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Mal Washington Contradicts himself

These two questions were asking in Mal's recent ESPN chat:


Baltimore: Do you think the Serena Slam is possible?

MaliVai Washington: The Serena Slam is a sure thing. If she goes to Australia prepared and stays healthy there's no one who can beat her.



Eric Baltimore: What does Venus have to do to step up to Serena's level?

MaliVai Washington: I think Venus is already at Serena's level and right now it's all of a mental game. They each have four majors, but right now Serena has all of the confidence in the world. At that level, it's the tiny things that make all the difference in the world. But Lindsay Davenport and Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis and Justine Henin and Jennifer Capriaiti are going to have to raise their levels to compete with Venus and Serena.


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So the Serena Slam is a sure thing, but Venus is at the same level of Serena?? OK Mal, whatever you say


This coming from the same clown that said neither Pete or Andre would win another Slam
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He also recently commented on such things as:

1 - Ferrero the 21 year old (when the stats RIGHT under his name on the TV listed him as 22 )

2 - Moya's been in a bit of a "funk" since winning Roland Garros in 1998. Forget the near year he was off tour with his back troubles, he's just been in a "funk"

3 - If a player is having a good day and wants to have a good chance to win, they should be serving at 80%? Otherwise they are in trouble
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Well Rebecca, 3) is true if its Michael Chang against Lleyton Hewitt.

You have to answer for Santino, Carlo.
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Becca, I think Jimmy Arias said that, not Mal.

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I am no Mal fan, but the guy did not contradict himself.

He said that Venus and Serena are on the same level currently. But, the mental element kicks in when they face-off. So, it stands to reason, according to him, that if the two meet, even though they may be of the same level, Serena will win because of the mental edge that she possesses against her sister. Hence, the "Serena Slam" is a sure thing b/c, of all the people of Serena's ability who could defeat her on court when she is both prepared and healthy (and he only mentions that Venus is in this category), Serena will win because her mental game pushes her to the finish line against this particular opponent. Again, Mal's opinion. Not mine. But not a contradiction.

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I am no Mal fan, but the guy did not contradict himself.

He said that Venus and Serena are on the same level currently. But, the mental element kicks in when they face-off. So, it stands to reason, according to him, that if the two meet, even though they may be of the same level, Serena will win because of the mental edge that she possesses against her sister. Hence, the "Serena Slam" is a sure thing b/c, of all the people of Serena's ability who could defeat her on court when she is both prepared and healthy (and he only mentions that Venus is in this category), Serena will win because her mental game pushes her to the finish line against this particular opponent. Again, Mal's opinion. Not mine. But not a contradiction.
I see it as a contradiction because most of the other commentators, and I feel, that Serena is at another level above Venus. I think Pat MacEnroe said it the best after the US Open "The gap between the Williams and the rest of the field is growing, but the gap between Serena and Venus is growing too"
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Frankly, I don't see a contradiction in what Mal said. Picky-picky.
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Sure, Mal has an opinion at variance with most other tennis analysts. But, he does not contradict himself here.

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I don't see a contradiction.
He's wrong on both counts, but there's no contradiction.
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I can't think of a single commentator thats not frequently contradicting his/her self and just flat out BSing about things they know not...you put them on air and pay them pontificate and bs...they gotta say something...they are all full of crap...Jim Currier and Navratilova are the only two worth listening to..
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I don't see any contradiction. and he's right.

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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old Oct 19th, 2002, 07:02 AM
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the contradiction is that even though serena has the mental edge, venus is at the same level as her. therefore the serena slam can't be a sure thing because mentality can change at any moment and don't forget it is a new season so venus could be saying to herslef forget about the last season and she may start out fresh and as confident as ever. it is not a sure thing. who knows serena might playing very badly next year as may any other player. just because she is at the level she is now doesn't mean she'll be at that level next season.

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There is no contradiction. Mall said its a sure thing, BUT he went on the qualify this with the caveat that Serena be "prepared and healthy". The if between the statements is implied.

As for the "mental edge", well that stays in Serena's favor until Venus wins a H2H, as Venus held the mental edge, before Serena's breakthrough this year. If Serena plays badly next year, it will be becasue she is not prepared or is not healthy. Only then might she lose her mental edge over the reast of the field. The mental edge is not likely to vanish without some specific catalyst. We all know she's a pretty confident chick.

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I dont think its a contradiction. He said Serena and Venus are on the same level in terms of their game and playing ability but Serena has the mental edge so she will win the Australian Open.
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