Venus and Serena Williams win South Africa Hearts

Serena Williams of the United States, left, plays as tennis students participate in a 'Breaking the Mould' development tennis clinic at the Arthur Ashe Academy in Soweto, South Africa, on Saturday Nov. 3, 2012. Serena and sister Venus arrived in Johannesburg on Saturday and are scheduled to play an exhibition match togehter, as well as conducting some tennis sports clinics for children and adults.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Serena Williams of the United States, left, plays as tennis students participate in a ‘Breaking the Mould’ development tennis clinic at the Arthur Ashe Academy in Soweto, South Africa, on Saturday Nov. 3, 2012. Serena and sister Venus arrived in Johannesburg on Saturday and are scheduled to play an exhibition match togehter, as well as conducting some tennis sports clinics for children and adults.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Soweto – Serena and Venus Williams helped inspire dozens of budding young SA tennis players at the Arthur Ashe Academy in Soweto today. They played tennis with the kids, aged 8-16; they coached them a little and they talked to them and their parents, encouraging them to believe in themselves and not give up.

According to sport24 reports, the sisters won the hearts of everyone who was there; the children were clearly enthralled and spell-bound to have two of the greatest female tennis players ever visit them and give them some encouragement.

The Williams sisters arrived in South Africa this morning week to champion ‘Breaking the Mould’ (BTM). This is an initiative created by Octagon SA aimed specifically at acknowledging and recognizing women (of all ages) who have broken the mould whether at home, play, at work or in their communities. These are women who have risen above their own set of challenges and adversities to succeed and inspire.

Serena and Venus play an exhibition match tomorrow – their first match to be played on SA turf (Ellis Park Indoor Arena, Sunday 04 November 2012). The match will be broadcast live on SABC 3 from 2pm tomorrow.

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