Macci did not always agree with Williams's father, but respected that "he treated his daughters like kids, allowed them to be little girls". Experiences of racism also drove this experience, as Richard Williams had heard white parents talk about the Williams sisters in a derogatory manner during tournaments. When asked in whether having followed the normal path of playing regularly on the junior circuit would have been beneficial, Williams responded: I think for Venus and I, we just attempted a different road, and it worked for us. Williams's forehand is considered to be among the most powerful shots in the women's game,  as is her double-handed backhand.
Wimbledon 2009: Serena Williams reaches final after classic with Elena Dementieva
Wimbledon Serena Williams reaches final after classic with Elena Dementieva - Telegraph
She was later coached by her mother Vera and her older brother Vsevolod. In , she entered the WTA top She turned professional in and entered the top in Professional debut[ edit ] In , Dementieva represented Russia in the Fed Cup final against the United States, scoring Russia's only point when she upset Venus Williams 1—6, 6—3, 7—6 5 , recovering from a 4—1 third set deficit.