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Leo_DFP
Jul 30th, 2009, 07:25 PM
Mary Joe Fernandez, currently commentating the Serena vs. Czink match on ESPN2, just revealed that she has been speaking with David Witt, Venus' hitting partner. According to him, V+S want to qualify for the year-end doubles championship but they realize it's just the top 4 teams who make it so they have to play regular tour events. They've already won 2 Slams this year but Stanford is only their 4th event and their 1st outside of the Slams.

This is a good sign for multiple reasons. It's good if you care about doubles and having deep fields in doubles. But more importantly for tennis fans, it is a sign that Venus and Serena are committed to playing USO Series singles events. For them to qualify for the doubles championship, they have to play more events together than they usually do, and that means they will probably stick to their commitments this summer in Canada and Cincy and play both singles and doubles in those tourrneys. And then the USO as well, obviously. Who knows how many fall tournaments they will play together as it usually gets sparse for them in Europe in the autumn, so they need to take advantage of their summer hardcourt season now if they are serious about their doubles.

It seems like it's gonna be a busy summer of tennis for the Willies.

(This is not a doubles thread, so don't move it, mods.)

ItsRENAbaby
Jul 30th, 2009, 07:33 PM
I love the idea!

In The Zone
Jul 30th, 2009, 08:46 PM
If they win the Open, they are pretty much qualified. I think this is more about being #1 in doubles and for Serena to rack up some points to move Safina from the top spot.

hellas719
Jul 30th, 2009, 08:54 PM
:inlove:
Yeah, I heard it too:)

I think in the fall they'll probably play together in Beijing unless they do really good in Stanford, Cincy, Toronto, and NY.

MBM
Jul 30th, 2009, 09:14 PM
great news. I was wondering if they would play if they qualified with GS points only, but I guess this commitment answers that question.

Nothing better than a high quality doubles match or two

AdeyC
Jul 30th, 2009, 09:30 PM
They're probably one of the best doubles teams anyway.

CrossCourt~Rally
Jul 30th, 2009, 10:30 PM
If they remain healthy, they will qualify with ease. :worship::bounce:

young_gunner913
Jul 30th, 2009, 10:45 PM
get it girls :hearts:

Ben.
Jul 30th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Great news to hear :) Staying injury free is the key.

Slammer7
Jul 30th, 2009, 11:09 PM
They're probably one of the best doubles teams anyway.

Probably? :confused: The only way it's probably is it the words "of all time" ends that sentence and even that's a stretch. They have the 3rd most slams of the open era and the 6th most all time, and their still playing. :wavey: Also they didn't even play the slams for 4 years.

Leo_DFP
Jul 30th, 2009, 11:47 PM
Probably? :confused: The only way it's probably is it the words "of all time" ends that sentence and even that's a stretch. They have the 3rd most slams of the open era and the 6th most all time, and their still playing. :wavey: Also they didn't even play the slams for 4 years.

No way they're the best doubles team of all time. I think Navratilova/Shriver take the cake. Their volleys were classic.

AdeyC
Jul 30th, 2009, 11:54 PM
Probably? :confused: The only way it's probably is it the words "of all time" ends that sentence and even that's a stretch. They have the 3rd most slams of the open era and the 6th most all time, and their still playing. :wavey: Also they didn't even play the slams for 4 years.

If you add the words 'of all time' you'd have to replace them with Navratilova and Shriver.

Slammer7
Jul 30th, 2009, 11:55 PM
No way they're the best doubles team of all time. I think Navratilova/Shriver take the cake. Their volleys were classic.

I didn't say "the" :rolleyes: The sentence was "Probably ONE OF" Geeze, read the whole exchange.:p I said they had the 3rd most in the Open era and 6th most all time. How is that saying they are the best of all time? Hello!!! :wavey: Now we can agree that they are ONE OF the best teams of all time, can't we? :D

Geisha
Jul 30th, 2009, 11:56 PM
No way they're the best doubles team of all time. I think Navratilova/Shriver take the cake. Their volleys were classic.

LOL, has nothing to do with volleys V & S would cream them.

Slammer7
Jul 31st, 2009, 12:12 AM
If you add the words 'of all time' you'd have to replace them with Navratilova and Shriver.

Did you even read your own original post? :rolleyes: Here let me help you.

They're probably one of the best doubles teams anyway.

Here's my post.

Probably? :confused: The only way it's probably is it the words "of all time" ends that sentence and even that's a stretch. They have the 3rd most slams of the open era and the 6th most all time, and their still playing. :wavey: Also they didn't even play the slams for 4 years.

Now if you do what I said in my post it would read as such.

They're probably one of the best doubles teams of of all time.

See was that so bad? Please read the post properly next time. :D :wavey:

tennisbum79
Jul 31st, 2009, 12:56 AM
Originally Posted by Leo_DFP http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images2007/buttons/lastpost.gif (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?p=16151781#post16151781)
No way they're the best doubles team of all time. I think Navratilova/Shriver take the cake. Their volleys were classic.
LOL, has nothing to do with volleys V & S would cream them.
With the WS, conventional wisdom does not apply.

They routinely creams the number 1 double teams. I don't think it would have been any different with Navratilova/Shriver

They have even improved their net play the last 2 years.
And you know what? The WS brought the power with them at the net, unlike most players,
who only play puffy balls at the net.

