|Thursday, August 9
Updated: August 10, 4:50 PM ET
|Serena Williams: 'I wasn't able to stop'|
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Tennis star Serena Williams says
she has kicked a serious Internet shopping habit that involved
spending six hours daily online.
"It hit its worst at the French Open. Every day I was in my
room and I was online," she said. "I wasn't able to stop and I
bought, bought, bought, bought, bought."
Her favorite items were clothing, shoes and things for her dog.
"Things I didn't need. I didn't even wear them," she said,
laughing. "I was just out of control."
Williams said she was shopping online three hours daily during
the tournament and up to six hours on off days. She initially got
hooked as a way to avoid shopping in public.
"People always recognize me no matter where I go," said
Williams, who is a platinum blonde now. "That's why I changed the
color of my hair, so people wouldn't recognize me as much. But it
didn't do any good, so I was like, OK, I'll try the online thing
and next thing I know, it's fun and I was addicted."
Williams says she's better now, although she is tempted whenever
catalogs arrive in the mail.
"I throw all catalogs out now," she said.
Williams, 19, has earned more than $700,000 on the court this
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