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spiceboy
Jul 6th, 2005, 05:41 PM
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/07/04/SPG8UDIQIG1.DTL

Too much Serena is way too much


London -- Venus Williams made an interesting comment after she won Wimbledon, and it sounded as if she meant it. Asked how she had retained her confidence through so many months of despair, she said, "I got that from Serena. I've seen her fight back to win matches she definitely should have lost, and I never forgot that. I always wanted to be like her."


Now it's Serena Williams' turn to uphold the family's fighting spirit. At age 23, she needs to launch a rigorous conditioning program or fall out of the tennis elite.

Physically, Serena isn't at all like her sister. Venus has a wiry, naturally lean frame that suggests she will look much the same at age 40. The stockier, more muscular Serena showed up at Wimbledon noticeably heavy -- and it showed in her third-round loss to Jill Craybas.

"That's her primary problem, fitness," noted author Michael Mewshaw, a longtime insider on the women's tour. "She is grossly overweight in all the wrong places."

Even Serena's father, Richard, wouldn't let her off the hook. "Serena's in the worst shape of her life," he said after the Craybas match. "She's in worse shape than I am."

Craybas knew it, too. "When I played her previously, I'd look across the court and think, 'Oh, my God, I'm playing the No. 1 player in the world,' " said the 85th-ranked Craybas, who had lost 6-0, 6-1 to Serena in their previous match (Miami, 2004). "This time, I felt like we were equals."

Without question, Serena's training was slowed by an ankle injury that kept her out of the French Open. In any case, she has some work to do. She entered Wimbledon proclaiming she was the toughest player mentally and could win the title with little preparation, saying, "I worked extremely hard the last week."

Well, one week won't cut it. Serena has a world of career opportunities out there, including movies and television, in which her performances have shown some promise. The acting career is gone, though, if she gets too heavy. Serena is an astoundingly formidable figure when she's in shape; many directors would hire her on her looks alone. Without that chiseled body, she's just another face in the Hollywood crowd.

At the 2000 U.S. Open, Australian great John Newcombe was asked his opinion on the Williams sisters. "I think Venus will do better in the end," he said. "Serena's a very big girl, and she's still in her teens. I'm not sure what her mobility will be in four or five years."

It's up to Serena to prove everyone wrong. Judging from the Williams family history, you'd be unwise to bet against her.

Closing the Wimbledon doors on other fronts:

Diva: Speaking of dual careers, 2004 champion Maria Sharapova took some heat from Martina Navratilova before the tournament. Noting all the publicity surrounding Sharapova, who stands to make some $20 million this year on endorsements alone, Martina said, "She considers herself part athlete, part businesswoman, but you can't have two careers. Too many outside interests are a distraction from your tennis."

Typically, Sharapova fired back gracefully. "You know, I'm number two in the world," she said. "I don't think so far anything has distracted me. I feel really satisfied with how hard I work on the court. If I wasn't enjoying anything I did off the court, I wouldn't be doing it."

Just take a look at Sharapova. She would be foolish to turn down some of the offers that come her way. On the court, she's one of the best fighters to come onto the scene in recent years, and her semifinal loss to Venus Williams did nothing to disprove that. Sharapova battled desperately to the end, making Williams work for every point. If it meant hitting a shot left-handed on the dead run, she tried it. That was women's tennis at the highest level, and the second set marked the most deceptive 6-1 score in memory. "Sharapova never quits," said former great Tracy Austin, now a television analyst. "She claws and dives and gives every ounce she has. It doesn't enter her mind that she could lose."

GorgeousMe!
Jul 6th, 2005, 07:20 PM
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/07/04/SPG8UDIQIG1.DTL

Too much Serena is way too much


London -- Venus Williams made an interesting comment after she won Wimbledon, and it sounded as if she meant it. Asked how she had retained her confidence through so many months of despair, she said, "I got that from Serena. I've seen her fight back to win matches she definitely should have lost, and I never forgot that. I always wanted to be like her."


Now it's Serena Williams' turn to uphold the family's fighting spirit. At age 23, she needs to launch a rigorous conditioning program or fall out of the tennis elite.

Physically, Serena isn't at all like her sister. Venus has a wiry, naturally lean frame that suggests she will look much the same at age 40. The stockier, more muscular Serena showed up at Wimbledon noticeably heavy -- and it showed in her third-round loss to Jill Craybas.

"That's her primary problem, fitness," noted author Michael Mewshaw, a longtime insider on the women's tour. "She is grossly overweight in all the wrong places."

Even Serena's father, Richard, wouldn't let her off the hook. "Serena's in the worst shape of her life," he said after the Craybas match. "She's in worse shape than I am."

Craybas knew it, too. "When I played her previously, I'd look across the court and think, 'Oh, my God, I'm playing the No. 1 player in the world,' " said the 85th-ranked Craybas, who had lost 6-0, 6-1 to Serena in their previous match (Miami, 2004). "This time, I felt like we were equals."

Without question, Serena's training was slowed by an ankle injury that kept her out of the French Open. In any case, she has some work to do. She entered Wimbledon proclaiming she was the toughest player mentally and could win the title with little preparation, saying, "I worked extremely hard the last week."

Well, one week won't cut it. Serena has a world of career opportunities out there, including movies and television, in which her performances have shown some promise. The acting career is gone, though, if she gets too heavy. Serena is an astoundingly formidable figure when she's in shape; many directors would hire her on her looks alone. Without that chiseled body, she's just another face in the Hollywood crowd.

