The Williams Sisters – a Profile of Charisma and Grace: Tennis Champions with the Heart of a Warrior

HEART OF A WARRIOR…best describes the two tennis titans – Venus and Serena Williams – individually and collectively!

So says the theme song of the documentary film about the sisters. (Venus and Serena’ – Features Music of Wyclef Jean: CLICK HERE→“)
Still doubtful though it seems are some in the tennis media and far too many in the twitter world.

Seems they are stuck on two themes: “When is Venus going to retire?” is one.VENUSINACTION2

SerenaServeAnd when Serena doesn’t quickly vanquish a competitor, “Why is she off to such a slow start?”

Poised, charismatic and confident is how the Williams Sisters continue to face such continuing scrutiny. They voice a familiar theme ingrained by their parents when they were but young girls–coming to the court mentally focused to play ‘strategic’ tennis with one intention, that of winning it all!

What else when parents proclaimed as your destiny – becoming Number One and Number Two in women’s tennis?

And always they show their pure joy of playing the game they love.


Okay now, the World #1 Serena Williams, is supposedly shaking in her boots – excuse me, make that tennis sneakers – because soon she’ll be across the net from a player who in the words of ESPN Tennis Commentator Chris Fowler: “Gave her a beat down.”

True Garbine Muguruza beat the defending champion 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of last year’s French Open. At the same time Serena never found her rhythm in that match; finishing with 29 unforced errors and without her usual dominant serve, winning only 17-of-31 (55 percent) first-serve points.

serenaquotewhenyoulose“I don’t think anything worked for me,” said Williams. “It was one of those days. You can’t be on every day, and,
gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam. It happens.”

But when Roger Federer lost the other day (not playing at his best) ESPN devoted extra time to his post-match interview, bemoaning his early exit, never were terms like “he was stunned” or “beat down” uttered. Hmmmm.
(Now I’m a big fan of Fed but the significant difference shown the two tennis greats by ESPN has me shaking my head in dismay)!


Two years ago when Serena lost to Virginie Razzano in the first round, it motivated her as never before. Proof is in the record books: she won Wimbledon, Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles in London, and the US Open over the next three months, and then she put the icing on the cake – ending the year with a title at the WTA Championships.  And now
“I rest my case” – as Venus stated in an earlier interview during this year’s Aussie Open!

Cherry on top ... Williams's WTA Championship win capped off a stellar 2012 season:
Cherry on top … Williams’s WTA Championship win capped off a stellar 2012 season:


Seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams keeps proving that she’s got plenty left in her tennis tank and is now on an 8-0 run after winning the lead-up Auckland Classic.

Venus Williams hoists the trophy after her ASB Classic win over Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images
Venus Williams hoists the trophy after her ASB Classic win over Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki
Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Questions about her longevity were raised in 2011 when she was temporarily sidelined by  Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease with potentially debilitating effects.  Her play indicates that she is managing the condition as Venus tells of an off-season spent working very hard:

Venus wearing the Ola dress, part of her 2015 EleVen by Venus Williams collection.
Venus wearing the Ola dress, part of her 2015 EleVen by Venus Williams collection.

“I feel like I’m coming into the season as fit and healthy as I have in many years, so for me that’s exciting and I have a positive outlook.

My goal is to be like Serena Williams!”

Rather emphatically elder sister Venus let it be known that her focus is on winning more titles (she has 46 in her career).  Asked her level of excitement about her wins, since she hasn’t been beyond the third round of a major since Wimbledon 2011, she states that she did not come to the Australian Open to just reach the fourth round.VENUS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS


“There is a scripture that says faith without works is dead,” Williams said. “So you have to have faith, but you have work, too. So, I’m doing both.”

Venus reflected more on where her game is, at this point in her career, when she granted  Australian Open TV access during her training session ahead of her fourth round match.

