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Knizzle
Nov 18th, 2004, 04:32 AM
Pretty good match, Venus played great, Serena didn't half the time, but when she picked it up there was some exciting tennis. Serena still couldn't really serve so she used a different service motion so she didn't arm her serve like in the third set in the final of the YEC. Unfortunately it didn't work as Venus had her way with Serena's serve throughout most of the match. Venus was blasting FH return winners. Serena made a ton of errors until she was down 6-3, 5-0 and she started to blast return winners off of Venus' huge serves. The crowd tried to cheer Serena back into the match and it almost worked as Serena got to 5-4 second set, but then Venus gathered herself and threw down 4 big serves to close it out. They were alot more serious then I thought they would be. Venus showed no mercy to Serena's serves. Serena nearly threw her racquet a few times. There was one point where Venus hits a drop shot at the net and Serena starts to go for it and steps out of her shoe and drops her racquet. The sisters started laughing really hard after that. Prior to the sisters coming out there was a one set match featuring Donald Young playing against another junior player. The guy was older, bigger and stronger, but Young still whooped him 6-1 and the one game was given away by Young. Donald has a great FH. Bebe Winans also sang the national anthem. It was great to see the variety of people that packed the house just to see the sisters, it made me even more proud of them. I wish it had gone to 3 sets, but for some reason Venus wasn't having it. Maybe she was trying to get Serena off the court.

P.S. I don't know if their grunts are just magnified by microphones on court, but they didn't seem at all loud in this match. Venus was grunting from the beginning and she never really got that loud. Maybe the intensity of a tour match just wasn't there. Though it seemed like they were intense.

AjdeNate!
Nov 18th, 2004, 04:37 AM
Sounds like fun... too bad I couldn't make it. :(
Good report. I hope you took a camera.

Diesel
Nov 18th, 2004, 04:37 AM
:bounce: Let this be a good sign for Venus in turning her play around in 2005. Good luck to both ladies. Thanks for the report.

dreamgoddess099
Nov 18th, 2004, 04:42 AM
Great report, thanks.

WTAaddict
Nov 18th, 2004, 04:50 AM
and you guys really rely on Venus performance here??? well!!!!

tennisIlove09
Nov 18th, 2004, 04:53 AM
good match gals...Serena will be gunning for Vee in the next city :D

pav
Nov 18th, 2004, 05:06 AM
What bugs the living hell out of Me is did They get a free Big Mac and Fries?

1jackson2001
Nov 18th, 2004, 05:15 AM
thanks for the info!

LucasArg
Nov 18th, 2004, 05:56 AM
Thanks for sharing this! :wavey:

Do you have any pics?

dreamgoddess099
Nov 18th, 2004, 06:04 AM
What bugs the living hell out of Me is did They get a free Big Mac and Fries?
Venus and Serena have free McDonald's life time passes.

Sharapower
Nov 18th, 2004, 06:20 AM
That's not reasonable from Serena not to have some rest now. But she honours her commitments I guess.

The good news is that her doctors did not forbid her to play this, so her injury is not a very bad one like we feared after the YEC final.

SJW
Nov 18th, 2004, 07:50 AM
man i'm glad Serena even showed up. it's fair to say she won't be out for 6 months with a stomach injury like Venus was, that's good news.

sounds like you had fun knizzle. that incident with the shoe sounds hilarious :D

pigam
Nov 18th, 2004, 09:50 AM
thanx for the report!
sounds like fun...
Hopefully Venus takes some confidence out of this match :p (just kidding!)
glad to see Serena was able to play...


Now, GET RESTED, and make sure 2005 will be as exciting as in the old days ;)

Rocketta
Nov 18th, 2004, 11:20 AM
Yes I hope you got some pictures....:p

Hey did you run into a certain poster whose name starts with "A" there? :wavey:

Paneru
Nov 18th, 2004, 11:37 AM
and you guys really rely on Venus performance here??? well!!!!
It was an exhibition! :p

No one is taking it seriously.

