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SO happy Nole won the AO Open. I never had any doubt that he would :worship:

Ree Bae, get it together by the FO and get that 24th there. You know you can do it if you're healthy and much more fit gul :hug:

Nole passes ultra right-winger Pete the chimp (14)--As Jim Rome used to call him--with a total of 15 ATP grand slams single titles won (7th AO Open singles slam. Most ever won). Good :devil:

Well, Rafa's got the FO coming up ..... IF healthy, it's his to lose IMHO. He has 18 to look forward to this spring.

Got damn, it's like a mauseleoum inside of that arena, and the body between Rafa and Nole. Yikes :lol:
 

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA :haha::haha::haha::haha::haha:

A complete DESTRUCTION!!!!! :happy::happy::happy:

No 2x Career Slam for that thing!!! YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

What excuse will Its stans fabricate this time? It even had an extra day of rest after the semis to rest Its brittle knees, and still couldn't do shit! :rolls:

7 AOs :inlove:
 

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I don't consider him as a victim, but we shouldn't act like he's some traitor either. Serena ( and/or PM) made a decision and so Bajin had to move on. It is what it is... and we shouldn't be mad that Sascha is now in the winner's circle and with the new no.1.

I'm not mad at Sascha for "moving on" but I'm over the narrative that somehow he was done wrong. He was lucky to work with and learn from a legend. That's all I will say about him.:wink2:
 

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I mean what else is there to say? They will always run with that narrative. They have to keep it down while she's winning because of ratings and $$$ but it's always under the surface.

Notice how she's never given credit for calming that crowd down and reminding them it WAS Naomi's moment.



Anyway competition at the top is good. I think having a legit #1 and a new star gives Serena and others someone to chase. 22 didn't come easy for Steffi and I don't think 24 will come easy for Serena...but it will come. I just think we are in that changing of the guard moment now though. Serena will win that major and probably go for passing Court too but I think it is finally hitting me that in about 2 years she and Venus will not be around anymore :sobbing:


I don't get this Sascha vs PM thing. Serena obviously made the right decision because she won majors and titles post Sascha. Her not winning now is completely unrelated. I haven no issue with Sascha working with Osaka and I'm not sure Serena does either. They seemed fine even when he was working with Azarenka.

What's so frustrating to me are the double standards. Why does Serena have to create "good will" for someone to respect her as a champion? They don't require this from any other top player. Even when Serena was on her "best behavior" the same people still had an issue with her. I've seen players argue with the umpire, break rackets, get illegal coaching, etc. and literally nothing is said about it. I just pray Serena can get to 25 and call it quits. I'm over the tennis community in general, they hold Serena to such a high standard and treat everyone else with kids gloves.



As for the Sascha vs. PM thing, you're right. Serena was winning majors and titles post Sascha, her losing now is totally unrelated to him. I'm moving on, Congrats to Osaka.:wink2:
 

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I_CLAUDIA_1961;81123581[B said:
]SO happy Nole won the AO Open. I never had any doubt that he would [/B]:worship:

Ree Bae, get it together by the FO and get that 24th there. You know you can do it if you're healthy and much more fit gul :hug:

Nole passes ultra right-winger Pete the chimp (14)--As Jim Rome used to call him--with a total of 15 ATP grand slams single titles won (7th AO Open singles slam. Most ever won). Good :devil:

Well, Rafa's got the FO coming up ..... IF healthy, it's his to lose IMHO. He has 18 to look forward to this spring.

Got damn, it's like a mauseleoum inside of that arena, and the body between Rafa and Nole. Yikes :lol:

Wow, a straight set massacre. I love when Novak wins because he's always been an underdog compared to Roger and Nadal. People don't give him the respect he deserves as a multiple slam winner.


