Yea, Serena, again, has this extreme respect for JJ. Look at Caroline Wozniacki for instance who went and visited Serena when she had the blood clot and tweeted about it. You'd have thought Serena would RT Woz's text or say something nice about it, but Serena never goes out of her way for Woz. Serena didn't even acknowledge it. And I think to some extent that really hurt Caroline's feelings. And then later on you had Caroline making fun of Serena.
JJ's never done that. JJ isn't that kind of person. For the biggest part of her career, when JJ played Serena, JJ was something of a warrior.
Serena has no love for Caroline, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova or even Sloane Stephens. She is polite but she never goes out of her way for them. Noticeably snubs them at times.
There are a few other players, however, that Serena goes out of her way to respect and say nice things about all the time.. Sam Stosur is someone Serena truly adores. Kuznetsova is another player that Serena likes to hangout with. Remember when Kuznetsova got heat for taking Serena out partying one night during the tournament in Moscow?
When it comes to JJ, I think Serena sees a player that never got the fanfare she deserved. Kind of like herself and Venus. While Maria and Ana and even Caroline (to some extent} were being endorsed and held up as beauty queens by the international press (regardless of results), JJ was out there playing every week, running every ball down, using pure talent to make her money and her name on the tour (not saying the others aren't talented). I believe I am pretty accurate in saying that most of the adoration Jelena gets with endorsements and photo shoots is mostly from Serbia.
For the longest time, the Elite Tennis Media was so hard on Serena and Venus. It did have hints of racism. When they played each other constantly in grand slam finals they were called "boring" - when they went away from the sport to do other things in their lives the Tennis Elite hated on them for not taking the sport seriously. For the longest time, Mary Carillo was on the warpath against them.
No matter what they did they could never please the tennis elite.
But whenever they were on a talk show or in an event with celebrities or at awards shows Serena and Venus were loved by everyone. The regular press adored them and held them up.
But back to the respect point I was trying to make.. you can't argue that Serena isn't kind to players who are "Golden Haired" beauties. I think she an Anna Kournikova got along really well. They played doubles exhibitions together. I think, just from a few times I seen them interact, that Serena and Anna were very friendly. Anna, of course, coming from poverty to America, raising up Russian tennis.. Serena respected that. We can always argue what Myskina, Sharapova, and Kuznetosova did for Russian tennis.. but Anna started it in the modern era and should be respected for it.
And now Serena is really focused on winning as much as possible, whereas, before, she sometimes barely gave any energy to the lower tier events. It was just last year she won her first "International Series" event. I think had Serena just stayed with her father and mother as coaches she'd certainly be playing still, but not winning 10 tournaments in one year. She met Patrick and he put some kind of spell on her. Really got the fire going in her belly. He tells her she is the greatest of all time and should be winning week in and week out. I think she is more concerned about her legacy because of Patrick. She wants to impress him. When she was visibly hurt in the final of Beijing, she could have easily just zoned out and given that final to JJ.. but Patrick got her fired up and it was all over from that point on.
I believe Serena did throw the match to Cornet. Because she wants Venus to win. I'd have done it for my sister or brother in the same scenario. Wouldn't you?
And in order for Venus to win against her (Serena).. she'd have to make errors like crazy and people would obviously say Serena threw the match. I don't think Serena see's Alize as a player who can hurt Venus even with the syndrome flaring up badly. It's a perfect scenario for Venus to win a really large tournament and put her name back in the mix. That's just my view.
Gosh, I really had a lot to say, tonight. woosh.