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In the 1997 US Open semifinal, Venus VS Spirlea...

I heard that during that match of the US Open 1997 SF, both players bumped themselves during a changeover? Is there someone who saw it and can explain what happened exactly??

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Not again.
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Spirlea is a racist bitch, so she wanted to throw Venus off, and then she rammed her.

Thats basically it...
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OK here you go:

blah blah all Spirlea's fault blah blah match-point blah unbelievable passing-shot blah blah "the f*cking Venus Williams" blah blah "big white turkey" blah Venus went on to win slams blah blah Spirlea sucked and retired blah.
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...yeah...Richard Willyums called Irena a white turkey so obviously she is the racist...
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OK here you go:

blah blah all Spirlea's fault blah blah match-point blah unbelievable passing-shot blah blah "the f*cking Venus Williams" blah blah "big white turkey" blah Venus went on to win slams blah blah Spirlea sucked and retired blah.

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Talk about old news....

but it was so great, it must be relived. Basically, venus had made some sort of statement about her being, "the funky Venus Williams".

Mistake.

Irina's Romanian, you see. So she slightly misinterpreted what Venus had to say, leading to the immortal, "She thinks she's the fucking Venus Williams," quote.

This was all quite shocking. Anyhow, they match went on, and during a changeover there was a bump! Who knows who was *really* at fault (if anybody). Neither player moved, just walked into each other. 'Course, the Williams fans will tell you it was all a diabolical Spirlea plot. But it could just as easily have been a blameless incident.

Anyway, Venus won the match (by an inch), and Richard weighed in too, calling Spirlea, "the big white turkey," which happened to be THE ONLY THING RACIST ABOUT THE ENTIRE THING. So put that race card in your pipe and smoke it.
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Thank you hey_britney for clearing that up for me!
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post #9 of 93 (permalink) Old Nov 24th, 2003, 12:47 AM
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It was Spirlea's fault and deliberate. However, there is zero evidence that it was racially motivated other than that is how many people prefer to perceive it.

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Well .... hey_britney left out the fact that Spirlea grinned like SHE has done something great. Meanwhile at the press conference someone brought up the "bump" and Venus wasn't even aware of it. She was totally focused on the match. I have this on tape and Spirlea clearly instigated the whole thing.
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Well .... hey_britney left out the fact that Spirlea grinned like SHE has done something great. Meanwhile at the press conference someone brought up the "bump" and Venus wasn't even aware of it. She was totally focused on the match. I have this on tape and Spirlea clearly instigated the whole thing.
Speculation.

and I find it hard to believe Venus wasn't aware she had bumped into Irina during the changeover, lol. Clearly she just didn't want to talk about it.

and you left out the part where you posted "but turkey's are white so it's not racist" in this thread but had it deleted.
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ive seen it and it was actually venus' fault IMO-she just expected spirlea to move 4 her and so just rammed straight in2 her.
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Your right about the white turkey thing hey_britney. I was raised in a rural area during my early years. We had turkeys and underneath all those feathers, they were white. I realized I could be misintrepreted so I deleted it. No offense meant or was intended. Venus evidently did not see this as a big thing at the time, or maybe she wasn't aware that it was intentional ... which it definitely was.
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just a small point of view chandarubin or wateva ur name is, just becoz some player does not like either venus or serena does not mean she is racist.
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I really wish someone could post a clip of that incident, like someone did when venus and capriati had that staredown.

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