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getright
May 11th, 2006, 04:39 PM
Sister act goes Hollywood
Venus, Serena are choosing red carpet over tennis
Posted: Thursday May 11, 2006 11:09AM; Updated: Thursday May 11, 2006 11:30AM



Venus and Serena Williams seem to be known more for their celebrity appearances than their tennis these days.


Move over, Paris and Nicky -- there's a new sister act in Tinseltown. In case anyone missed the press release, Venus and Serena Williams, the sports world's favorite sister act, have officially gone Hollywood. That's right, Hollywood: lights, camera, paparazzi!

You see, just like being a champion, becoming an illustrious VIP on the Celeb-O-Meter is all the rage among today's athletes, and the Williams sisters are no exception.

Gone are the days when Venus and Serena's first priority was to slay the competition on the hard courts with their jaw-dropping 100-mph serves and killer baseliners. Gone are the all-Williams finals and their sheer dominance. Venus and Serena have traded in their tennis rackets to become Hilton-esque socialites of their sport.

One minute they're partying with Jay-Z and Beyonce at the 40/40 club in New York City, the next they're hanging with British billionaire Richard Branson at Club Bed in South Beach. At times when they should be practicing, they're designing clothes and and making guest appearance on prime-time shows such as ER and Law & Order: SVU. They even had their own six-episode reality show last summer, Venus & Serena: For Real, on the ABC Family channel.

Sure, they may have picked up a racket along the way, but let's face it: Venus and Serena both know that tennis gets you no respect in Hollywood. After all, who outside of the tennis world gives a hoot about the likes of Lindsay Davenport?

Actually, this shift in careers for Venus and Serena should be of little surprise to tennis purists. After all, proud Papa Richard did warn us that both girls would retire by age 25. And it was Serena who, following her 2004 Wimbledon final loss to Maria Sharapova, was asked how, as a tennis superstar, she would respond to the challenge from the Russian teenager.

"A tennis superstar?" Serena replied. "I'm not a tennis superstar. I'm a superstar. Period. Like Britney Spears."

I guess tennis superstars may be born on the court, but they live and die in Hollywood.

What is surprising is the way in which Venus and Serena have chosen to make the transition from tennis into their next phase of life. Instead of retiring at the top of their game and bowing out gracefully like Chris Evert or Pete Sampras, the Williams sisters have elected to keep one foot on the court and one foot on the red carpet. They give lackluster performances in one tournament over here and then paint the town red over there for the next two months.

These days, when the sisters show up to play, they are often injured, ill-fit and unprepared. They take the court only to get clobbered by the Russians, the Belgians or some cute kid from Slovakia and then bark at anyone who dares suggest they aren't dedicating enough time to their sport.

At this year's Australian Open, Venus' game was so sluggish and error-filled that she was bounced in the first round by some Bulgarian whose name I can't remember. Not to be outdone, Serena crashed and burned in the third round and was dogged in the press about her constant wheezing between points and her rapid weight gain. What happened to the Williams' pride? Their champion swagger? It seems that has all been replaced by the "Party Over Here" attitude.

Venus recently competed in only her second tournament of 2006 (she lost in the quarters of Poland's J&S Cup) while Serena hasn't played in a tournament since the Aussie Open in January. Both pulled out of matches at Indian Wells, the NASDAQ-100 and the Family Circle Cup, citing a host of injuries. Then, last week, Serena announced that she would also miss this year's French Open and Wimbledon because of her ailing knee.

In the meantime, both have been back and forth to Los Angeles and Miami several times to frolic with the stars. They were in L.A. for the Vanity Fair Oscars party in March. They were seen carousing with rappers Pharrell Williams and Busta Rhymes at Miami hot spot Mansion. Then they were with Lydia Hearst at club Opium and later Paris Hilton at The Fifth on South Beach. Last weekend Serena was decked out in the finest at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. With a bevy of events like these on their social calendar, who has time for that little thing called tennis?

Through it all Venus has somehow managed to maintain a reputable No. 12 ranking (thanks to her surprising Wimbledon victory last year). But Serena is now ranked a laughable 105th in the world. At the rate they're going, they'll be known more for being ridiculous Hilton wannabes than for the tennis greats they once were.

