Serena's passion for acting

Published : May 10, 2003 00:00 IST

Serena Williams (Pic. AFP) is on top of the tennis world, but the 21-year-old champion has a surprising view on how she would like her resume to be read.

"I'm an actress, I'm a model and an athlete. I put athlete third on my list," said Williams, the world No. 1 women's tennis player and current holder of all four Grand Slam titles.

Williams is keeping an ultra-fast pace off the courts as well as on them these days, with acting projects, modelling shoots and fashion design business as well playing tennis.

Williams said she was waiting for a movie script being written with a part specifically for her, but did not have a timetable for the project yet. "I haven't talked with my Hollywood agent for a couple of days," she explained.

The full-bodied tennis champion had a special layout among all the leggy supermodels in a recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and is featured in the current issue of Vogue magazine, also modelling a swimsuit.

"I got a lot of positive feedback from the Sports Illustrated shoot. Actually it was all positive. People were astonished and amazed," she said. "And modelling for Vogue was fun. Every week that I'm not on the court, I'm doing a photo shoot or modelling for a magazine cover. It's wild."

Williams, like her sister Venus — the world's No. 2 ranked women's tennis player — is also serious about pursuing an interest in design.

While Venus is busy running a home interior design company, Serena is getting things in order for her own fashion design business.

"I've gotten more serious about designing in the past," said Serena. "I'm in the process of securing a name, my own brand name, and I'm writing my business plan. I'm looking at designers that I can hire. I'm looking at shops I can sell to and I'm thinking about opening my own boutiques."

Despite all the activity, Serena is setting aside time for a charity project to raise money to benefit black colleges.

"We like to do a lot of things through the community and for education," Serena said about their involvement in the charity auction.

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