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‼
Listen to documentary Song written for Serena
“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→ 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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Sundance Channel’s ‘Iconoclasts’: (Season 4) Episode 5: Watch as Wyclef Jean teaches Venus to play and proclaims her a natural on rhythm guitar:
Venus Williams Promo
Listen to Wyclef Jean’s Original Song written for Venus
visit Blog Post “On the Court a Warrior – Off a Natural on Rhythm Guitar – VENUS WILLIAMS: CLICK HERE→http://wp.me/p1O3xi-It
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!
Venus Williams fans you are in for a big sweet treat…watch and listen to the former World Number One talk about surprising herself with some of the amazing shots she’s played on the court throughout her career.
She candidly shares her feelings when asked if she’s ever taken pity on an opponent. And maybe you didn’t know that she is part owner of the Miami Dolphins; anyway, she talks the joy of being one.
Anyone who follows the Williams sisters is aware that, along with sister Serena, Venus loves karaoke. We get to know how their competitiveness on the court, flows into karaoke as well, as Venus tells of karaoke battles with Serena…too cute.
Enough chat, enjoy the video as Venus elaborates on these and other topics, including her thoughts on ruby:
Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar and fellow Singapore Slammers co-owners announced Serena Williams will headline a star-studded line-up that includes legends when the inaugural International Premier League gets under way.
Along with current world No. 1 Serena, 17-time major tournament champion Federer, current world No.1; and, seven-time major champion Djokovic headline the players competing in the inaugural season of the IPTL.
Legends also feature in League play, including past champions such as 14-time majors Pete Sampras and career Golden Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi; along with other top current players including 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, 2014 Wimbledon finalist.
TEAM ROSTERS ARE BELOW
Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Joe Wilfried Tsonga, Kristen Flipkens, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya and Treat Huey
Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Gael Monfils, Ana Ivanovic, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna and Fabrice Santoro
Serena is the star name on the Singapore Slammers side, with former Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi also on board for the legends competition. Team also includes Thomas Berdych, Daniela Hantuchova and Bruno Soares. Add to team roster legend Patrick Rafter, former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and fellow Australian, young talented, Nick Kyrgios.
Singapore Slammers will take on Team Manila, Indian Aces and UAE Royals in successive three-day events in Manila (November 28-30), Singapore (December 2-4), Delhi (December 6-8) and Dubai (December 11-13).
Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Goran Ivanisevic, Genie Bouchard, Malek Jaziri and Nenad Zimonjic
HOW THE TOURNAMENT WILL OPERATE
Starting in Manila on Friday, the two-week competition will see four teams of tennis stars past and present play at four venues across Asia.
Organizers have billed the competition as a “revolutionary new take on tennis”! Promising an exciting, fast-paced format to include time-outs, power points and a shot clock to speed up the match.
The unique International Premier League format will see each of the four teams play three times in each city, with Singapore, Mumbai and Dubai hosting the latter stages of the challenge.
Each match will be played over five sets – a set of men’s and women’s singles, mixed doubles, men’s doubles and a past champions clash.
For each game won, that side will earn a point, with overall victory going to the side accumulating the most points overall.
The winners of each tie will earn four points for the leaderboard.
A pretty exciting & unique twist – a change to ATP and WTA tours, players will have the chance to call a ‘power point’ where the next point counts as double, while each coach has one time-out per set.
FULL SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Singapore Slammers opening match against Micromax Indian Aces, led by Roger Federer, will be the first encounter of the competition, and could see a legends match between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.
Dates and times from Singapore:
Aces v Royals (3:00 am ET/12:00 Midnight PT)
Slammers v Mavericks (6:30 am ET/3:30 am PT)
Mavericks v Royals (3:00 am ET/12:00 Midnight PT)
Slammers v Aces (6:30 am ET/3:30 am PT)
Mavericks v Aces (3:00 am ET/12:00 Midnight PT)
Slammers v Royals (6:30 am ET/3:30 am PT)
Dates and times from India:
Royals v Slammers (5:30 am ET/2:30 am PT)
Aces v. Mavericks (9:00 am ET/6:00 am PT)
Aces v Slammers (5:30 am ET/2:30 am PT)
Mavericks v. Royals (9:00 am ET/6:00 am PT)
Mavericks v. Slammers (5:30 am ET/2:30 am PT)
Aces v. Royals (9:00 am ET/6:00 am PT)
Dates and times from UAE:
Aces v Slammers (7:00 am ET/4:00 am PT)
Royals v Mavericks (10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT)
Mavericks v Slammers (7:00 am ET/4:00 am PT)
Royals v Aces (10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT)
Mavericks v Aces (7:00 am ET/4:00 am PT)
Royals v Slammers (10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT
The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) official website: www.iptlworld.com
Again, season will begin November 28 in Manila, Philippines. The November 28-30 matches will be played in Manila. The December 2-4 matches will be played in Singapore. It has been confirmed that the Singapore leg will be held at the 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium, which will hosted the WTA Finals. The December 6-8 matches will be played in New Delhi, India. And the December 11-13 matches will be played in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), will be available for live viewing via TV and on-line pay-per-view in the United States by Integrated Sports Media beginning November 28th through the conclusion of the season on December 13. All 24 matches of the highly anticipated inaugural season will be available on both cable and satellite pay-per-view – live and for replay – via iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH and Vubiquity and online at www.GFL.TV..
I don’t know about you … as for me, what the IPTL has lined up has this tennis fan hyped for a tremendously exciting exhibition of tennis by tennis greats! Racquets up!!! ‘-)
Great to see Venus looking healthy and gorgeous while attending the Aspire4Sport event in Doha. (See BlogPage Venus in Doha)
Serena and Venus will play one another in an exhibition to be held in Columbia. Stay healthy and strong Venus – we love you and hope to see you winning again on the court!
A smiling Venus tells the story of how much she enjoyed being in Doha for the Aspire4Sport conference. Below are photos of Venus during a Q&A session with former tennis pro Andrew Castle.