Because, frankly, the women’s game is not only almost as powerful as the men’s (with Venus hitting 125 mph serves); their fierce baseline strokes during relatively long rallies are also far more exciting to watch.
Nevertheless, it is arguable that Roger Federer accomplished an equally-historic and even more enviable feat by defeating Rafael Nadal yesterday to win his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title 7-6 (9/7), 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-2.
Now, if she can only get her little sister Serena to spend less time in nightclubs and pastry shops and more on the tennis courts, they could still fulfill their promise of sharing all grand slam titles between them for years to come.
Alas, Venus spent the next two years struggling to make it just to the semi-finals of a major championship, let alone winning a slew of them…. [Venus Williams, who was a career-low 23rd seed at Wimbledon this year] Well, not exactly.
And, this is how I choose to resolve my ambivalence.
Venus Williams may have lost the Women's Singles at the 2016 Olympics, but she is still one of the greatest athletes on the planet.
Because after rising to the top of her game in 2002 (when, at 22, she was ranked No.
1 and was already a 2-time Wimbledon champion), Williams (and her equally-talented sister Serena) seemed more interested in fashion modeling, designing homes and dating men than in playing tennis.
And in so doing, he emulated the legendary Bjorn Borg.
But in a related article, in which I attempted to put Andre Agassi’s retirement into perspective, I left no doubt that I think Federer has a way to go to emulate an even greater living legend, Pete Sampras!
After all, she has failed at the French Open only 13 times so far….) At any rate, this should put into perspective the historic and enviable feat Venus Williams accomplished on Saturday by winning her fourth Wimbledon title 6-4, 6-1 over an ironic and unlikely opponent, Marion Bartoli of France.
And in so doing, her name was stenciled on the wall of champions at the storied All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club as – appropriately enough – only the fourth woman to win four Wimbledon titles.
(To be fair, however, even though she was eliminated in the early rounds at this tournament, Serena was just as impressive in winning the Australian Open earlier this year as Venus, now 27, was in winning Wimbledon on Saturday.) I was really motivated because no one picked me to win. In fact, Venus and Serena’s Daddy, Richard Williams, was talking about her a lot.