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Serena Williams, Sore Loser?

Jul 6, 2008 – 9:23 PM
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Michael David Smith

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Here's Serena Williams speaking just moments after losing to big sister Venus Williams in the Wimbledon singles final:

Serena obviously wasn't happy that she had lost, but she was perfectly pleasant in answering questions, there and in other interviews on Saturday. So I've been surprised at how many people have referred to her as a "sore loser," suggesting that she isn't gracious enough in defeat.

ESPN.com even has a piece up in which the Williams sisters' mom, Oracene Price, says she'd like to see her youngest daughter deal better with losing:

For her mother's part, however, she believes it's time for Serena to grow up and experience a reality check on life in the real world.

"Well, you know, she's going to have to learn how to suck things up," Price said. "[She needs to] say, 'OK, I'm not going to win everything. This is going to make me a better person. This will build character for myself and I have to learn how to lose. I might not be happy about it, but I just have to go on, go on and say, you know what, I didn't get this one, but I'm getting the next one.'"

I really have no problem with the way Serena acts after a loss, either to her sister or to anyone else. No, she doesn't always answer every last reporter's question after she loses, but she doesn't unleash profane tirades toward reporters, either. Just because she's unhappy after she loses, that doesn't make her a sore loser.

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