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1. Serena Williams 297.38
2. Venus Williams 233.71
3. Maria Sharapova 228.63
4. Jelena Jankovic 214.09
5. Elena Dementieva 192.79
6. Ana Ivanovic 192.05
7. Dinara Safina 181.76
8. Svetlana Kuznetsova 143.47
9. Vera Zvonareva 118.08
10. Agnieszka Radwanska 95.25
Louisville will host two of the world’s top athletes in a unique mix of tennis, music and charity at a special one-night-only event next month. Andy Roddick, currently ranked No. 6 in the world, and Serena Williams, 2008 U.S. Open champion, will be in Louisville Friday, Dec. 12, at Freedom Hall as part of the ICAP Energy Rock-n-Racquets tour. Roddick and Williams will be joined by fellow players John Isner and Caroline Wozniacki. The event will feature three exhibition matches: men’s and women’s singles (Roddick vs. Isner and Williams vs. Wozniacki) and mixed doubles (Roddick and Williams vs. Isner and Wozniacki).
In a departure from normal tennis protocol, the event will include music during changeovers. “Tennis events are normally hush-hush,” said tournament director Jeff Newman. “This is a more high energy event.” The event will be emceed by Wayne Bryan, father of the world’s No. 1 doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan.
“Rock-n-Racquets showcases tennis in a different light and brings it to cities that don’t normally see professional tennis,” Newman said. The tour will also make stops in Knoxville, Tenn. and Columbia, S.C.
Rock-n-Racquets starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $77 and can be purchased at the Kentucky Exposition Center ticket office or for more information, please visit: www.rocknracquets.com, www.ticketmaster.com or www.experiencebest.com.
November 23, 2008
• Record prize money: For the 2009 season, the total prize money has gone up 40% to $86 million, and it will be equal at the four Grand Slams, four Premier cornerstone events (at Indian Wells, the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, and the China Open in Beijing), Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships and the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships – Doha 2009
• Bigger matches and better rivalries: The new Premiere events will see the top players facing off against each other more often and in bigger venues, creating a new level of competition and unmissable match-ups more intense than have been seen in years
• An easy-to-follow calendar: The new Roadmap, with its four Premier cornerstone events (at Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Beijing), more defined 'swings' in the Premier events, with the 26 Tier I/II events changed to 20 Premier events, and more combined back-to-back events, will make the Tour much easier to track and enjoy
• A new ranking system: Best 16 results are more directly linked to the Tour's top events by awarding of "zero pointers" for any missed commitment tournament, Grand Slam or the Sony Ericsson Championships
• Record investments: The 2009 season will see $710 million in stadium facility investments, and $84 million in year-end Sony Ericsson Championships deals in Doha 2008-2010 and Istanbul 2011-2013
Discussing the changes at the 2008 Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Larry Scott shared the Tour's commitment to the players' needs, and the ways the Tour has worked to streamline the Roadmap: "The 2009 Roadmap is designed around three core principles: A healthier calendar for the players, through a shorter season and longer off‑season; increased prize money, reflecting the global growth and demand for women's tennis; and a clearer presentation to the public, with the best athletes playing against each other more often."
-- article courtesy of Sony Ericsson WTA website
November 22, 2008
The 23rd annual Pam Shriver Charity Tennis Classic was held at Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena on Friday, November 21, 2008 for the benefit of the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF). Net proceeds from the Tennis Classic are distributed to children’s charities under the guidance of the BCF.
Early in the the first set of the 23rd PNC Tennis Classic last night, the sport's megastar, Serena Williams, had a ball bounce off her head from a ricochet off the baseline wall. The world's No.2 player flashed a smile after briefly feigning dizziness, and the fans laughed with her.It was that kind of night at 1st Mariner Arena, with Williams and her opponent, Elena Dementieva, putting on a polite exhibition for an adoring crowd that welcomed the opportunity to be in the presence of a superstar while at the same time contributing to a worthy cause.
"We're here to have fun," Williams said before the match. "We're not going to take it Grand Slam final serious, but at the same time, we want to give the people a great show." Judging by the loud response from the crowd throughout the evening, Williams gave the people exactly that, despite losing the match, 6-4, 6-4. Of course, Williams transcends tennis - and sports, for that matter - and she was clearly the main attraction for the announced crowd of 7,231.
November 19, 2008
Limited front row VIP tickets priced at $1,000.00 and additional tickets listed at $325.00, $175.00, $125.00, $75.00, and $50.00 went on sale today. "I am honored to be part of an event that showcases Serena, Venus, Jelena, and Ana – four of the best players in women's tennis today -- in one of the most storied tennis venues in the world," said sports icon and tennis legend Billie Jean King. "This collection of players, competing in this spectacular venue, in an event that benefits the Women's Sports Foundation and other organizations, is the perfect mix to deliver an exciting and entertaining celebration of women's sports and tennis."
The pool of players for this one night event is unprecedented, including three women who over the course of the 2008 season held the World No. 1 ranking and all four of whom have been No. 1 at least once in their career. The grouping also consists of three Grand Slam winners, as well as four of the eight qualifiers of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s season-ending Championships which was recently captured by Venus Williams in Doha.
