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
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)
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(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."