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By Chris Oddo/ Sunday, September 29, 2013


After opening her China Open campaign with a win, Serena Williams had high praise for her sister Venus in the press room.

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Serena Williams, like many other tennis fans, has been moved by the determination of Venus Williams as she continues to battle through illnesses and injuries to still remain a factor on the WTA Tour.

After her 6-4, 6-2 victory in Beijing over Russia's Elena Vesnina, Serena came out in praise of her older sister on the heels of Venus' inspirational run to the Tokyo semifinals last week.

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"Venus is so inspiring in terms of her fight - she never gives up, even after what she's been through,” Serena told the WTA Tour on Sunday. “I've never seen her down - maybe once, but that's it. It's encouraging, not only for me, but for anyone who's going through something. You see her and realize that if you keep trying, you can get through it.”

The Williams sisters have entered the doubles draw in Beijing, and Venus will face Sabine Lisicki in the second round of the singles draw, while Venus will face Francesca Schiavone in round two.

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Venus and Serena are on opposite sides of the draw in Beijing, so the 24th all-Williams sister meeting will have to wait unless Venus and Serena meet in the final.

A Serena-Venus final in Beijing might seem like a long shot, because many feel that Venus will have a hard time recovering from playing five matches in five nights in Tokyo, but Serena feels it would be a mistake to count Venus out.

"I think Venus is the greatest player I've ever played," Serena said. "To me she's capable of anything. So I would never say that she isn't capable of becoming a top player again, no more than I'd say I wouldn't be."


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