August 12, 2019

"... how beautifully endearing she is so stunned that someone is being kind to her..."

53 comments:

NEO-FIDO said...

IIRC, Serena has been a bit of a bitch for a while.

People who are bitchy don't attract kindness.

Now, it can be a 'chicken or the egg' thing. Was she bitchy because people were mean to her or were people mean to her because she was bitchy?

Let's see what she does with this act of kindness.

That is the thing about grace and forgiveness: it can't be earned. It has to be a gift.

Anthony said...

End of thread.

Nonapod said...

because of how unkindly Serena has been treated

I really don't follow this sort of thing very closely, so how was Serena treated "unkindly"?

At any rate, while this seems like a genuine and sweet moment, it's difficult to feel terribly sorry about a person who has been so wildly successful at such a high level for so long, a person who is worth millions and millions of dollars and is revered the world over as one of the greatest of all time. But whatever.

n.n said...

A well-earned unkindness. Serena was -- is? -- the wicked sister, who needed to temper her self-esteem.

NEO-FIDO said...

Ms. Althouse, were people 'terribly unkind' to McEnroe? He was a bit of a bastard and people were mean back?

What is the difference between the two except chromosomally?

traditionalguy said...

That's how you do it. Compete and respect your opponent.

AllenS said...

A class act.

Jessica said...

Wonderful that Serena's opponent showed kindness and that Serena accepted it graciously. Beautiful!

readering said...

Yeah I think it's a bullshit tweet, although it does capture a sweet moment. The teenager was playing great and would have loved to have taken her first tournament in a complete match. But she showed a lot of presence to finish things this way with a living legend. This tournament is just a line-up for the US Open, but it must be disheartening for Serena as she slows on in her quest for most grand slams.

readering said...

Slogs

Jim at said...

Let's see. Screaming racist! and sexist! when being thrashed by a better opponent is endearing?

"I swear to God I'll fucking take the ball and shove it down your fucking throat." at a line judge is endearing?

I need to update my thesaurus.

SDaly said...
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SDaly said...

In contrast to Megan Rapinoe, Bianca Andreescu demonstrates that women can understand the concept of sportsmanship.

(But I'd be careful about calling Williams a "beast." Even if said as a compliment, there are hordes of people who will call you out as racist.)

Lem said...

What Billie Jean King told her...

CJinPA said...

That was very sweet. No, Williams has not been treated badly.

Krumhorn said...

Sportsmanship. Harder to find these days.

- Krumhorn

Leland said...

I'm fixated on the notion that it was easy for Bianca to do that. I'm not sure that means what it seems to mean at face value. She's a young tennis player, who probably was inspired by Serena. She had a chance to play her, and lost the full opportunity due to injury. If I had a chance to take BP with Nolan Ryan and lost that chance because of injury; I'd still like to meet him and shake his hand.

But this comment reads to me that it was some how easy for Bianca and not easy for Serena. Well, I've met plenty of other people at the top of their game that found time to be gracious to others. That were so good at it, that it did seem easy. I think this is what makes me think there was more meant by the statement. Almost like Bianca was somehow privileged in her ability to be easy at it.

Lincolntf said...

"A fucking beast"? At least she didn't mention "guerilla tennis" or she'd be an international pariah.

NEO-FIDO said...

I have finally figured out what is so off with this story and analysis. It bothered me in a bunch of different ways, but I think I figured it out finally.

The focus is on the wrong person here.

Serena is owed nothing here. She 'accepted a hug'. BFD!

Do we 'celebrate' a man who takes free lottery money? Do we cheer Scrooge for receiving an invitation from his Cousin to Christmas Dinner?

No, we do not. Serena could not have done anything but what she had done to not appear as horrible as Scrooge!

This warrants no celebration.

Instead, the emphasis should be on the OTHER girl. The one who did something noteworthy and 'sweet'.

This is not a Serena story. It is a story about someone actually laudable.

(And to express how this site is rubbing off on me, I went to see the exact form of 'laud' that should be used in this context, and further to discover that its origins is from Medieval France...and I should probably mention Bob Dylan to make this 100% Althousian)

Rick said...

this is amazing because of how unkindly Serena has been treated

So much of what people say is just not so.

Clyde said...

Was that tweet supposed to be an advertisement for punctuation? Because it was. Punctuation makes text intelligible.

NEO-FIDO said...

are from, not is. Sigh

BarrySanders20 said...

Serena is the GOAT for women's tennis. She's on the down slope of her athletic abilities, but has more than justified her large ego, which is the size of her ass. Very entitled and petulant, but so are lots of individually great athletes. Fedrerer excepted.

But this was not "stunning" nor "amazing" nor was Serena "unkindly treated" nor was it "beautifully endearing" nor is she "stunned that someone is being kind to her" nor was it "amazing" for an opponent who just won by forfeit to console the opponent.

Ann Althouse said...

No comment on how Serena has been treated. I put this up because I thought Andreescu was cool and I was touched to see competitors embrace the dramatic arc of that little video was excellent.

Big Mike said...

But this was not "stunning" nor "amazing" nor was Serena "unkindly treated" nor was it "beautifully endearing" nor is she "stunned that someone is being kind to her" nor was it "amazing" for an opponent who just won by forfeit to console the opponent.

I have to agree fully. It's not at all unusual for elite athletes to console a respected opponent who has lost. What was unusual was for Serena to behave the way she did when she lost 11 months ago to Naomi Osaka.

Known Unknown said...

I don't trust anyone with all of that crap emoji stuff in their Twitter handle.

doctrev said...

I actually saw the thing that injured Serena from an executive suite. She ran into the net at full tilt, badly hurting her arm. I thought that was what would put her out, but sounds like her back started spasming. She's probably the greatest ladies' tennis player, considering her competition, I just wish she'd handle defeat better. As she ages and these injuries pile up, further games will be impossible. She'll be fine for money, possibly forever, but the idea of not being able to play must really hurt.

Phidippus said...

Human kindness, overflowing. I don't see a problem.

Good for Bianca.

Separately, Serena has really scary arms.

M said...

The media treat her like a princess crossed with a celebrity. How has she experienced so much unkindness that a hug is unusual for her? This is more fake “systemic racism” propaganda BS. Just like Tiger Woods. Everyone loves Tiger. White people REALLY love Tiger. But the media try to tell us anything negative said about him is racism. Eye roll.

readering said...

Hard to say Serena should retire now at 37 when she made two grand slam finals in 2018 and one so far in 2019. Her older sister Venus is still competitive at 39 (last making two grand slam finals in 2017).

AlbertAnonymous said...

Multiple times recently, when Serena loses, the fake news write stories like: “Serena prevented from winning another grand slam” or “Serena injury stops her from another record”

All the focus on her. None on the young ladies beating the long time champ. It’s backwards.

Why all the praise and adulation? Why is everyone avoiding writing anything about her that might be seen as negative? Is it because people are afraid to be seen as racist?

She was a great tennis player and is on the end of her career. It happens. She wasn’t great because she is black and she’s not failing because she’s black and it’s not a black/white thing. Jeez. It has zilch to do with race. Quit trying to show your wokeness and virtue signal.

Char Char Binks said...

Women's pro tennis is a soap opera, or at least that's the way the the WTA and its TV coverage frame and promote it. The only sports worse in that way are figure skating and professional wrestling.

rcocean said...

Oh God. The tears. The hugs. The drama.

I remember back in 1985. McEnroe had to withdraw from a match due to injury. He burst into tears. Then Connors came round and gave him a hug, and they both had a good cry.

Oh wait, the never happened.

Char Char Binks said...

"A fucking beast"?

You spelled "gorilla" wrong.

Rockeye said...

She doesn't inspire the same fear in her opponents. Those who used Hitler comparisons on Bob Dole were much more gracious when he was no longer a threat.

rcocean said...

I guess this means Serena will be a no show for the US Open. Which is bad news, because Women's tennis has the following big name stars:

Serena Williams.
That Romanian Chick.

rcocean said...

BTW, I was impressed by "the Guns" on both those girls. Popeye would be proud.

readering said...

It would have been fun if it had. Connors played US open at 40. Suddenly cuddly old guy.

readering said...

We'll see. Serena scheduled for another tune up tournament.

rcocean said...

The only bigger soap opera than women's tennis is the NBA.

Marcus said...

Yes, the "spotlight" or story should have been on the classy up-and-coming youngster. I'm assuming it's because the sports media not only bends over backwards to not appear "racist", but gives coverage and praise in greater proportion than necessary to black athletes.

THEOLDMAN

When Tiger was winning, the story is the local rag was always where he was in the tourney, not about the leaders. With TDS among sportswriters who are among the most Woke of all, they are a little more critical of him.

Ken B said...

My impression is Serena was shocked by simple good sportsmanship, such a thing never having entered her mind before.

Amazing how Americans make this all about how wonderful Serena is!

The Vault Dweller said...

I haven't followed Tennis enough to know how Serena has behaved or has been treated. I recall that one recent incident where she lost to that, I think Japanese competitor, and in the process got a few technical fouls, for berating a line judge, and getting help from her coach, that may have cost her a game. I recall large swaths of the media covering for her during that claiming she was the victim of sexism, because, well claims of sexism and racism no longer really need a because.

Now that looked like clearly bad behavior on my part, and it looked like she was getting unfairly good treatment from the media in regards to it. But I wouldn't hold that one incident or even if there were a few more like it over her head. People have to be hyper competitive to compete at that level, especially for as long as she has. Though Bianca's actions were definitely endearing. Good Sportsmanship isn't just how you play the game it is also how you deal with winning and losing. And Bianca was a class act.

readering said...

Yeah Serena admitted after that was bad and the 2 reconciled.

Seeing Red said...

Passing of the torch.

rcocean said...

"When Tiger was winning, the story is the local rag was always where he was in the tourney, not about the leaders."

The Left-wing sportswriter enthusiasm for Tiger went way down in the 2000's when he made it clear he wasn't interested in being the Muhammad Ali of Golf. Further, he considered himself multi-racial and a Buddhist & NOT a BLACK MAN IN A WHITE MANS GAME.

They cover him excessively because he is the Jack Nicklaus of the 21st Century. His recent Masters win is one of the greatest ever comebacks.

stevew said...
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stevew said...

Sportsmanship on display. Sad that it is unusual. My high school soccer coach taught us to respect our opponent, not least because we wouldn't have a match without them, and demanded that we compete within the rules. I'm old enough that all my high school and college games were followed by a handshake and well wishes with the opponent. One of the things that drove this all home for me was that a few of my high school teammates were competitors in college.

MayBee said...

Hahahahhaaha! I can't believe how often we are asked to feel sorry for Serena Williams. It's a constant topic at CBS this morning. Poor poor Serena!

JamesB.BKK said...

That's so sweet for the unknown (potential) up-and-comer to stick her can out like that with the little-used lean-down hug-a-dug in front of the cameramen right there next to the tip-top star.

Saint Croix said...

Here's Ronald and Nancy and Serena and Venus.

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hstad said...

readering said..."It would have been fun if it had. Connors played US open at 40. Suddenly cuddly old guy."

Yeah those "cuddly old guys", Federer (38) vs. Djovokic (32) in the 2019 Wimbledon was one for the ages. BTW, Federer is No. 3 in the World at his age and in the men's game the competition is fierce. While the women's game is as blogger "rcocean" stated limited to "....Serena and the Romanian Chick.."