Q & A with John Wertheim
I know it's been written about a lot already, mainly with reference to Serena, but after Venus' comments after her loss to Sharapova, I just despair -- Why why why can't the sisters show just a little more grace and sportsmanship, enough to make people like me actually like them, rather than merely respect their undoubted talent?
-- Chris, Oxford, England
This sentiment came up again and again. The aforementioned Pete Bodo has taken to calling Venus the "Queen of Denial." I wonder if Venus, in particular, feels that if she gave opponents the slightest bit of credit, it would amount to acknowledgement of her declining game. So she offers the usual papp about "I'll do some things differently next time" and "It wasn't her winners; it was my errors."
That is an interesting theory, but admitting that your opponent was better that day isn't admitting anything other than she was better that day.