Venus & Serena Vs. Stosur & Stubbs in Doubles

04 Jul 2009 by Hiland in Wimbledon 2009

What a day Saturday will be for the Williams family. The world’s two best female grass court players will begin the day on opposite sides of the net contending for the cherished Wimbledon singles title. In a rare occurrence, they will end the day on same side of the net as doubles partners vying for yet another doubles crown.

Venus & Serena in Wimbledon Doubles 2009

Venus & Serena in Wimbledon Doubles 2009

In women’s doubles, all four of the top seeds reached the semifinals. Top seeded Cara Black (Zimbawe) and Liezel Huber (USA) are probably wondering what top single’s seed Dinara Safina must be wondering; “What can you do?”

In Friday’s semifinal, the doubles specialists Black and Huber had absolutely no answers for the fourth seeded Williams sisters. In fact, the Williams’ decisive 6-1, 6-2, sixty-one minute win raised a serious question about how Women’s seeding is tabulated as opposed to how it should be figured.

Around Wimbledon, the answer is pretty clear. The current seeding system is broken from the start. To begin future Wimbledon seeding, let’s simply acknowledge that the Williams sisters are unparalleled, especially on grass.

With eight Wimbledon singles crowns between them and with 3 doubles titles in their pocket, what more does anyone need to know? In doubles, the Venus and Serena are the best. In singles, Venus and Serena are the best. Forget the ridiculous, laughable tour ranking craziness and get to the beef.

If the tournament organizers at the U.S. Open have any questions, call Dinara Safina first and then Lisa Huber or Cara Black. Tournament organizers need to show some judgment here. It is getting embarrassing allowing the likes of unproven talents like Dinara Safina ride the computer to further steamrolling humiliation.

It is better for the tournament and better for the fans to show some common sense. Better yet, ask the players whom they do not want to play and follow that path to the seedings. Now, there’s a sensible solution.

It would be quite surprising if anyone volunteered to play either of the Williams ladies in singles or doubles. I mean really, who needs it?

Against Cara and Lisa, the match was over as quickly as it started. Before a full house on Court One, the Williams hit 34 winners in two sets. They won 59 points compared to 31 for their opponents. They brought aboard their 120 mph serves and left the top seeds in awe. This was not a doubles match, this was a doubles clinic.

In the finals, the Williams women will take on the accomplished Samantha Stosur and her fellow Australian partner Rennae Stubbs, who overcame the second seeded Anabel Medina Garriques and Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in three sets, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-2. This was a competitive march before a packed gallery.

Stosur, who has been steadily improving since her return to the tour, was the difference. Long regarded as a serious doubles player, Stosur has brought her singles toughness to the doubles arena.

The more than two hour match featured terrific net play and aggressive movements by both teams. In the long run, it was Stosur’s ability to see the court and take advantage of openings that decided the match.

Stosur has two Grand Slam doubles titles on her resume and was the runnerup here last year as well as at the U.S. Open. For Stosur and Stubbs to prevail on Saturday, they will have to hope the Ladies Championship goes three long sets and that the Williams girls lose a little interest. In any case, that is highly unlikely. The Williams know a big payday when they see one and it appears the twosome has had their eye on Wimbledon for some time. On Saturday, the Williams will put their stamp on the grass courts once and for all. Bank it!


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