian Wells final, in which Serena was also booed loudly. (Source: Reuters)

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How does little sister feel about big Sis?

SERENA TWITTER PHOTOSerena Williams         @serenawilliams

A real legend! So proud to be your lil sis @venuseswilliams with repostapp.⁰・・・⁰Love this… https://instagram.com/p/ziFK1UMTGc/

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JAMES BROWN SANG IT AND TENNIS CHAMPION – VENUS WILLIAMS – LIKE HIS SONG “DON’T TAKE NO MESS”

VENUS WITH DADThere was a moment in the Doha Open that brought to mind a James Brown song
“Papa Don’t Take No Mess” – when Venus Williams showed the world that she is very much her father Richard’s daughter!

Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, gives the 'Black Power' salute to raucous Indian Wells fans in 2001.
Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, gives the ‘Black Power’ salute to raucous Indian Wells fans in 2001.

VENUS SHOWDOWNVenus after winning her second round marathon match was met at the net by opponent Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova – apparently upset about some calls that went against her when Venus used the challenge system – was engaging in a stare down.

To the shock and awe of Strycova, Venus boldly and immediately confronted her:

VENUS GIVE HER A DON'T MESS WITH ME LOOK

“Was that look for something?” Williams asked.

CONFRONTATION“Well done?” Zahlavova-Strycova replied.

“OK, good,” Williams stated.

VENUS SHUT IT DOWN OK (3)

Time to tell it like it is…Venus “SHUT IT DOWN’‼

Which leads me to another song from the Godfather of Soul, James Brown: “Static – Don’t Start None Won’t be None”. And that is the message Venus demonstratively delivered, not just to Strycova…  

but to all players on tour.

WATCH VINE OF SHUTDOWN #GOTmeLMBO ‘-)

To shut this post down – the Venus Williams fans’ tweet below puts the hammer to the nail, about this tale…LOL‼

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TENNIS STAR VENUS WILLIAMS “CONFIDENCE” ROLE MODEL and RENAISSANCE CHAMPION

REPRINT of Women of Power article dated April, 18th, 2011:

Tennis Star Venus Williams is our “Confidence” Role Model, but it’s her other entrepreneurial ventures that makes her our Renaissance Champion

VENUS WOMAN OF CONFIDENCE

HOLDING COURT WITH VENUS WILLIAMS

BY CAROLYN LAWRENCE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM SANDLER


Legendary tennis star Venus Williams will always be known as the first African American player to be ranked number one in the world.

Venus Williams World No.1. On February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source: www.tennisworld.usa.org)
Venus Williams World No.1. On February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source: http://www.tennisworld.usa.org)

(For pros, it’s apparently all about Grand Slams; as winner of seven, including five Wimbledon titles, she has that base covered.) Add to that an incredible 41 WTA tour titles, three Olympic gold medals and career prize winnings totalling in excess of $27 million, and her place in tennis history is – like the woman who earned it – well assured.

VENUS PROGRESSCombining focus, fierce determination and heroic physical prowess, she spent her teenage years clawing her way to the top-ranked position, winning numerous championships and breaking records. To date her universally feared 129 mph serve is the fastest ever recorded in women’s tennis.

VENUS WILLIAMS COME TO WIN BOOKBut that’s just the tennis. She currently has nine global sponsors behind her. Off the court Venus is a successful author, creative designer, entrepreneur and fashion icon as well as being the founding ambassador for the WTA UNESCO Gender Equality Program and has fought for equal pay for female athletes. [READ: Venus Williams’ Other Career as Equal Pay Activist : Revisiting ESPN Film’s Documentary ‘Venus Vs.’→http://wp.me/p1O3xi-z6]

VENUS SERVING UP STYLEThe young entrepreneur is also a uniquely creative designer, decorator and owner of V Starr Interiors, a successful interior design firm based in Palm Beach Gardens,Florida. In 2007, Venus launched her clothing line “EleVen,” the largest clothing ever launched by a female athlete. And prior to that worked with Reebok on her collaboration with famed designer Diane Von Furstenberg for her line of tennis clothes (the largest endorsement ever awarded to a woman athlete, at $40 million for five years). [See also “VENUS WILLIAMS ENTREPRENEUR: One of Business Insider’s Eight Athletes Winning On A Different Turf”→http://wp.me/p1O3xi-10D]

We tracked Venus down during her crazy training season to see just what it takes to build an unshakeable confidence on and off the court.


venussweetHow did you get to where you are today?

