Venus Williams Will NOT Return To Indian Wells This Year

VENUS WILLIAMS...first African American woman to become World#1 in 2002: a Woman of Conviction and a Champion on-and-off the court! Wearing jacket  from her OlaCollection▬EleVenByVenus.
VENUS WILLIAMS…first African American woman to become World#1 in 2002: a Woman of Conviction and a Champion on-and-off the court! Wearing jacket from her OlaCollection▬EleVenByVenus.

Earlier her sister Serena Williams announced her return this year to the tournament formerly known as “Indian Wells”; as for elder sister Venus, Tennis reports that while in Dubai she stated that she won’t be participating in the 2015 event.

VENUS DUBAI INTERVIEW“I made my schedule up,” Venus said last week in Dubai. “I think I’m entered in Miami, and that’s pretty much what it is.“I haven’t really given a lot of thought to (playing Indian Wells). I have just been focusing on this year.”

In regards to her younger sister’s decision, when queried about how much they discussed the tennis tournament which saw the Williams’ family viciously taunted by fans in 2001, including racist taunts, Venus reportedly said :

VENUS INTERVIEW 2“She just said, I might be playing there. I said, Oh, okay. That’s pretty much the conversation,” Venus said. ” I just respect every decision she makes, pretty much. It’s nothing complicated about it.

Venus Williams and her father, Richard, were heckled by fans during the 2001 Indian Wells final, in which Serena was also booed loudly. (Source: Reuters)
Venus Williams and her father, Richard, were heckled by fans during the 2001 Indian Wells final, in which Serena was also booed loudly. (Source: Reuters)

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How does little sister feel about big Sis?

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Tennis Star Venus Williams is our “Confidence” Role Model, but it’s her other entrepreneurial ventures that makes her our Renaissance Champion




Legendary tennis star Venus Williams will always be known as the first African American player to be ranked number one in the world.

Venus Williams World No.1. On February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source:
Venus Williams World No.1. On February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source:

(For pros, it’s apparently all about Grand Slams; as winner of seven, including five Wimbledon titles, she has that base covered.) Add to that an incredible 41 WTA tour titles, three Olympic gold medals and career prize winnings totalling in excess of $27 million, and her place in tennis history is – like the woman who earned it – well assured.

VENUS PROGRESSCombining focus, fierce determination and heroic physical prowess, she spent her teenage years clawing her way to the top-ranked position, winning numerous championships and breaking records. To date her universally feared 129 mph serve is the fastest ever recorded in women’s tennis.

VENUS WILLIAMS COME TO WIN BOOKBut that’s just the tennis. She currently has nine global sponsors behind her. Off the court Venus is a successful author, creative designer, entrepreneur and fashion icon as well as being the founding ambassador for the WTA UNESCO Gender Equality Program and has fought for equal pay for female athletes. [READ: Venus Williams’ Other Career as Equal Pay Activist : Revisiting ESPN Film’s Documentary ‘Venus Vs.’→]

VENUS SERVING UP STYLEThe young entrepreneur is also a uniquely creative designer, decorator and owner of V Starr Interiors, a successful interior design firm based in Palm Beach Gardens,Florida. In 2007, Venus launched her clothing line “EleVen,” the largest clothing ever launched by a female athlete. And prior to that worked with Reebok on her collaboration with famed designer Diane Von Furstenberg for her line of tennis clothes (the largest endorsement ever awarded to a woman athlete, at $40 million for five years). [See also “VENUS WILLIAMS ENTREPRENEUR: One of Business Insider’s Eight Athletes Winning On A Different Turf”→]

We tracked Venus down during her crazy training season to see just what it takes to build an unshakeable confidence on and off the court.

venussweetHow did you get to where you are today?

My story really starts with my parents. They gave us all the skills, not only me, but I have 3 older sisters and one younger sister and they gave us all the skills to do what we do today.

