Whilst Andy Murray was preparing for next year's tennis season in Miami, the number one female player Serena Williams launched her training by taking part in The Serena Williams Ultimate Run South Beach. The event on Sunday (14 December) featured a 5k and quarter marathon and was held to raise money for the Serena Williams Fund which supports victims of violent crime.
The 33-year-old was joined at the event in Florida by her older sister Venus. The pair entertained the crowds with some karaoke singing after the race.
Serena explained how the race came about: "Every year, I do a run for Thanksgiving, the 5k or 10k, to kick-start my training for the year, and last year after running the 5k, I thought, 'Wow, I really should do my charity based on running because it's a really fun way to promote a healthy lifestyle.' People love it. You can run, walk, bring your family, it's early in the morning. I love karaoke, so at my race, afterward you can go on the beach, relax, have Gatorade and sing karaoke.”
On whether running will benefit her tennis, she said: "It definitely helps your endurance on the court. You feel you can run so many miles, you can last three hours, four hours if you need to.”
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