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Venus thinks mens tennis is boring-kournikova talented (c/p)
Posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2002 - 16:49
She may be absent from the German Open as she has a week off after Sunday's final loss in Hamburg - but world number one Venus Williams still managed to have her say in slamming men's tennis as boring.
"Quite honestly I find men's tennis quite boring," remarked Venus airily, while denying that she has any plans to retire in the near future.
Venus' father Richard caused a stir recently when he suggested that the Wimbledon and Olympic champion might soon hang up her racket and go into business - but the 21-year-old Californian was adamant that day was still a long way off.
"He didn't tell me that personally. I want to keep on playing for a long time," fashion design student Venus told Sport Bild magazine, while admitting that "my biggest dream is to obtain a college diploma."
Venus, who said she had no interest in watching men's tennis, suggested it was futile to compare the two sexes when it comes to tennis when asked if she could beat some of the top male stars.
"I'd probably lose to the number 200 player. But you can't compare apples with pears."
US legend Billie Jean King famously waved the flag for the women's game in winning the tennis battle of the sexes in September 1973, beating Bobby Riggs in Houston, Texas.
But Venus shows no signs of trying to emulate that particular achievement of King.
Another Berlin absentee is Anna Kournikova, the Russian glamour girl preferring to seek out her first career singles title in Warsaw this week.
And Venus thinks that first success will eventually come. "She's nice - I never had a problem with her. Anna's very talented."
Personally, I don't agree with her on men's tennis. I think it is superb. I do agree about Anna though.