These sporting sisters have carried all before them in the tennis world since Venus’ first Grand Slam win in 2000. With seven Grand Slams to her name, Venus paved the way for her younger sister Serena who, at the time of writing, has amassed an astonishing eighteen, overcoming a life-threatening illness en route.
Both Venus and Serena are known for their power and athleticism, having recorded the second- and third-fastest serves made in the women’s game. The sisters also have a keen interest in fashion, and both have their own clothing lines.
When Venus was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, a debilitating and so far incurable autoimmune disease that causes excessive fatigue, doctors recommended she adopt a raw vegan diet. In solidarity, her sister and roomie Serena adopted the same diet.
Venus told CBS “[I eat] a lot of wheat grass shots, lots of fresh juices and things like that. As a professional athlete, if you have fatigue, then that’s tough.”
She believes that she has seen huge improvements since she was first diagnosed: “changing my diet has made a big difference”.
These dietary changes certainly haven’t affected the sisters’ competitiveness – since going vegan in 2012 Serena has won the US Open three times.