“Even if We Are Closest of Sisters…”: Venus Williams Shares Inspiring Wimbledon Story With Serena Williams

Published 08/17/2021, 10:55 PM EDT
Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Venus and Serena Williams have dominated the sport both individually and as a team. However, not many know how far they went to balance being sisters and competitors Luckily for fans, the elder Williams recently shared an inspiring story.

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During an Instagram Live, Venus reminded Serena how they kept things from each other during their earlier days. For this, the 41-year-old American gave the example of their 2008 Wimbledon campaign. 

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What happened was Venus had sprained her thumb during her ladies’ singles semifinals match. Subsequently, she played and won the doubles final with Serena without telling the younger sister about her injury.

While Venus could have asked Serena to hit her backhands, she did not because she later faced her in the epic Wimbledon singles final. Notably, if the elder sister had told the now 23-time Grand Slam champion about her injury, she might not have won that singles final.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Serena Williams (C) 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 Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Indeed, the Williams sisters have set the bar at the highest possible level for others to reach and make it. And even though it sounded easy, Venus could feel the pain while addressing the story.

Venus and Serena Williams relive Wimbledon 2008 moments

During the Instagram Live, the seven-time Grand Slam champion asked Serena about times they had to keep things from one another. Unsurprisingly, before Venus could say the tournament, the younger sister completed her by saying, ‘Wimbledon.’

And so Venus revealed, “In 2008 Wimbledon semis, I sprained my thumb, but I couldn’t tell you. And I wanted to switch sides in doubles.”

Instantaneously, the 39-year-old American realized what could have happened if Venus had told her. Serena stated, “She could have lost that final. She just told me, ‘I sprained my thumb,’ and I would have hit her backhand.”

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However, Venus disclosed that despite the pain, the sisters were also competitors. She added, “Because even if we are closest of sisters, we have to respect each other’s privacy.”

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)

Most significantly, the Williams sisters have won 14 Grand Slam titles and 3 Olympics gold medals in doubles. Even today, the duo passionately continues to search for their next big title.

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How excited are you to see Venus and Serena at the upcoming US Open 2021?

Watch this story: Serena Williams and Venus Williams Best Moments at the Wimbledon Championships

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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