“It Was Scary at Times”: Venus Williams on Running Her Business Ventures Amidst the Pandemic

Published 12/30/2020, 6:00 AM EST
Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after winning match point in her first round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania during day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Former world no. 1 Venus Williams has done wonders in the game. Often having to live under the shadow of her sister, Serena, Venus has established an identity for herself. She has held the top rankings in the game, in both singles and doubles. The American has even won gold medals on multiple counts at the Olympics Games. 

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Besides her success on the tennis courts, Venus has enjoyed a considerable amount of success in her business ventures. Currently, Williams is the chief executive officer of her interior design firm V Starr Interiors. Venus even has her own fashion line, EleVen. 

Venus Williams of USA plays a forehand during her round of 16 match against Lauren Davis of USA at the ASB Classic on January 03, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Venus Williams: Ran a business during the pandemic

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During the pandemic, Williams still managed to run her business, and she was thankful for having had an amazing team associated with her. She said, “I ran a business during a pandemic. Make that two businesses. Make that WE ran a business. The effort would have been impossible without my amazing team. They make me great, they make me better, they refine me. It wasn’t easy, there wasn’t a lot of sleep and it was scary at times, but thankfully it was most exciting.”

Venus reflected on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the manner in which people lost their lives. Given that people had never dealt with a situation of this sort before, they were not aware of how to react. 

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Venus Williams plays a forehand during her match against Serena Williams during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 13, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Williams stated, “Some people close to me got COVID and were just fine. Others were not so fortunate and lost their battle with this unfathomably dangerous COLD VIRUS. It took a deadly cold virus to stop the world… I hope to stay healthy, I hope my loved ones stay healthy. I hope my neighbors in this world who I have never met to stay healthy. I know we can fight and beat this virus together!”

The 5-time Wimbledon champion didn’t have an impressive run during the 2020 season, and she lost in the first round of the three majors played this year.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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