Who knows, maybe they grew tired of the pressures and the scrutiny of being No. 1. Maybe they got sick of the excruciating matches, the six- to eight-hour days of nothing but PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE or being coached by that bumbling Papa Richard. If that's the case, you can't really blame them for turning to the lure of Hollywood for comfort.

Whatever the cause of their discomfort, it's time to clean up this mess that they have made all over themselves. If they're sick of tennis and want to party, they should retire now while people still remember their greatness. Take a bow and make a stylish exit before the Williams name is forever tarnished and associated with the term "has-been."

No one will blame them. In fact, I'd like to think we'd all be grateful. Lord knows it's been painful watching their listless performances tournament after tournament, wondering if we'll ever again see the athletic greatness that allowed us all to fall in love with them in the first place.

They should save their good name while they still have the chance before they truly become the laughingstocks of their profession, much like the real Paris and Nicky.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/elizabeth_newman/05/11/williams.sisters/index.html?section=si_latest

Marcell
May 11th, 2006, 04:42 PM
I don't see that this writer has any other article in her archive. It seems that anyone who wants to make a name for themselves just have to write an article on the Williams Sisters.

SelesFan70
May 11th, 2006, 04:43 PM
They didn't pull out of Indian Wells...they were never entered. :rolleyes: God, Sports Illustrated isn't a bastion of tennis knowledge that's for sure.

GrandSlam05
May 11th, 2006, 04:46 PM
Goddamn there's too many of these articles!

Meesh
May 11th, 2006, 05:01 PM
Goddamn there's too many of these articles!

I was thinking the same thing. It's gotten out of hand. Venus is back playing tournaments and training... so you would think some of it would stop.

Volcana
May 11th, 2006, 05:02 PM
Venus recently competed in only her second tournament of 2006 (she lost in the quarters of Poland's J&S Cup) while Serena hasn't played in a tournament since the Aussie Open in January.

Lord knows it's been painful watching their listless performances tournament after tournamentIf neither of them have been playing, what 'listless' performances has the author been watching? Venus' only 2005 losses post-Wimbledon were both to Kim Clijsters. I should think the author would be more cheerful. They don't want to see Venus or Serena playing, and they haven't been.

Through it all Venus has somehow managed to maintain a reputable No. 12 ranking (thanks to her surprising Wimbledon victory last year).It's really not surprising that a player who's been in four of the last five finals should win a tournament.

Paneru
May 11th, 2006, 05:05 PM
Who's this trick? :lol:

CanadianBoy21
May 11th, 2006, 05:06 PM
Laughable is the article. :lol:

They'll be back.
I wonder when Venus wins Wimbledon again this year and Serena wins the Us Open, what articles will be written then.

Venus is doing fine I think. Serena on the other hand needs to rededicate herself solely to tennis. Being a professional athlete is so much more than performing, it's the hours and hours of preparation each day. Waking up early and running, then hitting the tennis court, then the gym, and then the tennis court once again. Serena used to run at 5am in the morning. That's what I read in an article and her neighbor said her saw her each morning jogging.
So hopefully Serena will dedicate herself once her knee is better, because with her knee not being good, it's questionable if Serena will win anything at all on the WTA level.

Meesh
May 11th, 2006, 05:12 PM
This looks to be her first article for SI:

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/.element/img/2.0/story/writers/new/topper_elizabeth_newman.jpg

