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As if playing Venus Williams wasn't enough for Mirza

When Venus Williams meets Sania Mirza, it will be a showcase of two women of color who defied cultural stereotypes to go after what they wanted. But Bonnie D. Ford writes it's unclear whether Mirza will be able to continue down that obstacle-strewn path.

Updated: January 18, 2008, 3:27 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Venus Williams' career record against India's Sania Mirza stands at 1-0, based on a single match in California in the summer of 2005.

But that number is hardly relevant in the larger picture. When it comes to the pursuit of happiness, the ability to live her life and practice her profession in peace, Williams has a much bigger lead.

When the eighth-seeded Williams meets the 31st seed Saturday in the third round of the Australian Open, it will ...

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