Working that Celebrity status Venus and Serena went on a shopping spree as “special guests”
at the Armani boutique in Milan for the Tennis Exhibition.
As shown in the above photo during a press conference, it was a joyful experience for Venus and Serena during their time in Italy for the December 3rd Tennis Exhibition. And yes, the fashion divas did manage a trip to Armani! But their major stop was the tennis court!
It was big-time fun for Venus and Serena when they rallied back from a set down, to win the doubles match against Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta 3-7, 8-6, 8-6.
The fun continued with the Italian tennis professionals showing off some special moves during warm ups. Schiavone and Pennetta delighted the crowd as they danced to the music of Michael Jackson!
Just how popular are the Williams Sisters in Italy? Answer, the Milan Tennis Exhibition enjoyed a sellout crowd of 11,000!
In the eagerly-anticipated doubles contest it was the Olympic champion Williams sisters — who have 20 Grand Slam singles titles between them, 12 doubles titles together and four mixed doubles titles, plus two doubles Olympic Gold medals — who came from a set down to win.
GREAT SINGLES PLAY FROM THE ITALIANS: In singles however the sisters played tough but both fell to Schiavone on Saturday. She defeated Venus 7-5, 7-3, then countered a strong comeback from little sister Serena to defeat her 7-3, 8-10, 8-6. Flavia Pennetta also beat Venus 7-6, 7-2. It was left to Serena to put a win in the singles category which she did defeating Pennetta 6-8, 7-3, 7-3.
It is truly wonderful to see Venus on the tennis court and looking quite the “Sexy Gal” in her stylish tennis dress!
“We feel like we’ve contributed to our country in a huge way,” Serena joyfully shared in speaking about their two doubles Olympic Gold Medals (2000 and 2008).
“We’re the defending champion and we want to defend our title and I don’t see why we wouldn’t,” Serena said of the London Games. “This (December 3 Exhibition in Milan) is a good preview to the Olympics, we both want to play. So this is a great, great time for us, so exciting.”
Tennis fans we are totally aware of the Williams Sister’s FAMILY TRADITION of playing together as a doubles team that goes for and WINS OLYMPIC GOLD. After excelling with two amazing victories at the 2000 Sydney and 2008 Beijing Gamesh. Serena and Venus are eager to go for their third Olympic gold together. The pair didn’t enter the doubles competition in Athens four years ago because Serena was injured at the time.
HISTORY IN OLYMPIC COMPETITION
Serena will be making her third Olympic appearance having won a gold medal in women’s doubles at the 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games with sister, Venus, becoming the first set of siblings to win Olympic gold.
This is also the third Olympic appearance for Venus Williams. She won the singles Olympic Gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. When Venus won two Gold Medals in doubles competition at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics, where she teamed with her sister. Joining Helen Wills in 1924 as the only player to sweep both titles at the same Olympiad by having won a gold medal in both women’s singles and women’s doubles at the 2000 Olympic Games.
“I don’t know anyone out there who would get tired of playing with Venus Williams,” said the Serena.
SPECIAL MOMENT FROM THE 2008 OLYMPICS
When the red carpet was rolled out on center court, the sisters climbed the medal podium together holding hands. A beaming Venus bobbed her head to the beat as “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played. That’s really what it’s all about. America’s best – no doubt – The Williams Sister Rock!
Hip, Hip, Hooray! Venus will be making her comeback in an exhibition match against her sister Serena in Colombia next Wednesday. Remember it was two months ago when she was forced to pull out of the US Open because of an immune system disease. Serena hasn’t played since the finals match of the US Open.
The Williams sisters will play the Italian pair Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta in another exhibition match in Milan on 3 December.
If its a healthy Venus making this comeback look to she her ranking rise like the sun each morning. Because of injuries during 2011, Venus’ ranking has fallen to No. 103.
“Within the next 12 months, I’m expecting to get back to the top of the rankings in singles and doubles. I want to play all year-long. I’ve still got a lot of work to do but it doesn’t scare me — I’m used to it.”
She is planning to return to the WTA Tour in January at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.
The best of news is that Venus, in spite of the auto-immune disorder, has been able to keep up her fitness and training routine. Venus told the Gazzetta dello Sport, which is sponsoring the Milan match, that she has continued tennis practice and trains in the gym. As reported in an earlier BlogPage, Venus has changed her diet to fill it with vegetables after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, which can cause fatigue and joint pain.
“I did a lot of medical therapy and a serious evaluation of my diet to understand which foods help control the symptoms better,” Venus Williams told the Gazzetta, which is sponsoring the Milan exhibition.
“And that’s why I’ve completely changed my diet and filled it with a lot of vegetables,” she said. “In the meantime, I’ve continued to keep myself fit with tennis and in the gym. I’m very confident in my progress.”
“The London Olympics are a big goal,” the five-time Wimbledon champion said. “I would like to continue playing at my best level. I love tennis and the racket seems like it was made explicitly for my hand.