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Venus: Corruption not big issue

03/01/2008
Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova have both dismissed claims that match-fixing occurs in tennis.

An ongoing investigation is looking into match-fixing in the men's game after there were allegations of irregular betting. Also, legendary women's star Martina Navratilova said earlier this week that the sport should try and stamp our corruption.

But Williams, the reigning Wimbledon champion and former world number one, thinks corruption isn't a big problem in the sport.

"I don't think it is a big thing for tennis, to be honest. We're OK, I don't see it as a problem. I don't think about it per se," said Williams.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova backed tennis authorities to rid the sport of any sort of corruption, but insisted she hadn't witnessed any foul play herself.

"I think it's in the best interests of players and the tour to keep the sport as clean as possible," said Sharapova.

"It's unfortunate that you do hear those things. Whether they're true you're not sure because sometimes it's just a bunch of rumours so unless you get a factsheet or facts they will remain rumours."

Men's world number four Nikolay Davydenko had to answer questions over betting irregularities after a surprise loss to Martin Vassallo Arguello last season. The Russian denied all involvement in any sort of corruption.

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Tennis is not corrupt, says Venus

Venus Williams is this week competing in the JB Group Classic

Reigning Wimbledon champion Venus Williams says she does not believe tennis is rife with corruption.
The sport has recently been tainted by rumours of match-fixing, while the ATP, the governing body of men's tennis, has been investigating irregular betting.
When asked whether she had seen any evidence of match-fixing, Williams replied: "I don't think it is a big thing for tennis, to be honest.
"We're OK, I don't see it as a problem. I don't think about it per se."
The 27-year-old is playing in the star-studded JB Group Classic in Hong Kong, in what is her first competitive tournament since October.
Williams, who graduated from design college during her break from the game, crushed China's Peng Shuai, the world number 45, 6-1 6-2 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the invitational event.
"I haven't been out there in a long time and had to fight for every point, but I felt all the things I have practised really paid off," said Williams, who now faces Elena Dementieva after the Russian beat top seed Ana Ivanovic.

It's just a bunch of rumours so unless you get a factsheet or facts they will remain rumours



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Ivanovic, the world number four from Serbia, said she had not encountered any foul play in women's tennis, while two-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova believes the game is in good health.
"I think it's in the best interests of players and the tour to keep the sport as clean as possible," said Sharapova, who plays Anna Chakvetadze in the other semi-final.
"It's unfortunate that you do hear those things. Whether they're true you're not sure because sometimes it's just a bunch of rumours so unless you get a factsheet or facts they will remain rumours."
The players are in Asia preparing for the Australian Open where officials have set up a police taskforce to ensure that the first Grand Slam of the year remains corruption-free. On Monday, tennis icon Martina Navratilova backed efforts to rid tennis of corruption but conceded that match-fixing was hard to prove. Three Italian players - Potito Starace, Daniele Bracciali and Alessio di Mauro - were hit with suspensions last year for betting on matches.



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Serena Williams Blogs About Secret Heartbreak

Serenawilliams.com | January 10, 2008 12:09 PM


Read More: Brett Rater, Common, Jackie Long, Serena Williams, Breaking Entertainment News

Tennis star Serena Williams is currently down under for the Australian Open, but she took a break from training to write a lengthy blog post called "Stand in these shoes (I'm sure u have before)" about what seems to have been a very nasty break-up. She has previously been linked to director Brett Ratner, rapper Common and an actor named Jackie Long.

She writes in part:
You just start dating a guy. He likes you, you like him. You guys want to spend every second together. When you are not with him you are talking to him on the phone. You have deep feelings for him. The feelings keep developing. They keep growing. You begin to think this could be it... He talks about he can't imagine not being with you. You think he's falling in love with you. But you can't be 100% sure. You guys have not said that sacred 4 letter word that starts with an "L". But you feel it deep deep in you. Deeper than you have in a long time.
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Weeks turns into months and you slowly start to wean the other guys in your life out. And than it happens. No not the "L" word. But what you have been most afraid of. What deep in your heart you have been afraid to confront. What you always suspected would happen one day sooner or later. HE STOPS CALLING. You panic... Finally you hear from him. You want to rage you want to scream you want to cry. But you can't help you heart from feeling a tad bit happy.
As you begin to ask him what happened he stops you. He says "I need space".
...
Tears finally come and they make you feel a little better, but the pain is piercing through your soul. The pain never hurts as bad as the first time. . But all the same you can't help but feel hopeless, foolish. Your great chance to be with your soul mate has again somehow slipped and failed.

