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Classless Serena

Postby skysoldier173us on Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:46 am

Sullen, Snippy and Snarly are too kind words to describe this disgraceful person who perpetuates the "Ugly American" image we have as a country.

Open-American media turn on "classless" Serena Williams

By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The American media turned on Serena Williams on Wednesday, labelling the former world number one as "classless" and "graceless" after her sullen reaction to her U.S. Open exit at the hands of Justine Henin.

Top seed Henin beat the American 7-6 6-1 in the quarter-finals for the third consecutive grand-slam event on Tuesday but a despondent Williams gave the Belgian scant praise.

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"I just think she made a lot of lucky shots and I made a lot of errors," Williams said at her news conference.

"I really don't feel like talking about it. It's like I don't want to get fined. That's the only reason I came. I can't afford to pay the fines because I keep losing."

Players who fail to appear for post-match news conferences face fines from tennis officials.

Williams's words and manner were greeted with widespread disdain.

"(Williams) met the media afterward like a rattlesnake meets a ground squirrel," wrote Bill Dwyer, in the Los Angeles Times.

"If anybody was expecting perspective afterward, or maybe a gracious nod to a better effort by an opponent, forget it. We had sullen Serena. Snippy Serena. Snarly Serena."

In the New York Times, under the headline, "Williams needs a lesson in etiquette", Selena Roberts wrote: "Who's classless now?

"The grumpy, borderline nasty disposition that Williams displayed after her loss was a little jarring considering she had her own lack of preparation to blame for giving in so easily to Henin.

"Serena was bitter, angry and upset. She directed some of that at Henin. Who could use charm school now?"

In an interview with USA Network, which hosts television coverage of the U.S. Open, John Wertheim, the senior writer for Sports Illustrated magazine, described Serena's reaction as "stunning".

"There's a lot to admire about Serena but this happens again and again where we just have these completely graceless post-match (news conferences). Lucky shots? I think she means winners."

Onthebaseline.com, which specialises in women's tennis news, said Williams should probably have skipped the news conference.

"Serena's public relations department would have done better to pay the fine themselves than to allow their charge to disgrace herself as she did last night," it said.



I would add that her sister Venus is not much better as she only smiles when she wins as anybody can do. Notice in last night's match how gracious and smiling even through some tough point losses the Serbian woman, Jelena was and was as extremely gracious in defeat unlike most Americans.
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Classless Serena

Postby skysoldier173us on Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:02 am

Day and night....


"Speaking to the spectators afterward, Jankovic said: "First of all, I want to say, 'Well done,' to Venus. She deserved to win. She was better at the end."

That was quite a different take on things from a disappointed loser than Serena Williams offered after her straight-set setback against Henin, including a reference to the Belgian's "lucky shots."

Now take that in, and consider Jankovic's explanation for why she applauded a couple of Venus Williams' top efforts and smiled in appreciation when she glanced at the speed readout and saw a 121 mph serve.

"When she hits a great shot, why not? You can say, 'Well done.' Nothing wrong with that," said Jankovic, who beat the older Williams at Wimbledon last year and at the French Open this year. "I cannot do anything when she hits an unbelievable serve. I cannot return it. So why not give her credit?"

Jankovic enjoyed nearly every moment out there, smiling while waiting to receive serves and laughing even when she shanked a ball off her ankle or, later, when she slipped to the ground and did a full splits on a key third-set point. "
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Postby tennisontherocks on Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:06 am

JJ's is fun to watch, may be too much fun...I think she needs a 'game face' on at least during the matches. But those splits..I think they are just show off. She is not going to win a point in that position, but will end up injuring something.
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Postby JDC on Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:13 am

She said in an interview that she wants to stop the splits, that she is not doing them intentionally. Another sign that she needs a break.
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JJ is a fine splitter

Postby Raphael on Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:29 pm

I think JJ is a fine splitter, and it is even more interesting that she does it "naturally".

Actually, if this allows her to extend her range of court coverage, without falling or injuring herself, then there is no harm.

Also, she looks just great doing it!
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Classless Serena

Postby skysoldier173us on Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:47 pm

There's just no quit in this bitch. And I'm sure Henin and the other top players are just a shaking in their little booties. :oops:


Serena sets sights on reclaiming top spot

By Steve Ginsburg

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Eight-times grand slam champion Serena Williams said on Monday her attitude had changed and she was ready to reclaim the world's number one ranking.

"I definitely think I'm ready for it," said the seventh-ranked American. "I'm ready to dedicate myself. I'm excited by the fact that I have so much motivation.

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"That's why I was so upset at the U.S. Open. I'm really motivated now, my whole attitude has changed."

