Venus Williams is One and Done at the Australian Open

Tennis superstar, Venus Williams is having a rough start to her new year. After what looked like a great start to Williams’ unfortunately didn’t turn out so well at the end. No. 22-seeded Ekaterina Makarova won six of the next seven games for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.

Williams who was the second oldest in the tournament has struggled with injuries and illnesses in the past, but was doing much better going into this tournament.

“The last 12 months I have had issues,” Williams’ said. “But this year I definitely am looking forward to having a good run and feeling well.”

 

“My level was a little bit too up and down. Obviously my error count was a little high,” said Williams, the 2003 finalist who was playing in her 14th Australian Open. “I have to give her a lot of credit, though, she was very determined … played hard.”

Venus’ sister, Serena, the No. 1 seed is scheduled to play a night match later on. We’ll keep you posted.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Marcelle English

 

U.S.T.A. Sues ‘Venus and Serena’ Filmmakers For Copyright Infringement

Filmmakers Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, creators of the documentary Venus and Serena are being sued by the U.S.T.A for what they allege is copyright infringement for using more than 20 minutes of footage from the 2011 US Open along with other footage without an agreement.

According to the NY Times, the suit was filed Friday in White Plains, NY claiming Baird and Major:

used four times more video than would have been permitted in an agreement. The association also said the filmmakers used video that was “not in the best interest of the sport”: Serena Williams’s 2009 vitriolic tirade against a line judge.

in 2011 Baird and Major were in talks with the U.S.T.A. prior to the making of the film. They were given permission to use archival footage of the Williams’ sisters and they were granted access to film at the 2011 US Open. However, they never signed an agreement and the U.S.T.A assumed the film was being abandoned.

“Having failed to reach an agreement or otherwise pay for the footage they used,” the tennis association said, Baird and Major “simply misappropriated” the footage “for their commercial advantage without regard to the U.S.T.A.’s rights.”

A spokesman for Baird and Major said the problems occurred when they wanted to use the infamous confrontation with Serena and the line judge at the 2009 U.S. Open and the U.S.T.A. wouldn’t agree. They decided to use it anyway saying it fell under the fair-use exception to a copyright owner’s right to control his or her intellectual property.

“In trying to censor this film about the Williams sisters,” they said, “the U.S.T.A. is simply making up an agreement that never existed — we shot footage at the U.S. Open with the U.S.T.A.’s permission and of course never agreed to pay them for our own work.” They said that the association was engaged in a “shameful effort to interfere” with the film.

The movie was released in select theaters across the country in May of this year. 

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much marketing surrounding the movie, so the millions of fans didn’t get a chance to see it. Hopefully, it will be released on DVD. 

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

New documentary ‘Venus And Serena’ set to release in theaters in May

A new documentary about the lives of tennis queens Venus and Serena Williams is set to be released in theaters in May. 

The film, produced by Magnolia Pictures, will take an in-depth look into the lives of the most powerful dynamic sister-duo tennis has ever seen. It recognizes the struggles they’ve faced in the sport, enduring racism and sexism to become a dominant force in the game for over a decade. It also includes interviews with  Bill Clinton, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Arnon Milchan, Gay Telese, and Anna Wintour among others.

The film also takes a look at the family dynamic, including their father, Richard Williams. The Williams sisters were reportedly upset over the portrayal of their father “his foibles, from his out-of-wedlock children to a 78-page manifesto he had plotting out his daughters’ success at a very young age.

This should be interesting.

The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and received positive reviews.

I look forward to taking a peek into the lives of Venus and Serena. While Serena is more prominent in the media, it will be nice to see more of Venus. I’m also interested to seeing how they prepare for their matches. Moreover, I want to see how they handled and overcame the racism that still plagues the game to become the powerhouses they are today.

Will you watch it?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Oh no! Serena Williams is out of the Australian Open

We have some good news and we have some bad news Jersey Girl Sports fam! First the bad news. Serena Williams is out of the Australian Open. She lost in her quarterfinal match  3-6, 7-5, 6-4 against 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens. It appeared she also injured her lower back causing her to lose power in her serve. Serena threw her racket at her chair in anger, and I assume, frustration at the outcome of the game.

Here’s the good news: Sloane Stephens is well on her way to being the next big name in tennis! Beating a champion like Serena is no small feat. Playing since the age of  nine Stephens is walking in the footsteps of trailblazers Venus and Serena. While I’m not confident she could beat a healthy Serena, I do think she will become a household name.

 

Sloane Stephens beats Serena Williams

Sloane Stephens beats Serena Williams

Stephens will face defending champion Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals.

We’re sad to see Serena go, but we’re also happy for Sloane.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Serena wins, advances to 4th round at the Australian Open

Swift and sweet. That’s how I would describe Serena’s third-round win at the Australian Open. While her big sister Venus lost, Serena sailed to victory beating Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-3.

She suffered an ankle injury in the first round, but that didn’t seem to stop her. Next up she plays her fourth-round match against Maria Kirilenko.

We hope she continues to win advancing all the way to the championship.

You GO Jersey Girl!

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

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