Venus and Serena Williams: Athletes (Women of Achievment) by Anne M. Todd

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She went on to beat Hingis in the semifinals and Capriati in the final. When reporters asked how she had felt over the past few weeks with all the controversy surrounding Indian Wells, Venus said, “Just hanging in there through it all. ”4 It was Venus’s third Ericsson singles title win. In the next Grand Slam, the French Open, Barbara Schett unexpectedly knocked out Venus in the first round. After Venus lost, she and Serena withdrew from the doubles event, and Venus immediately flew home. Serena, however, continued on to make the quarterfinals.

Go back to when they dared to be different. They were wearing beads. ” New York Times. September 9, 2001. • 53 54 • Venus and Serena Williams to the semifinals, where each won her matches. Venus beat Martina Hingis, and Serena beat Lindsay Davenport. In the final, which went to three sets, it was Serena who was victorious, winning 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. After the match, Venus gave her little sister a hug at the net to congratulate her. During 1999, Serena suffered frequent injuries that forced her to withdraw from competitions.

She arrived with a new beaded hairdo featuring red, white, and blue beads— 1,800 beads that took 10 hours to put in. In the second round, Venus lost the first set to Ai Sugiyama, but she did not allow herself to lose confidence. During the first set, she learned that Sugiyama’s forehand was weaker than her backhand, so Venus began to hit to her forehand. With the change in her game, Venus won the next two sets and the match. To get into the quarterfinals, Venus defeated ninthranked Iva Majoli in a close, three-set match that lasted more than two-and-a-half hours.

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