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
I’m not going to go into much detail over the BNP Paribas Billie Jean King Cup event held at Madison Square Garden other than the fact that Venus Williams won it over Kim Clijsters 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Despite its attempt to showcase some of the best women players, it looks like the event was half-filled, probably due to the recent snow that hit New York City and the hit the event took when Serena Williams pulled out due to her ongoing leg issue.
The only real interesting thing to watch was the return of Ana Ivanovic who played surprisingly well against Kim Clijsters in the first semifinal. Continue reading
Novak Djokovic, the defending champion of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, has been doing it the hard way all week as he again won another tight three set match against the scrappy Marcho Baghdatis 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.
In an almost three hour affair, both men pushed each other with groundstroke rallies highlighted by usual displays of humor from both men. At one point early in the second set, Baghdatis broke his shoe chasing after a Djokovic drop shot and had to rely one of his training team to throw him their own shoes so he could continue. Continue reading
Venus Williams is known as being a private person and not the most open or talkative in interviews. So her return to blogging on the WTA site while defending her title in Acapulco this week offers readers some surprising insights into her life on and off the tour.
Aside from discussing her routine and what she likes to eat (apparently a lot of meat), she also goes into her favorite tv shows and how cartoons are a big favorite for everyone in the Williams family.
The real insight for me was Venus talking about her use of social media. Continue reading
Somewhat lost in the buildup to the Serena Williams/Justine Henin Australian Open Women’s Final is the continuing quest of Venus and Serena to defend the AO Women’s Doubles title from last year. Only a few hours after winning a tight semifinal against Na Li, Serena went out on court with Venus and was able to take out the veterans Renee Stubbs/Lisa Raymond 6-3, 7-6(6) in the doubles semifinal. The Williams sisters will now face the No. 1 seeds Liezel Huber and Cara Black for the title.