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Journalist hears some racist slurs against Serena in match against Asagoe

I posted this in view of the recent discussions we have been having about the French crowd etc. I suppose what's written below proves that there are SOME racist idiots out there who yell out offensive things. Before everyone jumps at me, THIS NOT A STATEMENT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR NOR A GENERALISATION ABOUT THE FRENCH CROWD AT RG. I just thought that people might be interested in this article- it certainly surprised me when I read it. I am hoping that Venus and Serena don't hear that crap when they are playing.

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Source: http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/com...E11088,00.html

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01jun04

THE Sisters, in their different ways, notified the tennis world they were back, in trumps, yesterday when they handed out more than a little sister power to fourth-round opponents and kept on track for a semi-final showdown.

The Parisian crowd remains just a little unsure about Serena, but on the whole it was cheers all round for these two remarkable tennis players.
Injuries, crises, huge other interests that include clothing design and acting, an extended and unusual family . . . nothing seems to stop The Sisters when they get it on. And, remember, Venus is still only 23 and Serena 22.

Serena had been given the bird -- or, rather the Parisian guttersnipe whistle -- on court as recently as Saturday.

Stubborn idiots still carry a grudge against her for an episode that was none of her doing a year ago involving Justine Henin-Hardenne in a semi-final.

Watching her overwhelm the outgunned Japanese Shinobu Asagoe on that same centre court, I heard a couple of yells of "negrita" with a French expletive or two in front.


But when Serena cleaned up, 6-3 6-1 in just 55 minutes, most of the full house stood to her.

Sister Venus was going around at the same time on Suzanne Lenglen, the other major showcourt. It seemed like a familial race for a while. Serena was 6-3 4-1 when Venus was 6-1 2-0. But the Colombian Fabiola Zuluaga fought back to take the elder Williams to a 7-6 (7-3) tiebreak.

Before The Sisters can meet, second seed Serena has a quarter-final date with seventh seed Jennifer Capriati, who beat Italian Francesca Schiavone, the 17th seed, 7-5 6-1.

Venus, fourth seed, has the sixth seed, Russian Anastasia Myskina in her quarter.

Amelie Mauresmo is just about unbeatable if you read the French press, and she certainly is sweeping opponents aside, yesterday's victim being Magdalena Maleeva, slaughtered 6-1 6-2.

But it was no simpler than the way Elena Dementieva won her fourth-round match against the much more powerful Lindsay Davenport. Dementieva-Mauresmo looks like being a terrific match.

In the other women's quarter, the 17-year-old Maria Sharapova has been seen as the likely star of the future. You would think her too good for Paola Suarez, of Argentina, even though Suarez, at 14, is seeded two above Sharapova.

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See thats what people on this board fail to realize. The RG crowd wasn't just booing and whistling at Serena during the RG SF last year, they were hurling racial epithets at her!

Yes, they boo everybody, but they can only hurl racial epithets at two women out there.


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the French crowd is the trashiest and unclassiest crowd...they boo everyone, I wouldn't be surprised if they boo Clijsters and Seles



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I'm just waiting for the people to come by and say they deserve that or make up excuses for the crowd's behavior.
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I love it how venus and serena still have the "nerve" to wave and blow kisses at them, it's like they're saying "fuck you and see you tomorrow!"...I LOVE IT!



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I don't know whether Serena heard those people yell out those things and, if she did, I don't think she would ever bring it up during an interview/press conference. I mean how would she prove that it's true and a lot of people would probably accuse her of playing the 'race card' as they did during last year's FO.
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Wow! I forgot about them too!

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Boy, this thread is going nowhere for some reason...........(As far as discussion is concerned) Interesting.


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Wow! I forgot about them too!
Weren't there four members of Sister Sledge?

BTW, regardimg some yelling racial epithets at Serena, why is anyone surprised? They do the same thing to her and Venus in the US.
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well i'll be damned...i thought racist comments were just a myth
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BTW, regardimg some yelling racial epithets at Serena, why is anyone surprised? They do the same thing to her and Venus in the US.
Exactly what's the suprise?

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I'll say this in public once. I miss serena so much. Fed is my favorite player but no one does it like her.

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I love it how venus and serena still have the "nerve" to wave and blow kisses at them, it's like they're saying "fuck you and see you tomorrow!"...I LOVE IT!

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Really sick.....and it was no rascism, huh?! People will regret this one day!!

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well i'll be damned...i thought racist comments were just a myth
...so did the rest of us...that's why we've been stunned into silence by this shocking exposal of the truth...
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Isn't Negrita a Spanish word? Didn't know it was used in French also. In any case it wouldn't surprise me if there were some Spanish speakers from certain countries in the crowd that yelled racial things.

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