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LightWarrior
May 28th, 2009, 11:47 PM
Sorry it's a French article, I'll tried to translate bits of it.

L'Américaine est devenue une vraie Parisienne!

PARIS Même si elle souffre sang et eau sur la terre battue de Roland-Garros, Serena Williams adore Paris ! Elle y a même ache- té un appartement. Alors que les autres joueuses du tournoi logent dans des hôtels officiels, l'Américaine rentre chaque soir chez elle, dans une rue commerçante du septième arrondissement. Comme une pure Parisienne du cru !

Elle est comme ça, Serena ! Elle fonctionne au coup de cœur. En 2007, lors d'un séjour familial dans la capitale française, elle est tombée sous le charme d'un immeuble à l'ancienne, dans un quartier animé, pas trop loin de la Porte d'Au-teuil. Une rapide visite et, hop, l'ancienne n°1 mondiale avait son pied à terre - un deux chambres confortable - dans sa ville favorite. Elle ne parle pas du prix : lorsqu'on a déjà gagné plus de 30 millions de dollars durant sa carrière, ce serait indécent.

Elle s'est confiée sur sa vie parisienne à notre confrère Alain Deflassieux, de L'Équipe . Un pur régal !

"Chaque matin, je fais mes courses. J'adore la rue Cler avec ses commerçants, son marché. On trouve du supermiel, de beaux légumes, des fruits... Et puis, il y a le pain. Je fais comme tous les Français : j'achète chaque matin une baguette. Les gens du quartier me connaissent. Mais ce n'est pas comme sur les Champs-Elysées où je suis sans cesse arrêtée. Ici, je peux prendre un capuccino tranquille..."

Durant ce Roland-Garros, Serena a invité sa sœur à loger chez elle. L'autre jour, les deux sisters se sont même risquées à faire quelques courses aux Galeries Lafayette à... vélo ! Avec le Vélib, ces bicyclettes très populaires que l'on emprunte à un endroit de Paris et q ue l' on redé- pose à un autre. Et, dans la foulée, elles ont même visité le château de Versailles en montant dans le RER ! Comme de vraies Parisiennes, on vous le dit...

Le soir, plutôt que d'aller au restaurant, c'est maman qui cuisine. En toute simplicité. Rassurez-vous : cela n'empêche pas Serena de rester fidèle à quelques vieilles habitudes. Même si elle prétend ne pas être une grande dépensière, elle a ses entrées au Plaza Athénée pour un déjeuner sur le pouce et dans les boutiques de luxe de la place Vendôme !

la cadette des Williams est devenue une vraie french woman ! Mardi, lors de son premier match, elle n'a pas convaincu. Lente, lourde, elle a joué, de son propre aveu, un "match horrible". Elle devra faire mieux face à Ruano Pascual pour ne pas décevoir ses amies commerçantes du marché matinal...

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Well basically she says the apartment she bought in 2007 is in the 7th district where there are a lot of shops, not far away from RG. It's an old building and a 2-bedroom apt. She loves going shopping at the market (rue Clerc) every morning buying fresh vegetables and fruit...and wonderful honey. And the inevitable French bread, the "baguette". She says most of the shopkeepers know her and she enjoys having capuccinos at nearby cafés. She invited Venus to live with her for RG. She enjoys renting a bike, and the other day she took the train to visit the Chateau de Versailles. For dinner instead of going to restaurants she likes her mother to cook for her.

supergrunt
May 28th, 2009, 11:52 PM
aw how romantic

Becool
May 28th, 2009, 11:52 PM
what a boring life :p

Wiggly
May 28th, 2009, 11:53 PM
Venus and Serena on a bike to go shopping? :lol:
She also mentions that people rexognize her on the Champs Élysées.

Rue Clerc is between the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides.
Good spot and good view, I guess. :lol:

starin
May 29th, 2009, 12:05 AM
]Venus and Serena on a bike to go shopping?[/B] :lol:
She also mentions that people rexognize her on the Champs Élysées.

Rue Clerc is between the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides.
Good spot and good view, I guess. :lol:

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo126/theybf/May%2009/45d19e56.jpg
:inlove: so cute
and they brought Shuai Peng w/ them as well!

gmokb
May 29th, 2009, 12:11 AM
Glad they are fining time to enjoy Paris.

H.A.M.
May 29th, 2009, 12:15 AM
Living the good life. I will go to the Rue Clerc if I can just so I can see how big her cakes are in reality

pollison
May 29th, 2009, 12:29 AM
http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo126/theybf/May%2009/45d19e56.jpg
:inlove: so cute
and they brought Shuai Peng w/ them as well!

