Williams sisters don’t deserve the privileged status they have in women’s tennis

Our regular contributor John Bolan, irritated by the behavior of Serena and Venus Williams who, he believes, are disrespecting the WTA Tour and the other players who work hard all-year long, is sharing his opinion with us. Read on!

For the last several years I have been following the antics of the Williams sisters. I have seen the broken agreements between them and various tournaments. I have been there when tournaments marketed them only to have them pull out at the last minute.  The fake injuries and the appearance fees taken to show up but they play only one match losing to a no body. All this stuff is well documented. It is too crazy to make up.

Last week the Williams sisters actually showed up for a couple of matches at Eastbourne before bowing out so they can model their newest togs in London. The tennis media went bonkers about them while forgetting all about the women who now lead the WTA and where tennis priorities should be. These two players make a mockery of the tennis world and the media but it seems people keep falling for their antics.

Wimbledon got into the act by awarding both Venus and Serena higher seeds than they have earned and assuring that they are in different halves of the draw so that there could theoretically be an all Williams final. This is an insult to the women who play week in and week out and actually do their part to promote women’s tennis unlike Serena and Venus.

It didn’t hurt for them to be seeded like this, one might think? Just ask what Sara Errani thinks about losing her place as a seed. She had to play the seeded, Kaia Kanepi, in the first round instead of an easy opponent. Sara worked hard all year for her seed and Wimbledon failed her, but she focused her anger and upset Kanepi.

The next question is if they seeded the Williams, then why didn’t they seed Sabine Lisicki? Sabine was also injured and has actually proved she is back with her win in Birmingham last week.  She has to play Li Na in the second round. Unfair!!

The media writers have forgotten about the best players on the tour – Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva and Viki Azarenka. Certainly the best are not as stated in the Women’s Tennis Blog – Serena, Venus and Kim. Serena and Venus are not really interested in the tour, and Kim is actually injured. They should do what Elena Dementieva did last year and gracefully retire.

What do you think of John’s viewpoint? He is aware that not everyone will agree with him, but he’s prepared to defend his position. 🙂

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155 thoughts on “Williams sisters don’t deserve the privileged status they have in women’s tennis

  1. Linda

    I couldn’t agree more with John. There is a lot of talk about “the current state of WTA” and whether certain players winning, or being at the top of the rankings is “good for WTA”, but I think the last thing the WTA needs right now is for Venus and Serena to win Wimbledon. Have a player who obviously doesn’t care about the Tour win a Grand Slam, how would that be good for the image of the Tour?
    Enough with the focus on them, lets focus on the girls who actually work hard to promote the WTA!

    Just one thing: Errani didn’t lose her seed to Venus. Venus would have been seeded 32 according to the rankings, not Errani.

  2. Tom

    I’m a big follower of this site, and I can’t believe this was even allowed to be posted. This guy is just a mess and it’s not worth even justifying with an actual reply.

    Awful writing style, a lot of lying and slandering going on here with ZERO proof to back up these gross statements. As well as so many errors in here (for one, the draw put them on opposite halves, not their seedings).

    The last straw is this idiot implying that their recent injuries were also fake and suggesting that they should retire. Serena almost DIED 4 months ago, and every single tennis fan saw both the physical and mental agony Venus went through at the Australian Open.

    As I said, I have always read WTB, but this should not have been posted on a usually respectable site. There’s a difference between having your own views and being a complete and utter idiot. If these are the lows this site is willing to go to for some cheap hits and views, I doubt I’ll come back here many more times.

  3. mg

    I agree with most of the things said here. I think Serena and Venus show very bad attitude about not just WTA, but tennis too. Their behavour on the court is often very rude to their opponents, like those screaming,fist pumping that Serena does that frightens even the crowd and not to mention how it makes opponent feel, and especially too long breaks between serve, they stop the game for minute,and only 25 seconds is allowed! I do think that they have/had problems with injuries,but,let’s face it,some of them must have been fake.Yeah,the injury always comes after Grand Slam and look,how accidentally,they always get healthy for next Slam! Shame! It’s very unfair to other girls who play almost all year long. I understand that they are 30 now and both of them are already tennis legends,but,what annoys me most is how WTA is letting them get away with it.If WTA had reacted,they would have changed it (maybe),but like this,they can do whatever they want.
    But, I agree with their seeding for Wimbledon. Face it, they are better then the others,but it is not because they are so great on grass (even though they are) but because rest of the girls suck on it. And I have to admit it, when watching them play, Serena especially of course,I can’t not notice how and how much they are better then rest.Cause,to be honest,they have it all (Serena again especially)- serve,ball control,deep strong shots,volley,good movement,stong mind (Venus less though). Only Kim can stand by their side in that.

  4. who is the total loser?

    If you want to read a good fair tennis blog not to mention funny…. go over to : http://cowbell.typepad.com/ …. She actually researches her articles and gives credit where credit is due even if she doesn’t like the player….

    Have you been watching Wimbledon? Because to say the the W sisters are phoning it i, making a mockery of the WTA etc etc is complete and utter BS.

    Go back to your day job if you have one because a tennis reporter you are not.

  5. TennisAce

    For a long time now the quality of this site has been going down but I think it has finally reached the lowest point that it could ever reach.

    Clearly, not only the person who contributed to this article, but the blog owner themselves never actually took the opportunity to right a very grievous wrong. The seeding of the Williams Sisters for Wimbledon is something that every single player returning from injury has benefitted from. When Sharapova returned from shoulder surgery she was ranked 59 and seeded 23. She lost in the 2nd round. I guess the poor player who had played all year long for her 23rd seeding should have been upset as well.

    It is all well and good to have opinions. Everybody has one, but to denigrate 2 women who have done so much for women’s tennis. 2 women who not only sit on the Player’s Council and try to make things better for the women of the Tour. 2 women who have contributed so much to gain equality for the women of the WTA Tour. 2 women who paved the way so that the Ivanovics, Sharapovas and everyone else can make the same money as the men. Clearly these 2 women should be taken out back and shot.

    There are idiots and then there are the contributors to Women’s Tennis Blog. Shame on you

  6. K07

    Whatever you may think about the Williams sisters, please do not make sweeping statements about either Venus or Serena without getting your facts straight….

    ‘Fake injuries’? ‘Losing to a nobody’? You are insinuating that their losses are deliberate. Unless you are their treating physician, you are certainly not in a position to make this comment. Secondly, accepting appearance money only to lose in the first round has been common place on the men’s tour for years. Why are the Williams sisters singled out for this??

    Wimbledon awards seedings based on previous history and merit. Considering Venus is a 5 time champion and Serena a 4 time champt, I think her seeding is more than deserved!! Experts such as Chris Evert were advocating for both sisters to receive higher seedings. Sabine Lisicki has never won Wimbledon, therefore this contradicts your assertion that she should be seeded for Wimbledon.

    Furthermore, your lack of research is again noted by your comment ‘Just ask what Sara Errani thinks about losing her place as a seed’. Serena is ranked well in the top 30, and as of last week, Venus was ranked 33. With the withdrawal of Kim Clijsters, this would have elevated Venus as the 32nd seed. Therefore, both Venus and Serena are legitimate seeds, regardless of any consideration by the Wimbledon committee.

    All opinions should be welcome; however, when they are unfounded, biased and lack any informed critique whatsoever, I’m not sure what purpose it serves.

  7. diteraka

    No need to see beyond this article, it’s about just JEALOUSY and LYING
    I didn’t know this respected site could allow some man to write about something he doesn’t even know, not to mention without some proofs. Shame on you Marjia

  8. Mirjana

    Everyone has a right to share their opinion, and I think this article is a good topic for discussion. Serena and Venus are the legends of this sport, but lets not make them untouchable goddesses or smth like that. There are a some things I mind about Williams behaviour, but let’s face it- they’re just better, especially Serena, then the rest of the tour, and that’s just a fact. Anyway, it’s wta’s fault they’re allowing them these things. So, don’t hate the players, hate the game.

  9. K07

    Tennis Ace, you obviously posted the same time I did too!

    Venus in particular has been an ardent supporter of women in sport, and has campaigned for equality in women’s tennis.

    I have always admired her for this.

    The Williams sisters have historically polarised fans, but personal attacks on their character are unwarranted. Serena’s reaction after defeating Rezai is not that of a player who is disinterested in the tour. Both Venus and Serena have always shown heart, grit and determination on the tour. I hope they continue to do well on tour.

  10. melanie

    Clijsters intentionally skips the smaller tournaments and has no problem to say that she focuses on the majors and she’s applauded for it. Henin left the tour when she was number one and the face of the wta and everybody applauded her for it. So where is the problem when two women aged 30 with their bodies consistently breaking down want to take some time off to recharge their batteries?
    That’s the question that i’ve asked many times and even Mirjana didn’t want to answer because she wanted to stick with her cliché, if she only plays the grand slams, why didn’t Serena play the Us open, the Australain or the French? That’s because she had her injuries and illnesses. To say that it’s fake is very unprofessional
    what’s more unprofessional is to suggest that they intentionally lost in Eastbourne to go and design their dress. This is even more disrecpectful to their opponents there when you think about it.
    But you’re right, you’re entitled to your opinion but again to ask a player to retire is just another proof of your lack of professionalism

  11. diondra

    I’ve got NO prolem with the writer criticizing my faves but sorry i surely can’t respect when you say that the sisters bowed out of eastbourne so that they can design their dress. It sure tells more about the writer than it tells me about them
    Just pure hatred and jealousy

  12. Juju

    This article just shows how amateur this writer is. He just keeps accusing without giving any proof. If he did, i would have respected him since i have no problem with criticizing when the facts are right and straight.