Paneru
Nov 18th, 2004, 11:38 AM
Great report! :)

Thanks Knizzle! :wavey:

BTW, the guy that played Donald
was Spencer Vegosen.

Chunchun
Nov 18th, 2004, 12:02 PM
Venus :woohoo: :bounce: :bounce:

Good Luck both in 05!!! :worship:

Doraemon
Nov 18th, 2004, 12:18 PM
Well no wonder they are outa shape.. to much mc donals do them nothin but harm.
It's no big deal to watch a match between a top tenner n top 20 player.

aNYthing
Nov 18th, 2004, 12:44 PM
thanks for the report kniz! Thats awesome that you got to go! :wavey:

Infiniti2001
Nov 18th, 2004, 12:44 PM
You better have loads of pics in that digital camera :p

Paneru
Nov 18th, 2004, 12:45 PM
Well no wonder they are outa shape.. to much mc donals do them nothin but harm.
It's no big deal to watch a match between a top tenner n top 20 player.

No big deal to watch a match between
two Top 10 players? :lol:

Tell that to the people and children that
showed up and were so happy to see them! ;)

BTW, if that's what you'd call outa shape
than atleast 60% of Americans would love
to be "outa shape"! :lol:

Paneru
Nov 18th, 2004, 12:58 PM
Williams sisters wow kids: 'You two are just my idols'

November 18, 2004
BY MAUDLYNE IHEJIRIKA Staff Reporter

Tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams fell into each other's arms with laughter after an uninspiring attempt by Serena at freestyle rapping -- an embarrassing acquiescence to the demands of about 1,300 Chicago public school kids.

The international superstars had been taking question after question from fifth- through eighth-graders who filled the auditorium at Whitney Young High School on Wednesday to see them, and the last inquiry had centered on their interest in hip-hop.

"We love [Chicago rapper] Twista. He's awesome," said Venus, 24, who was wearing a short, straight bob instead of her usual braids, and looked statuesque in simple pencil blue jeans and black turtleneck.

"I'm an excellent rapper, but the worst freestyle rapper in the world," admitted younger sister Serena, 22, sporting her trademark blond locks with a preppy white sweater vest pulled over white turtleneck and blue jeans.

Funds for McDonald House

The duo spent an hour with inner-city children during kickoff of the McDonald's Williams Sisters Tour, a three-city jaunt that will raise funds for McDonald House Charities and other children's causes.

The kids came from 15 of the 120 CPS elementary schools that offer tennis instruction as an athletic program.

"God, I just love you guys," wide-eyed fifth-grader Kelly Spivey, a rising star on the tennis team at Dodge Academy, 2651 W. Washington, gushed when handed a microphone to ask the sisters whom they hang out with. "You two are just my idols."

The sisters fell laughing into each other's arms again -- only one of frequent displays of closeness.

"Awwww," said Venus. "She's soooo cute!" finished Serena, holding tight to her sister's hand.

Heavy schedule

The duo, whose record-breaking accomplishments in sports made them household names, hit Chicago with a vengeance, their white Hummer stretch limousine dropping them first at Children's Memorial Hospital to visit sick children; then to Whitney Young, 211 S. Laflin, to be officially welcomed by Mayor Daley, to meet with the Morgan Park High tennis team, which won the 2004 girls high school Public League championships, and then to hang out with the hundreds of elementary school kids excited to be in the presence of greatness, and to be out of school on report card pickup day.

The Williams sisters, who hold three Olympic gold medals and 26 Grand Slam titles, ended their Chicago visit with a benefit Tennis Exhibition at the UIC Pavilion, where the main event was the singles match between them.

"I was so nervous meeting them," said Ariana Oatman, a junior at Morgan Park, 1744 West Pryor, and member of the championship team that got pointers from the sisters. "But they were so down to earth and really nice. They encouraged us to keep working hard. They had to work really hard to get where they are. I definitely will keep playing. They're just so inspiring."