And  Serena, ever the supportive younger sister, had this to say in response to recurring questions from reporters about Venus:


“She’s in a good place,” explained Serena, whom Venus defeated the last time they played, last summer in a tournament in Canada. “She’s done so much in her career. She doesn’t have to win another match.”

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Serena responds to those “slow-start questions” when she talked to the press after her win over Elina Svitolina in the third round.

Frank Herholdt‘s personal shots with Venus and Serena Williams as part of the ‘Diet Divas’ for Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs ad. (Photo Source:

Venus and Serena Williams:
a Profile of Charisma, Elegance, Grace and the Heart of a Champion

 Tennis Royalty (Titles to Prove It!)

That time the Williams Sisters endorsed Nabisco Calorie Pack Snacks Diet Divas – See more at: Frank Herholdt shot the Nabisco campaign that featured Venus and Serena Williams!

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The Williams Sisters: Serena and Venus – Still the Most Interesting Story in Sports

Damon Winter/The New York Times
Damon Winter/The New York Times

Years ago, soon after Venus Williams won her first professional tennis match, someone said to her father…”I think you got the next Michael JordanMICHAEL JORDAN

on your hands” to which
Richard Williams responded:

” No brother man…FATHER RICHARD WILLIAMS WITH VENUS AND SERENAI got the next ‘two’! “

[ #WELP…as the saying goes – Father Knows Best!!! ‘-) LOL ]

Both Venus and Serena are into the fourth round of the 2015 Australian Open – 17 years after the sisters’ first professional match there, they remain the most awesome and interesting story in sports.

The only sisters in the history books to ever attain the Number One and Number Two spots in the world ranking of tennis!


Williams Sisters Turn Back The Hands of Time at the 2015 Australian Open

Photo Source: New York Times
Photo Credit: New York Times

Still defying time…

The Williams Sisters were on court again last night and secured their place in round three of the 2015 Australian Open, 17 years after their first visit to Melbourne.

They are the only two women during the Open Era to play each other in four consecutive Grand Slam finals. These fierce competitors have a closeness that is unquestionable; making it a very positive rivalry, that at times is difficult to watch. Playing together they have compiled a record of  13 Grand Slam doubles titles, 3 Olympic Gold Medals and overall 21 titles.

World No#1 Serena Williams, 34, ripped off 10 straight games to defeat Vera Zvonareva in straight sets. With her 75 60 win, the top seed is through to the third round for 14th time in 15 appearances. SERENA3RDROUND

Venus, 34, breezes into the third round with a win over fellow American Lauren Davis via a quick fire one hour and 16 minutes. She beat Davis 6-2 6-3 ensuring a place for both sisters in the last 32 on Saturday.VENUSSAILED

Why the Australian Open is a place of significance for the Williams Sisters

Their first professional match against each other was in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open, with Venus beating Serena in the second round.

“I just remember what a tough match [it was],” Venus said. “It was just relentless. I think it finally ended with a break in the third. That’s all I can remember. It was very tough I think for both of us. Neither one of us could get the upper edge. It was just a marathon.”

The sisters met most recently in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup on Aug 9, 2014, won by Venus. It marked the 25th all-time meeting between the Williams sisters.

The current head to head record is 14–11, in Serena’s favor. They have met in a total of eight Grand Slam tournament finals (with Serena again leading Venus 6–2). About their
sister-friendly rivalry, this is what Serena had to say:

Photo Source: New York Times
Source: New York Times

“I definitely don’t like playing her. I think I’ve lost to her more than anyone on the tour. Definitely not a fun match,” said Serena. “She’s tough. She has a great serve. She runs every ball down. She has a great backhand. She hits winners off the forehand.”

They didn’t play at all during a three-year stretch starting in 2010. Each meeting now takes on a special importance because it’s never known which one will be the last.

And if all bodes well we just might have another joyous occasion of seeing Venus and Serena in another face-off in the semi-finals of this year’s Australian Open.

Venus and Serena…
still as close as ever and still defying time – the Williams Sisters

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