Trophy use No. 1: Makeup brush holder

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WIMBLEDON, England – Serena Williams seems to have found a peculiar way to keep her vanity table uncluttered, even if her 33 tennis trophies, cups and plates weren’t exactly designed to store her makeup brushes.

WIMBLEDON, England – Serena Williams seems to have found a peculiar way to keep her vanity table uncluttered, even if her 33 tennis trophies, cups and plates weren’t exactly designed to store her makeup brushes.

The 10-time Grand Slam champion said Tuesday she hasn’t yet taken time to admire her prizes, instead putting them to a more practical use.

“I use some of my trophies for makeup brushes,” Williams said after reaching the Wimbledon semifinals by beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-2, 6-3. “Maybe (someday) I’ll just take a step back and be like, ‘Hmmm.’ Take all the makeup brushes out and really appreciate every title and every trophy.”

A smiling Williams said the best trophy for the job was the one she won in Indian Wells, Calif., in 2001. It was at that tournament the family was booed after Venus withdrew just before a semifinal match against Serena. Their father, Richard, said those jeers were racially motivated, and the sisters have boycotted that tournament since then.

Serena has won two Wimbledon championships, beating big sister Venus in the final in 2002 and ’03. Venus beat Serena in last year’s final.

Freelance writer Sandy Harwitt contributed to this report.

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