WOW! I was so happy to see Venus win win her fifth Wimbledon title today (and her first in three tries against Serena). Even though Serena started strong and never really let up, Venus just wasn’t going to let her have it today. It was like she told herself beforehand, “have no mercy!” and this time she stuck with it. Despite some ball toss problems, she managed to dominate on the second serve, come into the net when she could and even hold her own from the baseline. It was as close to a beat down as she could possibly give to the lil’ sis she obviously loves so much.
Now, onto the non-tennis stuff. Did anyone else think that Serena could’ve been a tad more gracious during the trophy ceremony? She barely gave props to her opponent, looked into her little runner’s up plate with scorn and pouted during the photos. I was expecting a a feel-good family moment, full of smiles and tears and goofy inside jokes. Who was I kidding? Why should the Williams family be any different, when it comes to petty family drama, than anyone else’s? Serena’s all too human, and just couldn’t summon up the maturity to overcome her birth order.
Venus was the big sister all the way, even going so far to say that “being a big sister is my most important job.” (Serena remained stony faced.) She demonstrated her champion big sis skills throughout, keeping her victory whoops muted, her post-match jokes light and charming (“I’d like to think my family was hoping that I’d win!”) and by gamely ignoring her sibling’s bratty behavior.
It was still pretty touching, in the way the spectacular Williams sisters represented the all-American “everyfamily” at its best and, uh, most real.
And to Serena’s credit, she got her act together quick, finally sharing that hoped-for embrace with her sister – after they won the ladies’ doubles title in straight sets against Sam Stosur and Lisa Raymond! Okay, maybe the Williams family really is different from the rest of us.
HURRAY, VENUS AND SERENA!
Volley: Does this mean Serena’s winning the U.S. Open? It’s her last chance for some Grand Slam glory this year, and you know what she’s like when she has something to prove.
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