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Serena Williams Criticized for Crip Walk Dance at Olympics

August 7, 2012

Divabetic SummerDivabetic’s Diabetes Roundtable inspiration, Serena Williams was so overjoyed after defeating Maria Sharapova in the Olympic singles and winning the gold that she broke into a Crip Walk dance.

“It was just me. I love to dance,” Williams told reporters who inquired about her Crip Walk. “I didn’t know what else to do. I was so happy, and next thing I know I started dancing and moving. I didn’t plan it. It just happened.”

When one naive reporter asked what the name of the dance could be — “The Wimbledon?” or “The Serena?” — Williams said, “Actually, there is a name. But I don’t know if I — it’s inappropriate. It’s just a dance we do in California.”

“For the uninitiated, the Crip Walk is a funky little hip-hop dance move made famous by Crip gang members in Compton in the 1970s,” wrote Fox Sports’ Reid Forgrave.

Another Fox Sports reporter, Jason Whitlock, downplayed the so-called controversy, saying: “What Serena did was akin to cracking a tasteless, X-rated joke inside a church… Serena deserved to be called out. What she did was immature and classless. She made a mistake, something we all do.”

Others took to defending the tennis champ.

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Venus Williams Charges Forward with Doubles Win At Wimbledon

July 8, 2012

Divabetic TennisVenus and Serena Williams teamed up to win their 5th Wimbledon doubles title. With Serena by her side,  Venus whose career, badly affected by recent illness, seems slipping into its twilight  proved she’s still a major force in tennis.

Serena, 30, and Venus, two years older, have won 10 of the last 13 singles titles at the All England Club.

Saturday’s win over Agnieszka Radwanska took Serena to 14 Gramd Slam trophies and a new ranking of four in the world.

But in sharp contrast, Venus, whose first round defeat to Russia’s Elena Vesnina on the opening day was her worst at Wimbledon since 1997, is battling to still remain a contender.

The last of Venus’s 43 career titles came in Dubai in 2010 while her last Grand Slam title was in 2008.

Furthermore, she was diagnosed with the fatigue-related illness Sjogren’s Syndrome last year which kept her off tour from the US Open until the Miami tournament in March this year.

Many in the sport expect Venus, now down at 58 in the world, to quit after this year’s US Open and having had another shot at the Olympics, which will be held at Wimbledon.

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Venus And Serena Williams Change Their Diets

April 29, 2012
Divabetic: Serena WilliamsTennis star, Serena Williams says altering her diet in support of big sister Venus Williams hasn’t been much of a hardship.
Serena said she’s cut down on eating chicken and fish and is eating more raw foods like Venus, who adopted the change to help her body cope with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain. But while the new diet has been a big change for Venus, it’s not been that big a deal for Serena, she says.
“I’ve always been a better eater than her, even though I’m a lot, lot thicker,” she said, laughing during a recent phone interview.Serena said since she lives with Venus, she is mindful to eat foods that won’t tempt her.“I don’t want her to come home and see a piece of chicken and be like, ‘Oh, I want it,’ and she can’t have it. It would be like a stumbling block for her,” she added.Both Serena and Venus have been back on the tennis court recently after dealing with health issues. Serena had ankle injuries this year and last year made her return after missing nearly a year because of several health concerns, including cuts on her feet from glass at a restaurant and clots in her lungs.
“I’m looking forward to playing, and just playing and being healthy; I haven’t really been healthy in a few years, and I’m just really looking forward to having a chance to play,” she said. “I think right now I am at 100 percent … I’m really looking forward to continuing this and continuing to be healthy.
”Besides her excitement for upcoming Grand Slams and the Olympics, Serena said she’s also still focused on her side ventures, which include an upcoming appearance on the TV show “Drop Dead Diva,” her nails (she’s a licensed manicurist and has a nail polish line), her clothing company, Aneres(she said it’s relaunching online next year) and business school, just to name a few.
She’s also part of a new venture with LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chris Paul and Pitbull to promote Sleep Sheets, which bills itself as a natural sleep aid. Serena said she’s had trouble sleeping for years because she’s “constantly on a natural high, high on life and happy, happy, happy and working.”

She said her sleep difficulty was so bad one year it affected her at the Australian Open.

“Several years ago before like the finals, I couldn’t sleep, and I had to take something to relax and make me go to sleep,” she said. “It was obviously a pharmaceutical thing, but I physically couldn’t sleep, and the only thing with that is that it slows you down the next day.”

She still won the trophy.

“I did, but I was a little sluggish,” she said, laughing. “It’s nothing that I ever want to do again. I can’t put the finals of the Australian Open on the line because I can’t sleep.”

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