Will Serena ever be classy in defeat?

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  1. mikej

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    For starters, I am not a total Williams basher. I have no problem with the way anyone in the Williams family acts except Serena. However, I don't think the self-proclaimed diva will ever be gracious in defeat. During an interview earlier in the week, Serena claimed she could not be beaten, she could only beat herself be making 100 errors. At the end of the Wimbledon final, there seemed to be hope of accepting the fact that she was completely outplayed in a classy manner, for once. She hugged Sharapova at net, gave a respectful on-court speech, and smiled as Sharapova accepted the trophy. However, a gracious acceptance of a loss proved to be too much to expect from Serena. The following are some excerpts from the post-match press conference:

    (by the way, read all three before ignoring me...the first response doesn't seem bad until you compare it to the second and third responses)

    {{{{Q. Do you think you just caught a player today that was really, really hot?

    SERENA WILLIAMS: I think she played her best tennis today, and for the whole tournament, for sure. You know, it's normal. When I play people, they normally play their best tennis ‑ not normally, they always play their best tennis against me and my sister. So today I knew she was going to be playing really well.

    Q. How far are you from being back to where you want to be?

    SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, I'm at like 20% right now, so... I'm at 20%, I think.

    Q. You say you're at 20%. Is it just kind of mentally getting the confidence back? A bunch of tournaments? You said you haven't played many tournaments. Can you just break that down for us?

    SERENA WILLIAMS: I think everyone can see it. There's a lot of stuff I want to do a little more physically. Obviously, I want to play a lot better than I did the last two matches. But I think before I played a little better. But still when I was playing Capriati and stuff, I still think there's a lot of things that I want to work on that I really know from my potential that I can do a lot better on. So that's what I kind of mean by that, I think.

    Playing‑wise, I can just do so much better. But I think everyone here knows I can do so much better than what I did the past few matches. We can't deny that.}}}}

    In summary, everyone "always play their best tennis" against Serena, but when she loses, she only performed at "20%." "We can't deny that."

    On the contrary, I think most who watched the match would deny that. Serena played fine, Sharapova simply was not intimidated by her raw power, and completely outplayed Serena. For once, accept that someone is capable of playing better than you on a given day, Serena.
     
  2. david aames

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    That part is classic Serena. Funny as hell:

     
  3. radical tourist

    radical tourist Rookie

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    I thought Williams was very sportsmanlike overall. It's natural to think you could have done something more to win. She was much more congenial than plenty of other losers I've seen over the years. And I'm not a big Williams fan.
     
  4. BigboyDan

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    Serena tanked the match after losing 6-1 in the first. Ought to give the Nike money back.
     
  5. mikej

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    And in all seriousness, who the hell performs at 20% of their potential. That statement is utterly ridiculous and disrespectful to Sharapova.
     
  6. BigboyDan

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    And Jennifer Caprati tanked to Serena in the Semi. 1 and 1 - give me a break.
     
  7. david aames

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    She was down on her knees at 20% of her falling potential today. And that blow in the nose, a 20% volley.

     
  8. Datacipher

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    It's true that when you are at the top, plenty of players will be gunning for you and anxious to get a win. But actually plenty of players have not played well against Serena because of intimidation and not truly believing they could beat her. So I think that part of the interview is nonsense as well...

    How far back do we have to look to see a player not playing her best? Can you say CAPRIATI?
     
  9. alienhamster

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    She's always arrogant and annoyingly mysterious during interviews.

    20%??? That's BS completely. She wasn't at her best, but it wasn't like she was hitting unforced errors all the time. Sharapova did a better job finding angles and punishing the short balls, plain and simple.
     
  10. Who cares, action speaks louder than words, and in this case, Serena got her @ss stomped on over and over again! But hey, I would complain too if I had the mentality of a 10-year-old.
     

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