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Venus Williams: I'll do TV commentating only if I run out of money

Venus Williams Venus Williams faces Alize Cornet in the second round and possibly Maria Sharapova in the third. (Rob Griffith/AP)

If Venus Williams has her way, you won't be seeing her in the commentary booth in retirement. At least, she hopes not.

Speaking after her 6-1, 6-0 first-round win over Galina Voskoboeva, Williams, 32, reflected on what post-tennis life would be like.

"When you're a young person, you just don't think it's ever going to end and you're on top of the world," she said. "I realize one day it will end. ... When it's over, I will be out and hopefully, like I said, I won't run out of money and have to commentate. But if I do, I will be commentating," she said with a laugh.

Williams added: "But I'd like to move on from tennis. I love designing. I put my foot in that door already, and probably helping players on the side."

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner in her 19th pro year, says she's playing purely for the love of the game. Incidentally, that includes a commitment to Fed Cup. She confirmed she's made herself available to play in the U.S. tie against Italy in February.

"I have done a lot of things, and I don't really have anything to prove except for I have my desire to play and to play well," she said. "That really is what it's about at this point, is getting the best out of me."

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