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So, guys, you reckon you could take a point off Serena Williams?

Old Jul 14th 2019, 3:51 am
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Default So, guys, you reckon you could take a point off Serena Williams?

https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...illiams-tennis

Let us for a minute extend the benefit of the doubt to the 12% of men who believe they could take a point from Serena Williams in a tennis match, no doubt further emboldened by her defeat in the Wimbledon final.

For who can say what manner of fugue state they fell into as they answered a simple polling question? Could they have collectively imagined, as they pictured the holder of 23 grand slam titles shaping up to serve, a freak calamity overtaking her? A sinkhole opening up on her side of the net, perhaps, or a thunderbolt sent by a jealous athletic god; or, in more sinister fashion, a tripwire rigged up by an incel saboteur to fell her as she rushed in for the volley.

No: social media chatter suggested that what many of these tsars of self-belief were relying on was an unforced error – specifically a double fault. Such pyrrhic victory would not, it seems, worry them; a point, after all, is a point.

But we walk a tightrope when we condemn such apparently delusional thinking in the sporting arena; for where else are we supposed to indulge our fantasies of combining physical prowess, technical skill and mental toughness in pursuit of lifting a gilded trophy above our heads?
Tennis was not may main game and I was not very good, and admit my first thought was a double fault. But if we exclude that and at my best and a bit of luck then yes I think I could. But just a point.

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Given my knee and back problems combined with never having been very good at tennis, i declare myself in the 88 per cent..... not a chance
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Well growing up Oooop North only posh kids played tennis so I am also in the 88%. WTF is tennis anyway isn't it just a bigger version of table tennis?
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Default Re: So, guys, you reckon you could take a point off Serena Williams?

Didn’t we do all this already in the 1970s with Billie Jean King et al.? There’s a reason why we have separate men and women’s competitions in almost all sporting disciplines. Serena herself has said she wouldn’t win even a point against Andy Murray.
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I assume it has something to do with equality, taking into account the source.
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Default Re: So, guys, you reckon you could take a point off Serena Williams?

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Didn’t we do all this already in the 1970s with Billie Jean King et al.? There’s a reason why we have separate men and women’s competitions in almost all sporting disciplines. Serena herself has said she wouldn’t win even a point against Andy Murray.
yes indeed the Bobby Riggs fiascos and don't forget the early 90s farce of Connors vs Navratilova too.
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I was wrong, there is such a thing as a stupid question
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I was wrong, there is such a thing as a stupid question
that's the first time you've seen a silly question on BE????
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Originally Posted by Garbatellamike View Post
that's the first time you've seen a silly question on BE????
Well I suppose I've asked a few in my time
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Well growing up Oooop North only posh kids played tennis so I am also in the 88%. WTF is tennis anyway isn't it just a bigger version of table tennis?
But isn't "table tennis" only a posh way of saying "ping-pong"?
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Well I suppose I've asked a few in my time
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Default Re: So, guys, you reckon you could take a point off Serena Williams?

I don't reckon I could. I'd have to get really lucky in fairness. So there's a chance.
But that's like saying could I beat Rory McIlroy for one hole in 18. Maybe, I'd have to get lucky, so there's a chance.

I respect the 12% who said they could, that's confidence and ambition and takes a lot of courage to back yourself like that. It's just another reason why men are better.
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I respect the 12% who said they could, that's confidence and ambition and takes a lot of courage to back yourself like that. It's just another reason why men are better.
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But isn't "table tennis" only a posh way of saying "ping-pong"?
No, that’s “whiff-whaff”.
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Default Re: So, guys, you reckon you could take a point off Serena Williams?

99.9% of men have no chance.

Unless Serena double faulted or the individual played tennis to a county standard.

The average British male wouldn't even hit her or connect with her second serve. Then on the other side she would have no problem dealing with theirs.

People don't realise how good these tennis players are. You need to have had years and years of practice to read the serve and develop the anticipation to get to a ball that skids and spins.
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