Lisa Raymond reflects on playing the Williams sisters

Raymond (center, in hat) and Huber shake hands with Venus (left) and Serena Williams after losing in the women's doubles at Wimbledon last July.
Raymond (center, in hat) and Huber shake hands with Venus (left) and Serena Williams after losing in the women's doubles at Wimbledon last July. (AP)
Posted: January 13, 2013

Two other American tennis players win a lot of doubles tournaments when they are healthy and focused.

Asked what it is like to face Venus and Serena Williams on a doubles court, Lisa Raymond said it is just about what it looks like.

"It's just a lot of power coming at you," said Raymond, who, with partner Liezel Huber, lost to the Williams sisters in three sets last year in the Wimbledon semifinals after winning the first set. "I think you're playing the best server of all time in women's tennis in Serena Williams, and her sister's not too shabby with her serve. You have to have a very specific game plan, and you have to follow it to a T, because if you don't, they're going to make you pay."

Even the best strategy may not work.

"They play a very, very simple doubles game - they have big serves, big returns, and they try and overpower their opponents," Raymond said. "Swinging volleys. Very unorthodox. They get it done. They just overpower their opponents."

Does she like playing them?

"No," Raymond said. She laughed and gave an Are you crazy? look. "Of course you don't like playing them, absolutely not. No."

- Mike Jensen

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