Monday, March 23, 2009

Face Of The Day


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Venus Williams of the USA prepares to play an impromptu game of traffic tennis with Andy Murray of Great Britain on Ocean Drive prior to the Sony Ericsson Open on March 23, 2009 in Miami, Florida.

11 comments:

Pamela said...

Miami and their promotions. http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/c4/fullj.04afdf1621ad0eddaca48b9f9db998fc/04afdf1621ad0eddaca48b9f9db998fc-getty-85529890cb006_sony_ericsson.jpg

I'm surprised you haven't mentioned Kimmy's return to tennis, Craig. She's called for a press conference.

Karen said...

I am still not sure how I feel about this return by Kim Clijsters. I was never a big fan of hers (not sure if I liked her style of play). I am not quite sure if people are actually believing the hype when they say that there is a dearth of talent in the WTA which is perhaps prompting these ladies have "retired" to want to come out and play. If anything I think the game has gotten better since they retired. People need to remember that for all of Clijsters supposed greatness, she was always known as a mentally weak opponent and her one redeeming weapon that she had was her speed. Does she still have that speed and if so, is it at the level of some of these women who are playing now. Time will obviously tell.

anonymous said...

UGGGHH! Why was she forced to pose with Andy Murray?

b said...

Although I liked watching her play... I am annoyed b/c all she did her last year or so on the tour was whine and complain about the lifestyle, work etc.... she couldn't just gracefully say that she didn't want to play anymore and quit - she had to bring the whole game down with her....

I also hated her implications - I can't explain it - there was a sexist tone to her comments - implying that impossible for a "real woman" (i.e. one with a boyfriend/husband and family etc etc) to enjoy longterm life on the tour or perhaps any other high profile professional life - ridiculous

And for her to complain about gossip when she and her dad made accusations against JH (when JH eclipsed her) without any evidence to back them up was quite hypocritical....

I could certainly believe that JH was doping but there wasn't any proof - a lot of the difference between the two was due to JH's willingness to meet the nutritional and fitness challenges that would allow her to play her best.... Never saw any evidence that Kim made any such attempt and, in fact, she made a snide remark about how if she lifted weights/worked out more she might not have such a cute boyfriend or something to that extent....

She was never particularly small, constantly complained of injuries, played a very athletic game and yet somehow escaped all the weight scrutiny & criticism that was being thrown at Serena

All in all she came across as quite spoiled... and, yes, mentally weak


Also, Karen, I completely agree that she's going to find that the bar has been raised and now the younger generation moves as well or a lot better than she did and that they have more variety.... I'm really surprised she's not going to do Challengers during the summer (well maybe she will)

Now Lindsay I hope will come back....

Craig Hickman said...

Pamela, I'm waiting for Clijsters' official announcement.

skivvy said...

Uhh...talking about Kim Clijsters in a negative way? Weird.

Anyhow, Vee looks fabulous.

Karen said...

b, I agree with your comments 100%. Also, I am not sure that she was as nice as she made out to be. Nobody is that nice (yes, that is me being paranoid). I tell you the tour is so desperate for feel good stories that they are willing to drag up the relics of the past to see whether they can challenge the 2 best players on the tour that everybody had written off. Everytime I see comments about Serena/Venus time being over I recall 2 incidents that happened in 2007 at the AO. The first one invovled Nadia Petrova who prior to her 3rd round with Serena made the mistake of saying that Serena was finished and that the game had caught up and passed the Williams Sisters. We all know what happened in that match. The second incident invovled an interview that was being conducted by the AO announcers on AO radio involving one of the women's doubles champion, Cara Black and I recall that she said that Sharapova needed to take a medical time out even though there was nothing physically wrong with her in order to break Serena's momentum and the second thing she mentioned was that on the tour the Williams Sisters basically kept to themselves and did not socialise with other tour players, but she said it from the perspective of the other tour players who basically stayed away from the Williams Sisters. I thought her comments at the time were so mean spirited, and I have not liked the heifer since then. I know this is O/T but had to get it off my chest.

b said...

