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Packin’ Heat

Venus Williams launched a 130 mph serve in the championship match at the Zurich Open against Flavia Pennetta. This is a WTA Tour main draw record, previously held by Venus herself at 129 mph. The 130 mph bomb helped Venus to a 7-6 (1), 6-2 win and solidifies her place in Doha next month.

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Grand Slams 2008: A Look Back

What a year it was for grand slam tennis. With the last major of the year drawing to a close in New York, I think this is the perfect time to look back at the year that was. Let’s begin after the cut, shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

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Venus Williams, Iron Woman

Venus Williams apparently wants to be playing until she’s 34. She said it herself in a recent interview:

Q. You’re talking about being a housewife, and ten years ago you weren’t uttering those words. When you look back at what you’ve been able to accomplish, do you have look back and marvel at the high level you’ve been able to play and your record of longevity?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I’m trying to do more. And for the record, I’m aiming for the 2016 Olympics. We’ll be playing doubles. I’ll be here for a long time still grinding and earning titles and making life hard for anyone and everyone.

Sweet, Venus is going to continue to be irrelevant at every tournament except Wimbledon for another eight years. Boy, oh, boy.

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Quick Hits: U.S. Open Day 6

  • Qualifier Anna Lena Groenefeld reached the fourth round with a win over Alize Cornet.
  • Amelie Mauresmo beat Ivanovic’s conquerer, Julie Coin, 6-4, 6-4.
  • Dinara Safina was quite annoying in her three set victory over Timea Bacsinsky.
  • Serena and Venus looked very impressive in their one sided victories.
  • Rafa Nadal took down Victor Troicki in straights, including a third set bagel.
  • Kei Nishikori took out fourth seed, David Ferrer, 7-5 in the 5th.
  • Andy Murray came back from two sets down to beat Jurgen Melzer, 6-3 in the 5th.
  • Juan Martin del Potro kept his winning streak alive with a five set win over Gilles Simon.
  • Gael Monfils smashed David Nalbandian, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Dancing ensued (see above).

Matches to watch on Day 7:

[21] Caroline Wozniacki v. [2] Jelena Jankovic – I’m telling you, there’s something about Caroline.

[30] Marin Cilic v. [3] Novak Djokovic – There’s going to be some intense rallies in this match.

[28] Radek Stepanek v. [2] Roger Federer – Fed’s first real test should be interesting.

[5] Elena Dementieva v. Na Li – Both players are on hot streaks coming into this match.

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Quick Hits: U.S. Open Day 4

  • Ana Ivanovic suffered a shock defeat to Julie Coin, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6.
  • Serena and Venus Williams destroyed their respective opponents.
  • Amelie Mauresmo dished out a third set bagel to overcome Kaia Kanepi.
  • Anna Lena Groenefeld hit a 128 mph serve in her win over Jessica Moore.
  • Nicole Vaidisova went out to wildcard Severine Bremond.
  • Juan Martin del Potro won his 21st consecutive match over Tomaz Bellucci.
  • Andy Murray overcame a stern test from Michael Llodra, winning 7-6 in the 4th.
  • Retirements sent Victor Troicki, Kei Nishikori and James Blake into the third round.

Matches to watch on Day 5:

Jie Zheng v. [2] Jelena Jankovic – An upset could be brewing.

[23] Lindsay Davenport v. [12] Marion Bartoli – Should be a hard-hitting poweful match-up.

[8] Andy Roddick v. Ernest Gulbis – Gulbis has the goods to take out Roddick under the lights.

[14] Victoria Azarenka v. [21] Caroline Wozniacki -Two rising stars, might as well get used to them now.

[15] Tommy Robredo v. Marat Safin – Marat is always one to watch.

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Quick Hits: U.S. Open Day 2

  • Ana Ivanovic had another first round scare, beating Vera Dushevina 6-4 in the third.
  • Amelie Mauresmo beat Natalie Dechy, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Watch out for Amelie, she seems to be regaining some form.
  • Serena and Venus breezed through their first round matches.
  • Anna Lena Groenfeld took out Dani Hantuchova, 6-4, 6-2.
  • 16 year old, Kristie Ahn, was very impressive in her 6-3, 6-4 loss to Dinara Safina.
  • Tommy Haas beat Richard Gasquet, 6-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. Richie needs to get his act together.
  • Sam Querry wholloped Tomas Berdych, 3, 1 and 2.
  • R. Fed had an easy win over Maximo Gonzalez.
  • Marat Safin needed five sets and a meltdown to take out Vince “Spadea ain’t afraid of ya”.
  • Jim Courier was still annoying and Tracy Austin still managed to worship the ground Maria Sharapova walks on even though she’s not even in the tournament.

Matches to watch on Day 3:

[3] Novak Djokovic v. Arnaud Clement – Clement should keep this entertaining.

[8] Andy Roddick v. Fabrice Santoro – The Magician could give Andy a bit of trouble.

Santiago Ventura v. [19] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Jo’s first match back should be interesting.

Maria Elena Camerin v. [21] Caroline Wozniacki – Caro is playing really solid and I have a feeling she might do something special this tournament.

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Williams vs. Mannings: Oreo Style

The real competition here is, which commercial will be overplayed more, this one or Maria Sharapova’s new Canon spot. I think this is the only thing Maria can beat the Williams at.

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On The Podium: Beijing 2008

“Nowhere in my best dreams I can imagine something like what I did this year,” Nadal said after taking gold over Fernando Gonzales. “I know how difficult it is to win these things, and especially here, because you only have one chance every four years.” This is the first Olympic gold medal for Spain in tennis. Tomorrow, Rafa will take over for Roger Federer at the top of the rankings.

In the Chokefest of the Century for the gold medal in women’s singles, Elena Dementieva came out on top (for once). Dinara Safina threw in 17 double faults as her 15-match win streak came to an end. Vera Zvonareva took bronze for a Russian clean sweep of the medals.

Venus and Serena Williams redeemed their singles losses with a routing of the Spanish team of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual in the gold medal match, 6-2, 6-0. The Sisters remain undefeated at the Olympics with a 10-0 record.

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Quick Hits: Olympics Quarters + Semifinals

  • Rafa continues his stellar year and defeats Novak Djerkovic in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. He’ll next face Fernando Gonzales for the gold medal.
  • James Blake wastes three match points against Gonzales and loses a thriller, 11-9 in the third. After the match Blake accused Gonzales of unfair play.
  • JJ loses to Dinara “WTA Tour Savior” Safina, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
  • R. Fed redeems himself in doubles with Stan Wawrinka, upsetting the Bryan Bros. in three sets.
  • Venus and Serena remain the last Americans still in contention for gold after smashing Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva in dubs.

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Quick Hits: Olympic Third Round

  • Serena wins a tight match over Alize Cornet, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and breaks a racquet in the process
  • Venus beat Viktoria Azarenka to set up a meeting with Chinese hopeful, Na Li.
  • JJ somehow is winning matches beating Dominika Cibulkova, 7-5, 6-1.
  • Elena “Rocket Serve” Dementieva beat Caro Wozniacki, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
  • R. Fed avenges his Athens 2004 loss to Tomas Berdych, 6-3, 7-6.
  • Rafa routines Igor Andreev, 6-4, 6-2.
  • Djerkovic beat Mikhail Youzhny, 7-6, 6-3.
  • James Blake defeated Gilles Simon to set up a date with Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.

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