First up was Serena who won the first professional event of her career with a storming 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 win over France's Amelie Mauresmo in the final of the Gaz de France Open in Paris.
Then Venus successfully defended her IGA SuperThrift Tennis Classic title in Oklahoma City with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Amanda Coetzer. "I found out that she won before I came out to play the match so I really felt that it was my duty to come out here and win," said Venus, who had been trading e-mail messages with her sister during the week.
Serena won a thrilling third-set tie-break after it seemed that she had let the match slip away by losing a 4-1 third-set lead. She also served for the match at 5-4 and again could not make her advantage pay.
But the American raised her game in the deciding game, outgunning her muscular opponent 7-4.
"My technique broke down so I wasn't making the shots I should have been making," she said. "I didn't feel so good at 5-6 behind, but I told myself that if I want to be the best I need to learn how to close out matches."
Williams said that though the French player hits hard, her sister has more powerful strokes. "I didn't think that [Mauresmo] hit that hard," she said. "But maybe I am just used to it."Reuse content