2011 Wimbledon to Go on without the Williams Sisters
All Oracene Price could do was to walk away from Centre Court and shake her head after seeing one daughter after the other lose at Wimbledon. Price is Venus and Serena Williams’ mom and coach on occasions.
The irrefutably great Serena Williams is Wimbledon’s defending champion, but it is easy to understand how hard it is for her to run after the title after 11 months of not playing because of health issues. Not even her sister Venus, who also had her share of success at the All England Club, could rally her full potential after 5 months without playing tennis to give time for her injured hip to recover.
In a short interview with their mom Oracene, she said that her daughters’ temporary deferral from the tournaments did not do their rhythm good.
She described them as seeming to be making the same kinds of mistakes, labeling them “hit-and-miss, here and there.”
On Monday, both Williams were sent home after the fourth round of straight-set losses where they were bested by less-expert players in the grass court. The first was Serena, a major champion for 13 times, who lost to 9th seeded Marion Bartoli at a score of 6-3,7-6 on Court 1.
She was followed by Venus, a Wimbledon champ for 5 years, in no less than 120 minutes in an error-stricken feat next to Tsvetana Pironkova (seeded on No. 32), the same player from Bulgaria who cut her with the same score the previous year, 6-2, 6-3. They played at the Centre Court where Prince William and Kate Middleton, now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are reportedly part of the crowd.
“Definitely not our best day,” Venus commented. She also admitted that they imagined and expected this day to be far more than the actual result.
As the former Number 1 continues, she quips that it is her attitude to never come to a game with a mindset of losing. It’s no surprise for them to think this way since she and her sister both won 9 out 11 Wimbledon titles, counting the 2009 and 2010 wins of Serena.
This Wimbledon year will be the first occasion since 2006 (when Serena did not join because of an injury on her left knee and Venus was beaten during the third round) that none of the Williams sisters will play at the quarter-finals. Now, in all the twelve years of joining the England tournament, this is the first time neither Williams got through the 4th round.
“Obviously, it’s not something planned,” Venus said. “We rarely lose on the same day.”
And what she said is spot on. In fact, the last time this happened was in 2008 during the third round of the French Open.
With Venus and Serena losing their run for the title, this will be the third time where there will be no Americans to play at the Wimbledon women’s quarter finals.
If the siblings will not regain and maintain their numbers in the Top 10, expect the American female tennis players to be in for a seedless period. This reality was emphasized during the early rounds of Wimbledon, wherein only 12 out of 128 women players are Americans and were easily outranked. Serena and Venus Williams together with Bethanie Mattek-Sands were the only ones who got to round two.