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James Blake and Venus Williams Kick-Off US Open at Heineken’s Official Player Party in NY

Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss

Tennis pros James Blake and Venus Williams were among the celebs at Heineken’s USTA US Open Official Player Party at Skyline Studios in New York on Friday.

Proving to be a party early bird, Blake was there before the action was in full swing and we even spied him making a beeline for the door way before midnight.

Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgely and Matthew Settle and stylist Keino Benjamin were among the non-tennis revelers, but sadly Blake Lively sat this one out.

Noticeably missing from the party was Venus’ other and arguably better half Serena Williams and French player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Ok, so maybe only we were looking for Tsonga. But conspicuously present was Vince Offer, the ShamWow pitchman, who played Wii Tennis with his date.

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Serena Williams Beats Big Sis Venus for Wimbledon Title

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Talk about sibling rivalry!

Serena Williams beat her older sister and two-time defending champion Venus Williams to take the Wimbledon women’s tennis title in London this weekend. In the fourth all-Williams final at the All England Club, Serena took her third Wimbledon crown!

In other Williams sister news: Partnering together in their ladies doubles match, Venus and Serena defeated Australians Rennae Stubbs and Samantha Stosur for the Wimbledon championship.


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Serena Williams Wins 4th Australian Open And 10th Grand Slam

Tennis champion Serena Williams beat Russian player Dinara Safina on Saturday with a 6-0 6-3 victory to win the Australian Open crown and earn $2million, topping the list of prize-winning women in sports.

Serena payed hommage to tennis legend Billie Jean King, a lifelong advocate against sexism who paved the way for women to compete and earn prizemoney equivalent of male counterparts.

“You look at people like Billie Jean King….you really appreciate the people, the pioneers, the work they’ve done to get me in a position to have an opportunity to be called even the highest-earning female tennis player, ” Williams said.

This is Serena Williams fourth Australian Open title and her tenth Grand Slam.

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Ga Ga: French Tennis Player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tops our list of one-to-watch athletes for 2009.

The 23 year-old French tennis player ranked number six in the world after competing in the season-ending tournament this past Sunday in Shanghai.

Dubbed the “Muhammad Ali of Tennis” because of his likeness to the boxer, Tsonga burst onto the world scene when he won his first Masters Series title by defeating Argentinean player David Nalbandian at the BNP Paribas Masters tournament on November 2.

He also became the first player from his country to win a Masters tournament since Sébastien Grosjean won the trophy in 2001.

Tsonga was born in Le Mans, France to a French mother and a Congolese father and also boasts Newcastle United’s midfielder Charles N’Zogbia as a cousin.

Blindie is ga ga for “Jo-Wil” and will be following him closely when he plays South African Tennis Open in February.

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Ga Ga: The Williams Sisters Versus The Manning Brothers in Double Stuf Oreos Commercial

In a new TV spot for Double Stuf Oreos, tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams announce their decision to join the Double Stuf Racing League—”a fierce competition to see who’s fastest to twist, lick and dunk their Oreo cookie!”

In the commercial, NFL brothers Eli and Peyton Manning rival the Williams sisters in their press conference–convinced that they are copycats! Here’s the hilarious, cheeky transcript between the dueling sports siblings:

Venus: “My sister and I are proud to announce that we’ve decided to chase the dream and become two-sport athletes.”

Serena: “We’ve joined the Double Stuf Racing League!”

Peyton: “My brother and I like to announce that this is a great idea–when we thought of it, like a year ago.”

Serena: “Well my sister and I would like to announce that you guys are going down!

Eli: “My brother and I like to announce that Oooohhhh, we’re scared!

Venus: “My sister and I would like to announce that you should be!

Peyton: “My brother and I like to announce that it’s on like Donkey Kong!

Eli: “And stop copying us!

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Williams Vs. Williams: Wimbledon Part III

Who should you place your bets on when Serena and Venus Williams go head to head at the Wimbledon final on Saturday? Let’s take a look at the necessary (and unnecessary) stats of these dueling sisters:

Serena has beat her older sister in the 2002 and 2003 Wimbledon finals, yet Venus has won the title four other times and will be defending it this weekend.

Non-Wimbledon wise, Serena has won eight Grand Slam titles, while Venus has won a whopping fourteen.

Now, let’s get off the court…

They both have their own clothing lines: Venus (who holds an associate degree in fashion) partnered with clothing chain Steve and Barry’s to design EleVen, while Serena (who holds a lucrative contract with Nike) designs and models for her line Aneres

Venus also has the company, V Starr Interiors, which designed the set of the Tavis Smiley Show, and Serena has appeared in the TV shows My Wife and Kids, ER, Law and Order: SVU, and a music video for rapper Common—with whom she has been romantically linked.

Serena’s celebrity life may give her an advantage over her sister, but it is Venus who has played an active role in the campaign for women and men to receive equal prize money at the French Open and Wimbledon.

Whichever Williams you place your money on, neither of them will go home empty-handed as the winner will collect almost $1.5 million and the runner-up will receive $750,000.

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