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Cashif
Feb 19th, 2006, 06:20 PM
This is the latest article from yahoo Sport

Clouds thicken over Williams sisters' future

DUBAI (AFP) - Venus and Serena Williams have pulled out of the 1million dollars Dubai Duty Open, further increasing fears that the sisters who dominated the game during the early part of the game will never be the same again.

Venus has withdrawn with a right arm strain which is said to have worsened in training, and Serena declared she had a problem with an ongoing knee injury and did not want to risk it.


"I don't want to compete until my knee feels completely better," said Serena, whose problems are compounded by a related increase in weight which brought jibes from spectators during last month's Australian Open in Melbourne.

This was the only tournament which the former winner of all four Grand Slams has played this year, during which she has so far won only two matches. Serena has not won a tournament since the Australian Open more than 13 months ago.

Venus' predicament seems almost as bad, not having won a match this year, having played one tournament only, and not having won a title since Wimbledon nearly eight months ago.

Venus has slipped to number ten in the world and Serena to 44, which means that she cannot any longer be seeded in good quality events.

However the recently returned former world number one 'Swiss Miss' Martina Hingis doesn't believe that they will retire.

"I can't just see them walking away from the game, no."

But with professional tennis developing all the time and both sisters having time-consuming interests outside the sport, it is becoming harder all the time for them to catch up again.

This may be what Venus has in mind, particularly after appearing to be at a low ebb at Dubai this time last year, and somehow going on to an unexpected triumph in regaining the Wimbledon title.

What do u guys think will they ever return?? I hope not

Wsisters45
Feb 19th, 2006, 06:22 PM
This is the latest article from yahoo Sport

Clouds thicken over Williams sisters' future

DUBAI (AFP) - Venus and Serena Williams have pulled out of the 1million dollars Dubai Duty Open, further increasing fears that the sisters who dominated the game during the early part of the game will never be the same again.

Venus has withdrawn with a right arm strain which is said to have worsened in training, and Serena declared she had a problem with an ongoing knee injury and did not want to risk it.


"I don't want to compete until my knee feels completely better," said Serena, whose problems are compounded by a related increase in weight which brought jibes from spectators during last month's Australian Open in Melbourne.

This was the only tournament which the former winner of all four Grand Slams has played this year, during which she has so far won only two matches. Serena has not won a tournament since the Australian Open more than 13 months ago.

Venus' predicament seems almost as bad, not having won a match this year, having played one tournament only, and not having won a title since Wimbledon nearly eight months ago.

Venus has slipped to number ten in the world and Serena to 44, which means that she cannot any longer be seeded in good quality events.

However the recently returned former world number one 'Swiss Miss' Martina Hingis doesn't believe that they will retire.

"I can't just see them walking away from the game, no."

But with professional tennis developing all the time and both sisters having time-consuming interests outside the sport, it is becoming harder all the time for them to catch up again.

This may be what Venus has in mind, particularly after appearing to be at a low ebb at Dubai this time last year, and somehow going on to an unexpected triumph in regaining the Wimbledon title.

What do u guys think will they ever return?? I hope not


:retard: :rolleyes:

Double Fault
Feb 19th, 2006, 06:29 PM
I hope they return.

AsGoodAsNew
Feb 19th, 2006, 06:47 PM
I hope they return.
The Williams' lovers hope so. So do the haters and tha they will be SUNK!

As a neutral admirer, I hope they come back and do themsleves and the game justice.

random fan
Feb 19th, 2006, 06:49 PM
I think they will return to win a slam once in a while but they will hardly return to dominate ever

Double Fault
Feb 19th, 2006, 06:55 PM
The Williams' lovers hope so. So do the haters and tha they will be SUNK!

As a neutral admirer, I hope they come back and do themsleves and the game justice.

I, too am a neutral admirer. I don't think they're done with tennis yet. Hopefully both the sisters will be back soon.

daffodil
Feb 19th, 2006, 06:59 PM
It's definitely something to think about. I mean, as far as I'm concerned, I'm always rooting for my favourite player, Serena. Venus is up there too on my list. But, as each passing tournament pull-out comes, and them being beaten week in and week out, I lose hope.

