Serena Williams Explores Life Off the Court
Tennis champ branches out to non-sports entertainment
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 19, 2007 6:27 PM CDT
Serena Williams hits a forehand to Michaella Krajicek, of the Netherlands, during a third-round tennis match in the French Open on June 1, 2007, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Williams won 6-3, 6-4....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Serena Williams remains one of the biggest names in tennis, but a string of injuries and the irresistible attraction of off-court activities sent the 25-year-old phenom's ranking plummeting to 140th just a year ago. Now, as she preps for the US Open—and an awards show, a party, and a photo shoot—she invites the Times along for the ride.

She's back in the top 10, but tennis is just one aspect of Williams' life. After a difficult stretch marked by professional struggles and personal tragedy, she's keeping her options open, and not complaining about—or cutting back on—non-tennis activities. She compares her schedule to a rock star's and says, "My life is like this every day, all day."