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Coming soon to Netflix: “Serena in Paris.”

OK, not quite. But the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion did step out at a pair of shows this week for Paris Fashion Week for the fashion houses Balmain and Off-White.

Serena Williams wore a black, midi dress adorned with a white rose down the front to the Balmain show, which was also attended by singer Cher and actress Ashley Park, who plays the role of Mindy Chen on “Emily in Paris,” and was joined at the Off-White show by models Alessandra Ambrosio and Ashley Graham, recording artists Halle Bailey and Willow Smith, and actress Lisa Rinna, among others.

Serena Williams

Williams got a sneak peek at the brands’ 2024-25 fall and winter collections  at the shows, but she owns a personal connection to the Off-White fashion house in particular — which was founded by Virgil Abloh, a close friend.

Abloh, who passed away in 2021 after a battle with cancer, collaborated with Williams’ longtime apparel sponsor Nike to design her match clothes for the 2018 US Open and the 2019 French Open. He also designed her a pair of custom Nike Air Force 1s for the 2019 Met Gala.

In February of 2022, Williams walked the runway in the designer’s honor at Paris Fashion Week. She paid tribute to her late friend again on Instagram by posting “#VirgilForever” to go along with snapshots of the outfit she wore for this year’s show — a black, bodycon dress with cutouts along the sides, and a black-and-white varsity letter jacket.

Serena Williams

At Off-White show, Williams joked with The People Gallery — an influential fashion TikTok account run by Brookyln-based stylist Maurice Kamara that boasts 1 million followers — that her “high-school boyfriend” gifted her the accent piece, and offered a style tip to fashion mavens everywhere.

“My style tip [is] be yourself. Own who you are, be OK with that,” she said. “If you want to be different, it’s OK to be different. Just be you.”

Venus Williams took to Instagram to recount one of the most special wins of her career as the seven-time Grand Slam champion still remembers extremely well her first WTA title after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. 

After struggling with fatigue and painful joints for seven years without a clear reason, Williams – now 43 years old – was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011. Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease, usually reflects in dry eyes and mouth but can also impact other parts of the body. Fatigue and pain in joints are also pretty common in people battling Sjogren’s syndrome.

Following her diagnosis in 2011, Williams stepped away from pro tennis to address the issue. After giving a walkover to Sabine Lisicki in the 2011 US Open second round, Williams didn’t play again until 2012 March when she competed in Miami.

Venus Williams

In her first nine comeback tournaments, Williams had a couple of notable runs but they didn’t result in any titles. Then in her last tournament of the season in 2012 October, Williams defeated Monica Niculescu 6-2 6-3 in the Luxembourg Open final to win her 44th WTA title and her first since 2010 February.

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On Instagram Story, Williams posted a photo of her Luxembourg trophy and captioned it: “My first singles win after coming back from nearly a year layoff after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. The racquet actually broke off and it just got fixed.”

Williams on what led to her Sjogren’s syndrome diagnosis

As mentioned above, Williams was struggling with fatigue and exhaustion for several years. During that period, Williams visited the doctor several times but would never get the clear answer until 2011, when she finally got to know what was causing her fatigue.

“I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome,” Williams said in a conversation with Erin Andrews at BIO2022.

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“Before that, I just would, I felt like I could never get into shape and it made me feel lazy. Because all I have ever done is work hard and it was difficult to work hard and I still worked but I didn’t want to work because I felt so bad.

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“I would periodically go to the doctor and say I don’t feel well, I can’t, I’m constantly exhausted. That went on for about seven years before I got too sick.”

While being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that can’t be cured certainly wasn’t easy for Williams, it was still a relief in a way that at least she finally knew what she was dealing it. Over the years, Williams has several times addressed her battle with Sjogren’s syndrome in her YouTube blogs.

“Everyone’s life is affected in different ways with autoimmune diseases,” Williams said in a video uploaded on her YouTube account in 2022 June.

