Venus Williams Praises Sister Serena & Says She's Her Hero after Loss at the Australian Open

Tennis star Venus Williams calls her younger sister Serena Williams her hero after her loss at the Australia Open earlier this week in a post on her social media.

Venus Williams shared a picture of her sister Serena Williams with her 1.3 million Instagram followers on Thursday, February 18, indicating how proud she was of Serena after the Australia Open tournament ended.

Venus congratulated her sister and said that she was her role model. She then quoted Serena on her experiences at the competition in the inscription in the caption.

Venus Williams and Serena Williams during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Venus Williams and Serena Williams during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

In the picture, Serena, who is mainly in shadow, has both her hands raised to the heavens. The background is vibrant red, creating a stark contrast to the silhouette of the tennis legend. The post received almost 30 thousand likes.

Serena had fought hard for the 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Venus reshared Serena's comments after her final game saying:

"Today was not an ideal outcome or performance but it happens... I am so honored to be able to play in front of you all."

Both sisters put up a good fight at the competition. In the second round of her match against Sara Errani, Venus awkwardly hurt both her ankle and knee when she stumbled on the court.

She could barely walk after that and had to use her tennis racket to aid her to the benches where she received medical attention. Although Venus continued fighting, Errani beat her 6-1, 6-0.

Serena's husband, Alexis Ohanian made a forceful statement at her match with his designer T-shirt.

Meanwhile, Serena faced Naomi Osaka in the women's singles semifinals and lost the match 6-3, 6-4. Serena had last won the competition in 2017 when she was pregnant with her daughter Olympia Ohanian.

She won the title at the Grand Slam tournament seven times while Osaka last won in 2019. Osaka, who is almost half Serena's age, is a worthy opponent. Williams said:

"I feel like she does everything well, she has a good serve, she has a great return, she's strong on both sides."

Serena's husband, Alexis Ohanian, made a forceful statement at her match with his designer T-shirt. He wore a picture of his wife with lettering underneath that said 'Greatest Female Athlete' with the word 'Female' struck out.

Ohanian was clapping back after Ion Tiriac had impolitely recommended that Serena retire from tennis due to her age and weight. Ohanian accused Tiriac of being racist and sexist on Twitter.

As professional tennis players, their careers have forever bonded Venus and Serena. During the Australian Open, they managed to squeeze in some personal sister time.

On her Instagram feed, Venus shared a cute image of the Williams sisters sharing a meal together. They might be rivals on the court, but their connection as siblings is undefeated.

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