Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Waiting for Shirley
The Williams girls tooks loads of flack and didn't really obtain superstar status until they had the results, well, Venus a little, but she took a heap of shit and it didn't really stop until she'd won a major and there were still these grumblings (among some) that they didn't have much talent and all they did was hit hard, that they were flukes, they wouldn't last, whatever. It seems the tennis public has taken quite faster to Maria, she's not nearly as ragged on as the sisters were and now that she's "made it" with the two big titles next year, she's like tennis' new darling. It took the Williams sisters longer to obtain the status as tennis' new darlings, they really had to prove it first, and had to do more than Maria has done now to obtain that status. So, I think some, and I do mean some, Williams fans are a little put off by Maria, like she hasn't had to achieve as much to get to this untouchable superstar status as the Williams had to do, and probably place race as a factor which makes them more pissed off. Perhaps it is. Venus was hyped to inter-planetary proportions before she had big results, don't get me wrong, but I think Maria has leap-frogged up to tennis royalty status faster than they did and with less results than they had to do, and it burns some of their fans.
Just treat her on her own and her own achievements. She had a fabulous year.