Frank Herholdt shot the Nabisco campaign that featured Venus and Serena Williams endorsing the Nabisco Calorie Saving Snacks. Great Photo Advertisement was the end result. FABULOSO‼
Get ready Helen Wills Moody, whose focus and drive helped her become the world’s leading female tennis player in the 1920s and ’30s ending with a career total of 19 grand slams. And watchout Steffi Graf, you with 22 singles titles that mark the record for most Major wins by a tennis player (male or female) since the introduction of the Open Era in 1968. Tennis history stand at alert cause the current World #1 is coming.
Still defying time and having conquered age; in fact the only rival Serena Williams has at this point in her career is history! After grabbing #19 while playing Down Under the past two weeks not feeling well, she leaped for joy.
Love this photo of Serena with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou (The Mastermind), both with well deserved smiles after her history-making win at the 2015 Australian Open.
Grand Slam Number 20 – “Come Get It Bae” ‘-)
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“Serena Williams and her sister Venus deserve more respect and we should cherish them while we can”
6:05PM GMT 27 Jan 2015
Much respect to Charlie Eccleshare for his insightful article in The Telegraph.
Permit me to share eight specific things I greatly appreciate about his piece.
#1: He begins with an acknowledgement that as a sport, tennis, is most unforgiving on the body. Indeed it is a remarkable feat that at 34 Serena Williams is again at the World #1 ranking and has remained at the top for 100 weeks and counting! And with the 2015 Australian Open Title she has moved on from the ‘Elite 18’ grand slam club.
Juxtapose that with her elder sister’s rise once again to the top echelon all while battling the debilitating fatigue effects of Sjögren’s syndrome – which cannot be cured – only managed.
#2: The media seems blind to the historical significance of the new ground the Williams sisters are forging into as their careers continue past age 30! All the while praising Roger Federer’s continuing achievements at this point in his 30s. Quite confounding is this fact, since Serena and Serena alone is the only player in the entire tennis world who continues to dominate past age 30! And if you missed her match in the quarters of the Australian Open, defeating Cibulkova 6-2, 62, you damn straight missed tennis played with finesse and greatness!
#3: All but ignored is that Venus’s renaissance is nothing short of amazing, as he points out that despite having seven majors, her desire is to keep playing; as she chooses to push past the pain and required sacrifice. Quoting the writer: “When it was Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors doing similar things, the pundits were falling over themselves reaching for the superlatives.”
#4: He lays to rest the chatter that swirled nonstop about the “outside interests” of the Williams Sisters. Though many questioned their commitment, the records speak loudly in response: Serena wins the US Open to claim her 18th singles grand slam title 15 years after her first. And Venus won her 46th title in Auckland to begin the year.
#5: I join the author in his admiration of how for 17 years Venus and Serena remain positive, classy examples in how they handle the media and naysayers. Yet like him I too am disheartened by recent treatment at Grand Slams, with tournament schedulers showing a lack of respect due these champions. [My example: World #1 Serena was not scheduled on Centre Court for her first match at this year’s Australian Open. Un.Believe.Able.]
To highlight this point further he cites this fact: “…when Pete Sampras had to play just one match on Court Two in 2002, he complained of a lack of respect. At last year’s Wimbledon, Venus, who has won five singles titles and five doubles titles at SW19, was shunted to Court Two and then Court Three for her first two matches.”[Un.Believe.Able.]
#6: He challenges the double standard applied to the Williams sisters, who at the start of their careers, were described as bold and confrontational, it continues today especially for Serena. He mentions two incidents that detractors speak of ad nauseam, the disputes with US Open officials, first in 2009 and 2011. And he answers the double standard treatment with a question: “Didn’t John McEnroe and Connors use to do this sort of thing pretty often?” To which I’m adding this, it wasn’t just several incidents, they built their entire careers on being loud, angry and confrontational. And at the time were adored and revered for it, same is true to this very day.
#7: We are encouraged to value watching and enjoying them while we still can. A personal aside, it was most disappointing to hear the American tennis media, pundits and the new head of the USTA [who tweeted] immediately announcing a “changing of the guard” right after Madison Keys won a three-set victory over Venus in the quarters of the Australian Open.
Two things come to mind: it was disrespectful treatment of one of American’s top two players for almost two decades who soon will rise in world ranking to close to top 10( if not within); and questionable wisdom – putting such pressure on the talented Madison Keys, as I recall what happened when the same was done to Melanie Odum and Donald Young.
