Congrats to the Williams sisters. Yesterday Venus and Serena defeated their opponents to reach the Wimbledon Womens Final tomorrow on Independence Day.
Their matches were complete opposites. While Serena had an exciting match that lasted over two hours against Elena Dementieva defeating her 6-7 (4), 7-5, 8-6, Venus easily defeated number 1 ranked Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-0. Dinara sure didn’t play like a number 1 ranked player. As Richard Williams put it:
“Serena nearly gave me a heart attack,” Dad said. “Venus played as if she had some place to go, and she was in a major league hurry to get a great dinner.”
I had to laugh at that comment. I was fixing my lunch yesterday during the second set. I had to hurry cause the way that set was going I would have missed most of it. I kept running from the kitchen to watch (thanks to the digital switch I can’t watch my 5 inch tv in the kitchen anymore; Boo!!!).
We seem to have been here before: another Wimbledon final, another Williams family showdown. For the second year running and the fifth time in all, Venus and Serena will contest the ladies’ final on Saturday.
The sisters are as close as sisters can be and yet they appear, in many ways, to be polar opposites. Venus is tall and rangy, a physique that has helped her become the best grass court player of her generation, while Serena is shorter, more muscular and more obviously aggressive in her approach to the pursuit of Grand Slam titles. Not that Venus is a shrinking violet on the court – far from it – it is just that she tends to keep her thoughts and her emotions to herself.
The two sisters also took vastly differing routes to their Saturday appointment. Serena played the best match of the Ladies’ Championship so far – and the longest recorded for a semi-final here – by beating Elena Dementieva 6-7, 7-5, 8-6 while Venus took only 51 minutes to beat Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-0.
I forgot that ESPN2 was showing Serena and Elena early yesterday morning. Luckily NBC showed that match after Venus hurried through her match against Dinara.
It’s difficult to decide who to root for cause I like both Williams sisters. I’m kind of rooting for Serena though since Venus has already won five Wimbledon titles compared to Serena’s two. You could tell Serena was a little ticked off after losing to big sis last year. Anyway congrats to the ladies and good luck to both.