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Morrissey
Sep 8th, 2007, 06:41 PM
Link:
http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/254415


US OPEN
The Toronto Star

Sep 08, 2007 04:30 AM

Rosie DiManno

NEW YORK

She was hoping for a magic pill, an infusion of pep, even a jump-up jelly bean to turn the trick.

But there was no elixir available to Venus Williams yesterday, just mystification over ill-timed illness and a U.S. Open final – the tantalizing taste of it – flushed down the toilet.

Head spinning, belly roiling, Williams all but lurched off the court, unbalanced and enervated by whatever's been ailing her of late, leaving Justine Henin to make solo sweet with a crowd clearly disappointed over the 7-6, 6-4 outcome: No Williams sister, indeed no American of either gender, left to contend for this made-in-the-U.S.A. championship.

"I was feeling dizzy, a little sick to the stomach, was just having energy problems,'' Williams explained, adding that the nausea had arisen earlier in the week – long before a bathroom duck just before this semi match began (hydration problem, that, she explained delicately, too much liquid guzzled). And well before Williams summoned a trainer to her side in the second set, having willed herself back from an early break, appearing to seize the momentum from Henin, the Belgian atypically tentative, vulnerable, throughout this encounter.

Trainer took Williams' pulse, fingers pressed to throat and handed her a packet of pills. "I don't even know what she said. I was, like, in a zone. I was just hoping that she had a magic pill. She gave me some sports jelly beans. I tried to eat 'em but I was still feeling dizzy.''

From Henin, who proceeds into tonight's final against Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova – both have won this tournament before – there was just the slightest hint of skepticism about Williams' health issues, as if she sensed another excuse therein. Informed that Williams claimed she'd been less than 100 per cent for this match, Henin dropped a cool and sarcastic: "I'm surprised.''

A few nights earlier, of course, Serena Williams was disgracefully ungracious about her quarter-final loss to Henin, with lots of sniping about "lucky shots.''

Henin countered that she was hardly feeling cartwheel hot herself, with an unspecified breathing problem. "I saw the doctor also.''

It did sound a bit odd for Williams to retroactively play the malaise card, suggesting indisposition had been affecting her for the past two weeks, when she had been playing with sublime form here, her best tennis in years.

She did look bleary-eyed afterwards, though.

"I felt I was fighting some circumstances I couldn't conquer.''

What she couldn't conquer, notably, were several of Henin's brassy drop volleys and angling topspin shots. Nor was it characteristic of Williams to be so weak on her second serve, successfully attacked by Henin.

In sweeping the siblings, Henin accomplished what no woman has managed at a major other than Martina Hingis, who pulled off the double-slam at the '01 Australian Open, though losing the final to Jennifer Capriati.

World No.1 Henin, who hasn't dropped a set here, had earlier admitted being somewhat in fear of the Williams sister, coming into this match with a 1-7 record against Venus, though the two hadn't met head-to-head since 2003. Henin has captured six majors since then, the same as Venus.

"I didn't believe in myself, didn't trust myself enough in the last few years against them. This year, a lot of things have changed. I still have a lot of respect but I'm not scared anymore. It's been really, really important to me in this tournament to play both of them. It was a great challenge and I did it.''

Then, one turn of the screw: "They are both great champions. I can admit that.''

Not-so-subtle implication: They can't.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Sep 8th, 2007, 06:43 PM
leave Them Alone!!!!!!!!!!!

Morrissey
Sep 8th, 2007, 06:46 PM
I didn't write the article why don't you complain to Rosie Dimano I am sure you can find her e-mail address in the contact section for the Toronto Star. I posted the article because I wanted people to read it on this site. I think Dimano was really harsh and I don't like the title.

Mightymirza
Sep 8th, 2007, 06:47 PM
poor attempt to start malaise :help:

Olórin
Sep 8th, 2007, 06:47 PM
By posting that here Morrisey you've probably doubled the readership of that article :lol:

It was stupid anyway...Venus only talked about her physical problems when prompted, she gave credit to Justine multiple times unprompted.

Not even worth reading really, don't know why you posted it here.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Sep 8th, 2007, 06:47 PM
I didn't write the article why don't you complain to Rosie Dimano I am sure you can find her e-mail address.

Obviously I wasn't talking to you because I didn't quote you. Now what?