Archive

More SI.com WritersKelli AndersonLars AndersonRick ArnettChris BallardDon BanksMark BechtelMark BeechAlex BelthTom BowlesMarty BurnsLuis BuenoStephen CannellaBob CasperBrian CazeneuveJeffri ChadihaAlbert ChenSeth DavisFrank DefordRichard DeitschNunyo DemasioJohn DonovanKelly DwyerDarren EliotFarrell EvansMichael FarberPaul ForresterLewis FranckReuben FrankJonah FreedmanDan GeorgeJustin GimelstobRichard HofferAdam HofstetterSteve HofstetterDave HollanderPeter KingAndrew LawrenceTom LaybergerTim LaydenChris LewisFranz LidzJacob LuftStewart MandelChris MannixGabriele MarcottiArash MarkaziMike McAllisterJack McCallumCory McCartneyPete McEntegartGene MenezAllan MuirAustin MurphyRichard O'BrienDrew PackhamAndrew PerloffJames QuintongRick ReillyJohn RolfeSteve RushinDavid SabinoB.J. SchecterTracy SchultzRicardo SetyonAlan ShipnuckGregory SicaMichael SilverRob StangerE.M. SwiftBill SykenPhil TaylorIan ThomsenJimmy TrainaTim TuttleGary Van SickleTom VerducciGrant WahlJohn WaltersMatt WaxmanJon WeismanJon WertheimLang WhitakerLuke WinnAlexander WolffScott WraightMark ZeskePaul Zimmerman
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/.element/img/2.0/story/misc/blue_arrow.gif Elizabeth Newman: Sister act goes Hollywood (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/elizabeth_newman/05/11/williams.sisters/index.html) (05/11/2006)

Paneru
May 11th, 2006, 05:15 PM
This looks to be her first article for SI:

And hopefully her last if this
is any indication of things to come.

Faulty info. and a topic
that has been beaten like a dead horse.

Viktymise
May 11th, 2006, 05:23 PM
The article couldnt be any more anti williams, it wouldnt suprise me if the same person who wrote this article was a williams hater when they were at there best, any he must not watch too much tennis if he aint heard of Pironkova, she is an up and coming star, i dnt think his opinionshould be counted in the slightest

AsGoodAsNew
May 11th, 2006, 05:26 PM
Goddamn there's too many of these articles!
Totally agree. Both won a Grand Slam last year. Sharapova and everyone else, apart from Kim and Justine, didn't. So what do we call all the other players if Venus and Serena are has beens?

~Cherry*Blossom~
May 11th, 2006, 05:36 PM
oh Venus, just win the French Open and shut them up!!!

CrossCourt~Rally
May 11th, 2006, 05:43 PM
This looks to be her first article for SI:

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/.element/img/2.0/story/writers/new/topper_elizabeth_newman.jpg

Archive

More SI.com WritersKelli AndersonLars AndersonRick ArnettChris BallardDon BanksMark BechtelMark BeechAlex BelthTom BowlesMarty BurnsLuis BuenoStephen CannellaBob CasperBrian CazeneuveJeffri ChadihaAlbert ChenSeth DavisFrank DefordRichard DeitschNunyo DemasioJohn DonovanKelly DwyerDarren EliotFarrell EvansMichael FarberPaul ForresterLewis FranckReuben FrankJonah FreedmanDan GeorgeJustin GimelstobRichard HofferAdam HofstetterSteve HofstetterDave HollanderPeter KingAndrew LawrenceTom LaybergerTim LaydenChris LewisFranz LidzJacob LuftStewart MandelChris MannixGabriele MarcottiArash MarkaziMike McAllisterJack McCallumCory McCartneyPete McEntegartGene MenezAllan MuirAustin MurphyRichard O'BrienDrew PackhamAndrew PerloffJames QuintongRick ReillyJohn RolfeSteve RushinDavid SabinoB.J. SchecterTracy SchultzRicardo SetyonAlan ShipnuckGregory SicaMichael SilverRob StangerE.M. SwiftBill SykenPhil TaylorIan ThomsenJimmy TrainaTim TuttleGary Van SickleTom VerducciGrant WahlJohn WaltersMatt WaxmanJon WeismanJon WertheimLang WhitakerLuke WinnAlexander WolffScott WraightMark ZeskePaul Zimmerman
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/.element/img/2.0/story/misc/blue_arrow.gif Elizabeth Newman: Sister act goes Hollywood (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/elizabeth_newman/05/11/williams.sisters/index.html) (05/11/2006)


