The tennis star solves your love and relationship dilemmas.
Tennis Champion, Serena Williams shares her thoughts and ideas on relationship dilemmas in February edition of Harper Bazaar magazine.
DEAR SERENA: What's the best way to dress for a date? I always end up looking too casual, or overdoing it. I need help! —Clueless in the Closet
SW: It's really important to be yourself, since your true colors will show through in the end. And always add heels!
DEAR SERENA: Sometimes when I begin dating a new guy, I start doubt ing myself and feel my initial confidence (which helped snag him in the first place!) slip away. How do I keep up my self- esteem? —Doubtful Debbie
SW: First you need to identify where the self-doubt is coming from. I think that goes back to always being yourself from the beginning. Be confident of your inner strength and beauty, and that will be reflected on the outside. My mom always taught my sisters and me to be ourselves and to stay true to who we are.
DEAR SERENA: I'm really sporty, and my boyfriend's just…not. Any ideas on how we can bridge the gap and get active? —Track Star
SW: Suggest doing lightly sporty things, such as walking, and stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle. And think of activities that you can do with your man.
DEAR SERENA: I love my boyfriend, but the man can't dress. How do I help him without hurting his feelings? —Shopping for a Cause
SW: Show him images from magazines and Pinterest that you think would look nice on him, but more important, make sure that you like who he is as a person. I like a man who has a unique style. I'd hate for him to fit into a mold or to blend in with the other guys.
DEAR SERENA: I want to do something extra special for my man on Valentine's Day this year. What can I do that will really make an impact? —Confused Cupid
SW: I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, but I think you should try to make every day special. It's the little things that count.
DEAR SERENA: I've always thought that "Netflix and chill" really meant watching Netflix and chilling. Am I naive? —Age of Innocence
SW: I have to tell you, I thought the same exact thing. When I say "Netflix and chill," that's what I mean. I guess you and I are just old-fashioned—if you can call Netflix old-fashioned!
DEAR SERENA: How can I be sexy and strong? —Girl Power
SW: Being sexy is really about how you carry yourself. Strength and confidence equal sexy.
DEAR SERENA: Which tennis terms do you also apply to relationships? —Game Player
SW: Love; advantage Williams; game, set, match; and championship.