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Sisterly love!

While on vacation together in the Bahamas, Serena Williams shared an affectionate tribute to her sister, and “soulmate,” Venus Williams.

Reflecting on the bond she shares with the 39-year-old athlete, Serena called Venus her “doubles partner sister soulmate,” as well as “one of my fav sisters.” Alongside the message, Serena, 38, posted a beautiful photo of Venus wearing a green polka dot dress while standing on the beach.

As the two sisters soaked up the sun together earlier this week, they also spent some quality time on a yacht — and making puns!

Yacht got time?” Venus wrote alongside one video of the pair showing off some of their best moves onboard the vessel. “Yasssssssss,” Serena commented, before going on to post her own dancing video with the same caption over the weekend.

During their sisterly getaway, Serena also posted multiple photos showcasing her stylish new hairstyle: a butt-length ponytail.

“I ain’t got Yacht type,” she wrote alongside one set of images, days before revealing that she’s actually decided to name her mane.

“Morning warmups with Trixie (this ponytail is so EXTRA I had to name her),” Williams captioned another snap, which saw the star showing off her flexibility by standing on one foot while raising the other toward the sky.

Over the summer, Serena reminisced about living with her older sister.

“So I’m at Venus’ house, we lived together our whole lives, we’re not living together now which kinda sucks but it’s life,” Serena said in an Instagram Story video, before cracking a joke about the lack of contents inside her sister’s fridge.

“Nothing’s changed for her,” Serena quipped. “This was our refrigerator for like 20 years … we lived together our whole lives, but as adults for 20 years.”

The famous siblings most recently shared a Florida mansion in Palm Beach Gardens, on land they bought back in 1998 according to Variety.

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Speaking with Architectural Digest in August, Serena revealed that when they shared a home, Venus — who has her own interior design company — was always mixing things up design-wise.

“It’s so fun because we used to live together, and it was great because I would come home and the house would look different. I would love it, and it was perfect,” Serena said.

Trading compliments, Venus added that her younger sister is “really good at space planning.”

“Before I was doing any of this sort of design, I couldn’t do that,” Venus said. “So, it’s interesting how she has a knack for it and creating spaces and connections. It’s pretty cool.”

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    Venus Williams Opens Up About Sjogren’s Syndrome

    With 49 singles victories and seven Grand Slam titles as recently as 2017, Venus Williams has dominated the sport of tennis. To this day, she remains the most decorated female tennis player to compete at the Olympic Games. What people don’t know, however, is that for the past decade, Williams has been in a battle with her own body. She recently opened up to Prevention.com about her struggle with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects about 4 million people in the U.S.

    It started in 2004, when Williams experienced symptoms like fatigue and shortness of breath. “No matter how hard I worked, I was exhausted, short of breath, and never felt in shape. It was really frustrating,” Williams tells Prevention.com. “My symptoms got progressively worse, to the point where I couldn’t play professional tennis anymore.”

    Seven years went by before Williams received a diagnosis of Sjogren’s syndrome—an autoimmune disease that’s identified by two of its most common symptoms: dry eye and dry mouth. “Unfortunately, that’s typical of people with autoimmune disease,” she says. “They’re misdiagnosed or too sick to function. I literally had professional tennis taken away from me before I got the right diagnosis.”

    “So you can imagine, it has definitely affected my game,” she says. Williams would go to her doctor presenting symptoms, only for her doctors to find nothing medically wrong with her. “I felt out of control,” she says.

    Nature Valley Classic - Day Five Venus Williams serves in her match against Ashleigh Barty during the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory Club in June 2019.

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    Understanding Sjogren’s syndrome

    Just like other rheumatic diseases, Sjogren’s syndrome can take several years to diagnose, because dryness and other symptoms are common and can present subtly. “Typical symptoms are fatigue and dry mouth or eyes, although those with Sjogren’s may experience muscle aches, joint pain, and inflammation of major organs,” says Paula Marchetta, MD, president of the American College of Rheumatology. “Often symptoms such as fatigue or muscle aches start to affect daily life, and that’s when a patient seeks help.”