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-tennis18.html

viele
Nov 18th, 2004, 01:15 PM
The Williams sisters, who hold three Olympic gold medals and 26 Grand Slam titles,

26 Grand slam titles!? :eek:

This really threw me but I figured it out. She counting doubles and mixed doubles twice, once for each of them. It really should be Grand slam titles, 10 singles, 6 doubles, and 4 mixed doubles. But give them a few years and it will be 26 and more! :)

bandabou
Nov 18th, 2004, 01:15 PM
Thx for the report....thank God the injury doesn´t seem to be all too serious!

Stamp Paid
Nov 18th, 2004, 01:21 PM
Serena lost. :angry: lol! :D

SJW
Nov 18th, 2004, 01:25 PM
awwwwww they are too damn cute :hearts:

jean_genie
Nov 18th, 2004, 01:35 PM
I can't add anything to Knizzle's report except to say that it was a great time! There were some really exciting rallies and Serena plays awesome when she comes to the net :eek: .

And, my friend and I met Brett :eek: . He was walking by and my friend yelled out his name. He stopped, chatted and was really nice. He was also with someone who looked a lot like Nick Carter, but I couldn't be sure. My friend was like "I can't believe he follows her around all over the place." :lol:

It was really was nice to see and all the children who were there screaming for them, well it was just cool. If you get a chance to go in Detroit or Atlanta, you should. :wavey:

Oh, and I didn't get any pics 'cause my camera got pinched by security after BeBe Winans sang the national anthem. Something about the sponsor decided at the last minute that they wouldn't allow filming of the event. It's too bad, because I'm so camera-illiterate that mine would've been blurry or holding the appearance that someone with Parkinsons was filming. :D Sorry, I get very bored holding the camera still.

Lady
Nov 18th, 2004, 02:50 PM
Thanx for the news!!

And well done Venus for beating Serena, even if injured & in exibition! ;)
Get some rest, Serena, now! :)

the cat
Nov 18th, 2004, 02:58 PM
How could Serena play so soon after injruring her abdominal muscle in the YEC final and barely being about to serve 60 mph? :confused: Maybe Venus took it easy on ehr for soemhting because I thought Serena would need several weeks to let her ab strain heal.

bandabou
Nov 18th, 2004, 03:01 PM
But the report indicates that too, the cat....Venus was destroying Serena for most of the match.

jacobruiz
Nov 18th, 2004, 03:27 PM
How could Serena play so soon after injruring her abdominal muscle in the YEC final and barely being about to serve 60 mph? :confused: Maybe Venus took it easy on ehr for soemhting because I thought Serena would need several weeks to let her ab strain heal.
I wondered that, too. I hope Serena doesn't aggravate her injury; she should be resting it so she can get in some good, hard practice before the 2005 season.
Sounds like a fun match for a good cause, though.

jean_genie
Nov 18th, 2004, 03:43 PM
I think Serena was honoring the sponsor obligations because Venus was the only one who made the morning news/talk show rounds. Serena kept trying to bend her knees to launch herself into a serve to save the abdominals. It also looked like her serve was harder than it was against Sharapova. But maybe it was also because she was playing her sister and didn't look as nervous as at the YEC.

Knizzle
Nov 18th, 2004, 04:10 PM
The cat, although Serena's serving wasn't 100%(which was a bummer cause I wanted to see her serve in all it's glory) she wasn't serving 60 mph with arm only like the YEC. I would say her first serves were 90 mph and seconds 70 mph. She used and exaggerated abbreviated service motion. She would bend her knees way down then use a short swing up barely coming off the ground. Put it this way, if she had been able to figure out this motion at the YEC, she probably could have won. ;). Her groundies seemed fine tho she made alot of errors, but when she got pissed off being down 5-0, she went on a tear for 4 games hitting huge returns and bigger serves and coming in to the net to put away volleys. It was exciting to watch her do that.