At the 2000 U.S. Open, Australian great John Newcombe was asked his opinion on the Williams sisters. "I think Venus will do better in the end," he said. "Serena's a very big girl, and she's still in her teens. I'm not sure what her mobility will be in four or five years."

It's up to Serena to prove everyone wrong. Judging from the Williams family history, you'd be unwise to bet against her.

Closing the Wimbledon doors on other fronts:

Diva: Speaking of dual careers, 2004 champion Maria Sharapova took some heat from Martina Navratilova before the tournament. Noting all the publicity surrounding Sharapova, who stands to make some $20 million this year on endorsements alone, Martina said, "She considers herself part athlete, part businesswoman, but you can't have two careers. Too many outside interests are a distraction from your tennis."

Typically, Sharapova fired back gracefully. "You know, I'm number two in the world," she said. "I don't think so far anything has distracted me. I feel really satisfied with how hard I work on the court. If I wasn't enjoying anything I did off the court, I wouldn't be doing it."

Just take a look at Sharapova. She would be foolish to turn down some of the offers that come her way. On the court, she's one of the best fighters to come onto the scene in recent years, and her semifinal loss to Venus Williams did nothing to disprove that. Sharapova battled desperately to the end, making Williams work for every point. If it meant hitting a shot left-handed on the dead run, she tried it. That was women's tennis at the highest level, and the second set marked the most deceptive 6-1 score in memory. "Sharapova never quits," said former great Tracy Austin, now a television analyst. "She claws and dives and gives every ounce she has. It doesn't enter her mind that she could lose."
I agree, apart from the Maria bit. Serena has lost it. And needs to find it fast. It is shameful to her given talent that she is squandering it. To last and be a great you have to give something your all...A Jack of All Trades or Master of None?

SJW
Jul 6th, 2005, 07:21 PM
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=175627

:)

spartanfan
Jul 6th, 2005, 07:38 PM
I thought all you people would have learned something by now about the Williams Sisters: NEVER count them out. Wern't people totally dismissing Venus all year long, and look at her now, reigning Wimbledon champion. All the critics and haters claiming she was washed up and her best tennis days behind her. And how quickly people forget that Serena actually WON the Australian Open this year, WITHOUT having played a warmup tournament or singles match since the YEC! But keep underestimating Venus and Serena, cause each time you do, they just keep coming back to prove you wrong.

Helen Lawson
Jul 6th, 2005, 07:41 PM
Serena loves to work out, I'm sure she'll drop the weight, she found out the hard way she can't fake her way through when she's too heavy! And taking one look at Oracene, Serena will need to keep up at the gym long after her tennis career is over, or there's going to be a whole lot of Serena to love.

aheee!!
Jul 6th, 2005, 07:44 PM
I'm not a williams fan, but i think the media is too quick to jump on serena in this instant. She's had injuries. I don't think she looks too different physically than she usually does. She will always be a "big" girl--while she is muscular, I don't thnk i would ever describe her as being "chiseled." Give her some time and she'll be right back in it. The media is always so dramatic with everything. They make it seem as if she gained 50 pounds.

tennisfan1972
Jul 6th, 2005, 08:28 PM
I agree that all this attention towards serena is really uncalled for. I think they are just mad that Venus won wimbledon andthey dont have any negative press to report like Venus is still in a slump etc so they go with this divide and conquer. Make serena thimnk her father and family think she is too fat. Serena's only problem seemed to be to me that she wasnt able to train properly for wimbledon due to injury. Its bizarre that the media is attacking her for trying to defend what points she had at wimbledon even if below her best form. Once Venus wins another title things should quiet down a bit i guess. who knws but ithink this is unfair. Justine was in worse shape than serena sicne u never know when she is gonna be fully fit to compete. and she went out first round But i personally think Richard and family used serena to takle the pressure and attention off Venus so she could steal this title. The whole fortnight all we hear about is serena, maria and justine. Now that Venus won the title all we hear about is serena. Go figure.

daffodil
Jul 6th, 2005, 08:36 PM
Serena's physicality is a huge part of what made her a huge part of tennis. Without that, she can't even hit the ball hard. She was FLOATING balls in all week Wimby.

daffodil
Jul 6th, 2005, 08:53 PM
I agree that all this attention towards serena is really uncalled for. I think they are just mad that Venus won wimbledon andthey dont have any negative press to report like Venus is still in a slump etc so they go with this divide and conquer. Make serena thimnk her father and family think she is too fat. Serena's only problem seemed to be to me that she wasnt able to train properly for wimbledon due to injury. Its bizarre that the media is attacking her for trying to defend what points she had at wimbledon even if below her best form. Once Venus wins another title things should quiet down a bit i guess. who knws but ithink this is unfair. Justine was in worse shape than serena sicne u never know when she is gonna be fully fit to compete. and she went out first round But i personally think Richard and family used serena to takle the pressure and attention off Venus so she could steal this title. The whole fortnight all we hear about is serena, maria and justine. Now that Venus won the title all we hear about is serena. Go figure.

Well, as much as I don't want the press to report negativity on Serena, we cannot make excuses for her. There are ways to prevent weight gain when your feet aren't exactly mobile.

Swimming is great for upper and lower body strength. Dumbells (sp.) have nothing to do with legs either, so they can be used. Serena said that she worked really hard the week before Wimbledon. You need to work much more than the week before the biggest tennis tournament on tour to win it.

TF Chipmunk
Jul 6th, 2005, 08:59 PM
Another instance of the sisters pushing each other to greater heights: Serena saw Venus' success and went for it, and now Venus drew from Serena's many comebacks and fights and fights her own way to win Wimbledon!