“Like Gladiators”: Venus Williams Opens up About Childhood Training Days With Serena Williams

Published 09/08/2021, 4:03 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)


It has been a year where senior tennis player like Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal had decided to skip a major chunk of their respective tours due to injuries. Another important legend to join that list was Serena’s elder sister, Venus Williams.

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – MARCH 23: Venus Williams (USA) during her qualifying second round match of the Miami Open on March 23, 2021, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The seven-time grand slam champion announced her withdrawal from the US Open last month citing a leg injury. Venus managed to play just 12 matches throughout the year and was last seen on-court at the Chicago Women’s Open, where she lost to Hsieh Su-Wei in the first round.

As the comeback of Venus is yet to be revealed, the American made her intentions clear of wanting to return to the sport when she is 100% ready. In the meantime, the legendary tennis player engages herself in several business decisions as an entrepreneur.

Venus Williams reminisces childhood training days with Serena in recent interview

The former world number one recently gave an interview to popular fashion and entertainment magazine for women, Cosmopolitan. Speaking to Sylvia Obell about the struggles she endured as a child trying to make it big in tennis, Venus Williams talked about her mindset during that phase.

I didn’t see myself as different. I saw myself as a great player. I thought that I was better, that I could win”, told Venus.

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The success of Venus Williams paved the way for Serena to go on and accomplish her dreams. The role their father(Richard Williams) played in pushing the Williams’ sisters was inexplicable. Venus also talked a bit about her influence on Serena during their childhood days.

16 Jan 1998: Teenage tennis sisters from America, Venus (left) and Serena Williams take time off a practise session to pose together during the Adidas International event at White City in Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/Allsport

We’re like gladiators out there, literally. You go out there with your lance and it’s just you”, commented the American.

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Not just on each other, the Williams sisters inspired a generation of women to fight hard for their dreams and instill belief in themselves to achieve their respective goals.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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