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Did you say steak? Venus gets her ‘cheagan’ on

Another Grand Slam, another zany press conference with Venus Williams.

Never one to disappoint, the seven-time Grand Slam winner ventured boldly into the culinary department during question time with an appropriately eager media pack.

“I think it’s pretty well known I’m a cheagan,” the 32-year-old casually remarked after destroying Galina Voskoboeva 61, 6-0 in the opening round.

On being informed that her issue with food monogamy was not as well known as she may assume, Venus elaborated.

“If it's on your plate, I might cheat. Turn your head and it might be gone,” she said.

Venus has been on a raw vegan diet since the start of what she calls phase ‘Venus A.D.’ – Venus After Diagnosis – following her diagnosis with autoimmune disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome, in 2011.

Tramlines did a little research and found that Venus has, in fact, spoken of her colourful culinary status before (obviously), last March, at a press conference at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne.

“It’s just that I might find something on someone else’s plate that in my past life I was accustomed to eating, so that’s what cheaganism is all about. It’s a crossover,” she said at the time.

“I’m not perfect. It’s hard to change your life completely, but I think it’s definitely worthwhile.

“I think it’s helped me. It’s definitely a lifestyle that is good for me, so I can play pro."

During this presser she also offered some choice words on the developments to Melbourne Park’s facilities.

“Obviously you have to ‘update - don’t be late’. That’s one of my mottos. You don’t want to keep wearing the mullet when it’s not the ‘80s anymore.”

Maybe no one told her watercolours were bigger back then, too.

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