My story really starts with my parents. They gave us all the skills, not only me, but I have 3 older sisters and one younger sister and they gave us all the skills to do what we do today.

Our parents were a huge influence on all of us, family was huge for us, it still is. It’s been our base, we were told that our sisters are our best friends. So it was a family of women, 6 against 1. So we had the majority vote most of the time, I don’t know how he did it, but my dad really had a philosophy about things. He really gave us this entrepreneurial kind of mind and really did a lot.

My mom was a lot about balance, she’s extremely determined, a super nice person. My mom gave us that spiritual balance and just really a wonderful role model as a woman for all of us sisters. And together I think they really balance each other out. When one of them was being too hard, the other one was, you know kind of taking up the slack.

At what age did you first pick up a tennis racket?

I was about 3 years old when I first started playing. My dad had a vision that we would be great tennis players, and he read books about the game and taught himself. He then starting teaching us, and I loved it and was good from a young age.

What do you love about being on court?

The competition and knowing that when I play well I will win. And I want to be ahead of the curve.

We believe confidence is a critical element to women’s success and you certainly show it on and off the court, is this something you’ve always had, or have you earned it?

Confidence comes with preparation and meeting your goals. It also comes through the journey of success.

I believe to gain confidence, sports are instrumental, I encourage all young people to play sports. Of course it benefits everyone, of every age, but when you’re young it really teaches you these lessons of how you can push yourself, setting goals, achieving them, when you have a setback, really evaluating why and then making those changes to be successful. Those are lessons in life that are so invaluable. At the time when you’re a young person you don’t really realize, per se, you’re learning those lessons, but it’s really set in this pattern in life of hard work and dedication and learning and getting up when you fall down.

VENUS AND DADIn business, we often call those who help us advance a champion. Would you say your father has been yours?

My family is my champion. They are my coaches to this day, they are still working with us. My dad was usually on the court, but my mom would come out too. And if you know anything about my dad, you know that he can be this outspoken guy at times. He’s kind of calmed down a lot in the last few years. And my mom is this person on in the background smiling and you always see her clapping when there’s a good point even when the opponent won and sometimes you see her falling asleep in the stands (Laughter).

VENUS BELIEVE IN YOURSELFWhat are the most important lessons you’ve learned along the way to the top of your field?

First and foremost: Always believe in yourself! But there are a number of great lessons I’ve learned over the years.

Venus WilliamsCREATIVITY: There are always people who change the game. Steffi Graf and Monica Seles blew everyone off the court in their time. And the next wave, Serena and I were privileged enough to bring a new kind of power game… And really they say Serena and I changed the game, but it was actually my dad behind the scenes who changed the game with new footwork. It’s amazing what can be done when you approach the same thing but with a new solution.

HARD WORK, my parents taught us by example. My dad taught us a lot of hard work and most of all, is not to be afraid of hard work. You can’t be afraid to get in there and get your elbow wet. And you got to enjoy the challenge, just enjoy the battle.

Venus Williams of the U.S. runs to hit a return to Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan at the Wimbledon tennis championships in LondonDETERMINATION is extremely important. One of my mottos is, there’s always a way. There’s no such thing as not a way. I’m going to find a way and in my life I have never not found a way. So one of my mottos which I would like to share with you and then you can make a part of your life also is find a way.

One of the most important things is to LOVE WHAT YOU DO. There’s nothing better than getting up in the morning and knowing that you love what you do that day and you’re ready for that challenge and you’re going to embrace it and you’re going to enjoy that battle.

