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spiceboy
Jan 20th, 2005, 11:25 PM
Venus lying low while her star rises
By Jake Niall
January 21, 2005

Venus Williams has shown signs of a revival at Melbourne Park and the fuss about coming Russians and ephedrine has allowed the Williams sisters, particularly Venus, to enjoy the luxury of a lower profile.

Venus, a straight-sets victor over China's Shuai Peng yesterday, wouldn't have noticed if she was flying under the radar this year, because she does not read newspapers or watch television. "If I do (watch TV), it's on mute," said the eighth seed and four-time slam winner. "I hate propaganda and hype, so I've stayed away from it for ages."

The Williams, apparently, get their news via the internet.

Even if she hates hype and ignores a news media that obsesses over her every garment, Venus has noticed the rapid rise of potential fourth-round opponent Alicia Molik, for whom she had charitable words last night. "Absolutely wonderful player. So graceful, so talented, she absolutely deserves everything she's got. You can tell she's working hard. It will be, if we can make it happen, both of us, it will be a great match."

There were limits, however, to her generosity, when asked whether the emerging Aussie was in good enough nick to beat her. "Do I think she's playing well enough? Why would I say that? She's playing very well, but I don't want to concede a win to my opponent, doesn't matter if she's Australian or not."

Venus was still some distance from her slam-winning 2000-2001 zenith yesterday, but her description - "very solid" - was accurate. She did what was required to have a relatively comfortable victory over Peng, whose unwieldy two-handed groundstrokes on both sides were only effective in patches.
The difference, as in most Venus routs, was her super-sized serve. Peng, one of the expanding group of Chinese women on tour - a group Lindsay Davenport yesterday suggested were the coming force - had only a pop-gun delivery, which was insufficient to really trouble Venus.

Richard Williams, occasionally wont to make big calls, recently suggested that his daughters could resume the No. 1 and No. 2 rankings if they dedicated themselves utterly to tennis again. Venus agreed - well, sort of. "Uhm, I guess he's right."

The more immediate challenge for Venus is on winning her first slam since the heady days of 2000-2001, before Serena took ownership of the family's WTA business, which has since been bought out by the Belgians and Russians.

"It's definitely the right mindset to have," said Venus of believing she could win the Open. "Mentally, you always have to feel like it's your turn."

Libertango
Jan 20th, 2005, 11:31 PM
WOW what a nice thing to say and a great article all together. Venus is so respectful and gracious, especially in the last few years. She said some really nice, complimentary things about Shuai Peng too. Class act!! :worship:

Mrs. Peel
Jan 20th, 2005, 11:33 PM
Venus :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

kabuki
Jan 20th, 2005, 11:39 PM
:hearts: Venus and Alicia :hearts:

Bezz
Jan 20th, 2005, 11:41 PM
lol, she knows how to work a crowd ;) .

Odd
Jan 20th, 2005, 11:47 PM
I cant wait for the venus/molik match.

Im not sure if venus would be as delightful about opponent if the room wasn't filled with australian media, but its great that she has respect for her opposition.

switz
Jan 20th, 2005, 11:48 PM
venus is great. nothing more needs to be said

Qrystyna
Jan 21st, 2005, 12:04 AM
That was very nice of Venus to say such nice things about Alicia, she is a very gracious opponent! :D

Huntress555
Jan 21st, 2005, 12:07 AM
Nice words from Venus :)

Should be an exciting match if it happens :):)

Paneru
Jan 21st, 2005, 12:13 AM
I cant wait for the venus/molik match.

Im not sure if venus would be as delightful about opponent if the room wasn't filled with australian media, but its great that she has respect for her opposition.

Maybe so. :lol:

However, Venus has known her atleast since 99' and while
maybe not actually following her career has an many
encounters with her or have seen her.

I say that because Venus did more than just
compliment her on her game which means she
must have had some very nice encounters with her.

They've played each other 3 times before
in 99', 02', & 04'.

If it happens, it will be
a nice match to see.

faboozadoo15
Jan 21st, 2005, 12:45 AM
venus: pure grace and class here... AND playing well-- watch out :eek:
she's right though, molik's tennis is delightful. ;)

GO V

Trent
Jan 21st, 2005, 01:00 AM
lol, she knows how to work a crowd ;) .

Exactly! lol

Philbo
Jan 21st, 2005, 01:04 AM
Nice words by Venus, but the question put to her was so stupid.

Twice they asked Venus whether she thinks Molik is playing well enough t beat Venus, and I liked Venus's answer "Do I think she's playing well enough? Why would I say that? She's playing very well, but I don't want to concede a win to my opponent, doesn't matter if she's Australian or not."

