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Watching Venus Williams<a href="http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=sportsNews&storyID=2005-06-27T145909Z_01_FOR753938_RTRUKOC_0_TENNIS-WIMBLEDON-VENUS.xml"> beat Jill Craybas,</a> the unseeded player who'd just beat her sister, at Wimbledon is satisfying on a number of levels.
 
 
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Watching Venus Williams beat Jill Craybas, the unseeded player who'd just beat her sister, at Wimbledon is satisfying on a number of levels. First, the Williams sisters are still the best part about tennis, period. And, despite sometimes openly racist crowds that boo them along the way,they generally keep their cool. Second, what better way to watch sibling dynamics played out --with all the love and rivalry that entails--than on national television with killer backhands (even if Venus' forehand is still a little wobbly). Third, as a big sister, I unapologetically love Venus. She's the underdog. She's serious. She consistently supports her little sister. She's articulate and outspoken. Now, is it too much to ask that she wins a championship AND starts to speak out against the war in Iraq?

Rachel Neumann is Rights & Liberties Editor at AlterNet.