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"Tennis is just a game, and we're entertainers," said Serena before the match. "People pay to see us play and perform. After that, we go home, and we're always going to be a family. We have to be able to separate tennis from family life." The first words Venus said to her sister after defeating her were "I love you." The sisters seem to have enough perspective to be able to pull that off. They get a lot of flack for saying tennis isn't the only thing in their life--for planning for their next careers by spending autumns learning how to dart dresses in the same class at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., fashion college next to a strip mall--but that may be the only thing that gets them through a sibling rivalry that could otherwise make Cain and Abel seem like Waltons.
Even during the postgame speeches to the crowd, the two looked very much like sisters. And they still played up the sisterly rivalry. A smiling Venus said, "I always want Serena to win. I'm the big sister. I take care of Serena. I make sure she has everything, even if I don't have anything." Serena grimaced and tugged on Venus' arm. "Stop. Stop. Stop. Be quiet." Then she laughed. "For the younger sisters, we always look up to the big sister and we always want to win because they're always older and ahead of us." They're already learning how to split up their fans for the upcoming rivalry.
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