Mary Carillo is a human being
Everybody take a deep breathe. Has Carillo said things I disagree with? Many. Are her coments racially motivated? Perhaps. I'm not in her head. But here's a sure thing. Serena Williams is vastly more gifted in every aspect of tennis than Mary Carillo. (Yes, I watched Carillo when she played.) Every single one of Serena's shots is better, not just more powerful, but more accurate. On top of that, Serera is bigger, faster and stronger. Further, Serena didn't grow up in the glare of expectation. Venus took the heat for her. And Serena was born into an family of very accomplished people who became WEALTHY accomplished people by the time Serena was 3 years old. Oh, and her parents turned out to be good tennis coaches. Arguably, Serena is one of the most advantaged players in tennis history. She's had virtually everything she could need to become one of the top players in the history of the sport, and surprise, surprise, she IS one of the top players in the history of the sport.
Is Mary Carillo truly supposed to be so superhuman she isn't jealous of that?
Is Mary Carillo truly supposed to be so superhuman that that jealously doesn't affect her views and statements on Serena?
I'm taking the Biblical injunction, and leaving the stone throwing to those without sin.
as to weather or not Serena has lived up to her potential, let's do a comparison. Serena's 26 birthday is coming up. (Sep, 9 '81) She has 8 Gs singles titles so far. Let's look at a couple of other players who's birthdays fall after the slams are completed, and see how many slams they had won before their 26th birthday.
Navratilova - 5
Evert - 11
BJK - 6
At 8 GS singles titles won by age 26 (maybe 9, she could win the US Open this year), Serena doesn't seem to be underachieving, compared to historical greats. For her age, she's one of the top five players in the history of the sport. (Not that that means very much. When she was 17, Martina Hingis was one of the top five players in the history of the sport, for her age.) But it's hard to look at Serena's actual record in historical context and say she's underachieved. Which is why I think Mary Carillo's opinion of Serena is colored by that most common of all human emotions, jealousy. And if everyone who ever had an opinion affected by jeaousy was lined up and shot, the world would be a damn lonely place.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.