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Venus: Serena Is My Hero

  • ontennis
  • 14 February 2017
  • 12:02

When younger sister Serena beat her in the final of the Australian Open, Venus Williams was quick to praise her.

"Your win has always been my win and I think you know that, and all the times I couldn't be there, wouldn't be there or didn't get there, you were there," the 36-year-old said. "I'm enormously proud of you - you mean the world to me."

Now in a new interview she's emphasised that - saying that Serena is one of her heroes.

Asked by Citizens of Humanity about the people she most admires, Venus answered: "Definitely my mom and my dad, and Serena is a huge hero for me. I think all my heroes are close to home, because those are the ones that motivated me through the tough times."

She added: "The best advice [Serena] ever gave me in terms of tennis or even life is, you have to show up, so why not compete? You have to be there. You can't run away from it, so why not compete? That was the best advice ever. I try to apply that daily."

On her legacy, the seven-time Slam winner said: "I'm definitely a very in-the-moment person, so I would just like to be remembered as a person who loved the game and gave back to the game and gave back to life."

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