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Thumbs up Serena: 'Tiger Woods motivates me'

Tiger moves Serena
Williams says the world's best golfer motivates her to play at a higher level
By BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

Serena Williams arrives at the Aces are Wild Gala in Toronto Sunday, August 14, 2005. (CP Photo/Aaron Harris)
Serena Williams gave a surprising answer when asked what motivates her at this stage of life.

"Tiger Woods motivates me," Williams said yesterday.

"He's what, 27 or 28? And I'm 23. I have seven Grand Slam victories and he has 10. So that motivates me."

Actually, Tiger is 29.

And he's a golfer, not a tennis player.

"I have an unofficial competition with him," Williams said.

Does Tiger know about this?

"No," Williams said with a smile.

"He's ahead of me, but I'm a little younger. I root for him all the time. I love him. I think he's incredible."

Well, Williams won't add to her Grand Slam list this week if she wins the Rogers Cup at the Rexall Centre at York University. But Williams can hone her game for the U.S. Open, which takes place in New York later this month.

Williams is making only her third appearance in Toronto for a pro tennis tournament, and her first since 2001, when she won the event. Her first match this year is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m., against Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France.

This week, Williams will be getting most of the attention from casual tennis fans in Toronto, since her sister Venus (flu) and current 'It' girl Maria Sharapova (strained right pectoral muscle) pulled out of the Rogers Cup over the past few days.

Serena insisted yesterday that tennis -- Grand Slam events in particular -- still is her top priority. But noticeably, she became most animated when discussing her current TV reality show, which also features Venus.

"Last week it was hilarious, because I actually broke up with someone on the show," Serena said. "Honestly, I thought that was so funny, because here I am in the stands, talking, and it was really very awkward how it went on.

"I forgot the cameras were on me and I was saying, 'I can't do this, I need more time.' It totally was very, very weird. I mean, I realized the cameras were on me, but I just thought they were recording Venus' match, because this all was going on while Venus was playing."

Speaking of playing, Serena hasn't played since Wimbledon, partially because of an ankle injury that subsequently affected her knee, but also because, well, she often takes a lot of time off after Wimbledon. The Williams sisters have been criticized in recent years for being merely part-time athletes, but Serena bristled at that suggestion.

"No, that isn't the case at all," she said.

"I have a great guy who looks over my (fashion) company, so all I do is sketch in my room and send them in, that's it. And as for acting, I haven't gotten any roles lately because I keep turning them down to train and play tournaments."

Williams said she hopes her reality show will make it clear to everyone just how focused she is on tennis. If Serena recognized the potential contradiction in her statement, she failed to indicate as much.

"We do have other interests, and we love each other, yada yada yada," Serena said of herself and her sister. "But at the end of the day, we're really tennis players."

Serena may be a tennis player, but her main rival apparently is a golfer. Even if that golfer is unaware of it.

"I'm a little behind Tiger," Serena said. "I have some catch-up work to do."
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i fail to see what's funny about breaking up with someone on tv
and i dont like Tiger
but i love Serena and hopefully she'll finish with more majors than him
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Good for Serena to go after Tiger because there is no way for her to catch him, but if she keeps on his tail she'll end up with alot of majors.
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Good for Serena to go after Tiger because there is no way for her to catch him, but if she keeps on his tail she'll end up with alot of majors.

Their is now way she can catch him?

In terms of Majors, she's only
three behind him.
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Their is now way she can catch him?

In terms of Majors, she's only
three behind him.
It's possible, but not likely even if she does, he'll pass her back up. He's probably going to play and win until he's 40.
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It's good to have Miss S J Williams back on the court...seemingly in MUCH better shape than at Wimbledon.

I thought she and Rattner were "just friends" anyways...

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It's possible, but not likely even if she does, he'll pass her back up. He's probably going to play and win until he's 40.
Good point! The shelf life for a golfer is much longer than for a tennis player.

