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GracefulVenus
May 22nd, 2006, 02:07 AM
End of an Era for Williams Sisters?

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Thursday, 18 May, 2006


Keen historians, take note: the last time a Wimbledon ladies' final took place without at least one Williams sister in the line-up was so long ago that it was actually in the last century. Indeed, since Lindsay Davenport beat Steffi Graf in 1999, Venus and Serena have largely made the battle for the Rosewater Dish their own private statistical territory.


Venus has made five finals and won three, while younger sibling Serena has taken two titles from three finals, both triumphs emerging when the opponent she faced across the net was a certain close relative. Now that Serena has said her recurring knee injury will rule her out until "the end of the summer", will 2006 be the year when the Williams' spell at Wimbledon is broken?


No doubt Venus - who turns 26 nine days before the start of this year's Championships - would happily point out that precisely the same question was asked twelve months ago when, as nobody's tip for the title, she became the lowest seeded player in history to become Ladies' Champion. With Venus ranked just 14th, not even Maria Sharapova could unburden her of a set en route to the final. There, Williams' epic triumph over Lindsay Davenport became the longest Wimbledon final of all time, and the first in 70 years where a player won after saving match point.


But to date that remains the most recent of Venus' 33 singles titles, while the most recent of Serena's 26 career singles triumphs was the 2005 Australian Open . Neither sister has enjoyed a prosperous 2006. Before May, Venus played just one competitive match (at the Australian where she lost in the first round to Tszvetana Pironkova) after which a right elbow injury kept her out for four months. Serena got as far as the third round in Australia before succumbing to Daniela Hantuchova, but was clearly heavier than her official weight of 9st 9lb (61kg) and her fitness was widely questioned. Despite her pre-tournament insistence that she was "absolutely at a hundred per cent", a chronic knee injury has prevented her competing ever since. As a result she has fallen out of the top 100 for the first time since 1997 when she was 16. She will not be at the French, nor most likely Wimbledon.


Meanwhile Venus has been able to maintain a place in the top 20, but almost all her ranking points came from winning Wimbledon last year. Another early defeat like the one she suffered in Australia would see her ranking plunge disastrously.


Of course, neither sister is short of interests to occupy her time outside tennis, which many observers have long seen as the problem. Both love fashion, and Serena continues to pursue her acting ambitions, most recently with a guest role in the hospital drama 'ER'. It seems fitting that her most recent public appearance was at the Oscar night parties in March. Many wonder if she will play tennis seriously again, although Serena maintains she wants to return to the top of the rankings.


"I will be back on the tennis court," she said. "My doctors say I should be in a position to play again by the end of the summer. I'm more excited than ever to resume my playing career as soon as my body is ready. These past months have been very frustrating. I've never said acting or fashion were more important to me than tennis. For me, tennis has always been number one."

Yet despite having accumulated 12 Grand Slam singles titles between them (along with another half dozen Grand Slam doubles won in tandem), . all the signs are that this will be the first year since 2000 that Serena fails to make at least one Grand Slam final. The burden is on Venus to maintain the Wimbledon family tradition, but just now it would take a brave punter to back her.

Written by Kate Battersby

WhatTheDeuce
May 22nd, 2006, 02:09 AM
How many times are we going to read this same type of article about the Williams sisters. Enough already. :yawn:

GracefulVenus
May 22nd, 2006, 02:12 AM
How many times are we going to read this same type of article about the Williams sisters. Enough already. :yawn:
Hush please......others are trying to read!:fiery:

Volcana
May 22nd, 2006, 04:43 AM
End of an Era for Williams Sisters?


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The burden is on Venus to maintain the Wimbledon family tradition, but just now it would take a brave punter to back her.

Written by Kate Battersby

Quite the contrary. After all the money I've made betting on Venus over the years, I've have to be a fool NOT to back her. If (I'm not saying I have:)) you make $10,000 on a player over five years. Betting another $1000 is a form of saying 'thank you'. You GOTTA do it.

dreamgoddess099
May 22nd, 2006, 05:16 AM
Hush please......others are trying to read!:fiery:
I can't believe you actually posted this shit like you think it's a good article. Exactly what do you think we're supposed to gain from reading this? Please point out one thing that hasn't been said in tons of other articles posted here?

V-MAC
May 22nd, 2006, 12:00 PM
Quite the contrary. After all the money I've made betting on Venus over the years, I've have to be a fool NOT to back her. If (I'm not saying I have:)) you make $10,000 on a player over five years. Betting another $1000 is a form of saying 'thank you'. You GOTTA do it.

so true ;) I have been backing Venus to win Wimbledon at the bookies since 2001, I made a nice sum last year when she son :cool:

Mother_Marjorie
May 22nd, 2006, 01:24 PM
Blah...blah....blah.

Flies are known to regurgitate its vomit over and over again....these multiple pre-emptive sports obituaries concerning the Williams sisters are getting sillier and sillier.

Sam L
May 22nd, 2006, 02:39 PM
Quite the contrary. After all the money I've made betting on Venus over the years, I've have to be a fool NOT to back her. If (I'm not saying I have:)) you make $10,000 on a player over five years. Betting another $1000 is a form of saying 'thank you'. You GOTTA do it.
OWNED.

Helen Lawson
May 22nd, 2006, 02:48 PM
I'm all for watching the shit being stirred, but this is like the millionth article on the same thing.

Sam L
May 22nd, 2006, 03:16 PM
I'm all for watching the shit being stirred, but this is like the millionth article on the same thing.

ROBBED!

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Viktymise
May 22nd, 2006, 03:24 PM
so true ;) I have been backing Venus to win Wimbledon at the bookies since 2001, I made a nice sum last year when she son :cool:
Me 2, but this article sounds like 1 or 2 years old how many times have we heard something like this about vee and serena and they always prove every1 wrong

Helen Lawson
May 22nd, 2006, 05:10 PM
ROBBED!

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Dear, there's more to acting than a Tennessee Williams script, a low-cut outfit, and eyebrows of death!

Now here's a real actress at work--acting instead of displaying her wares!

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GracefulVenus
May 24th, 2006, 06:24 AM
I can't believe you actually posted this shit like you think it's a good article. Exactly what do you think we're supposed to gain from reading this? Please point out one thing that hasn't been said in tons of other articles posted here?
Well first of all your ass did not have to read it. Second of all this was posted on the Wimbledon Website, so it show what they think of Venus's Chances.:retard:

dreamgoddess099
May 24th, 2006, 07:47 AM
Well first of all your ass did not have to read it. How the fuck would I know what the article was about if I didn't read it, wasn't that your whole point of posting the shit here?:retard:

Second of all this was posted on the Wimbledon Website, so it show what they think of Venus's Chances.
This bullshit wasn't written to show Venus's chances, it was written to put extra pressure on her to make the final in Serena's absence in hopes that this extra pressure will cause her to fail. The article unreasonably says "it would take a brave punter to back her", when she's won it three times already and made the final 5 of the last 6 years. :scratch: Her chances aren't nearly as bad as this crap article is trying to make it seem. If it takes a brave punter to back the women with the best Wimbledon record of the decade, then what kind of punter does it take to back the other chicks? :rolleyes:

Mother_Marjorie
May 24th, 2006, 07:50 AM
This bullshit wasn't written to show Venus's chances, it was written to put extra pressure on her to make the final in Serena's absence in hopes that this extra pressure will cause her to fail.

Wow. That's a stretch.

dreamgoddess099
May 24th, 2006, 09:00 AM
Wow. That's a stretch.
A stretch would be shoving a ten foot python up your ass instead of the usual nine.