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Question Serena and Venus Outside Interests

I hear so much about how they are well-rounded people. They are said to have many interests, many diverse interests. I know only that they have had their studies of fashion in the past, that they have been reported to shop online way too much, and that they are practicing Jehovah's Witnesses.

What else is there?
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They study languages. Both Serena and Venus spoke French to the crowd in the FO Final this year. They are involved with their mom's foundation. For many years, they ran their own tennis newsletter. In Serena's Mtv diary, it showed the sisters going to a basketball game and Serena out boating with a friend. They are still young women and I'm sure that they have a variety of interests like any other woman on the WTA tour.


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Serena's French needs a lot of work !

I know Venus loves to shop and that she is into music. She was interviewed on television during Wimbledon and said she loves Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins so obviously she is a lady of very good taste.
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How was Megan putting anyone down?

I want to know the answers too. I was trying to defend Venus and Serena the other day on another board about them having a wide variety of interests outside of tennis, and how none of that distracts from their tennis (like it supposedly does to Anna), but then I realized that I couldn't name too many outside of the fashion school and the languages they learn.

Maybe I just need to swot up more on Venus and Serena.

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I don't think they have any more interests than any of the other players, except maybe Jelena Dokic who is getting pushed around by Damir anytime she isn't playing. But then she does have a boyfriend doesn't she?

Anyway, a lot of them have other interests, I think Monica, Jen, Lindsay, and Martina especially have lots of other things they do.

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oh puhlese....Venus and Serena come off alot more well rounded than the other girls...just read their interviews...the most intelligent and entertaining to be found!
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apoet, you shouldn't have edited your post. What you said about Megan's thread was fair and polite. You go out of your way to offer fair and polite criticism. I'm sure Megan would understand.

Megan, in today's U.S. Open CBS television coverage, Dick Enberg and Mary Carillo were talking about how well rounded the Williams sisters are! I hope you were watching and listening! They might not be as well rounded as some people. But for tennis players, they are indeed well rounded!

And did you see Serena in her Catsuit? Now that's one well rounded young woman!

Did you know Venus speaks Russian? I'm sure you appreciate that, Megan!

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I'm not Russian. Please people, stop with that.

So far it sounds like they of course do have outside interests, but surely there must be more.
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Mary Carillo said this year Venus also listed sumo wrestling as one of her interests


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Serena really like Sumo Wrestling!

Megan, who in this thread said you were Russian? And please don't act insulted! All I said was that I thought you would appreciate Venus being able to speak Russian.

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Angry Don't take the bait, Sister fans...

Megan is a hater, she couldn't care less about the Sister's outside interests.

One year Venus was into surfing (was reported that she went with Guga a few times) now she's into Sumo wrestling and Ancient Chinese History.

Today on the Rain Delayed telecast they remaked that they saw Venus carrying about the NY Times and how that in itself is a rare sight on the tour (a player with a newspaper).

The interests change all the time. It's healthy to be curious about things that don't affect you directly.

It's called being intellectual.

Of course to Megan it's "being arrogant".

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From the sanex website:

Venus Williams:
PERSONAL
Coached by father, Richard and mother, Oracene; works with trainer Terrie Brooks...Full name is Venus Ebone Starr Williams; sisters are Isha, Serena, Lyndrea and Yetunde...Favorite movies are Shawshank Redemption, Tommy Boy, Coneheads, Friday, Mildred Pierce, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Mahogany, and loves horror films; favorite song is the theme song from the '60s movie Romeo & Juliet...Other sports interests are sumo wrestling and surfing...Favorite musical groups are Green Day, Toadies, Hole, Our Lady Peace, Rancid, and also likes listening to the Jackson Five; favorite tennis player is Pete Sampras...Favorite place is anywhere that accepts credit cards...Claims to have an eye for fine diamonds and precious stones and loves gold...Says she possesses amazing nocturnal abilities (especially during night matches)...Life-lesson is that someone is always watching or listening, and life goal is to avoid further speeding violations...Has an insatiable desire to obtain information through books...Attends a university in Florida and is working toward an associate's degree in fashion design...Hopes not to be involved in tennis in any way after her career as she wants to move on from the tennis world...Loves Swedish, English and French furniture (antiques)...Wants to speak five languages: English, French, Italian, German and Russian...Enjoys Russian history and Chinese culture-Previously coached by Rick Macci for one-and-a-half years.

Serena Williams:
PERSONAL
Father, Richard, coaches her; trainer is Kerrie Brooks-Mother's name is Oracene; is youngest of five girls: Lyndrea, Isha, Yetunde and Venus...Sister Venus plays on the tour...Has participated in a number of tennis clinics for minorities and spoken at schools...Enrolled in classes at the Art Institute of Florida...With her sister Venus, was a guest voice on a Feb. 11, 2001, episode of The Simpsons animated television show-Appeared in rapper Memphis Bleek's 'Do My' video featuring Jay-Z, and is slated to make a cameo in Martin Lawrence's movie 'Black Knight' in the fall of 2001-Favorite author is Maya Angelou...Hobbies are watching movies, playing football and basketball, reading, acting, talking on the phone, and spending time with family and friends...Is opening her own clothing line and often wears her own designs-Most memorable experience was receiving an 'A' in geometry...Self-described as very humorous with a great personality (says she's allergic to peanuts and crazy people, and in another life wants to be a synchronized swimmer or an actress)...Does not like music from the '80s but admires Vanilla Ice...Biggest goal in life is to win Wimbledon...Favorite place to visit is the mirror in her house...Likes to listen to Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Ray-J, Brandy, J. Lo and many others-Sends prayers to all those lost in the September 11, 2001, tragedies-Began playing tennis at age 5 1/2 at neighborhood courts in Compton, California, USA...Previously coached by Rick Macci for 1 1/2 years.

There, Megan. Now, where is my cheque for doing your research for you? :tongue:
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