View Full Version : Venus' remarkable similarity with an American tennis great

Sam L
Jul 6th, 2002, 05:15 AM
They're both Californians (born and raised)

They both hit the ball hard off both wings

They're both relentless baseline hitters

They both wore cool white visors

They both had a cool, reserved demeanor on court (emotionless)

They both are the *only* women to win Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles (at the same Olympics)

And today Venus will attempt to join her (the FIRST American woman to win 3 consecutive Wimbledon titles) as the LATEST American woman to win 3 consecutive Wimbledon titles.

Good luck Venus! :wavey:

And let's remember the American queen who reigned supreme all those years ago :)

Jul 6th, 2002, 05:24 AM
Helen Wills Moody

Williams Rulez
Jul 6th, 2002, 08:02 AM
Oh... she wore a visor? :)

Jul 6th, 2002, 08:19 PM
as soon as I saw the topic I thought of Helen Wills. :)

Go Vee! Hopefully Venus can equal her record of 7 Wimbledons (or was it 8?).

Sam L
Jul 7th, 2002, 05:13 AM
Hi Moon I'm glad others have seen the similarities too :) Helen won 8 championships btw.

Anyway it's a SHAME Venus couldn't 3 peat I really wanted her to win :( But she will get many chances yet in the future :)

WR... yes Helen wore a visor (or similar cap) I don't know what it was called those days.

Congrats to Serena!

Jul 7th, 2002, 07:02 AM
Funnily enough, I've heard the comparison between Helen Wills & Lindsay Davenport made before. One reason why they are probably even more alike is that Helen Wills, like Lindsay, was not well-known for her mobility. Helen had a one-handed backhand.

Btw, does Venus consider herself Californian or Floridian? Hasn't she lived in Florida for the greater part of her life so far?

Sam L
Jul 7th, 2002, 07:08 AM
That came to my mind also Zummi. Helen's lack of mobility and Venus' speed about the court. But I guess that's an exception :p

Interesting question about Venus. I'm not sure either :confused: Does anyone know?