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No possible Williams sisters showdown

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No possible Williams sisters showdow

For those of you who were waiting on a Williams' sister showdown, well, it's not going to happen. Serena Williams has lost to number one-seeded Justine Henin, 7-6, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. However, Venus Williams will face Henin after ousting Jelena Jankovic (6-4, 6-1, 7-6). Though Serena is out, a Williams is still in the running to become the 2007 U.S. Open winner. (BLACK PR WIRE) For those of you who were waiting on a Williams' sister showdown, well, it's not going to happen. Serena Williams has lost to number one-seeded Justine Henin, 7-6, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. However, Venus Williams will face Henin after ousting Jelena Jankovic (6-4, 6-1, 7-6). Though Serena is out, a Williams is still in the running to become the 2007 U.S. Open winner. This is the first time since 2002 that Venus will compete in the semifinals in the U.S. Open.

If won, not only will this be Venus' third U.S. Open title but also the third time Venus will have acquired both Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles in the same year. For four consecutive years (1999-2002), the two sisters dominated the U.S. Open with Venus holding the 2000 and 2001 titles and Serena the 1999 and 2002 titles. Both sisters have several grand slam titles under their belts. Given their history and the way the sisters were advancing at a fast pace at the U.S. Open, many assumed a sister-sister showdown was inevitable. That is until Serena lost to Henin.

The Williams were the first set of sisters to compete against each other in the 20th century. Also, currently, they are the only African American females making and breaking history in the tennis world. In fact, Venus was the first African American player to hold the top ranked spot (in 2002) since the computer rankings started in 1975. The Williams showdown started in 2001 U.S. Open when Venus beat her little sister for the title.

Yet it didn't stop there. Serena defeated Venus three times in 2002 and acquired the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles. In 2003, Serena defeated Venus at the Australian Open and Wimbledon finals. The sisters do not however let matches on the court affect their bond of sisterhood or their friendship. They are each other's number one cheerleader. The sisters, who admit their only competition is at clothing department stores, will be content at the possibility of a Williams winning the title. That is, proving that the siblings work marvelously together on the court. From 1999 to 2003, they won six Grand Slam Women's doubles titles together including: two at Wimbledon, two Australian Opens, one French Open and an U.S. Open titles.

After their long hiatus, it looks like the Williams sisters are back in the game or should I say match. Whatever happens on the court between Henin and Venus, we know that Venus will not give up without a fight. No, there will not be a Williams vs. Williams' showdown but a Williams at all will suffice. Let's applaud both of them for their arduous efforts and ongoing dedication to the sport of
tennis.
 

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