An amazing sister act: Venus and Serena Williams

Was854963Seeing the Williams sisters facing one another again in a tennis grand slam final brought with it the realization that what seems commonplace enough today was once inconceivable. No matter how tall, strong and athletic the young women – really girls at the start of their professional careers in the mid-1990s – few commentators believed they would dominate the sport the way they have whenever they’ve been healthy. When, as this season, they both are at their best, it seems what matters is only which will have a better day when they meet in the final. This time, at Wimbledon, Serena Williams, the “kid sister,” defeated older sibling Venus. But, not to worry, Venus took it well enough – about like she might losing to her sister in a backyard game.

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Pictured: Venus Williams of the US follows through on a return shot in her match against Kirsten Flipken of Belgium in the Fed Cup World Group 2007 first round quarter-finals stage in Delray Beach, Florida 21 April 2007. Venus won her match 7-5, 6-2. AFP PHOTO/Robert SULLIVAN (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)