Venus Williams was one of several American players shouting support from the stands to Andy Roddick during his gripping 4-6, 6-3, 9-7 victory over Tommy Haas at the Athens Olympic Games. Williams joined Chanda Rubin, Mardy Fish and Taylor Dent in a spirited show of patriotic support, and when it comes to off-court Olympic activity the two-time U.S. Open champion is vocal in her belief the American men can be pin heads.
An avid Olympic pin collector since her appearance at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where she swept the gold medals in singles and doubles and constructed a pin collection that rivals her trophy collection, Williams revealed her tennis teammates often swarm her in a plea for her precious pins.
"I don’t tell them what I get, and when I do get pins — not all of them, but some of them — they’re like sharks," Williams said. "They come and they take the pins that I get because I’m smart enough to get more than one of each country so I can trade them off."
In Athens, Williams has been busy collecting wins in addition to pins. The four-time Grand Slam champion has dropped just three games in her two Olympic wins this week.
The sixth-seeded American, who takes on France's Mary Pierce for a place in the quarterfinals today, said she's started trading pins in quantity to satisfy requests of American teammates, including Fish and twins Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
"But then if I get four, I have to give all of them one. So it’s like I’ve got to stay away from them when I’m trading," said Williams, who will sometimes exchange photos with fans in exchange for pins. "It’s so much fun for me!"
LOL I love Venus. Seems she goes along well with the mens of the American team.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: "Amélie, you know it doesn't really matter at this point. I mean, I'd love to, I mean, Amélie is No. 1 in the world. She's playing great tennis. You know, I love that challenge of going out there and competing against the best in the world."
You'd love to what, Maria?
Originally Posted by prowler
This Amelie bashing gets more ludicrous by the day! What do you want her to do, crawl back to the chair???? For heavens sake who gives a toss how she gets back to the chair!
Originally Posted by Dawn Marie
Amelie FINALLY won two slams I mean let the woman RUN to her fucking chair.