Our parents were a huge influence on all of us, family was huge for us, it still is. It’s been our base, we were told that our sisters are our best friends. So it was a family of women, 6 against 1. So we had the majority vote most of the time, I don’t know how he did it, but my dad really had a philosophy about things. He really gave us this entrepreneurial kind of mind and really did a lot.

My mom was a lot about balance, she’s extremely determined, a super nice person. My mom gave us that spiritual balance and just really a wonderful role model as a woman for all of us sisters. And together I think they really balance each other out. When one of them was being too hard, the other one was, you know kind of taking up the slack.

At what age did you first pick up a tennis racket?

I was about 3 years old when I first started playing. My dad had a vision that we would be great tennis players, and he read books about the game and taught himself. He then starting teaching us, and I loved it and was good from a young age.

What do you love about being on court?

The competition and knowing that when I play well I will win. And I want to be ahead of the curve.

We believe confidence is a critical element to women’s success and you certainly show it on and off the court, is this something you’ve always had, or have you earned it?

Confidence comes with preparation and meeting your goals. It also comes through the journey of success.

I believe to gain confidence, sports are instrumental, I encourage all young people to play sports. Of course it benefits everyone, of every age, but when you’re young it really teaches you these lessons of how you can push yourself, setting goals, achieving them, when you have a setback, really evaluating why and then making those changes to be successful. Those are lessons in life that are so invaluable. At the time when you’re a young person you don’t really realize, per se, you’re learning those lessons, but it’s really set in this pattern in life of hard work and dedication and learning and getting up when you fall down.

VENUS AND DADIn business, we often call those who help us advance a champion. Would you say your father has been yours?

My family is my champion. They are my coaches to this day, they are still working with us. My dad was usually on the court, but my mom would come out too. And if you know anything about my dad, you know that he can be this outspoken guy at times. He’s kind of calmed down a lot in the last few years. And my mom is this person on in the background smiling and you always see her clapping when there’s a good point even when the opponent won and sometimes you see her falling asleep in the stands (Laughter).

VENUS BELIEVE IN YOURSELFWhat are the most important lessons you’ve learned along the way to the top of your field?

First and foremost: Always believe in yourself! But there are a number of great lessons I’ve learned over the years.

Venus WilliamsCREATIVITY: There are always people who change the game. Steffi Graf and Monica Seles blew everyone off the court in their time. And the next wave, Serena and I were privileged enough to bring a new kind of power game… And really they say Serena and I changed the game, but it was actually my dad behind the scenes who changed the game with new footwork. It’s amazing what can be done when you approach the same thing but with a new solution.

HARD WORK, my parents taught us by example. My dad taught us a lot of hard work and most of all, is not to be afraid of hard work. You can’t be afraid to get in there and get your elbow wet. And you got to enjoy the challenge, just enjoy the battle.

Venus Williams of the U.S. runs to hit a return to Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan at the Wimbledon tennis championships in LondonDETERMINATION is extremely important. One of my mottos is, there’s always a way. There’s no such thing as not a way. I’m going to find a way and in my life I have never not found a way. So one of my mottos which I would like to share with you and then you can make a part of your life also is find a way.

One of the most important things is to LOVE WHAT YOU DO. There’s nothing better than getting up in the morning and knowing that you love what you do that day and you’re ready for that challenge and you’re going to embrace it and you’re going to enjoy that battle.

VISUALIZATION was a huge part of what we did. And I use those techniques off of the court too and maybe its not necessarily complete visualization, but a lot of it would be writing down my goals. Really be preparing for what the next step might be.

Venus Williams proudly displays her wares for winning her first of five Wimbledon women's singles title in 2000.
Venus Williams proudly displays her wares for winning her first of five Wimbledon women’s singles title in 2000.

