“A Mischievous Child”- Celebrity Chef Lauren Reveals Unseen Side of Serena Williams

Published 07/07/2021, 7:31 AM EDT
Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette


Vegan celebrity chef Lauren Von der Pool has come to the aid of fans who miss seeing Serena Williams in action. Ever since the tennis legend withdrew from the 2021 Wimbledon Championship, anxious fans have been flooding the internet with all sorts of questions. Lauren recently came to relieve several of this anxiety, not bearing answers, but with stories of Serena that ought to make you smile.

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The duo has been working together since the initial days of Serena’s career. Lauren believes she has played a significant part in shaping the 39-year-old into the beast she is on the court today.

Chef Lauren chuckled and recalled a not so beast-like memory of the duo.

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“When I first started, Serena would pour out the green juices into the plants and act like she was drinking it,” she said.

Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette

“She’s like a mischievous child”- Lauren Von der Pool

Often hot-headed on-court, Serena is apparently quite the opposite in person. However, with anything that comes close to affecting her form, the American is as serious as it gets. As someone who doesn’t take her profession lightly, Serena means business, even with her diet.

Lauren once addressed Serena’s poor diet affecting her fitness which reflected a dip in her form.

“Once I said that to her, she got serious and was just eating and drinking everything I gave her,” Von der Pool said. “And that’s when she really started to see the difference. She understood that and she started to really make that shift.” 

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On other days, Lauren best described Serena as a mischievous child. Through light-hearted trickery, the chef got Serena used to a diet that she resented at first.

“Serena is so funny, she’s the absolute best, but she’s just also like a mischievous child”, Lauren chuckled.

Fans wait for Serena Williams to make a return

Serena Williams suffered an injury in the first-round match at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship, as a result of which she was forced to retire from the tournament. As speculations of her biding goodbye to the sport grow, fans are confident of a return.

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Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 1, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her match against Australia’s Daria Gavrilova REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Having already withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics, her well-wishers will have to wait longer to see her back on-court.

Serena has built a legacy over the years and it would a privilege to see her dawn the court again. Undoubtedly, whenever in due time she makes a return, it will be worth the wait.

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