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Jul 9th, 2008, 01:56 PM
SanFilippo: Venus is a selfless star you can love
WILMINGTON, Del. - Venus Williams could have politely declined. She could have issued one of those statements where she said sorry, but her hectic schedule didn't allow a pit stop in Delaware, and maybe she'd stop by next year.

Or, she could have done like a lot of athletes do, and blew off her commitment.

That's not Venus Williams. That's not how she operates.

Instead, there she was on the clay courts of DuPont Country Club, hitting balls with a gaggle of pre-teen tennis fans, offering instruction on how to better charge a ball, concentrate on footwork, and make a solid volley. She offered such lessons prior to a World Team Tennis contest between her Philadelphia Freedoms and the host Delaware Storm.

What was most impressive is she did it with an interest in the kids, not just idly making an appearance for a photo opportunity and another payday.

Oh yeah, she did it less than 72 hours after winning her fifth Wimbledon women's singles title, and her third Wimbledon doubles crown.

You don't see Tiger Woods hitting the links with youngsters a few days after winning a major championship. Alex Rodriguez doesn't take an early spring off day to drop in on a local Little League practice. Kobe Bryant doesn't interrupt his Los Angeles Lakers season to have a clinic with young basketball players.

But Venus Williams does - and before you say it doesn't equate when comparing her to the aforementioned superstars, it should be noted that she is one-half the face of American tennis along with her sister, Serena Williams.

Venus is the most prolific American playing tennis today, having won 16 Grand Slam Titles in total (seven singles, seven doubles, and two mixed doubles). Her five Wimbledon crowns are the third most in the Open Era of Women's Tennis behind only Martina Navratilova (nine) and Steffi Graff (seven).

Other than her sister, no one is even close.

She is the best American in the sport today. Imagine Tom Brady ditching Giselle Bundchen for an afternoon to swing by a CYO football practice. No prayer right?

Well, Venus made it happen.

"I've always said that I will live up to all of my commitments as long as I am healthy," Venus said. "I've been half asleep all day after flying back and getting used to the time change, but once I hit this clinic and started hitting with the kids, it really gave me a charge."

She was willing to talk about her success last weekend at the All-England Club, saying her fifth title in eight years hasn't had time to sink in yet, but she wanted to get off that topic and return to the task at hand - which was working with the kids.

Why? Because it wasn't that long ago that Venus was one of those wide-eyed youngsters.

"When I was 10 or something, I went to a World Team Tennis clinic with Billie Jean King," she said. "I was so excited to get a chance to hit with her. I think I tried to show off to her a little bit, but she was still so nice."
And it is that devotion to King that still stands today. It is why Venus has been a part of World Team Tennis for the past five years.

King started WTT in an effort to grow the sport, and to use it as an educational tool as well. Venus Williams isn't the only star player to participate in WTT - John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Anna Kournikova, Lindsay Davenport and Patrick Rafter, among many others, also are or were involved.

None of them showed up three days after Wimbledon, let alone winning two championships on the same day - until Tuesday, that is.

"Billie Jean is an amazing person who is always doing something cutting edge and is a role model for all of us," Venus said. "It was a thrill for me to be on a court with her when I was a kid and maybe the same can be said for these kids today. I don't know. But you never know where the next American tennis star is going to come from. That's what this is all about."

There was a WTT match to be played as well, and while it was much more about being a spectacle and being entertaining, Williams was equally sensational.

She won three different sets for the Freedoms, teaming with Travis Parrott to defeat Liezel Huber and Chris Haggard in mixed doubles, 5-3; romped past Madison Brengle in the singles, 5-2, and finally teamed with Wayne's Lisa Raymond - whom Venus defeated in the Wimbledon doubles championship along with her sister Serena - to defeat Huber and Christina Fusano in women's doubles, 5-2, leading the Freedoms to victory.

"I want to win no matter what I compete in," Venus said. "But at the same time, I want people to be entertained. This is the perfect opportunity for that. I love being on a team and being on the bench to cheer my teammates on."

It's safe to say Venus gets it. Put aside the clothing line, the modeling, the reality television show and the speeches to tennis executives about equality in pay between men and women. Forget all of that.

Venus understands what it means to be a star athlete. And rather than be reluctant to embrace her fame, she takes it the other way and is warm and inviting to everyone.

Frankly, it's refreshing to see that somewhere in professional sports.

To contact Anthony J. SanFilippo, e-mail asanfilippo@delcotimes.com

VishaalMaria
Jul 9th, 2008, 01:59 PM
Tell us something we don't know.

tennnisfannn
Jul 9th, 2008, 02:07 PM
what a beautiful piece of writing.