“For me, it really obviously affected my work and my profession. I wasn’t able to play tennis anymore, and I was out of the game for maybe nine months.

“I also had challenges playing my best tennis, so of course that was frustrating especially when you have a high expectation of yourself.”

Williams cannot wear lenses because of her disease

For a person dealing with sight problems, Sjogren’s syndrome absolutely won’t help. When explaining how Sjogren’s syndrome impacts one’s life, Williams revealed wearing contact lenses is a real struggle and almost impossible for her because her eyes are “too dry.”

“Those extra special friends that come along with it are dry eyes and dry mouth. It’s very difficult for me to wear contact lenses. My eyes are just too dry to wear those,” Williams said in a YouTube blog from 2022.

“It can be very uncomfortable to the point where you would get mouth sores so as you can see an extreme level of Sjogren’s Syndrome or extreme flare-up, or extreme symptoms can start to really affect your life.”

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Meanwhile, Williams is currently out of action but she is not retired. After suffering a leg injury during her Wimbledon first-round match, Williams appeared in three tournaments during the North American hard court swing but it was clear that she was limited and far from her best. Following a 6-1 6-1 loss to Greetje Minnen in the US Open first round – in a match where Williams was evidently struggling with an issue – the American decided to take a break so she could properly address her knee injury.

Williams, a former world No. 1, decided against playing any tournaments at the start of the season. Instead, Williams is hoping to play again in Indian Wells and Miami next month.

Over the last few years, Williams hasn’t had much luck with injuries but she is refusing to quit and wants to go out on her own terms. When Williams to returns to action, there is no doubt that one of her priorities will be staying healthy for a longer period.

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Bianca Andreescu gave a nod to tennis legends Serena Williams and Billie Jean King as she wished her social media followers a belated Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Thursday (February 8).

Andreescu, 23, first shot to fame in 2019, when she won the US Open and two WTA 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Toronto. The Canadian, however, has come undone in the following years due to a wide array of injuries.

Despite being outside the women’s top 100, the former World No. 4 is still making a concerted effort to re-enter the higher echelons of tennis. On Thursday, she took to Instagram to give her flowers to retired legends like Serena Williams and Billie Jean King, insisting that they shaped her success thus far.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 7, 2019: Finalist Serena Williams (L) And 2019 US Open  Champion Bianca Andreescu Of Canada During Trophy Presentation At Billie  Jean King National Tennis Center In New York

“Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day,” Bianca Andreescu said in an Instagram story on Thursday. “I’m so grateful for the girls and women in sports who have helped shape my career, like Billie Jean King and Serena Williams. Without them, I would not be here today.”

She also expressed gratitude towards some current top female athletes like reigning US Open champion Coco Gauff and Olympic skier Eileen Gu for inspiring women and girls into taking sports.

“And for the next generation of amazing women in sports who are raising the bar like Eileen Gu and Coco Gauff, it is so amazing to see,” she added.

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Bianca Andreescu has been out of action since last year’s Canadian Open due to a stress fracture in her back. She had a rough season last year, losing 16 of her 31 tour matches until she got injured in August.

Andreescu looked set for her return to the women’s top 30 in 2023, but now she finds herself ranked outside the top 100. Nonetheless, the former US Open champion has more than enough potential to become a top player again, provided she doesn’t have a bout with any more injuries.

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Last December, the 23-year-old disclosed that she was eyeing the Sunshine Double for a possible return to the WTA Tour. She also claimed that she was looking forward to the 2024 season while speaking briefly about her back injury.

“Right now I’m looking at (returning) after the Australia Open or the American Tour, so Indian Wells… maybe,” Bianca Andreescu said (via SportStar). “We’re very close but right now I am still dealing with my back injury.”

“It is getting better every single day and I am doing everything I can to get there as fast as possible but these things take time. I’m feeling very confident for 2024.”

