“The Tennis World’s Most Charismatic Player:Serena Williams”: written by @BlackPearlMoi

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Serena Williams, in the world of women’s tennis, is the most charismatic player! Serena herself has declared that there are many sides to her personality. Read on to discover why I define her as the most compelling player to listen to; and most definitely, to watch.

Take for example her surprising response in Italian, after winning the 2013 Rome Final! How she charmed the crowds with her language dexterity. And staying true to her–this gurrl loves to have fun–side; watch as she engages in some hilarious champagne popping.

Now let’s talk….about the Serena who tests and goes beyond possibility. Like when she enters the Serena zone. That’s when historical moments occur!  Wimbledon 2012: Serena set a record number of 102 aces, topping all other players( men & women) in this category. She won this tournament with 248 winners(102 were Aces).

Ever the perfectionist, Williams demands of herself an extremely high level of performance. And when she doesn’t reach it, frustration can erupt like a volcano! Remember the WTA finals in Singapore? After committing many errors during her Semi Final match against Caroline Wozniacki, watch how the racquet suffers the wrath of Serena!!!

Along with her extraordinary exploits on the tennis court, Serena is all woman. And when she vamps it up, all stop and stare at her beauty: as my MoMsy used to say “proof is in the pudding”; so gaze upon her, wearing Michael Costello, at the 2014 Vanity Fair Post Oscar party. BELLEZA!

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I am forever grateful to Serena, and her accomplished sister Venus, for being the initiation to my love of tennis. Humbled am I to witness the unrivaled power, grace and elegance they exude. The tennis world is all the more richer, as are we who witness!

Tennis Commentators I’d Like to Throw Rocks at

I’ve been watching the fall tour and thinking how great it is NOT having to hear the same ole tired and opinionated voices droning on and on ad nauseum…especially the two in photos above!

Shriver is the nightmare that ESPN keeps forcing folk to relive; and thanks to the Tennis
Channel and CBS so is Carillo!

Oops I forgot to include these ole hags

US OPEN SCHEDULING – PUT SERENA’S BACK AGAINST THE WALL

I didn’t get to sleep until like 4:30-ish,” Serena Williams said. “I definitely think that’s not the best way to plan for the final, so yeah, it was [hard]. It’s definitely tough when you go to bed at 4.”

After Serena Williams’ stunning loss in the U.S. Open women’s final yesterday, with Samantha Stosur pulling off a 6-2, 6-3 upset, Williams’ father, Richard, didn’t blame the chair umpire’s decision to penalize his daughter for yelling during a game point. Instead, he told The Post it was a late night, poor USTA scheduling and her own stubborn streak that cost her a title.

Williams appeared lethargic and weary-legged in getting run ragged by an unheralded Australian who hadn’t won a single tournament this year. The way the USTA chose to reschedule after last week’s rainouts, Williams played three straight days while the men were spared that fate, with their final slated for today.

Stosur had to deal with the same hardship, but her Saturday semifinal was much earlier. Williams’ match didn’t start until 10:11 p.m, and finished almost at midnight, as she was extended to 6-4 in the second set by world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. And while Venus Williams politely declined comment, Richard said fatigue contributed.

“I just think Serena was tired,” Richards Williams said, which his daughter acknowledged. “She played a long match [Saturday] night, 6-4 second set. She didn’t start, didn’t get out there until after 10 o’clock. She didn’t get back until after 2 o’clock in the morning, get to sleep until after 4 in the morning.”

She still insisted on hitting the practice court hard yesterday — too hard, according to her father.

“She was already tired and wore herself out at practice,” said her father, who has been very philosophical about just being happy to have his daughter alive following her pulmonary embolism earlier this year. “I was telling her to come off the court and she wouldn’t. Stosur played [Saturday], too, but her match was so much earlier. She played well, but Serena was just dead tired.”

“The scheduling was bad. They talked about the men playing three days in a row, but what about the women? So the scheduling — and not listening — is why she lost.”

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/tennis/richard_daughter_was_tired_Q4BVM7a9xBcDQoyBCV17BO#ixzz1YyZM0Eus

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA ATTENDS 2011 US OPEN

First lady Michelle Obama visited the U.S. Open for the first time Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, to promote “LET’S MOVE”;  her campaign against childhood obesity.  The initiative encourages more children to become active and lead healthier lifestyles.   She also applauded the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for engaging millions of children in tennis, introducing tennis into thousands of elementary schools throughout the country, and building more than 2000 right-sized courts that provide a place for young people to play tennis.

