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An outsider on the inside with the Williams sisters

She may not be a blood relative, but physical trainer Kerrie Brooks is as close to Serena and Venus Williams as any nonrelative can be, writes Sandra Harwitt.

Originally Published: May 20, 2008
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

One truism appears to be an absolute when it comes to Venus and Serena Williams: If you become an insider with the superstar sisters, it's a guarantee they'll consider you just like family.

There's no better proof of that axiom than Kerrie Brooks, who has served as the siblings' physical trainer for the past eight years. Brooks, a lithe brunette who looks as though she was separated at birth from French player Nathalie Dechy, became way more than just a traveling trainer for the ...

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