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‘Thought You Were Supporting Me’ – 42-Year-Old Venus Williams Stupefied as Serena Williams’ Bossy Attitude Sweeps Over Fans in an Unexpected Blast From the Past

Published 05/26/2023, 10:37 AM EDT

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Venus and Serena Williams have given us some iconic and wholesome moments both on and off the court. Now that one of them has retired, there is no stopping their off-court shenanigans. Goofy Serena does not let her elder sister Venus Williams off the hook. From Serena raiding Venus’ office to the 7-time Grand Slam champion wearing one of her sister’s iconic Nike sneakers for the world to see, the Williams sisters have been pranking each other to misery!

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One such prank resurfaced in a recent interaction with her fans. Bringing back the classic, “V, where are your pants?” prank from 2017, Venus found herself in a hilarious pickle with her fans.

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Getting their kicks from making fun of each other, ultimately, it all comes down to who will have the last laugh. One such incident was from the time when Serena, as usual, teased her elder sister while she was minding her own business.

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Serena had teased Venus for not wearing pants even when she was wearing a dress. In the next video, where Venus opted for a chic trouser look, Serena made fun of her, stating that she had not seen her sister wearing pants for years. Consequently, fans loved the prank and some of them still remember it.


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In a recent Q&A session on Venus’s Instagram, one such fan brought back those hilarious memories and inquired if she was wearing pants. To this, Venus hilariously responded with a sense of betrayal, “See, you all people! I didn’t think you were gonna fall into this. I thought you were supporting me.” However, this was not the funniest bit.

Continuing, she said, “I didn’t think that you were on team Serena.” But the funniest bit was when Venus showed her dress, where she was not wearing any pants. Breaking into a fit of laughter, she stated, “I clearly do wear pants, okay?” 


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These pranks are not new. Their former coach, Rick Macci, once spilled the beans on the hilarity that often ensued when the Williams sisters were in their teens.

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Serena’s serve is known for its remarkable technique. However, it is not just tennis that she excelled at. The veteran coach Rick Macci once detailed, “@serenawilliams always had a natural throwing motion even at age 12.” Apparently, Serena had the ability to throw even the soccer ball well. So, when they were kids, she would use her prowess to throw it over the fence.


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Coach gave her a unique nickname, and penned, “The Compton Comet could throw a football from the baseline over the fence.” Venus, in her quiet self, would be blissfully unaware of the insidious ploy that her younger sister played on her. Later, Serena would ask her sister to go and bring it. The coach shared, “Typical Serena would then tell VW now go get the ball.” Three decades later, it seems the sisters are still at it.

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Written by:

Shivali Sharma


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Shivali Sharma is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in off-court topics and has a particular focus on the legendary ‘Queen of the Court’, Serena Williams. With a wealth of experience in the industry, Shivali has authored numerous articles covering varied topics concerning the 23-time Grand Slam champion, including her personal life, career, and more. In addition to her work on Serena Williams, Shivali is also a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires the four-time Major winner, particularly for her advocacy for mental health.
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Arijit Saha