Venus: Resurgence, Convergence or Destiny?

Venus Williams' career has never followed a predictable or traditional tennis trajectory.  Still when she announced her Sjogren's syndrome diagnosis in 2011 most began drafting her tennis obituary.  They shook their heads or laughed as she said time and again that she would play until Rio 2016, at a minimum. It has taken years for her to … Continue reading Venus: Resurgence, Convergence or Destiny?

Tennis’ Love-Hate Relationship with the Revolutionary Serena Williams

Many were tuned-in to Serena Williams' Calendar Slam run as a historic cultural and sporting moment. If she had won the US Open, it would have been her fifth consecutive slam and 22nd career slam. It was not to be. Serena lost to the pressure and nerves of the moment not to opponent Roberta Vinci in … Continue reading Tennis’ Love-Hate Relationship with the Revolutionary Serena Williams

Privilege Exemplified: Maria Sharapova’s Road to Redemption

The Russian blond with the piercing green stare and clenched fists of perseverance has reached the heights of her sport five times. This statuesque star is no Anna Kournikova, content with Barbie Doll marketing and interviews focused on her beauty. She is noted for her business savvy, though it is her game that is the foundation of her empire. … Continue reading Privilege Exemplified: Maria Sharapova’s Road to Redemption