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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Serena Williams calls top men ‘weenies’ for complaining about blue clay in Madrid


Serena Williams felt right at home on the blue clay of Madrid. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza - AP)
The only thing louder than the crash from world’s top two men’s tennis players tumbling out of the Madrid Open last week was the sound of their complaining over the unfamiliar court conditions afterward.

The new blue clay frustrated Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and others who called the TV-friendly surface slippery and dangerous.

But count Serena Williams among those who didn’t allow the tennis equivalent of Boise State’s ‘Smurf turf’ get to her.

“Women are way tougher than men. That’s why we have the babies. You guys could never handle kids,” Williams told Reuters after she won the Madrid title Sunday. “We ladies don’t complain, we just do our best. On the WTA we are real performers, we are not going out there and being weenies.”

Of course, it’s easy to support a tournament immediately after you win it.

With her 6-1, 6-3 win over Victoria Azarenka, Williams claimed her second straight tournament. Williams — who has yet to mother any children — missed two of the four grand slams in 2011 due to injury and lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open this year. But Sunday’s victory boosted her ranking to No. 6 and will send her into Roland Garros looking fit and ready to contend for her first French Open title since 2002.

Nadal lost in the round-of-16 and Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked player, fell in the quartefinals. Both threatened to boycott the tournament next year if the blue clay remained.

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