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|Jan 13th, 2006 11:17 PM|
|Masikini||It's not all Venus fan first fans but the ones who are being jerks are overshadowing the good fans so it might as well be all of them.|
|Jan 13th, 2006 06:52 AM|
Originally Posted by Amira
|Jan 13th, 2006 06:33 AM|
|AkademiQ||It's not all Venus fans which is good. I'm not surprised by those of the Venus fans who are tearing Serena down. It's odd they would do it when Venus was in the same if not worse position than Serena and somehow Venus winnig Wimbledon washes out all that came before. I accept there are Serena fans who don't like Venus and Venus fans who don't like Serena but it's flat out ridiculous tearing either one down but from the arguments you can tell the intent and the "why" of why it happens and that solely reflects on the bashers.|
|Jan 13th, 2006 06:22 AM|
Originally Posted by Amira
But it's heartbreaking to me to see Venus fans tear Serena down and put her in a position to be ridiculed like that. I couldn't believe 40-0 has been doing that. At first it was subtle, but that last one was downright lowdown, and I was about to go nuts.
|Jan 13th, 2006 05:33 AM|
I wasn't surprised by 40-0 just like I'm not surprised by getright or tennislove09, lizchris, flyguydsl... the list goes on.
I don't know how Na Li, or Li Na plays, I've never seen her. The last mentioning of her she was beat by Kim 6/3-6/1 but since Kim is the latest coming that suddenly doesn't mean anything if Na is projected to beat Serena and they want to get on Serena fans being full of pride. Give me a break.
I'm taking everything one match at a time as always. I want Serena to win and if not Serena Venus. She needs to add an AO and French to finish it off. This isn't the same feeling like Wimbledon with Serena so I'm cool on that end. Her fitness and whatnot isn't where she probably wants it so I'm not going to trip about all that because we know she's getting there and she wants it.
|Jan 13th, 2006 05:11 AM|
Originally Posted by Amira
Also, I was very surprised at 40-0. I'm glad he deleted that thread, because it was about get ugly in there.
|Jan 13th, 2006 05:06 AM|
|AkademiQ||I can't wait for this thing to start.|
|Jan 9th, 2006 11:22 PM|
Originally Posted by Diesel
|Jan 8th, 2006 01:30 AM|
|Diesel||How serious are the injuries for both Serena and Venus going into the Australian?|
|Dec 19th, 2005 08:13 PM|
SERENA WILLIAMS SINGLE AND PROUD
Tennis ace SERENA WILLIAMS is so thrilled to be living life as a single woman, she's planning to get herself a T-shirt advertising her status.
Williams, sister of VENUS WILLIAMS, had a romance with RUSH HOUR director BRETT RATNER before dumping him in front of TV cameras while she filmed her reality show VENUS AND SERENA: FOR REAL earlier this year (05).
And now that's she's joined her sports-playing sibling as a singleton, she's planning to make it known to the world.
She says, "We're going to get T-shirts that say, 'I'm single,' and on the back it says, 'So is my sister.'
|Dec 19th, 2005 07:48 PM|
|Diesel||VenusSerenafans Is this site down forever? Temporary? Does anyone know?|
|Dec 12th, 2005 08:28 AM|
|Nov 15th, 2005 08:37 PM|
|Knizzle||Hope Serena wins Thursday.|
|Nov 15th, 2005 08:01 PM|
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM
Tennis: Williams sisters are keeping busy
By Greg Bishop
Seattle Times staff reporter
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"Venus, left, and Serena Williams will play an exhibition at KeyArena Thursday.
Serena Williams is on the phone from Florida, and while she admits she and her sister Venus have never been to Seattle, she also insists they have a history here.
"We were really into the whole grunge scene," she said. "We loved Nirvana. Soundgarden. Pearl Jam."
And flannel shirts?
"We didn't take it that far."
Their interests don't stop at tennis, although tennis did make them two of the most recognizable people on the planet. The kind who need only their first names. Like Ichiro. Or Prince. And sometimes, they are accused of being the artists formerly known as the most dominating tennis players in the world.
That's because tennis also opened up business opportunities, and Venus and Serena have spent the past few years diversifying their career options — acting and modeling and designing interiors (Venus) and clothes (Serena).
Whether their tennis has suffered is open to debate. Seattle tennis fans can decide for themselves when the sisters square off in an exhibition match at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at KeyArena. Tickets range from $20 to $150 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or the KeyArena box office.