That actually looks like Shuai...

Lin Lin
May 29th, 2009, 12:38 AM
What were they doing?:confused:

Some charity campaign?:unsure:

LightWarrior
May 29th, 2009, 12:45 AM
what a boring life :p

You're right, spending your life on wtaworld is far more exciting.

franny
May 29th, 2009, 12:46 AM
That's so cool she has her own place there. I think its so smart for tennis players (the ones who can afford it) to just buy homes near all the grand slam sites. I mean, you know you'll go at least once a year, and it's freaking New York, Paris, London and Melbourne. Who wouldn't want homes in those cities.

barboza
May 29th, 2009, 02:10 AM
That is not Peng in the picture.. anyway I hope they're not victims of racism in Paris, because French people can't tolerate non-white people from my observations of just being there.

faboozadoo15
May 29th, 2009, 02:12 AM
Adorable pic :hearts:

WowWow
May 29th, 2009, 02:36 AM
Who wouldn't!

woosey
May 29th, 2009, 02:39 AM
You're right, spending your life on wtaworld is far more exciting.


touché

Lin Lin
May 29th, 2009, 02:39 AM
That is not Peng in the picture.. anyway I hope they're not victims of racism in Paris, because French people can't tolerate non-white people from my observations of just being there.

Do you really have a brain?:weirdo:Are you always being discriminated everywhere so you are so disgruntled and twisted?:rolleyes:

Slammer7
May 29th, 2009, 02:41 AM
Do you really have a brain?:weirdo:Are you always being discriminated everywhere so you are so disgruntled and twisted?:rolleyes:

Barboza is being sarcastic and joking.

Becool
May 29th, 2009, 04:45 AM
You're right, spending your life on wtaworld is far more exciting.

i was being sarcastic BTW..

LightWarrior
May 29th, 2009, 11:11 AM
That is not Peng in the picture.. anyway I hope they're not victims of racism in Paris, because French people can't tolerate non-white people from my observations of just being there.

Will you stop with that already ? French people are not more racist than other peoples. It's just the RG crowd that is "special".

FrenchY52
May 29th, 2009, 11:26 AM
Haha I can imagine Serena with a beret, buying her Baguette every morning and trying to live as a French. :hearts:
Who would think she'd like Paris so much when the crowd is rude to her :(

lilimi
May 29th, 2009, 11:39 AM
That is not Peng in the picture.. anyway I hope they're not victims of racism in Paris, because French people can't tolerate non-white people from my observations of just being there.

you don't know what you're talking about. french are not more racists than american who hide the issue with "communities" and positive discrimination.

lilimi
May 29th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Haha I can imagine Serena with a beret, buying her Baguette every morning and trying to live as a French. :hearts:
Who would think she'd like Paris so much when the crowd is rude to her :(

as i've already said, this was due to the media who couldn't bear the fact momo always lost to serena in slams. it happened one year, things have changed now. but well, everybody know monfils, ouanna, aravane, tsonga, noah are booed by the crowd.

Volcana
May 29th, 2009, 11:53 AM
That is not Peng in the picture.. anyway I hope they're not victims of racism in Paris, because French people can't tolerate non-white people from my observations of just being there.It's funny you should say that, sincc Ameican blacks with money have famously moved to France to escape America racism since the days of the Harlem Rennaisance. People like Richard Wright, Josephine Baker and James Baldwin.

But who knows?

Bayo
May 29th, 2009, 12:04 PM
It's funny you should say that, sincc Ameican blacks with money have famously moved to France to escape America racism since the days of the Harlem Rennaisance. People like Richard Wright, Josephine Baker and James Baldwin.

But who knows?
Have you read Baldwin? He wrote often about the novelty quality of being black in Europe. There's a story somewhere in Notes of a Native Son about Swiss children thinking he was some mythological monster when they first saw him.

Patrick345
May 29th, 2009, 12:04 PM
On the streets of Paris in the daylight surrounded by all the racists. Ah they probably brought the asian girl to throw her to the wolves, if the going gets tough. ;):devil:

homogenius
May 29th, 2009, 02:07 PM
Have you read Baldwin? He wrote often about the novelty quality of being black in Europe. There's a story somewhere in Notes of a Native Son about Swiss children thinking he was some mythological monster when they first saw him.

Not every country in Europe is the same you know...