Venus and Serena Williams lost a tightly contested 3rd Round Doubles Match to 10th seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) and Nadia Petrova (RUS). The thrilling 3 set match lasted a little over 3 hours and included breaks of serve and 1st and 3rd set tie-breaks. The final score was 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(6). Now THAT was close!
Serena has been on the receiving end of ball calls on more than one occasion but today's "episode" immediately reminded me of her 2003 French Open semifinal match against Justine "The Hand" Henin.
During the 5th game of the 1st set and with Serena facing a break point, Sanchez hit a drop volley and Serena rushed in and took a strong cut at a backhand which caught Sanchez on the arm and bounced back over the net. The replay showed that the ball did indeed hit Sanchez's wrist/arm but the umpire awarded the point (and game) to Sanchez. Martinez Sanchez went on to win the set. This did not sit well with Serena:
"I didn't think the ball touched her, it did hit her. I hit that ball rather hard. She knew that ball hit her. The rule of tennis is when the ball hits your body, then it's out of play.You lose a point automatically. So the ball hit her body, and therefore, she should have lost the point instead of cheating.
I would never have done that. I've never sunk [that] low. I would never do that to anyone on this tour. I said [to the chair], 'Did you ask her? He said, 'Well, she's saying that it didn't happen.' I looked at her dead in the eye... Just be honest, if the ball hit you or not. I mean, Hello, it totally hit her. she was just like -- she wouldn't even look at me. I have no respect for anyone who plays a professional game and doesn't play professionally."
Serena did shake her opponent's hand (at net) at the end of the match because she felt that her opponent played a great match and was a good player. Williams went on to say that it's not the first time such controversy has arisen during her matches. In 2003, Williams lost to Henin in the French Open semifinals after a dispute over whether Henin had raised her hand during one of Williams' first serves.
"There was an incident with Justine, and then there was another incident with Jennifer Capriati [at the 2004 U.S. Open, which featured several bad line calls and spurred the introduction of eletronic replay]. Always some drama. Even in Australia this year I had a bad call, and I was just like, 'Why?' I'm like one of those girls on a reality show that has all the drama, and everyone in the house hates them because no matter what they do, like, drama follows them. I don't want to be that girl."
PARIS (Reuters) - Serena Williams overcame a sluggish start to beat Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the fourth round of the French Open on Saturday. The American second seed will next face Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak, seeded 24th, for a place in the last eight. Martinez Sanchez bagged an ill-tempered opening set after breaking in the fifth game with a controversial shot which appeared to have bounced off her arm. Annoyed with the call, Williams went on to level the contest and her opponent eventually ran out of steam, bowing out after 2 hours and 11 minutes on the first match point.
Venus and Serena Williams have defeated Argentina's Gisela Dulko and Hungary's Agnes Szavay (in 2nd Round Doubles action) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Earlier in the day, Agnes Szavay defeated Venus Williams in 3rd round singles action.
PARIS (AP) -Good as she was while winning four consecutive Grand Slam titles in 2002-03, Serena Williams believes her game is better these days. "The 'Serena Now' would definitely beat the 'Other Serena,' just in general. I'm older. I think I'm wiser. I think I'm just a more mature player,'' Williams said Thursday. "Back then, it was more nitty-gritty. And now it's more composed and planned-out playing.''
She moved into the third round at the French Open by beating 133rd-ranked Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain 6-2, 6-0. It was a far better performance for Williams than in the first round, when she needed nine match points to get through a three-setter. "Everything clicked for me today, finally,'' she said. "It was just a better match. I'm not nearly as upset as I was the other day.'' Williams is eyeing her third major championship in a row and the 11th of her career. She has won two Wimbledons, three U.S. Opens and four Australian Opens, but only one French Open - in 2002 as part of her self-styled Serena Slam. She calls herself a fan of playing on clay.
"I grew up on the clay a lot. I'm totally fine on the clay. My results haven't been where I wanted them to be, but from, like, 9 to 14, I played nothing but clay-court tennis,'' Williams said. "I actually love it, and it's really one of my favorite surfaces, because I love to slide.''
Serena demolished Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-2, 6-0 in 2nd round action at the French Open. The match lasted 57 minutes. Her 1st round match lasted 2 hours and 32 minutes. The Spaniard put up a decent fight in the opening set but Williams, the champion at Roland Garros in 2002, broke serve in games four and eight to open a one-set lead. Williams needed three sets to dispatch Klara Zakapalova in the 1st round but was never in any danger of this match being extended to a third (set). Ruano Pascual, a former world doubles number one, won just seven points in the second set. The American star will now play another Spaniard, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, for a place in the last 16. Serena's thoughts on today's match: "Everything clicked for me today, finally,'' she said. "It was just a better match. I'm not nearly as upset as I was the other day.''
