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Posts Tagged ‘WTA’

Serena Gives Good Interview

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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.

Just not at her titles.

In other news, how in all that’s holy is Serena not the number one women’s player in the world? Perhaps she should get some senators in on the action — once they get done straightening out the BCS.

/Stifles laughter

Heading For Williams Sisters Final? (Wimbledon)

Venus and Serena

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?

More musing on Serena and Venus after the jump >>

Serena Dominates US Open Final

Serena Williams

Ladies, you have a new number one tennis player in the world — Miss Serena Williams. After winning the US Open in dominating, overpowering fashion, Williams also became the world’s number one ranked player in the WTA. In order to win the Open, Serena had to overcome an eager Jelena Jankovic who played a brilliant defense match that tested Williams’ patience.

Ultimately, it was Serena’s powerful serve, her lethal ground strokes, and a nose for rushing the net successfully that secured her victory, 6-4, 7-5. Here’s a video of the final point and Serena’s subsequent celebration.

Serena’s celebration video after the jump >>

US Open: A Quarterfinal For the Ages

Serena

It looks like I picked the best night to start watching the US Open instead of simply relying on ESPN highlights, thanks to an epic quarterfinals match between the Williams sisters. There have been questions about the seeding because people wanted the match to be later on in the tournament; however, there’s only so much you can about US Open seeding — that is, nothing. You play what they give you based on how well you’ve performed on tour thus far.

And that’s why we were treated to such a great contest in the quarterfinals. Serena was victorious, beating Venus 7-6, 7-6 but she had to earn EVERY point she scored as Venus battled her younger sister to the very end and had ample opportunity to win each set she lost. To wit, Serena survived being down 6-5 in the second set with Venus facing numerous match point opportunities before her little sister forced the match into a tie-breaker.

But even there, Serena found the early going rough. At one point, she was trailing Venus 6-4 before she roared back — literally — to take the game, the set and the match as she won the tie-breaker, 9-7.

For me, this was easily one of the better women’s matches I’ve seen in some time. In the final games of the second set, neither sister was willing to give the other a point as they both yelled, screamed and grimaced after every stroke, feeding the already pumped up crowd.

Next up for Serena, who is looking to regain the overall number one ranking in the WTA, is Dinara Safina on Friday. Safina won the silver medal in Beijing recently but it’s hard to see anyone stopping Serena — unless, of course, she used all her reserves getting past her big sister.

Wimbledon: Heading To A Williams Sisters Final?

Venus and Serena

Is this what were heading for in the women’s side of the Wimbledon draw? Judging by the way these two have played, it certainly looks that way. While the top-ranked women players are sitting at home watching the matches from home, the Williams sisters continue to slice their way through the remaining players and it definitely looks like these two will be meeting in Saturday’s women’s singles championship game.

Consider this, currently, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic, and Svetlana Kuznetsova — the top four ranked women players in the world — are no longer in the tournament. The highest remaining seed is Elena Dementieva, who holds the world’s fifth spot.

However, the stage is set for the Williams sisters to meet in the final as they stand on opposite sides of the Wimbledon bracket. In Serena’s side, she’ll have to get through the likes of Tamarine Tanasugarn and the aformentioned Dementieva. On the other side of the bracket, the sixth-ranked Venus will need to dispense with players like Agnieszka Radwanska (who beat Kuznetsova) to face her sister in the finals.

The presence of the Williams sisters is fitting, especially at Wimbledon. The sibling duo has won six of the last eight Wimbledon singles titles.

On the men’s side of the draw, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal continued their march towards a Wimbledon final rematch. Both advanced to quarterfinals this afternoon and if they continue winning, will face each other in the Wimbledon finals on Sunday.

Maria Sharapova Like Pictures Again

Maria Sharapova

We recently had a post about Maria Sharapova and her unwillingness to pose for a four-hour photo shoot for the WTA’s promotional machine. Apparently, both sides have reached an agreement, allowing Sharapova to avoid a fine the BBC reports as £153,000 — almost 300,000 US dollars.

