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Serena: ‘We changed tennis’

Serena (left) and Venus Williams in a press conference yesterday.
By Gabriela Padín Losada
Herald Staff

Williams’ sisters to play exhibition today

The most remarkable female tennis players of the last decade, Serena and Venus Williams arrived in Buenos Aires yesterday and will play an exhibition match today at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

Another high-level tennis weekend in Buenos Aires. Last week’s exhibition featured Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and the most remarkable female players of the last decade, Serena and Venus Williams, will face each other today at 7pm at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, followed by a show of the Argentine band Los Auténticos Decadentes.

“We changed tennis,” said Serena yesterday at the press conference held at the Usina del Arte in the La Boca neighbourhood. “We brought passion and fashion wearing extravagant clothes. And also style, power as a new skin colour as we are African-Americans. We improved tennis.”

It is their first visit in Argentina. “We always wanted to come but it is difficult with so many tournaments to be played,” world number one Serena added.

“I always want to beat my sister but tomorrow (today) we will play a relaxed match so that fans can enjoy our tennis,” Serena remarked

“Despite the success, I never got bored in a court. I just try to do my best,” said Serena, who recently won the WTA season-ending championship in Istanbul. She won 78 matches and only lost four in 2013. She clinched 12 titles including the French Open and US Open.

Younger sister Serena won 17 Grand Slams in singles and 13 in doubles in her career apart from the singles Gold medal won at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

On the other hand, Venus used to be ranked number one. She reached that aim for the first time in February 2002. In an injury-plagued career, she won seven Grand Slam titles in singles, 13 in doubles and the Olympic Gold medal in Sydney 2000.

“I feel so blessed in my life!” expressed Venus. “I do fashion and tennis at the same time and I plan to stay doing both things for a long time.”

The elder sister also referred to Argentina tennis. “Paula Ormaechea is one of my favourite young players. She’s done great things,” she said.

There are tickets available for today’s exhibition match between Serena and Venus Williams, which prices ranging between 200 pesos and 1,000 pesos.

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