The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Tennis queen may hit the screen

Hong Kong: If cat-suited tennis queen Serena Williams gets her wish, the newly-crowned US Open champion could be appearing on the silver screen in future — as a high-kicking martial arts star.

The powerfully built world No. 1, who flew into Hong Kong early Thursday to play an exhibition match, glided into a press conference 20 minutes late after the renowned shopaholic indulged in a bout of “pre-shopping” and charmed her way through a barrage of questions.

One asked her whether she had been serious about wanting to become a martial arts star and when the first seeds of interest had been sown, she said, “I’m a big Jackie Chan fan.

“It must have been when I watched a Jackie Chan movie,” confessed Serena before adding with a twinkle in her eye, “I was probably never really serious about it. But I’d like to do some acting. I’ve done some before. But probably not for a career, just to have fun.”

Adorned in her now famous black skintight cat-suit, Serena captured her third consecutive Grand Slam title a week earlier, demolishing her elder sister Venus in a US Open showdown for the No. 1 ranking.

She said the fact the siblings had become so dominant would not bore tennis fans. “Not at all. It’s very exciting for the game... To see a rivalry unfolding and history in the making.”

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