PRICELESS and PROPHETIC: INTERVIEW WITH 12-YEAR-OLD VENUS – SERENA AGE 11 and DAD RICHARD WILLIAMS

  “Thank Heaven for little girls, they grow up in the most delightful ways,” sings Maurice Chevalier in the classic movie ‘Gigi’.  A most appropriate tribute song for tennis sisters Venus and Serena, only that refrain is best edited to…”they grow up in the most ‘winning’ ways.”
(Video of the song can be found at the bottom of this post.)

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Venus Serena and DAD's VISIONThis story is about the time a man with a vision who saw it through to total fulfilment‼ Richard Williams, the father of tennis phenoms Venus and Serena, made the successful journey from a man who self-taught himself tennis fundamentals and then developed two Tennis Champions who changed the women’s game.

While only youngsters, the tennis world was swirling with rumblings about their athletic ability…

but only Father knew best about their champion acumen.

Venus and Serena Williams won their first Olympic gold medal in doubles at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Venus and Serena Williams won their first Olympic gold medal in doubles at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

VENUS QUALITIES OF A CHAMPIONEarly on Richards describes Venus as a Champion-To-Be, he said: “…she possesses the four qualities all champions have naturally – Rough, Tough, Strong; and mentally, unbelievably Sound.”

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Yet he reserved speaking of greatness for his comments about Serena.  Father Richard predicted her tenacity would enable her to soar: “…so strong, once she gets a hold of you she never let’s go and plays with anger better than any athlete‼

VENUS SERENA DREAMERSWatch and listen to the Williams Sisters, though adolescents, speak boldly and clearly of their dreams. Venus at the time only 12 had won all 63 of her junior tennis matches.

And not to be outdone in accomplishments 11-year-old little sister Serena had claimed victory in all but two of her 52 matches.

Venus 2005 Wimbledon It's Me Again
Venus Williams realizes her childhood dream of winning Wimbledon – five times over.

Let’s speak of dreams…the dream of Venus then was to win the title on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon;  and, for Serena, the desire to lift the trophy at the grand slam of her home country, the US Open.

2014 US Open: Serena ties Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with  18 Grand Slam titles.
2014 US Open: Serena ties Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam titles.

The rest is a kind of  amazing history, the achievement of both an America Dream along with a father’s belief he had champions-in-the making…still being played out, before our very delightful eyes. The sisters now in their 30s, continue to stun the tennis establishment and fans the world over.

Gold medalists again in 2012: Serena and Venus Williams of the United States celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Women's Doubles Tennis. London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (August 4, 2012 - Source: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe)
Gold medalists again in the 2012 Olympic Games in London: Serena and Venus Williams of the US are all smiles during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Doubles Tennis. (August 4, 2012 – Source: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe)

VENUS SERENA LOOK TO THE FUTUREFor now…let’s go back to the time of the beginning of the careers of Venus and Serena Williams – two little girls from Compton –  and their musings as they look to the future:

AND THANK HEAVEN FOR VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS…

and all joy they’ve given to us on court, bringing excellence in every match, and a reality that dreams matched with drive do come true‼ Now time to share that musical moment from one of my favorite movies – ‘Gigi’:

DEBATE ALL YOU WANT #GOAT – SerenaWilliams – STATS DON’T LIE

A FAN’S TWEET SAYS IT BEST

Wyclef Jean Writes Song for VENUS WILLIAMS ‘Venus (I’m Ready)’ – Her Serve is Like Lightning

Listen to Wyclef Jean’s Original Song written for Venus

VENUS AND WYCLEFAnd for more about Venus and Wyclef:

visit Blog Post “On the Court a Warrior – Off a Natural on Rhythm Guitar – VENUS WILLIAMS: CLICK HERE→http://wp.me/p1O3xi-It

Serena and Federer are Hot 30s

August 2011:
Roger Federer and Serena Williams
make headlines around the world
by having a birthday –
only this one meant turning 30!

These two Super Tennis Professionals have a lot in common besides birth months!  They both hold more singles Grand Slam titles than any other active player.  Roger has won a record 16 Grand Slam titles (all in a seven-year span).  He is also one of only seven men to have achieved the Career Grand Slam.  Serena also completed the Career Grand Slam (better known as the ‘Serena Slam’) and her Grand Slam count stands at 13 titles.  She is the ninth woman all-time to have won each of the four Grand Slam singles titles  at some point in their careers.

