Magazine article New African

A Credit to All of Us! Once It Was an All White Game. No More. the Williams Sisters Have Rewritten the Tennis Rule Book with Their Astounding Achievements. (Tribute)

Magazine article New African

A Credit to All of Us! Once It Was an All White Game. No More. the Williams Sisters Have Rewritten the Tennis Rule Book with Their Astounding Achievements. (Tribute)

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When Serena Williams lifted the US Open trophy on 7 September after beating her elder sister, Venus, 6-4, 6-3, they made history for being the first sisters to play in three consecutive Grand Slam finals in one year -- French Open in Paris, Wimbledon in London, and the US Open in New York.

Serena made additional history by beating her sister at all the three finals. As Rachel Nichols of the International Herald Tribune put it a day after the victory: "More notable was that each time [Serena] won this year, she beat the big sister she used to be so panicky against that she once cried walking off the court. In part that ability has simply come from maturity, in parr from a narrowed focus. After years of concentrating on her social life, Serena's attention is obviously, firmly, on the tennis court."

Nichols continued: "Last year, when Venus beat Serena in the final here, they were the first sisters to play each other in [the US] Open final, the first African-Americans to face each other in a Grand Slam final, the first just about everything because no one, nowhere had ever seen anything like them before. …

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