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Dad opts to skip Williams sisters showdown

Richard Williams, father and coach to Serena and Venus, has opted to miss their singles final in London on Saturday.
Agencies | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2008 12:00 AM IST

Richard Williams, father and coach to Serena and Venus, has opted to miss their singles final here on Saturday.

The decision of Richard Williams to fly back to Florida came after a fresh outburst of speculation over whether he has any influence over the outcome of matches between the two sisters. That would have meant he would have been in the spotlight had he opted to be in the players' box on Centre Court, although neither sister offered that explanation for his departure. "He went home," confirmed Venus. "He always tries to give us the best of advice, so I'm sure he said something to Serena, I guess. She didn't tell me, but basically he's (our) coach all the way through."

Serena added: "He said he did his job and his job was done, so I guess he's feeling good. No matter what happens he's for sure going to be a winner."

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