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Tennis superstars have Mid-Michigan roots

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When Venus and Serena Williams took the court today at Wimbledon in England, they had identical records against each other: five wins a piece.  But by the end of the day Serena Williams knocked off her big sister, and moved on at the tournament.

"My understanding she still has relatives in Saginaw."

Greater Midland Tennis Center Director Mike Woody was on the court today, before the match community center players kept tabs on how the Williams/Williams match was going at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. 

“It's always great to say we had someone who was born right in our region," Woody said.

Chris Tointon said, “Anytime you have the top player in tennis of all time playing it's great, but then you put the sister act into it and it just adds so much more momentum for tennis, it gives you so much more too look forward too."

Meanwhile at least three players of the 16 remaining at Wimbledon played in this event, the Dow Corning Tennis Classic in Midland.  Woody says it's proof that the tennis classic is the place to see the future stars of women's pro tennis.

"Maria Sharapova, Madison Keyes and Coco Vandeweigh so really you're seeing some of our Dow Corning Tennis Classic right at Wimbledon and next up is the U.S. Open so you'll see more of our players," Woody said.

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