SERENA TAKES TIME FROM COMPETING IN THE 2011 US OPEN TO JOIN THE FIRST LADY  IN PARTICIPATING IN THE  USTA 10 and UNDER TENNIS CLINIC


The First Lady is pictured her with Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA Jon Vegosen, and former and current players who participated in the USTA 10 and Under Clinic:  MaliVai Washington, Billie Jean King, James Blake, Serena and Katrina Adams.

First lady Michelle Obama high fives a child who has joined
the LET’S MOVE campaign.

The 
Lady
Takes
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 Court

 

 

 

James Blake Another of My Favorite Players with the First Lady

Pictured here with tennis great Billie Jean King, First Lady Michelle Obama commented “I have been trying to get to the US Open my entire life. I am so incredibly excited to finally be at my first US Open, but I am equally excited and proud to be standing in partnership with the USTA and all they have done for hundreds of thousands of kids across this country. You are an example of what we can do when we put our minds to it,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

Same US Open Umpire – Different Ruling for Serena

OMG!  Up early surfing the web and ran across this little ditty regarding Serena being fined  $2,000 by the USTA in the 2011 US Open Final.  This is a must read and a video clip you must view!  And that’s all I have to say.

Once Upon A Time, Serena And That Same Chair Umpire Laughed Off Her Hindrance And They Replayed The Point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0YmblrB_Ftc

Once Upon A Time, Serena And That Same Chair Umpire Laughed Off Her Hindrance And They Replayed The Point 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0YmblrB_Ftc

..And everyone lived happily ever after, until last night in Flushing.

It’s been pointed out that this clip, taken from the 2009 Doha Championship in Qatar, would have been played under the International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules, and that last night’s ruling—made by the same chair umpire, Eva Asderakia—was in accordance with the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) guidelines. We presume that the two organizations treat these situations differently. Still, it’s fascinating to see how the situation was treated then, as it might help us better understand Williams’s confusion and frustration with the call: Asderakia immediately called a hindrance, and then allowed for a replay of the same point, and everyone laughed good-naturedly like they were old buddies who would now share an inside joke.  Last night, Aserakia called the hindrance on what appeared to be a forehand winner for Williams, and which would have set the score at deuce in the first game of the second set—but there was no replay, and there were no LOLs. Sam Stosur was given the point…

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Sep 12, 2011 11:30 AM

PRESS NEGLECTS TO TELL THE FULL SERENA STORY: Highest TV Ratings for Serena Final

Is it totally unbelievable that there will be moments when a player who is giving it their all will have a moment when emotions get out of tilter? Of course not. Especially when they believe they have been the recipient of an unfair interpretation of the rules. Serena in the past has faced this situation several times, i.e. 2004 US Open, 2009 US Open and again in 2011. Adding fuel to fire is that these calls came at crucial times in finals and a semi-final.

Press and sports writers, as well as the USTA have amnesia about 2004; when both umpire and linesmen made calls video later confirmed as dead wrong.  US Open 2009 brought the infamous foot fault call on a match point!  But Serena, a woman player, who just happens to be an American to boot, has faced these types of calls and subsequent fines in the only American slam. Interesting how the US Open achieves its highest view ratings of all players, even topping the viewing audience during this year’s men’s final featuring Nadal and the Joker.

So while the USTA makes major bucks off of Serena being in the tourney, the organization has taken $92,000 plus another $2,000 from Serena in fines.  They fine Serena saying it is to protect the integrity of tennis and its tradition; while at the same time allowing even endorsing other American players who continue to exhibit bad behavior while playing professional tennis. Why is it that only Serena continues to be treated so discriminatory. I became an avid tennis fan once the Williams sister entered the game. On the WTA side I will remain one until both retire.  But as for the USTA – you are an organization with NO integrity and you are biased against Serena.

SERENA FINES USTA $92,000

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!

Venus Appearance on Good Morning America Thursday

Venus Says She Will:  ‘Absolutely will return from illness’

NEW YORK (AP & staff) — Venus Williams says she “absolutely” plans to return to tennis after she withdrew from the U.S. Open because of a recently diagnosed autoimmune disease.

Williams revealed Wednesday after pulling out of her second-round match that she had Sjogren’s syndrome, which can cause fatigue and joint pain.

“I think the best thing that could have happened for me this summer was to feel worse so I could feel better,” Williams said in an interview Thursday with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”  See interview here http://youtu.be/fsIfOLuCNRM

The seven-time Grand Slam champion said she’d had problems with stamina for several years, which she now believes were caused by Sjogren’s. It wasn’t until she developed more concrete symptoms in the last few months that she was diagnosed.