"When most people see professional athletes, they expect them to be just that," said Carlos Fleming, the managing director of the Williams' tour. "[The sisters] are smart enough to realize that they're at the point in their lives where they can leverage their celebrity to develop business interests. You can't really knock them for that."
Fleming compares the sisters' current career stage to the average person's college experience. There's a core focus — tennis, in this case — but there are also outside activities that stretch time thin.
Their activities just happen to be guest appearing on the television show "ER" (Serena), opening V Starr Interiors (Venus), starting the "Aneres" clothing line (Serena) and gracing enough magazine covers to fill two racks at the dentist's office.
So it's only fitting that their match here — their first against each other since Venus bounced her younger sister out of the U.S. Open — features as much entertainment as it does tennis. Saxophonist Mike Phillips and Grammy winner Jon Secada will also perform, while the sisters promise a match filled with more emotion than they're allowed on tour.
While in Seattle, Venus and Serena will also visit TT Minor Elementary School and the Ronald McDonald House, the main charity beneficiary for their three-city tour.
"We'll have more of an opportunity to just have fun," Venus said. "There will be a lot of frustration and a lot of joy on the court. We'll be more free."
Venus pauses when a phone call interrupts the interview. It's her design studio professor from the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. Serena already earned her fashion design degree there, and Venus is working on her interior design degree. She's taking three classes right now — swimwear is her favorite — and she's in class for four hours a day.
Combined with tennis training — the sisters are gearing up for the Australian Open — there isn't a lot of spare time.
"Everyone is so stressed," Venus said. "For the first 25 years of my life, I liked being that busy. In the last three months, I've decided I need to slow down."
Neither sister has shown signs of anything other than speeding up, though. Venus recently decorated Serena's apartment in Los Angeles, using a burgundy red paint for one wall and furniture Serena said is "contemporary but comfortable." Serena stays more involved with fashion.
Fleming came up with the idea for the tour in 2003, after watching the sisters face off so many times in Grand Slam finals the year before. His goal: money for charity. His target: markets without women's professional tennis.
This year, the tour stops in Seattle, Cleveland and Washington, D.C. It's important because Venus is coming back from an ankle injury she suffered before the U.S. Open. Serena is coming back from a knee injury she suffered around Wimbledon.
"We take it seriously," Serena said. "We always do side bets. We haven't decided what this year. But last year, it was a new wardrobe.""
|Nov 15th, 2005 06:09 PM|
I hope this hasn't been posted in GM anywhere because I think we should utilize our players forums more, so here goes. Discuss ladies and gents:
"Venus, Serena Rarin' to Go in 2006 By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
Mon Nov 14, 6:16 AM ET
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Venus and Serena Williams are on the mend after having their season derailed by injuries that allowed the sisters to sample life outside tennis.
Since losing at a tournament in Beijing in September, Venus has resumed college classes in fashion design and Serena filmed an upcoming episode of the NBC drama "ER."
They've also partied and evacuated their south Florida home for Hurricane Rita.
"Life is good," Venus said during a weekend WTA Tour party at Spago restaurant. "I've been able to see the other side of life a little more, but I'm really eager to get back and I'm really eager to be traveling and doing my thing that I'm used to doing."
Both sisters have been rehabbing left knee injuries, and didn't qualify for the season-ending WTA Championships.
Venus played four events since winning Wimbledon in July, and finished the year with a 37-10 record. Serena, who won the Australian Open, also had a bad left ankle and played 28 matches, going 21-7.
She skipped the French Open, was upset in the third round at Wimbledon, and lost to Venus in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.
"It all started with my ankle. I didn't know I should be rehabbing my knee at the same time," Serena said. "I feel much better, I've just been working out."
Venus said her knee was good enough to play in Philadelphia two weeks ago, but she got the flu and withdrew.
"I was ready to come back and with the illness, you can't just go from zero to one hundred," she said. "That would have been seriously detrimental for me to try to play. It's like jumping off a cliff."
Winning her third Wimbledon title was exciting, Venus said, "but it wasn't the highlight of my year. There's so many other things I was so excited about."
Tops on her list was attending a 1980s-themed prom.
"Seriously, it was the best time of my life," Venus said. "I had lace gloves. I was so '80s it was ridiculous; I was disgusted with myself."
Neither sister attended public high school, so Serena threw a party with a high school theme.
"We played all kinds of games like bobbing for apples," Venus said. "I don't get to do that, it was amazing. I took it so seriously."
Both sisters will start 2006 with an exhibition in Hong Kong before going straight into the Australian Open without playing an official warmup event.
"I'd like to achieve health the whole year, stay strong and stay healthy and avoid the viruses," Venus said."
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