September 14, 2009

Williams Sisters win US Open Doubles Title

Venus and Serena Williams claimed their 10th Grand Slam doubles championship Monday by defeating World #1 and defending Champions Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6-2, 6-2 at the US Open. This is the Williams Sisters 2nd US Open Doubles title. Serena and Venus will split a $420,000 winner's check for their first U.S. Open title since 1999. It was the third Slam title of the year for the Williams sisters after wins at Wimbledon and the Australian Open. "I have a great partner," Venus Williams said. "I believe in her just as much as I believe in myself." Black and Huber top the season rankings but struggle to outplay the Williams sisters in the year's major events. "They are bigger and stronger than us and they serve much better than us," Black said. "Although we're ranked number one, they are definitely our stiffest competition."

Patrick McEnroe conducted the post-match interview on court and Williams sounded contrite but didn't apologize. "I'd like to thank the fans for supporting me through everything," she said to applause from a few thousand fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium. "I really, really love you guys and never want to have a bad image for you guys." McEnroe asked two follow-up questions, but was interrupted by booing on the second one, as he tried to ask her "what clicked" in her mind over the past 48 hours to trigger the apology, which came a day after she'd issued a first statement that didn't include one. Big sister Venus stepped in. "I think what the crowd is saying is, 'Patrick, let's move on,'" Venus said.

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