“Sjogren’s is something you live with your whole life,” Williams said. “The good news for me is now I know what’s happening after spending years not knowing. … I feel like I can get better and move on.”

She said she suffered from swelling, numbness and “debilitating” fatigue.

“It’s not that you don’t have energy; you just feel beat up,” the 31-year-old American said.

Williams said she initially thought of playing at the Open.

“OK, I could walk out on the court. I’m a tough woman. I’m a tough athlete. I’ve played through a lot of things,” she said. “But what kind of match it would be? It was a tough decision, but at the same time I’ve had to come to accept what I’m going through.”

Williams had cited a virus in withdrawing from hard-court tuneup tournaments after losing in the fourth round at Wimbledon in late June. She played for the first time in two months Monday, beating Vesna Dolonts 6-4, 6-3 in the first round in New York.

According to the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation website, the disease is a chronic autoimmune illness in which white blood cells attack moisture-producing glands. Common symptoms include dry eyes and dry mouth. As many as 4 million Americans have the disease.

Despite all of her past success, including a brief stint at No. 1, Williams was unseeded at the U.S. Open. She’s fallen to 36th in the rankings after a year of little action. Since reaching the semifinals at the 2010 U.S. Open, Williams has played only 11 matches. The WTA projects her ranking now will slide out of the top 100.

It’s been a year of health scares for the Williams sisters. Younger sister Serena suffered from a blot clot in her lungs over the winter. Serena Williams plays in the second round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Venus said Serena’s travails had already given her a new perspective.

“So this, right now, I think will help me to feel grateful for everything that I have,” she said. “And at the same time it makes me want to get up and fight harder every single day.”

Venus was coming off an impressive first-round victory before she pulled out of the tournament.

 

 

 

Get Well Messages to You Venus

 

diana7sky
Submitted on 2011/09/01 at 12:42 am
Venus, I hope and pray that you will beat this disease and
return to the tennis courts once again. I know that you are a fighter and will
overcome this trial with the help and blessings of God. You are a beautiful
woman and a Tennis Star and have bought so much enjoyment to me and others in
Tennis.

 

 

Lovleyjaz
Get well soon and
hurry back! You will be dearly missed.

biigman64 said:

Get Well soon Venus!
We are all praying for you.

  • Gye Johnson said:

    Venus I am just heartbroken to know that you have long been battling this disorder.  Keep the faith.  Know that every tennis competition will find me thinking of you.  Prays for a quick recovery.  Much Love to you!

  • Venus, you are still young and you still have game.  I want to say, you are in our prayers, and we cherish every game you play, so take care of yourself and see you later.  God bless you and your family.

I did as soon as it was announced that she pulled out. Get well soon, Venus!

I read about her condition it can be very painful but also can be managed to a point.

Yesterday, 08:57 PM
Rookie
Location: San Luis Obispo

Get well Venus!
   

   
Yesterday, 09:04 PM MichaelNadal
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Legend
Location: Charlotte NC


PLEASE get well Venus. I hate when you’re not on tour. It must be really bad for her to pull out.
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Rafael Nadal Parera: 1986-2010.  Rafail: 2011 till……..?

 

   

   
Yesterday, 09:08 PM LuvTheGame
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You mean so much to the game Venus.  Take good care and prayerful am I of your healthy recovery!

 

   

   
Yesterday, 09:10 PM
Professional


Venus, you are pure-class. God bless you and get well.

 

   

   
Yesterday, 10:08 PM


I felt sad too to hear the news.  Knowing how athletes hate giving up their sport.  But she will grow from this.  No one says she will not play tennis anymore.  Just not professionally.  She will move on and learn to live with it.

 

   

M  
Today, 12:31 A
Location: Alberta


Good luck Venus. I love your game. You are a champion. I still hope  that you could win one more major. It’s still possible. I pray for you.

 

 

   

 
   
Today, 12:35 AM


Holy crap, I heard that she withdrew but I had no idea that it was because of something this serious!Get well soon!Just read from ESPN:

Quote:
In rare cases, it can cause arthritis and joint pain, said Dr. John Fitzgerald, director of clinical rheumatology at UCLA. Fitzgerald is not involved in treating Williams and does not know her symptoms or medical history. But, he said, if Williams has the typical symptoms, “it does not seem life-threatening or career-ending.”

Hopefully this is the case.