Category Archives: Venus Williams

Quotable Quotes: “She’ll Turn You To Stone”

So Serena and Venus’ mother Oracene took to twitter today to throw some epic shade at Kim Clijsters. Oh, and the sky is blue.

Check below for the full quotes.


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Venus tried to play but after twice squealing in pain, she was forced to emotionally (seriously, she was almost in tears for the second straight match. And she NEVER cries) retired to Andrea Petkovic after one game. She was booed off court by a section of the crowd. And I got a little emo at the whole situation.

So basically, life and people both suck. Carry on.

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Venus and Gilles, Thank You

One of the billion things I love about tennis is that, as a fan, not only do you love the sport for the tennis and the games of those players, but you form emotional attachments with the players as people, and for their characters. You fistpump as they fistpump, you swear when they swear, you shout ajde as they shout ajde, you scream at the TV as they threaten to shove balls down people’s thoats, and so on. It’s a personal connection. Thus, it means that when they win after fighting through hoards of pain and hobbling around the court for most of the match, you feel unequivocally happy, proud and estatic. And when they lose 2-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 4-6 to after killing themselves on the court, you feel gutted, depressed and you feel the need to smash your head through whatever mode of technology you were watching the match on.

And that’s exactly how I felt and what happened earlier today when Venus Williams defeated Sandra Zahlavova 6-7(6) 6-0 6-4 and Roger Federer defeated Gilles Simon 6-2 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-4. I don’t really have much to say with the latter episode still all sinking in, but I will say this; regarding Venus, it was so heart-warming to witness her fightback today. The last 6 months have seen countless critics rising out of their holes and trailers with pitchforks in hand to chase her out of tennis and into a retirement home. But today she showed that she isn’t going anywhere. She was playing badly, she was injured, she was hobbling around the court, she was letting out primal screams of pain after every point, but she fought her heart out and emerged the victor in the end. She reminded us all why she won 7 Grand Slams, and until she loses that champion’s spirit on the court, there’s no way she’s retiring. After the match, she was dead on her feet, yet she still gave a brilliant interview before smiling and waving at the camera as she hobbled off. Pure class.

And as for Gilles, the last 18 months have been absolutely horrendous. He had an Ivanovic-like crisis of confidence at the beginning of 2009, and then a chronic knee injury kicked him down as he tried to get back up from it. After the knee injury effectively ruined a year of his career (between Wimbledon of 09 and the 2010 grass season), his return to the courts was patchy and uninspiring. But he came out here and reminded us not only that he is a magnificent player more than capable of finding his way back into the top 10 again, but that he is an incredible fighter with truckloads of courage. And after a gut wrenching loss, he was still able to crack a smile like only Gilles Simon can.

The crowds may have booed (in Venus’ case) and snubbed them both, but I didn’t. And I speak for myself and all of their fans when I say that it was just incredible to be reminded by them, exactly why they are two of my top favourite tennis players. And so I thank them both.

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Quotable Quotes: My psosososoas hurts :(

Q. What was the injury today?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Psoas [name of major muscle in the pelvis]. I guess a strain of some type.

Q. Your thigh or hip or stomach or…

Q. What does that mean?
VENUS WILLIAMS: It’s a muscle.

Q. So you’re not saying.
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, it’s a psoas

This exchange just cracked me up when I first saw it. The journo clearly thinks she was just taking the absolute piss out of them. And I don’t blame them. How on earth do you even pronounce that?

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Australian Open Women’s Previews, Picks and Incoherent Rambling: Second Section

Second Section

The second section of the top half again plays host to a total of ten Grand Slam titles, in the form of Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova. Simultaneously excited at the prospect of a long-awaited Venus vs Maria scream-fest rematch, and horrified at the fact that they’re due to meet in only the fourth round, this has really been the section that has captured my attention the most. It has also amused me to see many people stating that Maria and Victoria Azarenka would be pleased with their draws. Maybe it’s just me, but if I was Maria, considering I lost in straight sets to Greta Arn just a week ago, I wouldn’t be jumping for joy at the thought of drawing arguably the most accomplished player in the draw. And as for Vika, considering she has never defeated Venus and her matches up horribly against her, again, I wouldn’t be too excited either. The whole “Venus is on her last legs” theory just doesn’t add up. She is currently sitting at 5th in the world with only nine tournaments to her name, so if she is supposedly finished and close to retirement, then what the hell does that say about the rest of the tour?

Anyway, let’s move on. This section is also intriguing because of the dangerous floaters littered throughout it. We have tennis player-turned assassin dancer Andrea Petkovic waiting for Venus in the third round, and Maria will have to fight her way past sextape queen Elena Vesnina and then Julia Goerges or Kaia Kanepi, which is a really, really tough ask. Further down in the draw, it’s worth keeping an eye out for the first round bitch-fest between Aravane Rezai and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, with Rezai’s total tennis contrasting well with Zahlavova Strycova’s consistent and resourceful game. Another worth watching is Daniela Hantuchova’s tough first-round match against the talented but injury-prone Regina Kulikova.

More than any other section, I’m expecting the top seeds to pull through to meet each other in the fourth round, and from then anything could happen. In the top half, should they meet, the match between Venus and Maria is probably one of the most pivotal in the draw. A victory for Maria could really give her the confidence to finally lose those inhibitions and nerves that have held her back over the last year, and similarly for Venus, it could prove a morale booster and the challenge from Maria could force her to elevate her game to that next level for the remainder of the tournament. It’s anyone’s match, really. The other fourth rounder between Na Li and Vika Azarenka will be similarly unpredicable. We all know Na – she just won Sydney with some brilliant tennis, and could completely blow Azarenka away in under an hour, but she could just as well lose with 927 unforced errors to her credit. It all depends on what side of the bed she wakes up on.

I think both Maria and Venus would prefer to meet Azarenka in the quarters – though both Li and Azarenka are essentially aggressive players, they are on completely different ends of the spectrum, with Azarenka’s consistent and relentless aggression contrasting with Li’s explosive, unpredictable game. Azarenka’s game will always match up dreadfully to Venus’ because Venus not only loves power, but she loves to be given the same ball over and over, with no changes in pace. Though aggressive, Azarenka’s game isn’t big enough to hit through Venus’ athleticism and so defeat is usually inevitable. The results would be similar against a confident, uninhibited Sharapova, with Masha demolishing the Azarenka serve and using the pace of Vika’s balls for her own amusement.

So here we go. Can Venus play her way into form and move into her second straight slam semi-final? Will Maria up her game in the last sixteen and find a way to summon the Sharapova of old? Can Li continue her Sydney form with a second consecutive Australian Open semi-final? And could Azarenka finally move into the semis of the Australian Open with no Serena to stop her for the first time in four years? So many questions. I do think that, should Maria and Venus play in the fourth round, the winner will come out of that match just because it would just be such a massive confidence booster for either player. And though I do think Maria is in with a great chance, is it really advisable to pick her to reach her first slam semi in three years off the back of her performance in Auckland? I’m thinking no.

Pick: Venus Williams.

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Venus Williams Makes Return And Maria Kirilenko Gives Courage The Finger At Hong Kong

Russia whitewashed the USA 4-0 in the first match of the Hong Kong Exhibition’s group stage, with Vera Zvonareva defeating Venus Williams 6-4 6-2, Maria Kirilenko saving double match point to take out Melanie Oudin 6-0 in the third, and there were some other results that nobody cares about involving John McEnroe and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, so I won’t waste my time. The main thing is that Venus is back and so far the knee doesn’t seem to be bothering her. Check out some pics of the Hong Kong competitors below.


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Pic Of The Day: Venus Williams and Justin Gimelstob Lifting Australian Open

Check out this picture from back 1998 when Venus Williams and Justin Gimbelstob combined in mixed doubles to take home the Australian Open. I’ve searched in the past for pictures of this, so it’s pretty cool to finally see a full-sized picture of it. The pair also won the French Open that year, and Venus has recently expressed her intention of completing the set by taking home the Wimbledon and US Open mixed doubles crowns later this year.

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Venus Williams, Maria Kirilenko, Li Na and Aravane Rezai Have Fun In Hong Kong

Ahead of the Hong Kong exhibition event, Venus Williams, Maria Kirilenko, Li Na and Aravane Rezai went out to participate in some activities around the city. God only knows what they are doing in these pictures. Shooting a cannon? Ah well, irrelevant. Just look and laugh - I know I did.

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Photos: Venus Williams, Vera Zvonareva And More Hit The Courts In Hong Kong

Ahead of the Hong Kong exhibition, star players Venus Williams, Vera Zvonareva and Li Na took to the courts to practice throughout sunday. Check out the full gallery here.

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Foot Fault’s 46 Predictions for 2011

With 2011 fast approaching and the excitement of a brand new season slowly mounting to a fever pitch, I’ve taken to my trusty crystal ball to see what awaits us in the new year. I still wear my Schiavone French Open prediction like a crown, so will lightning strike twice in 2011 or will I be stuffing my face with humble pie this time around? We shall see. Remember, this is all in good fun so don’t take my word for gospel or anything.


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