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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 2003, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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Queen Serena not about to take on men

Serena wonít be like Sorenstam

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 25 ó Serena Williams isnít going to take on the best men in her sport regardless of how Annika Sorenstam does against the long-hitting stars of the PGA Tour.

Serena Williams isn't going to take on the best men in her sport regardless of how Annika Sorenstam does against the long-hitting stars of the PGA Tour.

"I wish I could play," the world's best female tennis player said Tuesday before doing a quick about-face.

"No I don't," she went on. "I mean, with tennis it's like Lennox Lewis against Laila Ali, but for golf maybe it's different."

Sorenstam announced earlier this month that she will play in the Colonial in May.

The 21-year-old Williams wasn't around when Billy Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" on Sept. 20, 1973. But Williams is aware that Riggs was never close to the top in men's tennis.

"Like I said, Lennox Lewis against Laila Ali," Williams said. "She'd have no chance against Lennox Lewis, and I'd have no chance against Andre Agassi. It's just different bodies and different types. I think it would be impossible."

Serena Williams doesn't intend to follow in Billy Jean King's footsteps by playing a man.(AP)
Williams made her comments during a rain delay at the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic.

Only two singles matches began before the storm set in, and they were suspended until Wednesday. Six other singles matches and five doubles matches were postponed.

Serena Williams doesn't intend to follow in Billy Jean King's footsteps by playing a man.(AP)
Williams won the first of her 19 singles titles last year at Scottsdale. She completed a "Serena Slam" in January by beating her sister, Venus, in the Australian Open final after winning the 2002 French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open crowns.

Williams set a goal after withdrawing from last year's Australian Open because of a sore ankle -- to win every Grand Slam event the rest of the way. She never expected to realize it, but wanted to set her sights high to stay focused.

She used similar reasoning to arrive at this year's goal -- to win every match after going 56-5 last season. Williams is 11-0 so far after winning in Australia and Paris.

"I expect for someone to beat me," she said. "I don't think it's possible, personally. But for me to reach that goal last year and win all four Grand Slams in a row is really awesome. Now I realize I can do anything. Who knows what can happen?"

Williams is in her 34th week as the WTA's No. 1 -- far from the 378 weeks that Steffi Graf enjoyed during her career. It's one record Williams, who is already dabbling in clothing design, modeling and entertainment, won't shoot for.

"I don't set long-term goals," she said. "It's impossible for anyone to have a long career nowadays. I mean, it's really hard. I try not to play too much. Plus, the players are tougher than they were back then, your matches are a little longer and the conditions are harder.

"I think those records that have stayed for a while eventually will be broken, but I don't know if I'm going to play 15 years to break them."
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you are simply the best Serena, on and off the court.

"When I was four years old, we moved from England to USA, when my mother found out that I won't be KING!" -- Bob Hope--

Madame Oracene Williams could certainly teach the French & Belgian crowds on how to upgrade their respective primitive behaviours during a tennis match.
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Funny, I was just reading an old interview from Kirsten Braasch who beat both girls easily in 98 after they challenged him...

Good to see Serena has learnt from past mistakes

Of even more significance, there's this little gap in Graf's resume the size of the hole in the ozone layer: It's called Monica Seles. Was Graf the best female player of all time? She wasn't even the best in the heart of her career.
- Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated 27/8/01
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