09:18 AM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 09/09/2012 10:00AM
Venus has a hot new man!
After dropping out of last year's U.S. Open and announcing she was suffering from Sjögren's Syndrome, a happy and healthy Venus Williams made a triumphant return to the New York Grand Slam tournament last week with her new boyfriend at her side. The tennis champ, 32, has been dating Cuban model Elio Alberto Pis, 24, for several months, PEOPLE has learned.
And it's been a love match on and off the court.
The couple were seen holding hands and sweetly kissing each other while walking through the corridors of Arthur Ashe Stadium. During all of her matches, Pis sat courtside with Williams's friends and family, cheering the two-time U.S. Open winner. Her return was cut short, though. Williams lost to Germany's Angelique Kerber in the second round on Aug. 30, and she was eliminated from the doubles competition with younger sister Serena on Sept. 3.
With Williams set to present her clothing line, EleVen, during New York Fashion Week, expect to see more of Pis. As he steps out with the tennis ace, here are five things to know about the guy that has won over her heart:
Originally posted 08/30/2012 06:00AM
When it comes to tennis – and fashion! – Serena Williams knows how to serve.
The 30-year-old tennis champion is in New York for the U.S. Open and when she isn't competing on the court, she's been shopping!
The gold medalist was spotted at the MCM Shops at the Plaza Hotel on Monday.
"She purchased three classic MCM Cognac Visetos bags," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "Including the flight bag, shopper and drawstring."
– Maggie Coughlan
Originally posted 08/06/2012 07:30AM
As the London 2012 Olympic Games press on, Saturday and Sunday's exciting events propelled British athletes to the forefront.
Although China leads with the most medals – 61, including 30 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze – Team GB's victories helped boost the host country's morale with an outpouring of spirit and success during days 9 and 10 of the Games.
Team USA experienced highs and lows as well, as the medal count grew to 57 – 27 gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze – with Serena Williams taking home two gold medals and fan favorite McKayla Maroney's surprising finish in the women's vault final.
Originally posted 08/04/2012 11:35AM
Serena Williams has another gold medal.
The reigning Wimbledon champion returned Saturday to the grass surface of Centre Court (the tennis venue at the London Games) to compete against Russia's Maria Sharapova in the women's singles final – and dominated.
Williams, who served three aces in the opening game, beat her opponent 6-0, 6-1.
Originally posted 10/31/2011 05:55AM
Serena Williams was in the mood to dance during a surprise performance by rumored on-again flame Common at the premiere party for AMC's Hell on Wheels. The rapper, who also costars in the show, unexpectedly took the stage during the bash at Union Station's Harvey House in L.A. to sing three songs, including a "Hell on Wheels"-inspired rap in which he gave shout-outs to his cast. – Jessica Wedemeyer
Originally posted 09/05/2011 03:00PM
After Venus Williams withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday and revealed she was suffering from the autoimmune disorder Sjögren's syndrome, younger sister Serena Williams says Venus's condition is improving and she's staying positive.
"She's doing better," Serena, 29, told PEOPLE Saturday night after defeating Belarus star Victoria Azarenka at the U.S. Open in New York. "It's a day at a time kind of a thing. Her spirits are good, however."
Some 4 million Americans suffer Sjögren's syndrome, which causes fatigue and joint pain and would affect the 31-year-old Venus's tennis future.
Originally posted 08/30/2011 04:05PM
Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, and Novak Djokovic all have something in common, and it isn't just tennis – they all love their dogs! The first-round matches at this year's U.S. Open are underway, and these pro athletes have the support of their beloved pups, some of whom are getting to be just as famous as their owners.
The youngest Williams sister has two dogs, a Jack Russell terrier named Jackie and a Maltese named Lorelei. Serena has had Jackie since she was in high school and named her after Mariah Carey's Jack Russell Jack.
"I take my Jack Russell everywhere," Williams told PEOPLE. "I am so busy with tennis and my business interests, but I wanted to be at the game to support the team, and Jackie likes to be part of everything I do."
Originally posted 08/04/2011 06:00AM
Originally posted 03/10/2011 10:55AM
A fearless competitor on the court, Serena Williams admits she was terrified by the medical emergency that sent her to the hospital last week.
"I could have died," Williams, 29, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue of the pulmonary embolism and subsequent hematoma that she suffered.
Not grasping the reality of the situation at first, Williams says she felt shock and disbelief. "This can't be happening to me," she recalls thinking.
Originally posted 03/02/2011 04:00PM
Serena Williams was recently treated for a frightening pulmonary embolism, but the tennis ace is home now and says she's "doing better."
Still, she says, it's been a tough week. After the embolism, she had also sought emergency treatment for a hematoma on Monday.
"Thank you everyone for all of your prayers, concerns, and support," the star, 29, tells PEOPLE in a statement. "This has been extremely hard, scary, and disappointing. I am doing better, I'm at home now and working with my doctors to keep everything under control."
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