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September 12, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
TORONTO - The new documentary "Venus and Serena" is the distillation of 450 hours of footage shot by ABC News veterans Maiken Baird and Michelle Major about the private lives of Venus and Serena Williams. Considered some of the world's most fiercely private athletes, the tennis superstars gave the directors unprecedented access to shoot in their homes, hotels and even hospital rooms over the course of a year. Yet the film has become a source of disagreement between the subjects and the filmmakers, with the Williams sisters choosing not to attend the documentary's world premiere Tuesday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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September 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
  Thanks to a YouTube video (with a hat tip to Larry Brown Sports ), we get to see how much Serena Williams wants to win, even when she plays a first-round doubles match with her sister Venus in China. Williams double-faulted on match point and that led to a classic Serena anger attack. At least this time only the racket suffered and no referees were hurt, physically or mentally, in the attack. Only a poor racket. But Venus and Serena did sweetly congratulate their vanquishers.
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September 5, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci had beaten Venus and Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Thursday at the U.S. Open, the result was reversed. The Italians were overpowered by the unseeded Williams sisters, 6-3, 6-1, in the women's doubles quarterfinals. The sisters weren't challenged. Leading, 5-1, in the second set, Serena gave her team its first match point with a ferocious return winner. And Venus took that cue with one of her own to finish off the match.
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September 6, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, seeded fifth, knocked unseeded Serena and Venus Williams out of the U.S. Open women's doubles, 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals Friday. Serena Williams, who had first beaten fifth-seeded Li Na of China in a women's singles semifinal, took about an hour break and then went out onto Arthur Ashe Stadium to play doubles with her sister. But it seemed Venus was more tired that Serena. She put many volleys into the net and struggled getting her first serve in. Venus and Serena only play doubles at Grand Slam events and the Olympics and therefore are usually unseeded, yet they've won 13 major titles and three Olympic gold medals together.
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August 31, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Kim Clijsters is back in tennis, a charmingly happy wife and mother of a one-year-old daughter, and she will certainly bring her happy smile to the place where she enjoyed her single biggest tournament triumph, the U.S. Open. Dinara Safina will bring a No. 1 ranking and the honored spot as the No. 1-seeded player to Flushing Meadows, N.Y., but she will also carry her reputation as, so far, being unable to reach the pinnacle, to win any of the four major championships. Elena Dementieva, the elegant Russian with wickedly powered ground strokes but a historically unreliable serve, has had perhaps the best summer hard-court season of any of the top women players.
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November 7, 2002
'For the person who doesn't know where it is, I hope they never get lost there.'Richard Williams on Compton, where he and his daughters, Venus and Serena, were raised
SPORTS
May 3, 2002
Is it or isn't it Anna Kournikova, partially naked, in that Penthouse spread? And how about that juicy dust-up between Jennifer Capriati and Billie Jean King over practicing with--of all things--the Fed Cup team, the lesser-known women's version of Davis Cup? As if anything could be less known to the American sporting public than Davis Cup. Jennifer reportedly said bad words to Billie Jean. There was a fight. Jennifer was removed from the team. The U.S. lost.
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September 3, 2001 | Diane Pucin
Since there haven't been many upsets, and since this is New York, the first week of the U.S. Open has been all about sex and race. Read all about it. The top women players all hate each other. It's cat fights galore in the locker room according to a Time magazine cover story and a column on the New York Times op-ed page. Martina doesn't like Venus and Serena. Jennifer can't stand Monica's grunting. Lindsay thinks Venus and Serena's dad is a joke. And little Ashley's shorts and stomach-baring top are too tight.
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September 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
  Thanks to a YouTube video (with a hat tip to Larry Brown Sports ), we get to see how much Serena Williams wants to win, even when she plays a first-round doubles match with her sister Venus in China. Williams double-faulted on match point and that led to a classic Serena anger attack. At least this time only the racket suffered and no referees were hurt, physically or mentally, in the attack. Only a poor racket. But Venus and Serena did sweetly congratulate their vanquishers.
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September 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Venus and Serena Williams advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open doubles tournament, eliminating 11th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova, 6-1, 7-6 (3), Wednesday. The Williams sisters play only  the occasional doubles tournament, at the Grand Slams, so they came in unseeded. But they own three Olympic doubles gold medals and 13 major titles. Wednesday they were at Louis Armstrong Stadium, and after eighth-seeded  Richard Gasquet had finished beating fourth-seeded David Ferrer in an entertaining five-setter, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, at Arthur Ashe Stadium, there was almost a stampede of fans rushing over to watch the Williams sisters.
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September 5, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci had beaten Venus and Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Thursday at the U.S. Open, the result was reversed. The Italians were overpowered by the unseeded Williams sisters, 6-3, 6-1, in the women's doubles quarterfinals. The sisters weren't challenged. Leading, 5-1, in the second set, Serena gave her team its first match point with a ferocious return winner. And Venus took that cue with one of her own to finish off the match.
