Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Hollywood and other classified areas
The future rivals to the WILLIAMS is not on the WTA tour, but in the juniors
VENUS and SERENA WILLIAMS have built up such a level of dominance, physical but mostly mental, over the current level of top tour players that the only viable hope of a consistent rival will have to be a 14-15 year old who is now playing in the juniors and has not developed the fear factor of the WILLIAMS sisters.
One after another, the top players are crashing and burning under the onslaught of the WILLIAMS' mental and physical level of play and the media pressure to be the next Great Willing Hope against the fantastic American sisters and become a new leader on the tour.
Several top ten players have withered under this pressure in time periods that ranged fro 6 to 18 months. Hingis, Davenport, Dementieva, Mouresmo, Lucic, Capriati, Dokic (though most problems have been a result of family issues) and now one wonders how long Clijsters can hold up now that the media has put a choker label on this outstanding athlete because she has yet to beat the WILLIAMS and win a major in the process.
The juniors that may come on the tour will have seen more play from the sisters, be the recepient of more detailed analysis of their games and hopefully, will not be so easily shell shocked by the media and Richards daughters games.
By the time these juniors are 17-18, that should be able to be consistently competitive with a 24 and 25 year old SERENA and VENUS.
These juniors will probably come from eastern European countries, unless there are more Belgiums hidden in that small country.
So we can possibly look forward to quite a bit of high level, non WILLIAMS tennis in 3 or 4 years it seems.
Chairman, Williams Tennis Association
Tennis is a game
... Have fun