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‼

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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VENUS WILLIAMS: On the Court a Warrior – Off a Natural on Rhythm Guitar

Sundance Channel’s ‘Iconoclasts’: (Season 4) Episode 5: Watch as Wyclef Jean teaches Venus to play and proclaims her a natural on rhythm guitar:

Venus Williams Promo

Wyclef Jean Writes Song for VENUS WILLIAMS ‘Venus (I’m Ready)’ – Her Serve is Like Lightning

Listen to Wyclef Jean’s Original Song written for Venus

VENUS AND WYCLEFAnd for more about Venus and Wyclef:

visit Blog Post “On the Court a Warrior – Off a Natural on Rhythm Guitar – VENUS WILLIAMS: CLICK HERE→

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!


Venus Williams Talks Karaoke, Her Big Serve and Owning an NFL team

VENUS WILLIAMS SHE GOT GAMEVenus Williams fans you are in for a big sweet treat…watch and listen to the former World Number One talk about surprising herself with some of the amazing shots she’s played on the court throughout her career.

She candidly shares her feelings when asked if she’s ever taken pity on an opponent.  And maybe you didn’t know that she is part owner of the Miami Dolphins; anyway, she talks the joy of being one.

Anyone who follows the Williams sisters is  aware that, along with sister Serena, Venus loves karaoke. We get to know how their competitiveness on the court, flows into karaoke as well, as Venus tells of karaoke battles with Serena…too cute.

Enough chat, enjoy the video as Venus elaborates on these and other topics, including her thoughts on ruby:

“Serena Williams headlines exciting International Premier Tennis League (IPTL)”: GuestBlogger BlackPearlMoi

singapore-slammers1-1416982834Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar and fellow Singapore Slammers co-owners announced Serena Williams will headline a star-studded line-up that includes legends when the inaugural International Premier League gets under way.

IPTL COO Eric Gottschalk; Singapore Slammers CEO Vikas Gehlot; IPTL founder Mahesh Bhupathi; Singapore Slammers co-owner Sunil Gavaskar; Quek Tun Lin, Vice-President of Singapore Tennis Association; and Singapore Slammers co-owners Kishan Gehlot, Shashi Kiran Shetty and Ajay Sethi at the official launch of the IPTL and Singapore Slammers.
IPTL COO Eric Gottschalk; Singapore Slammers CEO Vikas Gehlot; IPTL founder Mahesh Bhupathi; Singapore Slammers co-owner Sunil Gavaskar; Quek Tun Lin, Vice-President of Singapore Tennis Association; and Singapore Slammers co-owners Kishan Gehlot, Shashi Kiran Shetty and Ajay Sethi at the official launch of the IPTL and Singapore Slammers.

Along with current world No. 1 Serena, 17-time major tournament champion Federer, current world No.1; and, seven-time major champion Djokovic headline the players competing in the inaugural season of the IPTL.

Legends also feature in League play, including past champions such as 14-time majors Pete Sampras and career Golden Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi; along with other top current players including 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, 2014 Wimbledon finalist.


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Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Joe Wilfried Tsonga, Kristen Flipkens, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya and Treat Huey


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Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Gael Monfils, Ana Ivanovic, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna and Fabrice Santoro


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Serena is the star name on the Singapore Slammers side, with former Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi also on board for the legends competition. Team also includes Thomas Berdych, Daniela Hantuchova and Bruno Soares.  Add to team roster legend Patrick Rafter, former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and fellow Australian, young talented, Nick Kyrgios.untitled

Singapore Slammers will take on Team Manila, Indian Aces and UAE Royals in successive three-day events in Manila (November 28-30), Singapore (December 2-4), Delhi (December 6-8) and Dubai (December 11-13).


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Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Goran Ivanisevic, Genie Bouchard, Malek Jaziri and Nenad Zimonjic



Starting in Manila on Friday, the two-week competition will see four teams of tennis stars past and present play at four venues across Asia.

Organizers have billed the competition as a “revolutionary new take on tennis”! Promising an exciting, fast-paced format to include time-outs, power points and a shot clock to speed up the match.

The unique International Premier League format will see each of the four teams play three times in each city, with Singapore, Mumbai and Dubai hosting the latter stages of the challenge.

Each match will be played over five sets – a set of men’s and women’s singles, mixed doubles, men’s doubles and a past champions clash.

For each game won, that side will earn a point, with overall victory going to the side accumulating the most points overall.

The winners of each tie will earn four points for the leaderboard.

A pretty exciting & unique twist – a change to ATP and WTA tours, players will have the chance to call a ‘power point’ where the next point counts as double, while each coach has one time-out per set.