Serena Williams, currently ranked No.2 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, holds a total of 44 titles (32 singles / 12 doubles) at Tour events, including 18 Grand Slam titles (nine singles titles, seven doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles). The summer of 2008 garnered all her highlights for this past year. Serena played in the finals at Wimbledon and most recently she captured her third US Open title when she defeated Jelena Jankovic at the USTA Center in New York and returned to the World No.1 ranking, which she held for four weeks in 2008. The Williams sisters as a team recently captured their third Wimbledon Doubles Championship this year and for the second consecutive Olympic Games captured the women’s doubles gold medal. Together they have won a total of 12 doubles championships including seven Grand Slam doubles titles.
November 18, 2008
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November 14, 2008
Common: [Laughs] Nah man, I’m dating hip-hop.
Complex: I don’t know man, I saw you on a surfboard in Hawaii with her…
Common: That was my first time surfing, and I had an incredible time. I’ve been on vacations with groups of friends, but of course they’re going to keep me in the pictures with Serena. They’re not going to film one of my boys, or one of my homies, like they would Serena and I.
Complex: So you’re saying you’re not dating?
Common: Nah, I’m dating hip-hop. My love is hip-hop.
Complex: So is Serena your best girl-friend?
Common: Ha, nah man. My best girl-friend is hip-hop. I’m a single man.
Interview By Joe La Puma (Complex.com)
November 11, 2008
* Serena regained #1 ranking for four weeks *
(Set record for longest gap between stints at #1 for any player; 5 years, 1 month)
November 10, 2008
The school was built through partnership between the Build African Schools initiative - an American non profit making organization - and Hewlett Packard, the world's largest technology firm.
Hewlett Packard, as part of its commitment to support education in developing countries, will install in each school a computer laboratory and classroom, laptop, printers, the World Wide Web, and facilitate training for the teachers and students.
The school will give chance to hundreds of primary school pupils in the location to pursue secondary school education. The area is semi arid, with schools far in and between. The area suffers from high school drop out rate, and most students are orphans due to the high HIV /Aids prevalence rate in the area.
November 9, 2008
Venus holds the Billie Jean King Cup whilst standing next to Billie Jean King after her three set victory against Vera Zvonareva of Russia in the final during the Sony Ericsson Championships at the Khalifa Tennis Complex. Venus defeated Vera 6-7, 6-0, 6-2.
All I can say is WOW!! This is Vee's FIRST season-ending Sony Ericsson Championship title. I do not know what Venus had this week (to play the way she did) but I'll take two please. Venus EARNED and DESERVED this title. If Venus carries this form over into the new year, to everyone on the WTA Tour, be afraid.....BE VERY AFRAID!
Noteworthy: Venus did not lose a match during the Championships and took out the year's best players. She defeated (Olympic Gold Medalist) Elena Dementieva, (Olympic Silver Medalist) Dinara Safina, (U.S. Open Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist doubles partner and Wimbledon Champion doubles partner) Serena Williams, (World #1) Jelena Jankovic, and (Olympic Bronze Medalist) Vera Zvonareva.
Serena saw it the same way. "It's just everything that I think African Americans have been through, I mean even 40 years ago, even 30 years ago, and even today still. It's just a great time to be black right now in the United States," she said. "Everyone's proud."
November 8, 2008
November 7, 2008
"I had zero pain last night," Serena said of her post-match experience. ""I felt like I didn't serve well, I had a lot of double faults. Looking back, I think maybe that's why I was doing it, because I didn't feel it at the time. I think I might have been overcompensating. I did feel pain last night,'' the U.S. Open champion said. ``I was still in pain just getting out of bed. I have had this before and so when I felt this it was like a red flag. I went to see how I felt in practice yesterday, and it was hard when I was hitting ground strokes. I didn't want to risk it."
Serena was challenged by a British journalist who suggested that sometimes in a major tournament such as this she should play through the pain for the sake of the event and for the sponsors. "I think what I should do is make you work out for 22 years, have a severe stomach strain and play for the sponsors," she chided. Later she explained: "I had this once in LA and played through it and I was out for six to eight weeks. So when I had these symptoms I thought I must start the new year well. I can't afford to be out for so long.
Williams declined to say whether she would play next year at Indian Wells, California, one of the Tour’s nine top tournaments. The Williams sisters haven’t played there since 2001, when the family was booed after Venus withdrew just before a semifinal match against Serena. “We’ll see. Who knows,” Serena said. “We’ve had a lot of discussions with a lot of people. I don’t want to get into that right now. I just want to keep focused on other things.”
November 6, 2008
Serena leads Head-to-Head 4-2
2nd Match of the day at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex
"I didn't even look like a top-eight player today. Maybe top 600, in the juniors," said Serena, who has won nine majors and is making her fifth appearance at the season-ending championships. She won the event in 2001. Serena has put herself in a must-win situation in tomorrow's Round Robin play. She has a track record of turning things around and I trust that she can do it again. One more thing, VENUS is playing some phenomenal tennis and is currently playing like the Champion she is.