:hearts: LIZ NEWMAN looks HAAAAWWTT!!!!! :kiss:

winone23
May 11th, 2006, 05:44 PM
"Venus and Serena are damned if they do and damned if they don't" I guess when they are injured they are supposed to sit at home on their a$#es and watch their dogs play. Won't these writers, write about the Belgians and the Russians, why the hell are the Williams sisters on their pee brain minds anyway. Both Venus and Serena have risked their bodies in the past to play tennis, Serena was still injured when she played Wimbledon last year, and she still doesn't get credit for trying to compete while she was hurt. I noticed how the reporter failed to mention Venus' gritty win over Hingis at J&S cup she only mentioned the lost. Venus is playing tennis again, and Serena will be back when she has healed what more do they want? They want the sisters to sell their souls to the devil to get back on top, but that aint gonna happen. They will come back strong when the time is right.

hablo
May 11th, 2006, 05:45 PM
Oh why did I even bother to read this ? :help::o

vwfan
May 11th, 2006, 05:46 PM
oh Venus, just win the French Open and shut them up!!!
Now wouldn't that be delicious! :drool:

They could hardly compose themselves when she beatdown Sharapova. MacEnroe said after the first set. "Well, this is hardly over!" Wrong. Sharapova held one game and exited Wimbledon with a breadstick for the road.

At least they are not proclaiming anyone else the heir apparent after that debacle.

vwfan
May 11th, 2006, 05:48 PM
"Venus and Serena are damned if they do and damned if they don't" I guess when they are injured they are supposed to sit at home on their a$#es and watch their dogs play. Won't these writers, write about the Belgians and the Russians, why the hell are the Williams sisters on their pee brain minds anyway. Both Venus and Serena have risked their bodies in the past to play tennis, Serena was still injured when she played Wimbledon last year, and she still doesn't get credit for trying to compete while she was hurt. I noticed how the reporter failed to mention Venus' gritty win over Hingis at J&S cup she only mentioned the lost. Venus is playing tennis again, and Serena will be back when she has healed what more do they want? They want the sisters to sell their souls to the devil to get back on top, but that aint gonna happen. They will come back strong when the time is right.Exactly.
After all the fuss that "the Williams sisters finals are boring," you'd think they'd be delighted to have other faces to look at. But nooooo . . .still whinning and complaining.

volta
May 11th, 2006, 05:57 PM
they could at least try to be a bit original instead of making articles after articles saying the same ol same ol :o

winone23
May 11th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Exactly.
After all the fuss that "the Williams sisters finals are boring," you'd think they'd be delighted to have other faces to look at. But nooooo . . .still whinning and complaining.

I know the whining and complaining is getting old. These reporters keep talking about the same thing over and over again. I wouldn't be surprised if these reporters are cutting and pasting paragraphs from old articles about this tired subject, to fill the empty pages of their half a$$ reporting. That chick doesn't even have all her facts right, when was the last time the Williams sisters entered Indian Wells and the last time I checked Venus is in Rome working hard for her next tourny.

winone23
May 11th, 2006, 06:07 PM
Venus, Venus I beg of you please win the French Open, so these reporters can have something to write about again, because they seem to be suffering from severe writers block and brain freeze.

Venus enlighten them please. :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

harloo
May 11th, 2006, 06:17 PM
This looks to be her first article for SI:

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/.element/img/2.0/story/writers/new/topper_elizabeth_newman.jpg

Archive



More SI.com WritersKelli AndersonLars AndersonRick ArnettChris BallardDon BanksMark BechtelMark BeechAlex BelthTom BowlesMarty BurnsLuis BuenoStephen CannellaBob CasperBrian CazeneuveJeffri ChadihaAlbert ChenSeth DavisFrank DefordRichard DeitschNunyo DemasioJohn DonovanKelly DwyerDarren EliotFarrell EvansMichael FarberPaul ForresterLewis FranckReuben FrankJonah FreedmanDan GeorgeJustin GimelstobRichard HofferAdam HofstetterSteve HofstetterDave HollanderPeter KingAndrew LawrenceTom LaybergerTim LaydenChris LewisFranz LidzJacob LuftStewart MandelChris MannixGabriele MarcottiArash MarkaziMike McAllisterJack McCallumCory McCartneyPete McEntegartGene MenezAllan MuirAustin MurphyRichard O'BrienDrew PackhamAndrew PerloffJames QuintongRick ReillyJohn RolfeSteve RushinDavid SabinoB.J. SchecterTracy SchultzRicardo SetyonAlan ShipnuckGregory SicaMichael SilverRob StangerE.M. SwiftBill SykenPhil TaylorIan ThomsenJimmy TrainaTim TuttleGary Van SickleTom VerducciGrant WahlJohn WaltersMatt WaxmanJon WeismanJon WertheimLang WhitakerLuke WinnAlexander WolffScott WraightMark ZeskePaul Zimmerman