  13. sissi

    I just want to remind to this writer Josh Brolan that Venus and Serena didn’t ask for the seeding, it’s the All england club who felt the need to higher their seedings, not them, not that they wouldn’t have been seeded anyway; they were part of the 32 seeds. Maria Sharapova when she returned in 2009 got seeded 23 rd in spite of her being ranked 59th at the time and that was because she was a former wimbledon champion. The same seeding has been done for men for years now; i certainly didn’t remember you being pissed about it.
    So if you want someone to lash out at, it’s the AEC not them, which leads me to the conclusion that it’s just childishness from your part. If you want to take the williamses as your scapegoat, FINE but at least have some valid arguments and not ridiculous and false assertions

  14. sissi

    Besides you complain about the media focusing too much on them and you blame them. Is that their fault that they’ve won so much and that our current world number one who i like very much can’t seem to captivate the tennis world?
    Is that their fault that Caroline lost terribly in the third round of the french and put the tour in an embarassing situation?
    And what about respecting Zvonareva and Hantuchova’s performances in Eastbourne when you suggest their respective opponents delibaretely lost because they had dresses to design? How hypocritical of you
    Sorry Serena and Vee have their flaws but you just seem amazingly biased and jealous

  15. Marine

    Wow, a great article, John, thank you for the effort! I totally agree with the points you made. I think Williams sisters are overhyped at the cost of other players. You know, the claims that player X won “in the absence of” the Williamses and Belgians.
    What Wimbledon did is just plain corrupt, it is an obvious disgraceful favoritims. Other GS were more fair. When Kim came at UO she did not get any special treatment, and yet, won it anyway. Why not let the sisters have the same challenge? Or is Wimbledon afraid that this might have ended up like Eastbourne.

    Williams sisters have a lot of media hype but when you look closer, the results show it’s just the hype and quality is somewhere else. Mostly on the rackets of player who are not as in your face but focus on their commitments instead.

  16. Jeremie Mulnard

    Finally someone who dare to touch them : it’s refreshing ! I suspect those sisters since more than a decenia of being the biggest fraud in the WTA history ! When you see that Serena has the muscles of a man and Venus being fake like there’s no tomorrrow : You may ask yourself questions ! You want my view ? I suspect them also of doping and getting away like Lance Armstrong did in cycling !

    Why should they deserve a status they don’t deserve ? It’s an insult for other players ! People raising the jealousy card know NOTHING about sport and are bitter that their wannabe queens are seen what they trully are : Fakers, Liars and above all they are very uneducated !

    The WTA dares nothing to do against them because they fear the racist card !

    They’ve done nothing during a year but they are seeded at Wimbledon : who do you want to mock ? Not me at last !

  17. TennisAce

    Mirjana, you have just made things even worse with this statement “Anyway, it’s wta’s fault they’re allowing them these things. So, don’t hate the players, hate the game”. What did the WTA allow them to do? Did the WTA allow them to get injured? Did the WTA allow them to get a higher seeding? What exactly are you insinuating by that particular statement?

    This blog used to be bookmarked as one of my faves, but I am sure that I speak for the many fans of women’s tennis when I say that I will be going elsewhere to offer my commentary. Again, shame on you Mirjana.

    I would be interested to know just what the writer (a term I use loosely) and Mirjana would say about Ivanovic’s dedication to the sport since 2008?

  18. sissi

    Jeremie i’m sure you know them personally to suggest that they are fake, liars and uneducated people. Right lol
    Marine, since you’re a tennis writer from time to time, didn’t you know that Wimbledon HAS ALWAYS seeded players in a different way contrary to the other grand slams and us open? i’m sure you know it

  19. Pamela

    lol lol i know this guy Jeremie Mulnard, he’s on twitter and his twitter name is @Hingis16
    this guy has been frustrated for years that those girls have now a bigger achievement in tennis than his all-time fave’s Hingis
    sissi coming from him, i really wouldn’t mind what he says, he’s a troll and he got banished from tennisforum some time ago lol

  20. Marine

    Sissi, I do know it but that does not mean I approve of it. Old stuffy Wimbledon should wake up and start to be fair.

  21. Pamela

    Moreover he accuses them of doping when his own fave is a cocaine cracker, irony at its best lol
    This guy just made my day, laughing hard right now

  22. sissi

    Well @Marine but knowing you, you wouldn’t have complained if it was one of your faves. If you want to blame someone go blame the All england Club, that’s it
    besides, are you calling a player who won 13 grand slams overrated? that’s the biggest joke i’ve ever heard. Sorry but it’s not Serena’s fault if the media is not interested in what Wozniacki does. Last time they did (Evert did pick her to win the french), she got embarassed in the third round of the french
    not that i’m criticizing, but YOU KNOW IT, it’s the truth, it was embarassing for the wta whethter you want to admit it or not

  23. Brenda

    Well, when will I begin…
    First of all I have to say that the person who wrote this article is a person who doesn’t understand everything on sports.. a very crazy periodist? I don’t know him, but with this article I don’t wanna do it.
    Williams sisters are on the history of women tennis! Everyone adores both because they’re fighters and excelent player..none of the wta players are more emotional or talented than them..only kim!
    They are VERY representative for the sports.. but they’re are over 30 so they decide what tournament to play, none should have the tupe to critic them!
    For you Marine, I don’t even know you..but the only thing that I can say to you is that you are a stupid little girl who only see what you want to see..
    About the seed..I think that they deserve it.. I’m sure Errani or Sabine will not do a good performance in wimbledon like them..but for that John who wrote the article..NOW A DAY..AND ALWAYS..THEY CAN BEAT EVERYONE ..if they played caroline, maria, vera, etc..they will win that match..the thing of the seed is good for the real seeds I think!
    I live in South America, in Argentina and here women tennis is not very popular..if you ask a a normal person to told you 5 women tennis names they will say first of all Serena and Venus, then Masha, kim and..DULKO because is ours! Caroline, Vera, Vika, etc, etc are unknow here…only I know them hahahah So..WILLIAM SISTERS ARE ON THE TOP OF WOMEN TENNIS REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS

    put this article on your blog is not good Mirjana

    LIKE ALWAYS: SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH but I know that you understand my position

  24. fyoto

    most of it is jealousy and that includes Mariya the owner of this blog.I am glad your favorite Jankovic is slumping.
    Mariya is a green eyed hater..

  25. Jameka

    Marine There’s no over hype when the media talks about a 13 time slam champion. Federer gets talked about the same way too. Nadal too, when you’re a legend it’s bound to happen
    If Wozniacki and Zvonareva want to be talked the same way, they have to earn it by winning BIG TITLES where even fair weather tennis fans watch the sport and whether you like it or not, the sisters have worked hard their life and EARNED that the media applauds their accomplishments, like Henin and Clijsters and Sharapova have earned it.
    sorry i’m like the others there, it’s just jealousy, that’s it

  26. James

    “Last week the Williams sisters actually showed up for a couple of matches at Eastbourne before bowing out so they can model their newest togs in London”
    How laughable this article is. You don’t even realise how disrespectful this is to Zvonareva and Hantuchova.
    Josh Brolan if you want to hate that’s totally fine at least tell it in a respectable way and stop feeding us with this ridiculous statements like the one i mentioned

  27. James

    “Last week the Williams sisters actually showed up for a couple of matches at Eastbourne before bowing out so they can model their newest togs in London” i guess you don’t even realise how disrespectful you are to Zvonareva and Hantuchova. How laughable!!
    Hey Josh Brolan and Marija, if you want to hate that’s totally fine, but at least have some grace in the way you say it.

  28. Marine

    What I like most about some people how they like to put words into others’ mouth. So what Serena has many slams? She’s not done much for over a year now and even when she was on tour she was losing her ranking to players without a slam. These things did not happen to real champions like Graf because those did not consider slams to be the only time to give their best.
    She is no Federer or Nadal,if you actually knew what you’re talking about, compared to their results Serena’s are quite laughable. These guys dominate tennis, win the series not just GS and are not pulling out of events at the first opportunity or cut their schedules short to be more fresh for the ‘big ones’. I was pretty sure that this article would put WS fans on fire :-D, well, truth hurts.
    And you can have a go at other players as much as you want, I am not one of the pathetic individuals to call people racist for that…

  29. fyoto

    pova one of your favorite is going down Marija..she will not win Wimbledon,,,muahahahaha

  30. brenda

    guys! Marinen wants william sister to retire cause she want caroline to win a big tittle!! Hahah but swettie! That’s impossible! And she’s very happy yor her big winsin charleston, denmark, belgium, etc hahah

  31. Marine

    Well, many comments on this articles that Williams fans are not really tennis fans 🙂
    And Marija, it’s refreshing to see a blog which is not afraid to stay away from political correctness! Well done 🙂

  32. sissi

    Marine you know i’m right, it’s just jealousy from your part like usual
    Truth hurts? yeah it hurts when the two of the top three players right know haven’t achieved anything so far to suggest they’re gonna be unbeatable this year.
    Truth hurts when not me but the commentators complain about the lack of big players or at least the lack of big match playing from them
    when have you seen the term “racism” in what i’m talking about? aren’t you able to read what’s written? RIDICULOUS

  33. brenda

    someone can take marine’s computer or cell phone away from her! I’ ve never read so many stupid things together

  34. brenda

    I’m not a william sister fan! I don’t have favorites on women tennis! I’m a sports periodist student who love and know very much the sport..you!?? How old are you?? You write like a child!

  35. sissi

    Marine i’m a tennis fan. you say truth hurts. Well do you agree with the writer saying that the sisters intentionally lose to go make their dresses? don’t you think that’s a disrespect to Hantuchova and Zvonareva?
    you’re a tennis writer and you say that’s the truth? guess it’s just bias and jealousy from your part as usual.

  36. brenda

    i will do some english class! Because i want… Write in spanish please..i want to read you! Sos una taradita que no entiende nada de nada, una nena caprichosa que solo ve lo que quiere ver..no tenes coherencia descerebrada!

  37. james

    Marine i’m a tennis fan. you say truth hurts. Well do you agree with the writer saying that the sisters intentionally lose to go make their dresses? don’t you think that’s a disrespect to Hantuchova and Zvonareva?
    you’re a tennis writer and you say that’s the truth? guess it’s just bias and jealousy from your part as usual.

