Venus Williams on Sister Serena: 'From the Very Beginning She Has Inspired Me'

Following a wave of body-shaming Tweets targeting Serena Williams in the days since her Wimbledon win, the tennis champ has garnered support from fans and friends alike.

Serena Williams Beats Big Sister Venus at Wimbledon

It was a bittersweet win for Serena Williams at Wimbledon on Monday, as she defeated her big sister Venus, 6-4, 6-3.

Having already won the Australian and French Opens, Williams is now only three matches away from her third Major title of this season.

Serena Williams Withdraws from Wimbledon Match Due to Virus

Serena Williams withdrew from her Wimbledon doubles match Tuesday after being too sick to continue.

The tennis star, 32, was playing her third game with sister Venus Williams, 34, when spectators noticed she seemed off, serving four double faults. The siblings retired from the match early, and referees revealed Serena is suffering from a virus, according to a Tweet from the official Wimbledon account.

Celebrity Smoothies and Juices: These Stars Reveal Their Healthiest Drinks

SMOOTH(IE) OPERATORS

After a Birkin bag or a giant pair of sunglasses, a designer veggie drink may be the most sought-after Hollywood accessory.

Fanatics swear that these concoctions make skin glow, boost energy levels and aid weight loss, making them the perfect antidote to a few days of overindulging. We’ve got the scoop on what the stars are sipping, along with some easy recipes to try at home.

Venus Williams' Kale Orange Power Smoothie

Venus Williams’ Kale Orange Power
Recipe courtesy of Jamba Juice
Makes 1

1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
½ cup of fresh kale (washed well) or frozen kale
¼ cup fresh or frozen banana
½ cup of ice (optional)

Add ingredients in above order to blender. Blend until smooth and serve immediately.

Venus Williams Is Dating Cuban Model Elio Pis

Venus has a hot new man!

After dropping out of last year’s U.S. Open and announcing she was suffering from Sjögren’s Syndrome, a happy and healthy Venus Williams made a triumphant return to the New York Grand Slam tournament last week with her new boyfriend at her side. The tennis champ, 32, has been dating Cuban model Elio Alberto Pis, 24, for several months, PEOPLE has learned.

And it’s been a love match on and off the court.

Serena Williams: Venus's Health Is More Important Than Tennis

After Venus Williams withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday and revealed she was suffering from the autoimmune disorder Sjögren’s syndrome, younger sister Serena Williams says Venus’s condition is improving and she’s staying positive.

“She’s doing better,” Serena, 29, told PEOPLE Saturday night after defeating Belarus star Victoria Azarenka at the U.S. Open in New York. “It’s a day at a time kind of a thing. Her spirits are good, however.”

Venus Williams Drops Out of U.S. Open Due to Illness

Tennis star Venus Williams withdrew from the U.S. Open tennis championship Wednesday, citing a recent autoimmune disease diagnosis.

Williams, 31, said in a statement that she is suffering from Sjögren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes fatigue and joint pain.

“I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw from this year’s U.S. Open,” she said in the statement, adding that her diagnosis is “an ongoing medical condition.”

Venus & Serena Williams's Post-Victory Party in Hollywood

Sisters Venus and Serena Williams partied at Cathouse at Tru Hollywood to celebrate Serena’s recent Best of the West Tournament victory. The sisters and a large group of friends enjoyed Belvedere cocktails and bottle service, and partied late into the night.

Serena Williams Wanted Venus's Body – But Not Anymore

When it comes down to the numbers, Serena Williams has outdone older sister Venus.

But even with 27 grand slam titles, a No. 1 world ranking and a spot on women tennis’ all-time greatest champions list, Serena says there’s one thing Venus has that she always wanted – but never could get.

“I’m super-curvy. I have big boobs and this massive butt. [Venus is] tall and she’s like a model and she fits everything,” the younger Williams sister tells Harper’s Bazaar.

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