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Serena Williams Being Supported By Venus Is An Ode To Sisterhood

Venus and Serena Williams are undoubtedly the most dynamic duo in the world of tennis, and if their names were in the Oxford dictionary, they would be described as: Inspiration, hard work, unfathomable talent and determination to succeed.

Last week, Venus took a significant and supportive role in her sister Serena’s farewell tennis tour after she announced her retirement from professional tennis last month. Despite the sporting legends losing their final ever doubles pairing at the U.S. Open to Czech duo of Linda Nosková and Lucie Hradecká, there was nothing but happiness as celebrations commenced for Serena’s awe-inspiring tennis career.

After all, what more do Venus and Serena Williams have to prove on the court? Venus has a staggering five Olympic gold medals (four golds and one silver –  the most won by any tennis player, male or female, might I add), while her sister Serena ranks in second place with four shiny gold medals of her own. As well as their Olympic achievements, they have reshaped the tennis landscape by winning 14 Grand Slam doubles titles in total, with Serena holding a mammoth 23 Slam titles. Unbelievably impressive.

The sisters have done their all to show other young girls and women that they can do anything with a bit of grit, determination and passion – but their experiences come from not only their achievements on the tennis court but plenty of adverse external factors they persevered through. One factor was, of course, (major eye-roll), racism. The sisters boycotted the Indian Wells tournament following a distressing turn of events in 2001 when angered audience members booed and racially abused Serena despite her beating Kim Clijsters in the final, all because Venus withdrew from the match twenty minutes beforehand due to a knee injury. Kudos for taking that stand and letting those ‘tennis fans’ know that loving something isn’t an excuse for racism, ignorance and cruelty.

Despite the heartaches they have endured and the triumphs they have basked in during their professional tennis career, certain things have always been unwavering for the duo. Sisterhood, family and loyalty.

On Friday night, when Serena played the last match of her iconic career, her sister was the first thing on her mind. “I wouldn’t be Serena if there wasn’t Venus, so thank you, Venus. She’s the only reason that Serena Williams ever existed,” she told reporters straight after the match.

Furthermore, speaking of her father, Richard Williams, who trained both her and Venus, and her mother, an emotional Serena continued: “Thank you, Daddy. I know you’re watching. Thanks, Mom. Oh, my God… I thank everyone that’s here, that’s been on my side for so many years, decades. Oh, my gosh, literally decades. But it all started with my parents. And they deserve everything. So I’m really grateful for them.”

As one of the most recognisable and talented women not just in the world of tennis but in the sporting arena in general, it’s so humbling to see that Serena still appreciates, acknowledges and champions her roots – and honestly, their shared farewell on the tennis court brought tears to our eyes. If the Williams sisters can come together and do it, so can you. 

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