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Against all odds, Williams sisters have dominated tennis for years

From urban blight to the brightest sibling stars of our time, the Williams sisters redefined tennis. But it was the rise of Roger Federer that exemplifies the current decade of Open era tennis, writes Joel Drucker.

Originally Published: October 17, 2008
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Key moments of the Open era: Part 4: Crossing the millenium (1998-2007)

1. Two at the top The success of Venus and Serena Williams is one of the greatest stories in the history of sports. At least the Manning brothers grew up the children of a quarterback and in an affluent part of New Orleans. Venus and Serena were raised in Compton, Calif., quite a distance from lily-white tennis clubs. Their father Richard had proclaimed they would in time rule the sport. And for just under two years, ...

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