Lousy Venus Serve Hits Serena

Elder Williams smacks sister in shoulder during doubles

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 4, 2009 6:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – 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."

Venus and Serena Williams during their match against Julia Goerges of Germany and Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain during day four of the 2009 US Open. The Williams sisters won 6-2, 6-2.
Venus and Serena Williams during their match against Julia Goerges of Germany and Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain during day four of the 2009 US Open. The Williams sisters won 6-2, 6-2.   (Getty Images)
Venus and Serena Williams joke after winning the doubles final of the Bank of the West tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009.
Venus and Serena Williams joke after winning the doubles final of the Bank of the West tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates during her 6-1, 6-1 win against Melinda Czink of Hungary during their match at the US Open Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009.
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates during her 6-1, 6-1 win against Melinda Czink of Hungary during their match at the US Open Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Venus Williams serves to Vera Dushevina during the first round of the US Open in New York, Monday, Aug. 31, 2009.
Venus Williams serves to Vera Dushevina during the first round of the US Open in New York, Monday, Aug. 31, 2009.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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