On her personal site, reports were the fine could be in excess of $700,000.

Nevertheless, both sides have agreed and monies are being protected. To appease her association, Sharapova agreed to take part in a 90-minute shoot instead of the four-hour Vogue-like marathon. Whatever. As long as she does some pictures like the one leading this post, we’ll all be fine.

Compromise — even in women’s tennis — is a wonderful thing.

Maria Sharapova Would Rather Play Than Pose

Maria Sharapova

The crown jewel of the Women’s Tennis Association, Maria Sharapova, is having some issues with their scheduling requests and is in a position to receive one of the more ludicrous fines in the history of sports. The issue has to do with a WTA-sponsored photo shoot and Sharapova’s unwillingness to take part in it so close to an actual tennis tournament — you know, the reason she’s even apart of the WTA to begin with.

As pointed out over at Fanhouse, for her unwillingness to deal with a four-hour photo shoot in Rome after arriving from Los Angeles, Sharapova is facing a $700,000 fine (other reports indicate the fine was $300,000). I say again: the WTA wants to fine their most popular member almost/over a half-a-million dollars because she doesn’t want to take part in a photo-shoot so close to a tournament she’ll be participating in.

That’s a little steep, isn’t it?

Over at her official site, Maria addresses this issue and actually comes across with some sense, unlike the WTA’s idea of fining someone $700k for not wanting to have their picture taken.

Regardless of how long the potential shoot might take, Sharapova has taken her case public, as the tour is threatening her with a $700,000 fine if she doesn’t participate. This isn’t a phantom fine, the kind where the tour dips into a player’s year-end bonus pool; it’s a real fine, which would be deducted from her upcoming prize money.

“The tour does not care what any of the players think, not just top players,” Sharapova told TennisReporters.net from her home in LA. “The tour will say we have done all these amazing things that the players wanted, but trust me these things they wanted as well and financially benefited from, including this shoot. I want people to understand that I took this action because this is one in a long list of things that the tour has ignored the players. This is not about just one shoot. I just could not just sit back anymore.”

For some reason, I’m absolutely blown away by the amount of the potential fine. Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars? Are you freaking kidding me? Because one of the best women players in the world would like to abstain from a photo-shoot that could interfere with her preparation for playing in the actual tennis tournament she’s in Rome for.

So which is it, WTA? Is Maria just your mantel piece you’re dying to exploit a little more or is her play AND her natural beauty one of the main reasons women’s tennis is so popular?

Wouldn’t you rather her, you know, be in a position to actually win the thing and continue to increase the popularity of women’s tennis, or would you rather her appear in some eye candy photographs just so you plaster her face all over the place to promote your product?

Ana Ivanovic Gets It

Ana Ivanovic

The alluring tennis player understands what her audience wants to see and she’s obliging them; well, at least her masculine fans. For the upcoming Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Ana has agreed to wear a shorter skirt in order to attract more male fans (I doubt that’s a problem when she’s playing).

In case you are wondering, Ana’s tennis skirt will be two inches shorter:

“She’s a wonderful tennis player and a beautiful woman, but let’s face it, guys go to women’s matches to watch their skirts flip up while serving,” said Alan Garver, a representative from IMG. “Catching a glimpse of peach-colored panties, as delicate beads of perspiration slowly cascade down tight and tanned thighs, can be a splendid thing.

It often inspires the older male fans to harken back to their innocent youth and the days of grabbing their first breast or swapping spit with their cousin’s older girlfriend. So, on a business level, the hiking of the skirt works.”

Goodness. I didn’t realize the WTA was into the Letters to Penthouse industry. How come other sports spokespeople don’t try frame their offering like IMG is doing Ana?

I’m sure this is exactly what Billy Jean King envisioned when she whipped Bobby Riggs’ ass: shorter skirts on the attractive female players (actually, this is something BJK might support) and their representatives pitching it like it’s a Skinemax movie.

In other news, you gotta love The Sportsman Daily. Good stuff, as always.