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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 2002, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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The curse of Indian Wells continues

Latest victim, Justine Henin in a straight set loss.

The first day of TV broadcast and the butcher's bill now has the following:

1. VENUS - no show
2. SERENA - no show
3. Mauresmo - no show
4. Capriati - no show
5. Davenport - Injured
6. ANNA - eliminated
7. Clijsters - eliminated
8. Henin - eliminated
9. Dokic - eliminated

Tournament director Charlie Pasarell is not having a good time so far.
Maybe if he had properly handled that mob last year, he would possibly have two premium players still in the tourney.

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post #2 of 67 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 2002, 10:21 PM
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Complete agree TeeRexx.

oh well, such is life.

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TeeRexx, point well taken.


Lifted from Jon Wertheim's mailbag. He has other comments concerning the Sisters also.


Don't you think a little too much is made of the whole "If only Venus Williams would play more tournaments she would be a runaway No. 1" thing? All the top women -- except the Belgians; Jelena Dokic, who, now that she is winning, seems to be cutting back; and Serena Williams, who hovers around 10 -- seem to play between 13 and 17 tournaments.
—Aaron, Charleston, S.C.

Your point is well taken, but the Williams sisters play significantly fewer events than other players. In fact, of all the players in the top 50 last year, Venus and Serena played the fewest tournaments. (I'll anticipate the counterargument: They invariably play late into the tournament so we should look at matches played and not events played.) The other point is that they are the straws the stir the women's game. Their presence is crucial to ticket sales, television ratings and "general buzz," as Tina Brown would say. Few people care whether Angeles Montolio, to pick a name at random, enters four tournaments or 40. In contrast, the presence of the Williams sisters means the difference between a rock concert and fifth-grade band practice. (See: Indian Wells, 2002.)

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He didn't know that the fans were going to boo, so it's not his fault---it's the Williams'! They're the ones that pulled out at the last minute, and those fans paid for those expensive tickets!! Then when Venus showed up the next week--she looked fine!! I would be angry too, so they had a reason to boo, especially that idiot Richard Williams!
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KTWTennis the did not boo Venus or Richard...they booed Serena.


Beat'em down Ms Williams, beat'em down!
SERENA PRINCESS OF POWER

Victoria Duval - coming to a slam near you
Françoise Abanda definitely a future #1 --- Taylor Townsend devastation on the march
Venus and Serena ferocious grannies --- Kimiko Date Krumm great granny still doing her thing.
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post #6 of 67 (permalink) Old Mar 12th, 2002, 01:26 AM
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maybe the fans will behave better next time Venus and Serena play since this tournament is now a Teir III event.
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Tee I'm starting to believe that Miss Cleo's sister is behind this. lmao!!!! I have never seen this many withdrawals, losses, and no shows in a Tier I, its truly a mess.

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If you guys are having such a terrible time following the tournament - why don't you stop?

Just a thought.
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Becca, maybe you should not read this thread if you have a problem. Just a thought!.

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For a premier tier one event in the US, Indian Wells has been disappointing to some because several top players either choose not to play or lost early. However, to say that Indian Wells is cursed because of the Williams sisters fiasco (which in my opinion was badly handled by Charlie Pasarelle and the crowd ought to be ashamed of themselves) is unfair to the other players remaining in the draw. Besides Hingis and Seles, there are many upcoming players who will greatly benefit (ranking points and experience) from playing at Indian Wells: Stevenson, Gagliardi, Coetzer, Raymond, Sugiyama, Hantuchova, etc. While these young ladies may not be considered the top players, they are excellent players in the own right and deserve a chance to do well and be seen by the media and tennis fans who want to see new players. While I miss the ladies that are listed in Tee Rexx's post, I am excited to get to see other players have this great opportunity. Remember, Venus, Serena, Amelia, Lindsay, Anna, Justine, Jelena, Kim and Jennifer were once up and coming players too and tier 1 events and slams were the places where we, tennis fans, got our first opportunity to see them play.
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Becca, maybe you should not read this thread if you have a problem. Just a thought!.
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KTWTennis the did not boo Venus or Richard...they booed Serena.
Well on that clip they just showed on ESPN it appeared that they were booing Venus and Richard too while they were walking to there seats. I felt very bad for Venus and the look she had on her face.

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The board mommy/ busy body strikes again

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I wasn't aware that I'd taken over your role Infiniti2001 .

Appologies - would you like it back? Cause you certaintly play the role of condesending bastard much more effectively than I.
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mnnnnn..... Them there is fighting words.. Can't we all get along. lol

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