My - my - but I don't think the writer should have even commented on the word savagery. But what can one expect from such slow pokes and ignoramouses?
Will Justine be able to play the same type of game she played against Serena when she beat her a couple of months ago? Will Serena be able to handle those slices and those what not shots Justine will try to confuse her and mute her power with?
Justine handled her business against Serena at Charleston - and this is true - but they are in Paris now and this is a slam - so I've gotta go w/Serena. She smells it more than the others - and mainly because she has been there - done it - wants it again - and most importantly - she is willing it.
Momo seemed out of sorts from the start yesterday - and I felt for her in her hometown - but Serena was just not going to lose to her twice in a row. Btw - when is the last time either Venus or Serena have lost to the same player twice in a row? It's been a while.
Congratulations to all the semifinalists though. They deserve their places.
For some reason - I am not into tennis like I used to be. I don't know what it is. I don't know if it is because Venus hasn't been clicking lately or what. I don't watch taped matches like I used to or anything. I didn't even buy any new tapes when I ran out a while back. I'm taping ova some old matches during this tourney. I do know that I miss the old days when Hingis & Davy were in contention. I don't visit this board like I used to. I don't read up on the tennis news the way I used to. I don't know what it is. But - I do still like to watch it on TV - and thankfully - I don't think I'll eva stop that. But some of the old thrill I had for tennis is gone.
I am not sad that Venus dropped to number four. I'm like who cares. Tennis is just a game. I just want her to be happy doing whatever it is that makes her happy. I mean - why should she worry about being this number or that number? It just does not make any sense. If a player feels they can beat others because they are good enough to - then it shouldn't matter the ranking. I will never trip over rankings again - if I ever did - because both of my faves have reached number one and won 4 slams. Ultimately - I've realized that it is still interesting to watch it on TV and appreciate watching a good match, but other than that - good luck to 'em all.
"IT'S YOUR WORLD SERENA" "WE JUST SQUIRRELS TRYING TO GET A NUT" "DEFEND TO THE END - GIRLIE-GIRL"
Such savagery makes a mismatch
By Richard Hinds in Paris
June 5 2003
Given the colour of her skin and the size of her physique, it is pushing the bounds of political correctness to refer to what Serena Williams does on the tennis court as savagery.
However, anyone who saw Williams stomp Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo into the Roland Garros clay is entitled to use that description without fear of censure.
Eyewitnesses to this ruthless womanslaughter will also feel a slight chill of fear for Williams's next opponent, the elfin Justine Henin-Hardenne. Not merely for the Belgian's hopes of winning the tournament, but for her physical safety.
Nothing an unusually grim-faced Williams did during her 6-1, 6-2 destruction of Mauresmo will provide comfort for Henin-Hardenne, who easily beat the far less intimidating Chanda Rubin 6-3, 6-2. Nor were Williams's post-match comments particularly reassuring.
You looked like you were ready to kill at times, Williams was told. "At this stage of the tournament, you have to be ready to do just about anything," she replied.
Henin-Hardenne beat Williams in the US this year. But then, Mauresmo also had a recent victory over the world No.1. While Williams denied her destruction of Mauresmo was a revenge killing, that previous result - and the hostile crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier - seemed to have made the American more determined than ever.
Asked if revenge was a possible motivation in the semi-final, Williams's words were ominous: "Yes it is," she said with a grin. The warning for Henin-Hardenne: Be scared. Be very scared.
Having earned a world ranking of No.3 in her personal land of the giants, no one can doubt Henin-Hardenne's courage.
"We'll see on the court," she said, when confronted with dozens of questions about how she would handle Williams in such devastating form. "We can talk a lot about that. It's on the court that we will have the answer."
The fear is that Henin-Hardenne will be smeared all over the court by the rampaging Williams. Although she will rely on a picturesque backhand and delicate touch, perhaps the Belgian's best hope is to use a syringe rather than a racquet.
Williams is happy about efforts to make the sport clean of drugs but the new blood-testing rules have uncovered a rare weakness. "I don't like blood-testing because I don't like needles and I cry, ever since I was younger," she said. "I have a phobia with needles."
Most of the rest of the tour, including Mauresmo, has now developed a grand slam phobia with Williams, and the Frenchwoman's jitters were obvious.
"The beginning of my match was a bit catastrophic and the rest just followed," said Mauresmo, who conceded 14 of the first 16 points.
On the other hand, Williams's ability to block out the crowd was almost as impressive as the sheer brutality of her play.
Williams's surprising assessment that her own form had been relatively poor seemed almost patronising. Yet, moving rapidly towards a fifth consecutive grand slam title, she has earned the right to hold the oft-stated opinion that she can only beat herself.
It now seems she is competing with history rather than anything the draw can throw up. After her 33rd consecutive grand slam victory, she is chasing the record of 45 set by Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova who both won six straight titles.
The human most likely to challenge Williams remains Kim Clijsters, whose impressive form continued with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Conchita Martinez. Clijsters is expected to have little trouble beating the 75th-ranked Nadia Petrova in the semi-finals, although the Russian was again plucky in beating the more highly rated Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Clijsters will be desperate to make amends for her abject semi-final collapse against Williams at this year's Australian Open where she led 5-1 in the deciding set before she choked.
Not that Clijsters agrees with that brutal assessment. She says she was simply overpowered by Williams's incredible game. Mauresmo, and millions of crushed French fans, will choose to believe her.