Williams' calling couldn't come at a better time

Gambling, a fine for not trying hard enough, a positive drug test and now an investigation into a possible poisoning of a player. If ever there was a time when tennis needs an uplifting story, it's now. And Venus Williams delivered, writes Joel Drucker.

Originally Published: November 9, 2007
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

In a manner pleasing to Lincoln-Kennedy assassination conspiracy buffs, Martina Hingis and Venus Williams have been linked since conception.

Consider these past seven days yet another continuation of their parallel journey. Each 27-year-old former world No. 1 was the star of a major press conference that had strong implications for each player's legacy. But each press conference had little to do with either's on-court presence.

Last week saw Hingis announce her retirement under a cloud ...

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