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Don't discount Venus Williams quite yet

Updated: August 30, 2011, 3:15 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Venus Williams, in a rare 2011 sighting, was practicing here Saturday at the Billie Jean King national tennis center when her father sidled up to her.

"Venus," Richard Williams said, "you could win this thing."

Richard, who loves to tell stories, grinned as he remembered the moment Monday, deftly chewing a toothpick. And what was her response?

"Oh, same as always," he said. "She just smiled. Didn't say a word."

Hard to believe, but ...

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