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RVD
Jul 25th, 2012, 12:07 AM
Pardon if this has already been posted.


http://asia.eurosport.com/tennis/williams-at-olympics_sto3360127/story.shtml
Williams sisters target Wimbledon double

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Posted by Reuters the 25/07/2012 at 03:15, updated the 25/07/2012 at 03:19

Venus and Serena Williams have opted for the comfort of a Wimbledon hotel over the athletes' village
and might miss the opening ceremony but the tennis siblings were still able to soak up some of the
London Olympic experience on Tuesday.


Soon after arriving in the English capital, the Williams sisters and their United States team mates got a taste of Olympic traffic gridlock, delaying their pre-Games news conference.

Everyone then had a good chuckle at the expense of doubles partners and brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, who were denied entry into the Olympic media centre for not having validated credentials.

Serena, still basking in the glow of her fifth Wimbledon singles title, quickly made it clear, however, that she was not back in London for a few laughs, but for medals.

If the 14-times Grand Slam winner can claim the women's gold she would become the only player to win all four slams, plus singles and doubles gold.

"It's exciting to be back so soon, usually we have to wait 12 months to walk back on to centre court," Serena, who will set up camp with her sister and the rest of the U.S. tennis team at a hotel near Wimbledon, told the news conference.

"For me, I'm going to be really excited to have such a quick turn-around and get back on the grass where I love to play."

Since rejoining the Summer Games programme in 1988 after a 64-year absence, tennis and the Olympics have not always been a comfortable fit, with many players putting a grand slam victory ahead of a gold medal.

Wimbledon and the Olympics, two ancient sporting institutions, will come together, however, at the All England Club.

"Growing up as tennis players you always dream of winning grand slams and doing well at tournaments like Wimbledon," said Venus, who will defend the doubles title with her sister.

"To have an opportunity to win a gold medal and be mentioned among all the great athletes, that's an honour."

Between them, Serena and Venus have won 10 singles titles on Wimbledon's manicured lawns along with five doubles crowns, the most recent three weeks ago.

They have never lost as a doubles partnership at an Olympic Games, taking gold in 2000 and 2008, while Venus also has a singles gold in her trophy case from Sydney.

There is also the possibility of a Williams playing mixed doubles and adding to their medal haul. The U.S. will not confirm their mixed doubles teams until next Tuesday.

After pulling out of her World Team Tennis commitments to rest a sore back last week, Serena had more bad news for her opponents, saying she was back to full fitness.

"I think when we first heard about mixed that we wanted to play for all three and knew we would really have to be at the ultimate fitness level to do so," said Venus. "But at the end of the day it's going to be what our team captains want.

"Obviously we're interested in seeing who could have the best chance to win because we really want to bring medals home.

"It's about the betterment of the team and what would be the best for the USA."

Reuters - Reuters

Travod
Jul 25th, 2012, 01:50 AM
Might miss the OC? Come on.

RVD
Jul 25th, 2012, 01:53 AM
Might miss the OC? Come on.Tell me about it.

That's hands down the biggest and most attractive portion of the Olympics.

gmokb
Jul 25th, 2012, 02:52 AM
It's not unusual for athletes to miss the OC. I read that some others are planning to skip it as well.

RVD
Jul 25th, 2012, 03:21 AM
It's not unusual for athletes to miss the OC. I read that some others are planning to skip it as well.I bet it's very draining for some athletes, as they are desperately attempting to focus purely on their respective events.
Some have sacrificed their entire lives to for this moment, and rather than endure a mentally draining OC, they'd rather reserve all of that energy for the events/competitions.
Just a guess of course.

Olórin
Jul 25th, 2012, 12:26 PM
Play starts at 11am the morning after the Opening Ceremony and it could take an hours travelling for Serena or Venus to get back to their hotel from the main Olympic Park.

I would think missing the opening ceremony to be the only logical option if they are scheduled for the first or second matches.

RVD
Jul 25th, 2012, 07:27 PM
Play starts at 11am the morning after the Opening Ceremony and it could take an hours travelling for Serena or Venus to get back to their hotel from the main Olympic Park.

I would think missing the opening ceremony to be the only logical option if they are scheduled for the first or second matches.That makes sense.
I didn't realize that they were an hour away from their event location. That sucks!
Well, so long as they are taking the time to properly rest and eat, they should be good-to-go.

Olórin, do you know if they are staying in Olympic village or some other location?
It sounds as if it's not in the Olympic village with the other athletes. Plus, I'm certain that I read where they opted to not stay in the Olympic village location, but I can't locate the article.

Travod
Jul 25th, 2012, 07:43 PM
The Olympic village and Wimbledon are in two different sides of London.

RVD
Jul 25th, 2012, 08:55 PM
The Olympic village and Wimbledon are in two different sides of London.Thanks.
But again, in a recent Serena interview she stated that she'd be lodging outside of the Olympic Village. That might mean a location bordering the Olympic village or far away.
That said, I'm asking where Serena is lodging, and if anyone knows. :)

Travod
Jul 25th, 2012, 09:56 PM
The first sentence of the article says, "Venus and Serena Williams have opted for the comfort of a Wimbledon hotel over the athletes' village and might miss the opening ceremony but the tennis siblings were still able to soak up some of the London Olympic experience on Tuesday."

So in Wimbledon, obviously. Where else?

RVD
Jul 25th, 2012, 10:05 PM
The first sentence of the article says, "Venus and Serena Williams have opted for the comfort of a Wimbledon hotel over the athletes' village and might miss the opening ceremony but the tennis siblings were still able to soak up some of the London Olympic experience on Tuesday."

So in Wimbledon, obviously. Where else?Duh.
My bad.
I completely skipped that portion and went straight for the main article. :smash: :help:

RenaSlam.
Jul 26th, 2012, 12:48 AM
A wise decision for them to rest up instead of partaking in the OC. Glad they are so serious about this.