by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Today was a not-so-favorable marking point in the tennis history of Venus and Serena Williams. For the first time in five years these two sisters will not be competing in the quarterfinals of the All England Club. They were both eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon. The Associated Press reports:
“Defending champion and four-time winner Serena was the first to go, beaten 6-3, 7-6 (6) by Marion Bartoli of France, cutting short the American’s return to Grand Slam tennis after nearly a year out with serious health problems. Older sister and five-time champion Venus was ousted 6-2, 6-3 by Tsvetana Pironkova — the exact same score of the Bulgarian’s win in last year’s quarterfinals.”
There are many fans who hate to see the Williams sisters leave Wimbledon so early. It is important to recall, however, that the Williams family has been through a lot of hardship with Serena being in and out of the hospital for two foot surgeries and having treatment for blood clots in the lungs. Serena, herself, did not expect to win much of anything at Wimbledon. In reality, the fact that these famed sisters made it as far as they did in the competition is still an accomplishment given the late trials of life they have endured.
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