The 1st Round Doubles Match for the Williams Sisters has yet to be completed. Venus did not finish her match today (after losing the 1st set to Lucie Safarova in a tiebreak) and the Williams Sisters did not get a chance to get on the court to finish their doubles match (which started Tuesday). Here's the latest update:
Venus/Serena (USA) vs Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
5th Match of the day on Court 2 * Williams Sisters are leading: 6-1, 3-6, 4-3 * Hlavackova / Hradecka to serve
* Venus is also scheduled to conclude her 2nd Round Match on Thursday. She's 2nd up on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Richard Williams, father and coach of Serena Williams, gave his thoughts about his daughter's 1st round victory at the French Open: "What I see is a champion that found a way to win on a day that she didn't play good," Richard Williams said. "See, in order to be a champion, you have to win when you should lose." Awesome insight Mr. Williams!!
Serena moved into the second round of the French Open (letting eight match points slip while battling the wind) before beating Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4. Williams, the 2002 French Open champion, came into the match having lost her last four matches (a career record), three of them on clay (one to Zakopalova), with her last win coming back in April. One tends to overlook the fact that she was also battling injury in each of those losses. One thing that cannot be overlooked is the fact that Serena is a different player when it comes to majors.
It is truly exciting to see the type of tennis this lady can produce when her back is up against the wall or when she is playing for another Grand Slam title. The match lasted 2 hours and 32 minutes and at one point Serena won a superb 24 shot rally (on clay)! Even when things were not going her way, Serena kept her head, dug deep and battled to victory. Zakopalova really took it to Serena and would not relent. The amazing stat is that Zakopalova saved EIGHT match points! Serena remains perfect in 1st Round Major wins, 38-0. Congratulations Serena!
Sports Illustrated.com's John Wertheim gives his view on Serena's chances at the French Open:
2. Serena Williams: OK, she comes in hobbling, complaining and winless since Key Biscayne in early April. (Not tournament winless; match winless.) She lost in an undignified manner in Paris in 2008. Don't care. Logic and conventional barometers go out the window when she's playing in a Slam. Having been burned too many times in the past, how do you not pick her to win every Slam she enters?
Serena Williams has put a profile on a Jewish singles website in a bid to get a date with a “cute” Jewish boy. The 28-year-old tennis champ says she couldn’t resist joining JDate.com, after spotting good-looking Jewish guys online. The devout Jehovah’s Witness says: “I was bored one night and saw a lot of cute guys on JDate, so I put up a profile. “I knew it would all be anonymous. “The guys won’t know who I am until they actually meet me.” The two-time Wimbledon winner tells Singular, a Californian magazine for single people, about her love life – or lack of one. Williams reveals that her busy schedule has limited her romance options. She says: “I’m dating my tennis racquet…” Williams, who lives in Florida with her sister, fellow tennis champ Venus Williams, says: “I’ve learned to love myself these last few years. But Williams says she still hopes to marry one day. “I’m always like: ‘[Venus], we gotta get married already.’ “But Venus is cool. She’ll give me that serious look of hers and say: ‘You know what? It’s OK. And I’m not getting married – not before you anyway.’” However, all jokes aside, Williams is in no rush to marry. “I have a full life. I don’t need someone else to finish the picture.”
Serena is soon to be featured on the cover of "rolling out -urban style weekly" magazine. During the photo session Serena was camera-ready in the following attire: a strapless asymmetrical body dress accented with an orange skinny belt; a ruffled, retro two-piece bikini in coral, paired with turquoise jewelry; and a Grecian-inspired, floor-length jade green gown.
Serena Williams is nominated for the Best Female Athlete Award at the 2009 BET Awards. The awards Show will be hosted by Jamie Foxx and will air June 28th from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Other nominees in the Best Female Athlete category include: Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker and Venus Williams.
Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open (Cincinnati) - 08/07/10
Rogers Cup (Toronto) - 08/14/10
U.S. Open (Flushing Meadows) - 08/30/10
Toray Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo) - 09/27/10
China Open (Beijing) - 10/04/10
Generali Ladies Linz (Linz) - 10/11/10
Sony Ericsson Championships (Doha) - 10/25/10
Serena Wins 10th GRAND SLAM!
Serena & Rafa: Tennis on Water
WILL SERENA BE THE 2010 YEAR-END #1
SERENA'S AUSSIE '09 OUTLOOK
Serena: The Fight of a Champion
CAREER TITLES (Singles) - 37
2010 Australian Open
2009 WTA Tour Championship
2009 Australian Open
2008 US Open
2008 Family Circle Cup
2008 Sony Ericsson Open
2008 Bangalore Open
2007 Sony Ericsson Open
2007 Australian Open
2005 Australian Open
2004 China Open
2004 NASDAQ-100 Open
2003 NASDAQ-100 Open
2003 Open Gaz de France (Paris)
2003 Australian Open
2002 Sparkassen Cup (Leipzig)
2002 Toyota Princess Cup (Tokyo)
2002 US Open
2002 French Open
2002 Italian Open (Rome)
2002 NASDAQ-100 Open
2002 State Farm Classic (Scottsdale)
2001 Sanex Championships (Munich)
2001 Rogers and AT&T Cup (Toronto)
2001 Tennis Masters Series (Indian Wells)
2000 Toyota Princess Cup (Tokyo)
2000 estyle.com Classic (Los Angeles)
2000 Faber Grand Prix (Hanover)
1999 Grand Slam Cup (Munich)
1999 US Open
1999 Acura Classic (Los Angeles)
1999 Evert Cup (Indian Wells)
1999 Open Gaz de France (Paris)
Williams Sisters Join DSRL
Serena wins 8th Grand Slam Title
TENNIS WORD OF THE WEEK
Lob - a stroke in tennis where the ball is lifted high above the net with the intention of it going over the opposing player in the case of him being close to the net, thus nearly guaranteeing the point.
