Venus and Serena in this weeks PEOPLE!
This week's issue of People is the "2002 25 Most Intriguing People"
Serena is one of the 25!! Here is the article:
Queen of the Court
The best year of her professional life started off on the wrong foot, a sprained ankle that forced her to sit out the Australian Open in January. That's when tennis ace Serena Williams had a firm talk with herself. "I said, 'I should be ranked higher than I am,' " she recalls. "I told myself I needed to focus on winning in 2002." She won 7 of her next 12 events, dominating three of the four Grand Slam tournaments -- the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open -- and snatching the No. 1 ranking from big sister Venus, 22. "I'm physically strong but mentally stronger," explains Serena, 21. "I think if you have the attitude that you can do anything, you really can."
The only real loss Serena suffered this year was personal, when her mother, Oracene, 50, and father (and former coach), Richard, 60, ended their troubled 22-year marriage in October. "My parents are very different people," she says. "They both deserve to be happy." Since leaving home in 2000, Serena has been pursuing her own happiness at the $1.84 million house in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., she shares with second-ranked Venus (in November she also bought a $1.5 million condo in L.A., where she intends to pursue an acting career).
"I don't think two sisters can get any closer," says Oracene. "I know Venus is thrilled for Serena's success." That success can only get sweeter. "Serena really is too good," says tennis great Chris Evert. "I'd like to see some players get close to her athleticism, and I don't see it yet on the horizon."
They also have the best/worst of TV, Movies and Books. They asked Venus what her favorite book was. This was her response:
"I loved Angels by Marian Keyes because it's a non-sense book. You don't really learn anything from it, but you are entertained."