American Tennis: Williams Style...Catch It Before It's Gone

Gary HowellContributor IJune 1, 2010

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 15:  Venus Williams and Serena Williams of the USA hold their trophies after a straight sets victory against Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pannetta of Italy in womens doubles final match during the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 15, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Now that Pete Sampras has retired, American Tennis isn't what it used to be...On the men's side.  But on the Women's side, it's got to be a good thing...Venus and Serena Williams are keeping the American Tennis scene going.  Like in most tournaments they enter, the Williams Sisters are primed to win 2 titles, singles and doubles. And as the French Open is being played as I write this article, the Williams Sisters can still win both titles.  Just think of these stats:

  • The Williams Sisters have won 45 Grand Slam Titles between the two of them. 19 in singles.
  • Serena has been the best players over the last few years. Besides some injuries, she has dominated the sport.
  • Serena has won the career Grand Slam in both Singles and Women's Doubles. Venus has won the career Grand Slam in Women's Doubles.
  • Venus is most dominant on the Grass courts. 5 of 7 Grand Slams titles at Wimbledon.
  • The sisters have won Gold at the Olympics

Although the 19 wins in Singles Grand Slams doesn't compare to Steffi Graf's 22, they have faced some other dominant players: Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova.

American Women haven't been this dominant since the days of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

Just think, The Williams Sisters don't even play a full schedule like most of the athletes in their sport. If they did spent all their time on tennis, it wouldn't give anyone else a chance.

We should embrace this time...until the Williams Sisters move their dominance to another arena...corporate America and who knows what...