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NINE LIVES: ESPN on Tuesday night premiered "Venus Vs.," a documentary about Venus Williams that marked the first installment in the net's "Nine for IX" series marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The film received generally possitive reviews on Twitter. USA Today's Dan Wolken wrote, "The Venus thing was good, but I'd really like to see a 30-for-30 on Monica Seles. Can you imagine if that happened in Twitter era?" ESPN's Jemele Hill added, "The fact that screams are tolerated on the court now makes Venus' penalty for her beads dropping more preposterous … I don't need anybody in my mentions holla'ing about 3 sets vs 5 sets and can't tell me the no. 1 ranked men's player w/I Google." ESPN N.Y.'s Jane McManus wrote, "Truth is, they are picking some beautiful images of Venus and Serena for this documentary. That NYT Mag cover was strong. … Petunias, begonias, azaleas, magnolias, tomato plants - I don't care what kind of flora, it's not worth sacrificing equal pay. #VenusVs … I felt like I was at that Wimbledon meeting. Really well done." Columbia Univ. journalism professor Emily Bell added, "Gripped by ESPN program on Venus Williams, equal prize money for women and #Wimbledon."