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The famous tennis siblings donned the colourful saris for a function on the eve of the Bangalore tennis championship
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Serena and Venus step out in local fashions ahead of Indian Open

6 MARCH 2008
Tennis fans are used to seeing Venus and Serena Williams showing off their enviable physiques in sporty ensembles on court. The sport's famous siblings had adopted a very different look this week, though, as they attended a function on the eve of the Bangalore Open Championship in colourful saris.

The sisters donned the traditional Indian costume - complete with gold earrings and bindis on their foreheads - as they joined fellow competitors at the Southern India bash. While Venus - who has a keen interest in style and trained as a fashion designer - stepped out in a cerulean blue affair, Serena had opted for a striking saffron creation which revealed her uber-toned stomach.

Both colours have a special significance in India, where blue is associated Lord Krishna and represents calm, while saffron orange - the country's favourite hue - is considered auspicious as well as sacred.

It wasn't only her off-court attire which was getting Serena noticed. Although the pair bowed out of the doubles championship in the quarter-finals, eight-time grand slam winner Serena made a good start in the singles competition, smashing her way into the quarter-finals with a second set of 6-0.