Shuji Shuriken
Jul 9th, 2008, 02:23 PM
How could you not love this woman :hearts: :sobbing:. What a beautiful article about a beautiful person :worship:. I will ALWAYS love you Venus Williams :hearts:.

Vlover
Jul 9th, 2008, 02:36 PM
[QUOTE=court70;13593788]SanFilippo: Venus is a selfless star you can love
It's safe to say Venus gets it. Put aside the clothing line, the modeling, the reality television show and the speeches to tennis executives about equality in pay between men and women. Forget all of that.

Venus understands what it means to be a star athlete. And rather than be reluctant to embrace her fame, she takes it the other way and is warm and inviting to everyone.

Frankly, it's refreshing to see that somewhere in professional sports.


Great to see that there is a writer who gets it also.:yeah: I'm so happy that she is being more appreciated these days for her efforts and what a fantastic icon and role model she is.:bigclap:

Get some much needed rest Vee and get ready for the rest of the season.:kiss:

Shvedbarilescu
Jul 9th, 2008, 02:52 PM
Venus deserves a lot of respect for her achievements at Wimbledon both last week and in the past. But for what she is doing this week she deserves ten times more. Very very classy. :bowdown:

court70
Jul 9th, 2008, 02:56 PM
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Williams sisters get it right
Bruce Jenkins

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

(07-08) 04:00 PDT London -- It's likely to be at least five years before a young American tennis player has any impact on the women's game, given the distinct lack of authentic prospects on the national landscape. In that regard, we should be thankful for the revival of the Williams sisters, for they not only claim sole representation of their country at the highest level, they're still the two best players in the world when their health and schedules allow.

What came to light at this year's Wimbledon was their superior comportment. There is one very notable exception, which we'll address in a moment. But consider the things they don't do in the flawed, petty world of women's tennis.

The Williams sisters don't:

Complain. It's rare that they ever question a call of any kind. Always attuned to sportsmanship, they're likely to give away points if they think the opponent has been wronged. Whatever anger might reside within, they don't whine about rain delays, improper scheduling, any type of injustice that would set off most other players.

Pump a fist on every damn point that goes their way. Maria Sharapova is the worst in this regard. Double fault by the other player? Pump that fist. Hideous drop shot falling 2 feet short by the opponent? Yes! It's a demure, very stupid-looking thing, and now Ana Ivanovic has become a serial fist-pumper, among others (Andy Murray, for instance, in the men's game).

Get over it, people. Watch the Williams sisters. Venus doesn't understand the concept, saying, "I'm really contained. I don't fist pump a lot because I expect to win the point." Serena hauls out one occasionally, but only after a truly inspirational point, and she does it with soul and conviction.

If you get a chance to watch the classic John McEnroe-Bjorn Borg Wimbledon final of 1980, the one that went to an 18-16 tiebreaker in the fourth set, check out McEnroe as he fights off seven match points, five in that tiebreaker alone. Volatile as he was, he didn't show a hint of emotion on any of them.

If Sharapova and Ivanovic played baseball, they'd step out of the batter's box for an emphatic "Right on!" after ball three. The next pitch would be aimed straight for the ribs.

Take bathroom breaks. It has become almost routine in women's tennis for a player to fall well behind, then suddenly flee to the toilet. Nature calling? No chance. They're merely trying to change the momentum. Sometimes - no kidding - they emerge from this pitiful exercise in a new outfit. When the Williams sisters get down, they take it, pondering their comeback strategy without buying a ticket to Cancun.

Call for injury timeouts. They've had their moments at times of legitimate injury (Serena was so violently stricken by cramps in her Wimbledon match against Daniela Hantuchova last year, she was unable to walk), but this is another bit of gamesmanship seen too often in the women's game. Say, if I get a trainer out here to rub my back, maybe the other player will get frustrated by the wait! Once again, Venus and Serena would rather stay above the fray, just like their favorite athletes playing hurt in other sports.

Apologize. When Venus got the benefit of a net-cord winner against Serena in Saturday's final, she didn't cringe and wave her hand: "Sorry about that! Sorry it went over!" They also have no qualms hitting a screaming groundstroke directly at the opponent's head if she comes brazenly to the net. It's a smart move, a body shot that's difficult to handle (Serena had a great reply to this tactic Saturday, returning a 100-mph bullet with a perfect volley winner). This is a great big no-no in most matches, though. Don't get caught going for the body, and especially the head. What, it's going to hurt getting hit by a tennis ball? If you can't react quickly enough to fend it off, you're in the wrong sport.

Where the Williams sisters fail, in the realm of ethics, is in the sound department.