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Some members of Chelsea FC’s women’s team picked Coco Gauff, Serena Williams, and Emma Raducanu as their favorite female athletes outside football.

The exercise was conducted on the occasion of USA’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The annual observance day dates back to 1987, when it was brought to life by then-US President Ronald Reagan after he signed Proclamation 5606.

Since 1987, it has been celebrated on one of the days in the first week of February. To celebrate the day, community-based events, activities, and award ceremonies are organized, which often feature female athletes of renown.

The Chelsea FC women’s team players who named their picks were Americans Catarina Macario and Mia Fishel, Canada’s Ashley Lawrence, and England’s Aggie Beever-Jones.

Coco Gauff Emma Raducanu

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Brazil-born Macario, who plays as a forward for both Chelsea FC’s women’s team and the USWNT, went first.

“My favorite female athlete outside of soccer is Serena Williams,” she said.

Up next, it was American forward Fishel’s turn.

“My favorite female athlete in the US be Coco (Gauff). She’s the young rising star and she’s killing it”, said Fishel.

Lawrence, a versatile player comfortable across both midfield and defense, also picked Gauff as her favorite.

“My favorite female athlete outside of football is Coco Gauff because she is a tennis player. I love watching tennis and she’s doing amazing things at such a young age, winning Grand Slams, and yeah, she’s just paving the way for future tennis players.”

Beever-Jones was the last one to name her pick.

“My favorite female athlete outside of football is Emma Raducanu.”

The impact Serena Williams has made on tennis is unmatched, due to which her fans continue to regard her as the GOAT even after she has retired. Not just her fans, but even the players she has gone up against in the past. Former coaches still use her game and attitude as examples to guide others and idolize. A recent incident around Patrick Mouratoglou, who never misses a chance to praise Williams, has gone viral online.

Just recently there was a discussion about who is the GOAT when it comes to tennis in the women’s category and a fan raised a question if it was not Serena but Margaret Court. And Mouratoglou came to Williams’ defense immediately.

A recent discussion started by Rafael Nadal about Roger Federer being the GOAT and not Novak Djokovic also ignited a similar discussion around women’s tennis. And Serena Williams’ former coach posted how sports metrics should only be the deciding factor when it comes to declaring someone the GOAT.

So, one of the tennis fans commented on his post that according to this Margaret Court should be the GOAT and not Serena Williams. To which Mouratoglou responded, “No because Margaret Court’s record was established before the Open Era, when tennis was not a professional sport. Cannot compare. Serena is the Goat of Women’s tennis.”

 

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So according to him, this discussion only revolves around the time when tennis became a professional sport. And this GOAT honor for Serena is not one man’s opinion. A lot of other tennis players also hold her in high regard. One of them is Naomi Osaka.

Tennis legend Serena Williams is working hard in the gym but she came to the conclusion on Tuesday that she’s starting to spend at least half of her time trying to hit the right angles.

Williams posted a mirror selfie from her workout space and admitted she spends a lot of her time trying to get the picture right.

“I spend 50% of my time in the gym taking selfies. Trying to get that perfect angle, that angle that makes me look snatched,” she wrote in the caption. “Well I found that angle so don’t look at me sideways when in person I’m a tad thicccker lol.”

Williams’ followers showed support for her, with some saying she looked great and they wanted to be like her when they grew up.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion and her husband Alexis Ohanian welcomed their second child earlier this year. She made the announcement nearly one year to the day of her last tennis match before stepping off the court and into retirement.

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She revealed at the Met Gala in May that she was pregnant with her second child.

She wrote in an essay in Vogue last year that growing her family was one of the main reasons why she walked away from the sport.

“Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family,” she wrote. “I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a guy I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family.”

Did she or didn’t she? Five little words, in one post on X, got the tennis world buzzing in September.

After she tested positive for the banned substance roxadustat after the 2022 US Open, Simona Halep’s doping saga was omnipresent in the background of the 2023 tennis season. In May, she was hit with a second violation, in regards to apparent irregularities in her athlete biological passport, and in September, the Romanian was handed down a four-year ban from tennis as a result of the two strikes against her.

