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Rolling-Thunder
Aug 23rd, 2012, 04:14 AM
Venus Williams confirms that she and her sister Serena will play doubles at the U.S. Open. After not having played for a year, the Williams sisters won their 13th Grand Slam doubles title at Wimbledon and won their third doubles gold medal at the London Olympics.

"Doubles is is very important to me," Venus told reporters. "Those titles add to your Grand Slam count. It feels very good. It's nice to have a full day off, but when you're going for both [singles and doubles] titles, it takes a lot of focus, and I want both titles. They both mean a lot to me. I never, never, never throw in the towel if I've lost in singles no matter what. I have been rewarded a lot of times with those titles. For me, both are important."

Is this a good idea?

ptkten
Aug 23rd, 2012, 04:16 AM
I think it's good, Venus doesn't really have a shot at the singles title so she can win a title here and Serena seems to play well in singles when she plays doubles so I think it's a good decision.

Drake1980
Aug 23rd, 2012, 05:08 AM
Awesome idea! :hearts:

tennisbum79
Aug 23rd, 2012, 05:34 AM
Bad idea for their singles

Venus recent back injury cannot sustain the demand of singles and doubles, less rest, more time on ther court
Just last week, Serena had yet to recover from the olympics, has she built enough stamina and enegry reserve to play both singles & doubles?

bandabou
Aug 23rd, 2012, 06:13 AM
Good idea...doubles actually improves Serena play more often than not, plus for Vee that's probably her best shot at a title.

mauresmofan
Aug 23rd, 2012, 07:49 AM
Bad idea for their singles

Venus recent back injury cannot sustain the demand of singles and doubles, less rest, more time on ther court
Just last week, Serena had yet to recover from the olympics, has she built enough stamina and enegry reserve to play both singles & doubles?

We don't know what Venus' back injury is caused from and could be simply a byproduct from her illness. As for Serena I think last week she was simply jetlagged causing her to be very very grumpy and negative on court. A few days away from the game will do her the power of good and I'm sure she's back training again and enjoying the challenge of adding to her collection of Slam victories.

Tennisation
Aug 23rd, 2012, 07:51 AM
Venus Williams confirms that she and her sister Serena will play doubles at the U.S. Open. After not having played for a year, the Williams sisters won their 13th Grand Slam doubles title at Wimbledon and won their third doubles gold medal at the London Olympics.

"Doubles is is very important to me," Venus told reporters. "Those titles add to your Grand Slam count. It feels very good. It's nice to have a full day off, but when you're going for both [singles and doubles] titles, it takes a lot of focus, and I want both titles. They both mean a lot to me. I never, never, never throw in the towel if I've lost in singles no matter what. I have been rewarded a lot of times with those titles. For me, both are important."

Is this a good idea?The only thing adding to your slam count from here on out :tape:

tennisfan146
Aug 23rd, 2012, 08:10 AM
Playing doubles has really helped Vee in singles lately, so it's a great idea.

pwayne
Aug 23rd, 2012, 03:07 PM
Can we give Serena and Venus the title today?

kwilliams
Aug 23rd, 2012, 03:20 PM
I wish there was a "remains to be seen" option. It'll probably be good for them too. Chances are that it will be a consolation title for Venus and doubles does seem to help Serena's game, as others have mentioned. It's getting towards the end of the year though. Players will be starting to flag soon, if they are not flagging already. Serena has played a full schedule this summer. I just hope she has had enough rest time to play singles and doubles. Venus is still learning how to manage her illness and may have had a back issue as recently as last week. She may walk away with the doubles title but the schedule/workload could prevent her going one round further in the singles.

LightWarrior
Aug 23rd, 2012, 03:30 PM
It's all good for Venus who probably won't fo far in singles but Serena can't handle singles + doubles on a hard court. This is not Wimbledon.

Kairi
Aug 23rd, 2012, 05:29 PM
It's all good for Venus who probably won't fo far in singles but Serena can't handle singles + doubles on a hard court. This is not Wimbledon.

Why not? She's done it countless times before.

In The Zone
Aug 23rd, 2012, 08:24 PM
Amazing! So happy. :D They are on the same side of the draw so they can have days off! Or, if they feel adventurous, play twice on the same day and get a day off completely.

Especially given Venus' draw with Kerber, I love this idea. I want them to get back to #1, add more slams, and win the YEC! It's the only title they are missing as a team. So happy!

Ntosake
Aug 23rd, 2012, 09:44 PM
Just saw this heading and I think it's GREAT!

I'm ok with them playing as long as they can avoid the Open's scheduling tricks, inclement weather, and any other manufactured bs.

Go team Williams!:yeah:

Larrybidd
Aug 23rd, 2012, 09:49 PM
It's all good for Venus who probably won't fo far in singles but Serena can't handle singles + doubles on a hard court. This is not Wimbledon.