Whatever the apologists might say, shrieking (screaming, grunting, whatever you want to call it) is contrived, tedious and completely inexcusable. For those watching television at home, subject to the networks' sensitive on-court microphones, it simply can ruin a match.

The obvious violation is one of common decency. It's hard to give a match your full attention when one of the players (or both) sounds as if she's being physically attacked. Whoever the culprit - Monica Seles (who started it all), Sharapova, the Williams sisters - the sound is one of pure horror, having nothing to do with competitive sports.

That's not the only problem, though. The really smart players learn by the sound of an opponent's groundstroke, suggesting a clean hit, a slight misfire or a shank. Martina Navratilova claims it's outright cheating to deliberately block out that noise, and she's right. Beyond that, there's a mesmerizing quality to a really good rally. It's all about pace, the give-and-take, the growing tension and the pure sound of a perfectly struck ball. If you accompany every shot with a shriek of absolute terror, and refuse to change, you should be banned from tennis for a year. Come back when you have some respect for the game.

As he watched the all-Williams singles final, longtime broadcaster Bud Collins kept what he called "the squawk meter," trying to gauge when the sisters shrieked, and why. There was no pattern. Sometimes they both fell silent. At times, only Venus let loose. It's totally contrived, though, Serena admitting before the match, "Traditionally, I haven't screamed as much when I play her. Maybe I just want to stay focused."

Sharapova was in vintage form during Wimbledon, surely turning off viewers around the world. As she howled her way through a second-round loss, I'm sure the scene was familiar at the home of one of my tennis-playing friends. The husband had stormed out of the room, promising to find Sharapova one day and give her a scathing lecture. The wife was hanging on, gamely, saying, "Give the poor girl a chance." The grandfather conjured up his customary, right-on comparison to a domestic squabble involving pots and pans. The kids were long gone, out to the backyard where they could hear themselves think. The dog hid under the sofa.

E-mail Bruce Jenkins at bjenkins@sfchronicle.com.

This article appeared on page C - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

Bijoux0021
Jul 9th, 2008, 02:59 PM
The article by Anthony J. SanFilipp filled my heart with warmth as I was reading it. Yes indeed, it is a beautiful piece of writing about a beautiful person. :hearts:

Paneru
Jul 9th, 2008, 03:05 PM
Here's a vid of her at the clinic!

That 15 year-old is professing his love! :lol:

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=...ocal&id=6252816 (http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=6252816)

Serenita
Jul 9th, 2008, 03:17 PM
Venus is a great athelete and spokeswoman for tennis!
i like the girl who said she could take Venus on lol

Bijoux0021
Jul 9th, 2008, 03:24 PM
Thanks for the video. It's great. Those kids were lucky they got to hit with Venus.

darrinbaker00
Jul 9th, 2008, 04:20 PM
Venus is a great athelete and spokeswoman for tennis!
i like the girl who said she could take Venus on lol
Two or three years from now, who knows? ;)

mykarma
Jul 9th, 2008, 04:23 PM
SanFilippo: Venus is a selfless star you can love
WILMINGTON, Del. - Venus Williams could have politely declined. She could have issued one of those statements where she said sorry, but her hectic schedule didn't allow a pit stop in Delaware, and maybe she'd stop by next year.

Or, she could have done like a lot of athletes do, and blew off her commitment.

That's not Venus Williams. That's not how she operates.

Instead, there she was on the clay courts of DuPont Country Club, hitting balls with a gaggle of pre-teen tennis fans, offering instruction on how to better charge a ball, concentrate on footwork, and make a solid volley. She offered such lessons prior to a World Team Tennis contest between her Philadelphia Freedoms and the host Delaware Storm.

What was most impressive is she did it with an interest in the kids, not just idly making an appearance for a photo opportunity and another payday.

Oh yeah, she did it less than 72 hours after winning her fifth Wimbledon women's singles title, and her third Wimbledon doubles crown.

You don't see Tiger Woods hitting the links with youngsters a few days after winning a major championship. Alex Rodriguez doesn't take an early spring off day to drop in on a local Little League practice. Kobe Bryant doesn't interrupt his Los Angeles Lakers season to have a clinic with young basketball players.

But Venus Williams does - and before you say it doesn't equate when comparing her to the aforementioned superstars, it should be noted that she is one-half the face of American tennis along with her sister, Serena Williams.

Venus is the most prolific American playing tennis today, having won 16 Grand Slam Titles in total (seven singles, seven doubles, and two mixed doubles). Her five Wimbledon crowns are the third most in the Open Era of Women's Tennis behind only Martina Navratilova (nine) and Steffi Graff (seven).

Other than her sister, no one is even close.

She is the best American in the sport today. Imagine Tom Brady ditching Giselle Bundchen for an afternoon to swing by a CYO football practice. No prayer right?

Well, Venus made it happen.

"I've always said that I will live up to all of my commitments as long as I am healthy," Venus said. "I've been half asleep all day after flying back and getting used to the time change, but once I hit this clinic and started hitting with the kids, it really gave me a charge."

She was willing to talk about her success last weekend at the All-England Club, saying her fifth title in eight years hasn't had time to sink in yet, but she wanted to get off that topic and return to the task at hand - which was working with the kids.

Why? Because it wasn't that long ago that Venus was one of those wide-eyed youngsters.

"When I was 10 or something, I went to a World Team Tennis clinic with Billie Jean King," she said. "I was so excited to get a chance to hit with her. I think I tried to show off to her a little bit, but she was still so nice."
And it is that devotion to King that still stands today. It is why Venus has been a part of World Team Tennis for the past five years.

King started WTT in an effort to grow the sport, and to use it as an educational tool as well. Venus Williams isn't the only star player to participate in WTT - John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Anna Kournikova, Lindsay Davenport and Patrick Rafter, among many others, also are or were involved.

None of them showed up three days after Wimbledon, let alone winning two championships on the same day - until Tuesday, that is.

"Billie Jean is an amazing person who is always doing something cutting edge and is a role model for all of us," Venus said. "It was a thrill for me to be on a court with her when I was a kid and maybe the same can be said for these kids today. I don't know. But you never know where the next American tennis star is going to come from. That's what this is all about."

There was a WTT match to be played as well, and while it was much more about being a spectacle and being entertaining, Williams was equally sensational.

She won three different sets for the Freedoms, teaming with Travis Parrott to defeat Liezel Huber and Chris Haggard in mixed doubles, 5-3; romped past Madison Brengle in the singles, 5-2, and finally teamed with Wayne's Lisa Raymond - whom Venus defeated in the Wimbledon doubles championship along with her sister Serena - to defeat Huber and Christina Fusano in women's doubles, 5-2, leading the Freedoms to victory.

"I want to win no matter what I compete in," Venus said. "But at the same time, I want people to be entertained. This is the perfect opportunity for that. I love being on a team and being on the bench to cheer my teammates on."

It's safe to say Venus gets it. Put aside the clothing line, the modeling, the reality television show and the speeches to tennis executives about equality in pay between men and women. Forget all of that.

Venus understands what it means to be a star athlete. And rather than be reluctant to embrace her fame, she takes it the other way and is warm and inviting to everyone.

Frankly, it's refreshing to see that somewhere in professional sports.

To contact Anthony J. SanFilippo, e-mail asanfilippo@delcotimes.com
love it

hankqq
Jul 9th, 2008, 04:25 PM
Venus :hearts:

Optima
Jul 9th, 2008, 04:27 PM
Venus :yeah:

The Coup
Jul 9th, 2008, 04:28 PM
This is why she remains one of my favorite athletes. What a shame more people don't pay her the respect she is due. No one is perfect, obviously, but she is, overall, classy and gracious, with a good sense of humor.

friendsita
Jul 9th, 2008, 04:33 PM
Lovely V!!!

court70
Jul 9th, 2008, 05:18 PM
Venus is well respected in the tennis community and all around for that matter.

drake3781
Jul 9th, 2008, 05:26 PM
Are you people under a trance or something? I feel like I'm in a colony of Moonies. :rolleyes: Why is this such a big deal? :shrug: You do realize that she was in Delaware already for a paid event and WTT is a Pro Tour, right? I think it's nice that she gave a few hours to work with some kids, but I do not see the reason for worshiping her for this. Do you know how many people donate many hours of their time to regularly? I do respect Venus; that is not my issue; it is :confused: at this kind of worship for a few hours public appearance.

Infiniti2001
Jul 9th, 2008, 05:40 PM
Are you people under a trance or something? I feel like I'm in a colony of Moonies. :rolleyes: Why is this such a big deal? :shrug: You do realize that she was in Delaware already for a paid event and WTT is a Pro Tour, right? I think it's nice that she gave a few hours to work with some kids, but I do not see the reason for worshiping her for this. Do you know how many people donate many hours of their time to regularly? I do respect Venus; that is not my issue; it is :confused: at this kind of worship for a few hours public appearance.

Oh STFU!! You wouldn't respond like this if it were one of the Asian players :rolleyes: Meanwhile, this is exactly the Venus I had the pleasure of meeting in Naples FL in 2002 :hearts:

xr6turbo
Jul 9th, 2008, 06:31 PM
Vee. :worship:

RunDown
Jul 9th, 2008, 06:39 PM
Here's a vid of her at the clinic!

That 15 year-old is professing his love! :lol:

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=...ocal&id=6252816 (http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=6252816)


Wonderful clip :D

rjd1111
Jul 9th, 2008, 06:42 PM
SanFilippo: Venus is a selfless star you can love
WILMINGTON, Del. - Venus Williams could have politely declined. She could have issued one of those statements where she said sorry, but her hectic schedule didn't allow a pit stop in Delaware, and maybe she'd stop by next year.

Or, she could have done like a lot of athletes do, and blew off her commitment.

That's not Venus Williams. That's not how she operates.

Instead, there she was on the clay courts of DuPont Country Club, hitting balls with a gaggle of pre-teen tennis fans, offering instruction on how to better charge a ball, concentrate on footwork, and make a solid volley. She offered such lessons prior to a World Team Tennis contest between her Philadelphia Freedoms and the host Delaware Storm.

What was most impressive is she did it with an interest in the kids, not just idly making an appearance for a photo opportunity and another payday.

Oh yeah, she did it less than 72 hours after winning her fifth Wimbledon women's singles title, and her third Wimbledon doubles crown.

You don't see Tiger Woods hitting the links with youngsters a few days after winning a major championship. Alex Rodriguez doesn't take an early spring off day to drop in on a local Little League practice. Kobe Bryant doesn't interrupt his Los Angeles Lakers season to have a clinic with young basketball players.

But Venus Williams does - and before you say it doesn't equate when comparing her to the aforementioned superstars, it should be noted that she is one-half the face of American tennis along with her sister, Serena Williams.

Venus is the most prolific American playing tennis today, having won 16 Grand Slam Titles in total (seven singles, seven doubles, and two mixed doubles). Her five Wimbledon crowns are the third most in the Open Era of Women's Tennis behind only Martina Navratilova (nine) and Steffi Graff (seven).

Other than her sister, no one is even close.

She is the best American in the sport today. Imagine Tom Brady ditching Giselle Bundchen for an afternoon to swing by a CYO football practice. No prayer right?

Well, Venus made it happen.

"I've always said that I will live up to all of my commitments as long as I am healthy," Venus said. "I've been half asleep all day after flying back and getting used to the time change, but once I hit this clinic and started hitting with the kids, it really gave me a charge."

She was willing to talk about her success last weekend at the All-England Club, saying her fifth title in eight years hasn't had time to sink in yet, but she wanted to get off that topic and return to the task at hand - which was working with the kids.

Why? Because it wasn't that long ago that Venus was one of those wide-eyed youngsters.

"When I was 10 or something, I went to a World Team Tennis clinic with Billie Jean King," she said. "I was so excited to get a chance to hit with her. I think I tried to show off to her a little bit, but she was still so nice."
And it is that devotion to King that still stands today. It is why Venus has been a part of World Team Tennis for the past five years.

King started WTT in an effort to grow the sport, and to use it as an educational tool as well. Venus Williams isn't the only star player to participate in WTT - John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Anna Kournikova, Lindsay Davenport and Patrick Rafter, among many others, also are or were involved.

None of them showed up three days after Wimbledon, let alone winning two championships on the same day - until Tuesday, that is.

"Billie Jean is an amazing person who is always doing something cutting edge and is a role model for all of us," Venus said. "It was a thrill for me to be on a court with her when I was a kid and maybe the same can be said for these kids today. I don't know. But you never know where the next American tennis star is going to come from. That's what this is all about."

There was a WTT match to be played as well, and while it was much more about being a spectacle and being entertaining, Williams was equally sensational.

She won three different sets for the Freedoms, teaming with Travis Parrott to defeat Liezel Huber and Chris Haggard in mixed doubles, 5-3; romped past Madison Brengle in the singles, 5-2, and finally teamed with Wayne's Lisa Raymond - whom Venus defeated in the Wimbledon doubles championship along with her sister Serena - to defeat Huber and Christina Fusano in women's doubles, 5-2, leading the Freedoms to victory.

"I want to win no matter what I compete in," Venus said. "But at the same time, I want people to be entertained. This is the perfect opportunity for that. I love being on a team and being on the bench to cheer my teammates on."

It's safe to say Venus gets it. Put aside the clothing line, the modeling, the reality television show and the speeches to tennis executives about equality in pay between men and women. Forget all of that.

Venus understands what it means to be a star athlete. And rather than be reluctant to embrace her fame, she takes it the other way and is warm and inviting to everyone.

Frankly, it's refreshing to see that somewhere in professional sports.

To contact Anthony J. SanFilippo, e-mail asanfilippo@delcotimes.com

"NONE of them showed up three days after Wimbledon, let alone winning two championships on the same day - until Tuesday, that is."

Good article but the writer needs to do better research. Serena
was basically doing the same thing in D.C.

comfortably.numb
Jul 9th, 2008, 06:54 PM
I think Venus also recently found a cure for cancer too. ALL HAIL QUEEN VEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"NONE of them showed up three days after Wimbledon, let alone winning two championships on the same day - until Tuesday, that is."

Good article but the writer needs to do better research. Serena
was basically doing the same thing in D.C.
Uh, no. Serena only won one championship that day. IT'S NOT THE SAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

young_gunner913
Jul 9th, 2008, 06:57 PM
Venus :hearts: She's so amazing. :hug:

rjd1111
Jul 9th, 2008, 07:26 PM
I think Venus also recently found a cure for cancer too. ALL HAIL QUEEN VEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Uh, no. Serena only won one championship that day. IT'S NOT THE SAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

None of them showed up three days after Wimbledon

This was the basic statement. It was wrong.

Venus was giving a clinic to children three days after Wimby.

Serena was giving a clinic to children three days after Wimby.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...l?hpid=artslot

The same thing.


The part about 2 championships was an adjunct to the statement

ad·junct

ad·junct [á jùngkt]
n (plural ad·juncts)
1. something added on as extra: something inessential added to something else
2. inessential part of sentence: a part of a sentence that is not the subject or predicate

Dawn Marie
Jul 9th, 2008, 07:41 PM
Nice article. Venus is really a great role model for the youth. It's all about the Youth. Thnx Vee.

Denise4925
Jul 9th, 2008, 08:05 PM
Oh STFU!! You wouldn't respond like this if it were one of the Asian players :rolleyes: Meanwhile, this is exactly the Venus I had the pleasure of meeting in Naples FL in 2002 :hearts:

:yeah: :haha: Too true.

V-MAC
Jul 9th, 2008, 08:11 PM
I think Venus also recently found a cure for cancer too. ALL HAIL QUEEN VEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Uh, no. Serena only won one championship that day. IT'S NOT THE SAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wouldn't put it past her. Vee is one amazing woman :worship:

sweetpeas
Jul 9th, 2008, 08:27 PM
I wouldn't put it past her. Vee is one amazing woman


So true!Please hater"s ,go to your player site!!!!Leave us HAPPY HAPPY Williams lover"s alone....O happy dayys>>>>>>>>>>.

Denise4925
Jul 9th, 2008, 08:33 PM
I know this thread is about Vee and how wonderful she is, but her sister is cut from the same thread. Let's give her some props too. ;)

Paris to D.C.: Serena Williams' long commute for WTT debut following Wimbledon Joseph White, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tue Jul 8, 11:35 PM ET



WASHINGTON - Three days after losing to her sister in tennis' showcase event, Serena Williams awoke Tuesday morning at her part-time home in Paris. She flew to London, where she had a layover of a few hours, then hopped a trans-Atlantic flight in which she "slept pretty much the whole way."

Upon arrival in the nation's capital, she made an appearance at a youth tennis clinic and then held a news conference to promote the final duty of her very long day: her debut with the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis.

"It's kind of weird, but I'm still going," said Williams, whose body clock was closing in on midnight at the news conference.

Five hours later, the world's fifth-ranked player showed no signs of jet lag as she pounded aces and service winners against No. 189 Marie-Eve Pelletier. Williams won seven of 10 games against Pelletier in a valiant comeback bid on behalf of the team, but it wasn't enough as the Kastles lost their home opener 22-19 to the Boston Lobsters.

"I wasn't exhausted at all," Williams said. "I felt like I could go another two sets or whatever."

Under a crescent moon and before a standing room only crowd, Williams also played doubles and mixed doubles in her all-white outfit. She and Justin Gimelstob, who caused a stir and drew a one-match WTT suspension when he made disparaging comments about Anna Kournikova last month, lost 5-2 to Jan-Michael Gambill and Raquel Kops-Jones. Williams then teamed with Mashona Washington to beat Pelletier and Kops-Jones 5-4 in women's doubles.

"It was good to be out here in D.C. for the first time," said Williams, who stuck around a bit longer after playing to sign autographs. "It was awesome."

The taxing day was not the usual routine for a professional athlete preparing for competition, but the WTT will take what it can get. The Kastles are the newest franchise in the 11-team league, which began its 33rd season this month, and the team's home matches are played in a temporary, 2,200-seat stadium that has been erected in the middle of a downtown parking lot. During a break in the action, WTT co-founder Billie Jean King stepped onto the court and auctioned off Super Bowl tickets.

"I always thought there should be a (women's) tennis tournament here," Williams said. "It's such a big city, and I have a lot of fans here."

The match had been long sold out - it is scheduled to be Williams' only home appearance with the Kastles this season - and the intimate atmosphere and multicoloured hardcourt were literally and figuratively half a world away from the grass of Centre Court at Wimbledon, where she lost to sister Venus in the grand slam final on Saturday.

"I was really disappointed. ... I've been down already," Williams said before Tuesday's match. "I'm so excited to play. I've never been so ready to play so fast, after such a big tournament. But I'm definitely ready and I'm looking forward to having a lot of fun out there."

Even if fatigue had set in, there was no danger of Williams falling asleep. Announcers with microphones turned up to max volume constantly reminded the crowd that loud cheering always is encouraged at WTT matches. It took a while to get the message across, but eventually there were chants of "Double fault!" while Kops-Jones was serving during mixed doubles.

Williams last played in WTT in 2000 for the Delaware Smash. She was on the St. Louis Aces roster last year but was unable to complete due to injury. Joining the Kastles comes with a family tie; one of her less famous sisters, Isha, works for the local Southeast Tennis & Learning Center.

The WTT schedule is condensed into three July weeks, with each team boasting a marquee player who will play in at least one home match. Serena Williams is scheduled to play in three of the Kastles' road matches. Other notable names in the league include Andy Roddick, Martina Navtratilova, Lindsay Davenport and Anna Kournikova.

And, oh yes, Serena's sister, who plays for the Philadelphia Freedoms.

"That's the beauty of WTT. It attracts a lot of marquee players. Venus Williams, who's won five Wimbledons, I believe," said Williams, stumbling through the thought as if she were still coming to grips with the mixed emotions of losing Saturday's final.

"Obviously, I was happy for her," Williams said. "I wouldn't want her to lose any other time - unless she lost against me."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/cpress/20080...FA_s8PaNTJRr4F

sweetpeas
Jul 9th, 2008, 08:39 PM
That"s my girl!I love them BOTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thank Denise...as always....:wavey::bounce::kiss::cool::):lol:

Craig.
Jul 9th, 2008, 08:59 PM
Tell us something we don't know. I love you, Venus. :hearts:

winone23
Jul 9th, 2008, 09:46 PM
Here's a vid of her at the clinic!

That 15 year-old is professing his love! :lol:

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=...ocal&id=6252816 (http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=6252816)

:lol::lol:@ the 15 yr old
Thanks nice vid of Venus

vwfan
Jul 9th, 2008, 09:48 PM
Nice thing for her to do and equally nice for her to be acknowledged in this way by the writer.

I'm so greedy, I'm already focused on her preparing to win at the U.S. Open and furthering her lead as the active player with the most impressive record in New York. She hasn't won, since 2001 so she needs to just "see the green" when she arrives at Flushing Meadows. :worship:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jul 9th, 2008, 09:53 PM
What a beautiful read:bounce:. Venus has really grown on me over the years :bounce:.

winone23
Jul 9th, 2008, 09:54 PM
great Venus and Serena articles.

Vlover
Jul 10th, 2008, 04:03 PM
[QUOTE][QUOTE=court70;13594090]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Williams sisters get it right
Bruce Jenkins
The Williams sisters don't:

Complain. It's rare that they ever question a call of any kind. Always attuned to sportsmanship, they're likely to give away points if they think the opponent has been wronged. Whatever anger might reside within, they don't whine about rain delays, improper scheduling, any type of injustice that would set off most other players.

Pump a fist on every damn point that goes their way. Maria Sharapova is the worst in this regard. Double fault by the other player? Pump that fist. Hideous drop shot falling 2 feet short by the opponent? Yes!

Take bathroom breaks. It has become almost routine in women's tennis for a player to fall well behind, then suddenly flee to the toilet. Nature calling? No chance. They're merely trying to change the momentum. Sometimes - no kidding - they emerge from this pitiful exercise in a new outfit. When the Williams sisters get down, they take it, pondering their comeback strategy without buying a ticket to Cancun.

Call for injury timeouts. They've had their moments at times of legitimate injury (Serena was so violently stricken by cramps in her Wimbledon match against Daniela Hantuchova last year, she was unable to walk), but this is another bit of gamesmanship seen too often in the women's game. Say, if I get a trainer out here to rub my back, maybe the other player will get frustrated by the wait! Once again, Venus and Serena would rather stay above the fray, just like their favorite athletes playing hurt in other sports.

It is so nice to see the Sisters are finally getting the recognition they deserve for their great sportmanship they display.:worship: I think the writer forgot to mention about the continuous illegal coaching of some players.:devil:

Dawn Marie
Jul 11th, 2008, 12:50 AM
Gumbycat this bump is for you.:-)

Amanda
Jul 11th, 2008, 06:55 AM
Venus is the best!