While Halep has maintained her innocence, claiming that she took a contaminated supplement, opinion on the case remains divided. But, at least as it seemed, not as far as Serena Williams is concerned. After the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) released its decision on Halep, the 24-time Grand Slam singles champion logged on to give what many considered to be a veiled reference to Halep’s plight.

“8 is a better number,” she posted.

For those of you who might need a refresher on the math: Williams was seeking her eighth career Wimbledon singles title when she lost to Halep 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court in the 2019 final.

It wasn’t the first time that Tennis Twitter (can we still call it that?) opted to read deep between the lines of one of Williams’ social media posts. (Remember the cryptic “I made you,” that many believed was a reference to Sloane Stephens, including Stephens herself?)

Serena Williams

But a further layer to this alleged call-out comes from the fact that Halep was coached by Patrick Mouratgolou at the time of her positive test, who famously coached Williams for a decade from 2012-22. The French coach has staunchly defended Halep, and in November, said he feels a personal responsibility for her initial positive test because the staff at his academy reccomended the aforementioned supplement to her.

While Williams opted for a nebulous initial comment, her husband, Alexis Ohanian, took a more direct approach by posting a photo from the 2019 US Open, where he famously wore a D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) T-shirt when Williams beat Maria Sharapova—who had served her own doping ban by that point.

“Some fashion is timeless,” he wrote to accompany it.

But no inference was needed for Williams’ reply to him.

“Seriously not out of style,” she wrote.

While a lot of times it feels like celebrities are invincible, and that because they have all the perks that come with being famous, nothing can go wrong in their lives. Well, celebrities are not immune to poor mental health, and many celebrities, like Serena Williams, are very open about their mental health struggles, with hopes that she can help others.

Earlier this year, Serena Williams posted to X, formerly Twitter, letting fans know that she’s not doing ‘ok’ and many were very worried for the tennis champion’s mental health. Keep reading for more information.

Serena Williams Shares Mental Health Struggles

Back in November, Serena Williams posted a tweet saying, “I am not ok today. And that’s ok to not be ok. No one is ok every single day. If you are not ok today I’m with you. There’s always tomorrow. Love you.”

This is not the first time that the 23-time grand slam tennis pro has gone public with her mental health struggles, in fact she had a very public conversation with Selena Gomez on her mental health platform Wondermind all about maintaining mental strength.

“Mental fitness for me is just really learn[ing] to shut down,” she explained. “For me, it’s so important to make sure, every day, I have a period of like… it’s so bad, because I don’t really do anything for me, I’m terrible at that!”

“And I’ve said it time and time again,” she continued. “I’m working on it. And so now I know that it’s so important to just put yourself first, especially mentally, I always have shut down moments. I have serious boundaries and I don’t let anyone cross those boundaries.”

Earlier this year, Serena Williams posted to X, formerly Twitter, letting fans know that she’s not doing ‘ok’ and many were very worried for the tennis champion’s mental health. Keep reading for more information.

Back in November, Serena Williams posted a tweet saying, “I am not ok today. And that’s ok to not be ok. No one is ok every single day. If you are not ok today I’m with you. There’s always tomorrow. Love you.”

This is not the first time that the 23-time grand slam tennis pro has gone public with her mental health struggles, in fact she had a very public conversation with Selena Gomez on her mental health platform Wondermind all about maintaining mental strength.

“Mental fitness for me is just really learn[ing] to shut down,” she explained. “For me, it’s so important to make sure, every day, I have a period of like… it’s so bad, because I don’t really do anything for me, I’m terrible at that!”

“And I’ve said it time and time again,” she continued. “I’m working on it. And so now I know that it’s so important to just put yourself first, especially mentally, I always have shut down moments. I have serious boundaries and I don’t let anyone cross those boundaries.”

