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Is S.Williams bad for the tour by playing only the Slams????

Actually, I don't think she is bad for the tour, but I really think it is a shame she doesn't play more often. She doesn't care about non-Slams tournaments (except Miami), I am glad not everybody is copying her, WTA would become so poor. The day when they will start doing a Serena by skipping most of "useless" tournaments, female tennis is going to die.

I mean, why does Serena skip these tournaments ? I know, she must find a balance between her offcourt life and tennis, but c'mon, she comes fresher than most of the field in Slams. Maybe that's not fair

I repeat it again : I have huge respect for Serena Williams, and she is the greatest of her generation and one of the GOAT. But let's face it : does not playing others tournaments favour her ?

She plays Sydney - get thrashed by Dementieva 6-3 6-2. It's obvious she doesn't care at all.
Then she wins AO

Then Rome (Ok I know, she was badly injured, she even missed her favourite non Slam : SEWTA Miami ) : she cares because she lost to JaJa in three tight sets : 4-6 6-3 7-6(5)

Then Madrid : she lost to Petrova At least, she fought past Douchevina because she won 6-7 7-6 7-6

After, Roland-Garros : poor Serena, she had a MP, and still lost She fought so hard, it was heart-breaking to watch her losing to a robot with sunglasses : 6-2 6-7(2) 8-6

We can't say she skipped the whole clay season.

BUT she doesn't play any grass tournament : and she wins Wimbledon in straights !
Then she barely plays any hardcourt tournaments, and she is fresher than most of the girls at the US Open. We all know she has an amazing fighting spirit, so it helps if she is physically fresher IMO.

It applies on doubles too, they only play the Slams and Dubai.


Why do they play not a lot of tournaments SERIOUSLY??? I don't mean these tournaments where they show up to have their appareance money or something....

Please, be objective just like me, I don't want some trollish posts such as "but, they can afford it, they are absolutely the best of their generation" .

Serena is right to do so, it works for her, she is fresher than everybody, but I don't think it's a good model for the tour and not so fair (but it's not breaking the rules so she is right). For instance, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin chose to be part-time players, it just doesn't seem to work so far for them They think they can win everything, but they are not Serena Williams. Such a shame.

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Re: Is S.Williams bad for the tour by playing only the Slams????

If the tour can't get along without any one player...

...that's bad for the tour...

...players need to do what is best for them as individuals because the tour will be move on without a care when that player is gone; think about the thousands of tour players who can't play anymore...

...who cares about them?
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Re: Is S.Williams bad for the tour by playing only the Slams????

Besides she's not a young kid anymore...

...let the 19 year olds do their job...

...the lack of STAR POWER amongst the rest of the tour, especially the 16-23 year olds, is what is "bad for the tour".
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Re: Is S.Williams bad for the tour by playing only the Slams????

As far as I'm concerned Serena, Venus, Henin, Clijsters and Sharapova can do whatever they want they are good for the tour even though they play few tournaments and without them I know the tour would be a huge mess.
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Re: Is S.Williams bad for the tour by playing only the Slams????

She also plays doubles That's enough tennis for her.
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If the tour can't get along without any one player...

...that's bad for the tour...

...players need to do what is best for them as individuals because the tour will be move on without a care when that player is gone; think about the thousands of tour players who can't play anymore...

...who cares about them?
.......for example Jennifer Capriati

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Please, be objective just like me, I don't want some trollish posts such as "but, they can afford it, they are absolutely the best of their generation" .

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Re: Is S.Williams bad for the tour by playing only the Slams????

Should the young take stand and start playing and winning some tournies. I mean Serena is 29 , Venus 30, Kim 27? , Justin 27. It's time for the young to stand up. They can't keep relying on Serena for the lead, they need to make things happen.

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Re: Is S.Williams bad for the tour by playing only the Slams????

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As far as I'm concerned Serena, Venus, Henin, Clijsters and Sharapova can do whatever they want they are good for the tour even though they play few tournaments and without them I know the tour would be a huge mess.
Maybe it would be better for the tour if they played a bit better. If the younger players can't live up to their potential, maybe that's because they can't play the biggest players on the court that often. The youngsters always start to beat some big names in non-Slams tournaments, then in Slams....

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Why ? I am stating a truth : Serena Williams doesn't play a lot of tournaments, and I don't think it's good for the game, because it prevents the others from playing her more often, so to learn how to play her.
It's astounding how Serena only completed a match against Sunshine, although Sunshine is playing loads of tournaments

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Re: Is S.Williams bad for the tour by playing only the Slams????

She should play less tourneys IMO and for it concentrate and try to play well in all of them. But for that her scheduling is way too messed up anyway...
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