Here Are 10 Reasons Why Serena Williams Flourishes Off the Court

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    Fashion Designer

    Serena has always made headlines for her on-court gear, and now she’s extending her fashion sense into her off-court life. Just days after winning the U.S. Open this year, Williams was showing off her “Serena” collection at New York Fashion Week in front of a crowd that featured her Finals opponent Caroline Wozniacki and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. With over 25 looks, the Serena Collection was designed by Williams herself for HSN after initially signing a deal with them in 2009. Serena has a long history with fashion, having initially launched her “Aneres” label in 2003.

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  • Karaoke Singer

    Ever the performer, one of Serena’s favorite hobbies off the court is singing karaoke. She develops her craft at home thanks to the karaoke room in her new house, and on occasion even busts out her vocal skills in public. At an August promotional event for Delta, Williams wowed the audience with the above rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” and before she even got onstage said that karaoke is “my favorite thing.” Not bad for someone with no real vocal training to speak of.

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    Dog Lover

    To look at Serena’s Instagram feed is to be bombarded with pictures of her dog, Chip. Not only does he seemingly go everywhere with her, but Chip is always looking dapper with his assortment of ties and other neckware. Just because she is a globetrotting tennis star, though, doesn’t mean that Serena is above doing his laundry, which is certainly refreshing to see. Chip also happens to be the leader of #renasarmy, Serena’s unofficial fan club on Twitter. Not bad for a little pup who looks like he can’t weigh more than 10 or 15 pounds.

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    Wedding Crasher

    Just because she wasn’t invited doesn’t mean that Serena doesn’t sometimes find herself in wedding photos. On more than one occasion she has happened to be in the same place as a wedding, and the happy couple have eagerly brought her in for a few photos. She made headlines this past June for the above photo with a couple who got married on South Beach, and was even reportedly at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding Memorial Day weekend (although she did have an invitation for that one).

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    Foodie

    As an elite athlete, Serena has to be very mindful about what she eats. On occasion, though, she shows the world just how much she cares about her dietary choices. Williams shows off photos of not only her meals, but of her talking with chefs and actually doing the cooking. She even went vegan last year to support her sister Venus when the latter developed Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes both fatigue and muscle pain. Although Serena does break her vegan vows every now and again, it would be tough to argue that her raw, plant-based diet isn’t a huge success.

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    Model

    Serena can be found gracing the pages of both sports and non-sports related publications not just as a tennis player, but also as a model and reflection of a strong, beautiful woman. She has graced the covers of Essence, ESPN: The Magazine’s Body Issue, Glamour, Ebony, Vogue, and several others. She is held as a role model for women everywhere, proudly showing off her toned body and proving that strong can be sexy, too.

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    Charity Work

    Serena has involved herself in a number of charity ventures, including the funding and construction of the Serena Williams Secondary School in Kenya. She has also received an award for her involvement in breast cancer awareness campaigns, and participated in an event to raise money for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. She’s been given a number of awards for her work in the community as well, mentoring at-risk youth and helping to shape and improve their lives.

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    Miami Dolphins

    Along with her sister Venus, Serena owns a small piece of the Miami Dolphins football team. The pair became the first African-American women ever to own a piece of an NFL franchise, and have served as ambassadors for the Dolphins in the South Florida community.

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  • Serena Williams, Greg Oden, Caroline Wozniacki
    Celebrating with celebrities

    Can we chill with Serena and Caroline? Please? Officially jealous of Greg Oden.

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    Sneakerhead

    The highlights of this year’s U.S. Open all involved Roger Federer. His comeback against Gaël Monfils was a masterpiece in will and determination, and Fed also had that incredible through-the-legs shot against Marinko Matosevic in an earlier round, a play that even impressed Michael Jordan. But our favorite part of the tournament? Roger’s kicks. The NikeCourt Zoom Vapor AJ3 combines the iconic sneaker DNA between Fed and MJ, sharing their obsession with winning through an awesome shoe. Serena didn’t take long to flourish on the ‘gram, either.

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Serena Williams’ on-court record speaks for itself: 677 career wins, No. 1 all-time in prize money, three Olympic gold medals, and 18 major championships all reflect her incredible tennis ability. She is in the conversation for greatest female tennis player of all time, with a run of dominance that has now stretched into her early 30s after she first turned pro in September of 1995, just two days before her 14th birthday.

While it would be easy to go on ad nauseam about Serena’s tennis talent, that’s only a part of this incredible woman’s repertoire. She has a whole host of interests beyond tennis, from entertainment to sports to puppies, and her dynamic personality has afforded her many opportunities away from the game.

A true role model who has used her stature in the world of sports to inspire others, Williams has done everything from building a school in Kenya to lending her name to a highly-successful fashion line. Along the way, she’s won admirers ranging from Michelle Obama to LeBron James, and has become the poster child for the ideal, all-around successful female athlete. (She’s also a fantastic Instagram follow.)

She’s been an admired and respected cultural figure for the better part of two decades now, a staggering run for anybody, let alone someone in a sport known for chewing up and spitting out athletes like tennis. Her commitment to her craft on and off the court is reflected in everything Williams does, and her tremendous career can be directly attributed to this focus and drive.

Rather than focus on what she does with a tennis racket, Here Are 10 Reasons Why Serena Williams Flourishes Off the Court.

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