#8: When contemplating answering the question: “So why are the Williams sisters treated differently?” Readers are admonished to consider media coverage of Nick Kyrgios as he shares this example: “– I personally like the Aussie’s swagger; a friend who I normally agree with on such matters thinks he’s “a bit of a p—-“. [About this…I have only one word in response – WELP]
Obrigado Charlie Eccleshare, heartfelt thanks to you for bravely challenging readers to look beyond answers that include only gender (it’s inferior women’s tennis) and personality (double standard that only men accepted as bold and confrontational)!
It is, sadly, a continuing divide in this world – race and color – and at the same time it is undeniable that the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, are ‘supremely talented athletes’ who happen to be Black!
Teaching as they go too… while it is certainly true that no one is forced to like them, it is only the whim of a fool who would continue denying their greatness as tennis players.
CLICK Below to read the full Article→http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/williamssisters/11372906/Serena-Williams-and-her-sister-Venus-deserve-more-respect-and-we-should-cherish-them-while-we-can.html
NOTE: To the Tennis Establishment, I became an avid fan of tennis via my adoration of the Williams Sisters and now enjoy watching the game no matter who is playing! Another contribution from Venus and Serena…expanding & diversifying the tennis fan base.
humbly submitted by guestBlogger and devoted fan of the Williams Sisters…@BlackPearlMoi (twitter account)
HEART OF A WARRIOR…best describes the two tennis titans – Venus and Serena Williams – individually and collectively!
So says the theme song of the documentary film about the sisters. (Venus and Serena’ – Features Music of Wyclef Jean: CLICK HERE→ http://wp.me/p1O3xi-Zh“)
Still doubtful though it seems are some in the tennis media and far too many in the twitter world.
Poised, charismatic and confident is how the Williams Sisters continue to face such continuing scrutiny. They voice a familiar theme ingrained by their parents when they were but young girls–coming to the court mentally focused to play ‘strategic’ tennis with one intention, that of winning it all!
What else when parents proclaimed as your destiny – becoming Number One and Number Two in women’s tennis?
And always they show their pure joy of playing the game they love.
Okay now, the World #1 Serena Williams, is supposedly shaking in her boots – excuse me, make that tennis sneakers – because soon she’ll be across the net from a player who in the words of ESPN Tennis Commentator Chris Fowler: “Gave her a beat down.”
True Garbine Muguruza beat the defending champion 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of last year’s French Open. At the same time Serena never found her rhythm in that match; finishing with 29 unforced errors and without her usual dominant serve, winning only 17-of-31 (55 percent) first-serve points.
But when Roger Federer lost the other day (not playing at his best) ESPN devoted extra time to his post-match interview, bemoaning his early exit, never were terms like “he was stunned” or “beat down” uttered. Hmmmm.
(Now I’m a big fan of Fed but the significant difference shown the two tennis greats by ESPN has me shaking my head in dismay)!
DOUBT SERENA IF YOU WANT – BUT HERE’S A REMINDER
Two years ago when Serena lost to Virginie Razzano in the first round, it motivated her as never before. Proof is in the record books: she won Wimbledon, Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles in London, and the US Open over the next three months, and then she put the icing on the cake – ending the year with a title at the WTA Championships. And now
“I rest my case” – as Venus stated in an earlier interview during this year’s Aussie Open!
CONCERNING VENUS and THAT QUESTION of RETIREMENT
Seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams keeps proving that she’s got plenty left in her tennis tank and is now on an 8-0 run after winning the lead-up Auckland Classic.
Questions about her longevity were raised in 2011 when she was temporarily sidelined by Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease with potentially debilitating effects. Her play indicates that she is managing the condition as Venus tells of an off-season spent working very hard:
“I feel like I’m coming into the season as fit and healthy as I have in many years, so for me that’s exciting and I have a positive outlook.
My goal is to be like Serena Williams!”
Rather emphatically elder sister Venus let it be known that her focus is on winning more titles (she has 46 in her career). Asked her level of excitement about her wins, since she hasn’t been beyond the third round of a major since Wimbledon 2011, she states that she did not come to the Australian Open to just reach the fourth round.
“There is a scripture that says faith without works is dead,” Williams said. “So you have to have faith, but you have work, too. So, I’m doing both.”
Venus reflected more on where her game is, at this point in her career, when she granted Australian Open TV access during her training session ahead of her fourth round match.
And Serena, ever the supportive younger sister, had this to say in response to recurring questions from reporters about Venus:
“She’s in a good place,” explained Serena, whom Venus defeated the last time they played, last summer in a tournament in Canada. “She’s done so much in her career. She doesn’t have to win another match.”
Watch Video Below
Serena responds to those “slow-start questions” when she talked to the press after her win over Elina Svitolina in the third round.
Venus and Serena Williams:
a Profile of Charisma, Elegance, Grace and the Heart of a Champion
Tennis Royalty (Titles to Prove It!)