“I remember the first time I won Wimbledon, my dad told me to go out there to the stadium court and just visualize. No crowds were in there, I just walked out there on the court, sit down and its really a serine moment because you’re in the Wimbledon Stadium. You walk out on the court and there’s no one there, it’s just you and the birds. And I sat there and I thought about what it would take for me to win this tournament and (closes her eyes) visualize myself on that match point, how would I handle that pressure. Visualize myself down break point and how would I come back from that and different things like that. Just all by  myself, so he really taught us how to prepare. PREPARATION IS KEY.”

My latest thing now is know the play. One of my strengths as a player on the court is I know the play. Even though I seems like this really tall, big, dominating bully on the court that I’m just over powering people in the back of my head I am taking in all these different things that are happening on the court at that moment. So if one person hits the ball on me and ok great shot, but I am kind of watching to see if they will do that again and if they do it a second time, then that’s the play. I know the play. I know what they’re doing. I know who my opponents are before they one on the court. I know what I’m up against and I’ve prepared 110% before I get out there. And if I have something that’s kind of going against me like an injury per say, how do I combat that, how can I be prepared to be ready for that kind of thing.

What has been your biggest obstacle?

Injuries have always been my biggest obstacle.

What is balance to you?

We had a really good balance growing up. My dad he was very… he was really interesting, there’s so many stories. If you read my book Come to Win there’s a lot of them in there about how my dad would teach us. But what I recall the most is my very first job was at 3 years old (Laughter) I know it’s not child labour (Laughter) but he had us delivering phonebooks, as a family we all had to deliver phonebooks. From the very beginning he had us working and instilling these values of hard work and really knowing that you have to do something for yourself and you start right from the very beginning.

VSTARRWhat does life look like after tennis?

Today, I can say that I absolutely love what I do, I love tennis, I love design, so that makes it easy for me to be motivated.

My parents taught me to be really well-rounded and to be more than just an athlete. In my late teens, I realized that I love design and it was something that I wanted to pursue. So life after tennis I will be furthering my clothing and interior design companies, EleVen and Vstarr Interiors.

VENUS QUOTE BELIEVE IN YOURSELFWhat do you hope aspiring female athletes and emerging leaders in any field learn from you as a role model?

Stay true to yourself, and always believe in yourself and what you’re doing, no matter what others might say.



Since turning pro in 1995, Serena Williams has a jaw-dropping career total 19 Grand Slam titles, in the Open Era, second only to Steffi Graf (22). How did she get here…

VENUS AND SERENA STUN TENNIS WORLDFor beginners, ‘stunned’  best describes the white establishment’s quintessential country-club sport when the Williams sisters first exploded on the tennis scene as young teens. When they were even younger someone commented to their father, Richard Williams, that he had the next Michael Jordan on his hands; Richard, who self-taught himself the fundamentals of tennis, famously commented:

DAD WITH THE NEXT TWO MICHAEL JORDONS” No brother man…I got the next ‘two’! ” 

The tennis world marveled when on February 25, 2002 Venus became the first African American to become

World Number One.

Venus Williams World No.1. On February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source:
Venus Williams World No.1, February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source:

About this historical achievement, Dad is on record saying words to this effect – while Venus is very good, her little sister is greatness personified.

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The sisters really were dismissed and denigrated by many in the all-white tennis establishment, and when he forecast that Venus and Serena would become the top two players in the game, so was their father.

Yet to be acknowledged for his genius as a coach, Richard Williams was scoffed and laughed at, but as the famous quote goes:

He who laughs last, laughs longest.”

Gold medalists Serena Williams of the United States and Venus Williams of the United States celebrate on the popdium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Doubles Tennis on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Game
It’s 2012…Gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams of the United States celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Doubles Tennis on Day 9 of the London Olympics.


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Serena Williams was only 4 years old when she and sister, Venus, started hitting tennis balls. And at age  10 her record was 46-3 on the Junior USA Tour and her ranking – Number One – in her age division.

Turning pro in 1995 her determination was on full display as her ranking soared from number 304 to number 99.

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Remember what transpired on that ranking climb, Serena defeated two top ten players on the way up, Monica Seles and Mary Pierce. 

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Amazingly only four years later, Serena followed up Althea Gibson’s feat of  1956, by becoming only the second African American to secure a grand slam women’s singles title. Winning at Flushing Meadows in 1999, the US Open – defeating Switzerland’s Martina Hingis in the women’s finals  6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

At age 17, Serena Williams shocked the world in winning the 1999 US Open. (Photo Source:
At age 17, Serena Williams shocked the world in winning the 1999 US Open. (Photo Source:

Backdrop to the story…as to why Serena winning her first grand slam title ‘here’  was so astounding to the lily-white tennis world: in 1997 her elder sister Venus at age 17 became the US Open’s first ‘unseeded’ women’s finalist in the Open Era. Well documented is the ‘open resentment’ Venus encountered during that tournament. (Check the cover of Sports Illustrated below) Venus was asked if she was tennis’ next Tiger Woods, her response is bold and true to factual reality:

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“I would hope so,” Venus said. “He’s different from the mainstream, and in tennis I also am. I’m tall. I’m black. Everything’s different about me. Just face the facts.”

And the tennis world, if overwhelmed then, was much like the chorus of that song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”…when in 2002 Serena Jamika Williams followed up her Sister’s Act –

by becoming the World Number One too.SERENA WILLIAMS BECOMES WORLD NUMBER ONE


A magazine cover I favor very much features the most celebrated siblings ever in tennis history on its cover and reads: “Venus and Serena Serving From the Hip.” The story has since grown much deeper than that when it comes to closer inspection of  the individual dispositions of these two
closely-bonded sisters.

Being the baby sister myself, I appreciate and admire much Venus’s generosity of spirit, support and protectiveness of her younger sister. But these characteristics have been enormous factors in their face-offs on court, particularly early in their careers.

The primary distinction is that while younger sister has vocalized a preference for not having to face Venus, Serena has never seemed as conflicted about beating Venus – as Venus has demonstrated for her baby sister.

VENUS HUGS SERENA AFTER WINNING US OPENRemember the first Prime-Time Televised women’s final in US Open history, when she beat Serena, Venus slung her arms around her kid sister’s shoulders when it was over and whispered in her ear, “Let’s get out of here.”

Serena and Destiny

Also admirable is that without hesitation, and from the beginning, Serena embraced her own individual destiny. And for the record, Champion Serena Williams has shared openly that, regardless of the opponent she hates losing more than she loves winning.

And true to her father Richard William’s proclamation; Serena has become the greatest women’s champion the world has ever been fortunate enough to witness.

serena interview with chris evertFurther testimony to her greatness, the World Number One is not satisfied with her record 19 Grand Slam Titles, so stay tuned folks for the greatest match of competition ever is underway…Serena against Tennis World History!


SERENASTRONGISBEAUTIFULYOUCANBECOMEI adore Serena for many reasons: that she is a woman of Faith; how she openly shares her journey to embracing and loving herself completely; the love she has for her family and genuine care for others; her dedication to her sport; and, her determination to live a full life outside of tennis; however my special admiration is reserved for Serena’s “Purity of Purpose”!

MUHAMMAD ALI FIRST MINUTE FIRST ROUNDAnd I love music too and, its correlation to current affairs in life today; thus the song for the autobiographical movie about the undisputed “GREATEST” Muhammad Ali is deservedly a song the dominant and ‘GREAT’ Serena Williams, a woman of purpose,  has earned in her sport such a tribute as well.

Ladies and gentlemen I present one of the greatest singers Whitney Houston [RIP] in Music Video performing “The Greatest Love Of All.”

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The Venus and Serena Williams
‘Sister Act’ at this year’s Australian Open continues to reverberate throughout the tennis world.  Both are included in the February 10th Top 25.