*JR*
Feb 19th, 2006, 07:22 PM
What do u guys think will they ever return?? I hope not
RU Diya, or her twin brother? :devil:

SAEKeithSerena
Feb 19th, 2006, 07:44 PM
i'm getting so sick of these threads, they WILL return, you guys just wish they wouldn't. i'm going to be laughing my ass off when one of them win miami.

Carmen Mairena
Feb 19th, 2006, 08:55 PM
Some journalists are just :retard: :retard: :retard:

Chrissie-fan
Feb 19th, 2006, 09:08 PM
Of course they will return. They must be the most unpredictable players in history. Sometimes they look as though they are done for good and a couple of weeks later they blow everyone off court and win a major. Besides, if they want it they still have five or more years of great tennis to look forward to.

drake3781
Feb 19th, 2006, 09:48 PM
My impression is that they want to be professional celebrities, like Paris Hilton, instead of tennis players now.

So if they do return, it will not be with all the enthusiasm and willingness to dedicate their time and energies to becoming at the top again. Just enough to further their career as professional celebrities, keep their faces in the news.

I wish this was wrong. But it's my opinion based on what I'm seeing now.

-VSR-
Feb 19th, 2006, 10:02 PM
My impression is that they want to be professional celebrities, like Paris Hilton, instead of tennis players now.

So if they do return, it will not be with all the enthusiasm and willingness to dedicate their time and energies to becoming at the top again. Just enough to further their career as professional celebrities, keep their faces in the news.

I wish this was wrong. But it's my opinion based on what I'm seeing now.

Well, it is a good thing your opinion doesn't really count for anything. :lol:

Blackbeat
Feb 19th, 2006, 10:11 PM
i cant here it right now...

if they want to return, theyll return, if not, then not...ill be a fan of them for always...

ure my girls!

ico4498
Feb 19th, 2006, 10:44 PM
they both played the AO this year.

this thread might be a little premature ... its been less than 8 weeks since they last played.

fammmmedspin
Feb 19th, 2006, 11:08 PM
If anyone could tell me whats wrong with them (still the knee??? an arm strain from not playing?) it might be possible to guess how it will turn out?

Barlos
Feb 19th, 2006, 11:11 PM
4 weeks I believe... but it is getting a little ridiculous though, how can they always be injured when they rarely play anyway?

I really hope they both come back soon.

azinna
Feb 19th, 2006, 11:21 PM
Well, they've typically been uninterested in tournaments before the IW/Key Biscayne season. So this is par for the course. If they're pulling this stuff in May, we could talk seriously about the either sister taking an official break from the tennis world a la Hingis. But I doubt (and hope) that this isn't in the cards.

Kart
Feb 19th, 2006, 11:26 PM
They'll be back.

Venus has a Wimbledon title to defend :cool:.

terjw
Feb 19th, 2006, 11:44 PM
Of course they will return. They must be the most unpredictable players in history. Sometimes they look as though they are done for good and a couple of weeks later they blow everyone off court and win a major. Besides, if they want it they still have five or more years of great tennis to look forward to.

In the past they've been able to just come back after not playing, waltz into a slam and pick up where they left off and win the slam. I'm not so sure now how easy it will be to play that way. And that may be a problem they find now. Because they've had so much success that way they may be tempted to stay like that. I'm thinking more and more to win a slam they're gonna have to put in a lot of hard work and preparation. That would be no bad thing. I think it's bad for the game if a player can just waltz in without doing much beforehand.

I'd also like to see them either really dedicate themselves to the game if they decide to stay. Or do something else if that's what interests them. I'm not very keen on these half and half measures. Also if Serena wants to get fully recovered before playing again set a date or tournament she's aiming to be fully recovered by. Let everyone know if it's going better or worse. Not this drifting along pulling out late from tournament one at a time as they come up.

Chrissie-fan
Feb 20th, 2006, 12:12 AM
In the past they've been able to just come back after not playing, waltz into a slam and pick up where they left off and win the slam. I'm not so sure now how easy it will be to play that way. And that may be a problem they find now. Because they've had so much success that way they may be tempted to stay like that. I'm thinking more and more to win a slam they're gonna have to put in a lot of hard work and preparation. That would be no bad thing. I think it's bad for the game if a player can just waltz in without doing much beforehand.

