The 35-year-old tennis star recently received a Business Administration degree from Indiana University East after completing online courses.
Venus is bounced from the first round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2006, while Serena eases into second round.
Third-set tiebreak loss to Zheng Jie is latest setback.
This is one way to make a statement in the first round.
Williams will not pursue her sixth singles title there because of back problems.