  38. Jeremie Mulnard


    3 times less than a Gasquet that got cleared ! Shut the hell up ! That’s when you have nothing as argumentations that you come attacking others !

  39. brenda

    I’ m not going to fight with people who made an opinion about tennis knowing nothing about the sports..simply.. And marine..is difficult to speak and to write in a lenguage that is not yours..I’ve only studied english at school and i’ve finished it a long time ago! I think that I write very preety if you consider that..! I can also talk you in italian or portugues..you? Where are you from? In argentina people don’t live like in europe..not many people have a perfect english! I’m a very lucky girl who fortunatly has a good education!

  40. brenda

    barbaro! Ahora te puedo bardear en español! Que es mucho mas facil para mi! Hablas muy bien eh! Te felicito 🙂

  41. brenda

    me sacaste una dificultad de encima la verdad! Gracias! A ver…como empezar sin ser ofensiva con vos…de verdad pensas que las williams son poco representativas para el tenis femenino y que deberian retirarse?? Eso es una barbaridad! Son 2 grandes campeonas y luchadoras y es emocionante verlas jugar..especialmente a serena! Serena puede ganarle hasta a nadal!
    Tienen mas de 30 años y son multimillonarias..asi que para ellas no es necesario jugar en copenhage o bruxelas como para caroline! Y te repito..en argentina y en sudamerica wozniacki, azarenka, zvonareva y las demas son desconocidas! Las hermanas williams son mundialmente conocidas por ser grandes campeonas y asi van ya estan en la historia…
    Wozniacki, safina y jankovic son 3 jugadoras que JAMAS van a tener el reconocimiento de las williams por que JAMAS fueron grandes campeonas
    Representar tu deporte es hacerlo grande con grandes triunfos..y eso es lo que hacen las williams y clijsters!
    No tengo tenista femenina..antes era caroline..pero me supera la injusticia de su ranking
    No se puede defender lo indefendible

  42. Marine

    Tia, relajate, eres tu quien actua como un ninato. Que estes de acuerdo conmingo,ay, ayyyy. Que broma eres .Y se acabo, ahora continuamos en ingles,jajaja.

    Well Brenda, from now on I won´t make it easier for you and speak to you in Spanish expose your lack of brains and manners in English, so that more people could enjoy the fun. You sound like your opinion represents everyone in the tennis community. Get over yourself.
    Other players are much more popular than the sisters nevermind the number of slams, not everyone just looks at that.
    Do you know whose web is the most popular one? It´s Ana´s webpage. And she has got “just” one slam.
    Last year´s match in Doha btw Clijsters and Wozniacki had a higher viewership than the Doha final 2009 where WS were against each other.
    Best paid tennis athlete is…Sharapova.
    Womens tennis does not stand and fall on the sisters, it is rather the opposite, their stardom has faded away over the years.

  43. brenda

    stop the show basta por hoy! I tried to be calm when i spoke you in spanish! But with you is impossible! Is impossible to talk with someone who doesn’t understand ANYTHING! Serena has 13 gs..but she has MAAAANYYY AND MANY tittles! Not only slams! The same as venus!
    Masha is a great sportwoman! And i admire her.. Because she is a big champion and she is a very very hot woman! Femenine and fashion..caroline thinks she is beauty! But..OMG!! Anyone saw how fat she looks!! She has reached n1 spot winning a lot of small tornament and winning a lot of kg!! Jajaj
    That comment is not relevant on the discution but is disgusting! BYE! ADEUS!CHAU!ARRIVEDERCI

  44. Ibtisam

    I think the article raises interesting points but does not even try to do proper research. Serena lost in Eastbourne to Vera Zvonareva, last year’s Wimbledon finalist, while Venus lost to Daniela Hantuchova, a consistently good player. They have done well at Wimbledon. And, yes, Lisicki has suffered similar setbacks (none of which were fake, nor were the Williamses’) – but she is not a former finalist, let alone a champion. Serena won 4 times, including last year. Venus won 5 times. Only one final since 2000 did not see a Williams sister in the final. Do not compare Lisicki to them. I am not a Williams fan – as far as the top players are concerned, they are among my least favourites. But I hate to read biased pieces of work which do not really say anything solid.

  45. LuLinQa

    I am sorry Marine and brenda, but if you wanna fight and argue, go somewhere else, this is place for matured people who can express their opinions in a pollite way, respect others opinions and dont insult others. And not everyone has to be perfect in english I think.

    Perdonenme Marine and brenda, pero cuando quieren escribir tonterias y insultar sus opiniones, mejor que vayan a otro lugar porque esto blog es para gente normal y inteligente que puede expresar su opinion con decencia sin insultar otros. (perdoneme mi mal espaňol)

  46. Mirjana

    TennisAce, I was thinking of these long breaks before points and smth like that and a lot of missed tournaments. I’m not doubting they’ve had injurys, but come on, I just can’t believe they are not able to play other tournaments, and then come 100% ready for the GS and win it. They definitely have a lot of privileges, but they’re great champions, and although it maybe seems unfair to some, that just happens in every sport. I personally am not such fan of them, but I respect them and outside the court i find them very interesting. As for Ana, what about her? Just because she has poor results doesn’t mean she’s not dedicated, there could be million reasons for that, to start with her head. I, for the difference, don’t see things only black and white, and have no problem to criticize even my favourite players. That’s why I find it quit ridiculous this silly article of god knows who got so much attention. It’s just ones oppinion, not universal, no one is forcing you to accept it, so, cheel out people, and get over it! Gosh! 😀

  47. Jacob A

    I don’t agree with the article but i also don’t agree with the comments that people have posted, some of you are so incredibly disrespectful.

  48. jeanius

    No doubt this is a provacative opinion that rubs all of us Williams sisters fans the wrong way,as well as their detractors. The seedings go not only according to ranking, but admittedly are also subjective. I rhink the higher seeding is appropriate. It makes no sense for them to play the top seeds and essentially have the equivalent of the quarters and the semis in the first week! I began this comment before I read those that precede me. This may be the last comment I ever post. I don’t like to hang out in bad company that don’t seem to know how to hang out with good company, whether they agree with other opinions or not.

  49. Helen

    The WTA has done some things that have been detrimental to many players including Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters. In 2008, an irritated Sharapova posted the real inside story on the underhanded tactics used by the WTA on her website.

    “As many of you know, the WTA tour makes many players enter tournaments that they know the players will not be playing,”

    “I informed the WTA several months ago that if I played Charleston, I would have to pull out of Berlin. Now they are forcing me to give an injury for the reason why I am pulling out or they will give me an additional fine on top of the 125,000 fine already given to me. I am a very giving person, but I refuse to give anymore of my money to the WTA tour.”

    It was about time for someone of Maria Sharapova’s stature had the courage to finally speak out about some of the Tour’s unfair tournament entry policies.

    The WTA player entry clauses have long caused problems as players have been forced to enter tournaments (and later withdraw), even though they never had any intention of competing in the first place.

    What happens is the greedy tournaments sell extra tickets from the inclusion of marquee players on their rosters, the Tour makes more money by “committing” headlining stars, and leaves the public’s indignation on the players once they officially withdraw days before the event.

    Also Maria revealed some of the unreasonable WTA marketing tactics:

    “I want all my fans to know that the WTA Tour is forcing me and several of the other top players to do a 4 hour commercial shoot for WTA Tour marketing materials,”

    “They want me to do this shoot on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday of the Rome tournament after flying 12 hours from LA. I have set my own personal rules when is comes to doing shoots and I never do shoots before tournaments because they are mentally draining and I want to just focus on my tennis. Now the WTA is telling me if I don’t do this shoot they will fine me over $300,000. As you can see the WTA Tour loves to fine players. To be honest, I would love to do this and help promote the tour as much as possible, but to force me to do this shoot the day before a tier 1 tournament is just not right.”

  50. brenda

    helen! Wta is a disaster! Caroline has more weeks in n1 spot than sharapova! That explains it all hahah

  51. Marine

    Lulinqua, you dont need to lecture me about how to behave. It is Brenda who has behaved like an immature brat here. She called several people stupid and put down their views when they had different opinion from hers.

  52. Geuzin

    blah blah blaah! shame on u john, trying to take the sisters down u ass. keep ur opinion to urself and under ur stinky pants. Let me tell u something. What u think it’s true, does not necessarily mean it’s true. It just means “u” think its true. You can believe a lie and make it a truth for yourself. So basically what I’m trying to say is ‘Fuck off’

  53. Jeremie Mulnard

    And to the one calling me a troll : I’m not political correct : I’m very sorry for you ! And about my banishmnent on tennisforum.com at least 2 of them were pure ABUSE of power ! Some of the moderators and even administrators there are incompetent, biased, are on with friendship politic, some of them got their moderator status with licking the arse of the admins and unfortunately it worked for them ! I’m not jealous, stop going with that stupid card which means you ain’t that clever that you want make people believe you are.

    The Williams Sisters think they are the center of the world and are completely OUT of touch about the reality of their own country The USA : A country where unemployment is reaching levels never seen before, Police State everwhere, The Dollar printed by the Criminals of the Federal Reserve is a FIAT currency, You have more and more poor people but hey they don’t give a dam about it ! Not to forget the Criminal Banksters that are Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, Wall Street ! And to end all of this : The destruction by design of the USA by ploutocrats and dumbing down of the society by the vaccines, food full of dangerous neurotoxins, poison in tap water, Not only this in the US administrations, you have psychopath wanting population reduction by forced sterilisation, abortion and many more evilish things : That’s the truth of the USA ! Enslavement of the US population by debts created by the banksters ! But not only in the US, you have also that in Europe, Canada and other parts in the world.

    Loads of tennis players have no knowledge about the state of our world run by oligarch malthusians that hates Humanity.

