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WS Tour: Atlanta; Venus def. Serena 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

8,000 watch Williams sisters

By TODD HOLCOMB
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 12/02/04



It was more concert than tennis match, and Venus and Serena Williams felt so at ease with it that they took up a microphone themselves as backup singers for a quick tune in their first live performance in Atlanta.

With teen pop singer JoJo and jazz saxophonist Mike Phillips opening, the Williams sisters then took the court not so much as tennis players but icons of popular culture as two of the richest women in sports.

''They're trend-setters, not just in tennis but as entrepreneurs while at the peak of their tennis careers,'' said Atlanta resident LaToya Brown, who could name the sisters' design companies, V Starr Interiors and Aneres. "They're role models, especially for the African-American community.''

It was the last of a three-city tour that hit Detroit and Chicago last month, and drew a crowd of about 8,000 to Philips Arena.

What the sisters would wear seemed more suspenseful than the match itself, but the crowd got no knee-high boots or low-cut tops.

''I think it's outrageous what Serena wears,'' said 16-year-old Chantell Chiles of Douglasville. ''It's a good outrageous, even though it's different than what most people would wear.''

On this night, each was dressed in pink and white, with classic tennis pleated skirts. Serena had her long hair in a bow, while Venus sported a new short haircut pulled by a headband.

The match benefited the Ronald McDonald House for families of cancer-stricken children and finished up a day in which the sisters visited the local McDonald house on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and performed a tennis clinic for about 400 school children at Georgia Tech.

''We didn't grow up in the best area, but we had mom and dad and sisters who have supported us through everything,'' Serena said. "Our message is to believe in yourself and get a role model that you can look up to and strive to be like them.''

The match also served as a finale to the Williamses' year, which was a struggle by their standards. One or the other pulled out of tournaments 12 times due to illness or injury, and for the first time since 1999, a Williams didn't win one of the four majors. That didn't keep Serena from earning $2.25 million and Venus $1.47 million, though.

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Nice Venus! Sounds like a great match! They are just amazing!

"I want to do things on my own terms, I can't have anything take me out.
I have never given up and it's important for me to prove to myself that I can do this, and to prove to me that i'm a champion.
If I were just to sit down, lay down and give in, then I wouldn't have any respect for myself."
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well good to see SErena took a set 6-2. HEr injury must be healing a bit. Im sure she will fully recover in the remainder of the off season and get back to a great start next year.

Well done Vee.
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well good to see SErena took a set 6-2. HEr injury must be healing a bit. Im sure she will fully recover in the remainder of the off season and get back to a great start next year.

Well done Vee.
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I wanted Serena to win.
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Nice, positive article.
It' maybe a little naive, but I think here in Europe, we don't realise what Venus and
Serena mean for the "african american comunity" (if we can believe the author of the
article). They are doing a great job.
They are just those types of persons,... you can say/think/... a lot of them,
but you've got to admit that 'deep down' you can only have respect for both!

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Nice, positive article.
It' maybe a little naive, but I think here in Europe, we don't realise what Venus and
Serena mean for the "african american comunity" (if we can believe the author of the
article). They are doing a great job.
They are just those types of persons,... you can say/think/... a lot of them,
but you've got to admit that 'deep down' you can only have respect for both!
Naive??
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When will they go to SA???
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When will they go to SA???
They moved that to March next year.. Probably in the time before the NASDAQ.

"I want to do things on my own terms, I can't have anything take me out.
I have never given up and it's important for me to prove to myself that I can do this, and to prove to me that i'm a champion.
If I were just to sit down, lay down and give in, then I wouldn't have any respect for myself."
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What does WS tour stand for? Williams tour? Finally, the sisters took action and created a tour of their own. So are you going to make a permanent exit from WTA tourl and how many of the others will join their tour?
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What does WS tour stand for? Williams tour? Finally, the sisters took action and created a tour of their own. So are you going to make a permanent exit from WTA tourl and how many of the others will join their tour?
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Nice, positive article.
It' maybe a little naive, but I think here in Europe, we don't realise what Venus and
Serena mean for the "african american comunity" (if we can believe the author of the
article). They are doing a great job.
They are just those types of persons,... you can say/think/... a lot of them,
but you've got to admit that 'deep down' you can only have respect for both!
great post...

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