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To recommend that Serena and Venus Williams have thrown matches to keep away from taking part in one another might not be truthful, however to query some previous incidents is not totally unfair, both. Solely the Williams household is aware of for positive.
The query was, “All proper, I am going to convey it up: Do you assume Serena Williams purposely misplaced that semifinal in Dubai to be able to keep away from having to play her sister Venus within the closing? Not accusing, simply asking.”
To set the stage, Serena and Venus superior to the semifinals of the Dubai Responsibility Free Tennis Championship final month. Venus needed to play former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki within the first semifinal, adopted by Serena in opposition to No. 26 participant Alize Cornet.
Venus, who has been battling Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune illness that leaves the older sister with out vitality, was vying for her first match title in two years.
Venus went first and ousted Wozniacki in straight units. Then Cornet, ranked No. 26 on this planet on the time, pulled off a three-set upset of Serena. Venus went on to defeat Cornet 6-3, 6-0 within the closing to win the championship.
ESPN, which finally ends up vehemently defending the Williamses, makes a reasonably good argument for the opposite facet to begin its column, quoting Sport360.com, a United Arab Emirates website, which accused Serena of “weird rationale” in her semifinal loss to Cornet.
“I began out extraordinarily gradual. I’ve been truly a turtle daily,” Serena was quoted as saying. “I believe it is so cute. Possibly I used to be too influenced about by it. It is a actually cute turtle within the lodge. I would like to have the ability to play higher than that if I wish to be taking part in on this tour, on the skilled tour. Possibly I can go to amateurs.”
The 2 have performed one another 24 occasions throughout their careers, with Serena main 14-10. She additionally leads 6-2 in Grand Slam occasions, and the 2 performed one another in six Grand Slam finals (of eight doable) throughout a span from 2001-03.
The tanking claims originated on the 2001 Indian Wells throughout a Tennis Masters Collection match by which Venus pulled out of a semifinals match in opposition to Serena 4 minutes earlier than their scheduled begin, citing tendinitis in her proper knee.
When Serena performs Kim Clijsters within the finals, followers rain boos on Venus and their father Richard Williams, who go to their field to observe the match. Serena additionally reportedly will get booed.
Primarily based on that incident, neither Williams sister has performed at Indian Wells since, saying they have been the targets of racial insults. Richard Williams echoes their sentiments.
Based on one other ESPN report, no feedback about racist remarks ever have been reported to match officers. An off-duty Los Angeles Instances copy editor sitting close to the Williams field stated he did not hear any racist feedback.
It took 9 days earlier than Richard Williams made public what he heard at Indian Wells, as ESPN quoted a USA Right now article: “When Venus and I have been strolling down the steps to our seats, folks saved calling me ‘n—–.’ One stated, ‘I want it was ’75, we would pores and skin you alive.’ … I believe Indian Wells disgraced America.”
The ESPN column responding to the SI reader’s query stated “it is mistaken” that the tanking/fixing expenses do not go away. However too many questions involving the Indian Wells exist to count on the inquiries to stop.
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