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September 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Venus and Serena Williams advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open doubles tournament, eliminating 11th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova, 6-1, 7-6 (3), Wednesday. The Williams sisters play only  the occasional doubles tournament, at the Grand Slams, so they came in unseeded. But they own three Olympic doubles gold medals and 13 major titles. Wednesday they were at Louis Armstrong Stadium, and after eighth-seeded  Richard Gasquet had finished beating fourth-seeded David Ferrer in an entertaining five-setter, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, at Arthur Ashe Stadium, there was almost a stampede of fans rushing over to watch the Williams sisters.
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March 31, 2013 | By Noel Murray
Hemingway & Gellhorn HBO, $19.97; Blu-ray, $24.99 The cartoonish excesses of writer Ernest Hemingway get blown up to the size of a Roy Lichtenstein painting in this very strange HBO movie. Nicole Kidman plays war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, who romanced and eventually married Hemingway (Clive Owen) after their experiences during the Spanish Civil War. Writers Jerry Stahl and Barbara Turner and director Philip Kaufman trot out one literary figure after another - from John Dos Passos to Max Eastman - and treat them all as though they were ripped from an especially pulpy B-movie.
SPORTS
November 3, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Their whirlwind tour of Africa is foremost on the minds of superstar sisters Venus and Serena Williams. Tennis, of course, is never far from their thoughts. After spending three days in Nigeria, the siblings arrived in South Africa on Saturday and admitted they're already focusing on the upcoming season. "I'm already thinking of the Australian Open," Serena said of the first major that will be played in January. "I'm constantly thinking of Grand Slams. " The sisters are in Africa on a "Break the Mold" tour, during which they have been speaking to girls about making better lives for themselves.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
TORONTO - The new documentary "Venus and Serena" is the distillation of 450 hours of footage shot by ABC News veterans Maiken Baird and Michelle Major about the private lives of Venus and Serena Williams. Considered some of the world's most fiercely private athletes, the tennis superstars gave the directors unprecedented access to shoot in their homes, hotels and even hospital rooms over the course of a year. Yet the film has become a source of disagreement between the subjects and the filmmakers, with the Williams sisters choosing not to attend the documentary's world premiere Tuesday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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September 11, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO -- In an about-face, Venus and Serena Williams have chosen not to attend Tuesday's Toronto world premiere of the documentary "Venus and Serena," which they authorized and participated in for the past 20 months, because they are reportedly unhappy with the finished product. As recently as several days ago, the tennis superstars had planned to come to the Toronto International Film Festival to support the movie made by veteran broadcast journalists Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, according to a person familiar with the Williamses' plans who asked not to be identified because the person had not been authorized to speak on their behalf.
SPORTS
April 23, 2002 | LISA DILLMAN
They have paid attention to their bodies in motion, and it shows on the court. There is little doubt that women are hitting the ball better, serving harder and running faster, leading to an exciting brand of tennis. Martina Navratilova set the standard, then Venus and Serena Williams raised the bar. These days, some of the women on the tour would not look out of place on the pool deck, ready to compete in the 200-meter butterfly or in an international water polo match. Still, there's one problem.
SPORTS
March 24, 2001
Memo to Richard Williams: During the women's final at the Indian Wells tournament, you were overheard complaining that the boos you were hearing were the result of racial prejudice. Wrong. The anger the crowd was expressing had nothing to do with the color of your skin; it was all about the content of your character. ANN COX, Los Angeles I am not a Richard Williams fan. I think he's divisive and bad for his daughters' careers. I don't even support everything Venus and Serena say and do. But the fact is, the one single thing that anyone in that crowd knew to be true is that Venus pulled out of the semifinal match.
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August 25, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- This should be a place of joy for the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, and yet two of the last three years of their home major, the U.S. Open, have brought heartbreak and tears and ugly outbursts and angry tantrums and most disappointing of all, no titles. The younger sister, Serena, has shown us this summer what a dominating player she is, even at age 30, vanquishing third-ranked Maria Sharapova to win Olympic gold and second-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska in the Wimbledon final.
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July 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
WIMBLEDON, England - It would seem that 30-year-old Serena Williams might have wanted to take it easy Wednesday, resting up for her semifinal match Thursday against big-hitting, bigger-screeching Victoria Azarenka. But instead, Wiliams was spending almost four hours playing doubles with sister Venus, who had lost in the first round of singles here. With rain having backed up so many of the non-singles matches, Serena and Venus were forced to play twice Wednesday. And unlike Agnieszka Radwanska, who is also into the women's semifinals and scheduled to play doubles with her sister Urszula Radwanska against Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci and then possibly a second match, Agnieszka pulled out, the safe move many assumed, so she can be fresh for her semifinal against rising German star Angelique Kerber.
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