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Kelly says she is an insecure eighth grade student. "I'm 13 years old and I'm six feet tall," she says. "I wear a woman's 12 shoe. I have to buy men's shoes. I don't really have any friends at my school. The guys call me an ogre."

Kelly says there's only one thing that makes her feel good about herself. "Tennis makes me feel like I can accomplish anything I want," she says. "It makes me feel strong and confident. My role models are Venus and Serena Williams because they're both six feet tall."

The Oprah Winfrey Show wanted to give Kelly the chance to feel like a champion. She has no idea that her ultimate tennis fantasy is about to come true! After the limo drops Kelly off at the famed Nasdaq Tennis Center, Nike dresses her from head to toe to look like a pro. Finally, her life-long heroes arrive to surprise her with a private lesson she'll never forget!

Kelly goes one-on-one against Venus and Serena on the court, and then the sisters share a few words of wisdom. "Stay with your dream team," Venus advises Kelly. "Everybody around us really believed in us and motivated us and all the people that didn't, we dropped them. You've got to know you're a beautiful person inside and out and you shouldn't let anyone tear that away."

Special thanks to Nike—Serena gave Kelly customed-made shoes that she helped design!
FROM: Venus, Serena and Jada Pinkett Smith on Dating, Sex and Weight
Published on March 30, 2005