Knizzle
Nov 18th, 2004, 04:11 PM
P.S. My pictures suck, it was hard to get good ones from where I was sitting. I wasn't far away, but I guess my camera is not good enough. I'm cheap :o.

Knizzle
Nov 18th, 2004, 04:13 PM
Serena lost. :angry: lol! :D
I couldn't believe Venus wasn't letting up on her. We were like. :o

It was getting pretty silent in there when Serena went down 5-0.

I wanted 3 sets Venus dammit. :fiery: :devil:

dreamgoddess099
Nov 18th, 2004, 05:13 PM
I couldn't believe Venus wasn't letting up on her. We were like. :o


Venus said on Ellen that she and Serena had a made a bet that the loser had to pay all of the bills and luxuries for the winner. I guess Venus was tired of paying the bills. :lol:

DemWilliamsGulls
Nov 18th, 2004, 05:33 PM
Hopefully we will see this matchup in some grand slam finals again...;)

Knizzle
Nov 18th, 2004, 05:34 PM
Venus said on Ellen that she and Serena had a made a bet that the loser had to pay all of the bills and luxuries for the winner. I guess Venus was tired of paying the bills. :lol:
You know I figured they must have had some type of bet on it for them to be playing so hard. I thought someone had to buy the other a diamond bracelet or something, lol.

vettipooh
Nov 18th, 2004, 05:35 PM
Thanks for the detailed info. Seems like it was really enjoyable. hope to see some pics.

the cat
Nov 18th, 2004, 05:38 PM
The good news is that Serena isn't as badly injured as I thought she was. :) I still think she should rest for a while and make sure her ab strain does not linger like Venus' ab strain did and turned into an ab pull.

apoet29
Nov 18th, 2004, 05:41 PM
Sounds like a great time and that was wonderful of Serena to keep her obligations despite such a painful injury. I hear that she will play in Lexington as well. I do feel for Kournikova though. If Venus destroyed Serena and showed her own sister no mercy, imagine what she will do to Anna.

Knizzle
Nov 18th, 2004, 05:43 PM
Sounds like a great time and that was wonderful of Serena to keep her obligations despite such a painful injury. I hear that she will play in Lexington as well. I do feel for Kournikova though. If Venus destroyed Serena and showed her own sister no mercy, imagine what she will do to Anna.
LOL!!

According to dreamgoddess the sisters had a wager on their match though. She'll probably go easy on Anna.

apoet29
Nov 18th, 2004, 05:56 PM
LOL!!

According to dreamgoddess the sisters had a wager on their match though. She'll probably go easy on Anna.
For Anna's sake I hope so, especially since I heard that she didn't play that well at all in her last exhibition.

Hmm, a wager? I wonder if the sisters will have a wager in Lexington?

bandabou
Nov 18th, 2004, 06:12 PM
Venus said on Ellen that she and Serena had a made a bet that the loser had to pay all of the bills and luxuries for the winner. I guess Venus was tired of paying the bills. :lol:

Sooooo Venus....Venus the business-girl. :lol:

Knizzle
Nov 18th, 2004, 07:29 PM
A few action shots:

fammmmedspin
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:11 PM
Totally confused. She was badly hurt days ago but is playing again for money? Surely they could have paid someone else to turn up? How is she ever going to become a fit player at this rate?

alias
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:14 PM
When does Anna play?

Denise4925
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:16 PM
Knizzle, what did Serena and Vee wear?

Denise4925
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:20 PM
That's not reasonable from Serena not to have some rest now. But she honours her commitments I guess.