Williams was the world's top player in 2002 when she won three grand slams but a mixture of injury and a lack of focus caused a slide in the rankings.

"Definitely injury has a lot to do with it," Williams told Reuters in a telephone interview from Moscow. "Well, maybe it's a little bit of both, injury and my other interests.

"But I'm not going to stop doing what I do. I'm stubborn. That's a flaw that I have."

The 26-year-old Williams is involved in a variety of off-court projects, including fashion design and acting.

"I definitely do a lot of different things," she said. "I'm not just a tennis player. I don't want to be one of those girls that doesn't have anything to change in to when I'm done with my career.

"I think it's important to have things to fall back on."

Williams lost in the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open to top-ranked eventual champion Justine Henin last month and said the Belgian hit some "lucky shots" to win 7-6 6-1.

NO CONTRITION

While admitting she was frustrated during the post-match news conference, Williams would not apologise for the remarks.

"I want to know what I said that was such a problem," said Williams after facing some sharp criticism. "It was what it was."

Williams sat out much of the American summer with several nagging injuries and believes the layoff might have affected her play at the Open.

"I couldn't hit a lot of shots for eight weeks this summer so I think it did ultimately affect my play at the Open. I was happy to even play there.

"My health is good right now. I've had a lot of injuries in the past so I'm really excited."

Williams won this year's Australian Open, just her second grand slam title since 2003. She is playing in Moscow's Kremlin Cup hoping to gain enough points to qualify for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's season-ending championship.

With her various fitness problems behind her, Williams said she was ready to return to the top. The long trudge up the ladder is something she has done before, her ranking having tumbled to number 97 at the end of 2006.

"If I didn't believe I could be number one again I wouldn't be out here trying," she said. "Will I? If I dedicate myself and do the work, I will. And I'm ready."
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How Serena sees things?

Postby Raphael on Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:25 pm

How does Serena see things? In order to understand Serena, I think we have to acknowledge that she sees things differently than a lot of other players and fans.

This is how to understand her behavior and remarks.

How to change Serena into a better person? Not possible, short of re-wiring her brain on a sub-atomic level.

So all you can do, if you don't respect Serena, is to not support her. This may be hard for people who identify with her for being a black female professional athlete who has won multiple major tournaments.

The way I see it, Serena, and her sister, are sinking ships. So if she is not your commanding officer, and you don't otherwise have loyalty to her and her sister, abandon this rotten festering poor excuse for a human ship, or you will be shark food, just like she is destined to be.
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Postby tennisontherocks on Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:25 pm

majority of WTA players are mindless ball bashers. when healthy and motivated, Venus-Serena are still more powerful, mentally stronger and faster than rest of this gang. Only player of calibre of Justine can derail them in slams, but she herself has struggled with injuries. They are not going to play lot and hence their rankings will stay low. But I would still consider them a factor in all slams for next 2 years (except for Roland Garros, but still a quarter/semi is within reach). Their post match pressers will always remain the same, but Venus did pleasantly surprised me with her blog :)
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Mindless Ball Bashers

Postby Raphael on Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:55 pm

I agree that some players are primarily skilled in their chosen sport of tennis. I agree that the Williams are a notch above the competition, except for Justine Henin (sometimes).

It is the nature of their character and deportment that is my concern. In this area, they (the Williams') fall far shorter than any other player of this generation or any prior generation, and of any nation.

As far as their blog is concerned, by logging onto the website, that in and of itself is an act of support, of which I cannot justify with my participation.

It begs the question, in that it is apparently of a different quality than that of the typical press conference/interview; as to just who is doing the blog? I have my doubts about whether they do the blog themselves. :?: :?:
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Classless Serena

Postby skysoldier173us on Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:51 pm

I see that serena still can't acknowldege she is second rate and if losing a match will usually call for the usual bandaide.

I can't think of anyone else in the sports world more pathetic than she.

Justine Henin (1) def. Marion Bartoli, 6-0, 6-0

Would have been the same score had Serena decided to play healthy or ortherwise. :roll: :roll:
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Classless Serena

Postby skysoldier173us on Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:43 am

Jelena Jankovic is a great tennis player and like most of the athletes she can also lose graciously. Can anyone imagine Serena acting like this (Jankovic) after getting beaten?

I wonder if Serena will even finish a match without exaggerating injury ever again.

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo;_ylt= ... 41&prov=ap

She epitomizes the "Ugly American" image.

:oops:
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Postby ccm on Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:42 pm

All I see is JJ looking pleasant after losing a tennis match. It's not as if she's simultaneously stopping world hunger and curing cancer. Serena definitely struggles with sportsmanship, but how is it a further condemnation of her every time Janky happens to smile? Eh, not everyone's got a smiley disposition. It's chemical, bb.
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