America’s best chance at the women’s 2011 Australian Open trophy is this woman.
No, not Oracene – but the girl she’s making a “that’s all you got?” face at.
For all we know she’s yelling at Venus for forgetting her favorite sunglasses at her mansion in Florida, but you have to wonder: Does Oracene, or even Venus, think she has a chance?
Venus is a 30-year-old, 7-time Grand Slam singles champion whose last triumph came in Wimbledon 2008. She’s never won the Australian Open – she came close in 2003, losing the final 6-7, 6-3, 4-6 to – who else, but – her sister, Serena.
With all of the commentating on the fizzle in her fight, many have speculated if this year will be Venus’ farewell tour. One thing’s for sure – Venus Williams is one of the greatest female American athletes our sport has seen. Her retirement from tennis could potentially leave a black hole in the future of American tennis on the women’s side.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, recent Hopman Cup winner, can help fill that hole with her gusto and crowd-pleasing antics, but hasn’t yet been able to break into the top 20. Sister Serena is far from retired, but her untimely foot injury has also left her far from the tournaments.
Venus hasn’t retired yet. So until then, American fans will hold hope that Venus can rise again, wonder what’s to come in the next era, and will wait for the next young phenoms to step it up – Williams Sisters-style.