As a form of tribute to the Williams sisters' return to tennis, I decided to share this beautiful old story of the Williams family and update Women's Tennis Blog's section dedicated to players when they were kids.
The short film shows the beginnings of Venus' and Serena's careers, the LA ghetto neighborhood they grew up in, their father Richard's clear vision, and even a "respected author" who said "demographically tennis is still perceived as a white upper-class sport, I don't think there are people out there dying to give millions of dollars to a ten-year-old black girl". You also get to see a 13-year-old Venus and a year younger Serena talking, laughing and playing tennis.
More childhood photos of Serena and Venus are available here, while here you can see little Venus with her enthusiastic father on the tennis court.
Comeback news: Regarding the sisters' actual return, Venus' was quite positive. The older Williams sister won the first match she played in five months, and it was against the very same opponent against whom she retired at the Australian Open in January – in the first round of the grass-court AEGON International, Venus defeated German world No.11 Andrea Petkovic 7-5 5-7 6-3.
As for Serena, today she will play her first match since winning the Wimbledon crown last year, and it will be against Bulgarian world No. 34 Tsvetana Pironkova. I love Serena's attitude on whether she is having high expectation for the upcoming Wimbledon:
I'm not preparing for today or Wimbledon. I'm preparing for the rest of my career.