I sent this writer an email - and asked him if he thought he was a decent person let alone writer. I also said a few other choice words. This dude has some serious issues IMO. It's one thing not to like the Sisters - but to try to feul the fire about Serena faking her injury and by stating she needed something shoved down her throat is very irresponsible IMO. Just what did Serena say that was so terrible to make him go there? Was it the fact that she stated she wanted to go unbeaten this year - or that she wanted the Serena Slam? What else has she said lately to warrant such a put down?
This particular writer has the right to his opinion - but in general -people in the press should tread more carefully before they report on things from a biased prespective. He doesn't like the Sisters one bit from the way it sounds. And no one says he should like them - but he should at least try to be more tolerant and fair-minded. In reporting about Serena's praise for Kim - he mentioned it as if it were an after thought.
I also detest the title of his article. If ever someone needed to be reminded that tennis is just a game - and will not cure cancer and feed the hungry - then this knucklehead needs to be reminded.
Why don't they just do away w/injury timeouts then?
Kim's horrible choke
By Jeff Wells
January 24, 2003
SHE had the game but not the brain. Kim Clijsters, Our Kimmy, had Serena Williams beaten to a frazzle but choked horribly.
Up 5-1 and two breaks in the third set it seemed that the Serena Slam was about to become the Serena Slam Dunk. That all that mouthing off about an unbeaten year and a mounting roll of grand slams would be slammed back down her throat.
But she escaped with a 4-6 6-3 7-5 win. And, after Venus had whipped Justine Henin-Hardenne, we are now condemned to the drudgery of a fourth straight all-Williams final. The phenomenon just keeps on snowballing. We used to think women's tennis was boring when first Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova dominated, and then Navratilova and Steffi Graf. But the most consecutive grand slam finals they could put together was three.
When Graf started to fade the women's tour started its marketing babble about depth. Now we have four straight Serena-Venus.
And it could have been so different if only Clijsters had held her nerve. For most of the match we were watching a 19-year-old Belgium girl who had closed the gap on a 21-year-old who was threatening to amass one of the great dynasties in sport.
Kim was just as strong and had a fine game plan. It promised to be a battle of the huge forehands but Kim switched focus to the backhands.
And she was hitting high topspin with the pace off which forced Serena into error after error as she tried to bash the ball.
But she still didn't know how to win, how to conquer Serena's mind, even though she had a major win over her in the WTA titles in November.
Serena made three forehand errors as Kim held serve in the first game. It was a sign of things to come. She would win despite piling up 65 unforced errors (to Clijsters' 33) as she was pushed deep and forced to go for her shots. Kim had the more speed around the court -- even doing the splits in desperate efforts to retrieve Serena's cannonballs.
Clijsters was the first to be broken, but with the crowd roaring for her she broke back immediately. Serena may have been getting respect as the world No.1, but Kim, Lleyton Hewitt's girl, was our girl too.
When she won a struggle in the next game to hold serve she had the momentum. Serena double-faulted twice to lose her serve and the set.
They swapped service breaks to open the second set, but Clijsters was broken again in the fifth game after going walkabout. But she looked to have the edge again after coming back from 0-40 to hold serve, and, with Serena faltering, could have turned the match in the next game, but blew an easy volley. Serena took it 6-3 but Kim was at her again immediately, breaking her in the first game of the third.
Then in the third game Serena took an injury break to have a blister removed. The TV audience could see the ugly flap being scraped off but in the stadium the crowd suspected it was just another cheap delaying tactic. After all the Williams clan is notorious for fake injuries.
Kim held her nerve and, with another break, with Serena limping, ran to match point at 5-2, with the crowd getting berserk behind her. Was Serena about to pay heavily for her arrogance?
No, she hit a big return to save one match point, and made a forehand volley to save a second. After that Kim dropped her bundle and Serena's limp disappeared.
There was a sapping inevitability about what was to follow. Kim double-faulted twice and lost serve. Serena, playing mind games, started maddening delaying tactics that enraged the crowd, doodling around with the ball, holding back her serve.
And it worked. She reeled Kim in like a floppy fish. She needed only one match point before tossing her racquet and racing to mom and Venus as sections of the crowd hooted her antics and Kim quickly disappeared.
Serena said later that she never thought she was going to lose, she just kept fighting, she had made bigger fightbacks before. Yawn. But in reality Kim handed it to her Jana Novotna style.
Serena was gracious about Kim.
"I think she'll make a great champion because she is always positive," she said. And indeed it will be no great surprise if it is Clijsters who is the first to beat Serena this year. Serena sees her as the main challenger and, apart from Lindsay Davenport, she is the only one with enough muscle.
But she might have to become a little less nice, a little tougher, a little more cynical. Only a sucker gives a Serena Williams a break like that.
"I can't blame myself for anything you know," Clijsters said. "I just kept trying and tried to hang in there."