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Old Dec 21st, 2007, 10:20 AM   #1
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Venus In Vogue


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December 20, 2007
Tennis Week Main


Whether wearing the beads in her braids that popped like pearls at a party, the sleek Diane Von Furstenberg-designed dress she wore at the 2003 Wimbledon, the hoop earrings that orbit her ears like small satellites, the ever-present adhesive tape wrapping her wrists during matches, the bold black mini-skirt that’s part of her recently-launched EleVen By Venus line or the cap and gown she donned for the graduation ceremony while receiving her associate’s degree in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale last week, Venus Williams has always had her own singular sense of style.

It’s not enough for Venus to play great tennis, she wants to look great playing it.

Now the woman has complemented her decorating firm, V Starr Interiors(www.vstarrinteriors.com), with the August launch her new clothing line, EleVen(www.elevenbyvenus.com), has cracked a very exclusive top 10: Venus is in Vogue.

The four-time Wimbledon winner and dress designer makes her mark as one of the world’s best-dressed women in Vogue Magazine’s Top 10 Best Dressed List for 2007.

Venus joins Kate Bosworth, Kathryn Neale, Astrid Munoz, Georgina Chapman, Kelly Wearstler, Amy Greenspon, Caroline Sieber, Huma Abedin and Agyness Deyn on Vogue’s elite list.

Photos from Vogue are posted here.



Williams radiates appeal in a regal red Versace halter dress and white Eres V-neck swimsuit in the photo spread, which also features Venus with dog Winston, lounging on a chair, that accompanies “The Independents” article written by William Norwich that profiles the top 10 fashion innovators on Vogue’s list.

But it’s not all about fashion - in the accompanying article Williams admits to an addiction.

“A product addiction. I’ll try anything new for hair or body,” Venus says, adding. “When I started wearing fashion that was over-the-borders for tennis tradition, it was a bit scary. Even now, every time I take off my warm-up jacket and
there’s all of this skin showing and cutouts and the stadium roars, it’s always a daunting moment for me.”

Prior to the Open Era tennis was often viewed as an aspirational, elitist sport. The Williams sisters broke barriers in rising from the gritty public park courts of Compton, California in ascending to the World No. 1 ranking and collecting Grand Slam championships. Venus’ collection both recalls her Compton roots — the name “EleVen” refers to the street address of the Williamses former house in Compton (and “11 is beyond 10 you know how people say something is a 10 out of 10 well this is 11,” Williams said — and maintains price points affordable to the populace: everything in the EleVen collection will be priced at $19.98 and under, including the V-Court sneaker, which will retail for $14.98. For less that the cost of an average string job, aspiring players can own sneakers designed by Williams.

“The collection is definitely very fashion forward,” Williams said. “On court it reflects my style: I play a very graceful, classic game and that’s style is something I think is reflected in the clothes.”

Williams said she formally agreed to work with Steve & Barry’s in November and has been sketching designs since then, spending her spare time off the tennis court drawing on her fashion-school training.

“It’s everything [I’ve learned], it’s understanding the style, the color, the history, being able to put your seams in the right place to make it feel great on the body,” Williams said. “Being able to present a power point presentation, using photo shop, illustrator and drawing. My inspiration comes from everything, really. The more I am designing and working on the process of design, the more inspiration I get and the more ideas pop into my head.”

She sums up her approach to fashion simply in a statement that she might also apply to her game: it’s all about creativity and taking risk.

“Whether I’m on a best or worst-dressed list, if I’m creative, step out a bit, take a chance, at least I know I’ve done something different,” Venus tells Vogue.

http://blog.tennisweek.com/?p=33#more-33

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I am so glad that Queen Vee is getting her recognition in the fashion magazines!!
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Same here.

