Now Serena knows the full force of a Williams serve. At yesterday afternoon's first-round doubles match, Venus struck her sister in the left shoulder with an 81-mph second serve, leading to several anxious moments before Serena signaled she was OK. The pair, seeded fourth, went on to crush their opponents 6-2, 6-2. Asked what her first thought was after the errant serve, Venus said: "Play of the day on ESPN."
Serena took the accident in good humor as well: "I had to laugh about it, and I wanted her to laugh so that she didn’t feel bad. It’s OK, and I don’t mind if Venus hits me with a serve. I did say I was sorry for whatever I did, though."