Good answer Vee!

mboyle
Jan 21st, 2005, 01:27 AM
she's looking good enough to win it.

RVD
Jan 21st, 2005, 02:56 AM
Ahh...what a great diplomat Vee is.
Wonder if Molik will have something nice to about Vee as well.

TennisTutor
Jan 21st, 2005, 03:06 AM
Venus is finally starting to realize that bad mouthing other players doesn’t pay dividends.
Now if Serena can fallow in her footsteps they will be on the path to redemption.

Mrs. Peel
Jan 21st, 2005, 03:18 AM
Venus is finally starting to realize that bad mouthing other players doesn’t pay dividends.
Now if Serena can fallow in her footsteps they will be on the path to redemption.
You asshole...prove it where Venus ever bad mouthed players! C'mon..dig it up punk :fiery: I dare you!

LeRoy.
Jan 21st, 2005, 03:20 AM
lol, she knows how to work a crowd ;) .
ITA I wonder how much of it she really means. :tape:

741852
Jan 21st, 2005, 03:21 AM
nice stuff from venus.

Jericho
Jan 21st, 2005, 03:59 AM
Venus is finally starting to realize that bad mouthing other players doesn’t pay dividends.
Now if Serena can fallow in her footsteps they will be on the path to redemption.
when did venus bad mouth someone :confused:

:retard:

RVD
Jan 21st, 2005, 03:59 AM
You asshole...prove it where Venus ever bad mouthed players! C'mon..dig it up punk :fiery: I dare you! :) Don't sweat it Mrs. Peel, because this is what makes Vee and Ree such incredible players. They are agressive-assertive individuals who never have any disparaging remarks to make about anyone. Not only that, but people like TennisTutor can never show where they have. :kiss: ;)

vogus
Jan 21st, 2005, 04:05 AM
Venus and Serena don't bad mouth other players, because they never really say much of anything outside their script. Unlike for example Lindsay, the Williams are always very conservative with their public comments. These quotes from Venus are nothing new in that sense.

Buitenzorg
Jan 21st, 2005, 04:14 AM
Venus :kiss: Alicia :love:

Prizeidiot
Jan 21st, 2005, 05:38 AM
I've always found Venus to be a humble and gracious person. She's always been less outrageous than Serena, and I admire that.

Infiniti2001
Jan 21st, 2005, 05:51 AM
Venus and Serena don't bad mouth other players, because they never really say much of anything outside their script. Unlike for example Lindsay, the Williams are always very conservative with their public comments. These quotes from Venus are nothing new in that sense.


Exactly!!! I honestly don't understand why anyone is surprised by Vee's comments. I mean, I have similar quotes about her opponents from as far back as 1997. The media wanted us to believe that she is not friendly from the very beginning and it worked . Thankfully , Vee's fans know the deal :tape:

Kabezya
Jan 21st, 2005, 05:54 AM
I've always found Venus to be a humble and gracious person. She's always been less outrageous than Serena, and I admire that.

How is it people can always spin this and turn this into a competition between Venus and Serena? What does Venus' words on Alicia have anything to do with Serena anyway? Are Venus' words only admired by some because they don't come from Serena or are they admired because they were great?

Prizeidiot
Jan 21st, 2005, 06:18 AM
How is it people can always spin this and turn this into a competition between Venus and Serena? What does Venus' words on Alicia have anything to do with Serena anyway? Are Venus' words only admired by some because they don't come from Serena or are they admired because they were great?
Sorry, you're right, I'll apologise for that. I'm just so used to people asking why I like Venus and not Serena. But yeah, Serena has nothing to do with this.

jrm
Jan 21st, 2005, 07:19 AM
I wouldn't call Alicia graceful ...

Jakeev
Jan 21st, 2005, 08:01 AM
Fantastic article about Venus. Gracious as usual but with so much maturity. I hope she makes it past Alicia.

Lemonskin.
Jan 21st, 2005, 08:45 AM
Im really looking forward to Venus vs Alicia.

Sam L
Jan 21st, 2005, 08:57 AM
Don't admire her too much V, you'll have to beat her soon. :mad:

Grohl
Jan 21st, 2005, 09:44 AM
go alicia!

volta
Jan 21st, 2005, 10:22 AM
as usual such a classy interview and she really was sweet to Alicia. Vee is pure class.

"I hate propaganda and hype, so I've stayed away from it for ages." AMEN VEE AMEN

spiceboy
Oct 23rd, 2005, 11:17 AM
Alicia :sad:

But she'll be back :kiss: