Venus Williams has a long list of accomplishments — on top of her nearly three-decade-long tennis career, she holds two degrees that she’s earned on the side and has launched three companies along the way.
But at 41, the athlete is still facing pressure to settle down in a more traditional way, with a significant other and children of her own — something that she’s in no rush to do.
“I have a lot of friends who don’t believe me when I say that I like my life and I don’t want to change it for any reason. I’m not desperate and they don’t believe me,” she told Cosmopolitan for the magazine’s October cover. “They say things like, ‘You’re going to miss your window.’ I’m like, ‘Please, relax. You might feel this way, but I don’t. I promise you I don’t.”
The elder of the superstar tennis duo that is Venus and Serena Williams, Venus has been in the spotlight since she started her professional career at just 14 years old. Throughout that time, she’s faced challenges when it comes to sticking to her conviction and paving her own path.
“I didn’t see myself as different,” Venus said of her debut in the public arena, although those around her warned that as a Black female player in a traditionally white sport, she certainly was. “I saw myself as a great player.”
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