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Why wasn't Serena Considered A Prodigy?

Is it just me, or was Venus only mentioned as the prodigy and she just had a sister who played tennis too. Serena was always the footnote. What gives?

Was Venus that much better?
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I was under the impression that Serena barely played any juniors because their parents decided it wasn't a good idea after Venus had played a bit, and therefore Serena never really started juniors. If that's correct, by the time she started at 16 or 17 or whatever, Hingis was already a multiple grand slam winner at roughly the same age and the "prodigy" label seemed a bit inappropriate.

I'm no "Williams historian" though so I could be completely wrong. I do remember their father saying he though Serena was the more talented of the two.
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Richard did say if you think Venus is good, wait until you see Serena.
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hmm well Richard just said that Venus is the more talented one and she'll rise above her sister again!

He needs to make up his mind!
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I think Richard is feeling a little guilty.
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or hes only speeking the TRUTH!
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VENUS was 60 and 0 as a junior, much taller and much further in tennis skills than SERENA until VENUS was about 17.
SERENA did not have as many junior wins as VENUS, but I believed she was only beaten by big sis in her matches the few times that they played.

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Serena was something like 42 and 3.

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SERENA PRINCESS OF POWER

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Venus was 60-0? I didn't think she played that many junior matches. Did she win any junior slam matches?
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i think she was 66-0 to be exact
i dunno if she palyed Junior slams, but prolly
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I don't believe either of the them played the slams.

This is the California Junior Circuit keep in mind, and this was way back when Venus was 10-12 range.

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If they would have won any Junior Slams you would have heard about it, so I don't think they played a single one.

And if they only played the California Juniors then their records are not that outstanding as it's just one states players. Not the entire US or even World Juniors
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It ay have been just the California circuit, but there were many players that played there that are in the top 100 now. Players such as Stevenson and Irvin.

And besides, 66-0 is remarkable no matter how you look at it.

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True, but to gain the national coverage needed to be a big time prodigy she needed to play more national junior events. Such as the slams, that's major media coverage for juniors. I do remember way back when Hingis was breaking onto the scene in 1994... There being something about Venus in Tennis Match magazine, but nothing mentioned about Serena.
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I think Venus received more attention because she was the elder of the two and would be the first one on the scene. Plus, the older sibling normally is the better of the remaning siblings, and they just probably wanted to see how she played first before judging Serena.

Well, Serena was under-looked and look what happened.

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