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(Article) Williams Sisters: Us Against The World!

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WIMBLEDON 2010: Us against the world!

Williams sisters planning to continue family monopoly




By Malcolm Folley

Serena and Venus Williams, the greatest double act in the history of tennis, have a self-confidence that some find grating.


So when Serena, the defending Wimbledon champion, suggests that it is the sisters against the rest of the tennis world, she knows the critics will interpret her statement as just another sign of their arrogance.


The reality is, though, that the Williams sisters are the favourites again to contest the women’s final for a fifth time in nine years — and they are the reigning doubles champions at all four Grand Slam tournaments.


‘Sure, it’s us against the WTA Tour,’ said Serena starkly last week.

In the past decade only Maria Sharapova and Amelie Mauresmo have managed to prevent one of the Williams sisters from parading around the Centre Court with the winner’s Venus Rosewater Dish.


‘The other day, I had to think did I win last year, or did Venus?’ said Serena.‘Practising with Venus every day, it does get confusing.’


Rather than arrogance, the sisters prefer to liken their self-assurance to a shield. ‘Venus and I are really close,’ said Serena.


People always want to take us out and play their super-best game against us. We are taking on these players, who, basically, find a different level when they play us. I always take it as a compliment. It’s us against them.’


From their early childhood days in Compton, a ghetto of Los Angeles, the Williams sisters have always lived — and played — outside the establishment.

Yet the prospect of playing in front of The Queen when she takes her seat in the Royal Box on Thursday for the first time since she watched Virginia Wade crowned Wimbledon champion in her Silver Jubilee Year, 1977, captivates Serena.


‘I hope I am playing on Centre Court that day as that would be super-cool,’ she said.

‘Maybe I’ll even use my Members’ Badge to get into the Members’ area. I never go there.’


As someone who has been entitled to the privileges of membership of the All England Club for eight years, it is revealing that until now Serena has never felt a need to visit areas denied to the vast majority of players.


The Williams sisters are a club of two — and untroubled if that causes offence.

They remain an intimidating presence and cast a shadow over the game from which rivals struggle to emerge.

Maybe the fact we are a little talented has played a major role in why we are still at the top of the game,’ said Serena.

‘We’ve taken our careers into our own hands.’



By which she means that they play when, and where, it suits them — to the unspoken irritation of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Serena has played just five tournaments this year, while Venus has managed only two more.

Serena explained: ‘It’s hard when you have been doing something since you were two years old, it’s a long time to be mastering your career.

'We won’t play if we are injured, no matter what the consequences are.

‘As an athlete, you and live and die for these moments at tournaments like Wimbledon, or the US Open.’

Venus is the more even tempered of the two.

‘Venus is much more calm than I am, much more sensible,’ explained Serena.

‘Venus thinks things through. I do, too; but not as thoroughly. She is a real good leader and a role model for me.’




Take that: Serena Williams is ready for Wimbledon



On the charge: Venus Williams wants more Wimbledon glory



Sister act: Serena (left) and Venus Williams are ready to take on the world


Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/ten...-monopoly.html

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She is deluded, kind of like when she made those insulting "treeing" remarks about Likhosteva. Her opponents are playing for the money honey, not for the (ahem) wonderful opportunity to peak against a Williams sister.

Besides, I'd venture to say that for every opponent that plays well against Serena, there are five who get tense and choke.

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She is deluded, kind of like when she made those insulting "treeing" remarks about Likhosteva. Her opponents are playing for the money honey, not for the (ahem) wonderful opportunity to peak against a Williams sister.

Besides, I'd venture to say that for every opponent that plays well against Serena, there are five who get tense and choke.
how is she deludedthat the tour play the sisters hardits true the tour always has the crazed look in their eyes when they play THE SISTERS
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She is deluded, kind of like when she made those insulting "treeing" remarks about Likhosteva. Her opponents are playing for the money honey, not for the (ahem) wonderful opportunity to peak against a Williams sister.

Besides, I'd venture to say that for every opponent that plays well against Serena, there are five who get tense and choke.
Believe it if it makes you feel better.

You are the one who is deluded.

Ask any top players, ATP and WTA, they have said the same thing.
Martina Nav, Federer, Chris Everet, etc...

Even Ana Ivanovic, following her win at RG, noticed that other players were extra motivated when they play her.

