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‘Our Mom Was So Cruel!’ – Venus Williams Once Blamed Her Mother for Being Too Hard on Serena Williams and Her

Published 10/06/2022, 5:59 AM EDT

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Venus and Serena Williams’ rise in the tennis world is an inspiring story. Born and brought up in a humble background, they were introduced to tennis by their father, Richard Williams. Subsequently, he brought them to the public tennis courts in Compton to train while the two were very young.

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Further, the Williams sisters worked hard daily to strive for a career in tennis. A few years later, Rick Macci joined them as he became Serena and Venus’ first professional coach. Under the guidance of Richard and Macci, Serena and Venus began to dominate women’s tennis.


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Venus Williams on her mother’s influence on Serena Williams and her career

During an interview, the seven-time Grand Slam champion once talked about how strict her mother was with Serena and her. Talking about an episode from her childhood days, Venus said, “I was 10 years old. I wasn’t in the drugs scene. I guess some kids around me had to grow up quickly, had all those problems. But I wasn’t one of those kids, or around those kids, not at all.”

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Further, she went on to add, “But our Mom was so cruel! I’m always telling her that! We were so deprived!”


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While Serena announced her retirement at last month’s US Open, Venus is striving to end her career on a high. However, with age not by her side, it remains to be seen till when Venus can continue on the WTA Tour.

Venus wants Serena to return to tennis

After Serena played the last match of her career, she paid a heartfelt tribute to her sister, Venus. However, recently, Serena revealed that Venus wants her to make a comeback to the WTA Tour.


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Serena said, “She (Venus Williams) is not done yet. This is just me. … She’s trying to get me, and I’m like, ‘No.'” The Williams sisters also played doubles together at the 2022 US Open for one final time. However, their campaign ended in the first round of the tournament.

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Vatsal Shah


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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.
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Ajinkya Aswale