Vika barely got past Cibulkova. Damn, feel bad for Cibulkova. I know, it's a little pathetic. But it's not just the Williams. Clijsters and Henin did that a few years ago. It's only recently that Clijster's injuries seem to really be hampering her. Otherwise, I bet she could win slams/matches again. And if Henin had not majorly effed up her elbow, I'm sure she would be at the top too.
I hope Azarenka/Radwanska/Sharpieova can put a stop to the Williams sisters. It's just absurd - all credit to them for being that good - but it's just absurd that they can come back whenever they feel and destroy everyone, it's not a good thing for the WTA to have the sisters treat it like some local club that they can show up anytime to.
The Williams are looking strong and good tho. And particularly with Venus... it's a major feat. Sjogren's syndrome is not curable, so she is working thru it. There are up and down days and from what I know, it's tough to try and control that.
Azarenka seems to be a strong contender to join the Williams, Henin, Clijsters group. She seems to be strong of mind and body. And Sharapova is back in the mix.
Hmm you are right. I think Serena's attitude has a lot to do with my bias against her and her sporadic returns and wins. Clijsters did win the USOpen and Aussie out of the blue but she did at least commit to the game even after her return from mom-ness. Limited schedule perhaps but she did commit. Same with Justine - and Justine never dominated once she got back. I am not against the Williams sisters - as much as I dislike Serena, I like Venus - I just don't like their inconsistency.
And Venus is justified now with the diagnosis of Sjorgen's so I wish her best of luck. It is impressive what she's doing. But Serena, no excuses. Poor attitude toward the sport, poor attitude towards her peers.. just not a good sportswoman.
Azarenka does seem solid but she doesn't have the same strengths of the Williams, or even Clijsters and Henin, she's a shade below them all. Not saying she can't dominate and in fact she seems to be best suited for it.
Edit: case in point:
"I always do kinda out of habit," Serena told reporters about the Hawk-Eye apology. "I don't mean to. I don't get enough credit for being a super nice person and clapping on good points. They only focus on me yelling at umpires. I'm actually an unbelievable professional competitor out there."
I know people have various levels of confidence but the kind that Federer, Roddick and recently Djokovic has are good. They have lower levels of false modesty than someone like Nadal but that's fine. Serena is just messed up.
Don't get me wrong. I dislike both the sisters, Serena much much much more than Venus (and my Venus dislike has gotten smaller and smaller) but I respect them and have to give them credit. They are just really great, powerful, dominant tennis players. And their will to win is incredible.
I wish I hadn't read that quote... I mean, I'm not surprised by anything that Serena says (well, that situation with the line judge was surprising) but it still annoys the heck out of me.
Yeah, Azarenka still has to prove herself some but she seems the most focused out of all the recent slam winners (Li, Kvitova, Stosur).
I remember when Henin and Clijsters were out with injuries and I'd watch as they came back and a few tourneys in their ranking would be back near the top and I'd laugh. I still laugh, looking at how little Serena plays and her great ranking.