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Cheesed-off tennis star Serena reveals broken heart

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SYDNEY (AFP) — Australian Open champion Serena Williams has revealed that she will defend her title this month nursing a broken heart -- and that she has found solace in a book called "Who Moved My Cheese?"
Williams bares her feelings in her blog on the official website www.serenawilliams.com, unloading her angst at putting her faith in a boyfriend then being dumped.
"Trust is something you vowed you would never do again, but slowly your heart comes out of its steel enclosure," she wrote in the entry posted on her website Monday.
"You feel like you can trust him, you feel as if everything you went through was for a reason, and the reason was to meet him."
The world number seven does not reveal the name of her suitor in the entry, although the last man publicly linked to the American eight-time Grand Slam winner was US actor Jackie Long.
Williams reveals that as "weeks turn into months" her bliss sours as her beau fails to declare his love.
"No, not the 'L' word, but what you have been most afraid of," she wrote.
"What deep in your heart you have been afraid to confront. What you always suspected would happen one day sooner or later. HE STOPS CALLING. You panic."
Williams details how she felt foolish and hurt at losing the chance to find a soulmate, concluding "eventually you know you will find the keys to your heart, but also in the back of your mind you think ... will it happen again?"
In another entry, Williams writes about the changes the break-up brought to her life.
"I decided to rid myself of relationships that could stop me from reaching the main goal which is being the best," she wrote. "I did not want anything to stand in my way of doing what I do best, which is playing tennis."
She said she found comfort in the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" by motivational author Spencer Johnson, who likens mice in a maze hunting for cheese to humans searching for happiness and success.
"Basically, it was talking about complacency and being afraid of change," Williams wrote.
"I then realised that I was afraid to change, afraid to move on. I was afraid to find new cheese! I thought there was only one cheese out there but after reading that book I realised that there is all types of cheese out there."
The book, published in the 1990s, has sold more than 10 million copies, according to the author's website.
It has also inspired a number of parodies, including "Who Cut the Cheese?" by "Stilton Jarlsberg".

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Cheesed-off tennis star Serena reveals broken heart

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SYDNEY (AFP) — Australian Open champion Serena Williams has revealed that she will defend her title this month nursing a broken heart -- and that she has found solace in a book called "Who Moved My Cheese?"
Williams bares her feelings in her blog on the official website www.serenawilliams.com, unloading her angst at putting her faith in a boyfriend then being dumped.
"Trust is something you vowed you would never do again, but slowly your heart comes out of its steel enclosure," she wrote in the entry posted on her website Monday.
"You feel like you can trust him, you feel as if everything you went through was for a reason, and the reason was to meet him."
The world number seven does not reveal the name of her suitor in the entry, although the last man publicly linked to the American eight-time Grand Slam winner was US actor Jackie Long.
Williams reveals that as "weeks turn into months" her bliss sours as her beau fails to declare his love.
"No, not the 'L' word, but what you have been most afraid of," she wrote.
"What deep in your heart you have been afraid to confront. What you always suspected would happen one day sooner or later. HE STOPS CALLING. You panic."
Williams details how she felt foolish and hurt at losing the chance to find a soulmate, concluding "eventually you know you will find the keys to your heart, but also in the back of your mind you think ... will it happen again?"
In another entry, Williams writes about the changes the break-up brought to her life.
"I decided to rid myself of relationships that could stop me from reaching the main goal which is being the best," she wrote. "I did not want anything to stand in my way of doing what I do best, which is playing tennis."
She said she found comfort in the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" by motivational author Spencer Johnson, who likens mice in a maze hunting for cheese to humans searching for happiness and success.
"Basically, it was talking about complacency and being afraid of change," Williams wrote.
"I then realised that I was afraid to change, afraid to move on. I was afraid to find new cheese! I thought there was only one cheese out there but after reading that book I realised that there is all types of cheese out there."
The book, published in the 1990s, has sold more than 10 million copies, according to the author's website.
It has also inspired a number of parodies, including "Who Cut the Cheese?" by "Stilton Jarlsberg".
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Wedding bells soon for Venus Williams

From our ANI Correspondent

Washington, Jan 9: Venus Williams will soon be planning her wedding now that beau Hank Kuehne has popped the question.