The good news is that her doctors did not forbid her to play this, so her injury is not a very bad one like we feared after the YEC final.
She does and I'm glad that it doesn't seem as bad as we were fearing at the YEC final. Thank God. :worship:

darrinbaker00
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:27 PM
Too bad it took an injury to get Serena to incorporate her lower body into her service motion. Hopefully, she won't change it when she feels better. ;)

Denise4925
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:33 PM
Venus said on Ellen that she and Serena had a made a bet that the loser had to pay all of the bills and luxuries for the winner. I guess Venus was tired of paying the bills. :lol:
The loser also has to be the big sister, taking care of everything. Gosh, is DarrinBaker psychic. In the Locker Room Confrontation thread, he wrote a scenario based on Venus being Serena's hand servant because they made a bet on whoever won the most matches during the season. :lol:

Denise4925
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:36 PM
A few action shots:
They may show this on the Tennis Channel. I hope so. They showed the Elton John/BJK Exhibition. :)

Kabezya
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:43 PM
Thanks for the pics.

Knizzle
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:43 PM
Totally confused. She was badly hurt days ago but is playing again for money? Surely they could have paid someone else to turn up? How is she ever going to become a fit player at this rate?
She didn't play for money for herself genius.

Knizzle
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:44 PM
They may show this on the Tennis Channel. I hope so. They showed the Elton John/BJK Exhibition. :)
The Tennis Channel was a featured sponsor and there were cameras all up in the sisters faces on the changeovers.

Knizzle
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:45 PM
Knizzle, what did Serena and Vee wear?
Venus wore the pink version of the outfit she's been wearing since the US Open. Serena wore the white and pink version of what she wore at the YEC.

Denise4925
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:47 PM
The Tennis Channel was a featured sponsor and there were cameras all up in the sisters faces on the changeovers.
Oh WONDERFUL!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Yippee. :lol:

Denise4925
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:47 PM
Venus wore the pink version of the outfit she's been wearing since the US Open. Serena wore the white and pink version of what she wore at the YEC.
Oh, cute. They were matching. :)

Infiniti2001
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:48 PM
Totally confused. She was badly hurt days ago but is playing again for money? Surely they could have paid someone else to turn up? How is she ever going to become a fit player at this rate?


Classic case of seeing what you want to see :rolleyes: Where is written that she is playing for money?? :shrug: The proceeds from this exho tour solely benefits the Ronald Mc Donald Children's Charities. Mc Donald's has been good her , so she is honoring her committment ----end of discussion :tape:

Denise4925
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:49 PM
Classic case of seeing what you want to see :rolleyes: Where is written that she is playing for money?? :shrug: The proceeds from this exho tour solely benefits the Ronald Mc Donald Children's Charities. Mc Donald's has been good her , so she is honoring her committment end of discussion :tape:
:worship:

Knizzle
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:51 PM
Venus thanking fans after the match.

darrinbaker00
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:53 PM
The loser also has to be the big sister, taking care of everything. Gosh, is DarrinBaker psychic. In the Locker Room Confrontation thread, he wrote a scenario based on Venus being Serena's hand servant because they made a bet on whoever won the most matches during the season. :lol:
If you replace the "h" with "ot", boo, you'll have a more apt description..... :cuckoo:

Denise4925
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:55 PM
Venus thanking fans after the match.
Donald Young is not the young guy who played Andy Roddick at the US Open this year, is he?

Denise4925
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:56 PM
If you replace the "h" with "ot", boo, you'll have a more apt description..... :cuckoo:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

darrinbaker00
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:58 PM
Prior to the sisters coming out there was a one set match featuring Donald Young playing against another junior player. The guy was older, bigger and stronger, but Young still whooped him 6-1 and the one game was given away by Young. Donald has a great FH.
How about having Donald play against one of the sisters at the next stop? ;)

Doraemon
Nov 18th, 2004, 08:59 PM
Serena let Venus win. Obvious as hell.

darrinbaker00
Nov 18th, 2004, 09:00 PM
Donald Young is not the young guy who played Andy Roddick at the US Open this year, is he?
Nope, that was Scoville Jenkins. I suppose all young black men look alike to you..... :rolleyes:

darrinbaker00
Nov 18th, 2004, 09:05 PM
Serena let Venus win. Obvious as hell.
I owe Cheesestix an apology. There IS someone on this board more obnoxious than he is! :rolleyes:

Denise4925
Nov 18th, 2004, 09:11 PM
Nope, that was Scoville Jenkins. I suppose all young black men look alike to you..... :rolleyes:
:haha: Not hardly. :p Oh, is this the kid with the light brown eyes that they did a report on on one of the news magazine shows?