VISUALIZATION was a huge part of what we did. And I use those techniques off of the court too and maybe its not necessarily complete visualization, but a lot of it would be writing down my goals. Really be preparing for what the next step might be.

Venus Williams proudly displays her wares for winning her first of five Wimbledon women's singles title in 2000.
Venus Williams proudly displays her wares for winning her first of five Wimbledon women’s singles title in 2000.

“I remember the first time I won Wimbledon, my dad told me to go out there to the stadium court and just visualize. No crowds were in there, I just walked out there on the court, sit down and its really a serine moment because you’re in the Wimbledon Stadium. You walk out on the court and there’s no one there, it’s just you and the birds. And I sat there and I thought about what it would take for me to win this tournament and (closes her eyes) visualize myself on that match point, how would I handle that pressure. Visualize myself down break point and how would I come back from that and different things like that. Just all by  myself, so he really taught us how to prepare. PREPARATION IS KEY.”

My latest thing now is know the play. One of my strengths as a player on the court is I know the play. Even though I seems like this really tall, big, dominating bully on the court that I’m just over powering people in the back of my head I am taking in all these different things that are happening on the court at that moment. So if one person hits the ball on me and ok great shot, but I am kind of watching to see if they will do that again and if they do it a second time, then that’s the play. I know the play. I know what they’re doing. I know who my opponents are before they one on the court. I know what I’m up against and I’ve prepared 110% before I get out there. And if I have something that’s kind of going against me like an injury per say, how do I combat that, how can I be prepared to be ready for that kind of thing.

What has been your biggest obstacle?

Injuries have always been my biggest obstacle.

What is balance to you?

We had a really good balance growing up. My dad he was very… he was really interesting, there’s so many stories. If you read my book Come to Win there’s a lot of them in there about how my dad would teach us. But what I recall the most is my very first job was at 3 years old (Laughter) I know it’s not child labour (Laughter) but he had us delivering phonebooks, as a family we all had to deliver phonebooks. From the very beginning he had us working and instilling these values of hard work and really knowing that you have to do something for yourself and you start right from the very beginning.

VSTARRWhat does life look like after tennis?

Today, I can say that I absolutely love what I do, I love tennis, I love design, so that makes it easy for me to be motivated.

My parents taught me to be really well-rounded and to be more than just an athlete. In my late teens, I realized that I love design and it was something that I wanted to pursue. So life after tennis I will be furthering my clothing and interior design companies, EleVen and Vstarr Interiors.

VENUS QUOTE BELIEVE IN YOURSELFWhat do you hope aspiring female athletes and emerging leaders in any field learn from you as a role model?

Stay true to yourself, and always believe in yourself and what you’re doing, no matter what others might say.

VENUS WILLIAMS ENTREPRENEUR: One of Business Insider’s Eight Athletes Winning On A Different Turf

Along with climbing back to top 20 in Tennis World Rankings, Venus is founder and CEO of the clothing line, EleVen,venus winning in ola

and interior design company, V Starr Interiors.

VSTARR

About her business ventures Venus told Forbes magazine:

VENUS BOOTIFUL (2)“I think as an athlete you’re always overcoming all kinds of challenges.

That’s the name of sport — it’s a challenge. So definitely applying those lessons of perseverance VENUS PROGRESSand learning from mistakes and setting goals has definitely helped me in business.”

Read more at BusinessInsider:→http://www.businessinsider.com/professional-athletes-turned-entrepreneurs-2015-2?op=1#ixzz3SKZWfnTU

Go to the Venus Williams’ facebook pages for more information about her business ventures:

VENUS VSTARR DESIGNS FACEBOOK PAGEV Starr Interiors by Venus Williams

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ELEVEN LOGOVENUS ELEVENBYVENUS RACQUET BEHIND HEADEleven by Venus

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A Woman of Purpose – TENNIS CHAMPION SERENA WILLIAMS – Her Journey to GREATNESS

SERENA OVERPOWER OVERTAKE OVERCOME

Since turning pro in 1995, Serena Williams has a jaw-dropping career total 19 Grand Slam titles, in the Open Era, second only to Steffi Graf (22). How did she get here…

VENUS AND SERENA STUN TENNIS WORLDFor beginners, ‘stunned’  best describes the white establishment’s quintessential country-club sport when the Williams sisters first exploded on the tennis scene as young teens. When they were even younger someone commented to their father, Richard Williams, that he had the next Michael Jordan on his hands; Richard, who self-taught himself the fundamentals of tennis, famously commented:

DAD WITH THE NEXT TWO MICHAEL JORDONS” No brother man…I got the next ‘two’! ” 

The tennis world marveled when on February 25, 2002 Venus became the first African American to become

World Number One.

