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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 SmithAngela 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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