Venus Williams has made the dietary leap from steak lover to raw vegan but admits that in times of weakness she is a ''cheagan.''
That's Venus-talk for a cheating vegan.
''If it's on your plate, I might get to cheat. If you're sitting next to me, good luck. You turn your head once and your food might be gone,'' Williams said, in good spirits after starting her Australian Open campaign Monday with a quick 6-1, 6-0 win over Galina Voskoboeva.
''I think it's pretty well known I'm a cheagan,''the seven-time Grand Slam winner said, laughing. ''I'm not perfect, but I try.''
On her website the 32-year-old American refers to this phase of her life as ''Venus A.D.'' - Venus After Diagnosis.
Food is not the only difference between then and now, but it is one of the big lifestyle changes Williams has made since being diagnosed in 2011 with an immune system illness that had caused her years of mysterious symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue and muscle pain.
Williams went public with...