“We Stopped it Many Years Ago”: Venus Williams Opens Up On Practicing with Sister Serena Williams

Published 11/24/2020, 4:24 AM EST
Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams touch rackets after Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 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)


Venus Williams has had a very fruitful career herself. The older William sister has won seven Grand Slam titles. Venus has also won a mammoth 49 WTA titles. To win five Wimbledon and two US Open titles are something most players only dream of.

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Venus and younger sister Serena Williams have been groomed into forces to be reckoned with in tennis thanks to their father. Venus has often been living in the shadow of her sister. However, that doesn’t take any credit away from the greatness she has achieved on her own. 

Recently, when Venus was asked if she still pratised with her sister, she said, “No. Not that much. We stopped practicing many many years ago. We just like to work on different things. So in order for us to get our best practices we got to do different practices.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Both players have different departments they like to focus on. Elaborating more on this topic, Venus said,Serena likes to hit a lot of groundstrokes, I like to do a lot of other stuff. And also when we practice together we spend the whole time saying what do you want to do? Whatever you want. No what do you want? (Laughs) we don’t always hit. But sometimes we do, and those are the best practices.”

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The phenomenal career of Venus Williams 

Venus has had an extraordinary career not only in singles but also in doubles. Along with her 49 WTA singles titles, she also has an astounding 22 doubles titles. She’s won 73 titles, which include two mixed doubles titles too. Venus has also won four Olympic Gold Medals, one in singles (2000) and three in doubles (2000, 2008, 2012). 

Williams has an all-court game. She has been known to be an aggressive baseliner. Due to her height, she has the ability to cover the court far better than her rivals. 

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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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