Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Rush hour traffic
What's with all the micro-analyzation of The Williams?
The "Why don't Venus and Serena kiss their opponents?" thread made me realize just how much scrutiny they are under for everything they say or do.
When in the history of women's tennis have post-match interviews and post-match net behavior been so analyzed? Why didn't Venus/ Serena kiss her opponent? Why didn't she smile? Why didn't her handshake last longer?
People literally comb through Venus and Serena interviews looking for evidence of arrogance or ungraciousness with every single remark. Why didn't she credit her opponent? Oh wait, she did credit her opponent? But why did she have to add that she played badly? Blah Blah blah.
I can't imagine the pressure Venus and Serena are under to watch what they say. The sisters literally have to watch every single thing that comes out of their mouths.
If you add up all the negative remarks and disses lobbed at the sisters by other players over the years you would have a novel. Meanwhile the Sisters cannot return the insults because they will be severely punished by spectators for the same behaviors that some of their peers engage in with impunity.
It amazes me how Venus and Serena have held their tongues so long while players from all over the world have a free pass to criticise and in many cases insult the sisters for everything from their hair, their clothes, their personalities and their style of play. Despite all that, observers are angry at Venus and Serena because they don't patronize other players with bullshit pleasantries after a match.
Venus and Serena simply don't have the luxury of being critical of their peers. They can't say things like "I don't like ____'s style of play" or "Everyone wanted me to win because they were tired of _____winning all the time,". The Sisters are "rude" or "arrogant" if they don't kiss someone at the net, shake someone's hand long enough, or spend their entire interview patronizing or bending over backwards to kiss the ass of people on the tour who probably despise them.
I wouldn't shock me one bit if they retired early. Why would they want to keep going through this crap?