Some In The Media - Still Biased
I'll have to tell all, I doubted Serena would win the match w/Jen serving 5/4 for the first set. After Serena won the first set - I knew she'd win it all.
IMO - Mary Mouth (MM = Mary C) showed her bias in the first set of this match. I get so sick and tired of her commenting on how best to play the Sisters. When V & S play anyone and she is commentating, she always talks about playing the Sisters down the middle. They can't seem to get out of their own way - she has said. They forget to take those little steps, she says. I mean, any player that gets the ball hit back to them down the middle, may not always be able to get out of their own way. I saw where Jennifer missed at least two balls that were hit right in front of her, via down the middle.
MM is such a trip. She kept harping on any error(s) Serena made -but did not mention Jen's. I mean it was sooooo obvious that Mary held her tongue when Jen made errors until it was almost funny, if I wasn't so sick of her attitude. 90% of ones' life can be summed up by ones' attitude, and MM showed all who'd admit it, that she was biased in her comments early on against Serena. After all the bashing against Serena, one could hear a pin drop - she sooooo didn't crack on Jen. When Jen couldn't get out of her own way - did MM mention that fact? Noooooo! She was too busy scrutinizing and criticizing Serena's game.
She acted as if Serena invented errors and Jen never made any. And especially, when she commented about the fact that Jen had been quoted in the paper, saying that Serena was bound to make errors - because that fact just sums up who she is on the court. What@#%^&!? How many errors did Serena make in her quarter and semi final matches? Thank you - very much. So - w/Jen thinking that way - she shot herself in the foot. She showed her ignorance by using that defining strategy in summing up how Serena plays, and in making that kind of a statement. I mean - didn't she know the stats of Serena's two previous matches, and had she forgotten that Serena had won the last two of their matches? And with Serena’s recent win against her - coming two tourneys before. And then, lookie-here what happened? Even w/Serena making 59 errors, she still manages to win.
Lastly, I am w/some others about the point MM made concerning how S & J feel about each other. And she stressed to the viewing audience that there was no other way to put that. Who asked her to put it any kind of way? Firstly, how in the cotton fields does she know how they feel about each other? She busted herself and Jen out - for evidently, she has some inside information concerning how Jen feels about Serena, and no doubt about Venus. Secondly, why didn't she back that statement up? Thirdly, who give a fig and asked her? Why did she think it was so necessary to comment on that to over 15M people or two - that was watching the match on TV? MM has been on my list for a while now - and w/those comments - she still has her special place on it. As, even today – when the CBS coverage of the men’s final first came on, she cracks on Jen by saying she could have won it – rather than congratulating Serena for her efforts in grinding that win out.
And as far as Jen "Please shut the crowd up", Capriati is concerned - again, I noticed in 2000 how, she was always questioning line calls and what not. But what really got my goat though, was when she wiped her hand on her outfit after losing to Venus at the US Open. I was like, if anything, Venus should have wiped her hand on her clothes; what w/the way Jen was digging all up her tail in a match last year. In doing that, she definitely tore it w/me. That was it. Was Mary truly telling us that, she's heard from Jen herself about how much she really hates the Sisters? She didn't have to spell if out for me because, I already knew it.
Needless to say - Serena deserved to win the tourney. I'm glad, I finally got on my feet to root for her to win it all, even if she had to take her sister down, as she very well did.
"CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN - SERENA" "YOU DESERVED TO WIN IT ALL" "HERE'S HOPING YOU COME OUT SMOKIN AGAIN IN SC"
It's not as easy as 1-2-3, but Serena is on Cloud 9
By Bud Collins, 3/31/2002
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - ''Oh, them golden slippers ...''
The words of the folk song come back as you watch Serena Williams making her heavenly moves in the gilded sneakers that carried her upward yesterday and into the thick of the fight for supremacy on the women's tennis tour.
