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Deal could be largest for a female athlete

Updated: December 11, 2003, 6:07 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

Nike is closer to becoming the most dominant force in the women's tennis world.

The shoe and apparel giant already has Lindsay Davenport and Amelie Mauresmo under contract, as well as rising stars Daniela Hantuchova and Maria Sharapova. Now Serena Williams has agreed to a deal that sources say could be worth as much as $55 million over the next eight years. It is not certain how her ranking or success in Grand Slam events would affect the value of the deal, but sources say the contract ...

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