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Her season ended when she captured the Sanex Championships, but that hasn't stopped Serena Williams from collecting titles. The former U.S. Open champion has been selected as one of the 12 "Coolest Girls In Sports" in the November issue of Sports Illustrated Women.

The magazine used a simple formula in compiling its collection of cool: "extreme competence + big attitude + style" = cool. As the the lone tennis player selected, Serena beat out sister Venus, who defeated Serena in an all-sister U.S. Open final, for the honor.

"She said she didn't feel like she really won (the U.S. Open)," Serena said in an interview with Sports Illustrated Women. "I told her, 'Well, you won. Take it. If I would have won, I (would feel) I won."

Though Serena has announced she will play a complete scheduled next season in an effort to attain the No. 1 ranking, she said tennis will never affect her relationship with Venus.

"I don't see how tennis could separate us," Serena said. "Tennis only lasts for a few years, and after that we have the rest of our lives. I think a lot of young African-Americans definitely look up to me and Venus. But I don't feel pressure. I'm not out there doing things I don't want kids to see. I'm just going out playing tennis."

The magazine supported its selection of Serena for its Gallery Of Cool with a series of Serena-superlatives: "Because at 5-feet-10 and 145 pounds, Serena has greater power than her 6-foot-tall sister," the article states. "Because between them, the sisters have made women's tennis muscular, dramatic and compelling. Because they've made men's tennis wan. Because she braids Venus' hair. Because she has a 115-mph serve and reliably leads the Chase Ace Program for most aces served. Because when her serve is off, it lands in outlying counties. Because she puts up with her dad, Richard, the officious, grandstanding stage father from hell."

[ November 19, 2001: Message edited by: brickhousesupporter ]</p>
 

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This might be cool, but the article is a little strange. <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
 

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Who were the other girls?<br />Marion Jones? Svetlana Khorkina? That yankee soccer player I forgot the name?

Well done Serena! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Personally, I think they picked the wrong sister. Venus Williams is so cool a picture of her should be in the dictionary under the definition of cool <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> Of course I love Serena equally, but Venus has nerves of steel and my girl don't crack under pressure - now that's cool <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" />

[ November 19, 2001: Message edited by: Deira ]</p>
 

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WeLL Done and good job serena!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Well done Serena!! he is very cool...

I like the articles mention of 'putting up wth the grandstanding tennis father from hell'...

Serena definitely deserves her props for this, and Im upset Venus didnt make the list as well!!

Sidenote - Maybe Im livin in the 80's, but I thought Martina Navratilova made tennis muscular???

The Willi's are big, but they dont have the veins and definition Martina had IMO..they have more size, but not definition...
 

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Great work Serena! You are so cool! <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" />
 

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I think both girls are kool! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />



But, Serena's hair is tight-to-death, so she has the wilder since of style.
 

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Last night I seen SERENA on mtv .SERENA was marching for the homeless in washington d.c.It was a marthrone.Serena look nice .that one of her chartiy,to. <img src="cool.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />
 

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Thanks for the info., pisces, that was COOL <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" /> and so is my girl Serena, she is the coolest <img src="cool.gif" border="0"> !!!!!!!!!

Serena has a great personality and I am glad she is getting the recognition she deserves!!!!!! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 
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