Venus Williams admits that simply being around Serena Williams has had a huge influence on her life and career. Serena, a former 23-time Grand Slam champion, ended her professional career after the US Open. Venus, 42, is a seven-time Grand Slam champion and there was a period in the early 2000s when her own sister was her biggest rival on the court.
But Serena and Venus never let tennis or their careers take a toll on their excellent relationship off the court. «Serena has taught me so much and there’s so much you can learn just by being close to greatness and that’s what she is: the best of them all,» Venus told Glamor UK.
Venus Williams talks about being inspired by Serena
«It’s more of a motivation and when I see her do well, it’s my success. It also motivates me and lets me know that I can do that too, and that’s how you should view other people’s success.»
I love to see people do well. I don’t like to see anyone fail. I like to see my opponents lose to me, but aside from that, I like to harness the energy that other people bring with success,» Venus added. In a conversation with Glamor UK, Venus also shared some advice for the younger generation of players.
Venus, a former World No. 1, feels that avoiding media toxicity is one of the keys to preserving her mental health and being able to focus solely on her game. «Don’t read any articles about yourself or listen to comments on TV or any other media, and focus on the game and enjoy your life.
Remember, it’s just one game,» said Venus. Meanwhile, Venus has appeared in four singles tournaments this year, going 0-4. After the US Open ended, Venus Williams indicated that her career was not over and that she will return. to play in 2023.