2003 was a significant year for both players in terms of career highlights and record setting achievements.

Federer Wins his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon 2003

Federer hadn’t advanced past the quarterfinals at a major before it all came together at Wimbledon in 2003. Seeded fourth, the 20-year-old Federer defeated Mark Philippoussis in straight sets in the final to become the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam title. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0907/tennis.roger.federer.grand.slam.titles/content.2.html#ixzz1ZsUlfDPl

Winning the 2003 Australian Open – Serena achieves her Career Grand SlamSerena added this Grand Slam title to the French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon crowns she won the previous year, all against her sister.  Her “Serena Slam”, as she called her four grand slam victories, made her the fifth woman in history to win all of the Grand Slams consecutively. Her dominance of the game was unquestionable! http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/2003/australian_open/news/2003/01/24/serena_venus_final/

FAST FORWARD TO 2011
Roger Federer announced he was far from finished at this year’s French Open!  With awesome Federer-like-play he ended Novak Djokovic’s hot winning streak;
becoming the first man to beat Djokovic this year, as he inflicted on
him a 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 defeat.   In addition to reaching the finals at Roland Garros; Federer reached the semis of the Australian and the US Open and the quarters of Wimbledon.

Williams reached the final of this year’s
US Open after a year’s absence with injury and illness. During the six months
she played in 2010, she won two Slams (Australian and Wimbledon) and reached
the quarters of the third.

More about most successful active woman in tennis,
the sixth most successful of all time
Serena Williams

Serena in 2011: the Williams story of year-long injury and illness is an extraordinary one!  She recorded a 22-3 win-loss run that takes
in two titles after  tremendous physical turmoil.  When she returned to the grass this summer after her 12-month absence, she looked as fit and strong as she had in winning her previous 13 Slams. With back-to-back wins in Stanford and Toronto, she immediately became the favourite for New York, even though the lowly seeding of 28 made her path seem too difficult to overcome.

Nevertheless, she progressed with ease, pausing for one tiebreak against No4 seed Azarenka before taking out No16 Ana Ivanovic,
No17 Pavlyuchenkova and top seed Wozniacki—all without dropping a set.  The loss to Sam Stosur in the final of the 2011 US Open is like a small blemish on the landscape of Serena’s phenomenal comeback!

GOING FOR THE GOLD
Serena will return, I predict with even greater determination, to win more titles.  Plus knowing how she likes her fine jewelry (remember the diamonds at this year’s US Open) Serena will be going for the gold! Both have won Olympic doubles gold;Serena with sister Venus and Federer in 2008 teaming with Stanislas Wawrinka

2012 Federer and Serena their eyes are on the prize –  that one title missing – the glitter of Olympic singles gold!

Wimbledon champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams pose for photographs prior
to the 2003 Wimbledon Ball

Serena: What To Give A Beauty and A Birthday Girl Who Has It All

Thinking? Thinking? Thinking?  How to best send out “Birthday Wishes” to a beautiful, ambitious, multi-talented person, internationally renown tennis champion; and, someone who loves her family dearly? So I say to myself – Self – Just Say It!SERENAGLAMOROUS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! “

SERENA 2010 Australian OpenAnd thank you for being an inspiration to women around the world – showing us and helping us to believe that all things are possible!  You have achieved great heights; and shown strength and faith as you endured your recent life threatening experience! You remain humble, fun-loving, a tennis fashion icon and one who gives back to the world community through your service endeavors.  And congratulations Birthday Girl on being selected the new International Ambassador for UNICEF.  phenomenal!

