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John Lloyd
"If you change the surface, the tennis would be better"
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Thursday, 6 July, 2000, 20:35 GMT 21:35 UK
Sibling rivalry poses problems
Venus and Serena Williams
Serena still leads Venus in Grand Slam titles
BBC TV commentator John Lloyd gives his views on Ladies Day at Wimbledon, and previews the men's semi-finals.

There are a lot of sceptics talking about the Williams sisters' match. But no-one could say there was any collusion, especially when you saw the looks on their faces at the end.

All I can say it that it is very difficult with siblings. I can only relate to my family and others I know of.

My younger brother Tony never beat me and I never beat my older brother David.

Then there are the Amritraj brothers - Vijay never beat Anand but was ranked 50 places above his brother. The same went for the Maleeva sisters.

Very happy

Richard Williams will be very happy that one of his daughters is through to the final. Serena's already won the US Open and now Venus has a chance to win Wimbledon.

Jelena Dokic
Dokic: out of her depth against Davenport
Their semi-final was definitely better than the Davenport-Dokic match which was full of errors.

Lindsay was certainly not at her best, although she didn't have to be. As the match progressed, Jelena never really had enough variety to beat her.

But it was Dokic's first Grand Slam semi-final and her first time on Centre Court this year, and she was up against the best player in the world.

She was very composed, but once Davenport found her range there was only going to be one winner.


Like Davenport, Pete Sampras started this tournament quite slowly because of injury. The injury looked to be playing up in the quarter-final against Jan-Michael Gambill.

Pat Rafter
Has Rafter got what it takes?
But he's had 24 hours to rest and he's up against an opponent who sounds as though he's in awe of him - Vladimir Voltchkov almost hero-worships Sampras.

You can't go on court with that type of attitude. It will be a swift exit for Voltchkov if he goes out with that respect for Sampras.

I'm predicting a comfortable three-set victory for the defending champion.

The interesting semi-final will be between Pat Rafter and Andre Agassi. I can't see Rafter beating Agassi because he hasn't been in enough of these situations this year with all his injury-problems.

Vladimir Voltchkov
Voltchkov must face his hero
Quite frankly he hasn't played anyone of Agassi's calibre this Wimbledon. He's progressed nicely and it's good to see him back.

The contrast in styles will make for a nice match while it lasts.

Different surface

To be honest, I'm not a big fan of men's tennis on grass. The surface complements the women's game at the moment, but in 10 years their power will create the same problems as the men have now.

That is because they are such great athletes and so powerful that grass is too fast to make the tennis that entertaining.

Of course we've had some great matches as we always do at Wimbledon, but not that many in comparison to the US Open, which has a medium-fast surface with a more even bounce.

I always enjoy Wimbledon because of the tradition and the drama it offers. But I've always thought that it should have a different surface. But that's never going to happen.

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See also:

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