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Marcell
Dec 20th, 2005, 01:47 PM
http://us.video.aol.com/video.index.adp?mode=1&pmmsid=1441713

croat123
Dec 20th, 2005, 01:54 PM
they look like they're warming up :o

Maria Croft
Dec 20th, 2005, 02:03 PM
Thanks!

Serena can be so funny, getting pissed about a match like that lol
And crashing through the fence :lol:

croat123
Dec 20th, 2005, 02:04 PM
you know a match was great when the highlights include two double faults and 10 return errors (not to mention tons of other ues)

BONES08
Dec 20th, 2005, 02:05 PM
Venus will win AO if she can consistently use that type of net play. She has not been hitting drop shots that well for years.

new-york
Dec 20th, 2005, 02:50 PM
thanx.

andrewC
Dec 20th, 2005, 03:06 PM
venus looked as though she was trying out new plays with those drop volleys, whereas serena doesn't look as though she's trying? Kinda worrying, I hope she manages to save as many of her points from her win at OZ 2005... Some good ground strokes but still not of 2003 serena. I guess it was only a practice/exhibition match anyway!

BONES08
Dec 20th, 2005, 03:16 PM
I think that too. Venus was working on some new plays, and if she uses them the tour is in trouble. I like lindsey and Maria, but if Venus uses those plays then she will kill them without even worrying about her baseline game. A lot of people won't be able to get to her dropshots, and they will be waiting for one of her deep penetrating groundstrokes.

Knizzle
Dec 20th, 2005, 03:29 PM
I wish I would by a ticket to see them playing like that, LOL.

Infiniti2001
Dec 20th, 2005, 03:35 PM
you know a match was great when the highlights include two double faults and 10 return errors (not to mention tons of other ues)


What's your beef? :rolleyes:

Vaidisova
Dec 20th, 2005, 03:36 PM
venus looked as though she was trying out new plays with those drop volleys, whereas serena doesn't look as though she's trying? Kinda worrying, I hope she manages to save as many of her points from her win at OZ 2005... Some good ground strokes but still not of 2003 serena. I guess it was only a practice/exhibition match anyway!

I hope so too :scared:

santhuruu
Dec 20th, 2005, 03:40 PM
I think the highlight of that match was when Serena fell, she also found that very funny. I think Venus is definetely working out hard for sure, so does Serena

volta
Dec 20th, 2005, 03:50 PM
i dont know i know this was just an exho and all but im a bit worried with Rena she looked a bit "lazy" or something and she doesnt jump all that much in her serve since she had the knee injury( hopefully im just worrying for nothing after all this wasnt a real match) bring it on at the AO Rena :hug:.

Vee is hitting the ball deep and heavy her net game is just amazing right now :worship:

LindsayRocks89
Dec 20th, 2005, 03:51 PM
serena looks like she's been practicing hard. . . .

Paneru
Dec 20th, 2005, 04:49 PM
you know a match was great when the highlights include two double faults and 10 return errors (not to mention tons of other ues)

Something you're very
familiar with I'm sure.

Atleast their just playing an exhibition,
what's K-lina's excuse? :tape:


Apologies to all other
Sprem fans. :cool:


BTW, thx for te vid marcell. :kiss:

SilK
Dec 20th, 2005, 04:52 PM
that court looks rather small... or is it the camera angle?

santhuruu
Dec 20th, 2005, 04:55 PM
Serena isn't playing really her best in exhibition matches, she wants to be carefull and not take to many risks with matches like these. I think we'll see the real Serena in Hong Kong, and otherwise don't worry.

volta
Dec 20th, 2005, 05:02 PM
Serena isn't playing really her best in exhibition matches, she wants to be carefull and not take to many risks with matches like these. I think we'll see the real Serena in Hong Kong, and otherwise don't worry.
yeah that might be it :yeah:

BONES08
Dec 20th, 2005, 05:09 PM
The court was small. It said in thearticle that's why they had to take the ball early. Thats why they are playing like that.

SilK
Dec 20th, 2005, 05:27 PM
The court was small. It said in thearticle that's why they had to take the ball early. Thats why they are playing like that.

yeah. I thought so.

why are the courts small like that? I can not make up ONE good reason for it. :o

Stamp Paid
Dec 20th, 2005, 05:36 PM
I wish I would by a ticket to see them playing like that, LOL.

Would you boo? :o

RenaSlam.
Dec 20th, 2005, 07:23 PM
Really looks like Serena has forgotten how to play tennis like Serena.

