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Will the third prediction prove correct for Richard Williams?

Mr. Williams has made three prescient predictions: that his daughters Serena and Venus would become the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world, that Serena would become a better player than Venus, and that they would be out of the game by their mid-20s. The first two predictions have come true. Will the third prove correct?

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Your wish won't come true. Venus will be past her mid twenties tomorrow and she's still in the game with a very good chance to win her sixth slam very soon. Oh, and in case you haven't heard, Serena is coming back .
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Your wish won't come true.
That's not my wish, that's daddy's predictions

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That's not my wish, that's daddy's predictions
It is your wish much as it is Richard's prediction. But Richard isn't always right.
In either case his prediction didn't come true for Venus she's turning 26 tomorrow. I don't think his prediction will come true for Serena either unless injuries prevent her from playing longer.
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I think Venus will be around at least until she is 30,31. Serena - ?



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Mr. Williams has made three prescient predictions: that his daughters Serena and Venus would become the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world, that Serena would become a better player than Venus, and that they would be out of the game by their mid-20s. The first two predictions have come true. Will the third prove correct?
Damn spiceboy you amaze me everytime. Are you tired of googling in hopes of finding a negative article about the sisters? Run out of material?


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The thing is, it isn't just Richard's prediction. He has made it very clear that he thinks it is unseemly for tennis players to stay on the tour past their mid-20's (he has actually been insulting toward those who do), so if they are into pleasing Dad, they could exit.
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He even predicted before the 1999 San Diego final that all Venus had to do to beat Martina was show up. Apparently she didn't. Hingis won the match 6-4, 6-0. Ouch.

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Mr. Williams has made three prescient predictions: that his daughters Serena and Venus would become the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world, that Serena would become a better player than Venus, and that they would be out of the game by their mid-20s. The first two predictions have come true. Will the third prove correct?
If it were up to Richard they would be off tour by now, but fortunately it's up to the sisters and they still want to play. He continues to be their coach although he doesn't want them to play anymore, so obviously he respects their decisions as adults to keep playing.

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He even predicted before the 1999 San Diego final that all Venus had to do to beat Martina was show up. Apparently she didn't. Hingis won the match 6-4, 6-0. Ouch.
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Still remains to be seen; Venus at 26 years old would certainly still be regarded as "mid-twenties". Even 27 can squeak by as mid-twenties, if you stretch a point.

But I have not seen the slightest indication that Venus has any plans to quit. She's still willing to work her way back from tough injuries; that's not the sign of a person who wants out.

As for Serena, we'll have to wait to see how her comeback goes. The other players have raised their level a lot since Serena's heyday; is she going to want to put in the ever-harder work to keep ahead of them? After working relentlessly hard ever since she was a little girl (right up until recently)? And if she can't get, and stay, ahead of the pack, is she going to want to stick around if she's not raking in the titles as before? Slam quarters and semis lose their luster when you're used to laying hands on the real hardware.

To me, these are very intriguing questions; I look forward to seeing how it all plays out.
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He continues to be their coach although he doesn't want them to play anymore, so obviously he respects their decisions as adults to keep playing.
Didn't Venus hire a coach for the clay court season? And Serena, isn't she being trained by the Bollettieri staff? I think that at this point Richard hangs around for family and emotional support: I mean, how much clay court instruction could he provide?


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He even predicted before the 1999 San Diego final that all Venus had to do to beat Martina was show up. Apparently she didn't. Hingis won the match 6-4, 6-0. Ouch.
QUEEN VEE BEAT HERSELF IN THAT MATCH!!!!!! RACIST HATER OF QUEEN VEE. SHE RULEZ!!!!

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Damn spiceboy you amaze me everytime. Are you tired of googling in hopes of finding a negative article about the sisters? Run out of material?


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He even predicted before the 1999 San Diego final that all Venus had to do to beat Martina was show up. Apparently she didn't. Hingis won the match 6-4, 6-0. Ouch.
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