Serena Williams made a visit to Niketown New York on Friday afternoon to address children from the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL), MS 35 and the City Parks Foundation. She spoke about tennis, her career and her thoughts ahead of this 2011 US Open.

Check out the event recap on freshnessmag

Venus defeats Serena Williams, 2001 US Open

The Williams sisters drag women’s tennis into prime time, September 8 2001

Excerpts of The 100 greatest days in New York sports by Stuart Miller

You gotta admit, Richard Williams was right. For all his loudmouth trash talk, his daughters were indeed the best in women’s tennis and the best thing for women’s tennis too.

They might not have made a lot of friends, but they were good and compelling. Everybody wanted to see what they’d wear, what they’d do and how they’d win.
Serena won the US Open at 17 in 1999, Venus won it at 20 in 2000. In 2001 they met in finals – the first time two sisters had met in a major final since the Watson gals (Maud and Lilian) at Wimbledon in 1884; and thanks to their riveting personalities and powerful playing, the first time women’s tennis was deemed to have players ready for prime time. After years squeezed between the men’s tennis, the women’s final got its own show under the stars.

The Harlem Gospel Choir performed, a Marine Guard unfurled a court-sized flag. Grucci provided fireworks, and Diana Ross sang ‘God Bless America’.
Then came the tennis, which, though historic, was mostly boring. The five prior intra-Williams matches had been pretty awful too. This match was better, but both sisters still played nervously, not because of the pomp and circumstance, which they both relished, but because facing each other meant one sister would go home ad the loser.
Venus was, if not more serene, less erratic, making 19 unforced errors to her younger sister’s 36 in a humdrum 6-2 6-4 win.

Before Hollywood, fashion, and injuries began distracting them, the Williams sisters staged an encore in 2002. That time Serena won. But both nights the big winner was women’s tennis.

Arthur Ashe Stadium

All US Open 2011 posts are tagged US Open and are listed up below:

2011 US Open visitor guide
10 tips for your day at the US Open
2011 US Open schedule and records
Did you know?

Fashion and gear:
2011 US Open: Polo Ralph Lauren men’s collection
2011 US Open: Polo Ralph Lauren women’s collection
2011 US Open Ralph Lauren Tennis Sneaker
2011 US Open: Caroline Wozniacki adidas outfit
Andy Murray, Fernando Verdasco and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga adidas outfits
2011 US Open: adidas Barricade 6.0 Murray
Maria Kirilenko and Anastastia Pavlyuchenkova adidas shoes
Marcos Baghdatis and Viktor Troicki adidas shoes
Maria Sharapova Nike outfit
Serena Williams Nike outfit
Roger Federer Nike outfit
Victoria Azarenka Nike outfit
Li Na Nike outfit
Rafael Nadal Nike outfit
2011 US Open Bloomingdale’s Collection
Reebok Court Victory Pump – US Open edition
Tomas Berdych Nike shoes
Juan Martin del Potro Nike shoes
Sam Stosur’s Lacoste outfit
Sergio Tacchini kit for Novak Djokovic

A trip down memory lane:
US Open biggest upsets
1971 US Open: Chris Evert becomes the “It Girl”
1981 US Open: Tracy Austin defeats Martina Navratilova
1981 US Open: John McEnroe defeats Bjorn Borg
1991 US Open: Connors, 39 qualifies for the semifinals
1991 US Open: Seles and Capriati introduce power in womens tennis
1991 US Open: Stefan Edberg defeats Jim Courier
2001 US Open: Venus defeats sister Serena
2001 US Open QF: Andre Agassi – Pete Sampras
2001 US Open: Lleyton Hewitt defeats Pete Sampras
2003 US Open: Roddick wins his first (and only) Grand Slam title
2004 US Open: First time to NYC for a French fan of Agassi

Recap and analysis:
US tennis
2011 US Open dailyrecap
Serena Williams and Sam Stosur roads to the 2011 US Open final
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal roads to the 2011 US Open final
First Grand Slam title for Sam Stosur
2011 US Open by the numbers

Polls:
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