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Jon Wertheim - Serena

The Williams soap opera
On-again, off-again stars may be most compelling tale

I don't claim to have watched every match Serena Williams has played, or read every article about them, but it seems to me that if Mary Carillo and almost every other tennis announcer/journalist says that Serena only loses when she plays badly, why is it soooo awful when Serena says it?

Against Jelena Jankovic [in the Sony Ericsson Open final], it was obvious that Jelena had nothing to do with the outcome of that match. Your thoughts?
-- P-Sqaured, NYC

Truthfully, I was thinking the same thing the entire tournament. And I came away with a new perspective re: Serena's sour reaction to defeat. I don't want to give Serena a total pass on her sore losing. (It's beneath her to attribute losing to an opponent's "lucky shots" or "playing at 40 percent.") But put yourself in her shoes.

She has the capability to blow away the world's top-ranked player 6-2, 6-0, as she did in the quarterfinals. She has the capacity to blow through a tournament, as she did last year in Australia and last week in Miami. She has the ability to render her opponents essentially meaningless. How immensely frustrating must it be to lose? When all cylinders are firing, she's virtually unbeatable. One can see how it must drive her nuts when that doesn't happen.

Larger point: I've said this before, but I don't see how you can follow the sport and not be awed by the whole Williams narrative. You couldn't craft a richer story than this: humble beginnings, great triumphs, outsider status, insider status, family tragedy, divorce, race, money, grace, disgrace, education, sports.

The plot wavers all the time. "Venus is cooked! No, wait: She's Wimbledon champ!" "Serena is bored! No, wait: She's trim and buff and toasting Justine Henin!" "Serena rules! No, she's pulling out of an event and taping a reality show." "Venus is looking fairly strong! No wait: She's taking an unexpected leave!" Really, it's just remarkable. And I'm not sure the Republic of Tennis realizes how lucky we are to have them around.
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Keeping it real

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated" - George Bernard Shaw

"And for the best of the teen-agers who followed her, and who occasionally referred to her as over the hill, Graf had a ready answer: against top-ranked Martina Hingis, Graf wound up 7-2. Graf's stirring 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 throttling of Hingis at the French Open final this June was perhaps the most emphatic parting shot the game has ever seen. "

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Well some of us realise how lucky we ALL are to have them around. I agree that the scoreline in the final of Miami was determined by Serena's level of plays, some ups and some downs resulted in a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 scoreline. JJ pretty much seemed to have roughly the same level the whole match long.

It must be tough for Serena to know that she is the best but to not always perform the best and I think she's used to suffering tough losses when her form is low but I think some of her losses last year were difficult because they were due to only slightly diminshed form coupled with lack of recent play and/or mild injuries.

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Yeah Williams

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I've never seen such a fair, unbiased assessment of the sisters from Wertheim.
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some KIND words from jon, finally thank you sir!

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post #7 of 47 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 2008, 06:39 PM
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So he's not that worthless after all?!
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Wertheim's always very fair with the Williams Sisters and with most players. I don't understand the hatred towards him.

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it's true

Career Grand Slam in your 20s? Been there done that. Career golden slam your 30s?
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post #10 of 47 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 2008, 07:12 PM
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Finally, an unbiased, voice of reason on the subject!!
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post #11 of 47 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 2008, 07:16 PM
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took him soo long to realise that Serena=The best! lol
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post #12 of 47 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 2008, 07:17 PM
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He says he's not doesn't follow the sport religiously but he seems pretty up to date

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post #13 of 47 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 2008, 07:55 PM
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Spot on. True analysis
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post #14 of 47 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 2008, 08:08 PM
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Well well well.ANother one bites the dust!WELCOME,YOU GOT MAIL!
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My first thought when I saw Jon Wertheim's and Serena's name in the same title was, "Ahhh maaan... what's today's insult gonna be...; and right after her Miami win too?"

But then of he actually complimented Serena AND the entire Williams clan?!?!?!?!?!
*cardiac arrest*

Good God! First, the possibility of a Black President and now Jon Wertheim does the impossible and actually compliments the Williamses without dropping narry a hint of sarcasm.

I’d better play SuperLotto with the quickness!

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