That player is the American and 9th ranked Venus Williams. Even with Venus' sister, Serena Williams you know
she most likely will reach at least the quarterfinals of a tournament before she might beat herself with unforced errors. With Venus however
I think more drama enters into the equation which is in part what makes her one of the most exciting players to watch in the world.
I first saw Venus Williams play a tennis match at Indian Wells in 1997, her first full year on the WTA Tour. Williams upset then fellow teen
and 5th seeded Iva Majoli of Croatia in the round of sixteen 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in a hard fought baseline battle and then broke out into an impromptu
dance at the net.
In the quarterfinals in a night match, Williams smiled and waved to the TV camera in between smashing aces down the tee and covering the court
like a gazelle. The experience of fellow American and 4th seeded Lindsay Davenport proved the decider however as Williams would lose the
match 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(7-1) but gain a ton of fans.
Later that same year Williams would reach the US Open championship final in her debut.
Six grand slam titles and eleven years later, Williams the reigning Wimbledon champion, still excites tennis crowds worldwide and
has crossed over from tennis to become a mainstream global celebrity.
Noted for her power game, Williams today in the third round takes to the slower clay courts at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in
Rome where she faces the tough Russian Vera Zvonareva at 1:30pm CST USA.