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.   (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.   (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.   (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.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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