Daily Bagel: Serena Williams discusses being a role model and her body image

Wednesday July 24th, 2013


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• For the Herald Sun, Serena Williams talks about her body and being a role model.

She denies being hot-headed, but admits to becoming increasingly aware of how her comments can be construed.

"I am who I am," she sighs. "I really don't feel pressure to be a role model. If young girls want to look up to me, I feel like it's great. But I also think that role models are a tough position to be in because a lot of people can make a mistake and be positioned in the wrong way," she says carefully.

When it comes to talking about her body, however, she's happier to be candid.

"My body is definitely not something I've always loved," she says frankly. "I've had to grow into it. I realise now, though I haven't lifted weights in years, I have a muscular body and at the same time I have curves. I've had to accept that's who I am and that I don't look like my sister [Venus] does."

• According to The Daily Mail, Laura Robson will switch management companies from Octagon to IMG.

• Mardy Fish's comeback in Atlanta was stalled by rain. His match against Michael Russell was suspended for rain with Fish leading 6-4, 2-4, and will resume this evening. Over on the west coast, No. 2 seed Sam Stosur suffered a shock loss to Olga Govortsova, losing 6-2, 6-4.

• Former British No. 1 Anne Keothavong has announced her retirement. She'll join BT Sport as a WTA commentator.

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