Venus Williams' run at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy might have come to an abrupt end earlier in the week, but the former World No.1 still took time to take in the sights in the culture capital of Russia.
WTA Staff

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Venus Williams' run at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy might have come to an abrupt end earlier in the week, but the former World No.1 still took time to take in the sights in the culture capital of Russia.

"This is a place I want to be, and have always wanted to visit because of the historic value, and because it's a beautiful city," Venus told press ahead of her participation in the tournament.

"I'm really interested in the local fashion and the designers here because I like to be inspired by different cultures. Those two things are on the top of my list."

The Australian Open finalist took the opportunity to visit some of St. Petersburg most iconic cultural landmarks, like the Fabergé Museum and the famous Church On Spilled Blood:

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

After her excursion, Venus took some time with her many Russian fans in an absolutely mobbed autograph session:

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

- Photos courtesy of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy