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SPECIAL RANKINGS AND SEEDS GRANTED TO SERENA AND VENUS WILLIAMS


The WTA Tour has granted a special ranking and seeding to third-ranked Serena Williams and 11th-ranked Venus Williams under the Tour’s Special Ranking Rule for injured players.

At the first eight tournaments (excluding Grand Slam events and the WTA Tour Championships) that Serena enters upon her return to the WTA Tour, she will have a special singles ranking of No.1 and a special doubles ranking of No.22; Venus will have a special singles ranking of No.4. In addition, for her first four non-Grand Slam tournaments, Serena will have a special singles seeding of No.2 and Venus will have a special singles seeding of No.3. Depending upon their results, their special seeding may be extended for the remaining four tournaments of their special ranking status.

In tournaments where the No.2-ranked player (currently Kim Clijsters) is in the field with Serena, that player would be seeded ahead of Serena. Likewise, when the No.3-ranked player is in the field with Venus, that player would be seeded ahead of Venus.

The Special Ranking Rule, which has been applied in recent years to injury situations involving Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles, applies to top 300-ranked players sidelined by injury for at least six months, and reflects a player’s ranking at the time they were knocked out of competition. Serena (knee injury) and Venus (abdominal strain) last played at Wimbledon when Serena was ranked No.1 and Venus was No.4.

Under the rule’s provision for a special seeding, a player’s seeding has traditionally been determined by the player’s average ranking during the previous 52 weeks before their injury, as well as other criteria. For the 52 weeks prior to Serena’s injury, she had an average ranking of 1; Venus had an average ranking of 2.3 during the same period.

Quality points will be awarded to players who defeat Serena and Venus based on their special seeding (i.e.: players who defeat Serena, whose special seeding is No.2, will be awarded quality points typically earned by defeating a No.2- ranked player; players who defeat Venus, who has a special seeding of No.3, will earn points typically awarded for defeating a No.3-ranked player) regardless of their actual seeding in a tournament.

Grand Slam tournaments have the option of adopting the Tour’s special seeding for the Williams sisters. Recently, the Australian Open announced it supported the Tour’s special seeding for Venus and would seed her accordingly for next week’s tournament in Melbourne.

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Sisters Sledgehammer lured towards siren song of celebrity

Venus and Serena are now putting glamour before glory


Stephen Bierley
Wednesday January 14, 2004
The Guardian

Serena Williams, six times a grand slam champion and the highest-paid woman athlete in the world thanks to her $40m Nike contract, no longer describes

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herself as a tennis player.

"I am," says the sometime actress smiling sweetly, "an entertainer." Venus, the more reserved half of a duo known in their early days as the Sisters Sledgehammer, is meanwhile rumoured to be thinking of changing her name to one of African origin and setting off on a journey of self-discovery.

Makers of history and makers of myth: it has always been extraordinarily difficult to know quite what to believe and what not to believe about the two Americans. And, as neither has hit a competitive shot since Serena defeated Venus in last year's Wimbledon final on July 5, the line between their tennis careers and their celebrity status has become ever more blurred.

There have been extenuating circumstances: Serena underwent an operation on her left knee in August and Venus needed an extended rest to recuperate from a long-standing abdominal problem. On top of this their half-sister Yetunde was murdered in Los Angeles in September.

This week Serena withdrew from the Australian Open. At the time of her operation the surgeon said he expected her to be out for six to eight weeks. Now nobody is certain when she will return. Venus, meanwhile, warmed up for Melbourne with an exhibition event in Hong Kong.

On the apparent "advice" of the WTA she has been seeded No3 for the year's first grand slam event, even though her actual ranking is No11. Small wonder many believe it is one rule for the Williams and another for everybody else.

The development of the sisters, from hugely promising teenagers into an all-conquering pair, has always been complex, with their father, Richard, regularly muddying the waters. But these past six months have amounted to something different.

Russia's Anna Kournikova had previously proved that you do not have to win titles to become a millionaire megastar; Serena and Venus have now demonstrated that you barely have to play at all, which is all rather unfortunate for tennis.

But this is the way the women's game has progressed, should it be deemed progress, during the past seven or eight years, with on-court rivalry playing second fiddle to celebrity status. Perhaps this is not surprising given the huge amount of money involved at the top of the women's game, and the nature of those who have been dominant. Switzerland's Martina Hingis, who retired at 22 with five grand slam titles, loved the celebrity life, and the Williams have followed the same path, albeit in a rather more spectacular and flamboyant fashion. Sport has become but a stepping stone to stardom.

Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters, No1 and No2 in the world, are temperamentally different from each other, yet have more in common with the former multi-champion Steffi Graf than either of the Williams. The Belgians' rise to the top is patently via professional ambition, whereas Serena and Venus have always stressed that tennis is not the be-all and end-all.

As Serena said, after making her acting debut: "Balancing the two [acting and tennis] is something I'll have to do. It's a totally different world and far more glamorous than tennis but I love tennis because it's a big part of my life."

Just how big is the question that nobody outside the immediate Williams family can answer, for either Serena or Venus. At various times there has been speculation about their playing futures - first over Serena when her elder sister was dominant, and now Venus. It is one long tease.

During last year's US Open the two sisters, both unfit, turned up on seemingly endless breakfast and late-night TV chat shows, upstaging what was going on at Flushing Meadows while at the same time pledging to remain at the top of the circuit for another decade. "I'm not going to retire before I'm 33 and Serena and I will have to retire together because otherwise I won't have a doubles partner," said Venus with her usual disarmingly wistful smile.

Few believed her. Both have always restricted the amount of tennis they have played annually, confident in the knowledge that they could overpower and outplay any rival when it most mattered, regardless of the length of their lay-off. As their fellow American Lindsay Davenport said in Australia: "They've proven everyone wrong in the past by coming back and doing great after a long lay-off. They are great athletes."

Serena Williams may have lost the No1 spot to Henin-Hardenne but she stands head and shoulders above everyone as the most marketable female athlete. "And her foray into acting should only heighten her appeal," said Abraham Madkour, executive editor of the Sports Business Daily and Sports Business Journal.

"Venus has all the same qualities as her sister but it's a little bit like, 'we couldn't afford Serena, so we took Venus' if you're an advertiser," said Matt Lalin of Steiner Sports. Yet if one Williams sister represents a proven revenue winner for advertisers, together they remain doubly potent. Only Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong are ahead of the combined endorsement power of the sisters in the US market.

Generally Serena, because of her foray into acting, has been the more visible since Wimbledon. She made her debut playing a kindergarten teacher on the ABC prime-time sitcom, My Wife And Kids, and then came her first appearance on cable TV in Street Time. She played a reformed member of a gang wrongfully convicted of cocaine trafficking, shedding more tears, it was remarked, than she ever seemed to over her knee operation.

She also took the awards for US athlete of the year and women's tennis player of the year only 12 months after accepting both on behalf of Venus. And together they have appeared in toothpaste ads, chewing gum ads, the launch of Serena's designer clothes, Aneres (Serena backwards), and then, in the footsteps of Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman, for a McDonald's gig alongside Hamburglar.

There seemed no need of tennis, and tennis could only watch and wait. "But I'm going to be a much better and stronger player when I get back. I'll be back with a mission," Serena gushed before Christmas. Then her withdrawal from the Hopman Cup, one of the pre-Australian Open warm-ups where she was due to parade her new Nike gear, spawned fresh doubts.

She has been seen regularly at LA Lakers games, recently attended a function in support of Michael Jackson and last Tuesday spent the day doing a Nike photo shoot at the Mountain Gate Tennis Club in Los Angeles. Word there was that she would play the Australian Open. Word elsewhere was that only Venus would be in Melbourne and that proved to be correct.

The cynical point out that Venus needs to renegotiate her Reebok contract, that she has not won a grand slam event since 2001 and that she has slipped out of the top 10. Success in Australia, in the absence of her sister, would obviously boost her bargaining power and keep the endorsements ticking over nicely.

The truth is that nobody really knows. The US market is vital to women's tennis and, as such, the Williamses know they can do what they like in terms of when and where they play. It is an uncomfortable situation for tennis and one that will continue as long as Serena and Venus wish to compete and can remain impregnable at grand slam level.


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Serena Williams opens her closet to a storm of controversy

Tennis ace Serena Williams has opened up her closet in Palm Beach, Florida, to VH1 cameras - and upset animal rights activists in the process by revealing she owns a mink coat she never wears.

The sportswoman-turned-fashion queen showed off her huge collection of designer clothes and footwear as part of VH1 show Vogue Fashion Superstars.

But her donning of a white mink jacket has enraged animal rights group People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who are calling Williams insensitive.

Serena boasted, "This is my first mink. I thought, 'I live in Florida, I'm never going to wear this,' and that's why I bought white because it'll work. I look like a pimp."

A PETA spokesman says, "It's shocking to see Serena crowing about a fur jacket she never wears. She should never have bought it in the first place."

Meanwhile, Williams admitted she's running out of closet space because she refuses to throw out old outfits and she's always off on shopping sprees.

She added, "I've somehow convinced myself that I don't have any clothes, so lately I've been shopping a lot.

"I collect panties, I love the Fendi bags and Gucci bags - you have to have a Gucci bag. There are Dolce suits everywhere you look and I love my old Valentino."


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Serena's Next Game

By Susannah Meadows

Newsweek

Feb. 2 issue


A year ago Serena Williams was on her way to beating her sister Venus to clinch the Australian Open title and complete the Serena Slam—holding all four major championships at once. This year at the Australian, she's noticeably absent while her sister Venus reappeared, only to lose in the third round. Serena's been sidelined from the game since knee surgery last August, and although she's slipped to No. 3 in the world, she calls the break a blessing. She plans to compete again Feb. 9, but she doesn't seem in any rush to get back on the court. While Serena was negotiating her record-breaking contract with Nike, worth at least $60 million over the next eight years, she got started on her post-tennis career: modeling her own evening wear, appearing on "Law Order: SVU" and developing a film with New Line, in which she'll play the lead. Even on the court, she plays a role: "If I'm winning, I have to act like I'm not bored. If it's a tough match, I have to act like I'm having a good time. I'm a drama queen. It's all about the acting."



Last fall Serena shot an episode of the gritty Showtime series "Street Time," written specially for her. She had worked with an acting coach on her part as an ex-gang member. On set in Toronto, she stretched her quads and fidgeted as if between serves. One scene called for her to be doing pull-ups. Serena stopped the production. "I can't do a pull-up," she said, cracking up. The unranked actress was able to cry for another scene, but the world-class athlete needed help from two men and a wooden box to pretend to be able to lift her body up.

Serena started acting at the same time she started hitting a tennis ball. Growing up in gang-riddled Compton, Calif., Serena, Venus and their three half-sisters weren't allowed to play outside. So they invented a world within their tiny two-bedroom house. Her sister Lyndrea, a computer engineer turned struggling actress, liked to make up songs. Now in her trailer between filming, Serena starts reminding Lyndrea of the old tunes, the girls' powerful voices falling easily into the notes. Though Serena's knee is still tender, she starts dancing the routine to a song called "Sunset" about a girl whose parents die, leaving her to fend for herself on the L.A. strip.

Serena's father, Richard, understood the drama of their own story, two black girls from a rough neighborhood, preparing to barnstorm the whitey tennis world. When the 8- and 9-year-olds started to get really good, Richard invited reporters over to the house. Their mother, Oracene, had wanted her husband to paint over the graffiti on the outside wall, but he never would. "I hated people coming over to see that," says Lyndrea. "But maybe he left it so the media would know these girls were different."


Sister style: Venus Williams has modeled Serena's designs
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The sisters go back to Compton to remind themselves of their beginnings, and Serena remains unusually grounded for the superstar she is. She and Venus live in a somewhat modest red-tile-roofed house in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with a view of a golf course and the retired white men who play on it. She's guarded at first, but her charisma quickly leaks out, warming entire rooms with her full-body laugh, and she wants to hear about this reporter's love life, where she lives, what books she reads. Serena is at her most animated talking about her favorite books. She's a chick-lit junkie and boasts about having read Harry Potter before it was popular. Jehovah's Witnesses, she and Venus still proselytize. (They started using the phone instead of going door-to-door, because people would ask them to sign their Bibles.) They fly coach.

Serena's family remains her center of gravity. After she bought a condo in L.A., Serena had gotten particularly close to her oldest half-sister, Yetunde, who was shot four months ago in Compton. Last week police charged an alleged Crips member with her murder. Speaking about her loss publicly for the first time, Serena says, "I just always think about her all the time. It's so hard. She has three kids that I adore, I think they're mine. I call them my sons and my little girl." Which reminds her, she says, she needs to call her mom. Though her provocative father has retreated to a less visible presence, he's still her coach. Her sisters are her best friends.

At 22, Serena has gone through more than most her age, but she also skipped over a typical adolescence. A girlie girl whose special-order powder-pink Manolo Blahniks just arrived in the mail—"They're so hot, oh, they're so hot, oh, they're so hot" she seems to be reclaiming the teen years she spent on the court. On a Sunday afternoon Venus consults Serena about what to wear that night to the Marlins-vs.-Cubs playoff game where she's throwing out the first ball. Serena rules out a Marlins jersey as too partisan and is pleased when Venus chooses an Aneres T shirt—Serena's clothing line (her name spelled backward). Serena ties a knot in it to make it sexier. They whisper in each other's ears and giggle. It seems Serena, who didn't date in high school, has a crush on one of the baseball players. Tennis does come up once: "This saved me at Wimbledon," says Serena, holding up a tube of gel that held her hair in place for the whole match.

Once she returns to tennis, the extracurriculars will have to be squeezed in around the game. While she'll continue to create Aneres dresses on the side, her new Nike contract offers her significant input into her own Nike sportswear. And her competitive edge hasn't atrophied. She says there's nothing like winning your first grand slam, but dominance suits her as well. "The last slam was more like, 'I'm the boss. Yeah, yeah, you try, but I'm the boss.' I like that." After all, the court is one more stage.

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2004 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party - Backstage and Audience

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Kournikova featured in Swimsuit Issue



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2/10/2004

NEW YORK (AP) - Though Anna Kournikova has struggled with her tennis career, she still has plenty to do.




Kournikova, known more for her looks than her sport, is featured along with several other athletes in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.




Serena Williams, Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, New York Rangers centre Petr Nedved, Titans running back Eddie George, jockey Jose Santos and skateboarder Tony Hawk also are pictured.




This is the seventh straight year SI has featured athletes as part of its swimsuit issue, which goes on sale Feb. 11.




Also, as part of the 40th anniversary issue, 11 of the most well-known models in the history of the magazine posed for a Hall of Fame portrait. The photo includes Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Paulina Porizkova, Elle Macpherson, Vendela, Roshumba, Stacey Williams, Rachel Hunter, Valeria Mazza, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum.

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Serena to Play Doha; Venus Will Try Antwerp
Gilbert Willing to Play Justine


FROM THE SIEBEL OPEN IN SAN JOSE - Believe it or not, sources tell TR.net that Serena Williams is definitely going to play Doha, which begin March 1. Serena hasn’t played since Wimbledon and this year, has pulled out of the Hopman Cup, the Australian Open and Paris. Word has it that her conditioning is suspect.

Even though Venus Williams was injured last week in Tokyo, she’s training in Europe this week and is going to attempt to play Antwerp, where she’s the two-time defending champ. She’ll also play Dubai.

After beating Michael Chang 6-4 last in an exo at the Siebel Open, Brad Gilbert was feeling very, very good about his tennis. He says that he’s willing to play No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne, even on clay.
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League of Their Own
African-American Women Rank High in College Tennis


By John Martin
Special to ABCNEWS.com

N E W Y O R K, Feb. 11

For the first time in intercollegiate history, five black women rank in the top 20 of American college tennis. All five are roughly the same age — and thus from the same generation — as Venus and Serena Williams. Venus is 23, Serena 22.

The rise in African-American women's college players has been sudden. Ten years ago, the NCAA ranked not a single African-American woman in the top 100. Five years ago, it was the same: zero.

Now, they are among the cream of the sport.

Raquel Kops-Jones of Fresno, Calif., ranks No. 2 in the country. She plays for the University of California at Berkeley. Alexis Gordon of Windsor, Conn., plays for the University of Florida and ranks sixth in the United States.

Megan Bradley of Columbia, Mo., who plays for the University of Miami, ranks 11th. Shadisha Robinson of South Ozone Park, N.Y., from the University of Georgia, ranks 12th. And Jennifer Magley of Bradenton, Fla., ranks 16th. Like Gordon, Magley attends the University of Florida, the nation's top-ranked college team.

It's been nearly 50 years since Althea Gibson burst from the streets of Harlem to win the French (1956) and U.S. titles (1957-58), Wimbledon (1957-58), and reach the finals of the Australian championships (1957).

Now, in step with the success of the Williams sisters, a small but determined class of talented young black women is competing at the highest levels of intercollegiate tennis.

Does Race Matter?

Does race matter in college tennis?

"For me, I don't see it," says Kops-Jones, who won the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in October in Los Angeles, making her the first African-American to win a women's collegiate singles title at the NCAA Division I level.

"[Race] could be there, but I don't have issues with it," she said.

Still, Kops-Jones, who is 22, said the Williams sisters provide inspiration: "The way they carry themselves on and off the court. They're well respected. They have changed the game of tennis."

But the change has less to do with race and deportment than strength, she suggested. "It's now a lot more about power. Even in doubles, and they're not the greatest, they know how to hit…and they win because they have big serves."

Raquel Kops-Jones, who plays for the University of California at Berkeley, ranks No. 2 in the country. (UC Berkeley Athletic Department)


Kops-Jones's coach at Berkeley, Jan Brogan, said ethnicity is a factor in college tennis because so few African-Americans have the financial resources to pursue tennis as a way of earning a college scholarship.

"People talk about being color-blind, which is nice to have, but until we [overcome discrimination], let's not pretend to be color-blind, because there's as much racism and class-ism in our country as ever," she said.

Brogan said that when she talks to Kops-Jones, "I see she's proud of her ethnicity and she proud that her success will reflect well."

Race has been a factor as well for Magley, an All-American at Florida, where she is one of two African-Americans on the nation's top-ranked women's team.

"It may sound corny," says Magley, who turns 20 this month, "but it really has taken more than a village to reach the level that I'm at because I don't have the same economic background of my opponents."

An Early Start

Because of her athletic prowess, Magley attended a camp sponsored by the American Tennis Association, a black organization that works to develop talented players.

Miami's Bradley and Georgia's Robinson attended the same camp. All three are now in the top ranks of college tennis.

From the age of 13 to 18, Magley trained at a sports academy in Bradenton, Fla. The tennis program was run by Bob Davis, an associate of Arthur Ashe. The experience catapulted Magley to a higher level, thanks to the sacrifice of Davis and others, she said.
Magley's mother, Evelyn, says two other factors helped her daughter: determination and consistency.

"I believe that she's been given a gift by God but she has worked very hard to do something with that gift," she said. "In the fifth grade, she used to wake herself up at 5 in the morning to hit tennis balls in our basement.

She would try to hit 100 in a row; if she missed, she would start over."
Much of Magley's success stems from a positive attitude, which, her mother points out, she believes in sharing with other African-Americans.
"In high school, she started a group in Bradenton called Pearls of Grace to help young girls at risk to build self-esteem."

Talking on the phone, Magley exudes confidence and joyfulness. "I'm enjoying myself at college. I want to continue as long as I can."
But there's no secret: Magley, like Kops-Jones and many of their young African-American contemporaries, is poised to take another step.
Following the path walked by the Williams sisters and that long-ago champion Althea Gibson, they want to play on the world tennis tour.

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