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Serena Williams & Venus Williams

india Updated: Jul 05, 2003 13:35 IST

Serena Williams (1), United States

Right-hander, 21,

Born in Saginaw and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Playing Wimbledon for the fifth time

Wimbledon defending champion after reaching the semifinals in 2000 and the quarterfinals in 2001

Took over the No. 1 ranking from sister Venus after winning Wimbledon 2002

Won the Serena Slam, holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, stretching from 2002 French Open to 2003 Australian Open

Defeated Venus in all four of those finals

Only the fifth woman in history to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles at the same time

Also won the 1999 U.S. Open and reached 2001 U.S. Open final, losing to Venus

The 2001 U.S. Open marked the first time since 1884 that sisters met in a Grand Slam final

Serena and Venus are the first sisters in tennis history to have both won a Grand Slam title

Has won six Grand Slam doubles titles with sister Venus

This season has won Australian Open, Paris Indoors and Miami

Has won 22 singles titles

Dropped one set in reaching this year's Wimbledon final

Was a guest voice on "The Simpsons"

Has appeared in a music video and a movie

Wants to be an actress after tennis career is over

Coached by father, Richard, and mother, Oracene.

Works with trainer Kerrie Brooks.

Venus Williams (4), United States

Right-hander, 23,

Born in Lynwood, Calif., and lives in Palm Beach Gardens

Reached No. 1 ranking for the first time Feb. 25, 2002

Playing Wimbledon for the seventh time; in fourth straight final

Defeated Lindsay Davenport in 2000 Wimbledon final to win her first Grand Slam title

Later in the same year added U.S. Open and Olympic titles

Successfully defended Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles in 2001, beating Justine Henin in Wimbledon final and sister Serena in U.S. Open final

Lost four consecutive Grand Slam finals to sister Serena beginning at 2002 French Open

Has played in nine Grand Slam singles finals, winning both Wimbledon and U.S. Open in 2000 and 2001

Has won six Grand Slam doubles titles with Serena

Has won 29 singles titles

This year, has won Antwerp, and was runner-up at Australian Open and Warsaw
Fourth-round exit at French Open was earliest loss at a major in two years

Recorded fastest serve in WTA Tour history at 1998 in Zurich: 127 mph

In 2000 became the second black woman to win the Wimbledon title, following two-time champion Althea Gibson in 1957-58

Full name is Venus Ebone Starr Williams

Started V Starr Interiors, specializing in residential design

Coached by father, Richard, and mother, Oracene.

Works with trainer Kerrie Brooks.

First Published: Jul 05, 2003 13:03 IST