Chris Chase

Serena and Venus' mom blasts Kim Clijsters on Twitter

Chris Chase
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Oracene Price, mother of Venus and Serena Williams, is rooting for Li Na in Saturday's Australian Open final, both because she likes the idea of someone new winning a Slam and because she doesn't like the idea of Kim Clijsters winning one. During a succession of tweets on Thursday night, Oracene bashed Clijsters, calling her dubious and comparing her to the mythological beast, Medusa.

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Wouldn't it have been easier to go the Australian Open website or Yahoo!'s tennis page (plug!) rather than tweeting the question to her followers? Of course it would have. But then Oracene wouldn't have been able to show how little she cares about tennis when her daughters aren't involved.

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Somebody evidently tweeted her the answer and Oracene reveals she's pulling for Li Na. That works. I think I am too, if we're being honest. She then explains why:

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The first two sentences make sense. It would be cool for a Chinese player to win a Slam and it is nice to see first-timers winning. That's why I expect to be rooting for Li Na when she takes the court against Clijsters at 3:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. But what's with the "I don't want my vision blurred" statement, you ask? We'll get to that in a bit.

In response to the above tweet, a follower of Oracene asked whether she was pulling for Li Na (in case it wasn't obvious). The response:

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She thinks Clijsters is dubious? Does she mean morally suspect or not to be relied upon or doubting? Was there a previous run-in with either Venus or Serena that we don't know about? Is she still mad about Serena's infamous foot fault against Clijsters in the 2009 U.S. Open? Oracene doesn't make it clear. It's a strange insult regardless of the reason.

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"The Madusah scare" sounds like a band playing the tent at Coachella, so I'm guessing Oracene means the Medusa stare, a reference to the mythological maiden who was robbed of her beauty by Athena and made so hideous that you turned to stone simply by looking at her face. That must mean Oracene either thinks Clijsters is ugly, has snakes for hair or will be beheaded by Perseus in an attempt to rescue his mother from the evil grips of King Polydectes. I'm guessing it's the third one.

On one level, I appreciate Oracene's straightfoward style. She thinks what she thinks and doesn't care what anyone says about it. It can be refreshing. On the other hand, taking shots at Clijsters for no apparent reason is the definition of classless. Oracene says she doesn't like dubious people, but is fine with her own insolence?

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