The news of the engagement comes after a year of courtship.

A source close to the star tells MediaTakeOut.com, that the couple are trying to stay away from the spotlight especially as Williams is preparing for the Australian Open.

"Venus is preparing for (the Australian Open) and she doesn't need the (media) distraction," Contactmusic quoted the source, as saying.

"But everyone is very happy - especially Venus," the insider added.

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January 10, 2008
What will '08 serve up?
Tennis tours look for quick 'fix' from 2007
By MICHAEL LEWIS
Staff Writer


Thank God, it's 2008.
That's the sound heard round the sport of tennis right now.
Sure, '07 had some great moments, like the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal five-set thriller at Wimbledon, the tremendous Justine Henin run of three Grand Slam titles and the joyous emergence of Novak Djovokic.
But the lingering memory of the past year for many sports fans is the terrible allegations of match-fixing against the No. 4 player in the world, Nikolay Davydenko.
If you've been living in a cave, at a match played in a small tournament in Poland last summer, a suspicious amount of money was bet against the Russian star in his match against a little-known player, even after he won the first set.
The investigation into any possible wrong-doing continues, as more and more pros have come forward saying gamblers have approached them about losing matches on purpose.
If ever a sport wanted to turn its back on one year and start another, it's tennis.
Fortunately, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year gets underway this weekend, as the Australian Open promises to offer on-the-court action much more interesting then the off-court shenanigans.
It should be an outstanding year for tennis, with lots of great story lines. Here are 10 to watch:
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Can Federer finally win in Paris?
Just like Pete Sampras before him, the world's No. 1 and the greatest player ever has been dogged by the one major he's yet to win. Roger Federer has come close the past two years at the French Open against the machine-like Rafael Nadal. I just have a feeling Nadal will finally be solved this year by a player in the earlier rounds, and Federer will finally be a Roland Garros champion. And oh yeah, he'll win two other majors to break Pete Sampras' career Slam mark of 14.

Who will be the best player on the women's side?
Justine Henin
had an outstanding 2007, winning three majors. The women's game is too deep for her too have another dominant year like that, though. Still, Henin will win the French Open and the U.S. Open to remain No. 1.

What can we expect from the Williams sisters?
As usual, we have no clue. Last year Serena Williams (left) rolled into Australia and dominated all comers en route to the title. This year? Who knows. Venus Williams, too, is hard to predict, although she showed at Wimbledon last year she's still got game.
Can Roddick break through again?
Our great American hope had a heck of a U.S. Open last year, playing as well as he possibly could against Roger Federer in the quarters. And it still wasn't good enough. You wonder how long Andy Roddick will be motivated, knowing he'll never crack the top three again.
Will Davenport make a successful comeback?
Never all that popular before, as she played mostly joyless tennis, Lindsay Davenport returned from maternity leave and a brief retirement and actually looks to be having fun. Look for her to make a run at Wimbledon.
Is Sharapova washed up?
All the sports photographers worldwide certainly hope not. Our favorite shrieking Russian battled injuries and mental demons in '07 after getting thrashed by Serena in Australia last January. Maria Sharapova is still a tremendous player and great competitor. I see a Wimbledon title this year.
Will either of the new young Americans -- Young and Isner -- break into the top 20?
Donald Young, the former top junior player, and John Isner, the 8-foot-11 (OK, only 6-foot-10) college star, both burst onto the scene at last year's U.S. Open. Neither is quite ready for a Slam bid, but should be in the top 50 by the summer.
Why is Djokovic the next tennis superstar?
Let's see: Novak Djokovic is incredibly talented, has a winning personality, exudes joy on the court, plays an entertaining style, treats every match like it might be his last and, oh yeah, he tends to reach every Slam semifinal. I'm telling you, if you love tennis, you'll love watching this Croatian play.
What will be the biggest shock of the 2008 season?
Well, a moment of silence from John McEnroe in the broadcast booth would be nice, but that probably won't happen. Nope, I'd say the biggest shock will be either Rafael Nadal finally losing at the French Open (to, let's say, David Ferrer) or Richard Williams saying "No comment" to a reporter.
Will there be any more match-fixing allegations?
Nope. The Nikolay Davydenko scandal might turn out to be the best thing for tennis: shining a light on a problem everyone in the game knew was going on and forcing tennis' governing bodies to offer strict penalties. I say we get through a year without anyone knowingly taking a dive for bettors.
Picking the Slams
AUSTRALIAN OPEN:
Men: Roger Federer. Women: Ana Ivanovic
FRENCH OPEN: Men: Federer. Women: Justine Henin
WIMBLEDON: Men: Federer. Women: Maria Sharapova
U.S. OPEN: Men: Novak Djokovic. Women: Henin
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Men: Federer (Duh!). Women: Henin.
THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Sunday-Jan. 27 in Melbourne, Australia; Sunday's TV: 7 p.m. on ESPN2; Monday's TV: 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. on ESPN2 http://www.news-journalonline.com/Ne...EN01011008.htm