Heartbreaking, really... :sad:

pigam
Dec 20th, 2005, 07:30 PM
dearest serenafans,
do NOT worry about exhibition matches! not a single second! you simply cannot compare them to real matches.
as komorli told us a few weeks back. the lenght of the court wasn't even that of a real tennismatch? how do you expect her to play like in a match where a lot is at stake (sic?)?

I'm not saying she will win the next GS, but really, imho there is NO reason whatsoever to doubt serena's play only on this performance.

Venus+Serena#1fan
Dec 20th, 2005, 08:48 PM
Serena was dreadful but like others said...hopefully its just because its an exho...

AkademiQ
Dec 20th, 2005, 09:04 PM
I'm not saying she will win the next GS, but really, imho there is NO reason whatsoever to doubt serena's play only on this performance.

Some of us use common sense so we're not worried or taking too much out of this :yeah:

LH2HBH
Dec 20th, 2005, 09:12 PM
Serena plays poorly against her sister in exho's AND in tour matches. At their last meeting at the US Open the quality was high for half of the first set and just went down from there. I think it's psychological. I also wonder sometimes if they try and purposely (or subconsciously) keep the head to head even for the fans and for the tour it's more exciting. Hate to put that out there but it has crossed my mind a few times and I am sure I am not the only one. Especially when I Serena hoofing around on the court and I know she can play much better.

azinna
Dec 20th, 2005, 09:15 PM
Venus was sharp and light on her feet. She was working the angles, placements and possibilities of tennis. And she was relaxed. Key thing for her.

Serena wasn't. Period.

Neither performance in this exhibition is any real indication of how they'd perform in a WTA match tomorrow, not to mention in a month's time.

faboozadoo15
Dec 20th, 2005, 09:17 PM
it was exhibition, and neither one of them was running. i wouldn't use this to guage anything.

CanadianBoy21
Dec 20th, 2005, 09:23 PM
@ Serena crashing through the fence :lol:



You all keep saying this is just an exo and Serena will play better, etc...
Serena played closed to this at the Us Open too! She would swing and stay there.
She just looks out of it. When she tried she couldn't get to the ball. :sad:
Rather worrying I think

In 2003, the Serena that walked out did not accept losing, ever.

Ah, hopefully she is just going through it, and will arise better than ever.

azinna
Dec 20th, 2005, 09:40 PM
....You all keep saying this is just an exo and Serena will play better, etc...Serena played close to this at the Us Open too....

True. No way she'll be playing like 2002 anytime soon. Not yet showing the flatness of stroke, the thunder of pace and the swiftness of movement we saw back then. I think folks are hoping for the rough and ragged and confused yet determined Serena of Aussie 2005, who can certainly show up in a few weeks.

Stamp Paid
Dec 20th, 2005, 10:38 PM
Damn some of the Serena fans losing hope is making me more nervous than anything. Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez!

Bounty Hunter
Dec 20th, 2005, 10:44 PM
Damn some of the Serena fans losing hope is making me more nervous than anything. Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez!

Stay strong... I know you and I NEVER give up on her not matter what... :worship:

K-Dog
Dec 20th, 2005, 10:52 PM
That court looked extremely quick and the surroundings were so close to the players. I found the way Serena handled crashing into the signage around the court pretty funny. Venus seemed more concerned about it than she was. Eh, it seemed that Venus was working on her game and that Serena was just there to have a hit. She'll be fine by Hong Kong and her groundstrokes seem to have more fluidity and the heaviness they used to have. Last year she seemed so timid on her shots. About her serve, I don't think she was really even trying to serve big because she knows she has a consistent serve, whereas Venus was working on her serve and her volleys. Both girls will be fine in time. The only thing that scared me was the lack of muscle in Serena's arms. They were so skinny.

Blonde_Ambition7
Dec 20th, 2005, 10:56 PM
looking good venus

vwfan
Dec 21st, 2005, 12:04 AM
Venus was sharp and light on her feet. She was working the angles, placements and possibilities of tennis. And she was relaxed. Key thing for her.

Serena wasn't. Period.

Neither performance in this exhibition is any real indication of how they'd perform in a WTA match tomorrow, not to mention in a month's time.exactly. but I sure hope that Venus can take some of that fantastic netplay onto a larger stager in a bigger opportunity--maybe that should shrink the tennis court if that will make her get to the net and take some of the power off to position her for concluding the point at the net. she looked relaxed, confident and fit. good to see. good to see!

tae04
Dec 21st, 2005, 12:08 AM
LoL u guys are silly.

They were dinking and looping over every ball, we know they don't hit like that. It was just for entertainment/exhibition purposes.

