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Saturday, 6 July, 2002, 14:57 GMT 15:57 UK
Will anyone halt the Williams' reign?
Serena Williams beats her sister Venus to claim a first Wimbledon title without dropping a set.

What can anyone do to counter the successful sisters?

HAVE YOUR SAY Venus and Serena contested their first Wimbledon final on Saturday, with fans and pundits alike expressing some disappointment at the tie.

But the sisters silenced many of their critics with an impressive display on the day, although many still feel they are yet to produce their best form when facing each other.

Serena is now the world number one with Venus close behind, and the pair have contested three of the last four Grand Slam finals.

Are you a fan of the sisters or frustrated at the lack of depth in the women's game?

HAVE YOUR SAY


To be honest the press is creating damage to each and every sport by saying that the domination of Schumacher brothers in car racing, or Williams sisters in tennis, or Tiger Woods in golf... is bad for sport or even not fair.

The motivation behind such arguments are ethically questionable. Race is not the issue here, but the press wants to create such drama to put fuel in the fire. Let the Williams sisters enjoy their time and entertain us, someone else will be here tomorrow.

I always loved Steffi Graff, Navratilova and Martina Hingis for what they did for the game, but I equally enjoy what the Williams sisters are doing right now in tennis. there is no room for negative thoughts here when someone is doing what he is supposed to do.
Sam, perkins


It's up to the rest of the ladies on the tour to get down the gym, get out to training
John, England

Can anyone beat the Williams Sisters? Yes. Three top players namely; Capriati, Davenport and Hingis can beat them if they improve their serve and return of serve and perhaps add a little power to their ground strokes
Anthony Kizito, UK

I ate a big slice of humble-pie, yesterday. I was cynical about the Williams final: but it was undoubtedly a competitive match, and the athleticism and shotmaking awesome. It was good enough to bring me to my senses. This is the way forward - and it's up to the rest of the ladies on the tour to get down the gym, get out to training and get to developing weapons to challenge the sisters' domination.
John, England

I think Capriati and Hingis can still compete with the Williams sisters, and possibly Clisters as well. A sister act dominating tennis isn't all bad anyway. I quite like it, as they can both beat each other so their meeting will always be entertaining.

Baltcha and O'Donogue looked good when they played as well, so maybe - after Greg and Tim have had their year's, women's tennis will be the focus. Tennis looks rosy - as the men's game is going through a transistion. May this wimbledon be a sign of things to come
Ian Brandon, England


One should realise it is not always easy to play against your sister or brother
Ebba, Germany

The Williams sister are doing a great job, good for them. Tennis is a pleasure to watch when they are playing. One should realise it is not always easy to play against your sister or brother. Can one imagine the Klitchkow Brothers having to box each other?

The negative people should just find another sport to watch, if they find the Williams sisters dominance in the sport is boring them. Well done Serena and Venus keep on moving, do not look back!!
Ebba, Germany

I think that the match today was better and more competitive than expected. However, I think most people are still sceptical of the Williams sisters, this was witnessed today from the crowd. No one really got too excited or emotional. Just think of it, who could get excited about two sisters (or brothers) playing against one another in a final? It's not realistic.
Kevin, UK

I'm am totally disgusted with the reports of many TV commentators who affirm that the sisters win games by brute force alone. They fail to mention their placement of the ball, court coverage, topspin on the ball etc. It wasn't brute force alone that got them to the finals but superior tennis.
Steve Reid, USA

You dominate your sport, (serves 104 mph) you handle yourself with class and modesty, you show how to be gracious winners and losers, your personal life is not blasted all over the tabloids and still you are maligned. Seems the Williams sisters can do no right for some of us.

Maybe it's time we turned the mirror around and took a long hard look at ourselves. As for me I am just happy to be alive at this time in history, I can just hear the cracks deepening in the walls of those private bastions that have been closed to us for so long. Boring game indeed!! What drivel.
Joy, USA


When was the last time a debutant woman got to the final at Wimbledon?
Stew, Japan

I think the Williams sisters has once again prove that if you work hard, you will get reward at the end of the day. Once again I would like to thank the Williams sisters for making women's tennis a true sport that all can enjoy
Unknown

One thing that has always separated the men's game from the women's is that the women's game lacks the strength in depth of the men's. When was the last time a debutant woman got to the final at Wimbledon? The women's final is always between players in the top five, if not the top ten.

The Wimbledon crowds didn't cheer for Navratilova until she had won the tournament five or six times. People said she had too much power back then. Nothing changes eh?
Stew, Japan

I find this whole debate about the Williams sisters irritating, it is predicated on race and fuelled largely by the press. Some of the comments from past and present players on the tour, drummed up by the press, are just outright appalling. Wonder why the press did not ask Mauresamo and Henin any questions about raising their games.
Deji Woye, USA

It looks like I am in the minority here, but I must say that this year's Women's event at Wimbledon was the worst I have ever seen in forty years of watching the tournament. Can anyone name a match that will live in the memory? Can anyone name five matches that went to three sets?

Nothing against the Williams' sisters as individuals, but, just as the men's game seems to be veering away from the crash, bang, wallop stuff of years gone by, the sisters are taking the women's game down that self same route.