http://i.a.cnn.net/si/.element/img/2.0/story/misc/blue_arrow.gif Elizabeth Newman: Sister act goes Hollywood (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/elizabeth_newman/05/11/williams.sisters/index.html) (05/11/2006)

Damn, and it was a sista!:haha: :haha: The article is hilarious. It's really a bunch of rehashed information and criticism we've heard before.

tennisboi
May 11th, 2006, 06:21 PM
The word is out in the sports world now that the girls are a fading force

harloo
May 11th, 2006, 06:22 PM
The word is out in the sports world now that the girls are a fading force

Where did you hear this? Inquiring minds want to know.:tape: ;) :lol:

CC
May 11th, 2006, 06:27 PM
I only made it to the first sentence.

V-MAC
May 11th, 2006, 06:52 PM
nice to know Venus and Serena can at least sleep better at night knowing that they are keeping some trashy sports journos income flowing ;) they should be thanking Vee and Serena for giving them something to write about. No doubt they'd ignore them if they were still dominating coz that would be too positive to write about.:(

Infiniti2001
May 11th, 2006, 07:29 PM
When are all these writers going to admit they wouldn't be the least bit interested in tennis if it weren't for Venus and Serena? :shrug: :lol:

Stamp Paid
May 11th, 2006, 07:35 PM
And why are they demanding a decision from Venus and Serena as to the state of their careers?

They can do whatever the fuck they want.

tennisfan1972
May 11th, 2006, 07:41 PM
My only question is whether this decline os worse than the last decline theyhad where they won AUS open and Wimbledon? Or is this some new kind adecline that they are developing. If you can stay healthy enough to still win 1 major a year who cares how much you are declining if the non declining players cant beat you at the slams? the way i see it, 8 hours a day u sleep, and u have 16 hours left to do whatever u want to do with it. i couldnt be on a practice court all day. just not for me not for any amount of monye fame or public adoration. You need a life after tennis . In fact u need a life during tennis.

hingis-seles
May 11th, 2006, 07:48 PM
This has gotten old real quick.

pigam
May 11th, 2006, 08:00 PM
:lol: talk about being a drama queen :tape:
She acts as if, when Venus and Serena come out on court,
other players start laughing in their faces and calling them "fat"
and "has beens" and what have you :unsure:

Lol, my o my. i gotta admit, sometimes I have bit of difficulties
with the way both Serena and venus communicate about their
injuries, calendar, ... but this is really exaggerated.
I mean, as if V&S havn't won anything in yeaearears :cuckoo:

Zauber
May 11th, 2006, 08:10 PM
I think there is a big difference between Venus and Serena.
I agree Serena is finished not just because she parties too much but also because with her changing body Serena would have great trouble to move as well as she used to.
Venus I think still has a lot of tennis in her. She is also still fairly dedicated I think.
Venus will win more tournaments.

tennisjay
May 11th, 2006, 08:30 PM
This has gotten old real quick.

At least they’re being talked about. More media attention means more money and recognition. So I say to this women keep up the good work.

miffedmax
May 11th, 2006, 08:39 PM
Yaaaaawwwwwnnnn.

darrinbaker00
May 11th, 2006, 08:42 PM
When are all these writers going to admit they wouldn't be the least bit interested in tennis if it weren't for Venus and Serena? :shrug: :lol:
You can say the same thing about a lot of Venus and Serena's fans, if not a majority of them. I had stopped watching and playing the game years ago, and the sisters renewed my passion for it.

CrossCourt~Rally
May 11th, 2006, 08:46 PM
You could say the same thing about a lot of Venus and Serena's fans, you know.

Yeah...thats quite obvious... :)

CrossCourt~Rally
May 11th, 2006, 08:47 PM
And why are they demanding a decision from Venus and Serena as to the state of their careers?

