Now in their 30s the Williams Sisters – Venus and Serena – are still defying time, place, and circumstance…even history! For far too long – even in non-tennis circles – 30 was a daunting line of demarcation. The Williams Sisters are proof: three decades is no longer a death sentence to one’s tennis career. They continue to inspire young and not-so-young; while gifting the tennis world with continuing play by two of it’s for sure greats!
I begin discussion of the Australian Open with a personal aside…quite perplexing is the decision by the Australian Open to have the World #1 with five Australian Open Titles play on Margaret Court.
Serena Williams arrives in Melbourne with the Tennis Media swirling in speculation that her lackluster performances in Exhibition Play is a precursor of less than stellar play in this year’s Australian Open. However at her first day of practice – Serena was on Rod Laver Arena looking relaxed and obviously enjoying doing what she does best.
Serena admits she “feels a bit off” going into the Australian Open 2015 at the Pre-Tournament press conference; at the same time, there is a sense that she will pull it all together for an emphatic win. Watch Interview below:
Like the motto she uses to promote her clothing line ElevbyVenus:
Venus Williams is looking good & playing well at the start of this season.
She comes into the 2015 Australian Open having won her first title of the year at the Auckland Classic.
She defeated the top seed Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in seven minutes short of two hours to show that her ranking in the top 20 is no fluke – the former world number one is still a force to be reconned with.
She joined an ‘Elite List’ with this win. She was 34 years, 6 months and 23 days old the day she beat Wozniacki in the final. Which put her fourth on the list of oldest players to win a WTA title in the Open Era!
Seeded #18 in this year’s Australian Open – Jon Wertheim, the executive editor and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, said it best of Venus: “There are not 17 players with more superior chances of winning.”
Focused on their preparation for the Australian Open with their teams in place: the Sisters did make time to enjoy themselves.
The first Grand Slam of the tennis season is underway and how wonderful for the tennis world that two of the greatest champions the sport has ever witnessed, and who happen to be sisters, are still in the game – Powerful, Inspiring and Ready to Play!
l’ll let a tweet by @WilliamsSistahs say what I feel deeply…
humbly submitted by admitted fan of the Williams Sisters…guestBlogger @BlackPearlMoi ‘-)