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SBD/April 5, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Venus, Serena Williams Documentary Debuts; Filmmaker Denies Sisters Withdrew Support
Published April 5, 2013
FAMILY VALUES: SI.com's Courtney Nguyen noted the "best scene features an argument between Serena and hitting partner SASCHA BAJIN after her third-round win over VICTORIA AZARENKA at the 2011 U.S. Open." Warming down from her match "on a treadmill, Serena is furious at Bajin, telling him he was horrible in practice and needs to improve." It is "one of the few moments in the movie that doesn’t feel like Serena cares about her image or is trying to be 'on' for the cameras, and it’s incredible to hear her speak with such vulnerability and self-awareness as to how she thinks she’s perceived in the locker room and how much she’s hurt and motivated by it." The film, "more than anything, shows just how close a relationship Venus and Serena have." However, it does take an "arguably unnecessary tangent" into their father RICHARD WILLIAMS' "womanizing history, questioning the family about his other families and children" (SI.com, 4/4).