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Heartbroken Williams reveals all on blog




10/01/2008 12:57:00 PM.
When three-time champion Serena Williams takes to the court in next week’s Australian Open she will be carrying an unusual injury: a broken heart.

Williams posted an extraordinary blog on her website on Monday, telling the world about her recent heartbreak with an unnamed boyfriend.

"You believe him. You caress him. You love him. You take things slow. You don't want to make any mistakes. You go slower with him than you have ever done before," Williams wrote.

"You start to trust him. Something you have not done since your first heartbreak. Something you vowed you would never do again.
"Weeks turn into months and you no longer talk to anyone else, just him.
"And then it happens. Not the 'L' word. But what you have been most afraid of.

"What deep in your heart you have been afraid to confront. What you always suspected would happen one day sooner or later. HE STOPS CALLING.

"Tears make you feel a little better, but the pain is piercing through your soul."

Williams didn’t rule out the prospect of finding love again, but was wary of having her heart broken again in the future.

"Eventually you know you will try again.

"And eventually you know you will find the keys to your heart, but also in the back of your mind your think . . . it will happen again."

The remarkable outpouring comes ahead of Williams’ bid to take a fourth straight title.
Read the whole blog at http://serenawilliams.com/home/.

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Serena Williams’ Diary ~ Unlucky in Love. When He Stops Calling

I’ve got to give this story nod to Bossip. Who knew Serena Williams graduated past Myspace blogs to posting on her own site? We sometimes forget that celebrities and athletes are real people. Serena Williams is a great example. Here is a certified star in the tennis world, worldwide championship titles in her name, yet at heart she’s still a 20-something chick, doing 20-something things.
On Myspace she posts photos of herself from magazine shoots and candids from her digital camera/cellphone. It isn’t some quiet as kept, company intern/publicist doing the ‘fan’ thing, you can tell she’s the person who logged in.. user name.. password.. and posted them.
That continues on serenawilliams.com.
Her most recent post is about Who Moved My Cheese, but she’s a prolific writer.. haha.
In true diary format she writes about when the guy stops calling.
Yes ladies, even Serena Williams can’t find a man.
Weeks turn into months and you no longer talk to anyone else just him. And then it happens. No not the “L” word. But what you have been most afraid of. What deep in your heart you have been afraid to confront. What you always suspected would happen one day sooner or later. HE STOPS CALLING. You panic. But you try to stay calm. He did this before when you first started talking, but u tried to forget it. He disappears for 2 days no phone call. No answer to yours no nothing. This is the very reason you begin to think why your heart was in that steel enclosure. The reason you don’t put your emotions your feelings, your heart into any man. Because one day it always turns into this day, but you are already too far out you are at the point of no return, you can’t come back. You are too far gone. You can’t believe, although a piece of you does believe it.

I’m pretty sure if dudes knew a way to get to her she’d have zero problems finding some extra ‘cheese.’