As for Rena, you're already stressing me out talking about the French. We have no true clay court specialist on tour so hopefully she gets it together for the French.:smile2:
 

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Agree with all you said :yeah:

She'll always be seen a a big, black bully and worse (N-word, sub-human) :rolleyes: That's the way it is unfortunately. However, she only need to look to what "classy" Hank Aaron said about breaking Babe Ruth's record back in the mid-1970's (I remember watching that game on television). As I recall, he said that he got so much racist hate mail and death threats that the FBI had to be called in to watch him, his family and his elderly parents who he said were nervous wrecks because they lived through the height of a racist Jim Crow south were lynchings of AA was par for the course. A white interviewer 5 or so years ago commented to Hank that it must have been an exciting time for him. Aaron told that white guy that chasing and passing Ruth was the worst time of his entire life, and when he had nerve to talk about it, truth tell, a lot of white folks went after him. Wrote him and said that he didn't deserve the record and that if he didn't like this country, he could go back to Africa. The obligatory N-word came up too in those letters. Many said that he wasn't classy any longer :rolleyes: Tell you what though, Hank told them to in essence kiss is black ass :lol:, because he said he was stating HIS truth and talking about his damn LIFE. He told them what they could do with their classy :lol:. He also turned down an invite to Putin's White House by fat, orange shitler more recently :lol: Hank is a damn BOSS. Have always loved him, because he stayed talking about racism all his LIFE. Made white racists uncomfortable, and he won't stop now even though elderly :hug: And for all of the talk about thow unclassy Serena is, Arthur Ashe said HIS feelings weren't spared one bit because as he said he was called a trouble-maker, agitator and in one case a reverse-racist because he had the damn nerve to stand up for his rights as a MAN, and because he allowed himself to be arrested because he fought against the horrible system of Aparthied in South Africa. SO much for Arthur being CLASSY. He was still a [email protected]@er to some because he wouldn't allow folks to keep HIM on his knees bowing down to them. Althea Gibson was "classy," but it didn't stop racist haters from calling her a monkey, ape, animal, man nor did being "classy" help her land any ads etc. after she retired from tennis. She tried to play golf and even cut an album to try to supplement her income post tennis. Jessie Owens was "classy" too, but after he came back from slapping the shit out of Hitler in the Olympics on the race track, the only big gig he could get was to run against a race horse to supplement his income. So much for being "classy." Serena needs to stay calm enough, and get into the best shape physically she can, and just do fucking HA :smoke: Mel has proven that you can lie, cheat and take a banned substance--keep you big huge contracts--and still be protected by the WTA and by some journos etc., and by some bitter hating folks like Shytrillo and Martina N. as well because you're NOT Serena. Again, I want Ree to stay calm enough, and get into the best shape physically she can, and just do fucking HA :smoke: Serena has a serious chance at the French Open. I hope she gets healthier/looses about 15 lbs or so for mobility and for herself, and goes for #24 on clay :inlove: IF healthy, she has a shot. She knows how to win on clay.

Lastly, and we can't say it enough, but she HAS to get herself together PHYSICALLY. At 37, she has definitely come a very long way from her loss to Osta this time last year, to now being ranked just out of the top #10 in the world, especially given the fact that she almost had another life-threatening issue with enbolisms AGAIN post a difficult C-seciton post Olympia's birth. I want her to rest up for now, regroup, then CALL MACKIE STAT, so he can help her get those extra lbs OFF. Ree gotta STAY FOCUSED AND PRAY TO JEHOVAH that she can remain mostly healthy--then go after those last 2 slams like a boss. NO, Ree doesn't have anything left to prove. Chick is the WTA GOAT. However, I want for HER to be able to see that 25th singles slam mark next to HER name in the tennis record book:

Serena J. Williams has won the MOST ladies singles slams in WTA history (25). Fuck the racist haters and just haters in general.

Let that 25 next to HER name drive them more insane :silly: than they already ARE into perpetuity :lol:

6-2 6-2 Nole in 1:19 minutes :worship: Nole's pushing Rafa so far behind the baseline it's not funny.

