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Will The Williamses Make the Olympic team?

For those who are "old" enough to remember, Venus and Serena represented the USA in women's doubles for the 2000 olympics in Australia. There was a lot of controversy regarding Serena's inclusion on the doubles team. Lisa Raymond who I believed was ranked #1 at the time felt she should be on the team (with Venus) rather than Serena. In the end, BJK chose Serena rather than Lisa. In the subsequent olympics, the ITF changed the rules and allow countries to field TWO doubles instead of one.
Now here is where things get really interesting. Two of the best doubles players right now are Americans, Huber and Raymond and clearly they would (and SHOULD) be chosen as one of the two doubles team. But what about the second team? The next highest ranked doubles American players are Vania King, Mattek-Sands and Megan Shaughnessy. Fortunately the team will not be selected today, but unless the Sisters run the doubles tables at The Australian Open AND the French Open, The probably will not earn enough points to move up the rankings to justify their place on the team. And we will have yet another repeat of the controversy back in 2000.
But seriously folks, how could Mary-Jo (or whomever) deny the TWO GREATEST GRASSCOURT PLAYERS of their generation (assuming they are healthy) from playing in the olympics....on grass?
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Re: Will The Williamses Make the Olympic team?

I think they will. They have brought home medals for the U.S each time they played, so why wouldnt they. Serena for sure will be picked for singles and doubles. Venus for doubles atleast, but if she wants to I cant see her not being picked for singles as well. I dont know about all the rules, I know Venus might have an issue with her ranking, and there is some possible controversy they did not meet the Fed Cup cut off playing date. Despite all that I cant see them picking any other Americans over them. The young Americans still are a huge dissapointment, although a couple of them (not Oudin) are starting to make some minor strides atleast.

What a far cry from 2000 when Venus, Serena, Seles, Davenport, and doubles specialists like Raymond and Morariu were all scrambling for the spots on the team.
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Re: Will The Williamses Make the Olympic team?

Cronin said on Twitter that Megan Shaughnessy retired.

But in regards to the issue, don't be surprised if they go with Huber/Raymond and Venus/Vania and Serena plays singles and mixed. I don't see Venus getting her singles ranking high enough to play singles on DE by the cutoff since she simply won't play enough.

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Well, they use rankings for singles. USTA doesn't decide. If Venus is ranking too low, she won't be able to participate.
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Cronin said on Twitter that Megan Shaughnessy retired.

But in regards to the issue, don't be surprised if they go with Huber/Raymond and Venus/Vania and Serena plays singles and mixed. I don't see Venus getting her singles ranking high enough to play singles on DE by the cutoff since she simply won't play enough.

Venus/Vania???

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Venus/Vania???

Venus and Serena Will be playing together to defend THEIR Olympic doubles crown or they aren't playing. They don't play with anyone else
Like the time Venus played with Wozniacki in a few tournaments when Wozniacki was a nubile blonde baby?

Vania's not a scrub. She has two Slams and is ranked higher than both of them in doubles so step to that. It'd be a massive controversy if she's excluded; Mary Jo isn't stupid. And if I'm Serena, I'm not playing all 3 disciplines at almost 31 at that point, considering she said she wants to play mixed with Roddick, if that even comes to fruition which I doubt.

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Re: Will The Williamses Make the Olympic team?

..people thinking that Venus won't get her ranking high enough.
she has NOTHING to defend.

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..people thinking that Venus won't get her ranking high enough.
she has NOTHING to defend.
Right?! She'll be top 50 atleast by Dubai/Doha even if she flops. But that won't happen.
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of course they will. The US wants a Gold Medal right?

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for sure. Even at 40% at best, Vee is still miles better than the other US singles player other than her own sister.
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Re: Will The Williamses Make the Olympic team?

it'll be interesting watching how this unfolds. if both Williams are healthy & playing well by next summer i just can't imagine them not playing.

always tough seeing someone who paid their dues denied their Olympic dream, but the team with the best chance to medal should get the nod. what a ruckus this caused back then ...

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Re: Will The Williamses Make the Olympic team?

Cronin said on Twitter that Megan Shaughnessy retired.

But in regards to the issue, don't be surprised if they go with Huber/Raymond and Venus/Vania and Serena plays singles and mixed. I don't see Venus getting her singles ranking high enough to play singles on DE by the cutoff since she simply won't play enough.








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It would be a disgrace if Venus wasn't allowed to participate in the Olympics because of her low rank. It's a grass court and someone with sublime attacking game and net play should never be denied a spot. Fans will not tolerate this.
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Re: Will The Williamses Make the Olympic team?

Vania will definitely start some shit if she doesn't play! And I don't blame her, she deserves to play. But expect some words if it does not happen.

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Re: Will The Williamses Make the Olympic team?

Aren't there wildcards? I'm pretty sure Molik got a wc in 08 because she was a bronze medalist at the last Olympics. With Venus being a past champion and the possibility that there will only be three Americans in the top 56 anyway, I don't see how she doesn't get in even if her ranking isn't high enough.

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