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Venus Williams Defeats Serena in Wimbledon Semifinals; Sisters Hold News Conference Following MatchAired July 6, 2000 - 1:29 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Our top story: the women's semifinal tennis match at Wimbledon. Venus Williams defeated her sister, Serena, 6-2, 7-6 today. This the first time since 1884 that two sisters have played each other so late in a grand-slam tournament. Both sisters appeared subdued after the match. They later spoke with reporters.
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SERENA WILLIAMS, WIMBLEDON SEMIFINALIST: Venus played pretty well today. She brought out her best game against me today and I just -- I don't know, I guess I wasn't all that ready.
QUESTION: Are you pleased for her anyway?
S. WILLIAMS: Well, obviously, yes, I am.
QUESTION: Serena, you look pretty broken up. Did you really expect to play much, much better than you did today?
S. WILLIAMS: Yes, I did. I expected to play a lot better than I did today. It was my goal to do better in this tournament. But that's OK. I'm only 18, Venus is 20, so I have a lot of years ahead of me.
VENUS WILLIAMS, WIMBLEDON FINALIST: It was very difficult because the pressure was always on and we're both shot makers. It was a tough match. It was very powerful match.
QUESTION: What about the dynamics of being sisters, you know, being on the court together?
V. WILLIAMS: Maybe I knew her game more.
QUESTION: Venus, you seemed calm, didn't show very much emotion out there at all. Where did that come from and how did you maintain that?
V. WILLIAMS: I think, in general, Serena is a little more emotional than I am. And, I don't know, it's different if we were playing in the final, but it was just the semifinal, yet it's such a big deal. But if was the final, it would have been a lot more joyous moment.
I'm always the big sister. I always take care of Serena no matter what. I always make the decisions, I'm always a role model for Serena. Sometimes, I wouldn't say it switches, but sometimes, you know, I do what she does, she does what I do, so -- but still I am the big sister, so I'm always worried about her.
QUESTION: What did that mean at the end of the match today? I saw you put your arm around her, maybe help her a little bit.
V. WILLIAMS: Like, let's go, Serena.
QUESTION: Yes, and just kind of -- just looking out for her even at the end.
V. WILLIAMS: Yes, I didn't want any of you guys to harass her or anything.
S. WILLIAMS: This is not a bad loss. I just have had just a couple of, you know, terrible defeats. I don't really -- I wouldn't say this is a bad loss.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Going to have to make this the last question, please.
QUESTION: Serena, do you feel like she's better than you right now.
S. WILLIAMS: Today she was, but I can't say that, overall, she's better than me. I can't say that about anyone, whether it was Pete Sampras or, you know, the 50th ranked girl in the world.
V. WILLIAMS: I think she just brought her best game today, just like she played the other girls. And today I was able to pick up the level of my serving, and then I had some pretty tough holes to serve in the second set, too, where I just -- where I went for it because my mom said you have opportunities, you just have to go for them. And I knew Serena would take the opportunity if I didn't.
QUESTION: Could you give some views on you feel Venus will play, potentially, for the final?
S. WILLIAMS: Well, if she plays the way she did against me today, then she should have a pretty good chance.
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ALLEN: Venus Williams will play the other women's semifinal winner, Lindsay Davenport, on Saturday. This will be the first time two Americans have competed in the finals since 1990.
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