That either one of the Williams sisters got hella body has never, EVER been in question. What remains entirely suspect, however, is their Jehovah’s Witness infections, and, their abominably poor fashion sense – as evidenced by those sasquatch grade Uggs on sistah grrl’s feet….,
She turned pro at 14 and had been home-schooled prior to that. That little associates degree in fashion CUH-LEARLY hasn’t had the deep impact on her taste that it ought to have.
But then, taste is a matter of long term training, indoctrination, blah, blah, blah…., I would simply like to see the sisters do better outside of tennis is all.
I have my own tennis playing project to work on, and was most relieved to discover that Roger Federer didn’t turn pro until he was 18 – so it’s still possible to not have to forego education and other valuable life experiences in order to compete with and dominate the pure tennis machines.
I hope people can stay normal and still compete at that level … but all I’m really saying is from the knees up that is one beautiful young woman.
Agree with you there, Tom.
Sitting in a pristine 4-court bubble right now, watching backhand and forehand return height drills off the baseline. Coach is looking for an open stance and shot placement – the little boy has that covered and is slicing the hell out of his forehand.
On the adjacent court, a pair of UMKC men’s varsity players are going at it, and it’s a thing of beauty to behold. Speed, shot placement, vicious slicing – it’s the equivalent of a Jason Bourne knife fight punctuated by zig-zag sprinting. These guys have all the elements of world class play, cept for one thing, the taller of the two is 5’9″ like my boy, and the shorter may be working with 5’6″.
Venus remains the women’s service speed record holder with a 129MPH serve, while Serena is #2 with a 128MPH schmoker. Oops, now he’s working on backhands down the line. I wore his monkeytail out yesterday with consistency down the line.
Anyway, tennis has gotten a whbole lot like boxing inasmuch as a good big player will always have a decisive power advantage over an equally skilled smaller player.
True. However also remember Chris Everett LLoyd. Woman couldn’t Service Ace if her life depended on it. But she ruled women’s tennis for years – even after power players such as Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King. Nothing got past her.
129MPH is faster than anyone I know of has ever thrown a baseball. Played baseball against a guy who had 100 MPH+ speed in his fastball, and later wound up to be a pro pitcher in MLB. If you were thinking about anything else but letting the muscles go automatic… It was past you.
I can’t imagine trying to hit back a 129 MPH serve at what? 50 – 60′? It’s only 78′ from line to line in tennis.
If you were thinking about anything else but letting the muscles go automatic… It was past you. I can’t imagine trying to hit back a 129 MPH serve at what? 50 – 60′?
lol, closest analog to close quarters combat that I know of…,
Australian tennis great and world champion Rod Laver was only 5’6″ or 5’7″ as I recall (although they listed him as taller). He won by forcing his opponents into a volley game, where he was a bit quicker to get to the ball.
Michael Chang was the last little guy who saw light. Even McEnroe and Agassi would be extremely hard pressed (imoho) in the contemporary mens game prefaced by Becker, Sampras and other strong, tall, fit guys.
6’1″ 190/200 is the standard issue top mens player nowadays – and just like boxing, there’s an upper bound to power and speed that will not ever be much over 210lbs, though a 6’3″ to 6’5″ mens player – like Montfils (if he had the self discipline and mental toughness) could be a game changer.