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Tennis titans show they're just regular folk

Tagging along with the Williams sisters during their recent charity tour shed some light on who they are as people, writes Graham Bensinger.

Updated: December 22, 2006, 2:58 PM ET
By Graham Bensinger | Special to ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It wasn't supposed to be this way for Venus and Serena Williams. After all, two poor, black sisters growing up in Compton, Calif., aren't supposed to become world-champion tennis players, much less role models.

But here they stood in front of an auditorium brimming with students from Vance High School, doling out advice about life. For 20 minutes, they told their story and answered questions. The high school teens and eighth-graders in the crowd listened and learned.

"Unfortunately, ...

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