Sister Act VI: Venus and Serena Williams at Indian Wells: “Sincere Fictions” and White Racism

  title={Sister Act VI: Venus and Serena Williams at Indian Wells: “Sincere Fictions” and White Racism},
  author={Nancy Spencer},
  journal={Journal of Sport \& Social Issues},
  pages={115 - 135}
  • N. Spencer
  • Published 1 May 2004
  • History
  • Journal of Sport & Social Issues
Venus and Serena Williams’ dominance of professional women’s tennis at the dawn of the 21st century may well signify progress in a sport that typically privileges Whiteness. What happened at Indian Wells, California, in the spring of 2001 suggests otherwise. After advancing to the semifinals where they were scheduled to meet, Venus defaulted to Serena and thus incurred the wrath of fans at Indian Wells. Two days later, when Venus and her father Richard entered the stadium to watch Serena play… 
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