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She is deluded, kind of like when she made those insulting "treeing" remarks about Likhosteva. Her opponents are playing for the money honey, not for the (ahem) wonderful opportunity to peak against a Williams sister.

Besides, I'd venture to say that for every opponent that plays well against Serena, there are five who get tense and choke.

I have to wonder why you take offense at this. It is simply a fact. Not because they are Williams' but because they are at the top of the game. Playing for the money means beating the best. Every great champ...even Martina Hingis, has said the field brings their best game out against them. It's only natural.
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Typical American mentality - Us VS the rest of the world. The rest of the world is really not worth differentiating. They're just everyone else outside America.

On a more serious note, there's no doubt the sisters remain the ones to beat. It is true that many players use them as the benchmark. Beating a Williams sister is almost as good as winning a Slam.

But this 'us against the tour' thing really only exists in Serena's head (since she's the one who said it). It's probably her way of motivating herself throughout her whole career. This mentality is not surprising among many successful people who have had humble beginnings. The need to prove themselves against 'everyone else' drives them to overcome obstacles e.g. poverty and achieve success.

Again, no surprise, as Serena has always seen herself as the centre of the universe.

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Typical American mentality - Us VS the rest of the world. The rest of the world is really not worth differentiating. They're just everyone else outside America.

On a more serious note, there's no doubt the sisters remain the ones to beat. It is true that many players use them as the benchmark. Beating a Williams sister is almost as good as winning a Slam.

But this 'us against the tour' thing really only exists in Serena's head (since she's the one who said it). It's probably her way of motivating herself throughout her whole career. This mentality is not surprising among many successful people who have had humble beginnings. The need to prove themselves against 'everyone else' drives them to overcome obstacles e.g. poverty and achieve success.

Again, no surprise, as Serena has always seen herself as the centre of the universe.
THE SISTERS were not poor by world standards or say Eastern European standards..Richard had a small business with six workers and Oracene was a nurse..by 10yrs Venus had a contract with Reebok and were living in Miami so in other words they didnt exactly grow up poor like say Kirilenko who was sponsored eventually by Mirnyi or Dementieva and Myskina who shared dresses made by mama Vera..
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Typical American mentality - Us VS the rest of the world. The rest of the world is really not worth differentiating. They're just everyone else outside America.

On a more serious note, there's no doubt the sisters remain the ones to beat. It is true that many players use them as the benchmark. Beating a Williams sister is almost as good as winning a Slam.

But this 'us against the tour' thing really only exists in Serena's head (since she's the one who said it). It's probably her way of motivating herself throughout her whole career. This mentality is not surprising among many successful people who have had humble beginnings. The need to prove themselves against 'everyone else' drives them to overcome obstacles e.g. poverty and achieve success.

Again, no surprise, as Serena has always seen herself as the centre of the universe.
Agree completely. I find the whole "us versus them" mentality quite laughable.
I would believe that every player is only out for themselves and are looking to do what they can.
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Again, no surprise, as Serena has always seen herself as the centre of the universe.
As well she should since every player is only out for themselves and are looking to do what they can.

Venus might as well get her mail forwarded to Serena's shadow. She's going to be there forever!
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Yawn.




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No, this is obviously not Serena's mentality.
How so?

Venus might as well get her mail forwarded to Serena's shadow. She's going to be there forever!
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Compton is an independent city, not a "ghetto of Los Angeles". Who are these people?

For Dante, it follows then, that the only way to get into Hell is to insist upon it. One must deliberately exclude himself from grace by hardening his heart against it. Hell is what the damned have actively and insistently wished for.

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Typical American mentality - Us VS the rest of the world. The rest of the world is really not worth differentiating. They're just everyone else outside America.

On a more serious note, there's no doubt the sisters remain the ones to beat. It is true that many players use them as the benchmark. Beating a Williams sister is almost as good as winning a Slam.

But this 'us against the tour' thing really only exists in Serena's head (since she's the one who said it). It's probably her way of motivating herself throughout her whole career. This mentality is not surprising among many successful people who have had humble beginnings. The need to prove themselves against 'everyone else' drives them to overcome obstacles e.g. poverty and achieve success.

Again, no surprise, as Serena has always seen herself as the centre of the universe.
You seem to be offended by the statement, or are you upset with the Americans in general and this was the last straw for you.

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hey huys guess what.. venus and serena r #s 1 & 2 and the #1 doubles team in the world
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Yawn.
Must be pretty interesting if you took the time to reply.
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