Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Among The Greats
After being so harshly counted out, and not really given a fighting chance until she served for the championship, I don't blame her at all for how she reacted. I think it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. She was so joyous, she didn't even care what anyone thought about it. I don't think it was the most considerate of Davenport's feelings, especially since Davey was injured, but Venus didn't use any gamesmanship, she wasn't as "IN YO FACE HO!" as she and her sister were when they first came onto the scene in the late 1990s. She honestly has spoken SO highly of Davenport, and I actually think they have a really good relationship (look @ Vee, Ree, Linds, and Corina @ Fed Cup 2005, they look like they really enjoyed each other's company). It was such a beautiful moment, much like when she won in 2000. She was jumping all over the place there too. But when she repeated in 2001, she was much calmer, even though she didn't win in as dominating fashion. I think she will win this year, and will be much calmer, because....she knows that EVERYONE knows, she's the one to beat this year: Linds is injured, so is Maria (not to mention that Maria or Lindsay have NEVER beaten her on grass, despite the fact that when they both won their Wimbledon titles, they defeated tennis LEGENDS in their respective finals). Amelie will make a good run, but I don't care what ANYONE says, she choked against Serena in 2004, and against Lindsay last year. Yeah she was defaulted a slam this year, but I don't think that will EVER happen again. Justine plays well on grass but it's been 3 years since she was in the second week at Wimbledon(it was a nice streak for her though 1 final and 2 semis). Kim is a good player on all surfaces, but she's the kind of player that needs time to find her groove and there aren't enough warm-ups for her to start playing her best tennis by the end of the month. Martina is a good player, but apart from her amazing win in 1997, she really hasn't done so hot there (for a player many consider to be the smartest ever). Venus really stands alone as the top contender. Kuznetsova and Vaidisova are really good players, but it will be interesting to see how their games translate onto grass after doing so well on clay. It will be an interesting fortnight, but should Venus lift her namesake dish again (which I think she will, beating Mauresmo in the finals), she'll be MUCH calmer....but it wasn't disrespectful, it was PURE, beautiful JOY!
Career Grand Slam in your 20s? Been there done that. Career golden slam your 30s?
There's only 1. Been around the world, copped all 4 thrice.