Emotions Riding With Venus But Can She Deliver

Updated: June 30, 2006



The Venus Opera

is playing in


At Wimbledon again. Venus Williams may have achieved her Finest Hour on the Court early two summer’s ago with her stunning comeback from Oblivion to claim the Wimbledon Crown beating the Ice Queen Maria Sharapova.

Venus next plays Akiko Morigama; a win there would set up a fourth-round match against 2004 champion Maria Sharapova. The second-seeded Russian won her second-round match 6-0, 6-3 over Severine Bremond of France at Centre Court, which is missing its overhang as part of work to build a retractable roof.

It will be that much Sweeter

if Venus can Win again

TDouble former champion Serena Williams, firing on all cylinders after recovering from a hamstring injury, overpowered Venezuela’s Milagros Sequera 6-1 6-0 on Friday to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.

“I have always thought I would be number one again,” a super-confident Williams said after her 43-minute demolition job on Centre Court.

Williams, whose ranking plummeted after injury problems last year, defied the odds by winning the Australian Open in January as world number 81.

She said Wimbledon was one of her favorite tournaments.

“I’m feeling really positive. I feel like I’m going to get there,” Williams added.

The seventh seed utterly dominated Wimbledon’s show court against a demoralized opponent, who knew exactly what to expect after losing to the American at the French Open.

“It definitely felt like one of the quickest matches in a long time but I felt really focused,” she told reporters.

Being free from injury lifted a great weight off Serena’s shoulders.

In the Mean Time

Older Sister


Kicking Ass through the first 2 Rounds at Wimbledon if barely yesterday within two point of Going Home for the July 4th Fireworks before she shocked herself back to form and created her own Fireworks. Defeating Fellow American Lisa Raymond in 3 hard fought sets.

This has done more

for Venus

Than simply keeping her in for Round 3. This was the victory that started the dormant wave of enthusiasm about Venus possibly successfully defending her Crown. The Final EVERYONE wants to see a week from Saturday is

Venus vs Maria

Black Heat vs. Ice Queen

That will produce the Headlines and the BIG TV audience on both sides of the Atlantic. It just goes to show you while there are many tennis “stars” that have the attention of the very small Tennis World most sports fans only pay attention when its a Grand Slam event and it features the few widely known players.

Something else to note

The interesting if not unexpected evolution of the Williams Sisters both Venus and Serena from consumed by Tennis as teenage superstars, then to seeming to lose much of their interest in their early 20s even contemplating retirement, only to return to the Courts with renewed enthusiasm at they enter their mid 20s now realizing how important Tennis is as to the Core of their Beings.

And at a more parochial level

That continuing to be in the sports news and the celebrity news as they only really are if they are still Battling for Championships is VERY good for their Bottom Lines. Invisible Sports Stars fade very Quickly.

The Irony is

This renewed interest on the part of Venus and Serena has run straight into the type of injuries they were largely immune as bionic teenagers now suffering the results of all that wear and tear far sooner than if they had been nothing but casual weekend athletes playing Tennis for Recreation. And exercise.

Double Irony is

if Venus pulls off

her Miracle at


coming Back

from all her Woes

it will be her

Greatest Victory

( just don’t bet on it yet )

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