Venus Williams is on fire at the Australian Open but that’s not the only place. She’s the founder, CEO and sole proprietor of her own company.

At age 36, she’s continuing to prove her tennis prowess on the court and serving up some entrepreneurial realness off the court, too.

“I always dreamed of being an entrepreneur,” she told Inc. “That was one of my lifelong goals.”

Williams has dominated in every realm of tennis–Wimbledon champ, U.S. Open champion, Olympic gold medalist, seven Grand Slam singles champ–and her new venture, EleVen by Venus, is in the throes of a successful comeback as sales tripled last year.

EleVen makes women’s tennis apparel, athleisure products, and performance clothing for yoga, fitness, running and dance. Venus didn’t stop there: She’s also the founder of V-Starr Interiors, a luxury design firm that sometimes collaborates with the EleVen brand.

“Eleven is better than a 10. It’s about reaching your best, pushing beyond the limits, and coming to win,” Williams said in the same interview with Inc.

Venus’ sister Serena Williams was recently gifted with something that was also better than a 10: an engagement ring.

Can't resist a strong shoe game #nike

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Venus congratulated her tennis star sister on her recent engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, admiring her little sister’s maturity in the process.

“She’s much smarter than I am,” Venus said about her sister. “She’s a wise woman. She’s actually getting a real life. She’s paving the way, once again, for me. Maybe I’ll grow up.”

Her tennis career is showing no signs of slowing down, considering Williams is on her way to the fourth round of the Australian Open after beating Duan Ying-Ying on Friday.

Williams has faced her share of adversity, including a comment made Thursday by an ESPN commentator comparing her to a “gorilla.”

posted on 01/20/2017 by Anika Reed
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