There was nothing out of place with the quote-Williamez Rulez. Venus has used the word a couple of times, the last was at this year's Ericcson event after beating Hingis.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't think anyone has an advantage on the Tour. I think as far as the WTA Tour and also the Grand Slam events, they are very fair. And if anything, I have been a marquis player all my life. I have had an extra advantage, I would believe, I haven't had to come from the bottom as an unknown scrub, so I couldn't tell you how that how that would be.
The full interview is at-<br /><a href="http://www.venusserenafans.com/Interviews/Ericsson%20Open%202001/Venus_Mar-29-Semifinals-Ericsson-01.htm" target="_blank">http://www.venusserenafans.com/Interviews/Ericsson%20Open%202001/Venus_Mar-29-Semifinals-Ericsson-01.htm</a>
<br /> I'd say a "scrub" is someone who is almost always unseeded, wins about 50% or less of her matches. In other words, the majority of the women on tour. As a rule, truly close friendships develop between lower ranked women or women with a top rank and a much lower rank. Davenport may be friendly with Hingis, but they don't hang out together at the mall or go shopping together after trying to beat each others brains out on court. Morariu, who IS Lindsay's good pal, was never a "threat" in singles. I'm sure someone will come up with exceptions, but I'd bet the winner of a "friendliest on tour " player opoll would be a relative unknown.
[ December 23, 2001: Message edited by: Rollo ]</p>