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CHOCO
Jul 6th, 2002, 12:58 PM
http://www.washtimes.com/sports/20020706-73482328.htm


July 6, 2002


Sister bashing trite,stale and vindictive
By Barker Davis
THE WASHINGTON TIMES


WIMBLEDON, England There's a shameless new trend in the tennis world. Instead of celebrating the staggering success of the game's wonder women, it's become fashionable to take potshots at the Slam Sisters.


The most recent bit of bitterness directed at Venus and Serena Williams came courtesy of Wimbledon also-ran Amelie Mauresmo, who had the gall to suggest that today's all-Williams final at the All England Club is bad for the sport.
"I think it's a little bit sad for women's tennis," Mauresmo said Thursday, still smarting after 20-year-old Serena turned her over her knee in the semifinals (6-2, 6-1). "I think people are going to get bored about it. It was already the final at the French Open. You know, I'm not counting how many people since yesterday told me, 'We don't want a Williams final.'"
Hey, now there's a pertinent point from one of the sport's most agile minds. Who needs competition? Let's just hold a poll among the fans on site to determine the final. At Wimbledon, such an exercise might have yielded a finale pitting Brit Elena Baltacha against marketing tool Anna Kournikova. Who cares if neither player was seeded entering the fortnight? Who cares if the caliber of the tennis might set the sport back three decades? Heck, let's just call the match off and have a strip show at Centre Court. Then Anna might actually win something.
A similar dominance equals predictability equals boredom mentality has pervaded life on the PGA Tour since Tiger Wood began hoarding golf's goodies. But unlike Mauresmo, few of Tiger's would-be rivals have had the audacity to heave verbal manure at golf's golden child. Perhaps we can chalk this up to maturity, because most of Tiger's Tour brethren are considerably older than the 23-year-old Mauresmo.
In time, hopefully Mauresmo will figure out what Tiger's victims seem to understand. The Williams sisters, like Tiger, bring popularity and wealth to everyone involved in the sport. If you find their budding dominance tedious, as Mauresmo obviously does, do something about it. Stop whining and start winning.
But Mauresmo is far from the only one hurling aspersions at the Williamses. A startling percentage of the media is in on the act as well. Just yesterday a columnist in the Daily Telegraph trotted out the same baseless drivel we've read for years that father Richard determines the winner before their head-to-head matches. This nonsense started several years ago when that bastion of enlightenment called the National Enquirer published a story tabbing Richard as the grand puppeteer. Incredibly, both a portion of the media and certain players believed the story.
Two years ago, when Venus and Serena met in the semifinals at Wimbledon, Lindsay Davenport was asked to pick a winner.
"You'll have to ask Richard," said Davenport, only half joking.
But folks, including John McEnroe, continue to drag out this hackneyed allegation although Richard hasn't attended a Grand Slam in a year. And anybody remotely close to the situation knows that Richard would have a tough time fixing a sandwich, much less a Grand Slam final.
On Thursday, Venus stopped just short of admitting her father was completely loopy. When asked what she thought Richard would do if he caught up with Serena's German stalker, Venus rolled her eyes and replied, "Probably take him to lunch."
That brings us to another angle of criticism that has been heaped on the Slam Sisters. Both Richard and mother Oracene are relatively easy targets. The owner of this space has taken more than his share of swipes at the estranged couple and their strange ways. But it's impossible to argue with their results.
"No matter what people say about my dad and my mom, hey, they've made some champions," said Serena.
Not if you listen to a number of hushed voices in the press room, who think steroids might be the sisters' secret to success. Sure, they're bigger and stronger than anyone else on Tour. But where's the proof that drugs, and not hard work, are responsible? It doesn't exist. That hasn't stopped some from clamoring for random off-site drug testing, which the WTA announced this week it's considering. But until proven otherwise, you have to assume that everyone on the women's tour is clean. That's how this legal system thing works.
So enough of the innuendo and rumor-mongering and sour grapes. It's time for the critics to close their mouths and open their eyes to the most staggering sibling rivalry in sports history.


