My fellow Williams fans - REEEEEE-lax!
Guys, our ladies are out injured. They will inevitably slide down the rankings. That's how the tour works. Neither of them is facing any threat from anyone else on tour. Both of them won their last matches against any non-blood-related competition. So, just as I, in 1998, was convinced Venus was finally the superior of those around her, so too, fans of other players are now convinced that Venus is slipping.
That's totally cool.
Rather than worry about that, we can take heart in Venus' statement that they're going to play another ten years! And if some other player is better, I'm sure their last match against Venus and/or Serena shows it. Meanwhile, chill out. The important thing is they get back by OZ. (and wind up on opposite sides of the draw. Venus may have slipped to #9, and Serena to #5 by then. Can you imagine a Venus-Justine FOURTH round match at OZ?
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.