VENUSSERENAFIRSTPROMATCHCelebrate your 30th Birthday in grand ‘DIVA’ style.  After all, you and Venus brought the Style to tennis that made me a fan of the game – the power game, the vibrant colorful and fabulously designed tennis outfits – rocking earrings, braids and beads on the court – and bringing some much needed diversity to the WTA!  Heeeeeey!USA – 2014 Vanity Fair Post Oscar Party

I NEED YOUR HELP BLOG READERS

CATIt’s time for some Serena-Birthday-Fun….besides the BOMB body, I did some searching around for some facts you may not know about Serena!  Inviting all readers to share other tidbits about the Life of Serena to this Blog in the Comment Section at the bottom of this Blog. Help me make necessary changes, edits and revisions.  Hopeful we can collectively celebrate and continue to send the love on this special day – Happy Birthday Serena!SERENAHAWT

serenaleather2Birth Name: Serena Jameka Williams

Birthdate: September 26, 1981

Place Of Birth: Saginaw, Michigan

Star Sign: Libra

Designer Clothing Label:  Aneres, her first name spelled backward

Birth Order:  Youngest of five girls

Awesome Accomplishment:  25 January 2003, won the Australian Open completing the ‘grand slam’ of women’s tennis

serenagrandslamCareer Grand Slam: Beat her older sister, ‘Venus Williams’, to win the 2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open & the 2003 Australian Open. By doing so, she joined ‘Martina Navratilova’ , ‘Steffi Graf’ , Margaret Court and ‘Maureen Connolly’ as the only women to have won four Grand Slam titles in a row.

 Favorite Tennis Player: Pete Sampras

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Author: Maya Angelou

Most Memorable Experience: Winning Wimbledon in 2002

Self-described as: Very humorous with a great personality

Favorite place to visit: Italy

Won 1st Grand Slam: In 1999 at Australian Open, beating sixth seed Irina Spirlea

Gold Medal:  At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Likes to listen: Mariah Carey and Brandy.

Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA

Hobbies: Surfing, watching movies, football, skateboarding, playing guitar, reading, acting, talking on the phone, and spending time with family and friends.

Graduated 1999:  Williams graduated from high school in 1999, private school Driftwood Academy

Age Turned Pro:  In 1995, at age fourteen.

1st Year as WTA Competitor:  1997

SERENA ACTINGOutside of Tennis: Acting roles on television

Olympic Gold: a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia

SERENACORERESULTSInviting all readers to submit other interesting tidbits about the life of Serena in the
Comment Section at the bottom of this Blog Page.

Prayers for you Venus

VENUS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

Inviting true tennis fans to leave a comment here and to express their loving concern and messages of encouragement as well!

With all my heart and soul I am filled with prayerful hope for healing for Venus.

The Olympic Gold Medalist and seven time majors champion, Venus Williams withdrew today from the US Open due to health reasons, a diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder for which there is no cure.

Today we received her press release announcing that she has Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.

“I enjoyed playing my first match here, and wish I could continue
but right now I am unable to,” Venus said in a statement released
by the tournament.

“I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw from  this year’s U.S. Open.  I have recently been diagnosed with Sjogren’s  Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which is an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and  causes fatigue and joint pain.” 

“I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am
now focused on getting better and
returning to the court soon. “

Having never in her career withdrawn this early from a major, I can only try to imagine what you Venus are experiencing.  For sure you have shown the world what a fighter you are.  Please know that you are not fighting alone; and, that  you are loved and appreciated world-wide!

Much Love, Health and Happiness to you Venus, a champion on the tennis court; but, more importantly a champion at living a meaningful, inspiring Life.

I will not Blog more tonight, instead I will remain prayerful; and continue asking God to extend his boundless grace and mercy to Venus and her healing process.

Inviting true tennis fans to comment here and to express their loving concern and messages of encouragement as well!

Love you Venus!

TENNIS CHANNEL KICKS ESPN’S BUTT

TENNIS CHANNEL A REFRESHING CHANGE…EVEN DIVERSITY

Otherwise the Tennis Channel does provide a mix of commentators and analysts who bring true experience and truly insightful play-by-play coverage. Unlike ESPN’s roster of talent the Tennis Channel brings diversity to its broadcast team.

Hopefully you have caught Katrina Adams on the air. She is a talented African-American woman who brings insightful commentary as an analyst. Born in Chicago she is a former professional tennis player whose high world rankings included No. 8 in doubles and No. 67 in singles in 1989.

(Bio at http://www.tennischannel.com/programs/talent/Katrina_Adams.aspx)
We just don’t see enough of her though! Maybe her coaching duties impact her availability.  All I know is that she is very good.

