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As a 17-year-old, Serena Williams won the U.S. Open and became the first African-American since Arthur Ashe in 1975 to earn a Grand Slam singles title. SI writer S.L. Price witnessed the historic victory, which was awkward for her older sister Venus who lost in the semis.
IT WAS almost like a death, that loss for Venus," Oracene [Williams] said. It was late last Saturday night, hours after [her daughter] Serena had made history and scored a massive upset by outmuscling and outthinking No. 1 Martina Hingis 6--3, 7--6. Her husband, who had stirred the pot before the Open by predicting a Williams-Williams final, baiting Hingis into saying he had a "big mouth" and sparking a dopily orchestrated hug between the two in the first week, had already boarded his flight home to West Palm Beach. "Venus didn't sleep, and I felt her emotion all night, so I couldn't sleep well either," Oracene said. "She thinks since she's the oldest, she should've been the first, that maybe she should've been tougher."
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