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Old Feb 21st, 2014, 10:47 PM   #4036
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Nice words from Serena So less drama than some haters/fans act like on here
Yea, Serena, again, has this extreme respect for JJ. Look at Caroline Wozniacki for instance who went and visited Serena when she had the blood clot and tweeted about it. You'd have thought Serena would RT Woz's text or say something nice about it, but Serena never goes out of her way for Woz. Serena didn't even acknowledge it. And I think to some extent that really hurt Caroline's feelings. And then later on you had Caroline making fun of Serena.
JJ's never done that. JJ isn't that kind of person. For the biggest part of her career, when JJ played Serena, JJ was something of a warrior.

Serena has no love for Caroline, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova or even Sloane Stephens. She is polite but she never goes out of her way for them. Noticeably snubs them at times.
There are a few other players, however, that Serena goes out of her way to respect and say nice things about all the time.. Sam Stosur is someone Serena truly adores. Kuznetsova is another player that Serena likes to hangout with. Remember when Kuznetsova got heat for taking Serena out partying one night during the tournament in Moscow?
When it comes to JJ, I think Serena sees a player that never got the fanfare she deserved. Kind of like herself and Venus. While Maria and Ana and even Caroline (to some extent} were being endorsed and held up as beauty queens by the international press (regardless of results), JJ was out there playing every week, running every ball down, using pure talent to make her money and her name on the tour (not saying the others aren't talented). I believe I am pretty accurate in saying that most of the adoration Jelena gets with endorsements and photo shoots is mostly from Serbia.
For the longest time, the Elite Tennis Media was so hard on Serena and Venus. It did have hints of racism. When they played each other constantly in grand slam finals they were called "boring" - when they went away from the sport to do other things in their lives the Tennis Elite hated on them for not taking the sport seriously. For the longest time, Mary Carillo was on the warpath against them.
No matter what they did they could never please the tennis elite.
But whenever they were on a talk show or in an event with celebrities or at awards shows Serena and Venus were loved by everyone. The regular press adored them and held them up.

But back to the respect point I was trying to make.. you can't argue that Serena isn't kind to players who are "Golden Haired" beauties. I think she an Anna Kournikova got along really well. They played doubles exhibitions together. I think, just from a few times I seen them interact, that Serena and Anna were very friendly. Anna, of course, coming from poverty to America, raising up Russian tennis.. Serena respected that. We can always argue what Myskina, Sharapova, and Kuznetosova did for Russian tennis.. but Anna started it in the modern era and should be respected for it.

And now Serena is really focused on winning as much as possible, whereas, before, she sometimes barely gave any energy to the lower tier events. It was just last year she won her first "International Series" event. I think had Serena just stayed with her father and mother as coaches she'd certainly be playing still, but not winning 10 tournaments in one year. She met Patrick and he put some kind of spell on her. Really got the fire going in her belly. He tells her she is the greatest of all time and should be winning week in and week out. I think she is more concerned about her legacy because of Patrick. She wants to impress him. When she was visibly hurt in the final of Beijing, she could have easily just zoned out and given that final to JJ.. but Patrick got her fired up and it was all over from that point on.

I believe Serena did throw the match to Cornet. Because she wants Venus to win. I'd have done it for my sister or brother in the same scenario. Wouldn't you?
And in order for Venus to win against her (Serena).. she'd have to make errors like crazy and people would obviously say Serena threw the match. I don't think Serena see's Alize as a player who can hurt Venus even with the syndrome flaring up badly. It's a perfect scenario for Venus to win a really large tournament and put her name back in the mix. That's just my view.
Gosh, I really had a lot to say, tonight. woosh.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2014, 05:16 AM   #4037
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Serena really does like Jelena.

Oracene said Jankovic is her favourite player on tour (after her daughters, of course) and I think this is a heavy influence. Not saying their mother controls them, but Oracene is an infinite source of knowledge so the sisters know.

I mean really, Serena likes JJ a lot. Jelena knows it, and reciprocates - JJ likes Serena a lot.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2014, 08:27 AM   #4038
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^ Yes, coz they are both crazy bitches.
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Meh. JJ could've come out the victor if she'd reached the final. Very unlucky draw for her. Serena would have tanked to her if they met in the semis, and she could've avoided being Rena's pigeon..
Now she's down to 8 again, behind Angie & Halep. IW is obviously her big chance to jump in the rankings..
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^ Yes, coz they are both crazy bitches.
Perfectly explained in one sentence. Srsly, they always have this crazy drama in their matches.

JJ was too emotional during this match. It's like she really wanted to win so badly, screaming and cussing from game 1. She needs to calm down. In the past, she has always felt like the underdog in the matches against Williams, but had a quiet, CALM confidence, which really helped.

She needs to also take advantage of her serves, finish with some sort of 1-2 punch, at least on her BH side.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2014, 01:25 AM   #4043
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I almost wonder if Serena would have thrown the match to JJ the way she obviously did to Alize? JJ has so many wins over Venus. Serena, wanting her sister to have a big result (any of us would do the same after all Venus has been through, and at her age) Serena may have thought the risk to big and went ahead and got to the final and thrown it there.
Ideally, she didn't want to be in that final and we all know it. Venus is amazing but Serena playing her best would take her out 2 and 2 like she did against JJ.
Alize had nothing to hurt Venus. Alize doesn't have the game to hurt JJ, even. So... But I am very happy for Venus. All the haters and doubters can just go scratch.
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Immediately back to #8
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I hope Sochiipova stays away from JJ in the Indian Wells draw.
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She's gotten some "OKAY" draws this year. The path to Brisbane SF wasn't bad. Her Aussie Open Draw wasn't either. 3 Japanese players outside top 50 Her Doha draw was good too. The Dubai was decent at best, I think it just looks worse since the other half of the draw fell apart. And a player who just happens to be Serena Williams showed up

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JJ is #7 seed and I just looked at all the places she could be placed in the draw based on where the #7 seed was put since the 2010 Indian Wells tournament (the best year the event was held )

The first seed she could fave would be either 25-28 or 29-32. Every year since 2010 it's been like 28 or 29 or 32. And every single year her 4th Round opponent would be the #10 or #11 seed. I'm assuming it'll be the same once again.

The #10 seed is Wozniacki and the #11 seed is Ivanovic... Jelena won't be the favorite in either of those matches

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Both of them won't even reach that far!
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I wouldn't survive another loss to Caroline.
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I wouldn't survive another loss to Caroline.
You mean Puppyvic right
I would just die if she would lose to either of them
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