Keep it up dude :cheer:

As usual excellent post Claudia. For some reason this made me feel better about Serena's chances at the French.:smile2:
 

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That was hyped as a classic and people were giving Rafa an actual chance LOL. Their H2H on HC has been 11-2 for Nole since 2011, with Rafa only winning those b2b matches in the Summer of 2013. Yet the best these overpaid journalists and commentators could come up with, is that it's a draw (even though they have over 50 matches of data points telling them otherwise). Most of their HC matches in recent years have been romps. To think that Rafa has only managed a DRAW on their clay H2H in that same time frame :lol: Novak, like Serena, is always doubted for some ungodly reason. Even when he is playing Godly, they always give way too much of a chance/benefit of the doubt to Roger/Rafa (the same shit happens with Serena against Maria and somewhat Vika).

The public turning on Naomi will be beyond predictable. She won't be the lovable quirky phenom when she's not constantly contrasted against a darker skinned girl. Just wait until she has to go against a pretty young blonde girl like Anismova (and that's even if Naomi is actually is able to sustain the mantle for any extended period of time, which I have my doubts about). Actually, when she started acting testy on court during her meltdown in the 2nd, there was already signs of how quickly people were ready to turn on her. She was getting jeered and boo'd during those games. Which is beyond fucking dumb, because an elite athlete should be given some license to act moody in a high stressed situation. It's unfortunate because despite my instinct to want to hate her because of that skewed H2H, she actually is a nice person who has earned every bit of success.

But yes, she will have to deal with a lot of bullshit if she's able to sustain continued success. I know people are quick to anoint her as the next queen of tennis, but people should slow their roll. Outside of her 3 big titles, her results have been pretty thin. She hasn't done this week in/week out or one slam after the next. That will be the next test as she does have limitations within her game and she's a matchup based player. She doesn't have the hottest record against the pushers, which dominate the tour ATM. You would think people would have learned their lesson after we went through the same routine with Muguruza and to a lesser extent Sloane a few years back, but no. People were SO SURE Garbine was the heir apparent, and I can count on my hand how many good tournaments she has had since that anointment.

Serena's run has been unique and will never be duplicated. For every Serena, there are literally 10 more examples of a young up-start winning slams and then flaming out shortly thereafter. Naomi will do well to get to a Maria type career, much less a Henin, Venus, or Seles type of level. Serena is quite a quantum leap from even there and there has literally only ever been one of her.
 

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Have you ever taken into account how 3 sets vs 5 sets at slams make it entirely harder to have consistency in the WTA. It makes things more consistent when the top men have 5 sets to pull through instead of a quick 3 sets. Off the top of my head, imagine AO16 going three sets or even USO18. With the fourth/fifth set, would Serena have felt more composed and able to regroup. And just think how much more frantic it is losing the first set, knowing you only have one more set you can lose.

The top men and the Big 3 have so much more chances at a slam when it is 5 sets because they have more time to turn things around when they are down. Less upsets when you can grind it out and fight from behind.

Consider that for a minute and tell me Serena’s 23 slams aren’t far more impressive and GOAT-worthy than the Big 3.
You suggest that winning best of three sets is harder than winning best of of five because in best of five sets a player who is behind has more chances to turn the match around. I was going to try to criticize that, but I did some math and you're right. The probability of the favorite winning a best of three match is lower than if that favorite had played a best of five match. Likewise, the probability of the underdog winning a best of three match is higher than if that underdog had played a best of five match.

However, if you go back and read my post, I never claimed that any male player was greater than Serena. I did say that it's not reasonable to compare accomplishments between ATP and WTA players to make a greater than/less than determination (in some cases). I think that because there's no overlap between ATP and WTA players and there's no historical connection between ATP players and WTA players like there is between, say, Navratilova, Evert, Graf, and Serena. Navratilova and Evert played each other. They played against Graf. Graf played against Seles. Graf and Seles played against Serena. Comparisons across time are much more reasonable that comparisons across sex.

That's just what I think. But I think you're absolutely right to criticize anyone who diminishes Serena's slam total because it's best of three since it's actually harder to win best of three. But I wasn't making that argument (or anything close).
 