She really has a legitimate chance of making
herself a household name in fashion in the
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Sooo proud of Vee, but would be more proud if she won 2008 Australian Open
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Which I think she will accomplish if she is training hard
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She is such a poised and elegant woman. Just so happy for her.
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Paneru I am so happy to see that their is another fan of Venus and Serena that seems to think almost exactly the same as I do on most things containing Williams
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Venus routs Peng in Open warm-up

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January 03, 2008 WIMBLEDON champion Venus Williams has crushed Chinese opponent Peng Shuai in Hong Kong to show she is in prime form ahead of the Australian Open.

Williams, the world No.8 from the United States, outmanoeuvred Peng at every turn in her opening game at the JB Group Classic, winning 6-1 6-2 despite not having played a competitive game since October.

Peng, the world No.45, was unable to match Williams's athleticism and power with any consistency, crumbling to a 64-minute defeat.

Williams said she was delighted with her performance after her self-imposed lay-off, during which she graduated from design college.

"I haven't been out there in a long time, and I had to fight for every point," she said.

"But I felt like all the things I have practised really paid off."

The fifth and sixth games of the match proved crucial, as the six-time grand slam singles champion started to crank up her powerful serve and lethal backhand.

Peng led 40-15 in the fifth game, on her own serve, but was unable to make the lead pay as Williams, 27, ran her round the court with line-hugging backhands, forcing an error on the last point to take a 4-1 lead.

Peng fought back from a 40-0 deficit to take the next game to deuce, but Williams piled pressure on the Chinese 21-year-old and forced her to push a backhand long.

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Venus Williams beats China's Peng Shuai at Hong Kong exhibition

By MIN LEE, Associated Press Writer




HONG KONG -- Venus Williams beat China's Peng Shuai 6-1, 6-2 Thursday in her first match of the year at the JB Group Classic exhibition tournament, a warmup for the Australian Open.

Peng, a powerful double-handed hitter on both sides, out-hit Williams occasionally but never posed a serious threat to the more consistent American.

The six-time Grand Slam winner believes she and her sister Serena can dominate women's tennis again if they avoid injuries, noting they won two of the four Grand Slams last year. The Williams sisters have fallen out of the world's top five, with Serena ranked seventh and Venus ranked eighth.

"If we can just stay healthy and keep practicing and get the work done off the court before we come to the tournaments, it makes a world of a difference," Williams said.

The Williams sisters have 14 Grand Slams between them.

In Hong Kong, Venus Williams advanced to a semifinal against the winner of the match later Wednesday between Serbia's Ana Ivanovic and Russia's Elena Dementieva. The other semifinal pits Russians Maria Sharapova and Anna Chakvetadze.

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Venus Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win Hong Kong exhibition

By MIN LEE, Associated Press Writer
January 5, 2008




HONG KONG (AP) -- Venus Williams beat Russia's Maria Sharapova in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 Saturday to win the JB Group Classic exhibition in Hong Kong -- a warmup for the Australian Open.

Both players were holding serve comfortably in the early games, but the Russian faltered first. Serving at 4-5 in the first set, Sharapova sent a backhand into the net after a long rally and then missed another backhand to give the American a one-set lead.

Sharapova, who has won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, was erratic in the second set.

Down 3-2, she double-faulted and missed a forehand to give the reigning Wimbledon champ the crucial break.

Sharapova did save two match points in her final service game, but Williams held to love to take the match, closing out the game with a forehand winner.

Williams, a six-time Grand Slam winner, complained Friday of an unspecified injury but appeared unaffected Saturday.

She said the nature of the injury still wasn't clear but she felt better after treatment. Williams also said she fell on her left wrist while practicing in Hong Kong but that the wrist felt 100 percent Saturday.

"I just had the opportunity to get my racket on the ball and play it deep. I guess I served well. I returned OK. So I guess it was about doing everything good," she said.

Sharapova said she took some chances because she was playing against an opponent that was playing well.

"When your opponent is serving big and serving consistently, you've really got to take your chances on opportunities, on second serves, which I did a poor job of," she said.

The eight-woman field at the JB Group Classic also featured Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, Russia's Elena Dementieva, China's Peng Shuai, Russia's Anna Chakvetadze, Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki.

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