Divine Venus and Serena Williams embody Tennis at Vogue World Paris

The two legendary American sisters walked the catwalks of the most glamorous fashion event of the month

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Divine Venus and Serena Williams embody Tennis at Vogue World Paris
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"Now I'm trying to figure out who I really am away from the cameras. I've been in the spotlight 24/7 for 27 years. It's different now, but it's time to understand how all this has affected me myself. Most people only see the victories in a Grand Slam tournament, the finals, but they don't focus on the training and everything behind it. All that intensity that I have always put on the field is now directed at my daughters."

In a recent interview with ET, Serena Williams explained that she has always lived in the spotlight and that she is only now trying to understand who is truly away from the court. Regardless of what the American legend said in the interview, there is something that Serena has understood very well about herself: her love for fashion. A passion that she shares with her sister Venus.

As a new proof to their love for fashion, the Williams sisters walked the catwalks of Vogue World Paris, an event that dedicated a sport for each decade. 2000s was dedicated to tennis, and who better than Serena and Venus to play the role of ambassadors of fashion which embody tennis?

Serena Williams soon learned to build a sort of internal armor to try to manage pressure in the best way and managed to win 73 singles titles, including 23 Slams. Achieving important results from a young age in the world of sport can have a strong impact on the growth of athletes who find themselves catapulted into a world bigger than themselves overnight.

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Serena Williams© Marc Piasecki / Stringer Getty Images
 

This is what happened to Serena, considered by many (including me who is writing the article) the best tennis player of all time. The American risked playing her first official match on the WTA Tour at the age of 14, but the WTA put a stop to everything, preventing the Oakland tournament from assigning her a wild card so as not to add further weight to an already difficult path as a predestined in itself.

"I was so intense on the court, I always wanted to be perfect, which obviously isn't possible. If I could go back, I would tell myself to breathe deeply and relax more. I think she would have helped me a lot. The journey has been incredible, but I was really very young when I started playing tennis on the WTA Tour and became a professional player. I don't know if this precociousness changed me or shaped me as a person," said Serena in the interview with ET.

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