Serena Williams hugs sister Venus Williams after their ladies’ singles fourth-round match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on July 6, 2015, in London. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Venus and Serena Williams have become synonymous with this generation of tennis in the United States.
The braid-and-bead-rocking sisters gained the world’s attention in the late 1990s, and after their nearly two decades in the game (pardon the pun), when either sibling enters the court, we anticipate dominance.
Who cares if in 2015,
Serena’s dreams of a calendar-year grand slam were crushed by an underdog? So what if this is the first time in half a decade that five-time Wimbledon champ Venus has made it to the tournament’s semifinal round? After all, she has been fighting a rare autoimmune disease.
Serena and Venus Williams are still tennis royalty—right up there with Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson.
Our message to the Williams sisters: You. Better. Serve. No really, ladies. Please serve. And be sure that your serves are amazingly powerful shots that confound your opponents. We’re here for the win, and we want to see you both in the finals: Wimbledon, U.S. Open—the works.
As we wish one of our favorite celeb sister duos well this tennis season, here are some photos as a reminder of the supreme talent and dominance of Venus and Serena Williams on the tennis court.
Felice León is multimedia editor at The Root. Then-teenage tennis players Venus (left) and Serena Williams taking time off from a practice session to pose together in Sydney Jan. 16, 1998. Clive Brunskill/Allsport Venus and Serena Williams posed at the net Sept. 8 2001, before playing in the women's final match of the U.S. Open in Queens, N.Y. Venus defeated Serena 6-2, 6-4. Ezra Shaw/Allsport Serena and Venus Williams get their glam on as they arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party March 5, 2006, in West Hollywood, Calif. Mark Mainz/Getty Images Venus and Serena Williams celebrate Sept. 9, 1999, after defeating Mary Joe Fernandez and Monica Seles in a doubles match at the U.S. Open in Queens, N.Y. Jamie Squire /Allsport Venus Williams returns a shot while playing with her sister Serena during a women’s doubles gold-medal match at the Beijing Olympics Aug. 17, 2008. Clive Rose/Getty Images Venus and Serena Williams pose on the podium Aug. 17, 2008, after winning gold at the Beijing Olympics. Philippe Huguen /AFP/Getty Images Serena and Venus Williams play during the doubles final of the Wimbledon championship in southwest London July 4, 2009. Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images Venus Williams and Serena Williams attend the 2009 ESPY awards July 15, 2009, in Los Angeles. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for ESPY Serena and Venus Williams return a shot during play at the U.S. Open Sept. 14, 2009, in Queens, N.Y. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Venus and Serena Williams share a laugh as they joke around during the awards ceremony at the Australian Open in Melbourne Jan. 29, 2010. William West /AFP/Getty Images Venus and Serena Williams talk tactics during play at the French Open May 25, 2010, in Paris. Julian Finney/Getty Images Serena and Venus Williams pose with the trophy after winning the women's doubles final at the French Open June 4, 2010, in Paris. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Serena Williams and Venus Williams in action Jan. 17, 2001, during the third day of the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne, Australia. Sean Garnsworthy/Allsport Serena and Venus Williams celebrate with their winners trophies at Wimbledon July 7, 2012, in London. Julian Finney/Getty Images Yes! Venus and Serena Williams celebrate their women’s doubles victory during the London Olympics Aug. 5, 2012. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Venus and Serena Williams chat ahead of the 2013 Australian Open Jan. 7, 2013, in Melbourne, Australia. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Serena Williams (foreground) smashes the ball in front of her tennis partner and sister Venus Williams during a match against Silvia Soler Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain on Day 4 of the 2013 U.S. Open in Queens, N.Y. Elsa/Getty Images Venus and Serena Williams during a match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships July 1, 2014, in London. Jan Kruger/Getty Images Serena and Venus Williams pose before their women's semifinals match in the Rogers Cup Aug. 9, 2014, in Montreal. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Serena and Venus Williams hug after the match at Montreal’s Rogers Cup in which Venus Williams won the women's semifinals Aug. 9, 2014. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Serena and Venus Williams return a shot during their women's doubles quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open Sept. 2, 2014, in Queens, N.Y. Elsa/Getty Images Venus and Serena Williams pose during a meet and greet with the Melbourne Renegades Jan. 9, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia. Graham Denholm/Getty Images Serena Williams hugs sister Venus Williams after their ladies’ singles fourth-round match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on July 6, 2015, in London. Julian Finney/Getty Images Venus and Serena Williams celebrate gold after victory in the women’s doubles final Sept. 28, 2000, at the Sydney Olympics. Clive Brunskill /Allsport Venus and Serena Williams attend the Vanity Fair and Chrysler celebration of the Eva Longoria Foundation hosted by the actress Longoria Feb. 23, 2012, at Beso Hollywood in Los Angeles. Charley Gallay/Getty Images for VF Venus and Serena Williams celebrate gold after winning the women’s doubles final at the Sydney Olympics Sept. 28, 2000. Gary M Prior/Allsport Venus and Serena Williams display their Olympic gold medals at the Sydney Olympics Sept. 28, 2000. Gary M Prior/Allsport Venus and Serena Williams enjoy a day with former President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan, Oct. 6, 1990, at a Nancy Reagan Tennis Event. Allsport UK /Allsport Serena and Venus Williams hold the ladies’ doubles trophy after winning their final match at the 2000 Wimbledon tennis tournament July 10, 2000, 6-3 and 6-2. Gerry Penny/AFP/Getty Images Serena and Venus Williams ride a camel on the beach in front of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai March 1, 2005. Charles Crowell/AFP/Getty Images Venus and Serena Williams share a word on the court after their match Sept. 4, 2005, during the U.S. Open in Queens, N.Y. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images