I have long grown tired of the egotistical, classless histrionics of the Williams sisters. Fists pumping in triumph after an opponent's unforced error, screaming (sorry, grunting) while hitting a drop shot or soft volley. Tearful pleas to the heavens, hoping for the world to be set right, or for lightning to strike the person across the net. And their absolute refusal to acknowledge good play on the part of their competitors. Nobody beats Venus and Serena, they just played badly.
And they will take this day, the last for the women in this tournament, the one with the most upsets of high seeds ever in its history, as proof of their dominance, and not a lucky cakewalk.
Hopefully Federer will win on Sunday and I can pretend that my game still maintains a tiny shred of class and decency. But don't worry, that will fade fast.
The Championships, Wimbledon 2008 - Grand Slam Tennis - Official Site by IBM
O.K., I gave in and watched part of the first set on an underground stream. Wow. All the passion of a rally game. Yes, there is some good tennis, but mostly the serve is used to get the ball in play, after which it is just smashy-smashy with both ladies looking alternately worried and bored stupid. Luckily the camera goes back to Mrs. Williams constantly so that John and Tracy can talk about how awful it must be for her to watch her millionaire daughters play for a million dollars. So hard for her. So hard for us to watch this passionless practice match that could have been held on court 18.
Post-Match Press Conference - Serena Stays True To Form
“I don’t think I played well. I don’t think I’m satisfied with the way I played today,” she said solemnly. “I think I just lost rhythm and then I just made a lot of errors. I just couldn’t get the balls in. Nothing I was doing was seeming to work.”
Serena shot down any suggestion that it was her opponent’s play that affected her game and revealed that she struggled to get to grips with the blustery conditions...And she added that Venus’ victory “says a lot” about her sister as a grass court player. “She’s won five Wimbledons now. She’s beaten me on grass now, so that definitely says a lot.”
What did I tell you?