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eugreene2
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Love my girl but come on Serena - you are better than this

CONGRATS!!!

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:08 PM
Is it oveR?

OZTENNIS
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:08 PM
:rocker:

Congrats Serena :kiss:

Hashim.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:08 PM
welldone!!:D

Patty:sad::hug:

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:08 PM
i don't think it is? MP on scoreboard

Mina Vagante
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:08 PM
I didn't get to see the match but :bounce::bounce:

Serena wins first title for nearly a year and the first for 2008 :) :worship:

Wish I could have seen the match- So I don't know if Serena played well or Patty played bad :sad:

But I shall watch the highlights tonight

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:08 PM
its over!

WELL DONE SERENA!

FIRST TITLE OF YEAR!

eugreene2
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:09 PM
yES & yES

BigBabeTENNIS
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:09 PM
well done serena she was nerver at her best poor venus shame she had a macth point

Monirena Wiles
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:10 PM
I'll take the win for sure, but talk about winning ugly.

CONGRATS!!!

kadirelf
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:10 PM
Cong.Serena First Title 08 and go other title pleaseeeee

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:10 PM
:aparty:

SV_Fan
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:10 PM
Yaaaaaaaaaay

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:10 PM
So Glad she won this!

LOTS OF THREADS!

OZTENNIS
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:10 PM
Serena will jump back to World No.9 now too :)

bandabou
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:10 PM
congrats babygirl!! yes..

ElusiveChanteuse
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:11 PM
:lol: 4/5 threads!:spit:

Congrats Serena!
Patty :hug:

~Cherry*Blossom~
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:11 PM
congrats Serena :hug: :smooch:

5 straight games in a row in the 2nd set :banana:

I knew at the start of the week you'd win this tournament. Congrats on your first title since Miami last year :hug:

Good luck for the rest of the year :yeah:

Elwin.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:11 PM
Patty :hug: :sad:

Serena :yeah:

qc_aneres
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:11 PM
wow wow

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:11 PM
Now she has to defend Miami :armed:

At least her ranking won't be too affected if she loses at Miami :yeah:

serenafan08
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:12 PM
WTG Serena!!! :yeah:

Bruno71
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:12 PM
That was a pretty terrible match, but well done to Serena for sticking with it and being the stronger competitor.

qc_aneres
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:12 PM
yes!!!

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:12 PM
She was no.9 before this win :yeah:

Hopefully she pushes to no.8 after Indian Wells!

*W*
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:12 PM
I Love U Serena!!!

slamchamp
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:14 PM
4 threads eek..anyway finally a title serena:bounce:..why was the match terrible?

SV_Fan
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:14 PM
What so bad besides her DF's.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:14 PM
I'm just glad she won, I hope Serena goes back to winning matches like this. She used to be the queen at winning ugly, lately though she hadn't been winning matches like this. :bounce:

Bijoux0021
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:15 PM
Serena was getting frustrated with her play, but she held on for the win.

Congrats! :bounce:

ChampLindsay
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:16 PM
well done Rena:wavey:

eugreene2
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:17 PM
Her movement still is lazy ... her ufes were high ...her serve was at about 48% ...just so not good but becuz Patty aint good either, she still won.

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:17 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080309/all/l3059123.jpg

Wtrain
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:17 PM
Wooooohhhhoooo! First title of 2008, Good job Serena!

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:18 PM
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Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:18 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080309/all/l3059144.jpg

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:19 PM
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eugreene2
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:19 PM
Patty talkin at the ceremony as if she has game ...lol

hingis-seles
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:19 PM
Patty really tanked that. What a shock.

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:19 PM
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http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080309/13/3236859993.jpg

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:19 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080309/13/3944012082.jpg

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:20 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080309/14/31140762.jpg

Radix2
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:20 PM
Congrats to Serena. She is now back in the top 10.

V-MAC
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:20 PM
Patty :(

Well done Rena.

Venus, this title should have been yours :sad:

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:20 PM
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Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:21 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080309/all/l3059125.jpg

maddogz48
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:21 PM
Bangalore Champ 2008.
Congrats Serena. :) Come and defend the Miami title in 2 weeks time.

Thkmra
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:22 PM
:bounce::bounce: Yah Serena!! Congrats on wining the title and not making Venus's loss in vain!