I'd also like to see them either really dedicate themselves to the game if they decide to stay. Or do something else if that's what interests them. I'm not very keen on these half and half measures. Also if Serena wants to get fully recovered before playing again set a date or tournament she's aiming to be fully recovered by. Let everyone know if it's going better or worse. Not this drifting along pulling out late from tournament one at a time as they come up.
Good points. I think that at some point, as a matter of pride, they are gonna put in the effort that is needed to be major contenders in the slams again. Probably not to dominate from Januari till December, but work towards being in top shape for the big events. I can not imagine that they are willing to just stay in the game for a very long time to lose against players that at their best they would easily beat. A lot will also depend on whether they can stay free of injuries of course.

Sinnet
Feb 20th, 2006, 01:28 AM
i'm getting so sick of these threads, they WILL return, you guys just wish they wouldn't. i'm going to be laughing my ass off when one of them win miami.

You know, I can understand being a big fan and believer, but that's awfully big talk when the two players you're bragging on haven't played enough to have the game they need to win a title.

Fact of the matter is this: until the two of them are winning matches again, these kind of articles will continue to be published. Like it or not, it's NEWS that the two of them are NOTICEABLY slipping. You don't think articles are going to be written when a former number-one player has fallen to around number 60 in the world?

Reality check.

I want the two of them to go well; they're good for the game and I love watching them play. But I'm also realistic, and right now, the reality is that they're not the best players in the world, and until I see them winning matches or competing in matches nonetheless, I'm not going to talk them up big.

sunset
Feb 20th, 2006, 03:28 AM
This is the latest article from yahoo Sport

Clouds thicken over Williams sisters' future

DUBAI (AFP) - Venus and Serena Williams have pulled out of the 1million dollars Dubai Duty Open, further increasing fears that the sisters who dominated the game during the early part of the game will never be the same again.

Venus has withdrawn with a right arm strain which is said to have worsened in training, and Serena declared she had a problem with an ongoing knee injury and did not want to risk it.


"I don't want to compete until my knee feels completely better," said Serena, whose problems are compounded by a related increase in weight which brought jibes from spectators during last month's Australian Open in Melbourne.

This was the only tournament which the former winner of all four Grand Slams has played this year, during which she has so far won only two matches. Serena has not won a tournament since the Australian Open more than 13 months ago.

Venus' predicament seems almost as bad, not having won a match this year, having played one tournament only, and not having won a title since Wimbledon nearly eight months ago.

Venus has slipped to number ten in the world and Serena to 44, which means that she cannot any longer be seeded in good quality events.

However the recently returned former world number one 'Swiss Miss' Martina Hingis doesn't believe that they will retire.

"I can't just see them walking away from the game, no."

But with professional tennis developing all the time and both sisters having time-consuming interests outside the sport, it is becoming harder all the time for them to catch up again.

This may be what Venus has in mind, particularly after appearing to be at a low ebb at Dubai this time last year, and somehow going on to an unexpected triumph in regaining the Wimbledon title.

What do u guys think will they ever return?? I hope not


I think the signs are very clear.

Jeff
Feb 20th, 2006, 03:35 AM
Who can predict anyone's actions or what tomorrow will bring. Certainly I can't, and neither can the media, but they like to take things to the extreme and make assumptions. The sisters have not been sidelined enough to ask such a question as "will they return." I mean there is still the Nasdaq, there are still three grand slams.. I mean if they don't play any of those, or show no improvement or enthusiasm in those, then maybe we can be a little more dramatic.

LucasArg
Feb 20th, 2006, 03:40 AM
I think they will be back at Miami. Come on Venus and Serena!! I miss you! :wavey:

Zauber
Feb 20th, 2006, 03:47 AM
I think Venus will still have some good success.
I think Serena may never ever get back into real shape.
As I said in a thread of mine
Its the end of the sister act (together)
I really was surprised at the outragous and obsene replies i received to a simple statement.