1. Serena Williams

(Associated Press Photo By Rob Griffith)
(Associated Press Photo By Rob Griffith)

An ailing Williams more than doubled the ace count of any other woman at the Australian Open, and she put on a serving clinic in the second set of the final against Maria Sharapova. Her request for coffee at the Hopman Cup, winning a 19th major, and announcing her return to Indian Wells have made it a pretty lively start to the season,
wouldn’t you say?

13. Venus Williams

VENUS ELEVENBYVENUS RACQUET BEHIND HEADLosing in the quarterfinals sucked: That was essentially what Williams said after Keys edged her. And it was great to hear; Venus wasn’t simply happy with ending a five-year quarterfinal drought at majors. Her two wins in Argentina in the Fed Cup pushed her singles record in the competition to 19-2.

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This calls for a song to go with the Photo Gallery below in dedication to these two tennis siblings, Venus and Serena Williams, who changed the game. #AgapeLove



She did it! Serena has gone where only two other women tennis players have gone before, to the land of more than 18 grand slams.SERENA WINS 2015 AUSSIE


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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The Williams Sisters – a Profile of Charisma and Grace: Tennis Champions with the Heart of a Warrior

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→“)
Still doubtful though it seems are some in the tennis media and far too many in the twitter world.

Seems they are stuck on two themes: “When is Venus going to retire?” is one.VENUSINACTION2

SerenaServeAnd when Serena doesn’t quickly vanquish a competitor, “Why is she off to such a slow start?”

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.

serenaquotewhenyoulose“I don’t think anything worked for me,” said Williams. “It was one of those days. You can’t be on every day, and,
gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam. It happens.”

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)!


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!

Cherry on top ... Williams's WTA Championship win capped off a stellar 2012 season:
Cherry on top … Williams’s WTA Championship win capped off a stellar 2012 season:


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.

Venus Williams hoists the trophy after her ASB Classic win over Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images
Venus Williams hoists the trophy after her ASB Classic win over Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki
Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

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:

Venus wearing the Ola dress, part of her 2015 EleVen by Venus Williams collection.
Venus wearing the Ola dress, part of her 2015 EleVen by Venus Williams collection.

“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.VENUS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS


“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.

Frank Herholdt‘s personal shots with Venus and Serena Williams as part of the ‘Diet Divas’ for Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs ad. (Photo Source:

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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Documentary Simply Titled – Venus and Serena – Features Music of Wyclef Jean

Movie Venus and Serena

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…

wycliffjohnwithvenusandserena“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”→ ]

April 27, 2012 Source: Serena Williams facebook page.

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:

“Even if someone is not into sports — when they hear this song —I wanted them to feel triumph.VenusSerenaOlympicGoldArmAroundEachOTHER

That’s what I get from Serena and Venus. They’re excellent at what they do, they win a lot,

but the road has not been easy,” said Wyclef.VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS AT WIMBLEDON SEMIFINALS

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:


Well she should be able too for the FOUL PLAY she was forced to endure during the 2004 US Open.  Serena hit a backhand well inside the sideline at deuce in the opening game of the third set that was called good by the lineswoman but overruled by umpire Mariana Alves.  Serena’s shot was clearly in!  How bad was that call – that umpire did not officiate any further matches at that year’s tournament.  And get this  – “I called Serena,” said Arlen Kantarian, the Chief Executive of Professional Tennis. “I apologized for the call, the overrule — which was a clear mistake — and told her how important she was to the U.S. Open, how she was a class act and how well she handled the situation last night.”

Tennis commentators continue to harp on the 2009 incident ad nauseum this year!  Perhaps Serena’s outburst had a little something to do with the injustice she suffered in 2004.  She questioned the umpire but received no recompensation and the point was given to her opponent.  At the end of the day Serena is suppose to be satisfied with that lame APOLOGY from the powers that be.