Frankly, today's final was like watching paint dry - to watch two people (be they men or women) knocking seven bells out the ball without a hint of subtlety or variety may be enjoyable for some, but it certainly isn't my cup of tea!
Paul , Wales

Some of the complaints and comments sound like nursery tantrums. If you hate the sisters' domination of the game and you cannot train your two daughters to that level then get to WTA and change the rules for them. Let me suggest a few:

The sisters must play with a blindfold once they reach the quarter-finals of a tournament (especially a major), if they go on to win regardless, they must wear high-heel shoes at the semis; if they go ahead and win, the finals must be cancelled so that people would not have to endure "boring" tennis. Sorry folks, there seems to be no other way. Right?
Sheek Mat, USA

It's the best match the sisters have played against each other and Serena deserved to win. However, this was the most boring women's competition at Wimbledon I can remember. The test for the Williams' will come when a fresh and eager Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis return to the tour. Things are going to get exciting!
Sarah , UK

Finally an interesting pair of players come on to the women's Tennis scene. Normally I pass on watching the women's tennis, I find it slow and less exciting, but the Williams sisters are a pleaure to watch, and make the women's tennis more than on a par with the men's
Steve, Belgium

I am really annoyed as I had a bet on Venus to win and I really believe the match was arranged. Venus served at 75% throughout and made obvious errors at the end. I think Mauresmo is right and I have to say I never really thought this way before as I watch every tournament but I am convinced it was a fix
Paul Thomas, Wales

I admire the Williams sisters, who doesn't, but they bore me. They win everything, the Wimbledon final won't be the same, there won't be the right atmosphere. No-one seems to prefer 1 sister to the other. I won't be watching it, and normally I wouldn't miss it.
Lizzie , UK

The sisters need to break their one big psychological barrier- playing against each other. I hope they will do that today, but they must do that eventually as they get more used to these duels. Then their finals should be absolutely breathtaking.


Others will improve their game enough eventually to beat them, it might take a year or two
Graham Davies, England

As for Hingis, Henin and the rest, there's lots of chance to watch these players do their stuff further down the draw (barring injury). The women's tennis of week one was much higher quality than the men's- it's only now that the really good men's tennis is appearing. But how about making the women┐s final five sets? That should give those power hitters more of a challenge.
Sara, Scotland

I must admit that both sisters have brought the level of tennis to another level which the rest of the girls seems to be playing catch up. The way they are playing is to hit every stroke as if it is going to be a winner - that where the power comes from. No one at the moment can match them, not even Jennifer, unless she starts to loose some weight!

It does gets boring watch two of them in the final to be honest but can't be help if the rest of the players are one level below them. I really hope my favourite Steffi is still playing these days ....
Bek, Singapore

People need to wise up here. Standards have to be set in every sport at sometime to take it to the next level. Man Utd did that for football and their domination caused other teams to work harder and improve. Same with Stephen Hendry in snooker.

This is the times of the Williams sisters. Let them enjoy what they have worked so hard for. Others will improve their game enough eventually to beat them, it might take a year or two, but that's how it has to be.
Graham Davies, England


Tennis is enjoying the type of popularity it has never enjoyed in history - thanks to the Williams sisters.
Richard, Nigeria

Well, I'm glad to see there are some fair minded people who are giving good thoughtful comments with regards to the Williams sisters deserved domination of woman's tennis.

I think the tennis powers that be and pundits should be ashamed of themselves the way they have maligned Serena and Venus. They are feeling frightened because there elitist white, middleclass sport is be dominated by two black women.


Hugh Allison, UK

How many blacks have been number one and two in the history of tennis? What are all these stories about domination and the Williams making tennis boring? Has Michael Schumacher and his brother Ralf made motor sport boring?

Lets not play the race card when blacks are at the top? Didn't I hear somebody earlier saying Tiger Woods' domination of golf is equally not good? If there is domination, can't we get someone to topple the table, just like Mike Tyson was toppled? Lets be fair ladies and gentlemen!
Alex Mureithi, UK

The whole argument about the Williams sisters sounds so funny. Venus and Serena have done for tennis what Tiger Woods has done for golf. Tennis is enjoying the type of popularity it has never enjoyed in history - thanks to the Williams sisters.

Come on guys, let's give credit to the great vision of Richard Williams. Some other seemingly 'cultic' sports like Rugby, Cricket, etc will need personalities like the Williams sisters to lift them to higher levels.
Richard, Nigeria

The only thing people should do at the moment is admire them for their athleticism, attitude towards the game and modesty. Clearly, other players will have to raise their game in order to compete with them and that can only be a good thing.
Kostas, Greece

Those who say that the Williams sisters competing against each at the top of the women's tennis world is a bad thing need to dig very deep for the source of their feelings.

It really seems as if those who hold this view are reaching for something negative to say about the Williams sisters. They may not be totally aware of their double standard, but it's there nevertheless. When in history has sports excellence or dominance been a bad thing? Never!


Why do some people celebrate the power in the men's game and not in the women's?
J.N. Orife, USA

Why do some people celebrate the power in the men's game and not in the women's? It is time for the 'women' players who don't like the domination of women's tennis by the Williams sisters to put up or shut up?
J.N. Orife, USA


Thanks to the Williams sisters women's tennis is now a real sport
Gary, U.S.A

Women's tennis has never been more exciting. It's up to the rest of the lagging pack of women in the tour to step up their play. They can't help that they're that good. It's good for the sport. Didn't Nicholas dominate golf? And it's good for the sport.

Women's tennis has never enjoyed better ratings as now. The field is grand, and has taken over the Men's field. Look at the ratings; as long as the Williams sisters are active, it makes the sport grander.
Maurice, U.S.

To complain that the Williams sisters play with too much power is the same as saying other players might run too fast, use too much spin; use too much strategy, etc. These are all tools of the game. The Williams sisters have tremendous power, and use that tool - good for them.
Brian, USA

Gone are the good old days when women's tennis was just an opportunity for 'cute' white girls to show a bit of leg and tease the opposite sex (too bad for Anna). Thanks to the Williams sisters women's tennis is now a real sport.
Gary, U.S.A.

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