Rocketta
Nov 18th, 2004, 09:44 PM
:haha: Not hardly. :p Oh, is this the kid with the light brown eyes that they did a report on on one of the news magazine shows?
hmm, I saw him on a show on the tennis channel and i thought his eyes looked blue?? :eek: Very handsome young man. :)

Denise4925
Nov 18th, 2004, 09:46 PM
hmm, I saw him on a show on the tennis channel and i thought his eyes looked blue?? :eek: Very handsome young man. :)
Maybe they are blue. I know they were light colored. But, he is a cutie, isn't he? And, I think that little report was on the TC. Is that his name, Donald Young?

jean_genie
Nov 18th, 2004, 11:43 PM
(http://www.suntimes.com/output/couch/cst-spt-greg18.html)
"Serena's hot, but Venus' warmth wins it "

November 18, 2004

BY GREG COUCH SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST Advertisement

Venus and Serena Williams were about to take the court Wednesday at the UIC Pavilion, and an overweight DJ was already there, introducing them and getting people worked up. Neither of those things was necessary, really, as the place was nearly packed. He asked the crowd if there were any women interested in fat guys and then started dropping hints that he hoped Serena might be.

"I hope she comes out in the catsuit,'' he said.

Yes, Serena gets all the attention these days. She is the hot one, in photo shoots and TV shows, with the bright smile and the most recent success. And if it's possible, Venus is fading from view.

But in this Williams Sisters phenomenon, I'm going to have to go with Venus as the most important one. The sisters had a whirlwind day in Chicago, starting in the morning with a photo-op at Children's Memorial Hospital, then doing an in-house TV show there for the kids. They went to a Ronald McDonald House, did a public-service interview, then a bunch of other interviews, then visited families of sick kids. They went to Young High School for a clinic and a Q&A with students.

And then, after a few hours to rest, they played tennis. Venus won 6-3, 6-4.

It was the Williams Sisters Do Chicago, and if you followed them around, you were reminded which one is the older sister, which one is the calming influence.

"She was always in the media since she was like 9 or 10,''' Serena said. "And I was always in the background.''

They might be the most gracious, well-mannered, socially conscious superstar athletes we have. So many athletes today run from the responsibility.

"I don't think it's anything we don't want,'' Venus said. "We want every day to be proud of everything we do, be proud of ourselves.''

But remember when they first arrived? Venus was first, and she was the one who had to suffer all the questions and the doubts and jealousies, whether they were because she was a black woman in a traditionally white sport, or just because she was so overly hyped before paying any dues.

She was ripped for wearing those beads in her hair, as if they were some sort of cocky statement. Remember? She was still just a kid. Another player on tour bumped her as they crossed the net, complaining that Venus thought she was the queen.

The sisters are past all those criticisms now, but it was Venus who got them there. She beat the path, and Serena got to dance down it.

Frankly, following them around Wednesday, I saw that Venus is still doing the work. Somehow, Serena missed her flight to Chicago and arrived about an hour late. Venus did two radio interviews that both were scheduled for. They went to the McDonald's in the hospital, where they were to sell small paper hands for a buck for charity. They got behind the counter, and immediately it was four-deep with photographers. It took a little work to get any kids a chance.

As the morning went on, you had the distinct feeling that maybe Serena didn't really want to be there. Maybe she was tired from playing a tournament in Los Angeles on Monday night. Maybe she was in pain because she had hurt her stomach in that event.

"I'm hanging in there,'' she said.

Do you wish you could just lie down and go to sleep?

"Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream,'' she said. "Our Dad used to say that. It's an adage.''

