Serena Williams won the last ten games of her second round match against Vera Zvonareva at the Australian Open, then she met the press and spoke highly of elder sisters Venus who had won a short while earlier.
“She came in as a new face, a black woman that was shaking up the world,” Serena said of Venus’s arrival on the tennis scene 16 years ago. “She had all the pressure on her shoulders. I kind of came in behind her. You know, just snuck in there. There was no pressure on me at all. She dealt with it so amazing. She had a lot of confidence and she had so much class and still does throughout everything. You can see that her personality is pretty much the same. She’s definitely grown but she’s always been very mature and very regal.
Serena went on to talk about the impact Venus has made on women’s tennis.
“Her sticking up for equal rights in Dubai when they wouldn’t let certain players play,” Serena said. “Her sticking up for equal prize money for the WTA in Wimbledon. So many different things that she’s done for the tour that’s made it a better place not just for me but for all the female players.”
Serena and Venus withdrew from doubles yesterday without explanation, but the two will return on Saturday in the third round and they could meet next Thursday in the women’s semifinals.
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