Williams sisters- One day, two victories

On February 28, 1999, Serena Williams took a singles victory at the Open Gaz de France and Venus Williams took a singles victory at the  IGA Superthrift Tennis Classic.

The world class duo became the first sisters to win singles titles on the same day. The two women are the youngest of the five Williams sisters.

The oldest of the two, Venus, was born on June 17, 1980 in Lynwood, Calif. As a child she played on public courts outside of Los Angeles with her father, a former Louisiana sharecropper who picked up on the sport by reading books and watching videos.  She turned pro in 1994 and since then has joined Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf  as the only women to win five Wimbledon championships.

Serena was born on September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Mich. Her father started giving her lessons for two hours a day at a young age. While she was young, the family relocated to Compton, Calif. to get away from the high level of gang activity and poor conditions on the courts. She was the first of the Williams sisters to obtain a grand slam title, beating her sister on the way. The win was at the U.S. Open in 1999.

Together the duo set out to conquer the world of tennis and everybody knew it the moment the girls started hitting balls in front of an audience. While the sisterly bond is still fully intact, the two girls grew into women and began living their own lives.

“I think a big difference is that Serena’s grown up a lot and has become more and more of her own person,” said Venus . “She is the youngest of five, and when you’re the youngest of five you want to be like all the oldest ones. Especially in the last two years, she’s been able to become her own person and really be her own self. I’m really proud of her.”

Related links: http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/10515136/tennis-evolution-venus-williams-serena-williams (ESPN- Williams sisters story)


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