No, this post is not a call for Serena Williams to get herself into tennis-playing shape, ala, Jason Whitlock. Instead, it’s an admiring post, one that draws attention to the reason why Serena hits such powerful shots: her amazing, cut-from-alabaster legs. Is it wrong for me to think she could actually get the rim on a dunk attempt? If her legs have any say in the matter, she just might.
If not that, perhaps she could try out as a place-kicker — the Cincinnati Bengals need some help in that department. It honestly looks like splitting the uprights with 50-yard bombs would be commonplace for Serena and her amazing legs.
As for her Wimbledon efforts, Serena and her sister were knocked out of the doubles competition, but she still has a chance to win her fourth all-grass singles title.
Yeah, this is a little dated, considering the way time works in the blogosphere, but nevertheless, I found it quite entertaining. And truthful; although, this is just the audio portion of Serena Williams’ post-Wimbledon victory press conference. One thing’s for certain: The picture placeholder being used is quite keen, if, for nothing else, for Serena’s awesome “Are You Looking At My Titles” t-shirt. Perhaps the shirt — and its message — was meant for Jason Whitlock as a preemptive retaliation; because we all know he is indeed looking.
Andy Roddick survived a marathon match against Lleyton Hewitt to advance to the semi-finals of Wimbledon. Roddick’s win was powered by 43 aces and sets up a just-in-time-for-Independence-Day match against “British” hopeful, Andy Murray. Only this time, it’s the United States that’s doing the invading. I know, I know, Andy Murray is technically Scottish, but considering Scotland is still under the Queen of England’s rule, we’ll go ahead and force the Battle of Independence Day Eve storyline a little. Normally, I try not to act like a dumb American, but for some reason, my devilish side would absolutely love it if, after beating Murray, Roddick jumped up on the referee’s chair and screamed, “No taxation without representation, bitches!!!”
Of course, he’d probably be banned from ever coming back to not just Wimbledon, but the entire British Isles themselves.
Now that they have the two Williams sisters on opposite sides of the bracket, perhaps we can see what we should’ve seen at last year’s US Open: the Williams sisters battling in the final, this time, at Wimbledon. If you remember just how competitive their US Open match was, this is something you should be waiting for with open arms. Both sisters advanced today, as Serena beat Victoria Azarenka and Venus dispatched Agnieszka Radwanska. With seven Wimbledon titles between them, five for Venus, how can you not want to see these two square off against each other on Saturday?
OK, remember the Japanese photographer that got in trouble for taking upskirt shots of Maria Sharapova? Apparently, he, or the folks he worked for, an advertising agency called Dentsu Holdings, have a new target for their upskirt lust: Elena Dementieva. Yes, we are fans of Elena, so we find these pictures partially agreeable and partially bad taste — or, was it just a lucky snap of the shutter.
Yes, I’m willing to entertain that last option, but man, the quality of these pictures make it a hard stance to defend — especially these:
All that grunting and groaning on the tennis court — we are looking at you, Maria Sharapova and Michelle Larcher de Brito — has got to go, at least according to Chris Evert. The former tennis great indicated she, too thinks the grunting in tennis isn’t necessary and these sounds can distract from the game. As an aside, I’ve noticed something; something I’m even guilty of: These criticisms are directly aimed at the women tour members.
Of course, seeing how he is tied for the lead in all-time Grand Slam titles, you already knew that. Nevertheless, it’s worth watching the above shot just to get an idea of just how complete Federer’s game is. He has endless range, allowing him to cover the baseline with ease. However, if you try to get him out of his comfort zone by moving him around the court, you are liable to be greeted with a winner that many consider to be tennis’ shot of the year.
Will shots like these translate into Federer’s 15th major title, breaking Pete Sampras’ record? With the absence of Rafael Nadal, probably — especially if he’s pulling shots like these out of his repertoire.
While I’m not sure if men’s tennis exactly needed saving, you cannot deny just how beneficial a Wimbledon final like Nadal/Federer can be for a sport. John McEnroe called it the best match he had ever seen and of course, the ESPN’s of the world have been overflowing in their praise of Nadal — and after watching him withstand yesterday’s grueling marathon featuring Roger Federer-launched bombs coming at him to win his first Wimbledon title, it’s easy to see why.
In order for Nadal to win in London’s grass courts, he had to overcome the current king of that particular castle and the now-deposed ruler was not giving up his crown without a fight all-out war. What we the fans were treated to was some spectacular tennis and two players refusing to bend to the other.
In other words, the performance was so great, it should breath life into a sport that’s been waning on the popularity scale. And if you have any doubt about the magnitude of the victory, just watch Nadal’s reaction after the winning point.
Much like soccer, tennis fans have a tendency to base their allegiances on nationality and because of that — and the distinct lack of an American men’s player in the top portion of tennis’ pantheon — interest level in the United States isn’t what it once was during the days of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi as well as McEnroe and Jimmy Connors before them. But if any American tennis fans happened to watch the Rafael Nadal/Roger Federer final and still remained uninterested and jaded because Andy Roddick failed them again, they might want to think of returning their “Tennis Fan” membership card.
And if patriotism is the motivating factor for the level of interest in a sport, the performance of the Williams sisters should have been enough to at least attract the most jingoistic of fans. Hopefully, some of those blue-bloods stuck around long enough to catch yesterday’s spectacular display of tennis and perhaps developed a new respect and admiration for the two best players in the world.
Even if they aren’t American.
If that did actually occur but you are unsure how to continue this enjoyment when the US Open comes back to Flushing, NY, Eli Gieryna has a great post outlining some of the players you should be aware of.