That time the Williams Sisters endorsed Nabisco Calorie Pack Snacks Diet Divas – See more at: Frank Herholdt shot the Nabisco campaign that featured Venus and Serena Williams!
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Did you know the music of Wyclef Jean accompanies the film Venus and Serena which debuted September of 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Haitian-American ‘Renaissance Man’ who first came to fame as a member of The Fugees, but has since found solo success, and the sisters go way back. He explains…
“I have a great relationship with Venus. I did [the Sundance Channel series] ‘Iconoclasts’ with her, where I was teaching her guitar & she was teaching me how to play tennis. That’s where our relationship started, and then I wrote a song for Venus, ‘Venus (I’m Ready).’
[Check Blog post titled ‘Wyclef Jean Writes Song for Venus”→ http://wp.me/p1O3xi-Ik ]
Shortly after that he saw Serena in Miami, who walked up to him and said, ‘Where’s my song?’ To which he answered: ‘Don’t worry, your song is coming!
About the film, Wyclef went on to say: “So automatically, when it was time for the documentary, naturally they would find me, thanks to my relationship with Venus and my understanding of the struggle and where they came from. They knew I could contribute something.”
Listen to documentary Song written for Serena
“Heart of a Warrior”:
What the songwriter had in mind was to convey an understanding and feeling of struggle. In his own words he explains it this way:
That’s what I get from Serena and Venus. They’re excellent at what they do, they win a lot,
Documentary shows Williams sisters’ vulnerable sides as Serena and Venus revisit their climb to the top echelon of world tennis. Here is a clip from the Documentary: ‘Serena and Venus’ featuring among many others comments from tennis great John McEnroe and fashion guru Anna Wintour:
Years ago, soon after Venus Williams won her first professional tennis match, someone said to her father…”I think you got the next Michael Jordan
on your hands” to which
Richard Williams responded:
[ #WELP…as the saying goes – Father Knows Best!!! ‘-) LOL ]
Both Venus and Serena are into the fourth round of the 2015 Australian Open – 17 years after the sisters’ first professional match there, they remain the most awesome and interesting story in sports.
The only sisters in the history books to ever attain the Number One and Number Two spots in the world ranking of tennis!
Still defying time…
The Williams Sisters were on court again last night and secured their place in round three of the 2015 Australian Open, 17 years after their first visit to Melbourne.
They are the only two women during the Open Era to play each other in four consecutive Grand Slam finals. These fierce competitors have a closeness that is unquestionable; making it a very positive rivalry, that at times is difficult to watch. Playing together they have compiled a record of 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, 3 Olympic Gold Medals and overall 21 titles.
Venus, 34, breezes into the third round with a win over fellow American Lauren Davis via a quick fire one hour and 16 minutes. She beat Davis 6-2 6-3 ensuring a place for both sisters in the last 32 on Saturday.
Why the Australian Open is a place of significance for the Williams Sisters
Their first professional match against each other was in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open, with Venus beating Serena in the second round.
“I just remember what a tough match [it was],” Venus said. “It was just relentless. I think it finally ended with a break in the third. That’s all I can remember. It was very tough I think for both of us. Neither one of us could get the upper edge. It was just a marathon.”
The sisters met most recently in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup on Aug 9, 2014, won by Venus. It marked the 25th all-time meeting between the Williams sisters.
The current head to head record is 14–11, in Serena’s favor. They have met in a total of eight Grand Slam tournament finals (with Serena again leading Venus 6–2). About their
sister-friendly rivalry, this is what Serena had to say:
“I definitely don’t like playing her. I think I’ve lost to her more than anyone on the tour. Definitely not a fun match,” said Serena. “She’s tough. She has a great serve. She runs every ball down. She has a great backhand. She hits winners off the forehand.”
They didn’t play at all during a three-year stretch starting in 2010. Each meeting now takes on a special importance because it’s never known which one will be the last.
And if all bodes well we just might have another joyous occasion of seeing Venus and Serena in another face-off in the semi-finals of this year’s Australian Open.
Venus and Serena…
still as close as ever and still defying time – the Williams Sisters
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Recap of Serena Williams’ 2014 Year
Serena Williams, along with Novac Djokovic on the men’s side, has won the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) annual World Champion Award, claiming it for a fifth time.
Djokovic won Wimbledon for his seventh Grand Slam title and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking. Williams won the US Open for her 18th major championship, the WTA Final in Singapore and stayed No. 1 throughout the year.
What follows is a look at the highlights of Serena’s 2014 season of tennis. Here we go…
Serena William wins 3rd straight U.S. Open – 18th Grand Slam singles title
Serena Williams has always been her own toughest critic; by her standards 2014 had been somewhat of a struggle leading up to the 2014 U, S Open. Up to this point in the season, grand slam titles had evaded the World’s #1: third-round loss at Wimbledon, which followed a second-round loss at the French Open, which followed a fourth-round loss at the Australian Open.
