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Children's LiteratureWomen's tennis has seen many stars in its time. Billy Jean King, Althea Gibson, Martina Navratilova are just a few of the memorable stars in women's tennis. In the 1990s, women's tennis seemed to be in a lull. There were stars, but none that really dominated the scene. That was until, bursting from the courts of Compton, along came Venus Williams. Many remember her and her sister Serena because they are the first African-American tennis players to reach stardom in quite some time. However, Boekhoff and Kallen focus on more than race. Venus Williams is a natural in the game. Her strength and grace on the court vaulted her to the top very quickly once she turned professional. The authors point out that from an early age, people saw this young woman as having tremendous potential. That potential has blossomed into a tremendous career. The authors also point out that even though Venus Williams has become a star in the tennis world she is still grounded and maintains her own direction. Included in this volume of the "Stars of Sport" series are sections of further reading, a glossary and index. Color photographs are placed well and enhance the text. This book is a good addition to any nonfiction collection. 2003, KidHaven Press, Ages 8 to 15.
— John D. Orsborn