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There are alot of people that used to be Serena fans, but after what she has done lately, have given up on her. I am one of them. I had been happy watching Serena and Venus, who I still like. But greatness is only measured by grace, and she has lost that by being unapologetic. It is a mark of a true champion to admit they are wrong. She did footfault and she did shout "C'mon!" before the point was over. She should've just went on and kept her grace.
I feel the same way about Tiger Woods, a champion who has lost his grace. Or Mike Tyson. Or Lance Armstrong. Sure, they became the best in their respective sports. But how they admit to their wrongdoings is also a mark the public has to determine, in order to see if the respect they lend to their heroes is truly deserved.
If someone tries to determine who their heroes are, they are not being negative. They are being choosy and for good reason. These are the people one chooses to BELIEVE in.
Rod Laver, Pete Sampras, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Stefan Edberg, Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert are examples to me of true champions. Maybe some of these haven't accomplished as much, but they won with enough grace and sportsmanship, that I remember them fondly.
Serena I would say is now a fairly good champion. Not great, graceful or true. I wouldn't pick her as an example to my children, if I had any. It was nice to see her break the color line just like Tiger Woods, but I think Arthur Ashe did the same but better. I just wish Tiger and Serena had kept Ashe's lead dignified.
My heroes do not have to be perfect. They just have to be true to the spirit. They don't have to believe in God either. But if they choose so, then good.
Spot on!!! The mark of a true champion is their virtue in both victory and defeat. Serena has issues commending her opponents when she gets outplayed and blames it merely on her poor performance.
Christina, I admit that she too, is human. However, being human also entails admitting to any wrongs and rectifying our errors. In this situation, she would garner more empathy and gain more praise for offering an apology rather than giving an excuse (She just tweeted "My emotions got the best of me")
She does bring a lot of revenue to the game which probably explains the light slap in the wrist this time around. Considering she is still on probation at the time of the incident, the Aussie Open officials were probably already getting on the horn -- begging for her to be let off easily. Everyone wants a rematch down under.
This is my response to Chin Be: I'm sorry, but that's easy for you to say. You don't play at that same level, with that same intensity. What's the big deal about her commending her opponents after a loss--which she does, by the way. Again, you saw a few instances where a champion blames herself for her loss, and you feel like everyone who wins a point against her deserves a cookie and a pat on the back. Are you insane? Get a grip Chin Be. I have to point out--once more--that this is merely a personal issue you got against the girl. I mean, really? that's what champions do. I don't hear you talking about the great Johny Mac when every single match he played, he had an outburst ten times more severe than Serena's two combined! Don't be ridiculous.