Medusa, the Women's Tennis Association computer, declares that Jennifer Capriati is No. 1, Venus Williams No. 2, Martina Hingis No. 3. But the other Williams, No. 9 Little Sister Serena, so flashily shod, crunched those numbers and all three of the players in succession to win the Nasdaq-100 Open without the loss of a set.
What a 3-2-1 punch within four days!
What does Capriati have to do at Crandon Park to purge the Sisters Sledgehammer from her nightmares? ''I don't think about it,'' said Capriati, putting on the poker face of someone who has seen the pots go elsewhere.
A year ago in this same sun-bleached amphitheater Venus snatched the title stash from Capriati by refusing to fold though Capriati held eight match points. Yesterday, in yet another tense screamer, Oracene Williams's 20-year-old baby, Serena, stonewalled Capriati on seven set points in the second - five of them on the loser's serve - and won it in a tiebreaker, as Big Sister had done. This time it was Williams, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).
Capriati served for the first set at 5-4, and for the second at 5-4 and 6-5. You can't ask for opportunity to knock any louder - unless, maybe, your knees are knocking, too. That was enough opportunity to win the championship of the world's fifth-ranking tournament.
''I was just determined to win in two sets,'' Williams said. ''If I could beat Venus [she was 1-5 against Big Sister coming in] I figured it was my duty to win the title. This was my day. Jennifer and I always go three sets, but after I won the first I was determined to close it out in two. I was sloppy at times, but I just wanted to play the big points right. And I did.''
No doubt about that. When the point was a necessity, Williams made it hers. The tougher the shot the tougher she was. The easier the shot - she was hopeless.
Apparently Williams never met a simple shot that she liked. On short balls, she hit long. Working her way to the net (something she's refreshingly willing to do), she klutzed a gimme volley.
''I got tired of missing the easy ones, but some days are like that. How many errors did I make? Fifty-nine? That is unbelievable.''
Capriati's 38 hurt her more, as she failed to protect leads.
They were the ladies in red, marching onto the green pavement at high noon to begin shooting at each other like Gary Cooper and the plug-uglies. But both Floridians wore white hats in the eyes of the 12,528 bystanders, the crowd seemingly evenly split. It was 2 hours 2 minutes of alternating cacophony saluting their shotmaking and silence readying for the next point.
Williams in them golden slippers had a slight edge in speed and mobility, but both were remarkable retrievers and bangers. Williams's superior serve, averaging 100 m.p.h. on first balls, whizzed for nine aces and 11 service winners, and frequently extricated her from danger. Down, 1-3, 0-30, in the second set, Williams heated up with two aces and two service winners - three of the blows at 117 m.p.h., her top speed.
That kept her in the set, from which she almost fell at 3-5 and the first two set points. Two heavy serves canceled them, and Williams broke immediately to 5-5 on Capriati mistakes, one a double fault.
But Williams lost her serve to 5-6, the prelude to the most excruciating game of the tournament. For almost a quarter-hour, through eight deuces, Capriati labored to seize the set, five times so close she could taste it. But whatever she set up Williams knocked down. Only once, a double fault on the fourth set point of the game, did Capriati help her. Otherwise it was a tour de force of self rescue for Williams as she smacked winners to stay alive, one a difficult leaping overhead, the last a stinging swinging volley.
That left the audience limp, with a tiebreaker, and perhaps a third set to come. Again Capriati jumped to the lead, 3 points to 1, but could squeeze merely one more point from Williams.
''Serena doesn't give you any rhythm,'' Capriati said. ''She's much more erratic than Venus.''
Also richer, at least for the week.
''Oh, them golden slippers,'' as the song goes. ''Golden slippers I'm gonna wear to walk the golden street.''
Williams will walk the street weighted down by her 13th title (first of the year) and gold amounting to $385,000.
This story ran on page D3 of the Boston Globe on 3/31/2002.
© Copyright 2002 Globe Newspaper Company.
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