Venus Williams World No.1. On February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source: www.tennisworld.usa.org)
Venus Williams World No.1, February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source: http://www.tennisworld.usa.org)

About this historical achievement, Dad is on record saying words to this effect – while Venus is very good, her little sister is greatness personified.

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The sisters really were dismissed and denigrated by many in the all-white tennis establishment, and when he forecast that Venus and Serena would become the top two players in the game, so was their father.

Yet to be acknowledged for his genius as a coach, Richard Williams was scoffed and laughed at, but as the famous quote goes:

He who laughs last, laughs longest.”

Gold medalists Serena Williams of the United States and Venus Williams of the United States celebrate on the popdium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Doubles Tennis on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Game
It’s 2012…Gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams of the United States celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Doubles Tennis on Day 9 of the London Olympics.

SERENA…IN THE BEGINNING

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Serena Williams was only 4 years old when she and sister, Venus, started hitting tennis balls. And at age  10 her record was 46-3 on the Junior USA Tour and her ranking – Number One – in her age division.

Turning pro in 1995 her determination was on full display as her ranking soared from number 304 to number 99.

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(Photo ource: http://www.tennisforum.com)

Remember what transpired on that ranking climb, Serena defeated two top ten players on the way up, Monica Seles and Mary Pierce. 

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Althea Gibson first African American to win a Grand Slam.(Photo Source: learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

Amazingly only four years later, Serena followed up Althea Gibson’s feat of  1956, by becoming only the second African American to secure a grand slam women’s singles title. Winning at Flushing Meadows in 1999, the US Open – defeating Switzerland’s Martina Hingis in the women’s finals  6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

At age 17, Serena Williams shocked the world in winning the 1999 US Open. (Photo Source: 2013.usopen.org)
At age 17, Serena Williams shocked the world in winning the 1999 US Open. (Photo Source: 2013.usopen.org)

Backdrop to the story…as to why Serena winning her first grand slam title ‘here’  was so astounding to the lily-white tennis world: in 1997 her elder sister Venus at age 17 became the US Open’s first ‘unseeded’ women’s finalist in the Open Era. Well documented is the ‘open resentment’ Venus encountered during that tournament. (Check the cover of Sports Illustrated below) Venus was asked if she was tennis’ next Tiger Woods, her response is bold and true to factual reality:

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“I would hope so,” Venus said. “He’s different from the mainstream, and in tennis I also am. I’m tall. I’m black. Everything’s different about me. Just face the facts.”

And the tennis world, if overwhelmed then, was much like the chorus of that song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”…when in 2002 Serena Jamika Williams followed up her Sister’s Act –

by becoming the World Number One too.SERENA WILLIAMS BECOMES WORLD NUMBER ONE

VENUS SERENA SERVING FROM THE HIP

A magazine cover I favor very much features the most celebrated siblings ever in tennis history on its cover and reads: “Venus and Serena Serving From the Hip.” The story has since grown much deeper than that when it comes to closer inspection of  the individual dispositions of these two
closely-bonded sisters.

Being the baby sister myself, I appreciate and admire much Venus’s generosity of spirit, support and protectiveness of her younger sister. But these characteristics have been enormous factors in their face-offs on court, particularly early in their careers.

The primary distinction is that while younger sister has vocalized a preference for not having to face Venus, Serena has never seemed as conflicted about beating Venus – as Venus has demonstrated for her baby sister.

