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  Sunday, 9 September, 2001, 03:11 GMT 04:11 UK
Love match for Williams sisters
Venus Williams
Venus was more interested in comforting her sister
It was quite a strange climax to what was admittedly a strange final as Venus Williams triumphed over sister Serena to retain her US Open title.

Reigning champion Venus did not celebrate her win as she did in 2000 and instead chose to sit down with her defeated sister after playing the match-winning point.

But perhaps that was the expected response.

Two sisters, whose strong bond is unquestionable, played like fierce rivals without ever giving the impression that they really wanted to win the title in fear of upsetting the other.


I'm disappointed but not that much - I'm still young, I'm only 19 and I have a few more years out there
Serena Williams
"There's some good things and some bad things. I always want Serena to win so it's kind of strange because I'm the big sister. I take care of Serena, " said Venus after the contest.

"I love her. It's hard but I love her too much and that's what counts."

Serena, responded with equal measures of affection.

"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 and always do (win)."

Apart from the wealth of affection the Williams sisters shared they also go back to their homes a lot richer, with Serena picking up $425,000 and Venus $850,000.

Serena was in philosophical mood regarding her future.

"I'm disappointed but not that much. I'm still young, I'm only 19 and I have a few more years out there," Serena added.

"I wasn't nervous at all. I've been in the final of the US Open before and there was a good atmosphere."

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