VENUS Williams, who won her fourth Wimbledon crown last year, has lofty goals for the 2008 tennis season including a run at Olympic doubles gold with her sister, Serena.
“I have so many dreams and goals for 2008,” Williams told
Reuters in an interview before the launch of her EleVen fashion designs in New York’s Herald Square shopping district.
Williams (27) said she and Serena, who combined to win the Olympic doubles at the 2000 Sydney Games, were eager to join forces at January’s Australian Open.
“We’re really excited,” Williams said. “We love playing together and also we want to play doubles in the Olympics, so we’re starting right off in the new year playing.”
Williams said she sees “an infinite future” for herself in fashion design but is not nearly ready to quit tennis.
“As far as tennis, I don’t think about the future. I’m in the middle of my career. I’m looking forward to the next season and I’m going to go for it.
“I love being on the court and I can’t wait to do even bigger than last year. I want to win every match -— I hate losing.”
Asked what she would consider a successful season, the older Williams sister said: “I would be super happy with three grand slams. I would feel like, ‘Okay, I could’ve done more but it’s okay.’”
Williams has six grand slam singles titles to her name, including two US Open triumphs.
The American was equally enthused about her latest foray into fashion.
“For me, it is a dream come true,” she said about introducing her line of sportswear. “It’s mixing both parts of my life, the performance part and the lifestyle part.” — Reuters.