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Serena Says: Hold the Big Mac And Order Fries

Serena Says: Hold the Big Mac And Order Fries

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11/20/2003

Serena Williams may never supplant sister Venus with the Hamburglar as her doubles partner, but the former No. 1 said today she plans to take some time out from her tennis training to dine on some salad and fries for a good cause at the local McDonalds.

Appearing on Manhattan radio station WBLS this morning to promote McDonald's World Children's Day, Serena suggested fans take a trip to the fast food haven to benefit children's charities. Every premium salad or order of french fries purchased from a participating McDonald's restaurants from November 20th-23rd will result in a donation made directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities and local children's causes.

"All funds go to different children's charities and Ronald McDonald House," Serena said. "It's just amazing what they do and the support they provide for children. I've visited a few different Ronald McDonald houses and it's been a real moving experience for me."

The six-time Grand Slam champion joins a celebrated cast of entertainers and athletes that includes Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, Justin Timberlake and Celine Dion. The first-ever World Children's Day at McDonald's fundraiser staged last November 20th raised more than $12 million in 24 hours.

The 22-year-old Williams, who underwent surgery to repair a partial tear in the mid-portion of her quadriceps tendon of her left knee on August 2nd, has not played a match since successfully defending her Wimbledon crown with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Venus on July 5th. The Williams sisters are mourning the death of oldest sister Yetunde Price, who was shot to death in Compton, California on September 14th, about a mile from the public tennis courts where Venus and Serena learned to play tennis.

In today's interview an upbeat Serena said she's been spending time away from tennis working on her designer line of fashion she plans to launch in the future. Williams said she looks forward to returning to tennis returns to tennis at the 2004 Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, January 3rd-10th. Williams and James Blake will join forces in a quest to retain the Hopman Cup they won last January by beating Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik of Australia in the final.

"I've been doing it (designing dresses) a while and went to school and studied it for some time," Williams said. "It's exciting and it's fun. I'm starting up again in tennis in January. I'm working really, really hard for that and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm going to play the Hopman Cup. I really enjoyed that last year."

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Tennis star Serena Williams (L) and philanthropist and actor Paul Newman (R) celebrated the second annual World Children's Day at a McDonald's in New York's Times Square November 20, 2003 by helping serve patrons. Newman is serving his signature salad dressings, which McDonald's uses on their salads. Venus Williams (R, rear) looks on. World Children's Day at McDonald's is a global fund-raiser taking place in over 100 countries that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities and critical children's causes around the world.

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