    And I won’t bow down like all the journalists are doing with the WS : with acting like that they have a huge lack of respect towards all the other players on tour ! They don’t deserve special status ! End off !

  54. Jeanne Seervat

    Thanks god, someone who has balls and who is not afraid to tell the truth about the Williams, the media and the WTA. They have been running the show for quite a few years now and it always slipped, and they always get the creme of the creme when they decide to show somewhere. I am in Montreal and neither of them ever played here. But still the Williams keep registering to the tournament and what you know, at the beginning of August when the tournament start, they cancelled. The people who are responsible of this event still invest a lot of money to promote them, instead of promoting players are are coming every years and that almost nobody knows because the tournament organizer and the WTA do not make what is required to promote these players.
    What is really sad is that when the Williams are cancelling, the media pick it up and they say that the tournament lost their best player so the show will not be as good.
    It is already very difficult to see women’s tennis matches on TV, so when these 2 are behaving like that, they are alimenting the media to downgrade women tennis and presenting their matches. What enrage me even more, is the fact that the media will almost only present the Williams sisters matches when they are at a tournament, not the other WTA players matches… What kind of message is this sending to the WTA players.. they are second class players, not good enough to be on center court and be on TV….
    I love tennis and I admire the hard work all these women are putting in their work. But the Williams sisters, the Sports media and the WTA suck for behaving like that.

    Thanks a lot John to states these facts so clearly 🙂

  55. Rabbit

    John Bolan is right on here! He is indeed brave to express his opinion. The Williams sisters are merely using tennis to enrich themselves their family, and friends, and because they are attention junkies. They have no respect for tennis traditions.

    If they both quit tennis altogether the world would be a better place. Bring back Althea Gibson, Chanda Rubin, Alexandra Stevenson, and Lori McNeil, players with grace who don’t rely on intimidation and power solely. The WTA has caved in to the Williams sisters, and so has Wimbledon. What a shame.

  56. Diane

    I think that, between them, Venus and Serena hold 20 major singles titles, 12 major doubles titles, 4 major mixed doubles titles, and 5 Olympic gold medals.

    Enough said.

  57. brenda

    marija i respect you and for me your blog is awesome! But bolan and people like marine dON’t know ANYTHING About tennis and about sports! I don’t understand why you accept this article on your blog! Is ridiculous! Bolan’s article about wta awards sucks like this! But this is offensive for everyone who understands about tennis!
    Think about it!
    I’m not a williams sister’s fan..and i’m not a women tennis fan! I started watching it since 2009! I love men’s tennis..and because of that i love BIG champions like nadal! And williams sisters are nadals in women tennis!

  58. JohnnyB

    Thanks for all the comments! And thank you Marija for publishing my article; an article that you may not agree with.
    Jeanne added another tournament to the long list of WTA tournaments who have received assurances that the Williams would show only to have them cancel at the last minute after spending money to support them. San Diego was their victim for several years in a row. Serena was seen surfing in Hawaii instead of playing tennis in San Diego. She admitted playing in a Spanish tournament a few years ago because she wanted the appearance fee to pay for her Paris pad. She lost in the first round.
    I’m a big fan of their court play. I would never down their ability. Also, their example has paved the way for women players not just of their race but for all races. However, that was before their antics. It seems to me that they, especially Serena, could easily write a book even more negative than Agassi’s. Serena really doesn’t seem to like anything about tennis except the money. Would you want your child to hear and see her at her last US Open match? As great as their ability, neither will win as much or be number one as long as the greatest players in tennis history. That is the real shame of their careers. Just think how good they could have been!!
    The real point of my article was how negative to tennis the reaction of the media has been. Ignoring the current WTA stars to concentrate on the Williams is just plain wrong.

  59. Marija Post author

    Wow so many comments! I expected this topic to be controversial, but for it to generate so many strong emotions has surprised me. I don’t know where to start from with answers…

    I know that the Williams sisters have the strongest fans, I’ve experienced it myself many times, even though I’ve always praised their impact on the world of tennis in general, they are the most recognized faces in women’s tennis and without a doubt great champions.

    Regarding John Bolan, he is one of the greatest contributors to Women’s Tennis Blog. He often visits WTA tournaments and truly appreciates women’s tennis. Also, he provided me with a couple of autographs that I gave out to the winners of a contest I organized (if you remember), and he wanted to send me more autographs to give to my readers, but I told him to send me later, because I already had many things to award.

    As for those of you feeling hurt by John’s opinion, I don’t know why it struck you so much. The things that John said here I heard many times from various tennis fans. Such statements are circulating among people for years.

    As for me, I admire the Williams sisters for everything they have done. The story about their growing up that I recently shared on my blog is just one of the proofs of how much I find their careers inspirational, especially the determination of their father. However, it doesn’t mean that they are flawless and untouchable.

    It seems that in women’s tennis nowadays we have people who admire the Williams sisters (one group of fans) and the people who admire the new wave led by Wozniacki (the other group of fans). Why are fans who admire both so rare? I am one of them.

    About faking injuries, the occasion Serena was suspicious to me was when she was surfing with Common in Hawaii after pulling out from a tournament with ankle injury.

    Now I’ll try to answer some of your comments:

    Linda, wow the first comment was positive. 🙂

    Tom, I didn’t post this article “for some cheap hits”, I thought that people would like to read another perspective and John is an educated person who I believe writes well.

    Mg, I think your answer is the most reasonable! The Williams’ power game is always a threat that some women can only occasionally overpower, thus some privileges they receive are well deserved because they attract viewers (like this year’s Wimbledon seeding). On the other hand, they are experienced and the way they use breaks between games is one proof of it – they simply don’t care for that rule and often it distracts their opponent and gives them the edge.

    Who is the total loser?, Forty Deuce is one of my favorite tennis blogs, and my regular readers know that. As for my blog, I strongly believe that I write very objective articles, at least in 99% of the time.

    TennisAce, what exactly do you mean by “a long time”? And which in particular are the indicators of this site’s low points? I want to know in order to improve. Thanks. And, by the way, I believe that in your second comment you confused me with Mirjana, my names is Marija. Mirjana is another name.

    Brenda, I agree that the sisters are the best-known WTA players and thus they can have a privileged status. Everything revolves around money and if they bring more money to a tournament the tournament will give them everything they want and the other players can only wish they were in their place. That’s the way things function. As I said to TennisAce, I’m not Mirjana, it’s another commentator, I’m Marija.

    James and the many others criticizing me for posting the article, having you noticed that John even attacted me in the end of his article? Instead of praising me for being open enough to show people more perspectives, I am being attacted.

    Marine, thanks.

    Mirjana, I agree, people should chill out!

    Fyoto, haha you keep addressing me even though I never even replied to your comment. You are always hating me so much in the comments that I’m beginning to think that you’re either jealous of me or you like me haha. I know you will deny it, but that’s my impression.

  60. joeowen

    I know thw Williams sisters don’t show ther best tennis or even show up to tournaments most times, but these women have absolutely changed and revolutionized the sport! Let’s face it, tennis was a sport for upper class citizens and thes women have shattered that mold. They have had one hell of a journey to the top of the game and for such an article based on bashing them is uncalled for! They have been through so much in there careers in and out of tennis! If there’s another women on tour with such a story it would be largely documented if it were a wozniacki or sharapova, but it seems that the sisters don’t deserve pity, and rightly so! They don’t need the pity of anyone, player, spectator, or hater! They have proven countless times that they overcome adversity and prejudice. The sisters’ story has inspired so many people in their goals even outside of tennis showing people that anything is possible even with all the obstacles that they will be faced with. Ask anyone that does not follow tennis at all to name women’s tennis players and you’ll probably only get the william sisters and sharapova, and if you ask them who’s the current world number 1, they will say Serena because that’s one of the only players that know. Popularity and money is what they bring to the game aswell! Lisicki did’nt get a higher seeding because she is not a 13 time grand slam champ, or even a ont time champ. She is not a 2 time defending champ, or has 20 grandslam titles in singles and doubles, or one of the greatest of all time!! If anything the Williams sisters have not gotten the respect they deserve. We should be thankful that these women stil play. Serena almost died and is here with her sister bringing the fire and passion onthe court that is intoxicating to watch! We live in an era where the best players play! Roger, rafa, venus , serena, all the best. The Williams sisters will inspire people beyond their years on the tour and be ingraved as some of the BEST and PASSIONATE players EVER!! So get over it and embrace them, because you know what they say. If you can’t beat em, join em!:)

  61. ooolala

    i think serena and venus are very good players, and although i am definitely not a fan, i respect that. but you have to admit sometimes they have a bad attitude. but they are human

  62. Tennis Fan

    Wow, I love the beautiful game of tennis (men and women) and used to think that it was one of the few sports that had integrity and good human spirit.
    How wrong could i have been. I came across this site by accident and read all the comments. It shows that jealousy, hatred and dear I say racism is strife amongst players and fans. I know certain female players (mostly european) do not like the sisters as it’s evident when it comes to the handshake at the end of matches – but to say that Serena faked injuries especially her well documented brush with death earlier on this year, is really unkind.

    Can’t we just watch and enjoy what ALL players bring to the game of tennis be it little or small?

    The future of tennis is bright because of the sisters who have brought it mainstream. IMHO

    Two words for a bit of humour “Anna Kournikova”

  63. Marine

    This is funny. I have been on this site for a long time and read criticism about various players. However, just when the WS are a target of any criticism, their fans attact otherw with either insults or all sort of ridiculous accusations. As for the racism card, lets look at your own comment, Tennis fan:
    you had a go at European players (who are mostly WHITE)
    you put down Kournikova (who is WHITE)
    you claim that it was mainly the sister who brought tennis mainstream, thus taking the credit from other players (of mostly WHITE ethic background although there are minorities as well)
    And you dare to pull a race card???? What a joke…

  64. Tennis Fan

    Yes marine I expected the reply about “european players”. Being of European descent myself, the joke is on you. You have just confirmed my statement by saying that most of the european players are white, hence racism. The humour over Anna kournikova (yes white she may be) was over all the attention she used to bring to tennis in her day over what she was wearing and not over her game. She did not win a single g/slam title. When she finally retired people only knew her for being the girlfriend of enrique inglesias. So why do the sisters get so much stick for having other interests outside of tennis?
    And no I am not attacKing, just stating the obvious. Also I am a fan of ALL good players irrespective of their ethnic backgrounds and not just the Williams sisters.
    Watching the Serena/kirilenko match right now. Watch the handshake at the end!!