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I was talking to a friend recently about the parallel of Tiger's career and that of the sister's.When Tiger was winning everything it was the same time the sisters were dominating.When he was in his slump so were the sisters.When Serena won the Australian Open,Tiger won a major after a long time.I made a bet that if Venus and Tiger both won Wimbledon and the British Open respectively,I will have to keep an eye on this pattern.I hope Tiger losing this weekend is not an omen.
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Tiger was *totally* dominating in 2000-2001, Serena was dominating in 2002-2003. Yes they were close, but I refuse to admit Miss Serena has one more thing in common with Tiger. I can't stand the guy. Even though I don't like him, I do have to admit there are many similarities. Plus, Serena could match or better his major total, as I am not convinced Tiger will get any higher than 18.

Edit: I guess Tiger was dominating when Venus was at her *peak* of winning majors.

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Good point! The shelf life for a golfer is much longer than for a tennis player.
I don't really consider golf a "sport". You can be fat and win on the PGA and LPGA tour. No athleticism required.
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I don't really consider golf a "sport". You can be fat and win on the PGA and LPGA tour. No athleticism required.
thats my view in short lol
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i fail to see what's funny about breaking up with someone on tv
and i dont like Tiger
same here..
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She can probably catch him, but then of a golfer long career Tiger will continue to win slams after Serena retires.

One more thing, Tiger's focus is golf and golf only. He has a very methodical and systematic way of approaching training and match preparation. That could make it difficult for Serena to catch Tiger once he gets his game together. We all know how Serena feels about traning and preparation.
Right now Tiger is going through a transitional rough patch trying to retool his game and because of that, his play has not stablilized yet and he has had some un-tiger like finishes this year.

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Serena Returns In Toronto Tonight

C.Lum/************** By Alberto Amalfi
08/16/2005

Serena Williams believes she's regaining the eye of the Tiger by looking into the Tiger's eyes.


The seventh-ranked Williams, who returns to tournament tennis for the first time since Wimbledon when she takes on lucky loser Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in the Rogers Cup second round in Toronto tonight, says she's drawn inspiration from golfer Tiger Woods.

"Tiger Woods motivates me," Williams told the Toronto Sun. "I have seven Grand Slam victories and he has 10. So that motivates me. I have an unofficial competition with him. He's ahead of me, but I'm a little younger. I root for him all the time. I love him. I think he's incredible."

The 2001 Rogers Cup champion, who has not played a match since succumbing to compatriot Jill Craybas, 6-3, 7-6(4) in the third round of Wimbledon last month, withdrew from Stanford and Carson citing the nagging left ankle injury that has plagued her since she rolled her ankle and was forced to retire from her Amelia Island quarterfinal match against Silvia Farina Elia on April 8th. Since her triumphant run to the Australian Open title in January, Williams has been limited to 16 matches, winning 10 of them.

Conceding she's not yet fully fit, Williams said her health has improved.

"I definitely feel better than I was in the past," Williams said. "I always come to a tournament trying to go the distance. That's why I'm here. I would love to be still training somewhere. But I'm trying to take it one day at a time, one match at a time."

Seeded fifth in Toronto, Williams is one of three former champions in the draw that lost top-seeded Maria Sharapova, who withdrew with a strained pectoral muscle. Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo, who also claimed the crown in 2002, and 2003 champion Justine Henin-Hardenne are the two other former Rogers Cup champion. The second-seeded Mauresmo plays Dally Randriantefy in the second round. Henin-Hardenne, who is seeded fourth, faces 41st-ranked Russian Evgenia Linetskaya in her second round match.

The Rogers Cup will be Williams' only even prior to the U.S. Open, which begins on August 29th, giving the two-time U.S. Open champion the prospect of much-needed match play.

"This tournament [in Toronto] is going to be my only one before the U.S. Open," Williams said. "This is a really big tournament for me. It would be great to actually play some matches before I go because I'm not playing anything else."
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