Patty:sad: But nice showing.

But Serena...come on:rolleyes:What exactly were you doing
out there? At times it looked like you were playing on a public court...and that point at 5-4 deuce:tape::help:

*JR*
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:23 PM
Thanks Rena. :yeah: It would have been a total travesty if the Felon's Frau got to claim a Tier II title for winning a (weak) Tier III draw on her side with JJ's upset loss . (And helped the Criminal Coach find a new victim). Even Larry Scott dissed the event in terms of it being up to Tier II standards in terms of the facility, a rare case of public candor on his part.

SV_Fan
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:23 PM
I am so happy a Williams won.

frontier
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:24 PM
A win is a win and its good she has a title going into the Miami event,this will give her confidence and work on her game to defend her title.

eugreene2
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:24 PM
I'm mad that Serena just got paid more at 1 tourney than I get in a year. lol

volta
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:24 PM
Patty talkin at the ceremony as if she has game ...lol

Patty has game a brilliant Game actually :rolleyes:

gratz Rena :hearts:

Tech1
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:25 PM
Congrats Serena!

SV_Fan
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:26 PM
Any video

starin
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:27 PM
:worship: Serena. First tournament win since Miami 2007. I'm glad she won but disappointed that apparently she didn't play well. But sometimes winning ugly is the best kind of confident booster. Hopefully she can take this into Miami and seriously boost up her game.


Question....how was her movement? At AO she seemed to be moving faster...is she still on that track or is she moving more slowly.... a la 2007?

oh and :sad: for :silly:

Destiny
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Yes Serena

Good grl first title

Come on :woohoo:

:yeah:

:bowdown:

*W*
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:27 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080309/capt.f911978b9c5547dba6e4d250c62a2372.india_tennis _bangalore_open_ban105.jpg

maja.amelie
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Yessss! Congrats Rena! :kiss::worship:

eugreene2
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:31 PM
Patty has game a brilliant Game actually :rolleyes:

gratz Rena :hearts:

Brilliance oughta bring you major championships ...sorry but your statement is just not true.

Apparently Serena does have some injuries ...she spoke about them in the ceremony

serenus_2k8
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:31 PM
Woo!

BigBabeTENNIS
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:33 PM
nice to see venus wacthing serena good sport. Rember mamia last year when maria beat venus venus wacthing serena destroy maria i think we might have a good season venus.

saniapower
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:34 PM
Congrats Serena :yeah:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc66/saniapower/others/0.jpg

hacberto
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:42 PM
Nice trophy thanks for the picture

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:42 PM
Boring trophy!

frontier
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:46 PM
Venus and Serena are competetive and they clearly love each other.I think they are aware fame is fleeting but family is forever.Go Vee and Serena!Venus your time will come to win a title,chin up!We love you gals!

Serve_volley
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:46 PM
Yeah, those trophies better have a hell of a border around the edge. I thought it might have some neat design but..oh well. Serena rules! Great prep for Miami. And yeah, the level of play for both of them was terrible compared to their awesome matches yesterday.

At least Tennis Channel was showing it!

Dave.
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:48 PM
Well done Serena.

And how about a well done Patty:) So what if Serena didn't play well, Patty has proven her game can trouble Serena so maybe she was the reason. Anyway, it's been a good tournament for both of them.

Wayn77
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:55 PM
baaaahhhh Patty :(

Congratulations Ms S. Williams.

Tennisaddict
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:59 PM
I am glad Serena won, I was a bit worried because Schnyder can trouble her.
I did not see the match and will see it later on Eurosport but winning ugly like she seems to have done is sometimes better because it can do wonders for her confidence and her game. First title of the year I hope there will be many more.

The Daviator
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:17 PM
Serena :woohoo: One away from 30 titles :yeah:

danieln1
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:19 PM
It was obvious that the winner of the bottom half would be the winner! Congrats Serena!

Olórin
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:21 PM
I'm just glad she won, I hope Serena goes back to winning matches like this. She used to be the queen at winning ugly, lately though she hadn't been winning matches like this. :bounce:

Exactly my thoughts!

