Posts Tagged ‘Serena Williams’

Fourth seeded Serena Williams beat second seed  Jelena Jankovic, 6-4 7-5 in the U.S. Open tonight. She is now takes the throne again as the again top-ranked player in the world.

This is a big win, for Serena, Jankovic and women’s tennis. The Women’s Tennis blog said,

“The US Open final between Serena and Jelena can probably be named the most entertaining Grand Slam final of the season.”

This match moves Serena back to number 1 in the rankings.

“Serena Williams has returned to the No.1 in the rankings (pushing Ana Ivanovic to No.3), which is her 58th career week in the top spot. She was No.1 for 57 consecutive weeks between July 8, 2002 and August 10, 2003; at five years, one month, this is the longest-ever gap between stints at No.1. The 23-year-old Jankovic remains No.2.”

Exciting stuff, and great news for women’s tennis. It’s funny (and not surprising) that I got pinged for a New York Times report on the men’s U.S. Open winner, yet nothing for the women.

Also, just watching the local Channel 9 news, there was an entire report on the men’s results. And, of course, nothing on the women. (but there was a story on doggy surfing contests)

When are these girls going to get the credit they deserve?

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Tennis is one of the women’s sports (along with women’s golf) which has been able to attract a large amount of journalistic attention. Part of that, in my opinion, is due to the Williams’ sisters ability to perform, and perform well against each other. Wednesday night’s match between Serena and Venus did just that.

According to The New York Times, last night’s quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open went to Serena, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7), giving her a 9-8 lead in this series. However, Venus’s 125-mile-an-hour serve is definately something to watch. Can you imagine trying to hit that?

Do the sisters like playing against each other? The NY Times says,

Serena, a few weeks shy of 27, was on record as saying that it stinks to have to play Venus, just turned 28, so early, but the competition itself seems to have become business as usual, as the sisters play for themselves.

Because the Williams sisters played on the court named for Billie Jean-King, they discussed her opinion of the sisters, as well as her new book, Pressure Is a Privilege: Lessons I’ve Learned From Life and the Battle of Sexes (LifeTime Media, Inc).

In the book, says the NY Times, King describes the thrill of watching Venus accept the champion’s check of $1.4 million at Wimbledon in 2007, and how Venus said live on the BBC, “No one loves tennis more than Billie Jean King.” And then Venus addressed King: “I love you. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you.”

Whether the sports ability to draw attention is due to icons of the past like Billie Jean King or phenoms of the present like Serena and Venus, or the Open’s decision to hold a subsequent match between Nadal and Fish immediately after the Williams’ show, we’ll never know.

It should also be noted that another possible reason W.T.A. (Women’s Tennis Association) is able to draw so much attention is due to their innovative marketing skills and strategy. For instance, WTA just announced a new revenue sharing plan for players and a revamped ranking system to emphasize the important tournaments. Plus, the W.T.A. officially approved on-court coaching for next year – they’ll be wearing microphones to bring fans “closer to the game”.

But having bloggers from The New York Times following every serve, volley and replay of the U.S. Open, discussing women’s competition regularly and fairly, is truly an accomplishment for us in general. I hope other sports can soon follow in their footsteps.

To follow the action of the tournament, check out the U.S. Open site.

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This past Saturday, the Indiana Fever beat home team New York Liberty to make history – not as winners, but rather as participants in the WNBA’s first outdoor game.

According to WNBA.com, in addition to making professional basketball history, the Liberty Outdoor Classic was the first non-tennis sporting event to take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which is the largest public outdoor tennis facility in the world.

“Since opening in 1997, the world’s largest outdoor tennis-only venue has been the main stadium for the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. It’s where Serena and Venus Williams have won two women’s titles each, and Roger Federer the last four men’s championships.

For one night, there was a different ball bouncing on the court in the first outdoor regular-season game in professional basketball history — men’s or women’s.

The game drew 19,393 to the 23,226-seat stadium. The attendance fell short of the team’s Garden record of 19,563, achieved three times — the last against Charlotte on Aug. 11, 2002.

Fireworks shot out from the sides outside the stadium before the Liberty’s starting lineup was announced, and on the court during the introductions as the players ran on the court”

Very, very cool. Check out the rest of the above article on ESPN.

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For nearly two hours on Saturday, the Williams family rocked the tennis world’s grandest stage as they battled at Wimbledon. Unfortunately for Serena, Venus has the best standing record at the All England Club; her 7-5, 6-4 victory gave her a fifth singles title, leaving Serena with just two.

According to the New York Times, Serena explained to reporters that “there’s nothing to be satisfied about.”

However, it seemed she cheered up later in the night as she and her sister joined forces to win their third women’s doubles title, beating Lisa Raymond of the United States and Samantha Stosur of Australia, 6-2, 6-2.

But for many, the singles match was the highlight of the day. Two sisters with similar background and genetic makeup, battling for one of the most prestigious titles in the sport.

Many tennis enthusiasts say the one thing Venus has that makes her so incredibly hard to beat is her height: she’s 6 feet 1 inches tall (compared to her sister, who stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall), allowing her to cover a lot of ground at the net.

Also, her serves are incredibly fast. In the first game of the second set, Venus hit the fastest serve ever recorded by a woman at Wimbledon, 129 miles per hour.

I think this proves one thing and one thing only: Venus was giving it everything she had, and she came out on top, making history. I think it’s safe to say that Saturday’s match served as another thrilling moment in women’s sports.

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