Karen - I remember the first incident well but not the 2nd.... are you sure it was Cara Black and not Liesel Huber.... I haven't found that particular interview.... Very disappointed if it was really Cara.... But it sounds like something Liesel would say...

b said...

Here is one reaction to her announcement - I don't necessarily care for the author (Bodo, I think) but he said it so perfectly

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=2862530&type=blogEntry

Excerpt:
"Just think: no more having to watch Kimmy gag away big matches, or Get Small on occasions when a quality player is supposed to Go Big. No more of that anodyne, one-speed baseline game (she should have been sponsored by John Deere; watching her play was about as jump-to-your feet exciting as a tractor pull). No more Kimmy, bashing tennis and moaning about how tough it is to be a lavishly compensated, globe-trotting pro tennis star. And last but not least, no more of her endless prattle about that danged wedding.

Note No. 1 to Kimmy: Women like Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Chris Evert wanted to have children (and did) and experience "regular" life every bit as much as you do. They had the grace, tact and humility to take care of their tennis business and then move on, although Cawley liked the game so much she came back and won Wimbledon as a mom."

Graf_sampras said...

for me it's simple:

women's tennis -- clijsters time , henin time, or now --

has not achieved the level shown by serena or venus at their best.

period.

while tennis eras differ in how the tennis is played - the dominance or supremacy of particular players , such as the williamses , leave marks of such magnitude that they BECOME the pillars of tennis history in its march.

it is like in men's tennis.

there were bill tilden, pancho gonzales, jack kramer, rod laver, bjorn borg/mcenroe, lendl/becker, sampras/agassi, federer/nadal,

in women's tennis:

Suzanne Lenglen, Connelly, Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, the WIlliamses and..........


not much else = as players of such legendary stature and tennis individuality - all others around them are imitators , big or small, or "parts of a whole" that IS the legendary ones - like those mentioned above.

THAT is the state of women's tennis today "around" or "in between" or "outside of" the williamses who define tennis since 1999.

Graf_sampras said...

actually another note to Kimmy that Bodo forgot that was even MORE instructive and grander:


Margaret Court - having already won 11 majors (mostly in the AO) - had RETIRED in 1967..in the interim the likes of Billie Jean King and Chris Evert as well as Court's other more contemporaneous rivals had taken over amongst themselves...

Court married -- and was convinced after a year by her husband - or something to that effect - to do something. Court wanted to show, by travel, to her husband what the tennis circuit was like...instead he convinced her to return...

she did -- and after a few months playing REGAINED the world number one - wresting it so thoroughly from Billie Jean King who had "usurped" her throne in her absence, few people know THAT. and court did it by REVOLUTIONIZING women's tennis with very tough fitness programs.

THIS was the period - her return was in 1969 - a mere year before - that she won the 1970 GRAND SLAM - as if to prove that her "AO wins" were no flukes because of thinner competition...and she failed to defend it in the next year after learning - in the FO between matches - that she was carrying a baby..

she left the tour to bring the baby to term , gave birth, and RETURNED and WON THREE MORE majors -- DEEP in the era of Chris Evert and the rising navratilova...

to BECOME what she was proud to say was "to be the FIRST World Number One MOM".

and through all this - added, AFTER her first retirement in the mid-60's - and DURING her reign as the GRAND SLAM world number one - for the second time (the third being when she was after a mother) - ADDED

at least 25 DOUBLES titles in MAJORS , in mixed and women's doubles

to add to her 24 Singles majors - for a total of over 50 MAJORS TITLES...the GREATEST haul by a single person in the history of tennis......


from being a single woman -- to a married one -- to being a mother.

Clijsters and all others have no BUSINESS complaining - with all their retinues of therapists, massage experts, doctors, on-court physios, bottles of "energy" drinks, etc. etc. etc. etc.


what has clijster got to say to THAT?