Venus Williams on Her Sister's Engagement and Wedding Planning: 'I Am So Excited for Serena'

Serena Williams, 35, announced her engagement to the tech entrepreneur after 15 months dating each other

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Tennis champion Venus Williams is thrilled for her younger sister Serena’s engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

“I am so exited for Serena,” Williams, 36, told PEOPLE during the Citi Taste of Tennis event Monday night at the W Miami. “She is so prolific on the court, but now I am happy to watch her prepare for her wedding!”

Although the seven-time Grand Slam title winner and fashion and interior designer is not sure what role she will play in Serena’s nuptials, Williams knows she will be an important part of the wedding party.

“We are not sure what is happening with who doing what yet,” says Williams, who wore a nude halter dress with cutout back and sparkly heels to the event. “You know there are a lot of sisters in our family! But I am looking forward to doing whatever Serena asks.”

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Venus recently announced her return to the Washington Kastles, a franchise of World Team Tennis, as well as preparing for other tournaments. She adds that she spends her downtime with family, including her father, Richard Williams, who suffered a stroke last July.

“Dad is doing good, he is much better,” Williams tells PEOPLE of the coach who trained his daughters in the sport. “He is planning on coming to Miami. He likes to watch tennis events domestically, not when he has to go overseas. He hates flying and prefers to drive in the car.”

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With such a busy work and family schedule, Williams says she’s had little time to think about her own romantic life. She has dated Cuban model Elio Pis, a man she met in 2012 when he modeled some of the fashions from her line.

But for now, any romantic thoughts are swirling around her sister’s wedding.

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“I really can’t plan on who I might meet, date or wed,” Williams says. “Now when I think about marriage, it’s about Serena’s”

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