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Serena Williams to appear on 'Street Time'

Associated Press
July 26, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- Two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams will play a reformed gang member on parole in an Oct. 1 episode of the Showtime series "Street Time."

"As a fan of 'Street Time,' I told myself that if given the opportunity, I'd love to be on the show," Williams said. "I am taking this role very seriously, because I want to excel and I have respect for the series."

Williams, ranked No. 1 in women's tennis, had the role created for her, said Richard Stratton, the cable show's co-executive producer.

"Anyone that has seen Serena perform on the tennis court understands her commitment to being the best," he said. "We are confident that she will bring that same type of energy and devotion to 'Street Time."'

Williams, who missed the U.S. team's Fed Cup victory over Italy last weekend because of an acting commitment, has appeared in commercials with her sister, Venus. She also played a kindergarten teacher last year in an episode of the ABC sitcom "My Wife and Kids."
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