Williams sisters: Venus & Serena

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The Williamses have won four gold medals each. Venus won her fifth medal, a silver, in mixed doubles (with Rajeev Ram) Sunday — she’s now tied for the most medals in Olympics tennis overall. But Murray is the first to win back-to-back singles gold medals, an achievement that can be celebrated alongside the Williams sisters’ remarkable dominance. Serena won the singles gold in London in 2012 and also has won three doubles gold medals. Venus won singles gold in Sydney in 2000, followed by three doubles golds.

A BBC reporter told Murray that he was the first person to win two Olympic tennis golds, and Murray immediately deferred to the Williams sisters.

So why are the Williams sisters treated differently?

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While Serena has long looked up to big sister and credits her with much of her own success she long ago stepped out from Venus's shadow to become one of the sport's all-time greats. Whenever the Williams sisters clash on court it is a major tennis ...

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From their early childhooddays in Compton, a ghetto ofLos Angeles, the Williamssisters have always lived —and played — outside theestablishment.

In the past decade onlyMaria Sharapova and AmelieMauresmo have managed toprevent one of the Williamssisters from parading aroundthe Centre Court with thewinner’s Venus RosewaterDish.