Dave.
Jul 31st, 2009, 01:10 AM
No way they're the best doubles team of all time. I think Navratilova/Shriver take the cake. Their volleys were classic.

Of course, Nav/Pam are the undisputed greatest/best/most dominant/most unbeatable etc. etc. doubles team of the Open Era and probably of all time.

Fernandez/Zvereva a close second, seeing as they accomplished all that they did within 6 years and indeed won their first 6 grand slams entered. :bowdown:




Now if you do what I said in my post it would read as such.

They're probably one of the best doubles teams of of all time.

See was that so bad? Please read the post properly next time. :D :wavey:

I would say they are definitely one of the best teams out there right now.

And of course with a career golden slam they have to go down as one of the all-time great teams. :shrug:

Slammer7
Jul 31st, 2009, 02:08 AM
Of course, Nav/Pam are the undisputed greatest/best/most dominant/most unbeatable etc. etc. doubles team of the Open Era and probably of all time.

Fernandez/Zvereva a close second, seeing as they accomplished all that they did within 6 years and indeed won their first 6 grand slams entered. :bowdown:




I would say they are definitely one of the best teams out there right now.

And of course with a career golden slam they have to go down as one of the all-time great teams. :shrug:

Thank you so much for reading my words completely :hug: and not half-reading like others did. :rolleyes:

Knizzle
Jul 31st, 2009, 02:38 AM
The sisters have the best doubles winning percentage of all time. Though number of matches/titles won is dwarfed by other all-time great doubles pairs.

darrinbaker00
Jul 31st, 2009, 04:22 AM
I'm glad Venus and Serena have decided to play more doubles, because (a) I love watching them play, (b) it helps their singles, and (c) they're really, really good at it. I wish/hope/pray that more top singles players would do the same, because I believe they would become more well-rounded players, which would improve the on-court product.

bandabou
Jul 31st, 2009, 07:46 AM
One of the best teams ever..no buts, ifs..

ex hopman
Jul 31st, 2009, 10:23 AM
i really like them playing doubles. they are not playing a real typical doubles play, but showing lots of power in it.
i'm sure other players would have to adjust to the power... the women's dubs will be more exciting, i believe! good for them! good for the tour!

Rui.
Jul 31st, 2009, 12:05 PM
Please take the want out. If they want they will most probably.

volta
Jul 31st, 2009, 01:00 PM
Love it

zxcVbnm88
Aug 2nd, 2009, 05:01 PM
they are #2 on the race with 3 tournaments.
they'll qualify if they win Stanford and USO.

Michael.
Aug 5th, 2009, 12:38 AM
as long as one of them doesn't get injured they will definitely make it , and win it . probably

lizchris
Aug 5th, 2009, 01:40 AM
So I guess they will be playing doubles at Cincinnati and Toronto too?

Uranium
Aug 5th, 2009, 02:42 AM
Davenport said that she heard that the WS weren't going to play doubles at the USO...Corina then asked during the after match-interview and of course my DVR taping cut it off, so I don't know their answer:p

50Sense
Aug 5th, 2009, 02:45 AM
Davenport said that she heard that the WS weren't going to play doubles at the USO...Corina then asked during the after match-interview and of course my DVR taping cut it off, so I don't know their answer:p

They said they haven't decided yet but would like to.

I vaugely remember Serena saying a few years ago that the USO was the worst tournament to play doubles at because of the distance from where they stay and the National tennis center.

pwayne
Aug 5th, 2009, 03:02 AM
They said they haven't decided yet but would like to.

I vaugely remember Serena saying a few years ago that the USO was the worst tournament to play doubles at because of the distance from where they stay and the National tennis center.

That is what I thought also.

In The Zone
Aug 5th, 2009, 03:07 AM
They said they haven't decided yet but would like to.

I vaugely remember Serena saying a few years ago that the USO was the worst tournament to play doubles at because of the distance from where they stay and the National tennis center.

They stay in Manhattan, the USO is in Queens. I think it is worth it for them to play the doubles. Either they are on the same half and travel every day (big deal -- doubles on the off day), or they are on opposite halves in singles and they would have to travel every day -- anyway.

#1 is on the line. I hope they can deal with the annoyance for the doubles. :( I would like to see them at #1. It would be so great.

Slammer7
Aug 5th, 2009, 03:16 AM
They said they haven't decided yet but would like to.

I vaugely remember Serena saying a few years ago that the USO was the worst tournament to play doubles at because of the distance from where they stay and the National tennis center.

Also the Open would put them on a show court at night for their doubles and with the girls being the featured night match A LOT and with the rule that you can't play a doubles match before your singles match, it makes it really difficult. When the sisters did play doubles at the Open in 99,2000, and 2001 they were on at night quite often. So with press and all the other things they wouldn't get out of the national tennis center or back to their hotels until midnight. And with the fact that they haven't played dubs at the Open for 8 years :eek: they will probably put the girls on center court to play the dubs at least once. Can you imagine if the sisters and Sharapova are on the same side? :help: The night womens match may very well be Williams/Williams vs Whoever/Whoever :lol: on the nights that the other side of the singles draw played. :haha:

iGOAT
Aug 5th, 2009, 03:20 AM
They said they haven't decided yet but would like to.

I vaugely remember Serena saying a few years ago that the USO was the worst tournament to play doubles at because of the distance from where they stay and the National tennis center.
They would be there anyway to practice :confused:.