  65. Marine

    I am of the European origin myself and… not white. Who is laughing now? 😀
    The most of European players are white, that´s a fact. Kournikova was actually a great player who won GS in mixed doubles,actually and many admired her tennis believe it or not although obviously you were not one of them.
    A handshake? Sorry but that is really a NON-ISSUE and means nothing at all. Not everyone likes everyone in tennis, so with such rivalry it is absolutely normal.

  66. hosea robertson

    i find it amazing how a whole culture can ignore the fact that some weeks ago serena williams was near death. i quess she was faking it. american being christian is a joke.

  67. Nigel

    I have to say that I’m just disappointed this website allowed such an article. Although I can understand some of the grudges people may have with the Williams sisters, there’s a way of saying things.The integrity of this site has fallen and I will not even glance at it again.

    I guess helping kids in africa and giving clinics to inner city children is something to be ashamed of huh?

  68. Nigel

    And to add on…

    Why would they even want to be kind to a sport that hasn’t been kind to them?

    There has been too many incidents in matches that have affected the Williams’ while somehow other players have faced none.

    -The Indian Wells incident
    -The shoulder bump in the 90’s
    -The Roland Garros hand up
    -The U.S. Open line calls incident against Capriati
    -The foot fault to match point (Serena’s reaction was uncalled for)
    -The incorrect scored tiebreaker at Wimby during Venus’ match

  69. JohnnyB

    Nigel, are you saying the foot fault was not a correct call? It certainly was correct and has been proven. Are you and Tennis fan playing the race card? Please!! My friend, Arthur Ashe, and I served in the US Army together as officers. The Williams sisters never had to face anything like what he experienced especially in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Would he have refused to go back to Indian Wells over one disputed incident? He couldn’t even play on white only courts and put up with real hatred on the tour. And he was a perfect gentleman who never would ever think about the words Serena used at the US Open.
    I’m no hater of the Williams sisters. I don’t like the fact that they only play very few tournaments. The point of my article is the way the media coverage of them hurts tennis and the players who have worked hard playing the tour week in and week out.
    Hosea, it is well documented that Serena fakes injuries. I never said she faked her recent serious health problem. That problem was well documented by her physician – it was real.

  70. Marcel

    JohnnyB you are saying that Serena faking her injuries have been documented by her physician. Can you provide everyone with an example

  71. kikila

    I completely agree with John’s post. I’ve never been on this site and the way it came about was I googled if the William sister’s fake their injuries… It’s not a secret that they hate to play matches other than grand slams. I heard today that Serena was complaining that she had to walk so far to one of the courts at Wimbledon but Sharapova gladly honored the walk to the same court. I personally can not stand the William sisters… However, Serena can play some serious tennis but lacks all edicate that goes with playing the sport. It’s a shame!!

  72. P!nky

    I agree with him all the way. Serena hasn’t played in a year and she is seeded at SW19 because of her surname and what she had done in the past years. Venus had not played in 5 months, same thing. Sabine and a few other players got cheated out of seeds. The williams were also complaining about their court placings at SW19.

  73. Lexasmom

    What other AMERICAN female tennis players are on top of their game right now? And who do you think is so great… Anna Kournikova? LOL!!! As for their grunting during games… Sharapova? Come on. And why shouldn’t they be joyous in victory? It’s not like their saying, “Na na na boo boo I beat you.” It just sounds like the writer has a grudge of some kind. It seems to piss people off that these women have outside endeavors and are still playing awesome tennis. They force their competitors to be better.

  74. Tony

    Couple of points;

    The Wimbledon rankings are done totally different to the other Slams, they take the players current points total, add any points from grass court tournaments gained in the last 12 months PLUS 75% of the points gained at Wimbledon the year before that (I think thats right). This is obviously going to bump the WS seedings right up. The seeding committe also use their discretion, its not the first time players have had a much higher seeding than they would get at another Slam, and it won’t be the last time.

    While I have no problem with articles like this being on the site (I’ll keep coming back Marija 😉 ), to be honest they are a waste of time. What should provoke reasoned arguement/discussion only actually leads to ridiculous name calling and abuse. There seems to be no middle ground,the haters will hate and the fans think the sun shines out of their backsides and will not have a word said against them.

    Its all too childish for words really (well, except for THESE words … obviously 😛 )

  75. Mia

    I have always thought that the Williams sisters strength, muscles and physique were indicative of a person using steroids. When other players have injuries it takes time for them to gain their strength back(this includes the men as well.
    I’m thinking there was a deal struck with The Williams sisters and the Fundraisers of the Grand Slams. For me, tennis has become a financial goal more than love for the sport. What would happen if like other Professional athletes a contract would be assigned for the year. Would it then be OK for Any player to decide they are too ill to participate? It’s a joke! There are exceptions of course, and that’s why I am still a fan: Djkovic, Federer, Ferrer,Sharapova, Azurenka,to name a few.

  76. Peggy

    Where are you getting all that nonsense? Are you aware of the injuries Serena and Venus have had? They have had to miss tournaments because of illness. While you’re loving on Djkovic, I suppose you have forgotten how he was always ill (from the heat)in tournaments. As an adult, you should be able to determine your level of health. What kind of deal are you talking about? Please explain – you’re talking in riddles!!!! Of course tennis is a financial game – players love to play, but after all – it is a job….

  77. Mia

    In most sports when players are injured they are sPeople like Billy Jean King Chris Evert, Lindsey Davenport,and others were dedicated and honesst players. Tennis today has become a place where politics has taken over talent and dedication.
    People need to wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. Mia

    The comment I made was incomplete. My point is that in most other sports when a player is injured they are at the game sitting on the bench. Since Tennis is an individual sport,it seems that injured players should be assigned some sort of job to do at the tournmanents. To miss so many tournaments without any consequences seems to make a joke of the entire profession. In what other sport can a person decide when they will participate. The weear and tear on the body should be the same for all players.

  79. GordonH

    I have read with interest all the different comments regarding these two so called greats. From the outset of their careers there has been destinct comparisons to drug users of both sexes in other sports. The women athletes of East Germany and China are good examples of what can be achieved with chemical use. Over the years they have had so many suspicious breaks prior to the big tournaments that to my mind are similar to the behaviour of known drug cheats in athletics etc.
    There are obvious reasons why the WTA would want to make an issue of this, money and race being just two.

  80. EO

    @ Mia above,
    Too bad you are blind sided by so much hatred for the Williams sisters that you don’t know how ridiculous you sound. SMH. What a pity.

  81. bruno

    I’m a sports fan period not just tennis,i admire many of the players who are playing some awesome tennis right now,as for the WS the are good but they only hav little times left with the sport because there are a lot of young players coming out who would be better players with the movement, speed,power hitters,runners and winners, for instance kvitova she’s at the top of the list she will get a GS before CW that’s a true fact.WS you will always be my favorite.

  82. jeanne

    Sad day for Tennis, The Williams sisters aren’t the only ones who gets angry on the tennis court, Azarenka who just won Australia was a pitbull,John Mac threw tantrum like a two year old and they glorify that..he was just disrespectful ..And Venus is laid-back. BUT THROUGH THIS ALL THEY WIN..THEY CAN PLAY SO STOP HATING!

  83. carli Garcia

    john, now you can notice that you wrote very bad comments. You are really white shit. The williams sisters are still playing good. Caroline wozniacki proved to be a bad no 1. And your american new sweetheart Coco proved to be worthless. How much do they pay you to write comments. i think you have to go wiping toilets where black people had just let their waste on the ground. You dirty racist.

  84. Tulp

    Dear carli Garcia, thank you for bringing my attention to this, uhm, very interesting post (I’m relatively new here, so I, sadly, missed the brawl, but thanks to your reviving it, I just got the chance of a retroactive experience). Now, I would never-ever feel any urge to make the following statement, were it not for this your comment (and, mind you well, in this I’m just a mirror, reflecting your own “light”): You are really black shit. [I] think you have to go wiping toilets where white people just let their waste on the ground. You dirty racist. How about this, carli? How does it feel? And how long are you (or, for that matter, the Sisters, or anyone else “black”) going to exploit this “racism” issue?

  85. HatersRNThard

    The WS have dealt with this from Day 1…they are both great players. Intimidation and power? That is a lame excuse for why the have demolished their competition for the past 15 years. As with any other sport, tennis should have a certain level of competition. No player should be intimidated by another in their sport. Sports in general takes a certain amount of toughness, if you can’t keep up with the WS just retire like Hingis did! Or maybe like Henin, Pierce, etc. The disrespectful comments regarding the steroids are a joke and will not be commented upon. To John (writer of this very ignorant, biased, racist, and inexperienced article) I bet you don’t say it to SERENA’s face hahaha…I’m done wasting time on this repulsive website John get a real job, maybe you should be designing “togs” in London…food for thought!!!

  86. Are you still awake out there?

    Anyone with half a Brain can not deny the glaringly
    obvious Fact,
    that the Musculature from the Williams Sisters can
    never have been achieved without using Steroids.
    And why did she(Serena) hide from the Drug Testers after hearing who they were?
    No innocent Person avoids Drug Tests.
    Look at other Players eg Kvitova or Sharopowa,
    they have totally normal Female Muscles.
    Dream on Folks if you think these Sisters could be “innocent”

  87. Guilty People are always aggresive

    Sorry Folks
    for me the biggest Proof of the Guilt of the Williams
    Sisters is there aggresiveness.
    Such People that cannot keep themselves under control,
    have no Place in Sport of any Kind.
    It reminds me of Lance Armstrong and his vicious Threats against Witnesses.
    And Steroids make you aggresive,thats a proven Fact.
    And a Woman that looks like a Bodybuilder,
    must be using Steroids,
    even Men do not get Muscles that easily.
    Its like the Feakshow from East German and russian
    women athletes during the cold war,
    they all used Steroids.

