Serena Williams takes time out from shellacking French Open opponents to paint a canvas

Champions prepare for their greatest tournaments in different ways: quiet nights with friends, all-nighters on the scene, silent meditation. Serena Williams is apparently keeping herself calm during her French Open march by, believe it or not, painting. A little artistry is appropriate for France, yes?

"I took a painting class today in Paris," Williams tweeted. "I was the worst student." She showed one of her paintings, entitled "Xpressions," to the Web. I'm no art critic, but that's worthy of hanging on the fridge, at least.

As Williams lost in the first round last year, she's already up on 2013, having lost a grand total of four games in her first two matches this year. Williams is now on a 26-match winning streak, and plays Sorana Cirstea. Paint the corners, Serena.

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