AINT THAT THE TRUTH!!!:)


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Lady Clarissa
Jul 6th, 2002, 01:04 PM
CHOCO another great article, honestly where do you find these?

I don't really mind what they have to say, it's there opinions, but you could think they would keep their thought more personal

CHOCO
Jul 6th, 2002, 01:12 PM
Hey Lady - :wavey:

There are plenty of articles written on the players of the WTA.

So I try to find those that I and my fellow posters find interesting

and revealing. :)

Gumbycat
Jul 6th, 2002, 01:19 PM
Thanks CHOCO. This article gets down and dirty with the playa haters!

eshell
Jul 6th, 2002, 05:10 PM
Thanks for this great article, Choco. :)

Linnie
Jul 6th, 2002, 05:21 PM
More "objective" and "non-opinionated" journalism from Rev. Moon's Washington Times :rolleyes:

What's ironic is this:
Not if you listen to a number of hushed voices in the press room, who think steroids might be the sisters' secret to success. Sure, they're bigger and stronger than anyone else on Tour. But where's the proof that drugs, and not hard work, are responsible? It doesn't exist. That hasn't stopped some from clamoring for random off-site drug testing, which the WTA announced this week it's considering. But until proven otherwise, you have to assume that everyone on the women's tour is clean. That's how this legal system thing works.

Those of you bashing other players for this exact thing should take heed.

Pureracket
Jul 6th, 2002, 06:33 PM
Choco,
Nice article.

GogoGirl
Jul 6th, 2002, 06:44 PM
Great article CHOCO. Thanks. Some of us understand very well how tiring it is getting having to hear and read about the same old rewashed whining & complaining. Hopefully, more thinking minded and level-headed folks will catch up to our way of seeing things sooner than later.

Btw - what did I miss? Just kidding, for I saw the final. It was a very good match and truly touching. I was glad to see that the stands were packed indeed. But one wouldn't have thought the stands would have been packed the way some people felt compelled to state that folks didn't want to watch a Sisters' final and were tired of watching them play. Now were they right or wrong?

I thought Venus would prevail - but evidently Serena was hitting w/more power and angles than Big Sis. Either or - would have been alright w/me. "It's all right now."


"WAY TO GO SISTERS" "TAKE THE DOUBLES TITLE" "YOU CAN DO IT" '"LUV U 2 X SISTERS X 2" "NOW COME ON AND TEAR UP THE HARD COURT SEASON" "DEFEND TO THE END - VENUS"




http://www.witness.co.za/showcontent.asp?id=7956&action=full&catid=8



Venus and Serena unlikely to serve up much tennis on SA tour

JOHANNESBURG - Venus and Serena Williams will be touring South Africa later this year but tennis fans are more likely to see them on school playing fields than in competition.

Their mother, Oracene, arrives in South Africa on Tuesday as a prelude to their trip but has made it clear that the main purpose of their visit is more promotional than competitive.

"Since there are no WTA tournaments opportunities in Africa, the girls would like to travel to Africa to provide a few clinics for the youth and possibly an exhibition," she said from Wimbledon where the sisters are to meet in today's final.

Ghana and Senegal will also be on their tour agenda, added their mother. "It has been a life-long dream of mine to visit Africa and it is also important for Venus and Serena to experience their cultural and ethnic history.

"We want to tour some of the countries and perhaps become involved with programmes that impact on youth, women, health and education. They want to make a lasting contribution to their homeland."

Accompanying Mrs Williams on her trip to Africa will be Cora Masters Barry, wife of the former mayor of Washington DC, Marion Barry, who is the founder of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Centre.

Oracene Williams is founder and CEO of the Owl Foundation which is based in Palm Springs, Florida, while Venus and Serena serve on the board. The foundation is dedicated to maximising educational programmes for youth who have been evaluated as slow learners and who require special attention.

While on her tour to South Africa, Ghana and Senegal Mrs Williams will meet with heads of state, ministers of sport, health and education as well as directors of organisations which sponsor programmes that impact on women, children and youth.

She will also scout possible sites to hold tennis clinics and exhibitions for Venus and Serena.

