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Venus Williams Likes Shopping

December 30, 2001

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GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) _ Venus Williams admits she shops as well as she plays tennis _ so well that she’s staying away from the areas best shopping plazas while on the Gold Coast preparing for the Australian women’s hardcourt championships at Royal Pines, where she is top seed.

``I’m not supposed to be shopping until January 1st and then I have an allowance,″ Williams said Sunday. ``I guess I just got out of control between the months of July and September.″

Williams, who has won more than a million dollars this year, including two grand slams and six other singles titles, says she doesn’t remember some jewelry purchases that have sent her credit card out of control.

Williams’ love of jewelry and diamonds is well documented, but she claims her younger sister, Serena Williams, is the family shopping addict.

``That’s Serena,″ she said. ``Every day packages come in the mail for Serena from online shopping. I put them on her side of the house.″

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