Well done Serena a little revenge and another title, onto Miami now :yeah:

Fretchap
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:32 PM
Bravo Reena! :worship:

zveeen
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:36 PM
Patty :hug:

vettipooh
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:36 PM
Happy Rena won and in straights...was scary there for a while. Good win going into Miami. Now please defend there. :banana: :hearts:

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:38 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080309/15/3643431455.jpg

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:39 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080309/15/905807549.jpg

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:39 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080309/15/3542241246.jpg

Natalicious
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:44 PM
serena :woohoo:

*Jean*
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:45 PM
Well done Serena. :)

cellophane
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:47 PM
Nice pictures :D

samsam4087
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:52 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080309/15/3643431455.jpg

good picture

:worship::worship::worship:

frontier
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:55 PM
Her smile looks different like she fixed her teeth the upper part.At the AO08 her teeth had slight gaps now the smile looks very nice.

Shanna
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:59 PM
Congrats Serena!

dybbuk
Mar 9th, 2008, 04:03 PM
Congrats Serena. :cool:

FedererBulgaria
Mar 9th, 2008, 04:04 PM
Congrats!!!:)

gmokb
Mar 9th, 2008, 04:13 PM
I am so pissed with myself. I slept through the match. Its these damn time changes!! Congrtas Serena, the first title for you and the Williams family. Now, on to Miami and many more. Welcome back into the top ten as well.

Serena-rules-no1
Mar 9th, 2008, 04:19 PM
yeah baby, the chick still has it :banana:

I'm too lazy to read back, has dodoboy ejaculated all over the thread again?

Slumpsova
Mar 9th, 2008, 04:20 PM
:banana:

Destiny
Mar 9th, 2008, 04:22 PM
yeah baby, the chick still has it :banana:

I'm too lazy to read back, has dodoboy ejaculated all over the thread again?

Yeah he has :lol::lol::worship:

ce
Mar 9th, 2008, 04:25 PM
:woohoo:

SvetaPleaseWin.
Mar 9th, 2008, 04:28 PM
:woohoo:

nice win :yeah:

friendsita
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:01 PM
Finally something good for her!!!
I hope she plays better at Miami.

cancelled1
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:26 PM
Congrats to Serena!
1st title since Miami.

supergrunt
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:35 PM
are her and V playing Indian Wells?

Tenis Srbija
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:37 PM
congrats

Tenis Srbija
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:37 PM
are her and V playing Indian Wells?

surely not...

John.
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:51 PM
Congrats Rena :yeah:

Lulu.
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:52 PM
Serena! :bounce:

First title of the season and career title #29. :yeah:


Back into the top 10 as well. :D

Rik.
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:56 PM
:sobbing:

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:57 PM
21 posts here and counting :banana:

Destiny
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:58 PM
are her and V playing Indian Wells?

Don't think so :o

Il Primo!
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:58 PM
Well. I'm not mad at you anymore Rena :banana: (it took like 24hours :o )! Now just avoid to beat Maria or Venus in Miami and it's Ok for good. :) :yeah:

Mina Vagante
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:09 PM
21 posts here and counting :banana:

:lol: Post whore

justine schnyder
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:13 PM
Patty :hug: :sad:

You put a fight but had plenty of chances.. To force a TB in 1st set, take the lead in the second.. :sad:

But still great week :D Keep it up!!!


Congrats Serena

Destiny
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:15 PM
Omg seeing the highlights

Serena was pissed off and smashed her racquet!!

Such a crybaby :lol:

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:18 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080309/16/2143943246.jpg

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:18 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080309/all/l3059336.jpg

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:19 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080309/all/l3059334.jpg
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080309/all/l3059313.jpg

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:19 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080309/all/l3059312.jpg

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:21 PM
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LindsayRulz
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:21 PM
Congrats Serena :D

Destiny
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:22 PM
Happy Serena :woohoo:

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:22 PM
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Destiny
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:23 PM
Richard was there

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:24 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080309/all/l3059238.jpg
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080309/16/1270997064.jpg
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20080309/all/l3059306.jpg

Serena looks too happy!..i LOVE it! :yeah:

Destiny
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:25 PM
Great pictures thanks dodoboy

Have you put them on the Serena thread ??

