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Serena and boyfriend have something in Common: Vancouver
Serena Williams practices at Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club while boyfriend Common plays Malkin Bowl

Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club members got a Grand Slam-sized surprise Wednesday.

World No. 1 women's tennis player Serena Williams - whose rumoured boyfriend, hip-hop artist Common, performed at Malkin Bowl last night - showed up at the club for a two-hour practice.

Word spread Tuesday night, and by 9 a.m. Wednesday members began to gather for an up-close look at the U.S. Open champion.

Williams eventually arrived at 12:45 p.m. and about 75 people watched indoors as the nine-time Grand Slam winner went through hitting and agility drills, interspersed with text-message sessions.


Afterwards, Williams - who proved that if you're good enough, you can violate a club's dress code - said she was enjoying her first trip to Vancouver.

"I like it, it's such a beautiful day today," said Williams, who pulled out of this week's Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with an ankle injury.

"Venus [her sister] told me that Vancouver was a really pretty city. I got to see the water and everyone was great at the [club]."

She played coy when asked if she was in town to see Common - "maybe, maybe not," she said, laughing.

For club member Pamela Steen, soaking up some Serena was a dream come true.

"The funny thing is that I often dream about tennis when I've had a lesson, and I had a lesson Tuesday and I had her in my dream that night," said Steen.

"Then I showed up and there she was. I didn't believe it.

"It was amazing. She hits hard balls and her movement - she's just really beautiful out there."

Williams signed Steen's tennis bag and spent a few gracious minutes with members.

One girl who snuck in a few words was Jenny Gjine of Sentinel Secondary.

The 14-year-old, up-and-coming player skipped a class for the rare chance to see the world's best player in person.

"What an amazing chance," Gjine said.

"On TV, it seems not real. When you get to see someone in real life like that, it just inspires you to play. It makes me want to get out there and hit and get as good as her.

"I said, 'Congratulations for winning the U.S. Open,' and she said, 'I hope you do well in your tennis.' "
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its good that she is training
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Thats so cool! I mean, just imagine the current worlds #1 and Us Open Champ coming to your Tennis club for a 2 hour workout. I would find someway to escape from work to get atleast a short glimpse
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I will kill or die to get a glimpse if she came to my club!!
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I've met her and the rest of the williams clan. Serena is very down to earth and "normal". But Venus just exudes something unworldly and diva-ish. Yet I love her.

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Serena seems to be an outgoing person and its good she is training possibly for Europe
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jenny will be big...serena gave her blessing lol

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Serena seems to be an outgoing person and its good she is training possibly for Europe
Hopefully thats what she's doing.

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come to Lima plz!!! jaja
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well... at least she's tranning

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Serena practicing indoors!!!

interesting at that time of the year...

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Ya know,

I don't like this whole Common thing.

I'm sorry, but I think Serena's the type that lets her love life dictate her attitude toward EVERYTHING else- includes tennis.

If this relationship goes bad (which it very well could), I think Serena's game will suffer GREATLY! Yeah, yeah, I know. Everyone says that Common is really good for Serena and her game and is very encouraging, blah, blah, blah..., BUT..., "show business is show business," and Common meets A LOT of women. A LOT.

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Ya know,

I don't like this whole Common thing.

I'm sorry, but I think Serena's the type that lets her love life dictate her attitude toward EVERYTHING else- includes tennis.

If this relationship goes bad (which it very well could), I think Serena's game will suffer GREATLY! Yeah, yeah, I know. Everyone says that Common is really good for Serena and her game and is very encouraging, blah, blah, blah..., BUT..., "show business is show business," and Common meets A LOT of women. A LOT.
I totally agree.I'm so unsure about Common...it's so strange,but I think this relationship with him is a big error for Serena

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its not like you have to marry every person you go out with,I dont think Serena is serious about this relationship she said she is focused on her career...and she needs some lovimg here and there if she can get it from Common so be it.She doesnt appear to be a needy person because she has her own career and interests,I think Common is a mature person we never hear anything bad about him.I think he is better pick than that Jackie who was probably after her money.Common has a career and earns a living...thank God he is not mooching
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