Serena Williams survived some strong play by defending champion Li Na at the 2013 Western & Southern Open, winning their semifinal 7-5, 7-5 on Saturday night.
This victory also catapulted Serena to the top of the Emirates U.S. Open Series; she was awarded the trophy on court after her victory. Winning the U.S. Open Series could be a financial boon for the World No. 1 should she win the U.S. Open trophy in a few weeks: she would get a $1 million bonus to go with the $2.6 million paycheck awarded to the Champion.
In her post-semi press conference, Serena talked about what she would do with her potential earnings and possibly investing in a new business.
Q. What company is that?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I’m actually starting my company Aneres, which is my clothing line. It will be Aneres.com. You can buy fashions from there. We’re going to have to find some potential investors, and I’m looking at that as well. Probably do some more stuff like that.
Q. How does that fit with your HSN stuff?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It fits well. [At} HSN, my client is a particular I have a particular client at HSN. So when I’m designing — and I’m actually designing for Aneres now — I have more freedom, and I can draw and sketch what I want to and send it to our manufacturers and go from there.
So I’ll definitely have more I can be more creative. I can definitely get more influenced from the fashion outside of just colors. I mean, I love working for HSN. We’re doing incredible there, but I wanted to expand with Aneres.
It will be really fun. I’m really excited. I’m already starting the wheels on that.
Q. Is it more high end?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It’s definitely more high end, but it’s also really it’s also reasonable as well.
Take, for instance, someone like me. I do make a lot of money, but I’m not going to spend I’m the type of person that’s not going to spend $10,000 or even $1,000 for a top.
The prices, we’re still working on it. It’s going to be very it’s not going to be like Forever 21, but it’s going to be more or less like BCBG prices.
When asked about her next HSN appearance, Serena said that the next collection would appear in September, but that she herself would not appear again to hawk her products until February 2014.
(image by Ian A.C. Johnson via Cincy Tennis FB)