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Are Venus and Serena being held to a higher standard as far as match quality?

We are never guaranteed that any matchup between two players will lead to a thrilling match. It seems that people almost demand that Venus and Serena always produce a classic thriller or they won't watch.

I never found Daveport/Hingis matchups to be particularly thrilling but each time I would tune in anyway and hope for the best because first and foremost, I am a fan of the game. I wouldn't conceive of missing the finals of a grand slam when the #1 and #2 seeds are playing even if I thought their prior matchups were snoozefests. I would be much more upset if I missed a classic match than if I tuned in and the match wound up being bad. If the criteria for me watching a match up between two players was that they had to have produced "thrillers" in their previous matchups then I would never watch a Seles/Hingis, or Hingis/Daveport or for that matter a Serena/Hingis matchup. I would be missing a lot of tennis.

I guess what I'm getting at is that it seems strange that people would say "If Venus and Serena are playing I will not watch"-- simple as that. Shouldn't your love for a particular sport override your hatred of the person playing that sport, especially if they are the best in the world? If you are a fan of the game it seems you would want to watch the finals of a Grand Slams when the top two players in the world are on the court. The idea that , "I didn't like their previous match-ups therefor I will not like their matchup this time" seems shady at best. After all, how do you know if their match will be bad BEFORE you see it and if you are a true fan of the game wouldn't you want to take that risk, watch the match and possibly be rewarded with some great tennis?

I know I'm rambling here but I do sense that their are motivations beyond tennis that prompt people to not want to give Venus and Serena a chance to play a great match, when they have afforded that courtesy to other players many times in the past.

BTW this Wimbledon final was definitely the best match I've ever seen the Sisters play. The first set was thrilling with some unbelievable rallies. I felt sorry for anyone whose petty spite caused them to miss an such an awesome display of talent.
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Davenport and Hingis' matches were always fun, it's mainly because they have different styles. The same goes for Seles vs Graf, Navratilova vs Evert, etc. When you have a no.1 and no.2 player, you expect a big rivalry with some interesting matches, but in the case of the Williams, because they are sisters and because they have the same type of game, it hasn't produced this "magic". If they were no.3 and no.5 nobody would care, but as the top 2 players people want them to have a big rivalry with great matches like Seles/Graf or Navratilova/Evert or Hingis/Davenport or Agassi/Sampras. It's not the Williams fault, but it would be better for the fans and the game if they play some classic 3 setters.
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selesrules is absolutely correct. The Hingis/Davenport rivalry produced some unbelievably good tennis, one would dominate - then the other would improve to catch-up; I can reel off so many classics between these two Manhattan Beach 97, Philadelphia 97, Chase 98, Indian Wells 00, Zurich 00, Sydney 01, Tokyo 01 and the list goes on....really interesting matches.

So far Venus and Serena have NEVER played a tour match against eachother that lives up to the tennis that they demonstrate against the other ladies on tour. Certainly we should expect the #1 and #2 player in the world to turn on a good show now and then.
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By the way, I have watched all 3 GS finals between the sisters, I can't resist. - they have gradually been getting better - but they are still mediocre.
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selesrules, are you suggesting they contrive to play 7:6, 6:7 and 7:6 finals in future? let's see if that can be arranged just to make you happy!
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The Wimbledon final was not mediocre. They played amazing shots and retrieved amazing shots. I frankly was impressed.

I will always watch them in the finals because I am an American and support all of our players if they make it to the finals.

Additionally, I agree that there seems to be a double standard about their matches. Many champions have won boring grand slam championship matches. Steffi vs. Monica at Wimbledon is just one example.

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So far Venus and Serena have NEVER played a tour match against eachother that lives up to the tennis that they demonstrate against the other ladies on tour. Certainly we should expect the #1 and #2 player in the world to turn on a good show now and then.
I agree, you should expect a good match but my point is how will you be able to judge the quality of any match if you refuse to watch because you don't like whose playing?

