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Serena Williams Gets Back in the Game

Tennis ace Serena Williams returns to the winner's circle after battling injuries, grief, and a dramatic slip in her pro ranking.
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Sister Act

And how does her sister Venus -- who, while less curvy, is, at 6 feet, no less physically imposing -- view Serena's triumphant return to the upper echelons of the sport? "I take it as inspiration," the former No. 1 was quoted as saying about Serena's Australian Open win. The elder Williams, also struggling with a painful sports injury of late, has competed only twice since last July because of a sprained left wrist; her World Tennis Association ranking as of press time was 29.

"Venus is the No. 1 Serena fan!" her younger sister tells WebMD with obvious appreciation.

But what about sibling rivalry? How can two sisters compete on such a grand scale without hurt feelings, disappointment, or resentment?

"We talk about it sometimes," Williams admits. "Honestly, I really, really want to win -- of course I do. But if I can't win, then I want Venus to win."

"They aren't quite as competitive with each other," opines Macci, who recalls the first match the two sisters played as rivals, when they were teenagers. "It's probably not conscious. But if you follow tennis, you notice that [when they play each other], they don't have that intense desire to destroy the other person, the competitive rage you need to win -- the same fire Serena had when she recently blew Sharapova off the court." Williams sums it up differently: "We truly want the best for each other."

So what's next for Serena Williams, besides the French Open later this month (May 27-June 10) and the U.S. Open in September, when the eyes of the tennis world will be on her to see if she takes her ninth --and perhaps 10th -- Slam, and maintains her comeback status? "I stay in the present, I think about today," she says simply.

And a decade from now? Does Williams see herself still competing? Commentating from an announcer's box like her colleague, former champion Tracy Austin? Running a fashion empire? Starring in Hollywood films?

"I just met with my people the other day about the clothing line, so that's in the works. And being in a movie -- well, well, that would be a dream come true. But in 10 years, I want to be a mom. Definitely. I think I want to have at least three."

As for her philosophy for success -- on court and in life -- Williams serves up a kind of bravado we haven't seen from this tennis ace in years: "Someone's gotta win, so it might as well be me."

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Reviewed on April 09, 2007

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