Serena's EBONY Mag Photoshoot
Serena Serves 15 Aces In Match!
Serena's SIGNATURE STATEMENT
SERENA STATISTICS / AWARDS
2010 ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
2010 - California Hall of Fame Inductee
2010 BET Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Serena and Venus are the only tennis players to play each other in 4 consecutive Grand Slam Finals
2010 - Serena became the 6th woman to hold the No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles simultaneously and the first to do so since Kim Clijsters in 2003
2009 WTA Doubles Team of the Year (w/ Venus)
2009 WTA Player of the Year
Serena is the ONLY woman to win 3 Laureus World Sports Awards. Only PERSON to have won more is Roger Federer (4)
2010 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
One of only 2 women (the other being Martina Navratilova) to have won a Major Tournament in 3 straight decades
2010 Guinness World Record - Only female to have won Hopman Cup Twice ('03 and '08)
2009 SI.com Female Athlete of the Decade
2009 AP Female Athlete of the Year
2009 ITF World Champion (Doubles w/ Venus)
2009 ITF World Champion (Singles)
2009 Sports Illustrated Doubles Team of the Year (w/ Venus)
2009 Sports Illustrated Female Player of the Year
2009 Single Season Prize Money Record ($6,545,586)
2009 Harris Poll Favorite Female Sports Star
2009 ESPY Best Female Tennis Player
2009 BET Best Female Athlete
1st Female to cover EA Sports Video Game (Grand Slam Tennis)
2009 Billie Jean King Cup
2008 WTA Tour Player of The Year
ALL-TIME FEMALE ATHLETE PRIZE MONEY LEADER
Opens Serena Williams Secondary School in Matooni, Kenya (Nov. 14, 2008)
Has NEVER lost in the 1st Rnd of a Major (43-0)
Sept 2008 - #1 in the world (last held #1 ranking Aug. 2003); Sets record for longest gap between stints at #1 for any player (male or female) - 5 years and 1 month
(w/ Venus) 1st sisters in history to win Grand Slam doubles title together
(w/ Venus) 1st sisters in history to meet in a Tour Final
(w/ Venus) 1st sisters in history to have each won a Grand Slam singles title
World Team Tennis w/ Washington Kastles (2008)
World Team Tennis w/ St. Louis Aces (2007)
Harris Poll - Most Favorite Female Sports Star (2007)
Laureus World Comeback of the Year (2007)
BET's Best Female Athlete Award (2005)
BET's Best Female Athlete Award (2004)
ESPY Best Female Tennis Player Award (2004)
Family Circle/Prudential Financial Player Who Makes a Difference (2004)
Tour Comeback Player of the Year (2004)
34th NAACP Image Awards - President's Award (2003)
No.1 on Top 10 Most Marketable Female Athletes in Sports Business Daily (2003)
Young Heroes Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater L.A. and Inland (2003)
Celebrity Role Model Award from Avon Foundation (2003)
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year (2003)
Honored at 2003 Charleston for becoming 5th in history to complete non-calendar year Grand Slam; (The Serena Slam)
Achieved Grand Slam (age 21)
Doubles Career Golden Slam (w/ Venus); includes Olympics
Female Tennis Player of the Year (2003)
ESPY Female Athlete of the Year (2003)
Named by Time as one of the People Who Mattered (2002)
Named by People Magazine in Top 25 Most Intriguing People (2002)
Voted best female athlete in the world by AP and Spanish news agency EFE (2002)
Named one of BBC's Sports Personalities of the Year (2002)
Named by Ebony as one of 57 Most Intriguing African-Americans (2002)
Ranked No.7 among A&E and Biography Magazine's Top 10 most significant people (2002)
ITF Women's Singles World Champion (2002)
WTA Tour Player of the Year (2002)
One of the 12 Coolest Girls in Sports in SI For Women (2001)
World Team Tennis w/ Delaware Smash (2000)
Tour Doubles Team of the Year (w/ Venus) (2000)
One of People's 25 Most Intriguing People (1999)
Tennis Magazine Player of the Year (1999)
Tour Most Improved Player (1999)
Tennis Magazine/Rolex Rookie of the Year (1998)
Tour Most Impressive Newcomer Award (1998)
WTA "Looking For A Hero?" Ad
THE SERENA SLAM!
Serena was the last person (male or female) to hold all four Major Grand Slam Titles (at the same time): '02 FRENCH OPEN, '02 WIMBLEDON, '02 U.S. OPEN and '03 AUSTRALIAN OPEN. This accomplishment saw Serena join immortals of the game such as the late Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court, Steffi Graff and Martina Navratilova, the only other (female) players who have won four grand slam titles in a row.
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