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You suggest that winning best of three sets is harder than winning best of of five because in best of five sets a player who is behind has more chances to turn the match around. I was going to try to criticize that, but I did some math and you're right. The probability of the favorite winning a best of three match is lower than if that favorite had played a best of five match. Likewise, the probability of the underdog winning a best of three match is higher than if that underdog had played a best of five match.

However, if you go back and read my post, I never claimed that any male player was greater than Serena. I did say that it's not reasonable to compare accomplishments between ATP and WTA players to make a greater than/less than determination (in some cases). I think that because there's no overlap between ATP and WTA players and there's no historical connection between ATP players and WTA players like there is between, say, Navratilova, Evert, Graf, and Serena. Navratilova and Evert played each other. They played against Graf. Graf played against Seles. Graf and Seles played against Serena. Comparisons across time are much more reasonable that comparisons across sex.

That's just what I think. But I think you're absolutely right to criticize anyone who diminishes Serena's slam total because it's best of three since it's actually harder to win best of three. But I wasn't making that argument (or anything close).
Thank you for the clarification. I think my frustration comes from people that try to say Serena is playing in a weak era because there are so many different slam winners or because the WTA doesn’t have a Big 4. But then on the other side of the house, ATP gets a free pass when one could also argue that the Big 4 is playing in a weak era where they only have to deal with each other because everyone else flops all the damn time. Of course neither is true, I don’t believe in “weak eras” but I hate the hypocrisy when people try to diminish Serena’s achievements
 

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Congrats Nole and Naomi---both great ambassadors for Tennis. More a Football guy

but enjoy the competitive nature of tennis. Indian Wells is next....

And again Serena will have to be carried out...imo.
 

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Wow at that scoreline for the mens final. Thought Rafa would make it competitive at least. Djokovic when healthy is just a beast . He will IMHO surpass Federer with the most slams. He just is unstoppable. I think its unfair how he is treated sometimes. Like the anti-hero. The man deserves his props.
 

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That was hyped as a classic and people were giving Rafa an actual chance LOL. Their H2H on HC has been 11-2 for Nole since 2011, with Rafa only winning those b2b matches in the Summer of 2013. Yet the best these overpaid journalists and commentators could come up with, is that it's a draw (even though they have over 50 matches of data points telling them otherwise). Most of their HC matches in recent years have been romps. To think that Rafa has only managed a DRAW on their clay H2H in that same time frame :lol: Novak, like Serena, is always doubted for some ungodly reason. Even when he is playing Godly, they always give way too much of a chance/benefit of the doubt to Roger/Rafa (the same shit happens with Serena against Maria and somewhat Vika).

The public turning on Naomi will be beyond predictable. She won't be the lovable quirky phenom when she's not constantly contrasted against a darker skinned girl. Just wait until she has to go against a pretty young blonde girl like Anismova (and that's even if Naomi is actually is able to sustain the mantle for any extended period of time, which I have my doubts about). Actually, when she started acting testy on court during her meltdown in the 2nd, there was already signs of how quickly people were ready to turn on her. She was getting jeered and boo'd during those games. Which is beyond fucking dumb, because an elite athlete should be given some license to act moody in a high stressed situation. It's unfortunate because despite my instinct to want to hate her because of that skewed H2H, she actually is a nice person who has earned every bit of success.

But yes, she will have to deal with a lot of bullshit if she's able to sustain continued success. I know people are quick to anoint her as the next queen of tennis, but people should slow their roll. Outside of her 3 big titles, her results have been pretty thin. She hasn't done this week in/week out or one slam after the next. That will be the next test as she does have limitations within her game and she's a matchup based player. She doesn't have the hottest record against the pushers, which dominate the tour ATM. You would think people would have learned their lesson after we went through the same routine with Muguruza and to a lesser extent Sloane a few years back, but no. People were SO SURE Garbine was the heir apparent, and I can count on my hand how many good tournaments she has had since that anointment.