Mightymirza
Sep 8th, 2007, 06:47 PM
I didn't write the article why don't you complain to Rosie Dimano I am sure you can find her e-mail address.

nones accusing u ;)

Shane54
Sep 8th, 2007, 06:48 PM
Link:
A few nights earlier, of course, Serena Williams was disgracefully ungracious about her quarter-final loss to Henin, with lots of sniping about "lucky shots.''

Henin countered that she was hardly feeling cartwheel hot herself, with an unspecified breathing problem. "I saw the doctor also.''

It did sound a bit odd for Williams to retroactively play the malaise card, suggesting indisposition had been affecting her for the past two weeks, when she had been playing with sublime form here, her best tennis in years.



:clap2: :clap2:

Apoorv
Sep 8th, 2007, 06:57 PM
Justine :worship:

cnelson575
Sep 8th, 2007, 08:22 PM
Sorry but the Sisters are receiving backlash because in general alot of people
are over there arrogance and excuses.

homoeroticwar
Sep 8th, 2007, 08:26 PM
why does everyone here have to be some dramatic about tennis?

Radix2
Sep 8th, 2007, 09:50 PM
Can't stand Rosie DiManno. This is typical of her.

Marshmallow
Sep 8th, 2007, 10:10 PM
Venus was gracious in her post Match interview - anyone who bothered to read the thing knows that. But along comes rosie, no better than some WTAworld dimwit weaving shit out of nothing. Didn't think anyone did this better than Bill O'rielly but there you go.

Marshmallow
Sep 8th, 2007, 10:11 PM
why does everyone here have to be some dramatic about tennis?

The worst part being that the author is NOT a wtaworld poster. She gets paid to write these things.

laurie
Sep 8th, 2007, 10:11 PM
Nonsense article.

Marshmallow
Sep 8th, 2007, 10:12 PM
Sorry but the Sisters are receiving backlash because in general alot of people
are over there arrogance and excuses.

Venus did not say anything wrong or arrogant. This is unfair to her, end of! Read her post match interview yourself.

winone23
Sep 8th, 2007, 10:14 PM
The media is full of crap, there is no reason for Venus to be attacked by the media.

saniamania
Sep 8th, 2007, 10:22 PM
yeah, I saw the interview. At least three time Venus said "credit to her" for playing so well. She is not a lawyer, you may utter one false word, especially when you are so disappointed afer a loss, your mind is not working at its best.
I think one should look at the entire tone of the interview instead of searching of one word that can be twisted as controversial and stirr up a controversy. This is BS.

Same with Justine's interview. When she graciously says "I admit both of them are great champions" the best the writer of this shit finds there is a "not so subtle hint" at the arrogance of the sisters? Pathetic piece, Sorry

thrust
Sep 8th, 2007, 11:51 PM
While Venus was more gracious than her nasty sister, she continually mentioned her real or supposed ailments. Neither has ever said that Justine is a great champion. Venus at least had sense enough to admit that Justine played well, after being defeated by her.

tennisIlove09
Sep 9th, 2007, 12:30 AM
Venus gave Justine a lot of credit. The article failst o mention that.

DutchieGirl
Sep 9th, 2007, 12:48 AM
Wow... this is turning into the "I'm sick" tourney after you lose a match. :lol:

Anna F'd Enrique
Sep 9th, 2007, 02:34 AM
The article is so stupid. Venus gave her credit.

DA FOREHAND
Sep 9th, 2007, 02:50 AM
Link:
http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/254415


US OPEN
The Toronto Star

Sep 08, 2007 04:30 AM

Rosie DiManno

NEW YORK

She was hoping for a magic pill, an infusion of pep, even a jump-up jelly bean to turn the trick.

But there was no elixir available to Venus Williams yesterday, just mystification over ill-timed illness and a U.S. Open final – the tantalizing taste of it – flushed down the toilet.

Head spinning, belly roiling, Williams all but lurched off the court, unbalanced and enervated by whatever's been ailing her of late, leaving Justine Henin to make solo sweet with a crowd clearly disappointed over the 7-6, 6-4 outcome: No Williams sister, indeed no American of either gender, left to contend for this made-in-the-U.S.A. championship.

"I was feeling dizzy, a little sick to the stomach, was just having energy problems,'' Williams explained, adding that the nausea had arisen earlier in the week – long before a bathroom duck just before this semi match began (hydration problem, that, she explained delicately, too much liquid guzzled). And well before Williams summoned a trainer to her side in the second set, having willed herself back from an early break, appearing to seize the momentum from Henin, the Belgian atypically tentative, vulnerable, throughout this encounter.

Trainer took Williams' pulse, fingers pressed to throat and handed her a packet of pills. "I don't even know what she said. I was, like, in a zone. I was just hoping that she had a magic pill. She gave me some sports jelly beans. I tried to eat 'em but I was still feeling dizzy.''

From Henin, who proceeds into tonight's final against Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova – both have won this tournament before – there was just the slightest hint of skepticism about Williams' health issues, as if she sensed another excuse therein. Informed that Williams claimed she'd been less than 100 per cent for this match, Henin dropped a cool and sarcastic: "I'm surprised.''

A few nights earlier, of course, Serena Williams was disgracefully ungracious about her quarter-final loss to Henin, with lots of sniping about "lucky shots.''

Henin countered that she was hardly feeling cartwheel hot herself, with an unspecified breathing problem. "I saw the doctor also.''

It did sound a bit odd for Williams to retroactively play the malaise card, suggesting indisposition had been affecting her for the past two weeks, when she had been playing with sublime form here, her best tennis in years.

She did look bleary-eyed afterwards, though.

"I felt I was fighting some circumstances I couldn't conquer.''

What she couldn't conquer, notably, were several of Henin's brassy drop volleys and angling topspin shots. Nor was it characteristic of Williams to be so weak on her second serve, successfully attacked by Henin.

In sweeping the siblings, Henin accomplished what no woman has managed at a major other than Martina Hingis, who pulled off the double-slam at the '01 Australian Open, though losing the final to Jennifer Capriati.

World No.1 Henin, who hasn't dropped a set here, had earlier admitted being somewhat in fear of the Williams sister, coming into this match with a 1-7 record against Venus, though the two hadn't met head-to-head since 2003. Henin has captured six majors since then, the same as Venus.

"I didn't believe in myself, didn't trust myself enough in the last few years against them. This year, a lot of things have changed. I still have a lot of respect but I'm not scared anymore. It's been really, really important to me in this tournament to play both of them. It was a great challenge and I did it.''

Then, one turn of the screw: "They are both great champions. I can admit that.''

Not-so-subtle implication: They can't.


This is the shit that pisses me the hell off! VENUS IS NOT SERENA!!!
Venus was nothing but gracious in defeat(not that it's req. for her to be my fav. player) and she still gets slammed. Damned if she does damned if she don't! This is also why I wasn't upset about Serena's sore loser interview. Serena effectively told the haters fcuk yall, and fcuk what you think, I am the best, and I will never sing the praises of my opponents. Contrast that to Venus' interview, she gave praise and showed grace in defeat. And she still gets slammed. FCUK'em:wavey:

supergrunt
Sep 9th, 2007, 02:59 AM
Venus gave Henin A LOT of credit.

sky20748
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:43 AM
anyone in there right mind could see that venus was not spot on.when do you usually see venus call for a trainer.she did in wimbledon when bartoli did.but otherwise you dont see that.hell the australian open in 06 justine she completely quit because amelie was beating the dog shit out of her.then she up and quit.yes justine won.congrats but dont make it seem like venus is washed up and cant play.hell she won wimbledon,made it to the semi's and she pushed justine.she needs to get healthy and work on a consistent serve and more angles.and dont think that they or people around them dont read these boards because they do.anyhoo come on 08 the real show downs are going to come.there are a lot of new youngsters as well coming thru.so its not just serena and venus.its savay,radwanska and others who are starting to come thru so it would be nice to see others break in here.the youngsters are not afraid.i get the sense that serena has gotten somewhat fearful of justines game.but venus went out and played freely and it could have turned if she was feeling up to par.look how many times venus broke justines serve to even it up.but think for a minute.when have you known venus to throw in a 70 mile per hour first serve.you knew something was up when she took that bathroom break.and my stomach flipped and i knew.

akosijepoy
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:57 AM
This article is so unfair.
If you read her interview or see it online, she was hella gracious and gave credit to justine...

JStennis
Sep 9th, 2007, 06:59 AM
Who cares?

JustineTime
Sep 9th, 2007, 08:45 AM
Venus WAS gracious in her interview...Serena not so much. :shrug:

What else is new? :tape: :rolleyes:

NeeemZ
Sep 9th, 2007, 10:02 AM
While Venus was more gracious than her nasty sister, she continually mentioned her real or supposed ailments. Neither has ever said that Justine is a great champion. Venus at least had sense enough to admit that Justine played well, after being defeated by her.

Spot on.