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View Poll Results: Is it a good idea for them to play doubles @US Open?
Good idea for both. 41 78.85%
Bad idea for both. 4 7.69%
Bad idea for Serena. 2 3.85%
Bad idea for Venus. 4 7.69%
Will have not effect on either. 3 5.77%
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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 2012, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
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Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

Venus Williams confirms that she and her sister Serena will play doubles at the U.S. Open. After not having played for a year, the Williams sisters won their 13th Grand Slam doubles title at Wimbledon and won their third doubles gold medal at the London Olympics.

"Doubles is is very important to me," Venus told reporters. "Those titles add to your Grand Slam count. It feels very good. It's nice to have a full day off, but when you're going for both [singles and doubles] titles, it takes a lot of focus, and I want both titles. They both mean a lot to me. I never, never, never throw in the towel if I've lost in singles no matter what. I have been rewarded a lot of times with those titles. For me, both are important."

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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

I think it's good, Venus doesn't really have a shot at the singles title so she can win a title here and Serena seems to play well in singles when she plays doubles so I think it's a good decision.

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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

Awesome idea!

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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

Bad idea for their singles

Venus recent back injury cannot sustain the demand of singles and doubles, less rest, more time on ther court
Just last week, Serena had yet to recover from the olympics, has she built enough stamina and enegry reserve to play both singles & doubles?

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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

Good idea...doubles actually improves Serena play more often than not, plus for Vee that's probably her best shot at a title.

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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

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Bad idea for their singles

Venus recent back injury cannot sustain the demand of singles and doubles, less rest, more time on ther court
Just last week, Serena had yet to recover from the olympics, has she built enough stamina and enegry reserve to play both singles & doubles?
We don't know what Venus' back injury is caused from and could be simply a byproduct from her illness. As for Serena I think last week she was simply jetlagged causing her to be very very grumpy and negative on court. A few days away from the game will do her the power of good and I'm sure she's back training again and enjoying the challenge of adding to her collection of Slam victories.

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Venus Williams confirms that she and her sister Serena will play doubles at the U.S. Open. After not having played for a year, the Williams sisters won their 13th Grand Slam doubles title at Wimbledon and won their third doubles gold medal at the London Olympics.

"Doubles is is very important to me," Venus told reporters. "Those titles add to your Grand Slam count. It feels very good. It's nice to have a full day off, but when you're going for both [singles and doubles] titles, it takes a lot of focus, and I want both titles. They both mean a lot to me. I never, never, never throw in the towel if I've lost in singles no matter what. I have been rewarded a lot of times with those titles. For me, both are important."

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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

Playing doubles has really helped Vee in singles lately, so it's a great idea.
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Can we give Serena and Venus the title today?

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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

I wish there was a "remains to be seen" option. It'll probably be good for them too. Chances are that it will be a consolation title for Venus and doubles does seem to help Serena's game, as others have mentioned. It's getting towards the end of the year though. Players will be starting to flag soon, if they are not flagging already. Serena has played a full schedule this summer. I just hope she has had enough rest time to play singles and doubles. Venus is still learning how to manage her illness and may have had a back issue as recently as last week. She may walk away with the doubles title but the schedule/workload could prevent her going one round further in the singles.

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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

It's all good for Venus who probably won't fo far in singles but Serena can't handle singles + doubles on a hard court. This is not Wimbledon.
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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

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It's all good for Venus who probably won't fo far in singles but Serena can't handle singles + doubles on a hard court. This is not Wimbledon.
Why not? She's done it countless times before.
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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

Amazing! So happy. They are on the same side of the draw so they can have days off! Or, if they feel adventurous, play twice on the same day and get a day off completely.

Especially given Venus' draw with Kerber, I love this idea. I want them to get back to #1, add more slams, and win the YEC! It's the only title they are missing as a team. So happy!
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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

Just saw this heading and I think it's GREAT!

I'm ok with them playing as long as they can avoid the Open's scheduling tricks, inclement weather, and any other manufactured bs.

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Re: Venus & Serena will play U.S. Open doubles

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It's all good for Venus who probably won't fo far in singles but Serena can't handle singles + doubles on a hard court. This is not Wimbledon.
A double has NEVER been a problem for Serena before - hence all the titles, including several on the AO hard courts. If she's isn't 100% healthy going into a slam, she skips the doubles. It's that simple.
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