Serena doesn't look overweight anymore.

tennisIlove09
Dec 21st, 2005, 12:19 AM
Keep in mind that they are not going to put everything into these matches. Why risk a serious injury. These matches are for fun, and the girls had fun with it. Did they want to win? of course...but it's not like a Slam final out there.

It was a nice watch, thank you for posting :)

Oneofakind0490
Dec 21st, 2005, 12:22 AM
:lol: Serena was bad. I hate those ugly serves but it doesnt amtter as it was a exhibition. I still have faith in winning all 4 slams next year Serena;)

backhanddtl4
Dec 21st, 2005, 12:35 AM
Venus will win AO if she can consistently use that type of net play. She has not been hitting drop shots that well for years.


Yeah because all of her opponents will probably feed her the ball like that.

Justeenium
Dec 21st, 2005, 01:34 AM
wrong thread edited

K-Dog
Dec 21st, 2005, 01:35 AM
eh, Justeenium would!! what a douche bag!!

Knizzle
Dec 21st, 2005, 01:57 AM
Keep in mind that they are not going to put everything into these matches. Why risk a serious injury. These matches are for fun, and the girls had fun with it. Did they want to win? of course...but it's not like a Slam final out there.

It was a nice watch, thank you for posting :)

They put nearly everything they had in last year. Honestly.

Andy.
Dec 21st, 2005, 02:14 AM
Venus looked to be playing really nicely and was so good at the net and really compfortable in all areas all be it an exhibition. They looked to be going thru the motions a lot but Still Serena didnt look that good and for a fun exhibition Serena didnt look to be having fun she looked bored and angry.

tennisIlove09
Dec 21st, 2005, 12:49 PM
They put nearly everything they had in last year. Honestly.

Well then maybe Serena has just taken a lot off her shots? A lot of her forehands didnt look they they had they same speed and depth to them. Could just be the feed too.

Infiniti2001
Dec 21st, 2005, 03:08 PM
They put nearly everything they had in last year. Honestly.


<picky picky> :rolleyes: According to my dear friend , the people who attended, most of whom who aren't tennis fans just enjoyed having the sisters there period. . She sent me some cool close up pics of Vee with the kiddos at the Ronald Mc Donald house, the program for the entire tour , a huge pic of the sisters on the front page of the plain dealer newspaper , and even her press pass :lol: There's a lovely pic of Miss Vee advertising V Starr interior-- I'll scan it later :p

serenafan08
Dec 21st, 2005, 03:48 PM
My assessment is that when Serena would actually hit out on her shots, they were pretty good. Her backhand was great as usual, and her forehand looked okay. To me, it seemed like she didn't go for anything; she was just trying to keep the ball in play and Venus was the one taking the first strike in the rallies. Physically, Serena looked better than she has in the last nine months. Her movement was a little suspect; it didn't seem like she was getting off the mark as fast as we're used to seeing. I think this is a positive step in the right direction for her though. Venus looked brilliant. Both of them have put in a lot of work.

Infiniti2001
Dec 21st, 2005, 05:26 PM
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Paialii
Dec 21st, 2005, 08:39 PM
Heh.

Neither one of them were hitting even at 50% their normal pace, so I take this as what it was: an exhibition.

Did anyone notice how when Venus went to the net, Serena didn't bother trying to pass her? Or how neither one really cared to run much? They're not there competing for a title, they're there to entertain and have fun.

I'm not going to sit here and complain about boring play or lack of movement, because this was LESS than an exhibition, it's really just a fun, charity event.

volta
Dec 21st, 2005, 08:42 PM
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:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :drool:

Paialii
Dec 21st, 2005, 08:46 PM
lol, Serena hit an underhand serve -- does that prove that this match meant nothing or what? :p

roooobert
Dec 21st, 2005, 09:45 PM
what a match. I hope this match doesn't say anything about their shape. If so, I'm scared.

Terrrible play from both.

Denise4925
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:29 AM
http://us.video.aol.com/video.index.adp?mode=1&pmmsid=1441713
Thanks Marcell, that was a good video. Venus looks sharper than Serena, but neither of them better go to the AO playing like that. Serena looks to have lost some weight, but she's not as fit and a step slower. She won't defend her title like this. What is this her not jumping into her serve anymore? :confused: Anyway, I enjoyed just watching them play again. It's been so long.

Denise4925
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:37 AM
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Vee looks good there. :)

Denise4925
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:37 AM
Okay, after reading everyone's comments about it being an exo, I feel better :)

darrinbaker00
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:49 AM
Although it was "just an exhibition," I would have liked to have seen more effort from both of them. Those people paid to watch the Williams sisters play a match, not practice. ;)