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Both Williams sisters to play on US Open's 1st night after Gibson tribute

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Serena Williams was the first black woman since Althea Gibson to win the U.S. Open. Venus Williams was the first black woman since Gibson to win Wimbledon.

Fittingly, both of the Williams sisters' first-round matches at this year's U.S. Open have been scheduled for Monday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium -- right after a tribute marking the 50th anniversary of Gibson's first Grand Slam singles title.

The back-to-back Williams matches under the lights on the tournament's first day were to be announced by the U.S. Tennis Association on Thursday. The No. 8-seeded Serena Williams will play Angelique Kerber of Germany, while No. 12 Venus Williams was drawn to face a qualifier.

In 1950, Gibson became the first black man or woman to play in the U.S. National Championships, the tournament that became the U.S. Open. She won the event in 1957 and 1958 for two of her five Grand Slam singles titles.

Gibson also broke the color barrier at Wimbledon, which she won in 1957 and 1958, and on the LPGA Tour.

When Gibson died in 2003, Venus Williams said: "I am grateful to Althea Gibson for having the strength and courage to break through the racial barriers in tennis. Her accomplishments set the stage for my success, and through players like myself, Serena, and many others to come, her legacy will live on."
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only fitting of course....would have been a disgrace if anyone else had played

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Im SO happy! They will be playing on Wednesday which I have tickets for! (assuming they both win their first rounders) I'm excited to see them hopefully.

This is also so fitting to have them both playing after the Gibson tribute.

Also, this answers questions about which half is playing when: Top Half Monday, Bottom Half Tuesday.
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Right On! I love watching them play back to back.

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oh yea! haha i'm really excited now! two sisters, under the new york lights, celebrating Althea Gibson...i'll def be watching that shit!

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what a way to open the night proceedings at the US Open!!!

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it's about ratings and money folks ....That's star power!

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OMG.. the best news ever..

I'll be there to watch them.. i'm so excited

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Who's better than them? No one.

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Im SO happy! They will be playing on Wednesday which I have tickets for! (assuming they both win their first rounders) I'm excited to see them hopefully.

This is also so fitting to have them both playing after the Gibson tribute.

Also, this answers questions about which half is playing when: Top Half Monday, Bottom Half Tuesday.
this is also better especially when it comes to the 2nd week since their 3rd rd matches will be on friday

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That's just

I guess I'm kinda glad that they're on the same half JUST for this

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awesome-an even better tribute to gibson
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I am going Monday
hopefully Zi Yan qualifies and gets one of the spots in the top 1/2
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This will really get New York fired up in favor of the WS, even more than ever. It's been a couple of years since they both played the same USO. NYC will go nuts over this.

If I were playing them in the 1R, I'd be so pissed. Normally some in the crowd will support the underdog...but I don't think that's gunna happen this time.

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How fitting

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