Should Serena Williams retire from tennis?

Should Serena Williams retire from tennis?

  • Yes

    Votes: 8 21.6%
  • No

    Votes: 29 78.4%

  • Total voters
    37

equinox

Hall of Fame
Serena Williams has shown she is no longer prepared to put in the proper time and effort training required to compete at a "glam slam" event level.

Her lack of match toughness and general lack of fitness were very evident during the Australian Open.

I believe the time has come for her to put the rackets back in the closet and focus on her design/fashion career.

What do you people think?
 

babbette

Legend
no she should just focus more on tennis not promoting her "no one would be caught dead in that" clothing line!!
 

Joe Pike

Banned
equinox said:
Serena Williams has shown she is no longer prepared to put in the proper time and effort training required to compete at a "glam slam" event level.

Her lack of match toughness and general lack of fitness were very evident during the Australian Open.

I believe the time has come for her to put the rackets back in the closet and focus on her design/fashion career.

What do you people think?

As a matter of fact Serena had only 15 great months (June 2002 -July 2003) when she won 5 slams.
Her 1999 USO and 2005 AO wins were flukes.
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
Serena has earned the right to do whatever she wishes. However, it would be a very bad thing for the game of tennis if she did retire. People complain about the lack of tennis coverage now. ESPN dropped Davis Cup. If Serena retires, expect even less tennis coverage.


http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/sportsbusiness/news/story?id=2004780

NEW YORK -- For the second consecutive year, Tiger Woods and Serena Williams are the most highly sought athletes to serve as spokespersons.
In a survey of professionals in the public relations and marketing industries conducted by Alan Taylor Communications, Inc., Woods easily outdistanced Lance Armstrong among the men. Williams beat Annika Sorenstam among women.
Also high on the survey were two Hispanic athletes, Alex Rodriguez and Oscar de la Hoya.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
I don't think the question is should she as much as it is will she? In the face of less and less success, and her perception of other avenues, she may well throw in the towel too early. I see her more a victim of too much too soon. Venus will probably stay in the game and may actually devote herself to getting back to the top of the game. I don't think Serena has ever had the will to do it.
 

Aonex

Semi-Pro
Why doesn't she just take a break for a year? Make up some random injury and then come back if and when she misses the game and wants to put in the effort to be on top again.
 

ACE of Hearts

Bionic Poster
Man:-| , i just saw some pics of Serena and i thought it was Ray Lewis playing football:mad: , she is playing the wrong sport:mrgreen:
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Aonex said:
Why doesn't she just take a break for a year? Make up some random injury and then come back if and when she misses the game and wants to put in the effort to be on top again.
Isn't that what she did last year?

She only played 10 tournaments and 30 overall matches in 2005, which is really weak for a professional player without a serious injury. By contrast, I (as a regular hacker) played in 13 tournaments and 55 matches myself, and that was after missing two months due to injuries from a bike accident.

I think we all expect more from her, and she just doesn't seem to give a rip. Mary Carillo mentioned this last night when she talked about how hard many of the women on the WTA work just to be there, and then there is Serena with the talent to be the greatest female tennis player of all time... and she just mails it in. Sad. :neutral:
 

Surecatch

Semi-Pro
I confess to rooting against Venus and Serena whenever I can....their lack of dedication to the sport and also some well documented arrogance in interviews turns me off. On the women't side, I root for Clijsters, Hingus, Davenport and Maurismo.
 
Beefy

She wasn't always that beefy ang jiggly was she? She doesn't look like an athlete anymore. It's sad.
She shouldn't retire. She should eat right.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
eq, Serena retired a year ago, never told a soul. To paraphrase Rasheed Wallace, "the butt don't lie"
 

8PAQ

Banned
I want to her to keep playing for a while longer so that she has few more embarrassing losses and then retire after loosing in the 1st round of USO.

Also, I hope she doesn't have any more injuries. I just want her to loose because other players are better and not because she is injured. That will hurt her oversized ego more.
 