Venus and Serena have only recently become #1 and #2. The "I will not watch their matches" talk has been going on for a couple of years now. Wimbledon, is the first tournament they have played as #1 and #2 so NOW we can ask that that their matchups be better- so far they are living up to expectations.
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So far Venus and Serena have NEVER played a tour match against eachother that lives up to the tennis that they demonstrate against the other ladies on tour.
Seles has never played a tour match against Hingis like she has played against other women- -should that be held against her? If Venus and Serena weren't related would you be bothered that they did not play their matchups against each other the way they played other women?
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For me what turns me off is that there is no real passion when they play... when Serena won yesterday she just kind of smiled and waved a bit but you could see she was holding it in. If she would of just beaten Martina or Lindsay to win her first Wimbledon title, she would of been jumping up and down and simply being ecstatic but because it was Venus, she felt she couldn't do that.... When I watch, I want to see that passion when they win. To win the best part of a gran slam final is seeing the look in the person's eyes when they have won, to see them SO happy, like nothing else matters... with the Williams, you don't get that And I won't comment on the quality of play because I didn't watch the whole the match, I just catched the last couple of games when they replayed the match last night!

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For me what turns me off is that there is no real passion when they play... when Serena won yesterday she just kind of smiled and waved a bit but you could see she was holding it in. If she would of just beaten Martina or Lindsay to win her first Wimbledon title, she would of been jumping up and down and simply being ecstatic but because it was Venus, she felt she couldn't do that.... When I watch, I want to see that passion when they win. To win the best part of a gran slam final is seeing the look in the person's eyes when they have won, to see them SO happy, like nothing else matters... with the Williams, you don't get that
venus didn't exactly do cartwheels when she demolished henin last year. perhaps the novelty wears off when you start winning consecutive grand slam events or do repeats?
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For me what turns me off is that there is no real passion when they play... when Serena won yesterday she just kind of smiled and waved a bit but you could see she was holding it in. If she would of just beaten Martina or Lindsay to win her first Wimbledon title, she would of been jumping up and down and simply being ecstatic but because it was Venus, she felt she couldn't do that....
So for you, the final reaction of the winner is more important than the tennis that was played? If you saw a spectaculary played match but the winner didn't jump up and down in happiness you would be disappointed with the match?
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Seles has never played a tour match against Hingis like she has played against other women- -should that be held against her? If Venus and Serena weren't related would you be bothered that they did not play their matchups against each other the way they played other women?
Ummm, Rayny ever watched the French Open semifinal 1998?
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I agree, you should expect a good match but my point is how will you be able to judge the quality of any match if you refuse to watch because you don't like whose playing?
Have you been reading my posts, I said I've watched every one of there grand slam finals. This post is about a double standard. if ever any top 5 players play against eachother we expect a good, competitive match. If it doens't eventuate, we are entitled to be disappointed. If it doesn't eventuate EVER, we are entitled to be frustrated.
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So for you, the final reaction of the winner is more important than the tennis that was played? If you saw a spectaculary played match but the winner didn't jump up and down in happiness you would be disappointed with the match?
A little bit because IMO I would rather watch a match where the players weren't really playing at their best but the match was full of passion than a really technical match full of winners with no emotion at all... I like players with heart, with emotion.... that's just me though :S

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Ummm, Rayny ever watched the French Open semifinal 1998?
What about her 14 losses to Hingis? Should people have given up hope of a quality matchup when it seemed Martina had Monica's number and said "I won't watch."? I hope it doesn't seem like I am picking on Seles because I like her and am only using her as an example to say that no one demands that she deliver a classic matchup against another top player. Actually no one demands that any of the other top players play well against each other. You do not see thread like "I never want to see a Serena/ Hingis match" or I never want to see a "Seles/ Hingis match". That was the point of my entire post --Venus and Serena are being held to higher standard despite only just recently becoming #1 and #2-- serena was a #8 to begin the year.

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Have you been reading my posts, I said I've watched every one of there grand slam finals. This post is about a double standard. if ever any top 5 players play against eachother we expect a good, competitive match. If it doens't eventuate, we are entitled to be disappointed. If it doesn't eventuate EVER, we are entitled to be frustrated
Umm I'm wasn't talking about you specifically. I was posing a hypothetical question. I agree that we expect top 5 players to have good matches, but once again ,how often do you see threads where people say "I will not watch this matchup between (insert name of top 5 player aside from Venus and Serena)--other plays are given the opportunity over and over to make magic happen.

Also once again, my point is that by refusing to watch certain matchups people would not be able to determine if the quality of the match is good-- so why refuse to watch if you are a tennis fan? ("you" is general I am not referring to you specifically).
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