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eshell
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:03 PM
A lot of negative stuff is written about Jennifer Capriati and her manners, etc. (most of which I agree with). However, anyone else think that Serena Williams is the most ungracious loser of the lot? Every time she loses, which admittedly is not often, she always comes up with an excuse rather than praise for her opponent. The latest: "My whole game was like 9,000 notches down." Another time I heard her quoted as saying, "She played some of her best tennis and I played OK." Venus, on the other hand, I find very complimentary about opponents who have beaten her. For me, Venus may not be the better of the tennis sisters at the moment, but she's certainly more graceful and humble and I find that ultimately more admirable.
—Stephen, Munich, Germany

Stephen, you pretty much answered your own question. It's hard to be considered an ungracious loser when you lose so infrequently. But your point is well taken. When your opponent scores one of the biggest wins of her career and beats you in a tight three-setter, it's generally bad form to stress that you stunk worse than a frat-house basement. Serena is also notorious on tour for blaming defeats on assorted injuries and ailments. (Who can forget the infamous "There should be a picture of me [in the dictionary] next to the word hypochondriac" remark at Wimbledon a few years ago?) It's probably unfortunate that we reflexively compare Serena to Venus and vice versa. But for the record, you're right. Venus usually shows a great deal of poise and grace in defeat.
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Serendy Willick
Apr 22nd, 2003, 07:08 PM
A lot of negative stuff is written about Jennifer Capriati and her manners, etc. (most of which I agree with). However, anyone else think that Serena Williams is the most ungracious loser of the lot? Every time she loses, which admittedly is not often, she always comes up with an excuse rather than praise for her opponent. The latest: "My whole game was like 9,000 notches down." Another time I heard her quoted as saying, "She played some of her best tennis and I played OK." Venus, on the other hand, I find very complimentary about opponents who have beaten her. For me, Venus may not be the better of the tennis sisters at the moment, but she's certainly more graceful and humble and I find that ultimately more admirable.
—Stephen, Munich, Germany

Stephen, you pretty much answered your own question. It's hard to be considered an ungracious loser when you lose so infrequently. But your point is well taken. When your opponent scores one of the biggest wins of her career and beats you in a tight three-setter, it's generally bad form to stress that you stunk worse than a frat-house basement. Serena is also notorious on tour for blaming defeats on assorted injuries and ailments. (Who can forget the infamous "There should be a picture of me [in the dictionary] next to the word hypochondriac" remark at Wimbledon a few years ago?) It's probably unfortunate that we reflexively compare Serena to Venus and vice versa. But for the record, you're right. Venus usually shows a great deal of poise and grace in defeat.
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Maybe John Weirthless and this idiot can read some of Serenas interviews before come with this. Serena has praised numerous of players including Henin, Caprati, Davenport and numerous of players on their games. Serena felt that she played bad, which is her every right as a player to assess. Also judging from Henins sorry ass comments after the match, she got exactly what she deserved. Maybe some of these players and commentators learn to practice what they fucking preach then they can get some comments. :mad:

aisha
Apr 22nd, 2003, 08:56 PM
Am I the only one who doesn't care if players credit each other. I rarely read transcripts and don't seek them out either. The match speaks for itself, imo.

If Serena doesn't care how she's perceived in this aspect (of course she's been labelled arrogant to which I :rolleyes: at) then why the hell should I?
She's backing her "ungracious" ways with wins. :) I do think she's cocky (no as much as Hingis, but that's another story) and #1's have the right to be. She's not out there to cowtow to the press, public, and opponents. She's out there to win. I give less of a damn if she's ladylike (read: gracious, in tennis purists minds) at post match press conferences.
As far as I know, she's sweet as pie off the court. :angel:

:) Thank you.