Serena's run has been unique and will never be duplicated. For every Serena, there are literally 10 more examples of a young up-start winning slams and then flaming out shortly thereafter. Naomi will do well to get to a Maria type career, much less a Henin, Venus, or Seles type of level. Serena is quite a quantum leap from even there and there has literally only ever been one of her.
Post is ON point as per.

Although Ree's a tennis icon/legend--even apart from tennis--who brings in the ratings and shine to a sport in tennis (She even brings in ratings over the ATP players playing) that will lack shine and ratings when she retires, "They" want Ree replaced by Naomi, then Naomi replaced with a blonde/blue like Anismova if Osaka faulters, and let's face it, she won't have anywhere near the same career as Serena has had. No one will as you rightfully said. I can see now that if Naomi ever does chime in and not smile, and not be cute or sweet, on whatever and "they" don't like what she says or how she answers, the drumbeat against HER will start.

Also, In the first bolded does stand a good chance of happening, especially if she does because if you notice over in GM now you actually have some folks saying that Mel is the first Asian champion, and not Osaka, and why can't Naomi represent the USA & Japan. Okay :lol: Tell ya, if Naomi ever decides to get real and she does speak out on sexism and racism, and why she/her Dad were looked at and virtually laughed @ by the the tennis establishment folks in this country when her Dad came here and asked them for help, she'll REALLY become persona non gratta by some and called anti-American. That can happen and spiral out of control. Also, if she speaks more about the Jamaican side of her heritage at some point (The press never really speaks about that side of her, just about her Japanese Mom--her Dad is an afterthought), she'll become persona non gratta over that as well. As for Anismova, a born and raised blonde/blue American, whose a Mel lover and stan. Did I mention that she's blonde and blue :lol:, just like the WTA wants their "face" of tennis to look. Also, the WTA still can't and won't quit Mel, even though her asterisk-filled career is DONE and DUSTED. If you notice, they won't let other WTA players talk about her being a drugging/banned cheater. As we've noticed, none of the players are allowed to mention it or bring it up, yet you know the non Russians players in the WTA are pissed that she got away with cheating for decades and only got a slap on the wrist for it. Yet on the other hand, the players are still being asked continually about Serena's confrontation with Ramos, sexism from last years US Open :rolleyes:

NO real feeling for or against Naomi, other than to say that she won't be able to have the success nor be able to grind her career out for 20 plus years like Ree/Vee have done. Ree/Vee are anomalies. Their likes will never be seen again in tennis. Honestly, I'm too busy funneling all of my energy into Serena and fam (Jr., Qai Qai, hubby, chip et al) and what's happening with them all over @ twitter and Instargram :lol:
 

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I think Nadal withdrew from Brisbane to take pressure off himself by lowering expectations. No official match since retiring at USO? wow he will be vulnerable. mentally others were probably prepared for a weaker nadal so couldn't cope when he was playing stronger than expected. Nole clearly didn't fall for it :lol:
 

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A painful loss in Aus Open QF to Karolina Pliskova :help:
To lose a match from 5-1 and 40-30 (on serve !) up in 3rd set is a pure disaster :eek:
Seems like Grand Slams and Serena don't fit together anymore :sad:

And so much about being the title-favourite again ...
Karolina was amazing since 5-1 in 3rd set, but Serena lost her focus ...
Serena played so amazing to win the 2nd set and until 5-1 in 3rd set. A shame ...

I have to say Karo played great, also mentally that was very strong.
Sooo impressive how she came back from 1-5 down in set 3 and saved 4 MPs.
Karo played very strong in 1st set and 3rd set from 1-5 down. She is a wonderful player.

Sadly Serena is slower than she used to be (she's old now) :(
Also she is mentally weaker than she was in the past before her baby.
Without the baby, I'm sure she would have won another Grand Slam already.
The baby really stopped her tennis career. Not sure if she will win another Grand Slam. She's always close with QF/SF/Final. But still no title. And she's not getting younger ...
 
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