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  Saturday, 6 July, 2002, 22:24 GMT 23:24 UK
Williams sisters show star quality
Venus (left) and Serena (right) Williams
The Williams sisters could dominate for a decade
Serena and Venus Williams have raised the bar in the women's game and could stay unchallenged at the top for 10 years, according to two of the BBC's tennis pundits.

Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova said the Williams sisters produced some tennis of unprecedented quality in their Wimbledon singles final on Saturday.

Serena beat her elder sibling in straight sets to add a maiden Wimbledon crown to her French Open triumph earlier this year.

But Shriver was full of admiration for both players.


There were some rallies here like we've never seen before
Martina Navratilova

"At moments the match did reach an incredible standard, which I think is what we're going to see in the future as they start to phase in their best play at the same time more and more," she said.

"The pace of play is incredible and other players need to learn how to deal with it."

Nine-time Wimbledon champion Navratilova added: "There were moments that were worth the price of admission and there were some rallies here like we've never seen before.

"Serena kept herself together mentally and her body language was great.

"If they both stay committed and take care of their bodies, they can do this for another 10 years. If they want to."

But Shriver added a note of caution for the Williams clan, saying that in the past when players have threatened to leave their peers behind the rest of the world have always caught up.

"We've seen these gaps open up at the top of the women's game before," she said.

"Although it can be painful to start, other players tend to catch up eventually and the competition intensifies."

Navratilova identified several players who could compete with the Williams sisters, provided they worked on certain parts of their game.

Martina Navratilova
Navratilova won nine Wimbledon singles titles

"Lindsay Davenport matches up with her (Serena's) power, but not her speed," she said.

"Martina Hingis has the variety but she needs to get a better second serve, because right now the Williams sisters are picking on it.

"You have to mix it up and chip and charge against them, you won't be able to beat them from the baseline."

But Navratilova warned that all the top players were facing burn-out from too much tennis.

"The danger is that all the top players are playing too many tournaments per year and many on the uncompromising hard courts," she said.

"There is the danger of burn-out. The powers that be need to look long term and limit the schedules a bit."

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