Venus Leaves No Doubt

03 Jul 2009 by Hiland in Wimbledon 2009
Venus Williams action in Wimbledon 2009

Venus Williams action in Wimbledon 2009

What Dinara Safina must know, is that she is not the number one tennis player in the world.  It is time the tournament organizers got the message.  On Thursday, Dinara Safina entered Centre Court alongside the third or fourth best female tennis player on the planet.

If there was ever any doubt about the true rankings, the rankings the tour players keep in the purses, Wimbledon fans heard it loud and clear.  Actually, they must have known what would happen. In a rare occurrence, less than half the seats surrounding Centre Court were occupied for the 6-1, 6-0, fifty-one minute drubbing.

Give the Brits credit.  They know a mismatch when they do not see one.  In this economy, why bother?  To the telly!

The finals will now be just as the bookmakers suggested, a family affair.  It will be difficult to pick a favorite.  Let’s just say, Serena thinks she should have won last year, and she has been carrying it around ever since.

For this most disappointing semifinal, Dinara was never there, never in the match.  She was resigned to disappointment.  In big matches, it seems her plight.

At 23, she is young.  She cannot be blamed for the seeding.  Dinara’s day will come.  Not right away.  Not until she develops a second serve that exceeds 75 mph, not until her foot speed gets her across the court with more ease and not until she spends some time with a sports psychologist, but those things will happen.  Dinara’s day will come.  Right now, she is like a long-legged colt, really.

Venus is like a thorobred.  She adds to the Wimbledon mystique.  She is beautiful, soft spoken and gracious.  In every interview, she takes her time, thinks through her answers and elevates the stature of the tournament and women’s tennis.  She has won me over.  I hope Dinara was rightfully impressed, because one day will be her day. But, not today.  Congratulations to Venus Williams for a job well done.

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