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Serena Williams talks of heartbreak on her blog

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January 10, 2008 12:00am

TENNIS champ Serena Williams will play the Australian Open with a broken heart after posting an extraordinary blog about her love life on her website this week.
Williams writes about opening up her heart until it all went wrong.
The last man publicly linked to Williams was American actor Jackie Long in 2007.
"You believe him. You caress him. You love him. You take things slow. You don't want to make any mistakes. You go slower with him than you have ever done before," she wrote.
"You don't rush to introduce him to your parents; you want it to be right. You are feeling this and you feel this could mean forever."
Williams goes on to write how she dared to open her heart after being jilted before.
"You start to trust him," she wrote.
"Something you have not done since your first heartbreak. Something you vowed you would never do again.
"But slowly your heart comes out of its steel enclosure. You feel like you can trust him.
"You feel as if everything you went through was for a reason.
"Weeks turn into months and you no longer talk to anyone else, just him.
"And then it happens. Not the 'L' word. But what you have been most afraid of.
"What deep in your heart you have been afraid to confront. What you always suspected would happen one day sooner or later. HE STOPS CALLING.
"Tears make you feel a little better, but the pain is piercing through your soul."
The blog, which was posted on Monday, shows a vulnerable side to the superstar, whose tough court demeanour took her to victory in last year's Australian Open.

Although the blog is dated January 2007, indications are that Williams made a typing error with the date and actually posted the blog last week. The tennis star is known to have recently split from actor and hip-hop artist Jackie Long.
Next week's Open won't be the first time she plays with a heavy heart.
In 2003 her half-sister Yetunde Price was shot dead in Los Angeles.
Williams dedicated last year's win to her.
But her latest blog entry reveals she has not given up the search for true love.
"Eventually you know you will try again," she wrote on the blog.
"And eventually you know you will find the keys to your heart, but also in the back of your mind your think . . . it will happen again."
The Herald Sun could not reach Williams for comment last night.
A slimmed-down Williams arrived in Melbourne last week and has been a regular on Rod Laver Arena warming up with sister Venus.
Williams looks fitter then ever and is favoured to win by many tennis experts, with only Justine Henin standing in her way.
While Serena is broken-hearted, Venus in town with boyfriend Hank Kuehne, a professional golfer.
They were seen holding hands as they walked along Chapel St, a favourite haunt of the Williams family.

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Serena Williams Breaks Up With Jackie Long


Atlanta, GA 1/11/2008 03:51 PM GMT (FINDITT)

Tennis star Serena Williams has apparently broken up with longtime boyfriend, actor Jackie Long.
According to her blog, she mentioned how the book "Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson helped her prioritize her life, putting tennis first, while eliminating relationships. In another entry entitled Stand In These Shoes (I’m sure u have before), she realizes how she fell in love only to have her heart broken when her boyfriend.
Long starred in the movie "ATL" and has been in movies, such as "Idlewild", "The Comebacks" and "Playas Ball."

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Serena aims to smash down barriers in sport
By Sanjay Rajan
BANGALORE, India, March 4 (Reuters) - Opportunities for black players to succeed in tennis are increasing but still there is much to be done to make the sport accessible for all, according to multiple grand slam winner Serena Williams.
"Each year when I go on tour and at the U.S. Open I see another black face. It just makes my heart smile," the younger of the Williams sisters told Reuters on the sidelines of the WTA Bangalore Open.
Tennis, however, is yet to become affordable for the underprivileged black community, she said, adding that she plans to address the situation after her retirement from active tennis.
"It takes time, this isn't a typical black sport," she said. "It's the same thing in golf. There is pretty much one black player that is playing," she said referring to Tiger Woods.
"Maybe sometime if you want to talk economics, then maybe it (tennis) might not be affordable for some black people.
"Traditionally you look at tennis, you see in the past, fifty years, maybe one black player there. Tennis is an expensive sport.
"I mean just like, you know, I can name two great players that are playing tennis right now who have won 20 grand slams (singles, doubles and mixed) amongst them, they are black," she said referring to herself and elder sister Venus.
"INTO PHILANTHROPY"
"I am definitely into philanthropy. Whether I am helping some of the poverty in India, which I would love to do, or some of the poverty in Africa, I am definitely into it," she added.
"I want to travel, get dirty and help people. That's really my goal," she said on her plans for life after tennis.
Serena and Venus, currently ranked 11th and seventh in the world, dominated women's tennis for a decade and more, winning 14 grand slam singles titles between them.
Serena, 27, is the last player --- male or female --- to have held all four grand singles titles simultaneously.
She said there was much reason for optimism.
"I think it has come a long way. Like I said every tournament I see a lot more black people playing tennis, which is really good to see and just takes time," she said.
"And I think there are more black people coming up. It's cool. Like the guy who got to the final of the Australian Open. That was really exciting seeing him," she added.
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, born to a French mother and Congolese father, made a spectacular run at the season's opening grand slam.
Unseeded Tsonga breezed past four highly ranked players, including world number two Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, before losing to Serb Novak Djokovic in four sets.
"Tennis, you know, is still pretty much a white sport. There are, however, lots more African American players who are playing... which (is) really very exciting for me," Serena said.
Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe were trailblazers in tennis for African-Americans. Gibson won the women's singles title at Wimbledon in 1957 but it took until 1975 for an African-American male to win there when Ashe beat hot favourite Jimmy Connors. (Editing by Ossian Shine and Martin Petty)


