Oprah Talks to Venus and Serena Williams
Oprah: Other players have called you arrogant for having interests outside of tennis. Where do you find the time?
Venus: To stay interested in tennis, I have to mix it up with other things.
Serena: We get bored quickly. A lot of players have a myopic view, but we know tennis can last only so long. After their careers, a lot of stars say, "What should I do now?" Then they realize there's no money left. We've always had something to fall back on.
Venus: One of our biggest fears is ending up having to struggle and mop floors.
Oprah: I don't think that will happen to you. Serena, you appeared in an episode of the ABC sitcom My Wife and Kids. Do you want to pursue acting?
Serena: Definitely—but with my training schedule, it's difficult to get parts. I've always enjoyed acting. When we were younger, my sisters and I would put on plays for our parents.
Venus: Serena was always the princess, and I was the warrior.
Oprah: How much time do you get off each year?
Serena: We play tennis from January to November.
Oprah: What was your proudest moment away from the court?
Serena: Venus's was getting a 3.9 GPA in school a couple of years ago.
Venus: I didn't get the 4.0 because there was one class I was never on time for.
Serena: She was playing tennis and traveling, so it was tough.
Oprah: With such a busy schedule, is anybody dating anybody?
Venus: [Turns to her sister, laughing.] Is anybody dating anybody, Serena?
Serena: I'm very single! I'm just focusing on tennis right now. Maybe some people can focus on two things at once, but I can't.
Oprah: Are men intimidated by you?
Serena: I don't think so. I'm always open for dinner and a movie. But because we travel so much, a serious relationship might be difficult right now.