This was far from what was expected after a record breaking 2013! Especially when Grand Slam success defines a legacy. Then there was the giant shadow following every step she took in 21014 – the quest to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova at 18 grand slam titles, the prestigeous “Elite 18” club.
One more big event remained in 2014, the US Open! Serena obviously had a serious talk with herself because despite all the buzz swirling after her Wimbledon exit – she regrouped, like a shape-shifter in science fiction writing, journeying onto a dominant US Open run!
How dominant? Check these results: Serena never dropped more than three games in any set, including a 6-3, 6-3 victory over close gal-pal Caroline Wozniacki in the Sunday final. With outright winners, unreachable groundstrokes and the occasional volley; the oldest woman player, a few months after her 33rd birthday, Serena had serves reaching 120 mph (194 kph) and incredible forceful returns that kept backing her opponent into a corner.
It’s important not to overlook the significance of this win; her first major trophy of 2014 came at the same event where at age 17, Serena won her 1st title in New York, in 1999. But at this point in her career, one number and one number only mattered to her on this Sunday night, though: 18.
“It is a pleasure for me to win my first Grand Slam here and then this No. 18,” Williams said, her voice choking. “So I’m really emotional. I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place.”
What a slam! What a champion!
Serena Williams joins “ELITE 18”
After Wimbledon, I was just so disappointed,” said Serena Williams. ”I also realized I just needed to relax a little more. I put a lot of pressure on myself. ”
Quite emotional was Serena at the conclusion of this match, the world witnessed those moments concluding when she dropped to her back behind the baseline, while covering her face with her hands, joyous as tears flowed in triumph!
The win was historic in other ways as well: Serena earned $4 million, a record in tennis — $3 million for the title, plus a $1 million bonus for having had the best results during the North American summer hard-court circuit. She also became the first female athlete to top $60 million in on-court earnings. Evert and Navratilova joined her on court during the trophy and check ceremony.
Williams also has won five titles apiece at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, plus two at the French Open. Only three players have more Slams to their credit: Margaret Court with 24, Steffi Graf with 22, and Helen Wills Moody with 19.
Serena Williams stays number one throughout 2014
Selected as the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) world champions for 2014 Serena won the annual award for a fifth time. Williams won the US Open for her 18th major championship, the WTA world championship final and stayed No. 1 throughout the year.
After her amazing run at the US Open, Serena wasn’t done overwhelming us with her phenomenal style of championship winning. She followed up a surprising loss in the 2014 WTA Championship Final in Singapore, with 26 winners in the final match. Crushing Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 for her third straight end-of-the-year title.
We’re talking only four days after Halep had beaten her; Serena avenged the loss as she came roaring back that Sunday, leaving no room for doubt, that she is still the queen of women’s tennis. This win was the biggest margin of victory in the final of the tournament since Kim Clijsters thrashed Amelie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-0 in 2003.
Time now for more record-setting stats: the WTA Finals win was William’s seventh victory this year and the fifth time the American has won the event. For Serena that’s all in a day’s work on the court. SERENA WILLIAMS IS BAAAAD, don’t believe, read on…
WTA PLAYER OF YEAR FOR 2014
Though her year may have been full of surprises at times – as a whole nobody played better in 2014 – Serena Williams is officially the WTA Year-End World#1. It’s a familiar finish for Serena, having previously done it in 2002, 2009 and 2013.
She captured seven WTA titles – nobody else won more than four – and among those titles were an historic 18th Grand Slam title at the US Open and the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, completing a three-peat at the season-ender. Her five other titles came at Premier-level events.
And no one has had that long a span – 12 years – between years finishing No.1. Steffi Graf is next with nine years, her first year-end World No.1 finish coming in 1987 and the last one coming in 1996.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Williams said. “I never, never thought I would be playing this long. Or if I were playing this long, I figured I’d be playing doubles. Definitely not being No.1 in the world in singles.”
“Gosh, I work so hard on my craft and at what I do, though. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about being the best. It’s stressful! The only time I didn’t think about it was when I had some problems and I was in the hospital. That was a relief, almost. I wasn’t thinking about it.”: Serena Williams.
When asked the secret to her continuing success, Serena without hesitation shares what she attributes her place at the top of history’s tennis champion’s with longevity:
“I think it just really boils down to your personality,” the World No.1 explained. “My personality is I’m a fighter, as you can see, and I never give up. I work very, very hard for everything. Whether it’s my serve or return, I work hard for everything. And it’s good to see some of the results from that.