Singapore Slammers opening match against Micromax Indian Aces, led by Roger Federer, will be the first encounter of the competition, and could see a legends match between Andre Agassi and Pete (2)

Dates and times from Singapore:
December 2nd
Aces v Royals (3:00 am ET/12:00 Midnight PT)
Slammers v Mavericks (6:30 am ET/3:30 am PT)

December 3rd
Mavericks v Royals (3:00 am ET/12:00 Midnight PT)
Slammers v Aces (6:30 am ET/3:30 am PT)

December 4th
Mavericks v Aces (3:00 am ET/12:00 Midnight PT)
Slammers v Royals (6:30 am ET/3:30 am PT)

Dates and times from India:
December 6th
Royals v Slammers (5:30 am ET/2:30 am PT)
Aces v. Mavericks (9:00 am ET/6:00 am PT)

December 7th
Aces v Slammers (5:30 am ET/2:30 am PT)
Mavericks v. Royals (9:00 am ET/6:00 am PT)

December 8th
Mavericks v. Slammers (5:30 am ET/2:30 am PT)
Aces v. Royals (9:00 am ET/6:00 am PT)

Dates and times from UAE:
December 11th
Aces v Slammers (7:00 am ET/4:00 am PT)
Royals v Mavericks (10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT)

December 12th
Mavericks v Slammers (7:00 am ET/4:00 am PT)
Royals v Aces (10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT)

December 13th
Mavericks v Aces (7:00 am ET/4:00 am PT)
Royals v Slammers (10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT

The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) official website:

Again, season will begin November 28 in Manila, Philippines. The November 28-30 matches will be played in Manila. The December 2-4 matches will be played in Singapore. It has been confirmed that the Singapore leg will be held at the 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium, which will hosted the WTA Finals.   The December 6-8 matches will be played in New Delhi, India. And the December 11-13 matches will be played in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

HOW TO WATCH SERENAuntitled (3)Via TV and On-Line Pay-Per-View

The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), will be available for live viewing via TV and on-line pay-per-view in the United States by Integrated Sports Media beginning November 28th through the conclusion of the season on December 13. All 24 matches of the highly anticipated inaugural season will be available on both cable and satellite pay-per-view – live and for replay – via iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH and Vubiquity and online at www.GFL.TV..

I don’t know about you … as for me, what the IPTL has lined up has this tennis fan hyped for a tremendously exciting exhibition of tennis by tennis greats! Racquets up!!! ‘-)

“The Tennis World’s Most Charismatic Player:Serena Williams”: written by @BlackPearlMoi


Serena Williams, in the world of women’s tennis, is the most charismatic player! Serena herself has declared that there are many sides to her personality. Read on to discover why I define her as the most compelling player to listen to; and most definitely, to watch.

Take for example her surprising response in Italian, after winning the 2013 Rome Final! How she charmed the crowds with her language dexterity. And staying true to her–this gurrl loves to have fun–side; watch as she engages in some hilarious champagne popping.

Now let’s talk….about the Serena who tests and goes beyond possibility. Like when she enters the Serena zone. That’s when historical moments occur!  Wimbledon 2012: Serena set a record number of 102 aces, topping all other players( men & women) in this category. She won this tournament with 248 winners(102 were Aces).

Ever the perfectionist, Williams demands of herself an extremely high level of performance. And when she doesn’t reach it, frustration can erupt like a volcano! Remember the WTA finals in Singapore? After committing many errors during her Semi Final match against Caroline Wozniacki, watch how the racquet suffers the wrath of Serena!!!

Along with her extraordinary exploits on the tennis court, Serena is all woman. And when she vamps it up, all stop and stare at her beauty: as my MoMsy used to say “proof is in the pudding”; so gaze upon her, wearing Michael Costello, at the 2014 Vanity Fair Post Oscar party. BELLEZA!



I am forever grateful to Serena, and her accomplished sister Venus, for being the initiation to my love of tennis. Humbled am I to witness the unrivaled power, grace and elegance they exude. The tennis world is all the more richer, as are we who witness!

Venus and Pat Castle in Doha

Great to see Venus looking healthy and gorgeous while attending the Aspire4Sport event in  Doha. (See BlogPage Venus in Doha)

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Serena and Venus will play one another in an exhibition to be held in Columbia.  Stay healthy and strong Venus – we love you and hope to see you winning again on the court!

A smiling Venus tells the story of how much she enjoyed being  in Doha for the Aspire4Sport conference. Below are photos of Venus during a Q&A session with former tennis pro Andrew Castle.