When I read the article (all of the billion times) I really didn't feel like it had a negative tone.
I agree that the author got some stuff wrong. I remember seeing in her Sports Century special that Jen was specifically not media trained, to allow her true, child like charm come through in her answers. If she's media trained now it's only because she stays directly on the point of tennis, unless goaded by the journalists at the press conferences. Also, Jen isn't one to always cite outside forces for her losses. Maybe she did back in the day (and maybe that's what the author meant), but I'd say she's good at giving her opponent their props.
As for Jen's career being a disappointment when compared with Davenport's... Well, you have to admit: Jennifer's level of success isn't compatible with her level of talent. I think it's awesome (in a weird way) that Jen has such a low record for tournament wins because it only adds to the intrigue of her career, but for somebody as good as Jennifer is and was, fourteen pro tournaments is slight. Obviously, Jennifer would rather have the three slams then the fifty plus tier tournaments, and as a fan I would agree, but I don't think it's negative to point out that oddity. If anything, the author was slighting Lindsay. He described her almost as a player who will come and go in the memory of the sport, while he insists that of any current player (including the sisters) Jennifer will be the one who leaves lasting footprints.
Also, I think he wasn't exactly revering the Williams sisters. When pointing out Jennifer's interests outside of tennis, he quoted Jennifer as saying she didn't need to be validated by it, and in his own words, like some people on the tour. And he certainly didn't need to point out that she's a lot deeper than most people would guess. I, for one, was happy to have more evidence to go into my "Jennifer is actually smart, she just doesn't know how to speak in front of the press" theory.
As for the whole graceful thing... She's not. She's solidly built, thick woman. I get the same reactions when I play. My opponent looks at me, almost saying, "6-0 6-0. She can't get to anything", and then they are shocked when I run after everything tirelessly (though, okay, I would probably still lose 6-0 6-0). She's not tall and lanky like Venus, or tiny and thin like Hingis or Henin Hardenne, and it is surprising to see her get to that stuff.
And, yeah, she's fit. But 2001 fit? Not even close. Jennifer seems to work in a circle in that when she's fit she has great mental strength. Maybe if she lost those "extra five pounds" as Solomon mentions, that'd be enough to really get her confidence going. There's no question she can still kick some major ass if she gets that mental game going.
Sorry for rambling. And hello. Nice to meet you.
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