Warriorroger

Hall of Fame
The greatest talent of all time? What else did she have beside power? There is nothing great about her game. Only thing that is great is her bad behaviour and butt.

She is outclassed in every department compared to all the former number ones.

Martina Navratilova (tactical attacking game - dedication to tennis) - Steffi Graf (speedy footwork and most brutal forehand hit by a woman - dedication to tennis) -Seles (raw power and accuracy from both sides - never say die attitude)
 
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Surecatch

Semi-Pro
Ronaldo said:
eq, Serena retired a year ago, never told a soul. To paraphrase Rasheed Wallace, "the butt don't lie"
You from the D, Ronnie? Michigan? Sheed is an entertaining one. I always like him in Portland despite the "head case" tag that followed him around.

Deeeeeeetroit Basketballllllllllll!
 

Nuke

Hall of Fame
If Serena got herself a real coach, one who would literally make her work her butt off, she could be number one again. The fashion and acting gigs are only possible because of her fame from tennis.
 

SteveI

Legend
Hi,

The game has passed her by.."quitting time". The Williams Sister's power used to over-power players and they won many easy points without having to strike more than 5 balls in a row.. Most players hit with the same power.. are more consistant and acurate. BTW.. IMHO.

Steve
 
The biggest problem facing both Venus and Serena is that the aura of invincibility is gone. Opponents no longer go into matches thinking about avoiding embarassment -- they think they have a chance to win. They play with less fear and they spend more time thinking on court.

As a practical matter, if they want to continue to "play their way" into slams, they have to play more of the other tournaments to get their rankings up. They are playing higher ranked players earlier in slams than they did when they were #1 and #2. Serena and Hantuchova was #13 against #17 in the third round. Had Serena won she'd be playing Sharapova at #4 in the fourth round. Contrast that to Davenport who played #25 in the 3rd round and will face #14 in the fourth round. Clijsters has an injury but she's had an easy draw so far so she hasn't been pushed. Her 3rd round match is against an unseeded player ranked 49. I'm sure Serena would have loved that 3rd round match rather than Hantuchova.
 

theoratoruk

New User
u guys are crazy!

i dont always post on this board but this serena williams topic is interesting,it seems to me that even though she is from the US opinion on the williams sisters is massively divided over there.

All i have to say is this there is no player on the wta tour who can beat a fit and angry serena williams,and you all know that. when aggassi was down and unmotivated (133 in the world) i never heard people telling him to retire, he even went down to challengers.they encouraged him.

Everybody goes on about maria sharapova, in wimbledon last year she got a taste of a fired up williams sister(the weaker venus) that would not be intimidated and it was all over ,she was run run ragged by move power more speed and more attitude,maria was in tears. so please lets be honest and fair and not write post with such clouded viewpoints.

ps; when richard williams gets on the plane as a rule those girls come home with silverware.oracine is no good for business, there seems to be too much shopping going on.lol
 

bpt7

New User
Serena should retire.

so what if ESPN drops the grand slam coverage......then the tennis channel can claim the rights and show a grand slam coverage like it should be shown....live, all day coverage - not to wait for a darn basketball game to finish and then have brad talking for 30 mins waiting for the davenport match to start while other matches are going on live and it's 3-3 in the 5th set :)
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Warriorroger said:
The greatest talent of all time? What else did she have beside power? There is nothing great about her game. Only thing that is great is her bad behaviour and butt.

She is outclassed in every department compared to all the former number ones.

Martina Navratilova (tactical attacking game - dedication to tennis) - Steffi Graf (speedy footwork and most brutal forehand hit by a woman - dedication to tennis) -Seles (raw power and accuracy from both sides - never say die attitude)

If someone ( and they will) wants to make this into an african american role model thing. I rather look at Chanda Rubin or in the past Althea Gibson. Serena will never win a slam anymore.
I assume that you must be referring to Mary Carillo's comments, which I paraphrased earlier in this thread. Carillo said that Williams had the talent to be the greatest tennis women's tennis player of all time, but that she is wasting it with her attitude and poor work habits. In short, she has a gift, and she is throwing it away...