    Once diagnosed with Sjögren’s, you’ll have it for life, but depending on the course of the disease, Dr. Marchetta says that most patients with Sjögren’s live normal lives. “They mainly just have to deal with uncomfortable symptoms like dryness of eyes and mouth as well as achiness and fatigue.”

    2019 Australian Open - Day 6 Venus Williams looks on in her third round match against Simona Halep of Romania during day six of the 2019 Australian Open.

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    Prioritizing the road to recovery

    The tennis champ was relieved to finally know what was happening with her body, but she was disheartened to learn that treating the disease wouldn’t be a quick fix. Williams pulled out of the 2011 U.S. Open when disease-related fatigue became too much to bear, and she was booted out of the top 100 tennis players for the first time since 1996. Instead, she took time to focus on her health.

    “In the beginning, I just had to wait to get better,” Williams says. “One of the medications I had took six months to set in. There was another that took one to three months. It was kind of a waiting game until you can go back to what you had been doing.”

    Though chronic illness like Sjögren’s cannot be cured, it can be treated with medication. Dr. Marchetta says that Sjogren’s syndrome treatment is directed at the patient’s specific set of symptoms. “You can control eye dryness with drops, ointment, or an anti-inflammatory drug prescribed by an ophthalmologist. There’s also medication to stimulate saliva.”

    “Before I was on medication, the quality of my life wasn’t as good because I was extremely uncomfortable,” Williams says, reflecting on those years before her diagnosis. “Just being alive was very uncomfortable. I was exhausted to the point that I was just always uncomfortable or in pain.”

    Along with treatment, Williams sought to improve her recovery by adopting a vegan diet, which she still follows today. “Lifestyle changes like exercise, a healthy diet, and good sleeping habits can help someone with autoimmune disease feel better,” Dr. Marchetta says.

    Williams’s breakfasts usually include smoothies and fruit, as she’s “not a huge eater in the mornings,” but it gets her through practice until she has a lunch and dinner filled with protein, carbs, and veggies. “If it’s leading up to a big match or it’s dinner I’ll eat a little heavier, and occasionally I have some fun with sweets, too. I’m only human!”

    Paying attention to your body

    After some time off in 2011, Williams entered into the 2012 season ranked at No. 134, but ended the season at No. 24, a strong comeback for the tennis pro! She finished top 50 in 2013 and 2014, and earned a place back in the top 20 in 2015. Two years later at 37—an age when most players hang their rackets—Williams reached two Grand Slam finals and became No. 5 in the world.

    “You grow with the wins and the losses. You get wiser and stronger. It’s exciting to be able to play as long as you can and because you’re able to build this wealth of knowledge that you can use,” Williams says of her tennis career. “I love every single moment of the learning. Some of those moments are painful, but you still learn.”

    Today, Williams continues to play the sport she loves as she manages Sjögren’s syndrome. “There are times when things are better and times when they’re not as good, that’s when you have to listen to your body and understand that,” she says. “Life has changed a little bit, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve the same things. You just have to be smarter.”

    image Venus Williams reacts in her ladies singles first round match against Elina Svitolina during Day one of the 2019 French Open.

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    She wants people with autoimmune disease to know they aren’t alone. “Don’t be discouraged, because what [you’re] going through is similar to other people,” she says. “Talk to those people who understand you or have a similar condition, reach out, and build a [support] team. Don’t isolate yourself. Don’t give up.”

    There a ton of resources for those with Sjögren’s syndrome and other rheumatic disease, like simpletasks.org sponsored by the American College of Rheumatology. “It has a lot of info about rheumatic diseases like Sjögren’s, as well as ways for patients with these illnesses to get involved with advocacy around disease,” Dr. Marchetta says. “You can also find support groups.”

    As Williams gears up for her next Grand Slam tournament, the U.S. Open, she’s looking ahead to even more success. “The past is the past and what I’m working towards is the most important to me. For me, the most excellent victory is still ahead of me.”

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    Nicol Natale Assistant Editor Currently an assistant editor at Prevention.com, Nicol is a Manhattan-based journalist who specializes in health, wellness, beauty, fashion, business, and lifestyle.

