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A Locker Room of Her OwnCelebrity, Sexuality, and Female Athletes$
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David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038136

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038136.001.0001

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Venus and Serena Williams

Venus and Serena Williams

Traversing the barriers of the country club world

Chapter:
(p.72) Venus and Serena Williams
Source:
A Locker Room of Her Own
Author(s):

Earl Smith

Angela J Hattery

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038136.003.0004

This chapter explores the careers, lives, and challenges, of the tennis athletes Serena and Venus Williams. It contends that their father, Richard Williams, paved the way for their success, understanding that his daughters needed to develop their tennis skills as well as the strength of character required to allow them to win in tennis and to endure the racism that would characterize their entire careers.

Keywords:   tennis, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Richard Williams, racism, reputations

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