Grand Sibling Rivalry Leaves Venus Williams a Distinct Underdog

How long ago was it? In the men’s final, Lleyton Hewitt defeated Pete Sampras.

THE WINNER SAID: “I always want Serena to win. It’s strange. I’m the bigger sister. I’m the one who takes care of her. I make sure she has everything even if I don’t. I love her. It’s hard.”

Venus Williams, above, losing to Serena in three sets in the final of the 2003 Australian Open, which was the fourth straight Grand Slam final featuring the sisters.

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THE TIMES SAID: “There was no doubt about the effort as they grunted and grimaced through every point.”

2002 French Open: Serena in Two Sets

Serena experienced the longest major title drought of her career between her first in 1999 and her second here. After winning her first French Open, 7-5, 6-3, Serena would not win another at Roland Garros for 11 years. Venus has not advanced past the quarterfinals in Paris since.

THE WINNER SAID: “I was really fighting for this for so long. At one point, I wouldn’t get past the quarters; then I got to the final,…

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