The complete text of Mauresmo's remarks about Williams sister
There's seems to be some misinformation regarding the extent of Amelie Mauresmo's remarks regarding the sisters. In the text below from the BBC, which others have quoted from on this board, Mauresmo openly accuses the Williams of match-fixing, a very serious charge. According to this article, there does appear to be grounds for a charge of libel/slander here (as it does for Johnny Mac, and others)...The WTA needs to make a strong public statement against these kind of reckless statements by players on the tour, since in this instance the content of what's being said goes far beyond "sour grapes" or merely being a "sore loser." Accusing people of actual criminality without any corrobarating evidence whatsoever is clearly wrong and inexcusable, and considering the larger context of them could very well be considered libelous in a legal sense. Venus and Serena don't serve this kind of treatment by the tour and the WTA should not tolerate these kinds of remarks from ANYONE without a serious rebuttal. In other words people need to "put up or shut up" in making these allegations. Otherwise, a very poisousness, and potentially dangerous atmosphere is being created by people throwing wildly irresponsible statements around as if their unfounded charges weren't damaging to the integrity of the game itself. This goes beyond merely being "fair" to the sisters. Need I remind anyone that as human beings and citizens that Venus and Serena also have RIGHTS that should be acknowledged and protected? Below is the full text of what Mauressmo said in the BBC article:
Thursday, 4 July, 2002, 19:02 GMT 20:02 UK
Mauresmo dislikes Williams domination
Mauresmo launched a stinging attack
by Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport Online at Wimbledon
Beaten Wimbledon semi-finalist Amelie Mauresmo stirred up controversy in her post-match news conference by re-opening the debate over match-fixing involving the Williams sisters.
Frenchwoman Mauresmo was thrashed 6-2 6-1 by Serena Williams in the second semi after Venus had cruised past Justine Henin in the first.
Serena breezes past Mauresmo
Afterwards, she was asked which sister would prevail in Saturday's final.
"You have to ask them for that," she replied tersely.
To me, it's a little bit sad for women's tennis
She then told French television that she believed that matches between the sisters were fixed.
"I think they arrange it - I don't have any proof of this or inside information, but take for example the match at Roland Garros - it could have been arranged," she said.
"As Serena won in Paris, maybe they'll change it and it'll be Venus' turn now."
She also stated that she did not think the domination of the Williams, who are numbers one and two in the world, was good for the women's game.
"I think people are going to get bored of it," she said of the prospect of a third all-Williams final in the last four Grand Slams.
"I'm not counting how many people since yesterday told me: 'We don't want an all-Williams final.'
"To me, it's a little bit sad for women's tennis but maybe it's not the point of view of everybody."
Matches between the Williams sisters have been regularly dogged by controversy and the pair have been criticised for their inability to produce their best tennis against each other.
The Williams themselves claim they find it difficult to play competitively against a sibling, but rumours have also surfaced that their father Richard decides who will win matches between his daughters.