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SI.com: Jon Wertheim: How Davenport did it, updates on Seles and Capriatiupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 23:15:00

First, Serena Williams wins the Australian Open out of shape and ranked No. 87 in the world. Then Venus wins Wimbledon ranked in the 20s after not getting past the quarters of a Grand Slam since she won Wimbledon two years before.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Responses to Roger's gaff; can we change the score?updated: Thu Aug 30 2007 00:39:00

Your point about Roger Federer and Althea Gibson is absolutely ridiculous. Your allowances for Federer's background are the end of the story. Federer is not black, not American, not female and is 26 years old. In the rest of the tennis world (which is not so hung up on who is black and who isn't, unlike the States), Althea Gibson is irrelevant to modern tennis (unlike Arthur Ashe, who at least was consistently good and remained a servant to the game).

Venus, Serena through at U.S. Openupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 04:12:00

Venus Williams broke the U.S. Open record for fastest women's serve with a 129-mph bullet as she blasted past Hungarian qualifier Kira Nagy 6-2 6-1 in the first round on Monday.

SI.com: Andrew Lawrence: Gibson's legacy complete with tributeupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 22:01:00

At a tennis facility named for the woman who triumphed over sexism, inside a stadium named for the man who beat racism, the woman who made both victories possible finally got her due.

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