I didn’t want anymore time to go by before acknowledging the Williams Sisters’ awesome doubles performance. Venus and Serena defended their Australian Open title on Friday, beating the No. 1 seeded team of Cara Black and Liezel Huber: 6-4 6-3. It’s their fourth Australian Open doubles title and 11th major doubles title as a team. It’s also their third consecutive Major doubles title after winning at last year’s Wimbledon and US Open.
These women simply kick butt:
It turns out that Venus was taking her “in the moment” attitude so seriously, that she didn’t realize that she and her sister had won the match:
Q. Venus, talk us through the last point or so, because it seemed that it was done and dusted and you were ready to go again.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I actually didn’t know the score. I thought that it was 5‑2.
I really don’t know how I lost track. So I was confused, but I guess that’s just focus.
Q. What was going through your mind? Serena was happy…
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, yeah, I thought, She’s really happy about this break. (Laughter.) I thought, Wow, I’ve never seen her this happy. But I’ll go with it.
Q. Serena, were you stunned by the sort of lack of response you were getting back?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I thought, Okay, this is exciting. You know, we defended our title and she was like, What’s going on? I’m like, The match is over. We’re done now. It was funny.
Q. So you had no time to get nervous? What was your feeling?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No. That’s what I said. I was like, Serena, I guess it’s easier to hold at 3‑2 instead of 4‑3. I thought it was breakpoint. I didn’t know it was match ‑‑ I mean, I need to play all my matches like this without knowing the score. I think it would help.
I think this photo captures the moment: “Wha?”
“Yes, Venus! We really did it!”
This was so sweet:
Q. Serena, you mentioned before that doubles helps your singles game. Do you think more leading players should play doubles? You’re one the few that does these days.
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I think it works for only for me. I don’t know if it works for anyone else. It clearly works for me and Venus. Most of all, we do it because we enjoy it and we just want to spend more time together. That’s why we like it.
Watching out for each other:
Venus told reporters that her sister will be ready for her singles final against Justine Henin on Saturday:
Q. Venus, Serena’s got a big match tomorrow, and you like playing doubles together a lot. When you get this far into a tournament and she’s got a singles final, do you wonder if you’re helping her out by playing another match?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think when we sign up for the singles and the doubles, we realize that we both have the ability to play deep into the tournament. We prepare for that physically and mentally. If for some reason she couldn’t play, I would hope she had be honest with me and let me know. From the looks of it, she played really well today, so I think she was ready.
Hey, winning a big, shiny trophy can’t hurt the confidence, can it?:
I hope these two inspire other top players to take their doubles seriously.