So hell fire five years later,  in 2009 she probably had a flashback!  Because in 2004 it wasn’t just the Umpire’s overrule of that one shot, but several other unfair calls by linesmen that the umpire most definitely did not overrule.  For sure that umpire deserved to have a ball stuffed down her throat!  Hell I would have, but then that’s why Serena is a champion and I am not.  The furor over the overrule and other linecalls that went against Williams in the match renewed calls for technology to be used  enabling players to question close decisions.  Those in the know in the tennis world even agree that this was the straw that broke the camel’s back – so the Challenge Rule was implemented with the Hawk Eye System to the Rescue.

Can a Sister get some Love for maintaining her composure after being the recipient of one of the worst calls in the history of the game?  Yes she can from this tennis fan!  As for the blind little asian lady who called those foot faults in 2009 – why did you go there –  with the “she threaten to kill me” comment to the USTA Officials?  Could it be you watch too much of The Wire or news reports about the Big Bad Boogey-Black Woman?  Video and audio of Serena clearly tells the story and that threat is no where in the audio.  ” I will F>>> you up” is a long way from the threat of murder!  Anyway I digress.

For more about that UNBELIEVABLE 2004 US Open incident, read on…

This was an intense quarterfinal matchbetween Jennifer Capriati and Serena.   Tough crowd for Serena under the lights at Flushing Meadows as Capriati, a New Yorker, had long been the darling of the New York crowd!  What should have been a match filled with great competitive tennis instead became a night ripe with drama, all to the detriment of Serena.

Let me describe the four crucial calls that went against Serena in the final set that should have been in her favor.  The first bad call came at deuce on Serena’s serve in the first game of the third set was clearly a ball that landed inside the line. Quite literally, it’s the worst call I’ve ever seen. Serena’s ball was good, the linesperson even called it in, so I have no idea why the umpire, Mariana Alves of Portugal, changed that call.

It was such a well contested match, there was so much drama, there was so many changes of momentum, it deserved better. Yes, it was an uneven match. Part of it was high quality, and parts of it lacked some luster. Most of all, it was just an unfortunate way to end a match. Asked about it afterwards, Capriati mistakenly said that it didn’t matter because Serena won the game anyway, but that isn’t the case since she did lose her serve in that first game and that put her behind at the outset of the final set.

I thought it was absolutely incredible how Serena kept her composure in that final set. Most especially on that first bad call, and I really don’t know how she did that. While you could tell she was upset, she behaved admirably l considering the significance of the moment. You could tell that Serena and Capriati thought that Serena’s shot was in since they moved to the other side of the court to play the next point.

Capriati being the fine upstanding sportsman that she is (Not) acknowledged to the umpire that the ball was in – NO she did not.  Other players have done so in such situations, Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and even John McEnroe.  But Capriati whose claim to fame outside of tennis was a shoplifting charge and another of marijuana possession, just didn’t have honor in her resume of fame.  Anyway Capriati secured a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.  But Karma is a Bitch and she rightfully lost her next match!

After the match, Serena said she thought the umpire was temporarily insane.  Personally,  I think the umpire was temporarily blind if she couldn’t see the mistakes she was making on those calls.  Obviously five years later this Portugese umpire would reincarnate herself as a temporarily blind Asian lineswoman working the 2009 US Open.  Damn Serena some girls have all the luck! 😦

But that is not the end of the story.  Serena also commented in her post-match interview in 20 “I’d prefer she not umpire at my court anymore,” Williams said. “She’s obviously anti-Serena.”  And I’ll be damned if the woman was hired to officiate as umpire in 2010 in a match Serena played at Wimbledon.  Say what?  Well what Serena did was the classy thing her parents raised her to do – she played the match without comment to the past, and of course she won!  Yeah Serena Ms. Arlen Kantarian, the Chief Executive of Professional Tennis got it right the first time…“I called Serena and told her how important she was to the U.S. Open, how she was a class act and how well she handled the situation last night.”

Hey tennis commentators and sports writers how ’bout telling the whole story when you talk about Serena Williams owing the USTA/US OPEN more apologies.  Hell they imposed upon her the heftiest fine in the history of tennis.  You took the damn money now shut the hell up!   Give Serena that trophy for the 4th Time!