They can do whatever the fuck they want.

:rocker2:

Veenut
May 11th, 2006, 08:55 PM
Damn!!! Another article again! I thought tennis found there saviour two years ago and there was no need for the sisters anymore. Oh well, so much for that assumption.

Kart
May 11th, 2006, 08:56 PM
What a refreshing, original article.

Foot_Fault
May 11th, 2006, 08:59 PM
Damn!!! Another article again! I thought tennis found their saviour two years ago and their was no need for the sisters anymore. Oh well so much for that assumption.

:tape:

SAEKeithSerena
May 11th, 2006, 09:44 PM
Goddamn there's too many of these articles!



yeah, it's getting pretty annoying. they need to give it up i'm gonna laugh my ass off when venus wins wimbledon or the us open this year.

dreamgoddess099
May 11th, 2006, 10:14 PM
This is Elizabeth Newman's first article for SI, it's more than sad that she couldn't find anybody else more interesting on the WTA tour to write about. Surely the other WTA players can't be that boring.

Denise4925
May 11th, 2006, 10:29 PM
:hearts: LIZ NEWMAN looks HAAAAWWTT!!!!! :kiss:
She looks like Mrs. Guga :p

Denise4925
May 11th, 2006, 10:31 PM
Oh why did I even bother to read this ? :help::o
:lol: I felt the same way when I got it from Yahoo News today. I could barely read it for :rolleyes:

winone23
May 11th, 2006, 10:40 PM
This is Elizabeth Newman's first article for SI, it's more than sad that she couldn't find anybody else more interesting on the WTA tour to write about. Surely the other WTA players can't be that boring.

These reporters are always trying to make a name for themselves off the Williams sisters backs. :(

darrinbaker00
May 11th, 2006, 10:54 PM
Aside from the part about the sisters "pulling out" of Indian Wells, I didn't have a problem with what Ms. Newman wrote, because I think she's right. It's May 2006, and people on this board are hoping for Venus and Serena to return to their 2002 form, which is ridiculous. The 2006 Williams sisters should make the 2002 Williams sisters look like amateurs, but it's all they can do to even get back on the court. That's not the media's fault.

drake3781
May 11th, 2006, 11:02 PM
Aside from the part about the sisters "pulling out" of Indian Wells, I didn't have a problem with what Ms. Newman wrote, because I think she's right. It's May 2006, and people on this board are hoping for Venus and Serena to return to their 2002 form, which is ridiculous. The 2006 Williams sisters should make the 2002 Williams sisters look like amateurs, but it's all they can do to even get back on the court. That's not the media's fault.

I agree with you and I enjoyed the article. The sisters are leaving tennis and entering the celebrity world, as is their choice, and this article explains what they are doing and its effects. Not everybody knows this and the article provides the information to SI readers. SI readers may be casual tennis fans but not rabid fans like WTAWorld members who already know what is going on. The sisters can make their choice and nobody has the right to say which choice is better or worse for them, but choosing celebrityhood means losing tennis skills and ranking, and choosing to continue as a top tennis player means missing celebrity appearances. That's a bold fact. Beating up on the writer or complaining that the topic is not new does not acknowledge this fact.

Send your bad reps my way if you must, or attack me personally, but better yet, explain what is wrong with these statements.

Rocketta
May 11th, 2006, 11:09 PM
What a refreshing, original article.

right, it's the personification of uniqueness. :worship:

Denise4925
May 11th, 2006, 11:12 PM
I agree with you and I enjoyed the article. The sisters are leaving tennis and entering the celebrity world, as is their choice, and this article explains what they are doing and its effects. Not everybody knows this and the article provides the information to SI readers. SI readers may be casual tennis fans but not rabid fans like WTAWorld members who already know what is going on. The sisters can make their choice and nobody has the right to say which choice is better or worse for them, but choosing celebrityhood means losing tennis skills and ranking, and choosing to continue as a top tennis player means missing celebrity appearances. That's a bold fact. Beating up on the writer or complaining that the topic is not new does not acknowledge this fact.

