Saturday, July 5, 2008

Williams Wins Wimbledon

Laughing - of course one of the near six feet tall Williamses won The Championships, Wimbledon, as two opponent sisters served their way into the history books for one to emerge the victor for the Ladies Singles title. Venus, newly turned 28, took Serena, 26, in two sets, 7-5 6-4, for the Ladies finals as Mom looked on and Dad fled the country. Dad is a complete wreck when he watches his daughters square off against each other. As the remaining parent at the world's biggest tennis recital Momma Williams stayed diplomatic and clapped after every serve and volley, no matter what. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club sports a Grand Slam event where the world's best come for just under two weeks to flatten the grass at centre court with hundred mile an hour swings at a complimentary lime green ball.
It was Venus' first win over her younger sibling in a Grand Slam final
since the 2001 U.S. Open, and evened their career record at 8-8.


Venus came from 3-1 down in the first set to turn around the match,
breaking Serena four times while dropping her own serve twice in a
final of high quality despite the wind.


Venus broke to finish the match, with Serena hitting a backhand wide on
the second match point. The sisters embraced at the net, and Venus kept
her celebrations in check as she twirled and waved to the Centre Court
crowd.



The rule is everybody wears white - no matter how creatively flamboyant the fashion forward Williams sisters get, it has to be white when accepting the Venus Rose Water dish trophy from the Duke of Kent. Venus is a fashion icon designing from her firm, V Star Interiors; Tavis Smiley's PBS set and the athlete's apartments for NYC's bid for the 2012 Olympics which London landed. Venus has a deal with Steve & Barry's for her own fashion line EleVen. My sister gave me some quality hoodies from their that I absolutely treasure. They seem to be a beacon as Sarah Jessica Parker also has a contract with them. Maybe they can do Venus's wedding dress as she announced her engagement in early January to Hank Kuehne, a professional golfer.

Venus is nobody's shrinking violet. She took on the pruny old boys establishment of tennis and demanded in the name of Billie Jean King pay equality for winning tournaments. They dismissed her and Venus returned with a blazing backhand well written editorial that persuaded then prime minster Tony Blair to see it her way. In 2007, she made the same as Roger Federer. Pretty amazing for a kid who learned on the barely adequate courts of Compton, California and is turning into a champion of business, fashion and Grand Slams.

This was back to back Wimbledon wins for Venus, who last year fought back from near defeat in earlier rounds to win the tournament as the lowest rank seed ever. She smashed her own record in that regard. Looks like Venus is going to move up in the ranks before the start of the US Open which is on a hard surface perfect for a power game, but its in New York at its hottest and muggiest. Serena may want to weigh in on how she feels about her own chances at beating big sis. She's done it before.

A Williams' tennis Battle Royale at the All England Club had a different result in 2003. Serena landed the giant gold embossed plated hardware. Press folks from all over the world were deflated as the sibling rivalry did not take the direction of a MOM - she touched me in the back seat and that's why she has a bloody nose, variety. When they were younger, the girls would cry when one beat the other. Now they have a ton of trophies and plates to prove that they are the best, even against each other.

Living near each other in Florida and with a shred history, Venus and Serena Williams worked with Hilary Beard to scribe their story. From hardscrabble beginnings, learning to play on courts strwen with broken beer bottles comes the heart of the female championship and Olympic gold medal winners in Venus and Serena: Serving From the Hip: 10 Rules for Living, Loving and Winning.




Out today is the amazing Venus in pictures. British photog Koto Bolofo presents Koto Bolofo: Venus Williams with Patrick Remy as editor.


1 comment:

The Freebie Blogger said...

Those girls can do no wrong.