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    Venus Williams and boyfriend Nicky Hammond split up

    June 21, 2019 | 8:33pm

    Venus Williams and her boyfriend, Nicky Hammond, have broken up, Page Six has exclusively learned.

    It’s unclear how long the under-the-radar couple were dating, but Hammond was reportedly Venus’ date to her sister Serena Williams’ New Orleans wedding to tech mogul Alexis Ohanian in November 2017.

    Hammond — a scion of the Annenberg family fortune, which once included magazines such as TV Guide and Seventeen — is reportedly 12 years younger than Venus, who turned 39 on June 17. His mother is Annenberg heir Dana Hammond.

    A source told us of the pair, “They dated for two years and have broken up. It’s not because they don’t love each other, they do. They are still friends.”

    The source added that Venus is looking for marriage and a family and that the younger Hammond wasn’t in the same stage.

    But another source said that it had nothing to do with Venus wanting more — and that the relationship just “ran its course.”

    Last summer, The Post reported the pair were getting serious and that Hammond had presented Venus with a ring — although not of the engagement variety, just a “friendship ring.” The strapping, 6-foot-4 Hammond said at the time of the relationship: “We have a firm commitment to one another to keep our relationship private.”

    Hammond was also seen cheering Venus on at tournaments, including the Australian Open, in the past.

    Venus previously dated pro golfer Hank Kuehne as well as model Elio Pis. Since sister and fellow tennis great Serena tied the knot and gave birth to a daughter, there was increased speculation on whether Venus would also settle down with Hammond.

    Meanwhile on the court, Venus lost in straight sets to French Open champ Ashleigh Barty Friday at the Birmingham Classic, a grass court tournament lead-up to Wimbledon.

    A rep for Williams did not comment.

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    1. On Tennis

      Coco Gauff Vaults From Obscurity to Stardom, but Result Is the Same

      Sudden fame and high expectations have not slowed Gauff, who again defeated Venus Williams in the first round of a Grand Slam, about six months after doing it as a little-known qualifier.

      By Christopher Clarey


    2. Coco Gauff Will Have a Familiar First-Round Opponent: Venus Williams

      The 15-year-old American, who beat Williams in the first round at Wimbledon last year, will face her again at the Australian Open.

      By Ben Rothenberg


    3. The Power of Serena Williams

      What she and Venus have accomplished is far more important than future titles and broken records.

      By Tera W. Hunter


    4. Roger Federer and Venus Williams: A Day of Ups and Downs for 2 Tennis Giants

      Williams, 39, showed flashes of brilliance in her second-round match at the U.S. Open but lost to Elina Svitolina. Federer, 38, lost the first set in his victory over Damir Dzumhur.

      By David Waldstein


    5. 2019 U.S. Open: Highlights From a Rainy Day 3

      On a day when dozens of matches were postponed by rain, Serena Williams held off a young opponent and Novak Djokovic fought through an aching shoulder.

      By Christopher Clarey and Naila-Jean Meyers


    6. 2019 U.S. Open: Highlights From Day 1

      Roger Federer struggled, Serena Williams dominated, and Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams were winners too on the first day of the tournament.

      By David Waldstein and Ben Rothenberg


    7. Feature

      Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?

      How the first Williams sister changed the course of women’s tennis.

      By Elizabeth Weil


    8. Umpire Who Clashed With Serena Williams Won’t Work Her Matches

      Carlos Ramos, who issued penalties against Williams during last year’s U.S. Open final, will not be assigned to her matches, or her sister’s, this year.

      By Christopher Clarey


    9. 11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

      Find out why beverage companies fight recycling, and why it’s so hard to lose weight. Take the citizenship test. Learn about Cori Gauff. And more.

      By Lauren Hard


    10. On Tennis

      Cori Gauff, 15, Seizes Her Moment, Upsetting Venus Williams at Wimbledon

      Gauff, the youngest player in the draw, beat the oldest, her 39-year-old idol, in a changing-of-the-guard match.

      By Christopher Clarey

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    Venus Williams Tournament Results – ESPN

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