Sharing below my favorite’s on the Tennis Channel’s broadcast team:

  • Martina Navratilova brings unabridged, dead-on commentary. Sure she does at times talk nonstop:
    heck at least this former record-setting champ knows what she is talking about! (That was for you Patrick McEnroe!  You have been wearing that title of being brother to John for way too long.)

I like the work of Lindsey Davenport.  She is insightful and candid as a commentator/analyst on the Tennis Channel.  I appreciate that she manages to stay balanced as opposed to biased? (Hope you heard that Pam Shriver!)

  • Bill Macatee does double duty and anchor and producer. I like his comfortable demeanor and obvious love of the game.  Additionally I respect that he gives respect to the former players on set to provide the play-by-play. (Hear that Mr. Scarcastic-I-Talk-Over-Everybody on the set Chris Fowler?)

BACK TO CARILLO

I’ll be watching to see her put both feet into her mouth again. LOL

Words that make me go “Awww Lawd No!”  According to Mary …”
I am just working at the French Open and the U.S. Open for the Tennis
Channel. I will be there in Paris and Wimbledon for NBC as well. At the U.S. Open, I also work for CBS. In the Tennis Channel, there are a lot of hours. I think I will be sort of heading up a couple of hours everyday where I will be doing interviews and updates. I will have discussions with our esteemed panelists…”  My reaction angain is Awww Lawd No!

I must add that I do appreciate Mary Carillo’s contributions on Real Sports hosted by  Bryant Gumble which airs on HBO! Mary has put together some well done documentaries as an investigative reporter.  Perhaps Ms. Mary … that is where you should stay.  ;(

Williams Sisters Rock Into US Open 2011

 ALI PROCLAIMED: “I HAVE SHOOK UP THE WORLD!”
So has been the impact of the Williams Sisters on the tennis world!

They don’t just rock, since they began to play the game, Venus and Serena continue to shake the very foundation upon which the tennis world sits!  Especially here in the United States of America.  In terms of impact “Irene”  you don’t have nothing on these two women!  (Can you hear me now?)

CAN’T WAIT! Counting down the minutes for the US Open to start!
Finally both sisters will be competing. Serena rocks in fitter and playing
wiser. How wonderful that Venus has entered this slam. Unlike Serena who played
and won two of the run-up tourneys – moving her ranking from outside of the top
100 all the way to the top 30; Venus is coming off a viral infection and has
not had much match play. Still I believe we will see both in the Semi-Finals!

 

Blog with you later after today’s matches…

She’s Baaaccckkk…MARY CARILLO on TENNIS CHANNEL

ESPN gave Carillo the boot – good riddance!  I had hopes she had been shipped out to do service

somewhere, anywhere else. (How about this hilarious photo of Mary?  LOL)

Now the Tennis Channel signed her up.  The channel is covering the early rounds of the US Open.  I’ll see how long I can tolerate her commentating.  I am not trying to be hard on Mary Carillo but the woman does have issues!

Remember the rant she went on and stayed on regarding my girl Serena’s conflict with the line judge? (Okay so I am putting that mildly.) True it is that Serena had a moment, one of those I call an “out-of-body experience,” during the finals of the 2009 US Open.

Don’t agree with the manner with which Serena reacted; at the same time, I do understand it.   I am still asking who the hell calls a foot fault when players are at championship point.  I have never heard of such an occurrence but maybe someone can enlighten me.  Please!!!   Is it Serena’s fault that the USTA chose a Blind person as a line judge?  😉

As we all know Serena apologized and paid the hefty (around $90,000) fine imposed by the USTA . Carillo practically called for Serena to be “Banned” from the game of tennis. Pitiful display of shall we say envy?  That little green monster is quite busy all the time.  Right Mary?

As if Carillo alone isn’t painful enough to the ears, the Tennis Channel(TC)  has her pairing her up in the
Pre-Game spot with Justin Gimelstob (an arrogantly stupid, pompous pie-hole).

At least with TC I don’t have to suffer through loud mouth biased Pam Shriver and her partners in annoyance Chris Fowler and Patrick McEnroe. Thank you Lawd for small favors.  And thank goodness for Live Streaming – which gives me relief from commentators from hell regardless of the tv channel.