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Venus and Serena Williams return to Compton to renew ties to the community

Venus and Serena Williams return to Compton to renew ties to the community

They left Compton decades ago, pursuing a dream that flickered into shape on the rough public tennis courts of East Compton Park and crystallized into stunning success on well-manicured grass and carefully tended clay courts around the world. But Serena and Venus Williams never severed their ties with the city that shaped them, the place that taught them they’d have to battle for everything they earned and, above all, reinforced the importance of family having your back when others try to take you down.

Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and the elder sister at 36, said she returned to Compton last year, quietly. “We always keep it low-key. We don’t come and make an...

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