Venus Williams: The Sideline Story

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Taking a Stance

In 2005, Venus Williams met with official representatives of Wimbledon asking that female tennis players be paid equally to their male counterparts. Though she was initially spurned, British Prime Minister Tony Blair stood by her and the change took place for the 2007 tournament. Venus would go on to win this particular tournament, making her the first woman tennis player to receive equal prize money as her male counterpart.

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