Finally you have a cover and an article about the fantastic feats of Serena Williams. Thanks for acknowledging her beauty and boldness. She is the embodiment of an athlete who has grown into her fame, and I am proud to have witnessed her extraordinary talents.
JoDean Ward, Goodyear, Ariz.
For L. Jon Wertheim to even suggest that Serena Williams might be the best of all time is patently absurd (Serena Supreme, July 12). How many of the current players Williams beats so soundly does Wertheim see joining her in the Hall of Fame? Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Billie Jean King and Margaret Court faced future Hall of Famers time and again. Serena will have to settle for "best of her [relatively inferior] era."
Mary Towey, Hampton, Va.
No doubt about it, Williams is one of the greats. Her poor sportsmanship, however, offsets her amazing ability. She doesn't give credit to her opponents when she loses, and she's still convinced she was justified in her behavior at the 2009 U.S. Open. She's a champion but not a role model.
Rob Moore, Coronado, Calif.
I agree that there needs to be a distinct play-by-play voice of American soccer (SCORECARD, July 12). But the analyst who will work alongside that person has already been found. John Harkes should be praised for his work during the World Cup. He has credibility as a former World Cup player, and his name is familiar to American fans. Most important, Harkes provided commentary that made sense to the casual observer without being dumbed down.
Joe Clifford, Bronx, N.Y.
I found the commentary of England's Ian Darke and his associates to be one of the highlights of the World Cup. Football announcer John Facenda (the Voice of God) was instrumental in the growth of the NFL, and I think that Darke has similar potential to aid in the growth of soccer's popularity in this country.