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Work It Out: Tennis pro Serena Williams is sharing some of her work out tips in two Nike Sport Music Workouts-Interval Run Workout and S p o n t a n e o u s Speed Workout which are now available on iTunes. Both workouts are 30 minutes long and feature Williams coaching you while you run, along with playing some of her favorite workout songs from Timbaland, Keyshia Cole, Mary J Blige, Eve, Black Eyed Peas, Kaci Brown and others. With The Interval Run, Serena coaches you through a sequence of running intervals developed with trainer Jay Blahnik. It starts with a warm-up and then moves to three fast-paced "hustles," which are each followed by a recovery period that allows you to catch your breath and get ready for the next series of moves. The Spontaneous Speed Workout is unpredictable as Serena coaches you through a series of high-intensity speed bursts, which can be as short as 30 seconds or as long as two minutes. You can purchase Serena Williams' Interval and Spontaneous Speed workouts at the Apple iTunes Music Store for $14.99 and $10.99 respectively.
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Re: 2008 Media

Wednesday, 05 March 2008
Good, minorities are coming to fore: Venus on US Prez Polls




Bangalore: As democrat Barack Obama was making a strong push for US presidential nomination, American tennis sensation and Wimbledon champion Venus Williams on Tuesday said it was good that member of a minority community was in the race.

"It is good that minorities are coming to the fore, (Barack) Obama is an example," the former world No 1 tennis star told reporters here, a day ahead of the crucial round of primaries in four states, including Ohio and Texas.

Venus, who had been named as one among the 30 powerful women in America in 2001, was quick to add that she was "equally happy" for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"However, it is tough for Afro-Americans in US", the tennis icon, herself a member of the community, said.

Obama, seeking to become the first African-American US President, has already scored an amazing string of 11 consecutive victories in the race with Hillary to choose the Democratic nominee in the November presidential poll.

The ace tennis champion, who is also an amateur fashion designer, replying to question on the line she had designed for the UNESCO-Sony Ericsson WTA tour for India for raising money, said "fashion is also a part of my life. Here, it is for a benevolent purpose".

"I've used purple colour in my T-shirts because I am very fond of it. I wanted to design something which is cute to wear and has a message," she said.

Venus and her sister Serena are participating in the seven-day Bangalore Open, a standout event of the UNESCO-Sony Ericsson WTA tour promoting gender equality and women's leadership, which began here yesterday.

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Venus and Serena Williams: Talking Race and Politics

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March 05, 2008






Andy Roddick isn't the only tennis baller feeling all political these days. The "Sisters Sledge"—Venus and Serena Williams—threw their racquets in the ring and spoke out on the emergence of minorities, more specifically African-Americans, in tennis and in the U.S. at this week's Bangalore Open where they're playing singles and team up for doubles play.
Eight-time Grand Slam champion Serena said, "Each year when I go on tour and at the U.S. Open, I see another black face. It just makes my heart smile."
However, she emphasized the limited access to the sport for some saying, "Maybe sometime if you want to talk economics, then maybe it (tennis) might not be affordable to some black people. Traditionally you look at tennis, you see in the past, 50 years, maybe one black player there. Tennis is an expensive sport."
Older sister Venus, who is widely recognized as a catalyst for getting women equal prize money at Wimbledon, commented on the current U.S. presidential race saying, "It is good that minorities are coming to the fore, (Barack) Obama is an example."
But she was quick to point out she's "equally happy" for Hillary Clinton, though "it is tough for Afro-Americans in the US."

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