Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: aka TennisPower
Beyond Vee and Rena, I like several other players, essentially those trying hard to play good tennis while projecting a decorous attitude and personality, eg, Seles, Kim, Davey, Justine, ...
Early in 2001, I used to like Jen, I should add ecstaticly; that was from Aussie-01 on. But my appreciation for her kept erodng after catching her from time to time with an unpleasant gesture here, a bad word there and an undue burst of temper further along. She turned me off completely when at the US Open-01 semifinal against Venus, second set, she stopped playing for a long minute while staring at Venus who could do nothing but wait, ready to serve. This scene still hits me whenever I watch it on tape.
But I realized Jen is an athlete like any other and tennis is just a sport. So, why should I begrudge a player whom I've never met, who doesn't know about me and probably wouldn't care less about me? We need to view things in proper perspective. These days, the B. J. King and thong controversies set aside, I focus on her tennis and make a point to notice every positive thing about her, even the slightest smile. If I don't manage that, I'll be the big loser as she plays highly enjoyable tennis.
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"Playing aggressive tennis ... that's always the way to go, if you ask me." - Venus Williams, May/2002
"Some shots I will hit hard but not every ball. I'm not just using my power." - Serena Williams, Oct/2002