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Venus Williams Hosts Miami Beach Garden Party for EleVen Clothing Launch (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/22/2012 2:52 pm Updated: 05/09/2012 5:15 pm

Tennis player turned fashion designer Venus Williams stopped by Miami Beach on Monday her new EleVen by Venus Williams line.

See photos from the launch party below.

Williams was the the first African American to be ranked the top tennis player in the world, and she has also won more Olympic gold medals than any other female tennis player.

Her line of American-made sportswear has, fittingly, 11 signature pieces inspired from the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament, featuring a mix of classic tennis garb, art, and handwritten inspirational messages.

“EleVen is evocative of the spirit of triumph over adversity and the name is a reminder not to impose limits,” Williams said in a press release.

During the party, guests, who received personalized invitations from Williams herself, mingled with the tennis star and also got to hit balls with her on the courts. Gabrielle Union and sister Serena Williams were a part of the festivities.

Beyond Miami Beach, Williams is also hosting garden parties in New York and the Hamptons. She says she has more lines in the planning stages, inspired by other tournaments like the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open for next year.

PHOTOS: Check out Venus Williams' new EleVen line at her Miami Beach garden party.

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