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The warmth of summer has returned, and now, as in days gone by, all eyes turn to that model of decorum and gentility, the annual competition at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, more commonly known as Wimbledon. This year's tournament marks the return of two of the sport's brightest and most binary young stars, the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. After an injury-plagued start in the new millennium, the Williams sisters hope to regain the momentum that led to Serena's 1999 U.S. Open victory.

Venus Williams

Venus, the older of the two, was born on June 17, 1980, at 2:12 pm PDT, in Lynwood, California. Venus was born with Sun and Venus in Gemini, a dual sign associated with both siblings and manual dexterity, but perhaps it is the powerful planet Pluto that describes her best. Pluto was rising in the east at Venus's birth, which places it on her Ascendant (rising sign) in Libra. The rising sign tends to describe the physical appearance and outer personality. The planet Pluto is intense and domineering, not unlike Venus' serve! Standing almost six feet tall, she is an imposing presence on the court, graceful and strong with extraordinary concentration and will. Tiger Woods also has the planet Pluto rising in Libra in his birth chart, and exhibits the same competitive drive and focus.

With the sign Libra rising, Venus is not only her name, but also her planetary ruler. The planet Venus, named for the goddess of beauty and love, has always been closely associated with the sign Libra. Librans are often gracious and beautiful, with highly developed social skills—at least on their good days. The other 50 percent of the time, those scales can get way out of balance!

Venus Williams has displayed both sides of the Libran dichotomy throughout her career. In her early days on the pro tour, when she burst on the tennis scene with beads a-flapping and her outspoken father/manager, Richard, at her side, her very presence seemed to provoke confrontation with the predominantly white tennis elite. The Williamses had something to prove, and there were a few uncomfortable incidents. Nothing succeeds like success though, and through her experiences, Venus has matured into a more balanced and charming champion. In keeping with her planetary namesake, she is interested in fashion and design, and has become quite adept at managing the millions she has made from tournaments and endorsements.

Serena Williams

It was Venus who took the heat, beating open the doors that her younger sister Serena would later waltz through. Fifteen months her junior, Serena was born on September 26, 1981, at 8:28 pm EDT, in Saginaw, Michigan. The tennis world seemed better prepared for the onslaught when Serena turned pro, or so they thought. Richard Williams had boasted that Serena was even better than Venus, but most thought it was just idle talk. However, Serena's impressive victory at last year's U.S. Open proved his point. Momentarily eclipsing Venus, Serena brought home the family's first Grand Slam title.

Serena Williams has Sun, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury in the sign Libra, with the sign Taurus rising on the Ascendant. Taurus gives a more stable and practical personality, and like Libra, it is also associated with the planet of beauty and love, Venus. Serena is blessed with a flawless physique, and years of hard work have developed her musculature to such a fine tone that her appearance is nothing less than breathtaking.

With so many planets in the Sixth House of work, health and routine, her personality is well suited for the constant training regimen that top athletes must endure. Denial, discipline and diet have all paid off in her rapid development as a world class competitor. Libras tend to be other-oriented and rarely like to do anything alone, so both sisters have benefited from the challenge and support of having each other as life-long training partners!

The sisters have both won their opening round matches at Wimbledon, but tougher challenges lie ahead. Venus has been out of competition most of the year, trying to recover from tendonitis in her wrist, while Serena only made it to the quarter-finals at the recent French Open. On the road to the finals they could face their old nemesis, Martina Hingis, or perhaps fellow American Lindsey Davenport, or even the resurgent Mary Pierce. Serena would seem to be in better astrological shape than her sister, but whatever challenges they face, the Williams sisters will bring style to the starchy traditions of Wimbledon. They have already changed women's tennis forever.




Courtney Roberts, M.A.,is a writer, teacher, and consultant, originally from Miami, FL. Her work reflects a unique perspective: a real passion for the 'big picture' that combines cosmology, religious studies and history with a lifetime of observing the dynamic interaction of spirit and cosmos.

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