She was polite, for sure, but rarely smiling. Sometimes when she was asked questions, she sort of froze or mumbled. After a second or two, Venus would step in. Someone asked Serena something about whether the sisters would be teaming up with Destiny's Child, and she never answered. Venus then said they had teamed up with each other to help Ronald McDonald House Charities. They donated $30,000 from the night's event to the charity.

Someone asked what they thought of the two Chicago juniors who were going to play a set before the Williams sisters. Serena didn't say anything. Venus said they had a lot of promise and a bright future.

This was just a suspicion, but I doubt either one had any idea who those kids were. (Donald Young beat Spencer Vegosen 6-1.) But Venus elegantly said some kind things about them anyway.

This is not a knock on Serena. They did a closed-circuit TV show at the hospital, and sick kids in their rooms were able to watch. Venus said that when they were kids, she used to make up stories about people from different places. Serena joked, "I fell asleep when she was telling those stories.'' Venus said she always liked to eat chicken parmesan, and Serena said she liked McDonald's french fries.

Rachel Spapperi, an 11-year-old patient who got to meet the sisters, managing to hold a yellow toy duck next to the apparatus that was holding her IV bottle, was thrilled.

"Serena likes french fries,'' she said, "and I like french fries.''

The match itself gave people what they wanted. They tried hard. Venus kissed a ballboy.

Today, the sisters have slipped in the rankings, with Serena down to No. 7 and Venus No. 9. They both get a little defensive at the idea that their domination is over.

"I can't think of a time when a player says, 'Great, I'm playing Serena Williams,''' Venus said. "You should see how tense they are when they have to play us.''

Both have had injuries, so maybe they will climb again. I'm not sure that's going to be necessary for the whole sisters scene to continue, though. You can thank Venus for that.

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gweeny
Nov 18th, 2004, 11:52 PM
Hopefully we will see this matchup in some grand slam finals again...;)

AMEN. and with Venus winning :D

dreamgoddess099
Nov 19th, 2004, 12:18 AM
Nope, that was Scoville Jenkins. I suppose all young black men look alike to you..... :rolleyes:
Scoville Jenkins will be playing at the sister's Atlanta stop.

Knizzle
Nov 19th, 2004, 01:00 AM
He says he's not Serena bashing, but it sure sounds like it to me :rolleyes:

Denise4925
Nov 19th, 2004, 03:19 AM
He says he's not Serena bashing, but it sure sounds like it to me :rolleyes:
I don't know if he's Serena bashing or not, but it sounds like Serena's not doing too well. If she's not being talkative and bubbly, she's either in pain or she's tired or both.

Denise4925
Nov 19th, 2004, 03:24 AM
"Despite her ab injury, Serena Williams still played her Wednesday night exhibition in Chicago, part of her and sister Venus' McDonald's Williams Sisters tour for charity. The exhibition tour hits The Palace in Detroit tonight: "I was born in Saginaw, and I still have a lot of family there," Serena told the Knight Ridder news service. "It will be a crazy crowd because you know they are all going to be there, some rooting for me and some rooting for Venus...When we first talked about doing this tour, Detroit was one of the first cities that popped into my head. There is no professional tournament in Detroit, and no one has seen us play in person. We hope, at the end of the day, us going there will help Detroit get a tournament. We hope to also influence kids to pick up rackets and want to play tennis." ESPN will film the exhibition as part of a program about the Williams sisters and their tour..."

mykarma
Nov 19th, 2004, 03:40 AM
If you replace the "h" with "ot", boo, you'll have a more apt description..... :cuckoo:You got that right.:lol:

Paneru
Nov 19th, 2004, 11:53 AM
Thanks for the pics Knizzle! :worship:

aNYthing
Nov 19th, 2004, 12:38 PM
Maybe they are blue. I know they were light colored. But, he is a cutie, isn't he? And, I think that little report was on the TC. Is that his name, Donald Young?
He is wearing grey contacts... ;)

darrinbaker00
Nov 19th, 2004, 04:55 PM
You got that right.:lol:
I love you too, sweetie! ;)