VENUS HUGS SERENA AFTER WINNING US OPENRemember the first Prime-Time Televised women’s final in US Open history, when she beat Serena, Venus slung her arms around her kid sister’s shoulders when it was over and whispered in her ear, “Let’s get out of here.”

Serena and Destiny

Also admirable is that without hesitation, and from the beginning, Serena embraced her own individual destiny. And for the record, Champion Serena Williams has shared openly that, regardless of the opponent she hates losing more than she loves winning.

And true to her father Richard William’s proclamation; Serena has become the greatest women’s champion the world has ever been fortunate enough to witness.

serena interview with chris evertFurther testimony to her greatness, the World Number One is not satisfied with her record 19 Grand Slam Titles, so stay tuned folks for the greatest match of competition ever is underway…Serena against Tennis World History!

WHY I ADORE SERENA WILLIAMS

SERENASTRONGISBEAUTIFULYOUCANBECOMEI adore Serena for many reasons: that she is a woman of Faith; how she openly shares her journey to embracing and loving herself completely; the love she has for her family and genuine care for others; her dedication to her sport; and, her determination to live a full life outside of tennis; however my special admiration is reserved for Serena’s “Purity of Purpose”!

MUHAMMAD ALI FIRST MINUTE FIRST ROUNDAnd I love music too and, its correlation to current affairs in life today; thus the song for the autobiographical movie about the undisputed “GREATEST” Muhammad Ali is deservedly a song the dominant and ‘GREAT’ Serena Williams, a woman of purpose,  has earned in her sport such a tribute as well.

Ladies and gentlemen I present one of the greatest singers Whitney Houston [RIP] in Music Video performing “The Greatest Love Of All.”

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TENNIS.COM’S TOP 25 FEATURES A FAMILY AFFAIR: VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS

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The Venus and Serena Williams
‘Sister Act’ at this year’s Australian Open continues to reverberate throughout the tennis world.  Both are included in the February 10th TENNIS.com Top 25.

1. Serena Williams

(Associated Press Photo By Rob Griffith)
(Associated Press Photo By Rob Griffith)

An ailing Williams more than doubled the ace count of any other woman at the Australian Open, and she put on a serving clinic in the second set of the final against Maria Sharapova. Her request for coffee at the Hopman Cup, winning a 19th major, and announcing her return to Indian Wells have made it a pretty lively start to the season,
wouldn’t you say?

13. Venus Williams

VENUS ELEVENBYVENUS RACQUET BEHIND HEADLosing in the quarterfinals sucked: That was essentially what Williams said after Keys edged her. And it was great to hear; Venus wasn’t simply happy with ending a five-year quarterfinal drought at majors. Her two wins in Argentina in the Fed Cup pushed her singles record in the competition to 19-2.

Read full Article→http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2015/02/tenniscom-top-25-february-10/54012/#.VNvO2_nF-ac

This calls for a song to go with the Photo Gallery below in dedication to these two tennis siblings, Venus and Serena Williams, who changed the game. #AgapeLove

PHOTO GALLERY: Williams Sisters 2015 Fed Cup Sister-Act Leads America’s Team to Round Two

The continuing ‘SISTER ACT’ of Venus and Serena Williams led the USA to a 4-1 victory over Argentina in the Fed Cup on Sunday. America has won the Fed Cup title 17 times, more than any other nation, with the last victory in 2000.

VENUS FED CUP 2015 3“It was a great atmosphere, we played well and I’m proud of the win,” said Venus Williams.

The Americans now advance to the playoffs in April and have a chance to return to the World Group, which comprises the top eight teams

The U.S. Fed Cup Team cruised towards a promotion playoff in April in its bid to regain World Group I status. And leading the charge was the country’s two players, Venus and Serena Williams.  The Sister Act had put their team 2-0 up on Saturday with wins over world number 121 Ormaechea and number 197 Irigoyen whose country were seeded and had a choice of court, opting for clay, despite the huge gap in world rankings favouring the Americans.

The US will have to wait for February to know the name of their playoff opponents from Italy, Australia, Canada and Poland.