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«It is no coincidence, of course, that the rare African-American player on tour would demonstrate empathy for the even rarer Israeli Jew. Ever since Dubai, the families have grown to know each other and to look upon their situations as similar, in some ways.»
"We have a certain special history together," Venus Williams said. "I know she would have done the same thing for me or any other player. My parents both came from the South in the '40s and '50s, and just - you know, it was an outrage really. Just like, 'Are you serious? Can you really exclude someone?'
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Venus Williams defeats Israeli player Shahar Peer at U.S. Open, and shares bond with her