However, as we all know, talent does not gurantee success... especially without focus and work ethic. See Marat Safin.

Serena - at her best - has tremendous power, footspeed, and mental toughness in (arguably) greater amounts that Navratilova, Graf, and Seles. However, the difference is that those women had single minded dedication to tennis and they got the absolute most out of their talents. Serena is only 24 years old and has 7 Grand Slam singles championships (including 4 in a row for the "Serena Slam"), 8 Slam doubles titles, and an Olympic gold medal. If she got into shape and played with focus and desire for the next 6 or 7 years, she would have a chance at winning double or triple the amount of Slams that she has already achieved, and would be considered the greatest ever... but she is throwing that away, which makes me sick! :x

(I'm not going to compare the asthetics of her game to Federer, but when Serena is in top form, she dominates the WTA in the same manner as Fed does the ATP. However, just imagine if Federer had the same lack of drive... and started showing up at Slams weighing 240 lbs, slapping balls as hard as he could, and b!tching that he just could find his "A" game after losing to guys ranked in the 100s. Everyone would be appalled and disgusted that he was throwing his talent away... and that is what Serena is doing. She may be happy with all the other interests in her life right now, but unless she turns this around, I can't help but think that she will someday look back on this time and wonder what might have been.)
 

Moose Malloy

G.O.A.T.
Jack,
do you think Serena could have been the greatest of all time? I don't. She had 6 majors when she got injured at Wimbledon 2003. Even if she continued to dominate the game for more years after that, I don't think it was ever realistic for her to win as many majors as Graf, Navratilova, Court, Evert.
I certainly don't think it's realistic for any women to play high level tennis into their 30s, which you said you think she can do.

I think her serve, particulary her 2nd, is what made her such a great champion. I had never seen such placement, power, spin from a woman on that shot before and still haven't seen anyone get close to that level since.
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
theoratoruk said:
All i have to say is this there is no player on the wta tour who can beat a fit and angry serena williams,and you all know that. when aggassi was down and unmotivated (133 in the world) i never heard people telling him to retire, he even went down to challengers.they encouraged him.

Everybody goes on about maria sharapova, in wimbledon last year she got a taste of a fired up williams sister(the weaker venus) that would not be intimidated and it was all over ,she was run run ragged by move power more speed and more attitude,maria was in tears. so please lets be honest and fair and not write post with such clouded viewpoints.
On your 1st point, that's just speculation - and since Serena isn't fit, it's not even worth talking about. And the Agassi point is wrong: a big part of his dropoff was because of a wrist injury and the subsequent surgery.

And I don't recall the Venus - Sharapova match like you do. Venus won convincingly - but at least Sharapova showed up in match shape - and made it to the 2nd week, something the Williams clan, with two entrants, didn't pull off at the AO this week.

Why don't you just get it off your chest? You want to use the 'r' word on us. My favorite player of all time is still Ashe - and I don't hate Serena - I just have a profound Loss of Respect for her - she has a tremendous opportunity and is letting it go to waste. Sad.
 

Moose Malloy

G.O.A.T.
Agassi had wrist surgery in '93, not in '97(I think)
So his dropoff in '97 had nothing to do with an injury. He got married earlier that year & only played 10 events(like Serena last year)
He was very fat at the US Open.

And theoratoruk,
people were telling Agassi to retire. no one, including commentators, thought he could come back, they thought the game had passed him by & he was too caught up in the Hollywood life(sound familar?)
then he lost weight, got back in the top 10, lost even more weight(got rid of Brooke) and got back to #1.
 

aRod36

New User
i think she should take a year off to commit to becoming fit other wise she should retire

get in shape or retire
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Moose Malloy said:
Jack,
do you think Serena could have been the greatest of all time? I don't. She had 6 majors when she got injured at Wimbledon 2003. Even if she continued to dominate the game for more years after that, I don't think it was ever realistic for her to win as many majors as Graf, Navratilova, Court, Evert.
I certainly don't think it's realistic for any women to play high level tennis into their 30s, which you said you think she can do.

I think her serve, particulary her 2nd, is what made her such a great champion. I had never seen such placement, power, spin from a woman on that shot before and still haven't seen anyone get close to that level since.
I don't want to turn this into one of those lame "Navratilova vs. Graf vs. Seles for GOAT" debates as there have already been enough threads about that topic in past few months!!! However, for the purpose of comparison to Serena, I will say that Graf won 22 Slam singles titles (the last when she was 30) and Navratilova won 18 Slam singles titles (the last just before she turned 36). Serena just turned 24 a few months ago, so if she got serious, played well until she was 32, and averaged 1-2 Slam singles titles per year for the next 8 years, she would end her career with somewhere between 15 and 25 titles... which would put her in contention for the greatest ever (and she would flirt with the all-time singles record of 24 held by Margaret Court). I've gotten really turned off by her ungracious attitude and unimaginative bashing play, but aside from my personal opinion of her, I think she does have the talent to complete the scenerio above if she wanted it and worked hard.

(She was just as fat and out of shape at the 2005 Australian Open, and was not playing anywhere near her best, but she still won that tournament. I have no doubt that if she was motivated, she could dominate the tour and contend for every Slam title.)

By the way, I think you are correct... if you had to pick one shot that seperated her from the rest of the tour, her serve was it. The other poster seemed to think that she just had power, but my point was that she also has amazing speed and mental toughness when she is in peak form.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Moose Malloy said:
Agassi had wrist surgery in '93, not in '97(I think)
So his dropoff in '97 had nothing to do with an injury. He got married earlier that year & only played 10 events(like Serena last year)
He was very fat at the US Open.

And theoratoruk,
people were telling Agassi to retire. no one, including commentators, thought he could come back, they thought the game had passed him by & he was too caught up in the Hollywood life(sound familar?)
then he lost weight, got back in the top 10, lost even more weight(got rid of Brooke) and got back to #1.
Moose, you right on with the Agassi timeline. Maybe Serena's dalliances with outside interests will prolong her career like it did Agassi's. Andre realized that he was wasting his talent and turned a good career into a great one (by winning the French and completing the career Slam).

This is off-topic, but on the subject of Agassi's wrist surgery, I had heard a rumour that he had the doctors make the incision in the shape of a Nike swoosh so he would have a permanent tattoo/scar of his biggest sponsor on the wrist. If that's true, I wonder if he has modified it to look like the Adidas logo now that he has switch over? :p
 

LafayetteHitter

Hall of Fame
As of late it looks like Serena Williams may have been eating too many Big Macs at McDonalds! She looked huge and very out of shape in the recent matches. Mary Carillo saying how she is so agile is a complete joke! She's as agile as a Jeep on an autocross track doing hairpin turns at 90 in the rain while it's 20 degrees outside with ice on the track....no offense to jeep drivers here
 

Bones08

Professional
I shows how great she is when she loses a match, and this many people get on her case. She will be back, we heard this from Roland Garros 04 until the beginnng of 05. Then she won a SLAM. Now it's been since mid 05 until current. This question was so stupid. You must think she's great to spend your time with that question. It's amazing.
 

PM_

Professional
It’s not so much for potential, because it’s still there. Both the Williams have an abundance of talent and potential.
But if there’s a reason Serena should retire it's for the lack of respect for the game and ultimately, the WTA.
Simply, Serena and Venus need to prepare more for each tournament before showing up. They’re embarrassing the networks, their sponsors, and their fans. While nobody can be certain the true cause for Serena’s weight gain, it’s definitely not an appeasing thing to see.
She’s got to make a choice in this juncture of her career. Retire or get serious and prioritize tennis above everything else.

No longer the diva she is.
 
Let's be honest. Serena is not as fast as she used to be and it's made a big difference in her game. She used her speed, serve, and mental toughness to dominate women's tennis in 2002 and 2003. I've never thought her groundstrokes were any better than other women in the top 10. They're definitely not as good as Pierce or Davenport and maybe even Capriati. Because of her speed, however, she could usually neutralize her opponent's groundstrokes and put herself in a position to make the most of hers. I also believe that her speed and to a lesser extent her mental toughness took opponent's out of their games from the start. Now that she's lost a step opponents can actually hit winners without painting the lines.

For what it's worth, I was at the match at Amelia Island 2005 when Serena sustained the ankle injury that kept her on the sidelines all spring and that she was still nursing at Wimbledon. She was running back to track down a lob in the corner and she lost her balance and fell. It was not graceful or athletic in any way and it didn't appear to be a freak occurrence. She simply looked awkward in her own body.
 

Coria

Banned
This nonsense about the Williams' sisters being so talented is overplayed. They are both talented athletically, with foot speed, agility and explosiveness (when they are in shape).

But, as far as pure tennis players, they are not even in the top 20 of all time. Neither has great, soft hands. Mechanically, they both have had SERIOUS flaws--Venus with her first and especially, second serve, both of their forehands and neither has ever had a great slice.

Martina, Chris and Steffi had far more pure "tennis" talent. Their strokes were more technically sound and they had better hands--especially Evert on her groundies, Graf on her slice and huge forehand and Martina on her serve, slice and touch.

Venus and Serena have usually played SLOPPY, error prone tennis. When they were younger, they got away with a lot of garbage tennis because they beat their opponents into the ground with their power and intimidation. That lasted but a few years. They are done. Their games have not evolved. Their mechanics are still screwy and they have not developed new shots and dimensions in their games. Very overrated "pure" tennis players. Great athletes who sometimes played very good tennis. But not great tennis players as far as consistency, fluidness, creativity, finesse, etc. Most of the time, their matches against each other were flat out awful to watch.
 
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Applez

Guest
Coria said:
Martina, Chris and Steffi had far more pure "tennis" talent. Their strokes were more technically sound and they had better hands--especially Evert on her groundies, Graf on her slice and huge forehand and Martina on her serve, slice and touch.
IMO, Steffi was never pure tennis talent but more like a programmed robot. She was specfically raised for tennis ( turning her pro at 13) by her domineering controlling father Peter to support the family

Steffi achieved so much in tennis due to a weaker competition and a huge break because of the '93 Hamburg Tragedy

Don't get me wrong, Steffi was a GREAT amazing magnificent player during her prime
 

brinkeguthrie

Professional
She loves being on ET, the parties, the premieres, the clothing line, etc etc.
Did you see Martina or Steffi do that? No.

Serena is finished. And she only has herself to blame.
 
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Applez

Guest
brinkeguthrie said:
She loves being on ET, the parties, the premieres, the clothing line, etc etc.
Did you see Martina or Steffi do that? No.

Serena is finished. And she only has herself to blame.
Its amazing how the media plays this out. They used to condemn Steffi a LOT for her lack of social skills, businesslike demeanor on court and coldness towards the fans

And here comes a player (Serena) who is the exact opposite of Steffi and yet they still crucify her
 

BjornBorg

Banned
Applez said:
Its amazing how the media plays this out. They used to condemn Steffi a LOT for her lack of social skills and coldness towards the fans

And here comes a player (Serena) who is the exact opposite of Steffi and yet they still crucify her

Steffi had the personality of a napkin, but she wasn't out there flaunting her image in front of the public, looking like a fool on TV shows, not giving her opponents credit, coming onto the tennis court looking like a kinky freak, letting everyone know how "big" she is--how large a life figure. Serena is a polarizing figure and pisses a lot of people off. She lacks some class and is very irritating.
 
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Applez

Guest
BjornBorg said:
Steffi had the personality of a napkin, but she wasn't out there flaunting her image in front of the public, looking like a fool on TV shows, not giving her opponents credit, coming onto the tennis court looking like a kinky freak, letting everyone know how "big" she is--how large a life figure. Serena is a polarizing figure and pisses a lot of people off. She lacks some class and is very irritating.
And Steffi was not a polarizing figure? Her cold and unfriendly attitude on and off the court made her so unpopular in the tennis world (among her peers) and the media

Her handling of the Hamburg Tragedy was not admirable at all

The popularity of women's tennis hit rock bottom during the Graf era (post 1993) which prompted the WTA to move heaven and earth to bring Seles back in 1995 to save women's tennis
 
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Rodeo

Guest
BjornBorg said:
not giving her opponents credit, coming onto the tennis court looking like a kinky freak, letting everyone know how "big" she is--how large a life figure.

the problem with Serena is that she gets too cocky and seldom gives credit to her opponents. :D
 

Bones08

Professional
I don't think you can really compare era to era in tennis. Everything has evolved.

People want a reason to dislike the sisters. When I play, and training at Academies, I don't just want to think I'm the best-I make myself aware that I know I'm the best. They we're brought up like that. When you're playing tennis on tour, how can you give all this credit to your opponent. Your here to win, not play patty-cake and make friends. Once you handle your business on the court, then it's your decision. These girls have been through a lot, and for people to have never been in their shoes, they have no reason to say what they say.

I like Steffi, but class and all this image crap is full of dookie. Steffi could of had Monica's ranking protected, did she-NNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOO.
So that's stupid.

You have no clue what it is like to be black, in the world of tennis.
 

Coria

Banned
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You have no clue what it is like to be black, in the world of tennis.[/QUOTE]


Arthur Ashe, Zina Garrison, James Blake, Mal Washington, Chanda Rubin--all very good players (Ashe the greatest of course) who carried themselves well and had a class about them. Color of one's skin has nothing to do with character and class. And Serena lacks both. Venus is a little better and has matured somewhat but she has a ways to go as well.
 

fantenam08

New User
What does Serena's *ss have to do with her talent? :rolleyes: I don't understand the fascination of people with it. Its preferable to having n'assatall like most of the stick thin, possible eating disorder hazard, flat as a board, man-ish looking women on tour.

With that said. I agree that if Serena isn't willing to dedicate herself to the sport, then she should retire. She is embarassing herself out there, coming out making huge unforced errors. I realistically believe both Willams have had there run and should retire, and come back playing smarter like Hingis.
 

brinkeguthrie

Professional
''You have no clue what it is like to be black, in the world of tennis''


What a totally ridiculous thing to say. This isn't about skin color. give me a break.

it's about being lazy and wasting your talent. it's about whining about losses and saying 'if i could have played 10% better..' rather than admitting you got whupped.

to bring race into it is waay off base, and is insulting to hard working players like james blake. no mater what color she is, serena is lazy and unmotivated. that is the sole issue.
 
Everythings beyond ridiculous in the tennis world.that is all.xx
brinkeguthrie said:
''You have no clue what it is like to be black, in the world of tennis''


What a totally ridiculous thing to say. This isn't about skin color. give me a break.

it's about being lazy and wasting your talent. it's about whining about losses and saying 'if i could have played 10% better..' rather than admitting you got whupped.

to bring race into it is waay off base, and is insulting to hard working players like james blake. no mater what color she is, serena is lazy and unmotivated. that is the sole issue.
 

Bones08

Professional
Say what you want, I'm not making excuses but we've seen what they've had to go through. I commend Richard for having kids come across the courts, and call them the n word. I commend him for making players cheat Venus and Serena on the score, and make them continue to play. The sad thing is all that he did, has come back and happened to them. It's sad, I just hope your not blind.
 

equinox

Hall of Fame
Serena's ASS is more suited to a rappers BOOTY MTV video than on a tennis court!

Serena "booty sister" Willams, i heard puff daddy is looking for women to jiggle there ASSets in his next video clip.
 
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