Venus out to beat Serena in fashion style

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  • Sunday, 22 Jun 2003

LONDON: Venus Williams doesn't just want to outdo sister Serena with her tennis at Wimbledon. She wants to beat her in the fashion stakes, too. 

Venus modeled a corset-style white tennis dress on Friday that she'll wear at Wimbledon, starting tomorrow. All-white except for a navy “RbK'' logo on the front, the dress is open-laced up the back to show flesh rather than a bulky sports bra. 

Venus designed the Reebok dress together with American fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. 

The Williams sisters are known for their love of on-court fashion and glittering accessories, not to mention their domination of women's tennis. 

Until the French Open, they had met in four of the previous five Grand Slam finals. Serena won Wimbledon last year, breaking Venus' two-year hold on the title. 

Venus said she hoped to have the fashion edge over her sister at Wimbledon after Serena's daring black skintight catsuit stole the headlines at last year's US Open. 

“Maybe this week I'm ahead of her,'' Venus said.  

“That black outfit she wore was wonderful. We look at each other's outfits when they arrive at the house and we decide who has the better outfit.” 

Venus' father, Richard Williams, sat in the front row on Friday, videotaping his daughter as she posed for photographers in the dress on a fake grass catwalk. 

Venus said it was strange not to be involved in the French Open final, where Justine Henin-Hardenne beat fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters.  

Venus lost to Russia's Vera Zvonareva in the fourth round – she's projected to play her again the in the fourth round at Wimbledon – while Serena fell to Henin-Hardenne in the semis. 

Venus dismissed any talk of retirement. 

“I have a lot of years left,” she said. “The joy is to keep challenging yourself to keep on the top. If there was no challenge there would be no joy. I think she (Serena) is a great player for sure but I don't see why I shouldn't be around much longer. I don't know why this is a thought in anyone's mind.” – AP 

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