“Opportunity” had to be the single most used (and perhaps overused) word of this year’s US Open. And certainly no one is to blame for doing so considering what took place in New York, even before the tournament started. Ultimately, while the men’s and women’s singles finals proved anti-climatic, the respective champions earned satisfying and well-deserved wins, even if one was a complete surprise and the other, though not a surprise, added yet another impressive chapter in a legendary career.
20 years ago, Venus Williams made her Wimbledon debut. 20 years later, Venus Williams is in the Ladies’ Singles Final for the ninth time.
In 1997, Venus was talked about as possibly the next big thing in women’s tennis. Now in 2017, many use the words “comeback” or “unexpected surprise” to describe her path to this year’s final – despite her being a five-time champion.
Who will win Wimbledon, is of course, the biggest question in sport right now as the 131st Championships is about to commence this Monday. But before we find out that answer, there are a myriad of other questions that will also be answered throughout the two weeks, some of which will have a huge impact of the entire tennis season moving forward, once the final “Game, Set, Match” is declared.
The US Open starts next week. The last major of the season is looking ahead to the future with a mixture of excitement and perhaps, reluctance. While the long awaited and much needed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium is now in place ready for use, New York’s favorite player won’t be there to play underneath it. Continue reading
Like some installment of the recently revised “Sherlock Holmes” mysteries, perhaps the famed detective himself should investigate the last 48 hours of Serena Williams’ life.
If one hasn’t been paying attention, Serena along with her sister Venus Williams, stepped out Tuesday to play a second round doubles match against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegle. Yet, during the warmup, Serena had difficulty even getting the ball over the net. Continue reading
While Justine Henin amped up her game in the third set to edge out Sam Stosur in the finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart today, many of the top players in the WTA prepared for opening round action at the Italian Open. With Henin not playing in Rome and Stosur a last minute withdrawal from the event, it gives the rest of the field a chance to find their games and perhaps a little confidence as the French Open looms. And yes, we will finally see Serena Williams appear on a tennis court after last watching her late January in Melbourne. But how she plays this week could have an impact far into the rest of the year. Continue reading
Rather than analyze yesterday’s final where Kim Clijsters ran away with the title 6-2, 6-1 by merely keeping the ball in play versus an erratic Venus Williams, I’d rather spend time pointing out this recent Twitter message from Clijsters to Venus’s sister Serena and what it all means for the WTA.
“@serenajwilliams Lucky you on your way to the beach! some of us have to practice for a tough match 2moro!!”
This gentle jab at Serena for spending time (rather obviously by the photos Serena tweeted about herself in a bikini) at the beach while still recovering from her knee injury basically summed up the whole women’s event at Miami. Even though she never stepped on a court, Serena still overshadowed any matches played. And though we still don’t know when or where Serena will play again, it’s safe to stay that Clijsters, who will be ranked No. 10 on Monday, could soon find herself with another job besides taking care of her daughter Jada, that of being No.1. Continue reading