US Open 2012: The Williams Sisters: The Making of Champions, Part 1

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US Open 2012: The Williams Sisters: The Making of Champions, Part 1
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A smiling Serena Williams - five-time Wimbledon champion

Venus, and Serena Williams grew up and learned their trade in Compton, Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of parents Richard and Oracene.

The Compton area of South Central LA is not noted for producing tennis champions.

Instead, this neighbourhood consists of some of the most economically deprived people in the USA.

Venus and Serena grew up and learned to play tennis in a modern day war zone, where the homicide rate was eight times the national average.

In September 2003, their half-sister Yetunde Price was gunned down and killed in Compton.

Both sisters claim to have dodged bullets whilst learning to play tennis with Serena later commenting,

“If you can keep playing tennis when someone is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration!”

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