A double has NEVER been a problem for Serena before - hence all the titles, including several on the AO hard courts. If she's isn't 100% healthy going into a slam, she skips the doubles. It's that simple.

AcesHigh
Aug 24th, 2012, 12:59 AM
Awful awful idea for Venus.
You have a disease that affects your energy level... thus you decide to play MORE matches during the only event that matters left in the season???

Not only that, if you still believe you can win slams and big titles (which she does I'm sure) why enter an event that makes you complacent with the state of your career?

Venus can play doubles when she feels she can no longer compete in singles. Until then, it's a god-awful idea unless it's on the more forgiving grass of Wimbledon or the clay of Roland Garros where she has absolutely 0% chance of winning.

Focus the remaining energy you have left on singles. We've already seen her struggle with fatigue during a bunch of matches this year, especially when she has to play back-to-back days.

Alarmed
Aug 24th, 2012, 02:34 AM
Doubles has clearly helped Venus and she has come a long way from where she was when she first started her comeback, in regards to her disease and energy level. She played 5 straight days at Cincy and there was not one match where she was horribly exhausted. And she played three three-set matches. Plus, there is a good chance she could lose in the second round so why wouldn't they play? Doubles is not as difficult as singles and they both enjoy it a lot.

Infiniti2001
Aug 24th, 2012, 03:01 AM
I have no doubt it's a good idea especially for Venus.. She more than anyone out there knows her limits... What ever happens--happens. Go Vee :hearts:

CoryAnnAvants#1
Aug 24th, 2012, 03:09 AM
If either of them are feeling the effects of too much tennis, they'll pull out of the doubles. Simple as that. They're not going to compromise their chances in singles for a doubles title. And let's be honest, there's only two or three teams who would have even a chance at giving them a match, let alone beating them. Their first few rounds will be one hour practice sessions.

Mynarco
Aug 24th, 2012, 01:07 PM
I wonder if Venus has the stamina to do both Singles and Doubles (should she beat Kerber in the 2nd round)

Larrybidd
Aug 24th, 2012, 01:33 PM
I wonder if Venus has the stamina to do both Singles and Doubles (should she beat Kerber in the 2nd round)

The way her condition seems to work is, if Venus doesn't have it on a particular day, she just doesn't have it, it doesn't matter if she has one or 2 matches scheduled that day. So really, it doesn't matter. The player's almost always play singles matches first, if they are going to do a double..so the doubles shouldn't effect the singles much. In doubles, they really don't do much running around anyway. Lotta serves, returns and volleys...boom,boom boom...point over.

Shuji Shuriken
Aug 24th, 2012, 02:12 PM
I don't see the big deal really. It's over a two week span. If Venus's back is fine then this is great. Playing doubles always helps her game and doesn't involve long, taxing rallies. You all are being melodramatic. If Venus thinks she can do this, who are we to doubt her? I can't take these psychic bitches who can't wait to predict that playing doubles is the only way she's going to win a title. Ya'll need to suck several dicks and choke on them http://i49.tinypic.com/34rbxh5.gif

lizchris
Aug 24th, 2012, 08:20 PM
If Venus had a back problem, shoe would not be playing at all.

Pump-it-UP
Aug 24th, 2012, 09:06 PM
I have no doubt it's a good idea especially for Venus.. She more than anyone out there knows her limits... What ever happens--happens. Go Vee :hearts:

This.

I don't understand why some people are against it. We saw in Cincy that Venus was out on the practice courts hitting balls after her 3-hour long match vs Kirilenko. So instead of having extra practice sessions, she'll substitute in some doubles matches in which she'll receive a paycheck and hopefully another GS trophy. Seems like a fine trade to me. :shrug:

Not to mention that the doubles has done wonders for her singles game. It seems to be strengthening her physically rather than hurting her like we all feared. At this point I'd be furious if she DIDN'T enter the doubles. :lol:

AcesHigh
Aug 24th, 2012, 10:36 PM
I have no doubt it's a good idea especially for Venus.. She more than anyone out there knows her limits... What ever happens--happens. Go Vee :hearts:

She knows her limits? There have been several instances where this is DEFINITELY not the case. Particularly, Wimbledon 2003 which altered her career forever.

gmokb
Aug 26th, 2012, 11:04 PM
Venus didn't just get this disease, she just knew what it is. She will be okay, her single loses are mainly due to errors than lack of energy.

I don'tbuy into the current view that Serena can only play on grass and hard courts will be a struggle. I don't think she will have an issue playing both.

Not only a good idea, expect them to win as well.

Sam L
Aug 27th, 2012, 10:40 AM
More titles for them can only be a good thing. Plus, they're the best doubles team out there right now and one of the greatest doubles teams in tennis history. Of course, they should play.