Jeff
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:21 AM
Great reads and video clip. Venus :kiss:

vettipooh
Jul 11th, 2008, 12:39 PM
Venus deserves a lot of respect for her achievements at Wimbledon both last week and in the past. But for what she is doing this week she deserves ten times more. Very very classy. :bowdown:

Very, very nice words from you. I agree 100%. When Vee is healthy, her commitment and dedication to the game is outstanding.

*JR*
Jul 11th, 2008, 04:20 PM
SanFilippo: Venus is a selfless star you can love...

Or, she could have done like a lot of athletes do, and blew off her commitment....

What was most impressive is she did it with an interest in the kids, not just idly making an appearance for a photo opportunity and another payday.

Oh yeah, she did it less than 72 hours after winning her fifth Wimbledon women's singles title, and her third Wimbledon doubles crown.

You don't see Tiger Woods hitting the links with youngsters a few days after winning a major championship. Alex Rodriguez doesn't take an early spring off day to drop in on a local Little League practice. Kobe Bryant doesn't interrupt his Los Angeles Lakers season to have a clinic with young basketball players...

Not only don't IC anyone ITT criticizing the other stars named for not doing this kind of thing, but one whose reaction was: Venus :yeah: has listed under his or her user ID the Words "In A Tiger Mood", though of course (though not now with the injury) he could have done this kind of thing for years in between tournaments. :shrug:

mykarma
Jul 12th, 2008, 05:03 PM
Are you people under a trance or something? I feel like I'm in a colony of Moonies. :rolleyes: Why is this such a big deal? :shrug: You do realize that she was in Delaware already for a paid event and WTT is a Pro Tour, right? I think it's nice that she gave a few hours to work with some kids, but I do not see the reason for worshiping her for this. Do you know how many people donate many hours of their time to regularly? I do respect Venus; that is not my issue; it is :confused: at this kind of worship for a few hours public appearance.
Who died and left you in charge of other people's emotions? Have you ever thought that perhaps something is wrong with you and not others that feel differently than you? Just because you hate that people admire the sisters and the compassion they feel for others doesn't mean that something is wrong with them.

As the columnist stated, Venus could have very well not even bothered to come to Del. at all. Really, you seem to have this false feeling of grandeur about yourself that most others don't recognize.

Morrissey
Jul 12th, 2008, 11:00 PM
I think it is about time FEMALE ATHLETES get the RESPECT and also the FINANCIAL opportunities as male athletes it is ABOUT TIME. Credit to Venus for fighting for equal prize money too!

Pureracket
Jul 13th, 2008, 12:02 AM
Who died and left you in charge of other people's emotions? Have you ever thought that perhaps something is wrong with you and not others that feel differently than you? Just because you hate that people admire the sisters and the compassion they feel for others doesn't mean that something is wrong with them.

As the columnist stated, Venus could have very well not even bothered to come to Del. at all. Really, you seem to have this false feeling of grandeur about yourself that most others don't recognize.I told you all a long time ago what drake's agenda was/is.

Pureracket
Jul 13th, 2008, 12:06 AM
:lol::lol:@ the 15 yr old
Thanks nice vid of VenusLOL! Indeed. I'm also laughing @ little Miss Amera Edwards thinking it was necessary to wear pearls to her workout session with V.:lol:

sabandborg
Jul 13th, 2008, 01:24 AM
I told you all a long time ago what drake's agenda was/is.

Didn't need to tell me (ty anyway!), but it's so over the top obvious ---> how could anyone miss it?:lol:

:wavey:

sabandborg
Jul 13th, 2008, 01:25 AM
Is Drake "Mother Marjorie"?

mykarma
Jul 13th, 2008, 03:27 AM
Is Drake "Mother Marjorie"?
That was cold. :lol:

mykarma
Jul 13th, 2008, 03:28 AM
I told you all a long time ago what drake's agenda was/is.
Hey, you're preaching to the choir.

Vlover
Jul 13th, 2008, 03:41 AM
I told you all a long time ago what drake's agenda was/is.

Would you believe that bitch is even jealous of my avatar.:lol: S/he gave a red dot once and said my avatar doesn't look like Vee. :rolleyes: Obviously Vee doesn't go for glamor 24/7 but when she does she rocks and the bitches are having a hard time with that also.

Tennisaddict
Jul 13th, 2008, 03:54 PM
Itīs so nice to finally read more positive and inspiring articles about Venus. She doesnīt get half the respect she deserves, but this is a good start.

akosiirwyn
Jul 13th, 2008, 05:25 PM
Vee is awesome :inlove: