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Kim and Jada

Here’s some pics of Kim Cljisters leaving the hospital with her new daughter, Jada, and her husband, Brian.

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Well, That’s Unexpected

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World number 1, Justine Henin, lost in the quarterfinals of Dubai to Francesca Schiavone today with a score of 6-7 (3), 6-7 (4). Henin was previously undefeated  at Dubai, winning 17 straight matches. Could this be the beginning of the end for Justine Henin? I sure hope so. I’m so sick of Justine winning everything.

In more quarterfinal action we saw a less shocking but still surprising upset. Elena Dementieva took out world number 2, Ana Ivanovic, in 3 sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. I know a lot of people are bashing Ana because of this recent loss saying that she’ll never win a grand slam and whatnot, but they really have to look at the big picture. First off, Dementieva is a two-time grand slam runner-up and former Top 5 player, not exactly pathetic. Also, Ivanovic is coming off an ankle injury that forced her to withdraw from Doha only a week before. So people, you can stop writing her off as an underachiever, she has plenty of time left.

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Bagel Watch!

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Ana Ivanovic gave out a second set bagel to Nicole Vaidisova today in the 3rd round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Ivanovic won 6-4, 6-0. Nikki V is getting what shes giving, I guess. Not so sure about the reddish version of Ana’s Aussie Open dress though. It looks just a tidbit strange.

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Congratulations to Kim Clijsters

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It seems a congratulations are in order for Kim Clijsters and her husband, Brian Lynch, who welcomed their baby girl, Jada, into the world today. Both mother and baby are reportedly doing very well. Now all we need is for Kim to do a Davenport and come back to the tour. Oh, that would be glorious.

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Venus, You’re Done, Okay?

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Venus Williams crashed out of Memphis in the first round to qualifier Petra Kvitova, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6. It was Kvitova’s second career WTA Tour match win. Venus, I’m sorry but this is inexcusable. From now on you should only play Wimbledon because obviously you are just not getting results outside of SW19.

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Sania is just so COOL.

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Can someone explain why Sania Mirza is so cool? No, and that attributes to her coolness. She just seems like a genuinely cool person. Cool is the only word to describe her. Maybe its that awesome headband shes wearing that pointed it out to me. But, still Sania is a pretty cool chick.

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Bagel Watch!

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In today’s bagel watch Nicole Vaidisova dishes out a second set bagel to Aiko Nakamura. Scoreline: 6-3, 6-0. Nikki V sets up an interesting second round encounter with world number 2, Ana Ivanovic.

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Trophy Case

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Andy Roddick San Jose Champion 2008

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Viewpoint

Ana Ivanovic and the rest of her generation cannot be compared to Maria Sharapova. For right now, at least. Sharapova is obviously the best player born after 1982. She is at least 5 years junior to any other player that has a real chance of beating her at her best.  Her mental toughness may already be the best in the game. Ivanovic is compared to Sharapova in more ways than one but tennis-wise she can’t hold up to Maria. Look at their first grand slam finals. Maria was a 17 year-old girl taking on the dominant player on tour, Serena Williams, on the game’s biggest stage, Centre Court. This girl played with no fear and physically overpowered the six time grand slam champion to win in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. Ana Ivanovic was 19, an adult. Ana was up against the best player in the world on clay and two time defending champion, Justine Henin. Ivanovic was so overcome by the moment she could not even toss the ball. She seemed just happy to be there and happy to win her three games. Ana’s next grand slam final, against Maria at the 2008 Australian Open, was more promising but she still couldn’t get it done. She has the game but she just isn’t there yet. Ana is constantly compared to Maria because she is the next best thing of their generation. As for the rest, they can hardly be compared to Ana. Nicole Vaidisova, whom many thought would soon emerge as the next huge star, is fading fast. Granted, she is two years younger than Sharapova and Ivanovic. Anna Chakvetadze just doesn’t have a weapon and the wrong head on her shoulders not to have one. The generation of 1987/88 is just not producing as many great players as many thought it would. Perhaps it will be the players from 1990/91 to produce the games next big thing.  However, there is still time for the  ’87 girls to step it up.

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Bagel Watch!

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In Throw Up the Deuce’s newest feature, we are keeping an eye out for any bagels given/received in “big” matches. In today’s edition Elena Dementieva dishes out a second set bagel to Switerland’s Patty Schynder. Not so often we see Elena on this end of a bagel.

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