Sunday, January 30, 2011

It's More Dubious if You Don't Know What Dubious Means...

Since they broke into the tennis scene in the late 1990s, many people have questioned the Williams sisters' sportsmanship. From their sudden and unexplained withdrawal from key matches and their refusal to acknowledge their opponents upon defeat, to Serena's heated dressing down of a lineswoman at the 2009 US Open, which led to her disqualification in the semi-finals, at times I find it difficult to muster the awe and respect that their abilities deserve.

Given the antics of their father, Richard Williams, through the years, I've often felt that the apples didn't fall too far from the tree. And the other day, their mother, Oracene Price, took to Twitter to bash Kim Clijsters, who was getting ready for the Australian Open finals.

After a tweet asking who was in the ladies' final, Price mentioned that she was pulling for Chinese star Na Li. While at first she explained she thought it would be cool for "a Chinese" to win and that she likes first-time winners, the second part of her tweet said she "wouldn't want her vision blurred." While that made no sense, she went on to label Clijsters a "dubious person" and then said "that eye of hers gives you the Madusah scare (sic) and turns you to stone."

Apart from Serena Williams' disqualification in her match against Clijsters at the 2009 US Open (which Clijsters subsequently won), there has never been any public animosity between her and either Williams sister. And even if there had been, isn't it more "dubious" for someone's mother to make fun of an opponent of their children?

I guess, at the end of the day, the apples didn't fall too far from either tree...

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