it was almost predictable, as soon as the williams sisters dominated tennis
the williams haters would go out of control. there are the usual, meaningless
criticisms of their supposed technical "flaws" - with the way that they are
winning i think that more players would like such flaws. then there are the
constant claims about how "boring" they are to watch, yet they grab huge
ratings and audiences to see them play - including many of the same williams
haters who come on this newsgroup to declare how "boring" they are to watch.
then they declare that the popularity of the williams sisters is limited
strictly to the united states. sure it is...and let's not forget the hints
that the williams sisters only got to #1/#2 because hingis and davenport were
injured, even though the williams sisters routinely beat both of these
players. yet, the same people said nothing when capriati got to #1, even
though she only got there because hingis got injured, and venus didn't play.
and, of course, there are the usual accusations that the williams sisters are
"arrogant" based upon incidents that purportedly happened years ago - while
capriati can sow discord in the fed cup team only to have the whole thing
seemingly forgotten within a week.
doesn't it seem odd timing that there are suddenly charges of widespread
steroid usage in tennis which happen to be focused on *women's* tennis?
john wertheim, in his latest column, called this whole thing for what it
really is: comments from people who are desparate to discredit the
achievements of the williams sisters:
wertheim hinted, without saying directly, that the criticisms may be motivated
by racism, but the way that many, including people on this newsgroup, appear
to consistently search for reasons to criticise the williams sisters, makes
it hard *not* to suspect racism. many of the reasons offered are patently
ridiculous. the "explanation" that the criticisms have more to do with the
fans of the williams sisters than with the williams sisters themselves makes
no sense whatsoever.
i appreciate that people who win are always subject to detractors, but it
gets to the point where the nature of the criticism becomes so far fetched
that you begin to suspect that the criticisms are motivated by more than
just fact that the williams sisters are winning. has anyone *ever* seen
players being criticized for being too good? it's all just so unreal and,
i would say, fundamentally racist.
in the meantime, the williams haters will keep hating, and will keep hoping
that someone, some "savior", will come along and be able to defeat the
williams sisters. we've had henin offered for this role, completely over the
top predictions that hantuchova will be the tennis "messiah", and the current
hope is that somehow davenport will be able to get it done. ridiculous.
i give much credit to the williams sisters for putting up with this nonsense,
the repeated and unsubstantiated charges of "fixed" matches, with class and
dignity befitting the great tennis players that they truly are. i would say
that they are the most deserving champions that women's tennis has had in