Send your bad reps my way if you must, or attack me personally, but better yet, explain what is wrong with these statements.
How many articles have been written about this same topic on the SI website? I dare say it's not the first and if casual tennis fans are reading this article, they have read the others, so to give the excuse that this old news is fresh news to the casual tennis fan is just lame. If it's their choice and you truly believe that than you must also agree that they should be left alone to pursue what they want and the writers need to find something else to write about. It's not sports news, but entertainment gossip. Sports news would have been an article on the renewal of the rivalry between Venus and Martina at Warsaw, but that just received a blip in the entire article. I'm not sure what is expected of them by you and others. You complain because they are not playing and not giving any reasons why. Well, Venus steps on court to play and Serena tells you why she's not playing and when she'll be back, but you're still not satisfied. What do you want from them? I truly don't get it.

Diesel
May 12th, 2006, 12:20 AM
When are all these writers going to admit they wouldn't be the least bit interested in tennis if it weren't for Venus and Serena? :shrug: :lol:

The WTA basically stands for Williams Tennis Association. The legends of the tour, these articles only go to prove it.

iWill
May 12th, 2006, 12:22 AM
I was talking about this topic with my mom and she told me you can't expect these girls to continue to go out and bust their butts every match and day in and day out for one reason.....they already have! They've achieved just about everything a player could ask for and if they retired tomorrow they'd both be in the hall of fame so what more do they have to prove as long as they are satisfied with their life as a fan I cant be mad at them cuz we all know that it has to end sometimes (not that it is or I want it to) but you have to be realistic in this situation

LeRoy.
May 12th, 2006, 12:27 AM
memo to tennis writers : Get a new hobby :D

faste5683
May 12th, 2006, 01:07 AM
The WTA basically stands for Williams Tennis Association. The legends of the tour, these articles only go to prove it.

I thought the WTA basically stood for Billie Jean King, who fought for and (almost) single-handedly created the association...

:wavey:

Infiniti2001
May 12th, 2006, 01:11 AM
The WTA basically stands for Williams Tennis Association. The legends of the tour, these articles only go to prove it.

You know, I always cracked up about this, but I beginning to believe it :haha: I mean, the German Open is this week-- JHH is the defending champ, Nadia Petrova is trying to win her 3rd clay court tourney of the season and Kuznetsova is trying to win her first . Aren't these players news worthy??:shrug:

Diesel
May 12th, 2006, 01:34 AM
You know, I always cracked up about this, but I beginning to believe it :haha: I mean, the German Open is this week-- JHH is the defending champ, Nadia Petrova is trying to win her 3rd clay court tourney of the season and Kuznetsova is trying to win her first . Aren't these players news worthy??:shrug:

Believe it :lol: The reality of it is made that much clear, more solid with each and every consecutive article, open letter about Venus and Serena. Williams Tennis Association it is :yeah:

Haute
May 12th, 2006, 02:28 AM
I know the whining and complaining is getting old. These reporters keep talking about the same thing over and over again. I wouldn't be surprised if these reporters are cutting and pasting paragraphs from old articles about this tired subject, to fill the empty pages of their half a$$ reporting. That chick doesn't even have all her facts right, when was the last time the Williams sisters entered Indian Wells and the last time I checked Venus is in Rome working hard for her next tourny.

Is she really in Rome already?

mykarma
May 12th, 2006, 02:45 AM
I was talking about this topic with my mom and she told me you can't expect these girls to continue to go out and bust their butts every match and day in and day out for one reason.....they already have! They've achieved just about everything a player could ask for and if they retired tomorrow they'd both be in the hall of fame so what more do they have to prove as long as they are satisfied with their life as a fan I cant be mad at them cuz we all know that it has to end sometimes (not that it is or I want it to) but you have to be realistic in this situation
Your mom is a very wise lady.

winone23
May 12th, 2006, 02:56 AM
Is she really in Rome already?
One of the other members from Italy said that she was there since Sunday practicing on the courts at an Italian club and that she even ate spaghetti on the tennis court.

thelittlestelf
May 12th, 2006, 02:59 AM
Gone are the days when Venus and Serena's first priority was to slay the competition on the hard courts with their jaw-dropping 100-mph serves and killer baseliners.

