The sisters Serena and Venus Williams have won a total of 30 Grand Slam singles titles and are considered among the greatest players in tennis history and icons of the world of sport and beyond. In a recent podcast with Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin, former player Mary Carillo talked about the two North American sisters.
She said: "Here's something about Serena and Venus, they had so much faith when they were kids from their parents, especially Richard, that she told them how big they were. You know, many times, great athletes do things before they're ready, before they even know they can.
But with both Venus and Serena, I've always had the feeling that they knew from an early age that they can. "
Carillo: "I get excited when I see Serena and Venus Williams playing"
Mary Carillo then said she found it very special watching the two tennis players compete and their deep ambition: "I get excited especially when I know I'm watching something very special.
And for both Serena and Venus, I knew how good I was, I knew what a good place. I had in the house. And they kept showing us what kind of fighters they were, how deep their ambition was. " Mary, about Serena said: "I mean, it was fun watching Serena in between as it was when she played them.
There was nothing fixed about Serena, she would let you know how she felt. That too is It was one of the great pleasures, you know. That I got to watch their entire act." In women's doubles and mixed doubles, Serena Williams has won 16 Grand Slam tournaments: 14 won with her older sister Venus and two in mixed doubles, both obtained with Maks Mirny in 1998.
To these successes are added another three gold medals to the Olympics, all won together with Venus, a Federation Cup and two Hopman Cups. In the decade 2000-2010, Venus is instead the player to have won the most at Wimbledon, with five wins out of eight finals (including four consecutive, from 2000 to 2003) and is one of the five tennis players (after Martina Navrátilová, Steffi Graf, Serena Williams and Billie Jean King, who, however, had two of her six wins at Wimbledon before 1968) to have won five or more in the Open Era.