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Venus Williams Expands Eleven Collection

The fall lineup features jackets you can wear to work out, as well as break pants and leggings.

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VENUS’ EXPANDING WORLD: “It’s the evolution of the line. It’s bigger than the first season and I’m trying to offer more pieces to fit more people,” said Venus Williams, who was in New York Monday showing off her fall Eleven tennis collection that includes colorful tennis dresses, “Love Game” jackets, flutter skorts, shorts, pants and tops.

The tennis collection has expanded beyond the courts into fitness, too. The line features jackets you can wear to work out it, as well as break pants and leggings. “I want to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle,” said the 32-year-old tennis star.

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Williams said she continues to play in the majors — she’s currently ranked at number 20 and is looking to move up — and is equally passionate about her blossoming design career. “I’m trying to make the best use of my time,” said Williams. Eleven is currently sold to tennis and specialty shops, sporting goods retailers and resorts, as well as online.

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