Re: Venus-Hingis Rivalry
Hingis regularly embarassed Venus, whether it was the numerous non-competitive beatdowns or her clear residence in Williams psyche. Look at Venus' celebrations after beating Hingis in Miami 1998 ("raising the roof") and USO 2000 (smack-talking during on-court interview); probably among the most graceless moments of Venus' career. Look at her pained expression when faced with defeat from Hingis in USO 1997 and USO 1999; I've never seen such bitter looks on the normally "icey" elder sister's face. Venus, and her loud-mouthed father ("all venus has to do to win is show up," and then Hingis wins 6-4 6-0, or "I know a drug dealer who can saw off Hingis' legs") had a clear resentment for Martina.
Hingis, on the other hand, didn't take things quite as seriously. Her quick-witted one-liners ("what rivals?") were said in humor; and let's face it, Venus has NEVER been known for her humor. She just didn't "get it" and neither did her dad or sister.
I think one defining moment came during the USO 1997 final; Hingis was blitzing her less talented rival, and when Venus hit another shot long, Hingis pretended to swing at the ball in the air (as if to say "this is so easy, you must need me to help you"). It garnered a chuckle from the crowd and Hingis was obviously amused at herself. Or when she held up Venus' fallen beads like a trophy for reporters. What Hingis considered friendly jabs, the Williams camp considered horrible slights. They took Martina really freakin seriously and I wouldn't be suprised if Venus still dealt with mental issues from her damaged psyche at 17/18 years of age.
"It’s always been, ‘I wonder what she’s got, Sharapova?’, because I don’t see that she’s got something that special… Or do you know? Can you tell? What’s so exceptional about her?”
-- Legend, shortly before crushing Vulturepova