Fans Are Worried For Serena Williams

Even though the mother-of-two is very candid about mental health and how she supports herself, fans on X are still worried for the star. “Love you,” one fan replied. “Hope your day gets better!”

“Feel better!” another tweet reads. “Sending so much love!”

“Millions need and needed to hear this. God bless you and yours,” one person replied.

“We love you,” another fan wrote, showing their support.

“Feel better pretty woman,” said one person. “Stay healthy and happy, we all will send love and prayers.”

“Truth,” said another fan. “Hope you get back to being OK again soon champ.”

“Please, take care of you my champion,” a final fan wrote. “Much love!”

A four-time Olympic tennis gold medalist and mother of two, Serena Williams is passing down her athleticism to her daughters, Olympia, 6, and 4-month-old Adira.

Posted to Instagram on Monday, Serena Williams sat on the floor with Olympia as she helped the infant do “sit-ups.” She captioned the video, “We all work out in this family. @adiraohanian @olympiaohanian 💪🏿 #gym #fyp.”

In the video, Williams holds her infant’s head as Olympia lifts Adira up and down. In French, she tells her daughter, “Doucement, doucement … comme ça,” which translates to “Softly, softly … like this.”

Williams learned French as a teenager. In an interview with The Fader, she said, “One of the reasons I learned French was I wanted to win the French Open, and I wanted to speak French when I won. The second was because, most African countries, the main language outside of their local language is French or English. So I figured: I know English, maybe I can learn French.”

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Williams won the French Open in 2002, 2013 and 2015, per Tennis X.

After her 2015 victory against Lucie Safarova, she said in French, “Lucie played very well, she was a magnificent opponent.” She added, “It was a dream for me to win.”

Serena Williams‘ legacy can’t ever be measured in victories, she is so much more than that. Being a super inspirational figure, she has helped future generations to never give up on their dreams. While there are a lot of players who have idealized her, including Coco Gauff. There is one more name that has now been added to the list: 19-year-old Kenyan tennis player, Angella Okutoyi.

And now, after stepping into the tennis world, she has decided to take a huge step by entering the Paris Olympics 2024. Let’s take a look at what the 19-year-old has to say regarding her participation in the Olympics.

The year 2024, with its list of big events, promises to be a year full of opportunities for teenage tennis players. Angella Otukoyi is excited to give her best in the Grand Slam and the major tournaments on the WTA circuit. But along with that, in the upcoming year, she is ready to take a chance by playing in the Olympics. In a recent interview with Nations Sports, Okutoyi, who has idealized the 42-year-old American tennis legend, opened up about her chances on such a big stage.

Otukoyi said, “I feel like I have a chance to qualify. Winning gold in singles and doubles in the second Nairobi tournament gives me a lot of motivation for next year to work even harder to improve my rankings and qualify.”

As someone whose tennis idol is the 23-time Grand Slam champion, she has admired her hard work and determination, aiming to follow the same on the court. She came into the limelight when she won her first Wimbledon girls’ doubles title and made an impression in the tennis world.

But now that she has ended this year on a good note, the 19-year-old is quite confident about giving the Paris Olympics a try. Not only that, but last year she also talked about how the former world number one has inspired her.

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Angella Okutoyi talks about Serena Williams 

Last year, she became the first Kenyan to win a girls’ singles match at a major tournament, the 2022 Australian Open. After the achievement, in a candidate interview, she talked about how she follows Serena Williams as her ideal.

She said, “Serena Williams’s story is inspiring. What she has achieved throughout her career is unbelievable. Her determination and hard work year in year out is what keeps me going.” Along with that, she also highlighted that she has also faced a lot of early struggles in her life, which she overcame to follow her dream of becoming a tennis player.

With 2024 being a big season for young tennis sensations, Angella Otukoyi will look to win big. Nevertheless, what are your thoughts on Okutoyi aiming for the Paris Olympics? Do let us know in the comment section below.