  88. Sport Trophys are Worthless anyway

    Success in Sport and Sports Trophies have no real Value,
    it just means you spend your whole Life playing Sport,
    which is after all Selfish and egoistic.
    People that cheat with Drugs should lose all Trophies and Titles,
    they stole the Winners Title from the rightful Winner,
    and its no big Deal if they get banned for Life
    and lose all Titles,
    its only a Game anyway.
    Normal People must work hard just to survive.

  89. Lisa

    Wimbledon is RIGGED, two of the best female players went out early… hmmmm… paving the way for another Williams ‘winning’ the final. / -:

    Wake up people!

  90. Dee

    I do not even watch tennis but to say you have to be on steroids to be muscular is very laughable. The stupidity of tennis fans is beyond believe. I watch football (soccer from the americans) and club trainers can make you look how they/you want. Sport is no longer the 1920’s sport you know, there is a lot of science in sport so you should grow up. Didn’t Djokovic have a different look ? If you eat a lot of protein and push heavy weights you will gain muscle. Hope that helps some of the dead heads here. And they say football fans are stupid, tennis fans take it to the next level. If you want to be racist be racist no one knows where you live but stupidity has no excuse. Like I said, I don’t know much about tennis and Federer and Williams are very popular, a look at wikipedia tells me why.

    Federer : 23 (16 titles, 7 runners-up),
    Serena Williams : 18 (13 titles, 4 runner-ups).

    Stop hating !

  91. nick

    Well in looking at the two sisters this is what I have to say. First, of the two, Venus appears to be the friendliest from what I have seen. For me, Serena is the most attractive of any female athlete I have ever seen, though she does come across as rather an unfriendly person (which I hope is not true), but who can forget that threatening behavior to that lines judge. If they only concentrated on tennis, I am sure both sisters would have been more dominant than they are, but would that be really good for the game if they dominated all the time, and I think that places like Wimbledon just realize how good they really both are. At the same time, there impact on tennis has been a positive one like Tiger Woods impact on golf. Just think how Tennis would be in the US with out the Williams sisters. Finally, at this time in History, Serena bight be the greatest female tennis player of all time.

  92. Merlisa

    I just came across this article. At best it is a poor piece of journalism with unsubstantiated rumors.

    As for “haters” and fans, not everyone who dislikes Serena is a hater.

    I do find it odd that people link their attitudes together. They are two completely different people.

    Venus says little about anybody. However she was one of the few players who stood up for Shahar Peer when the Israeli was not allowed to play in Dubai. Venus was honored for this by the anti-defamation league.

    As for the steroids accusations, they are silly and without merit. I covered college and professional sports for years, including two at Sports Illustrated. The tale tell signs of a woman on steroids is loss of fatty tissue, particularly in the breast and abs area —- think Marion Jones or female body builders.

    Serena is one of the few women on tour who actually needs a bra. She has too much wiggle and jiggle to be on roids. Another sign is when a player comes out of nowhere to start dominating, like Floyd Landis in cycling.

    Serena is built like her mother, gains weight easily, buffed. Venus is built like her father, tall and skinny. Nobody credible has ever accused the sisters of doping. Meanwhile the French press, former teammates and the US government have accused Lance Armstrong of doping and he gets the benefit of the doubt more than Serena.

    There is no excuse for Serena’s behavior in threatening a line judge. She was fined a record $82,000 ($70,000 more than Nalbandian who left an official bloodied). She issued a public and written apology. Those who wish to hold that against her forever, will. I see it as an ugly incident in an otherwise glorious career.

    The header is “the sisters don’t deserve the privileged status they have”. Who decides what they deserve?. The statement is patronizing. Nobody gave them their status. They earned it.

    All greats have fans and “haters”. You can like them or leave them. However, unsubstantiated rumors of drug use have no place in journalism.

    And coming from a man, the message seems so chauvinistic. Are all women with muscles on drugs? Shvedova, Kerber, Liscki, Stosur?

    Wow. Guess I better put down the weights now, less I be accused on doing roids.

  93. mc

    I stumbled on this site searching for “williams sisters are men”. I was expecting to read some dribble about testosterone levels in the sisters or how they are too strong to play women’s tennis, but instead read some childish dribble that shows bias, immaturity and jealousy on the part of the author. Such a bad read I was compelled to comment. Goodbye.

  94. Tulp

    @ronald johnson: let me guess, you are black, right? Not that I mind anyone being of any colour – just guessing, for the fun of it.

  95. Stefan

    @Tulp: What’s fun about guessing someone’s color? Especially in this context. Your guess simply implies that Ronald Johnson’s opinion is based on his ethnicity. How can those four sentences of his be typical of a certain color? Just the fact that your mind works that way is very telling of your character and makes me feel sorry for you and even more sorry for everybody who knows you. Shame on you. And guess what: I’m white.
    And no need to reply to this, since I’m not gonna return to this site because of this unprofessional article.

    If this guy is a “regular contributor” to this site, I don’t wanna read any more articles on here. I am a fan of opinions and obviously everybody is entitled to their own. What I sincerely dislike, though, is a guy who is given the stage on such a site just so he can spread his hatred, jealousy and conspiracy theories. This guy is not a journalist, but just a small bitter person who lacks integrity and competence. If he had any of those, he would have made prove his theories instead of making up weird accusations. A very poor choice to let that guy write an article on here. I can only recommend for every tennis fan to not read anything on here anymore. Go to wtatennis.com if you’re interested in real tennis facts.

  96. faith

    hi, this is all just ignorance. As human beings we need to congratulate and give credit were credit is due. trying to break ones spirit via disrescitng and heavily criticizing them is very wrong on all levels. i tell you these girls opened up this sport to so many people around the wold. Including me.

    I fail to understand why others cannot except to be graceful and accept some truths. This week she won the Olympic title and in a good fashion although i feel the little dance was not needed. All i can say is everyone of us strives to be the best in anything we do and for someone to be disregarding that is very hurtful.

    As for me tennis was a very elite sport and not accessible to many of us. I am sure the Williams have faced many cretinism for one reason or another, remember we all have feeling and i cannot understand for the life within me why someone would think is is right to disrespect another human being, instead we should look beyond faults and dwell on the good bits.

  97. bj wood

    thank God someone finally said it all! they are nothing more than ghetto queens with muscle and that’s where they should have stayed, particularly serena. serena has disgraced the game of tennis time and time again and admittedly is only in it for the money. i look forward to the day when she is too fat to haul her huge ass out on the court any longer!

  98. janis Thomas

    I really don’t know who this man is, but I can see that he is full of envy concerning the williams sisters. The williams sister have worked very hard for whatever privlidge they have. If not, how could they have attained so many titles over the years. you may not like them, but any logical person could see that it is impossible to achieve what they have without hard work. Let the other players pay their dues and win some more titles and enjoy the priviledges that come with winning.And just to let you in on a well kept secret, black people have never got privledged positions in tennis, they had to earn it.

  99. Sam

    I coudn’t agree more with Janis. The most under priviledged race in mankind history is Black. So get a life Mr. Bolan and be a man and admit what u really are!! By the way, Serena just beat your “better” player Sharapova yesterday to win WTA Tour tittle. Not to mention US Open final this year….

  100. Jim

    I always wonder if people who make comments like this if they would make the same comment if the William’s were white, also 15 slams and olympic gold
    has not been done by any of the other the “best players on the tour” or any active player this century

  101. John

    Congratulations to the author, who dares to provide a different view towards WS.

    The facts and/ or accusations were based on real observation – turning away tournaments, faked injuries, “unusual” physique. The interpretation might not be 100% correct, however a lot better than uncritical adoration.

    The “WS lovers” cannot see or hear anything – and in worst case simply start playing either the “rasism” card and/ or “the tale of how two uneducated ghetto queens got into WTA”.

    I could not care less and am looking forward when they either leave the court (the sooner the better) and/ or will be proven on drugs misuse.

  102. Mr Chris

    Totally correct. I like Venus, she has always been classy. But Serena is like a spoiled whiny bitch. She never credits opponents when they beat her, it is always her fault. Remember she has threatened linesmen, umpires, even ballboys with death. She is trashy, has a terrible sense of fashion, and is fat, ugly,and stupid. Hopefully she will retire to an anonymous life soon of being fat,ugly, and stupid.

  103. Tulp

    Wow, this thread seems to be longer-lived than most other threads… Deservedly so, perhaps. And perhaps it’s the right place to add a joke I’ve read somewhere (does anyone know the origin of any joke successfully circling around?). For, as all successful jokes, it goes right to the chore of a paradoxical phenomenon, no holds barred (especially the PC ones). It goes as follows:
    Two sisters, arguably the biggest stars of the WTA Tour, are having a confidential conversation, as sisters would:
    “I think Dad is putting something into our food.”
    “Why do you think so?”
    “Well, I’ve got hair growing in strange places…”
    “Like, where?”
    “Like on my balls, you know…”

  104. Marija

    Tulp, you’re right, this is by far the most commented article on my blog and the one that has remained active for the longest period.

    I’m not sure I like that joke. :/

  105. Zech

    Marija, I’m not sure why some of these comments are not deleted. There is a way to make an argument (ex: the article) about why you may not like either sister but there is no need for all of these comments that have some rather disturbing language. Tulp may be a regular poster but there’s no need to so classlessly bash either sister with a “joke”. Its not a joke.

    Other comment sections are much more regulated than what is found here. And some of the comments are nauseating.

    “But Serena is like a spoiled whiny bitch”…. that is something that shouldn’t be allowed even if only the language portion, and this entire comment section is riddled with it.

  106. Marija Post author

    Zech, this article seems to provoke such comments. I very rarely delete comments, even when they attack me. I simply write a reply.

  107. Jim

    This is nothing compared to the very first tennis forums I registered with in 2011. I won’t say its name, but I had just renewed my love for the game after finally(!) getting satellite TV.

    On a wave of enthusiasm after a thrilling few year-end matches, I went online to find some other tennis fans to talk with. I took my time, trying to find a well-populated, smart-looking place that had a good variety of folders.

    Finally, I picked out a site on the strength of it being well-designed and having smart, mature, encouraging mod comments and descriptions everywhere. So I registered, and dived in.

    I spent about half an hour browsing, after which I felt absolutely nauseous from the unabated, hysterical vitriol and pure, vehement hatred on display.

    Now I’m almost 40, and I’ve been around since USENET, and I like to think I’m pretty bullet-proof when it comes to this kind of thing.

    But I was revolted, and I made my first post to say so, declaring that all involved should be ashamed of themselves (something I don’t think I’ve ever done before).

    Of the several replies I got to that, the one which stands out most in my mind went, “Save yourself, before its too late”. In other words, ‘I know mate, don’t dirty your hands here!’

    Makes me laugh now, but the thing that struck me about that place was how the vast majority of the worst comments and rivalries between the posters in the WTA folders were being made men (of all ages, one presumes), who based their opinions largely on who had the longest legs, nicest smile, biggest chest etc. Any discussion of players’ tactics or talents was minimal, and heavily dressed in hyperbole about the players’ physiques and the irrevocable dunderheadedness of the evil, idiotic morons who supported other players.

    The thing that kills me most, is that I *imagine* that most of the actual players would be horrified to read these kinds of things, being said for and about them. Look at how Radwanska/Ivanowic turned out the other day – there was a beautiful picture of them shaking hands and smiling with genuine pleasure at the net, it made me proud to be a tennis fan, something a lot of online chinwags don’t!

  108. Marija Post author

    Jim, I’ve read all the comments on this blog for almost 6 years now and I can say that it’s pretty much unbelievable how little hatred and misunderstanding has been here among the posters and towards myself and venting out on the players has also been quite minimal. When I started blogging I expected I would be verbally attacked since I’m out there online, but my experience has been 99.9% positive and most people are actually supportive.

  109. Jim

    I’m very glad to hear it too! This is why I have settled here – I lurked for a while, making sure I wouldn’t be shot to pieces as soon as I made a comment. You have great readers, and it’s a great blog. Thank you 🙂

  110. Chris B.

    It should not be about RACE. My only point, and THE only point, should be about their lack of class. The article speaks of their “priviledged status”. I have watched tennis, well really only the 4 majors, for the last few years. What I observed is a very dignified and classy sport with true lady and gentleman competitors and champions. Then there are the Williams sisters. For example, when a player wins against his or her opponent, the respect for them is seen in gestures and actions of tradition. The winner has won a grueling match and is victorious. They (the winner) will go on to receive accolades, ovations, trophies, applause and many rewards. The very last show of class is to let the loser shake the line judges hand first. Every winner I have seen, both mens and womens, have honored this gesture of good will. Not Serena! To be honest, I am really not sure if Venus does this as I have not seen her in any matches recently. But Serena, I know for a fact, shakes the line judges hand first after a win… CLASSLESS!!! I even gave her the benefit of the doubt in the Australian open. I watched the match between her and Stevens. When she lost to Stevens, I wanted to see if she would extend the same courtesy, or accept the same treatment from her opponent. NOPE.
    Like a true classless competitor, she went to the line judge and shook his hand first. To some or many responding to this article, My point of view may seem stupid or trivial, however if this is how they act at this level of competition and in this arena and against this caliber of oppenents, then the author of the article got it right. They don’t deserve the Priviledge of Status. Both sisters are athletic and skilled and deserve every victory they fought for, but in the end, a TRUE CHAMPION will be humble and show the same RESPECT to their opponents that they receive. Again, it’s just my opinion.

  111. Johnny Rebel

    The Williams Sisters are a couple of arrogant, spoiled “porch monkeys” that look and behave more like “men” than women. How do these rude and ill manored “freaks of nature” further the sport of Women’s Tennis??? If anything, they have set back the sport of women’s tennis by several years.

  112. John

    Wow, talk about no class. To not recognize what Venus and Serena had to go through to get to the top of this elitist sport shows how narrow and ignorant criticism of them is. Instead of reflecting on the sport itself and it’s failure, you single out two women who are survivors and victors of this game. For shame. Get a clue.

  113. Snooby Dooby Doo

    I know this article was posted a long time ago – but how about this? All the players you mentioned – the ones who work so hard – how come they are not anywhere near the amount of success achieved by the Williams sisters? And you say they don’t work hard! Serena is No.1, won 2 slams THIS YEAR (which is the same as Vika’s overall) and has only lost 4 times this year. And coming from Wimbledon, the first people they talk about when they talk about the women’s stars are the Williams sisters. I am not hating on other players, but feel you need to respect Serena and Venus.

  114. Tim

    After seeing Serena’s outburst at the u.s open a few yrs ago , I cannot watch her. There are some very classy , and poised players on the tour and the Williams sisters are the farthest from that. They are extremely rude to everyone and really need to consider retiring. What horrible role models for our children .as far as talent goes , they are not natural players. They have been conditioned and you can clearly tell this with their movement on the court . Not natural. It would be nice if they could display professional qualities of a true tennis professional , but they choose no to. I will celebrate the day they retire!!

  115. Christina

    CLASSLESS! Stopped watching tennis due to racist (Gorilla Serena threatened to kill Asian lineswoman, just one of her long list of ghetto acts) classless Serena Gorilla. And, NO, stop your mediocre cries of racism, for it was the case, Venus would be attacked also.

  116. Wesley Etheridge

    I am not one who plays the race card every time I hear something adversarial but some of these comments are nothing but and some are pure hatred because they (black people) took tennis, too, a sentiment that I have heard expressed a lot more than once.

    “The Williams Sisters are really men?”
    “Serena Gorilla?” Really, Christina?

    Granted, Serena has had some emotional meltdowns and verbally abused lines people on the court a couple of times — probably 3 or 4 times in her career at most.

    Venus has NEVER yelled at anyone or done anything on or off the court that could be even remotely considered disrespectful. And to those of you who commented that she faked injuries, there is no way to know that. Her recent physical woes can easily be attributed to the Sjorgren’s Syndrome, a disease which has no cure and leaves the afflicted with joint pain and/or exhaustion at any given time. She doesn’t even challenge calls unless the error is blatant. Not doing so has caused her not only to lose points but also tournaments. Other players on the tour attest to the respect that they have for Venus because of her easy-going, lovable nature and for her being a primary force in getting women equal prize money at Wimbledon and for standing up for Shahar Peer, the player who was banned from playing in Dubai and other Muslim countries because she is an Israeli (and served in the Israeli army).

    Yet BOTH sisters have been deemed disrespectful of the game of tennis, which leads me to wonder if their success and color.

    The author of this “article” (aka rant) said that Serena plays tennis only for the money. That is obviously not true. She has had to play injured, practices very hard and works very hard to maintain her fitness. You have to be truly dedicated to do all this. Other players on the tour vouch for her very strong work ethic.

    I am not proud of Serena’s outbursts on the court and believe that the fines that were assessed were just but I cannot forgive the way she and her sister were treated at Indian Wells, in France one year when Venus had to suddenly withdraw from a match mere minutes before it was to be played, which was probably caused by symptoms of Sjorgren’s. They were pulled from the junior’s circuit due to the racist comments some of the parents of the other players made a well.

    And let’s not forget some of the white players who behaved badly on and off the court that should be mentioned in the author’s rant: Patty Snyder (called “Petty Patty” by other players on the tour), Martina Hingis, who once said that gay player Amelie Mauresmo should not be allowed to play women’s tennis because she was “half a man”. Then there’s John McEnroe, whose exploits need not be mentioned. Yet it is The Williams Sisters who allegedly bring shame to the game.

    The Williams Sisters have made the women’s game the power game that it is today, which brought men in as fans and viewers. And The Williams Sisters are still playing and loving the game. Yes, they play fewer tournaments than other players. But this has extended their longevity in the game and kept them from burning out so soon, which is what happened to Justine Henin and, most recently, Marion Bartoli.

    Yes, Serena experienced a few outbursts. Yes, it is uncommon for black tennis players to attain the level of success that The Williams Sisters did. However, they should be considered praiseworthy, not suspect.

  117. Tim

    It is absolutely incredible to me , how some of you can justify the Williams sisters behavior. I’m mean , seriously!!! I could care less that Serena was fined at the U.S . Open for threatening the lines woman . She should have been permanently barred from the sport. Can you imagine a young child watching that match, what a beautiful role model serena is !!! And what about the lines woman, how do you think that affected her, she was simply doing her job!!! Yet some of you place serena on this throne , how insane and shame on you for backing her!! Shame on you!!! Is is a known fact that the Williams sisters shun almost everyone , except their little clan that they created themselves. It is a known fact that they display a level of arrogance that never existed before them!! It is a known fact that they are extremely rude to everyone except their little clan. It is a known fact that they treat tournament employees like trash, expecting the red carpet rollout at the snap of their fingers. It is a known fact, that any form of appreciation is a show, and you can easily see that it’s all for pr. It is a known fact that they were brainwashed as kids by their parents , especially racist dad, to seclude themselves exclusively, all for self mental and emotional gain, which in turn results in a feeling of superiority over everyone else, except their little clan. Should I go on????
    Again, the best thing for the tennis world and sports in general, is a quick and immediate retirement, with a public apology to the world upon their exit for all the primitive , uncivilized outburts over the years , along with their display of arrogance. Please, please, I beg you. Retire and slip away into never never land !!!!!

  118. Orbital

    Serena Williams is actually a man. He has the arms of a man, the waste of a man, the shoulders of a man, and even the face of a man. It’s quite sad that talented REAL female athletes have had their rightful victories and titles swindled away by this deception. I don’t have a problem with Serena playing tennis, but he should really be playing against other men like him so that the game returns to some semblance of fairness.

  119. michael williams

    the WPTA is a shamefull organisation that has been hijacked by feminist ideals since it buckled to the dr renee richards affair……this spineless association did not have the balls to challenge the court ruling for fear of an enormous compensation payout…..consequently it has endorsed trans gender beings…..this has been exploited and is well known by the ladies on the tour….the politically correct lesbian culture embraces transgenderism….Let chromosonally tested and proven women be the only ones who are allowed in this tour…..or just have ONE open tournament for women and men…..we see serena with pulmonary embolism….cause….contraceptive pill or hormone therapy well known…..what was venus last year….sjorgens syndrome…..cause ….by body fighting foriegn bodies in blood….or lowering of estrogen…….One day….one of these two persons will drop down desd on the court…..but theWPTA will remain silent to the very end…..the author is right,though……they take the bucks and dont deliver…..they from day one have had a in private joke between them……that they have pulled off the biggest swindle and we help carry the bucks to the bank for them……chromosome test…front and center……WPTA….stop hiding the truth…….legally,yes…biologically,yes….chromosonally….Y

  120. Larry

    I agree with the writer. The so-called William brothers make a mockery of the wonderful game of tennis.
    And those who try and defend the William brothers do so in only one way.
    Attack the messenger!

  121. Vargha

    It happened again! yesterday at the semifinal of Roland Garros 2015. Very unfair behavior from Serena. She faked all the way that she was sick and then when it was time to play she tun and hit like usual. Come on!!! Just disgraceful. Please don’t say I am racist as I am not white and I love Venus as a player and her behaviour on court…..but Serena!!!

  122. stephie

    I love to hear all the racist commentary about Venus and Serena Williams. It just means that the haters out there are so, so jealous!!! They are still winning and playing after all these years and they don’t care what the haters have to say. Venus and Serena are Beautiful and Classy women. So sorry that the some of these very feminine males on this site are threatened by their strength. Haters, hate on!! I am sure they really care what you low lives think as they spend the money that you will never see in your lifetime!!! Every time I see an insult it is a victory!!! I am sure Serena with her 20 major titles can tell you haters where to go and how to get there in French!! But as I stated before she doesn’t give a damn about anything you have to say!!! Keep hating, I love it!! You wimpy, poor jealous haters!!

  123. derv lancaster

    I found this site whilst researching the Williams’ male origin. I have seen enough evidence to support this claim and recommend that you research it too before you disagree with me (if that is all you are going to do) I ask a simple question. Why do tennis authorities allow them both to play as women against women? (as in born a woman, i mean no offence to trans-genders) it is so unfair the real women players who clearly suffer a huge physical disadvantage. Surely, this is why the game is played in separate sexes to start with.

  124. klas

    Sad post that Marija keeps going to be some sad semblance of an internet star….. sad people with silly views about sex, hormones, quasi-medical understanding, etc….. anyone with an IQ over 110 or a job requiring a real degree posting ? Few, including Marija :). Live long (don’t reproduce preferably) and prosper Y’all!

  125. Keith Robberding

    I have followed tennis all my life, the last 60 plus years as a small child. At one point gamesmanship was considered frowned upon but nothing like today. I watched the finals of Wimbledon 2015 and was shocked to see Serena Williams, snarling, screaming and doing her best to unnerve and frighten her Spanish opponent into being unnerved, frightened and lacking composure. I studied the facial expressions and screaming countenance of Serena during the match and realized what she was doing. She acted like an out of control , rabid bestial presence which was frightening to behold. People say that making these observations is racist and not valid when in fact that is exactly what Serena wants. She has great physical tools and one upon a time I was pegged to have an impact on the tennis world, but Serena’s behavior is so vile and objectionable that I don’t know what should be done. I think people should in general just say, shame, shame Serena, you are far from an admirable person and any records you establish should have a hundred asterisks next to them and People should openly despise how you have accomplished anything in tennis on your own merit. You appear to be a frightening, obsurd, angry to extreme frightening people just to win. Frighten them you do because apparently you are what you put forth. I don’t think you are rabid beast, you just act as though you are, shame, shame, your records should just be turned over and not recognized.

  126. jeanius

    I have been reading the comments sections of tennis blogs and websites for many years. I have never seen such ugly and hateful comments as those that appear here. Most of you should be ashamed of yourself. I am glad I don’t know you personally.

  127. Ernest

    To the Serena haters….

    Just remember when she was only 18 she was the victim of unprecedented and constant booing by the so called tennis fans at indian wells… Even after she won the boos continued… Never has there been such crass behavior like that in the history of sports… Perhaps Jack Johnson comes to mind…

    Also don’t forget and I’ve heard this from many commentators that the Challenge System was started as a results of infamous bad call against Serena at crucial time in Grand Slams… which might even explain her meltdown at the 2009 US Open

    Lastly, if you already know this and still hate there’s only one conclusion that I can come to… and that is you are a racist.

    This will be my one and only post on this racist site…

  128. Lois

    Well the other players on tour are talented with their rackets, but not as talented as, may we say the Williams. They all fake injuries, have other obligations and get paid appearance fees and what’s your problem.?

    Look at the top 20 in women’s tennis. How many tournaments did Serena play to get to where she is. Other players have doubled the tournaments she has played and what are their rankings?

    All of them knows how to play tennis, but lack talentm

  129. Anthony Corritore

    why is it that all serena williams mentions steffie graff about the 22 grand slams and nothing about margaret court, reason graff is pretty and blonde and serena hates blonges with one exception her girlfried wozniaki. when will people begin to realize what a disgrace the whole williams family are, needless to say more could be stated but anyone with any intelligence undestands.

  130. Anthony Corritore

    serena williams hates blondes, only mentions graff towards the grandslams,never margaret court who has the most.. she is ignorant, and going back in any sports cannot remember any sports figure on live coverage telling an official ill kill you. if i had a girl who wanted to play tennis and emulate herself as serena i would take and destroy her racket

  131. The Real Deal

    Oh, Anthony! Jealous much? You can take your usual seat now, right next to the overrated loser Maria Sharapova.

  132. The Real Deal

    Haters keep hating and Serena keeps persevering and winning, Time and time again, she shows the entire world why she’s still the greatest. Keep hating haters and still she’ll rise. This article is so childish and ridiculous! Naysayers and trash-talkers, you may take your seat now, right next to the rest of the losers.

  133. Lauren DeListon

    The Williams sisters are excellent athletes and deserve respect. I am not a tennis aficionado but see the obvious need to change the tennis sport based on the boxing platform. The Williams sisters are heavyweights compared to the many welterweight opponents in which they vie championship status. It is in this obvious matter viewers either like to see a grand slam or detest watching a grand slam. I do not care to watch an unbalanced game of opponents and would like a change made based on the boxing weight platform.

  134. sru

    lol The most controversial post in this blog perhaps? While I disagree with most of the article, I try not to comment on such situations in general till whole picture is clear (U may notice that I haven’t commented on maria’s doping case either yet ) . But what I feel is ,most people who are commenting here don’t really know or remember the situation at the time when this article was written. There are so many funny comments just grab some popcorn and read all of them ( my most recent fav one being ernest and anthony 😀 ). However I wonder if the opinion of the author changed over the time now that we know how serious their injuries at that time were and both sisters being committed full time after that ( with this year being an exception)

  135. Alma

    Transvestite men, supposedly changed into women, should not be allowed to compete against women because they have a huge, unfair advantage. They have proven nothing, but taken advantage of an evil world caught up in aggrandizing the LGBT community. They are a part of the abomination that America has become in so many ways. Even Michelle Obama is a tranvestite man, supposedly changed to be a woman, and Obama children are borrowed. Former President Obama is a gay man who corrupted U.S. law after the manner of his own wickedness. They will all go the way of Sodom and Gomorrah unless they see their way through the repentance process. Sadly, God will punish them because they have rewarded evil unto themselves. God will not always suffer the wicked to have happiness in sin. It is especially repugnant to Him when they heap their abominations upon children.

  136. Steven Golden

    EVERYBODY seems to keep missing the biggest points. Re: if WILLIAMS’ are obviously bigger and have more muscle mass..and I mean a lot (maybe 50 m60 lbs more than the average woman in their weight class.

    In all adverserial sports (virtually) there are weight classes. I think it’s great that the Serena sisters are ‘all that’ . However if they want to be judged fairly..

    Lying to the public about their weight continuously is not just unproffessional
    verging on cheating when you place her weight against 90% of the other women in league, it also sets a bad example.


    leaves Serena in the enviable position to possibly say ” I CAN UTILIZE THE IMMENSE STRENGTGH IT GIVES ME BECAUSE APPARENTLY
    1. Along with no weigh-ins to deal with
    2. I can also possibly exploit drug testing including illegal steroid use.

    To compete fairly tennis needs weight classes now.
    It also needs not only simple drug testing..but state-of-the-art bone marror imaging to actually se the growth in bone structures (namely in any doping athlete…the large jaw. the large jaw widening to an overly large forehead…) caused by verifiable steroid use.

    Everybody got that?
    Weight classes due to the allowing of certain tennis members to continually utilize steroids etc.
    resulting in a measurable verifiable gain of bone structure ALONG WITH OTHER verifiable testing elements.

  137. Donna

    I agree with John’s article on the Williams sisters since they first went to Wimbledon. They want the same pay as men they should play 5 sets. WTA should re-evaluate the pay scale. They outfits that they wear is a disgrace to tennis. Cover up your breast Venus in the first round of the US Open her breasts were bouncing wear a support shirt no one wants to see your beast bounce they want to see the tennis ball bounce.
    They need to be disqualified for crap they pull.

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