then and now

venus in memphis hingis in indian wells

More reading, about what a decade of being on the road (and on the court) will do to aloof teenagers. Hingis, petulant and precocious, did her share of feather-ruffling during her days of dominance. Now, she’s back from retirement — calmer, engaged to Radek Stepanek, and equipped with a newfound appreciation for the sport. And she’s the current default example of how to win if you can’t blow someone off the court. (via The Desert Sun)

And Venus Williams, once estranged from the rest of the tour (perhaps because she didn’t need anyone else besides Serena, or because she’s a Jehovah’s Witness, or because she’s black), has join the ranks of great tennis ambassadors. (via The Age)

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