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Jul 4th, 2002, 11:58 PM
Thursday, July 4
Williams sisters have raised the bar
Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England --The Williams sisters both played phenomenal semifinals. Venus was at 3-all in the first set and then closed the door on Justine Henin. And Serena was at 2-all and then she closed the door on Amelie Mauresmo.

So just like at the 2001 U.S. Open, they played great semifinals. The big question in the tennis world is can they play a great final? If they don't, people aren't going to want to watch a fourth Grand Slam all-Williams final. Their matches aren't usually high quality, and people don't know who to cheer for because there's no conflict. For the health of women's tennis it needs to be a great final.

But the Williams sisters are not ruining the game. Is Tiger Woods ruining golf? It's up to the rest of women's tennis to figure out how to close the gap. Players like Jennifer Capriati, Daniela Hantuchova and Kim Clijsters need to figure out how to beat them. All the Williams sisters are doing is moving the bar higher, which is what Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Monica Seles all did -- but this time there are two of them.

The ink on women's tennis is wet right now. They are writing new history every week. Serena will be the No. 1 player on Monday. It's another step in their historic story -- now that they are both going to have a turn at No. 1. The only challenge left is for one of the two to win the Grand Slam. Venus has already proved she can win half of the year by taking Wimbledon and the U.S. Open back-to-back for two consecutive years.

So who will make history this time? Venus admitted that she's been distracted and hasn't played her best tennis. Serena looks like she seems to be handling the emotional and mental side better. But Venus has won two Wimbledon championships and Serena hasn't won any. On grass, you tend to go with the person who has won before, so I won't go against Venus.

This final more than any other final is important. It's their third Grand Slam final and it's Wimbledon -- the Granddaddy of them all. But how they produce in the final, is secondary to them being No. 1 and No. 2 in the world.

Pick: Venus

Jul 5th, 2002, 12:05 AM
Well I agree with Pam, Venus and Serena are doing what they are suppose to now it is up to the others to improve their game! If anyone is ruining tennis its the other players because they haven't uped their level yet.

Jul 5th, 2002, 12:14 AM
i agree with pam, serena and venus in the long run are helping womens tennis, it may seem boring at mo cos their always winning but in the long run we will have women who are better atheletes, with better games than the current crop and this will only benifit the enjoyment of the game for fans.

Jul 5th, 2002, 12:14 AM
Both Venus and Serena need to "Bring it ON" during the final.

There is no more psychological barrier for Serena and no more sympathy from Venus. This will be GOOD.

Jul 5th, 2002, 01:00 AM
This one has potential to be really good since they both play very well on grass,

Venus will have the experience, Serena the guts imo. We'll see who wins, i pick Serena, but I just want the match to be good, it has been getting better and better, so maybe they could make this one a couple of notches better than FO, but i do realize that playing a sibling must not be easy.

Jul 5th, 2002, 01:11 AM
Congrats to V & S and hoping for a great final :)

Jul 5th, 2002, 01:12 AM
A real tennis expert's take on Venus and Serena. Very good.

Williams Rulez
Jul 5th, 2002, 09:08 AM
I am hoping for a really good finals too! :D

They've achieved almost everything there is to achieve... this is just great! :D

Jul 5th, 2002, 09:10 AM
I hope for the best quality match ever:)

Jul 5th, 2002, 09:11 AM
I am proud of Venus and Serena, They are the best at Wimby, so it's their right to take all Williams Final...