Even if you’re not a tennis fan, you’ve probably heard of Venus Williams and Serena Williams, two women who pretty much changed the face of professional tennis more than 10 years ago. And they are American women who pretty much learned the game on public courts in Compton, outside of Los Angeles.
For the first time in 47 professional tournaments, Serena Williams,30, lost in the first round at Roland Garros in Paris during French Open, the prestigious clay tournament.
Age, illness and injury are creeping up on the champion Williams sisters. Radwanska, 23, had no fear and plenty of energy against Venus, who is publicly battling Sjogren’s Syndrome, something that often robs her of energy.
What a run they’ve had. Venus has won $28 million in prize money since turning pro in 1994. Serena has won more than $36 million since turning pro in 1995. I don’t think they’re done. The Olympics are coming, and they will hopefully mentor some more Americans, and give us something to cheer about.