Book by Williams sisters offers advice to pre-teens

10 rules for Living, Loving and Winning by Serena and Venus.-

EMBRACING their status as role models, Serena and Venus Williams have written a book with advice for pre-teens on such subjects as money and dating.

Regarding the latter, their recommendation: Don't rush a crush.

"We both really have a lot to say about that,'' Venus said with a laugh.

Titled "Venus and Serena: Serving From the Hip: 10 rules for Living, Loving and Winning,'' the book is targeted for 9-to-12 year olds.

"It's a great book for teenage girls who deal with different issues,'' Serena said. "Growing up, I would have loved to have had such a positive role model to look up to and try to be like and try to emulate. We love having that opportunity to say, `Look, you can be like us, you can be successful and at the same time have high morals and high self esteem and be a very nice person at the end of the day.'''

The sisters, who are in Key Biscayne for the Nasdaq-100 Open, wrote the book with Hilary Beard.

"It's like we're having a conversation back and forth,'' Serena said. "We wrote it with someone, but we wrote it.''