She will be in South Africa until July 15, before moving on to Ghana until July 20 and Senegal until the end of the month. =
Publish Date: 6 July 2002
Source: SAPA

Rocketta
Jul 6th, 2002, 06:47 PM
Yeah nice article! I like this part "Stop whining and Start Winning!" It couldn't have been said more plainly and succintly!

Cybelle Darkholme
Jul 7th, 2002, 08:00 PM
Fantastic article! Finally more people are waking up and realizing that its disgusting and hateful to sling accusations based on nothing but rumors!


If you find their budding dominance tedious, as Mauresmo obviously does, do something about it. Stop whining and start winning.



I love that line and its so on point. Shut up or put up momo.

Julie
Jul 7th, 2002, 08:36 PM
:wavey:

Just wanted ot take this one step further and say that

"bashing any player is trite, stale and vindictive"

hope you dont mind me stealing your quote :)

Williams Rulez
Jul 8th, 2002, 04:36 AM
That is true Julie... :D

Deira
Jul 8th, 2002, 04:50 AM
Great article CHOCO, thanks. Although I don't appreciate the jabs at Richard. He and Oracene are responsible for it all. Kudos to both of them :)

J_Migoe
Jul 8th, 2002, 05:25 AM
TM.....don't be that harsh on Momo, she's a cool and classy lady. I guess she was just feeling a little bitter after been thrashed by Serena.
Peace

LucasArg
Jul 8th, 2002, 05:40 AM
Choco:wavey:

Amanda
Jul 8th, 2002, 07:09 AM
Great Article....Venus and Serena continue to rise.

Poe
Jul 8th, 2002, 02:03 PM
THAT HOMOMOMO

do you think calling her a homo is negative some how? cuz it ain't... you jackass

Volcana
Jul 8th, 2002, 02:11 PM
What bashing the Williams sisters is, is BORING. Fans want to see the other players come up to the Williams sisters level, not whine because they aren't good enough to compete. The best thing about Justine and Kim and Jelena and Dani is that they don't whine about how good Venus and Serena are, they just continue to improve.

Martina Hingis didn't get to be #1 by whining that Steffi was too good.

ys
Jul 8th, 2002, 07:26 PM
Venus and Serena Williams will be touring South Africa later this year but tennis fans are more likely to see them on school playing fields than in competition.

This is the best piece of news I've heard about The Sisters. I really hoped for that to happen. This is GREAT:bounce:. As opposite to many their fans, I've always believed that they feel responsibility for Africa and they can do a lot for Africa and I think they will. Well done, Mrs. Williams, prove wrong many of your fans who were saying that they should not pay more attention to Africa just few weeks ago..:)

Terri77
Jul 8th, 2002, 08:09 PM
Oh really, do you have even one quote from a Williams fan saying that they shouldn't ever do anything in Africa? Probably not. We're still waiting for evidence on your assertation that less African-Americans are playing tennis since Serena and Venus turned pro.

persond
Jul 8th, 2002, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by Terri77
Oh really, do you have even one quote from a Williams fan saying that they shouldn't ever do anything in Africa? Probably not. We're still waiting for evidence on your assertation that less African-Americans are playing tennis since Serena and Venus turned pro.

:wavey: Hi Terri77,

And, of cousre you know, "WAIT" is what broke the wagon down. LOL!!!:kiss: :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

That "ys" is something else!!!:) :) :hearts: :hearts: :kiss: :kiss:

c2
Jul 8th, 2002, 08:31 PM
Bashing any player's achievements is trite & vindictive.. Julie got there first but I'll say it again! :)

ys
Jul 8th, 2002, 08:42 PM
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=23436

Terri77
Jul 8th, 2002, 11:19 PM
Yes, just one sole person, not "many Williams fans". But you know you what you were doing when you wrote that so it's not a suprise to you. And that one person never said that they should never do anything with Africa. He disagreed that the Williams sisters focus should be on Africa. And I agree with him that they shouldn't feel obligated to do anything. It's nice, it's humanitarian, but it's not their duty.

Now where are those stats for African-Americans playing tennis...?