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Venus Williams Adds Title of Author to Tennis, Design Careers

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July 6 (Bloomberg) -- Venus Williams’s new book might ease her through an early Wimbledon exit.

The WTA Tour’s No. 4 ranked tennis player spoke with leaders from the worlds of politics, business, arts, medicine and athletics, collecting life and business lessons provided by sports. The result was “Come to Win,” which went on sale June 29, the same day Williams lost in straight sets to unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, her earliest exit in four years.

“The reality is that we have to learn from the successes and the losses,” Williams said in an interview with Bloomberg Radio, citing one of the themes of her book. “That’s what makes life interesting, facing the challenges and finding a way to get through them.”

The 354-page book, co-written by Kelly E. Carter, is published by HarperCollins. It includes contributions from former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Nike Inc. founder Phil Knight, actor Denzel Washington, fashion designer Vera Wang and other public figures.

“A lot of them credit sports with helping them get to where they are today,” Williams said.

Williams, 30, is a 43-time WTA Tour singles champion who’s won Wimbledon five times and the U.S. Open twice, earning $27.3 million since turning professional in 1995.

She’s made $2.2 million this year, with two February singles titles: one on hardcourts in Dubai and another on clay in Acapulco, Mexico.

Doubles Sweep

When she and her sister Serena Williams won the French Open doubles title in June, they became the third pair to hold all four Grand Slam women’s doubles trophies at the same time. They lost in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, falling in three sets to Russia’s Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva.

Venus Williams is also an entrepreneur, holding a degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. She launched her clothing line, EleVen, in 2007, and said she also has interest in commercial interior design. They’re not her main priority yet, though.

“Right now, I’m at the top of the world in my game so my focus isn’t on when I’m going to end,” she said. “My focus is on playing the best tennis that I can, and there is no end to that.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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