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Early photos of Serena and Venus Williams

Venus and Serena Williams childhood photo

We have shared with you so many photos of women's tennis players when they were kids, but strangely, we never got to feature the Williams sisters. There is an abundance of beautiful photos of this unprecedented pairing.

Venus and Serena Williams childhood picture

Actually, we once included a cute picture of little Venus Williams in a shopping cart surrounded by tennis balls.

Venus and Serena Williams now and then

Since Serena and Venus had successful tennis careers already at the young age, it is not that difficult to find pictures of them as kids.

Sisters Serena Williams and Venus Williams shaking hands

In the photo above, for example, you can see Serena and Venus shaking hands after a game in 1991 in Compton, CA. It was almost twenty years ago! :)

Little Serena and Venus Williams

They looked so cute together. It's amazing when you think about it: they established themselves as tennis stars so early in their lives and they are still ruling the tennis world.

Someone would think they are forty years old by now, they have been present on the tennis scene since it seems like forever. What's truly fantastic is that they are still young and have the capacity to add more successes to their biography.

Serena WilliamsVenus Williams

These last two photos above are from 1997. The Williamses have not only enriched tennis with their games, dominance and sisterhood, but also with unique love of fashion and style experiments. (photos: Brian Smith, Family Igloo, The Telegraph, The Age, Daily Mail)

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24 thoughts on “Early photos of Serena and Venus Williams

  1. Karunya

    In the third photo from the last, are they standing under a Wimbledon umbrella? I think that is the cutest photo here.

  2. Marija Post author

    Diane, I don't know how I got to feature them only now. They are really cute.

    Karunya, yeah that is a Wimbledon umbrella. My favorite is the one when they are shaking hands after a match, where Serena is so much smaller than Venus.

  3. TennisAce

    Thank you so much for this. They are truly the first family of tennis. An under rated story if ever there was one. People talk about sibling rivalry but in this rivalry, big Sis never considered herself a rival. She took her job as big sister very seriously. I love all the pictures and you can see their evolution from young geeky girls to mature and confident young women.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Venus recently on her recent book tour and let me tell you she is a joy to behold. Pictures do not do her justice. Very elegant. Very warm and very friendly.

    I had pictures taken with her and I posted them on my Facebook page and at this site, if you are interested.

    tennisontv.blogspot.com

  4. Francesca

    The third picture is really sweet ♥ …But when I saw the first picture I was struck by what Venus'legs were already long, endless! :)

  5. Marija Post author

    TennisAce, that's so nice of Venus that she's always had that protective and unselfish attitude towards Serena. It's well described in Serena's autobiography. My favorite was the situation when Venus gave Serena her trophy. I wrote about it here, as you already know (I remember you joined in the comments):

    http://www.womenstennisblog.com/2010/02/13/review-of-serena-williams’-autobiography-on-the-line-win-the-book/

    Francesca, her legs are up to her chin! :P

  6. kourtney

    i love yuh guys your duh best thankx for showin me i can become anything i want and its not dat hard if yuh try

  7. kennedy

    hi venus sererna we are doing black famous african american for a school i love you guys so much love me back

  8. P!nky

    They have overcome a lot of diversity in their respective careers. Even with the major personal issues they have had off the court, plus losing their sister do gang violence.

  9. Tulp

    sarah, dear, it's quite understandable – you being 11, and the imaginable rest of it all… I wish you a thoroughly successful growing-up.

  10. FiFi

    Are all of you people blind? Pictures 2, 5 and 6 clearly show that you are looking at 2 boys. From boys to women. LOL.

  11. Real Talk

    Negative posters: Your ignorance makes me feel sorry for you. These girls are phenoms! They've made much history in the world of tennis and shall continue to do so. They repeatedly shine for America, chiefly Serena. Serena, as we can all see, has always looked sort of boyish; she's actually not as naturally attractive as Venus. She tries really hard to be pretty since growing up, but these photos are proof that she's always looked more masculine than feminine. Looks are not what we should be focusing on, however. Acknowledging that she is without a doubt, the greatest female tennis player of all time is key. Learn how to give credit where credit is due, and stop calling these girls boys, when you know for a fact they are females. Hatred, racism, jealousy, and envy are evil and so are the people making these hateful, negative comments. You all need to look deep within your soul to find out why you are the way that you are. The photos are actually precious and speak volumes about the spirit of sisterhood and the way they were raised. Everybody can't be naturally drop-dead gorgeous, so to the haters, I say: "Father God, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Venus and Serena, you're both beautiful and fabulous! Keep up the great work!"

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