A force of nature

Updated: January 29, 2007, 1:30 PM ET
By Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- When Venus and Serena Williams first began to win tennis matches on the pro tour, they instantly became one of the great sports stories of our era; I'll spare you the biographical details, because you'd have to have been living on Venus (the other one) if you don't know. When Venus won the 2000 U.S. Open, to join kid sister Serena as a Grand Slam event winner, they became the most improbable and, arguably, the greatest American sports story of our time.

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