After that sentence I stopped reading :haha:.

Haute
May 12th, 2006, 03:02 AM
One of the other members from Italy said that she was there since Sunday practicing on the courts at an Italian club and that she even ate spaghetti on the tennis court.

Wow, so she wasted no time after Warsaw! Has she ever gone to a tournament a week in advance? I just hope with Richard there she's not over-practicing like she's done before and gotten herself injured.

BK4ever
May 12th, 2006, 05:06 AM
Poor Venus and Serena...only winning one slam last year...lmao

these trifling ass writers know nothing about tennis. I guarantee you, that Sveta, Maria, Davey and the rest of the gang would rather have the year that V&S last year than the one they actually had. At the end of the, your greatness is mainly measured by the number of slams you won, so on that note...everyone else except Serena, Venus, Kim and Juju had a HORRIBLE 2005

winone23
May 12th, 2006, 06:09 AM
Poor Venus and Serena...only winning one slam last year...lmao

these trifling ass writers know nothing about tennis. I guarantee you, that Sveta, Maria, Davey and the rest of the gang would rather have the year that V&S last year than the one they actually had. At the end of the, your greatness is mainly measured by the number of slams you won, so on that note...everyone else except Serena, Venus, Kim and Juju had a HORRIBLE 2005

I know Lindsay played incredible last year, yet she is still chasing that elusive slam that both Venus and Serena have been able to win, while in "SLUMPS." I can only image how its feels to be on top of the ranking and to be playing your best tennis and still get denied two slams, by "has been partying tennis players with no dedication" what a shame. :devil:

RVD
May 12th, 2006, 06:12 AM
I only made it to the first sentence. :yawn: I didn't even make it that far. :shrug:

RVD
May 12th, 2006, 06:15 AM
Oh why did I even bother to read this ? :help::o:haha: :lol:

LUIS9
May 12th, 2006, 06:48 AM
Oh why did I even bother to read this ? :help::o

After the first paragraph I had enough of this bland bs crap nonesense. I mean really what unarticulate piece of writing. Even I could pop up a better article with only having done well enough to not have to take college writing 101 when I was a college freshman. :tape:

go hingis
May 12th, 2006, 07:58 AM
I don't see how the one article could be written about both sisters. They are two seperate people and they do their own thing.

I think it's way too early for articles like this but I'm sure Serena doesn't mind everyone talking about her. Serena wants to be in the limelight on or off court. She wants to be a superstar without tennis being mentioned and she ain't going to get it if she's sitting at home or going to family parties and only being seen in the tennis scene.

I understand people are sick of reading about it in just about every magazine but could you imagine if it was the other way around. EG: your fave just won a grandslam you open the mag and it doesn't mention one thing about it and the magazine's reason was "well, we thought since it's in every other magazine, why should we also do the same story"

winone23
May 12th, 2006, 09:22 AM
I don't see how the one article could be written about both sisters. They are two seperate people and they do their own thing.

I think it's way too early for articles like this but I'm sure Serena doesn't mind everyone talking about her. Serena wants to be in the limelight on or off court. She wants to be a superstar without tennis being mentioned and she ain't going to get it if she's sitting at home or going to family parties and only being seen in the tennis scene.

I understand people are sick of reading about it in just about every magazine but could you imagine if it was the other way around. EG: your fave just won a grandslam you open the mag and it doesn't mention one thing about it and the magazine's reason was "well, we thought since it's in every other magazine, why should we also do the same story"

The issue is not that it's in the same magazine the issue is that they keep talking about the same crap over and over. Espn, SI,and other tennis magazines have been talking about the thing for the past two years regarding the sisters. The subject is old but they are trying hard to reinvent a dead issue without any success.

go hingis
May 12th, 2006, 11:00 AM
The issue is not that it's in the same magazine the issue is that they keep talking about the same crap over and over. Espn, SI,and other tennis magazines have been talking about the thing for the past two years regarding the sisters. The subject is old but they are trying hard to reinvent a dead issue without any success.

I understand.

I think one problem could be that the people who write the articles today, didn't work for the paper two years ago and may think they're writing about something new. lol