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Venus Williams draws a tennis crowd for her writing skills

July 30, 2010 |  8:16 pm

Venus Williams came to the Farmers Classic on Friday, and the line for her book signing was longer than the one to buy the excellent salmon burger and grilled corn on the cob. Even longer than the one to purchase cupcakes and lemonade.

Williams has been promoting her book "Come to Win," coauthored with former Orange County Register sportswriter Kelly Carter, about the sports experiences of men and women who became tops in something outside of athletics.

Williams said it took two years to write the book and added that she is not likely to become a full-time author after her tennis career is finished.

Venus, ranked No. 3 in the world, and top-ranked sister Serena have spent more of their post-Wimbledon time being salespeople than in their jobs as tennis players.

Neither entered this week's WTA Tour tournament at Stanford or next week's event at La Costa. Serena Williams is recovering from a cut on her foot that reportedly required surgery to repair. She was at the Farmers Classic earlier in the week posing for photos with James Blake, her injured foot still encased in a protective boot. She then flew to Florida for a TV session selling her clothing and jewelry line on Home Shopping Network, then returned to Los Angeles.

Venus Williams was clearly reluctant to talk about her sister's physical state other than saying that Serena was "doing solid" and that Serena was a fighter. She did show her sense of humor when asked if she was spending any time at Serena's new home in Los Angeles.

"Only if I can get through security," she said.

-- Diane Pucin