Dodoboy.
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:26 PM
:lol: Post whore

:cool:

morningglory
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:27 PM
never in doubt

CR3WLFC
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:57 PM
Yesssssssssssssssssssssss

kwilliams
Mar 9th, 2008, 07:18 PM
Well done Serena! I hope this win gives you confidence and helps you to find an even richer vein of form!!!

Rest up and train for Miami! A winning streak would be great!

mckyle.
Mar 9th, 2008, 07:22 PM
Brilliance oughta bring you major championships ...sorry but your statement is just not true.

Apparently Serena does have some injuries ...she spoke about them in the ceremony

Wow, you're pretty stupid.

Pretty much every player in the Top 500 has a brilliant game. It's harder to achieve that than you think.

serena_fan
Mar 9th, 2008, 07:35 PM
Congrats Serena :) !!!
good fight Patty

Neptune
Mar 9th, 2008, 08:03 PM
I didn't see the match yet but I'm happy that Serena Williams won her first tournament of the year.

:yeah:

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 9th, 2008, 08:09 PM
Congrats to Serena:worship:. She really needed these points so she can stay within the top 10 incase she does not win Miami like she did last year.
It was still a nice week for Patty with reaching the finals and all. I really hope she can get back into the top 10 this year :bounce:...:wavey:

Tennisstar86
Mar 9th, 2008, 08:19 PM
Serenas only got 29 Titles..... you guys expect too much from her... .good win...

Michael!
Mar 9th, 2008, 08:59 PM
Poor match, but still a good result for Patty...;)
Expected win from Serena

winone23
Mar 9th, 2008, 09:15 PM
congrats Serena on your first title of the year!

doni1212
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:54 PM
Good Job, Ree!!!

Pasta-Na
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:56 PM
patty cant deal with the big serving and hard-hitting players :hug:

Renalicious
Mar 9th, 2008, 11:06 PM
Well done! :woohoo:

You gained revenge and your 29th career title! :D

Now defend those Miami points. :devil:

vettipooh
Mar 9th, 2008, 11:30 PM
Well done! :woohoo:

You gained revenge and your 29th career title! :D

Now defend those Miami points. :devil:


Hope she makes it the big 30 in Miami !!:bounce:

raquel
Mar 9th, 2008, 11:33 PM
Well done Serena! :woohoo:

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 10th, 2008, 12:22 AM
rena :hysteric: baby girl!!!!!!

hwanmig
Mar 10th, 2008, 04:05 AM
Wow another Serena excuse thread! Wait she won right?:lol:

Midnite Surfer
Mar 10th, 2008, 07:42 AM
This could possibly be the most poorly played match ever put on tape. An embarrassment for tennis fans and players everywhere. Seriously made me question my loyalty to Serena. I didn't even care who won. That's a first when I'm watching Serena.

Midnite Surfer
Mar 10th, 2008, 07:50 AM
Seriously. Is there something wrong with the balls? This cannot be a final between the number 11 and 12 ranked players in the world! I HATE watching Serena play like this. The errors, the complaining, histrionics etc. Suck it up and play for God's sake. The commentators have even given up on trying to make excuses for their horrific play. They sound bored.

Denise4925
Mar 10th, 2008, 07:56 AM
A win is a win :banana:

Midnite Surfer
Mar 10th, 2008, 08:00 AM
I guess things have gotten pretty desperate unfortunately for the old school Williams fans. We'll take anything.

doni1212
Mar 10th, 2008, 08:02 AM
A win is a win :banana:

:lol: :yeah:

Serenidad.
Mar 10th, 2008, 08:30 AM
She won. Shut the fuck up before she tramples Maria and discovers her 2002 form.

Dorcas Monjimbo
Mar 10th, 2008, 09:04 AM
I'm so glad she won and ended the 11 months drought period. She was not at her best and even though a win is a win, I hope she steps up her game in other tourneys. Well done and more grease to her elbows.

Sir Stefwhit
Mar 10th, 2008, 09:16 AM
All she had was her serve today, normally when a player is as off as Serena was they don't come away with the win. Naturally, Serena and us fans want her to be in better form, but it's actually more impressive for her to win playing so bad.

Anyone can win playing their best, but not many can win playing their worse. And at the end of the day it's all about getting the win, mission accomplished!!!

Wayn77
Mar 10th, 2008, 09:48 AM
Actually watching the extended highlights last night ... I thought the first set was pretty good. Nice contrast in styles, competitive - Patty nearly taking it into a tie-break. The second set in comparison was piss poor, Serena unconvincing .... Schnyder much worse.

Mileen
Mar 10th, 2008, 09:56 AM
Brilliance oughta bring you major championships ...sorry but your statement is just not true.

Apparently Serena does have some injuries ...she spoke about them in the ceremony

Pretty bad timing of you to insult Patty like this, while Serena has been playing bad this whole tournament, including some embarassement moments imo, but oh, it's Serena?, so it's forbidden to say so. After the match against Venus, some people were stating she had played some fantastic tennis :confused: and now all of a sudden the thread title on itself is insulting enough toward the opponent :rolleyes:, now she had poor play? Tell me, how come Venus lost from an injured, poor playing Serena? It seems like everything is turned into an advantage by some williams fans: the match between the sisters wasn't fixed, but Serena played poorly, uh fantastic.
I think it's inappropriate to insult Patty, she certainly has game. You don't have to win major championships in order to proof so, Serena and other top players are hitting harder than Patty for one, and we all know Patty's changing mental attitude. Btw, vise versa, Sharapova has won major championships with hardly having game.

DarkchildSwiss
Mar 10th, 2008, 09:58 AM
congrats Serena, good tournament for Patty anyway.

AnnaK_4ever
Mar 10th, 2008, 10:15 AM
I only watched the first set and it was pretty good tennis :shrug:

Avid Merrion
Mar 10th, 2008, 01:56 PM
A win is a win :banana:

i know, right? :D

congrats Serena!! :kiss::hug:

Dodoboy.
Mar 10th, 2008, 02:11 PM
A Tier II title isn't taking anything :rolleyes:

Hopefully she will win Miami and make it her 30th :yeah:

Dodoboy.
Mar 10th, 2008, 02:34 PM
Last night Serena and I played each other. I was really excited for the match, and tried to have a normal day and just relax and treat it as every other match. I had a good warm up, and was pumped up for the match! It is always a little tough for me to play my younger sister. I started off the match a little slow, and Serena got a quick lead and won the first set 6-3. I started to play a lot better in the second set, and won it 6-3. The third set was tight all the way through. I went down a break and 5-4, and Serena had a match point. We played a really long incredible point, but I was able to come back and tie it at 5 all..and then go up 6-5 and even had a match point on Serena’s serve. She hit a great serve and we were back to deuce. The match then went into a tiebreaker, and I saved one more match point before eventually losing it 7-4. It was a really tough, hard fought match. Playing these matches is what we always dreamed about as kids and it really is a privilege. We both want to win as much as any other match but there is something slightly different about playing your sister. Our routine doesn’t change….we eat together, practice together, talk about things going on in our lives…but between the first serve and match point we are playing for the title. Serena played Patty Schnyder today in the final and did actually win the title! I was there to root her on. I will be going back to Florida tonight and I will start preparing for the Sony Ericsson Open which is in just over two weeks.

From Vee's blog :awww:

Destiny
Mar 10th, 2008, 04:23 PM
Last night Serena and I played each other. I was really excited for the match, and tried to have a normal day and just relax and treat it as every other match. I had a good warm up, and was pumped up for the match! It is always a little tough for me to play my younger sister. I started off the match a little slow, and Serena got a quick lead and won the first set 6-3. I started to play a lot better in the second set, and won it 6-3. The third set was tight all the way through. I went down a break and 5-4, and Serena had a match point. We played a really long incredible point, but I was able to come back and tie it at 5 all..and then go up 6-5 and even had a match point on Serena’s serve. She hit a great serve and we were back to deuce. The match then went into a tiebreaker, and I saved one more match point before eventually losing it 7-4. It was a really tough, hard fought match. Playing these matches is what we always dreamed about as kids and it really is a privilege. We both want to win as much as any other match but there is something slightly different about playing your sister. Our routine doesn’t change….we eat together, practice together, talk about things going on in our lives…but between the first serve and match point we are playing for the title. Serena played Patty Schnyder today in the final and did actually win the title! I was there to root her on. I will be going back to Florida tonight and I will start preparing for the Sony Ericsson Open which is in just over two weeks.

From Vee's blog :awww:

:worship::hearts:

Midnite Surfer
Mar 10th, 2008, 05:56 PM
Listen, I've been a Williams fan for 11 years. Hardcore. But I find the whole "a win is a win" or "get that W at any cost" line of reasoning extremely condescending. That's a game plan for someone just starting out on the tour, not someone who should be in supreme control of the massive amount of talent Serena and Venus both posses. At this stage in their careers they should be playing inspired tennis or at least extremely above average. Serena and Venus are capable of far greater tennis than they are exhibiting at the moment. I only say this because the desperation that these statements infer is beneath both Venus and Serena. They became who they are because of inspirational stellar play and to see them struggling at tournament after tournament is a little disheartening. I stayed up to watch that match and was disappointed in her performance again. For the first time, it seems to me like she doesn't think much of the game anymore. It saddens me because my love for the game is just as strong as it has ever been and I don't profit from it. I just don't think I'll be going out of my way to watch her play anymore until she puts a little more heart into it. And I'm not talking about grandiose overly dramatic fist pumping heart. I mean the heart that leads the top player to week in and week out consistently good play. That match looked like two junior players who somehow made it to the final and had no idea what to do with the ball. Embarrassing for a WTA final.

SAEKeithSerena
Mar 10th, 2008, 06:00 PM
serena looks tired as hell, not a good sign.


but congrats babygirl!

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 10th, 2008, 06:19 PM
Listen, I've been a Williams fan for 11 years. Hardcore. But I find the whole "a win is a win" or "get that W at any cost" line of reasoning extremely condescending. That's a game plan for someone just starting out on the tour, not someone who should be in supreme control of the massive amount of talent Serena and Venus both posses. At this stage in their careers they should be playing inspired tennis or at least extremely above average. Serena and Venus are capable of far greater tennis than they are exhibiting at the moment. I only say this because the desperation that these statements infer is beneath both Venus and Serena. They became who they are because of inspirational stellar play and to see them struggling at tournament after tournament is a little disheartening. I stayed up to watch that match and was disappointed in her performance again. For the first time, it seems to me like she doesn't think much of the game anymore. It saddens me because my love for the game is just as strong as it has ever been and I don't profit from it. I just don't think I'll be going out of my way to watch her play anymore until she puts a little more heart into it. And I'm not talking about grandiose overly dramatic fist pumping heart. I mean the heart that leads the top player to week in and week out consistently good play. That match looked like two junior players who somehow made it to the final and had no idea what to do with the ball. Embarrassing for a WTA final.

what are you talking about :weirdo:

Midnite Surfer
Mar 10th, 2008, 06:24 PM
My post was clear. What are you talking about? :rolleyes:
what are you talking about :weirdo:

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 10th, 2008, 06:32 PM
My post was clear. What are you talking about? :rolleyes:

it doesn't make sense :weirdo:

DA FOREHAND
Mar 10th, 2008, 06:42 PM
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p5/20080309/15/905807549.jpg

Patty looks happier than Serena

Congrats Ree!!

VishaalMaria
Mar 10th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Listen, I've been a Williams fan for 11 years. Hardcore. But I find the whole "a win is a win" or "get that W at any cost" line of reasoning extremely condescending. That's a game plan for someone just starting out on the tour, not someone who should be in supreme control of the massive amount of talent Serena and Venus both posses. At this stage in their careers they should be playing inspired tennis or at least extremely above average. Serena and Venus are capable of far greater tennis than they are exhibiting at the moment. I only say this because the desperation that these statements infer is beneath both Venus and Serena. They became who they are because of inspirational stellar play and to see them struggling at tournament after tournament is a little disheartening. I stayed up to watch that match and was disappointed in her performance again. For the first time, it seems to me like she doesn't think much of the game anymore. It saddens me because my love for the game is just as strong as it has ever been and I don't profit from it. I just don't think I'll be going out of my way to watch her play anymore until she puts a little more heart into it. And I'm not talking about grandiose overly dramatic fist pumping heart. I mean the heart that leads the top player to week in and week out consistently good play. That match looked like two junior players who somehow made it to the final and had no idea what to do with the ball. Embarrassing for a WTA final.


I like this post. It's really insightful and I agree with it 100%.

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 10th, 2008, 06:45 PM
Patty looks happier than Serena

Congrats Ree!!

that's because patty has had enough time to get accustomed to second best.....rena can't accept that :p

Midnite Surfer
Mar 10th, 2008, 07:19 PM
that's because patty has had enough time to get accustomed to second best.....rena can't accept that :p

I'm a little confused. Serena is not second best. She won. I don't get it.:weirdo:

sweetpeas
Mar 10th, 2008, 07:28 PM
:wavey:Serena look so beautiful:kiss::kiss::bounce::worship::cool::):bou nce::kiss::wavey::lol:

Olórin
Mar 10th, 2008, 07:33 PM
Honestly, I'm really suprised there's such a massive swathe of negative Serena "fans."

I just wish such fans would keep their negativty eating up their own little hearts and not try to spread it.

Serena won her first title in a year. I'd rather she played like shite and won than played mediocre and lost in the quarters. Tennis is about winning, not about playing your best every single match. I think some of you expect too much anyway. What, you thought Serena was going to rediscover her 2002 form in Bangalore? Pfft.

Denise4925
Mar 10th, 2008, 07:57 PM
Patty :hug: :sad:

You put a fight but had plenty of chances.. To force a TB in 1st set, take the lead in the second.. :sad:

But still great week :D Keep it up!!!


Congrats Serena

There was no tiebreak in the first set. Serena broke Patty at 6-5 to win the set.

Denise4925
Mar 10th, 2008, 08:01 PM
I guess things have gotten pretty desperate unfortunately for the old school Williams fans. We'll take anything.

:weirdo:

Denise4925
Mar 10th, 2008, 08:05 PM
All she had was her serve today, normally when a player is as off as Serena was they don't come away with the win. Naturally, Serena and us fans want her to be in better form, but it's actually more impressive for her to win playing so bad.

Anyone can win playing their best, but not many can win playing their worse. And at the end of the day it's all about getting the win, mission accomplished!!!

What I was most impressed with Serena in this match, was that when she saw that she couldn't get any rhythm on her shots, she changed her game plan. Instead of going for more, she became more patient on the rallies, especially when she saw that Patty was making errors too, and tried to just get the ball back in play until she had a winner or Patty made a mistake. That is why she won the last five games of the second set. As ugly as the match was, they both made some great shots and Serena's serve came through for her when the rest of her game was not on.

Denise4925
Mar 10th, 2008, 08:06 PM
Pretty bad timing of you to insult Patty like this, while Serena has been playing bad this whole tournament, including some embarassement moments imo, but oh, it's Serena?, so it's forbidden to say so. After the match against Venus, some people were stating she had played some fantastic tennis :confused: and now all of a sudden the thread title on itself is insulting enough toward the opponent :rolleyes:, now she had poor play? Tell me, how come Venus lost from an injured, poor playing Serena? It seems like everything is turned into an advantage by some williams fans: the match between the sisters wasn't fixed, but Serena played poorly, uh fantastic.
I think it's inappropriate to insult Patty, she certainly has game. You don't have to win major championships in order to proof so, Serena and other top players are hitting harder than Patty for one, and we all know Patty's changing mental attitude. Btw, vise versa, Sharapova has won major championships with hardly having game.

:confused: I'm still trying to figure out your point here. :lol:

Denise4925
Mar 10th, 2008, 08:10 PM
Listen, I've been a Williams fan for 11 years. Hardcore. But I find the whole "a win is a win" or "get that W at any cost" line of reasoning extremely condescending. That's a game plan for someone just starting out on the tour, not someone who should be in supreme control of the massive amount of talent Serena and Venus both posses. At this stage in their careers they should be playing inspired tennis or at least extremely above average. Serena and Venus are capable of far greater tennis than they are exhibiting at the moment. I only say this because the desperation that these statements infer is beneath both Venus and Serena. They became who they are because of inspirational stellar play and to see them struggling at tournament after tournament is a little disheartening. I stayed up to watch that match and was disappointed in her performance again. For the first time, it seems to me like she doesn't think much of the game anymore. It saddens me because my love for the game is just as strong as it has ever been and I don't profit from it. I just don't think I'll be going out of my way to watch her play anymore until she puts a little more heart into it. And I'm not talking about grandiose overly dramatic fist pumping heart. I mean the heart that leads the top player to week in and week out consistently good play. That match looked like two junior players who somehow made it to the final and had no idea what to do with the ball. Embarrassing for a WTA final.

Noted! Moving on...

Denise4925
Mar 10th, 2008, 08:21 PM
Honestly, I'm really suprised there's such a massive swathe of negative Serena "fans."

I just wish such fans would keep their negativty eating up their own little hearts and not try to spread it.

Serena won her first title in a year. I'd rather she played like shite and won than played mediocre and lost in the quarters. Tennis is about winning, not about playing your best every single match. I think some of you expect too much anyway. What, you thought Serena was going to rediscover her 2002 form in Bangalore? Pfft.

I totally agree. This is her first match back from AO '08 and she won. Her heart is in it, simply because she's still playing and financially she doesn't have to. Everyone is slow to form after being out a long time. Not every player plays his/her best in every match and it's not desperation to say a "win is a win" and celebrate your fave's victory, ugly or not. My most joyful memories of Serena and Venus have been when they are not playing that well and find a way to dig out a win.

Andy Murray just beat Roger Federer. Justine lost Dubai before the finals, Jelena lost before the semis in Bangalore to a nobody. It's idiotic to think that everyone is always going to play their best tennis all of the time. They are human. No one is taking anything away from Patty. Neither played their best tennis, but when that happens, it's all about the competitive spirit and it just so happens that Serena had that yesterday moreso than Patty. :shrug:

Now, if some so-called "fans" don't want to accept that or doubt their so-called fave's heart in the game and can no longer support or watch them play, that's their choice. It's not about to deter any of Serena or Vee's real fans from continuing to watch and enjoy their presence on the tour.

Sir Stefwhit
Mar 10th, 2008, 08:25 PM
Listen, I've been a Williams fan for 11 years. Hardcore. But I find the whole "a win is a win" or "get that W at any cost" line of reasoning extremely condescending. That's a game plan for someone just starting out on the tour, not someone who should be in supreme control of the massive amount of talent Serena and Venus both posses. At this stage in their careers they should be playing inspired tennis or at least extremely above average. Serena and Venus are capable of far greater tennis than they are exhibiting at the moment. I only say this because the desperation that these statements infer is beneath both Venus and Serena. They became who they are because of inspirational stellar play and to see them struggling at tournament after tournament is a little disheartening. I stayed up to watch that match and was disappointed in her performance again. For the first time, it seems to me like she doesn't think much of the game anymore. It saddens me because my love for the game is just as strong as it has ever been and I don't profit from it. I just don't think I'll be going out of my way to watch her play anymore until she puts a little more heart into it. And I'm not talking about grandiose overly dramatic fist pumping heart. I mean the heart that leads the top player to week in and week out consistently good play. That match looked like two junior players who somehow made it to the final and had no idea what to do with the ball. Embarrassing for a WTA final.

Are you new to tennis? I've been following the sport for over 20 years now and if you think it's so uncommon or rare for an elite player of Serena's stature to play such a horrid match I got news for you, you're wrong. My idol, Steffi Graf, had some MAJOR stinkers and they didn't just happen in the beginning of her career. There were times when she couldn't keep a ball in the court for anything, and when she was off what made it worse than when Serena is off is that Steffi would hit routine shots in the middle of the net without even going for a winner. I've got a couple of awful matches from Stef, so if you like I'll go through my collection and recommend a few.

The sad truth is that player, whether you're Serena Williams, or even Roger Federer, all have bad days- and sometimes bad tournaments. It's actually unusual for a player to have a bad tournament because usually one bad match is enough to send you packing.

I'm sorry but I'm going to proudly celebrate any and all Serena wins. The ugly wins, in some ways, are just as satisfying as the flawless wins and I welcome all wins.

bandabou
Mar 10th, 2008, 10:44 PM
What I was most impressed with Serena in this match, was that when she saw that she couldn't get any rhythm on her shots, she changed her game plan. Instead of going for more, she became more patient on the rallies, especially when she saw that Patty was making errors too, and tried to just get the ball back in play until she had a winner or Patty made a mistake. That is why she won the last five games of the second set. As ugly as the match was, they both made some great shots and Serena's serve came through for her when the rest of her game was not on.

Exactly...she was even moonballing!