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Serena Wins Athlete of the Year
Comcast ^ | 12-22-09 | HOWARD FENDRICH, AP

Posted on 12/23/2009 2:26:12 AM PST by mlizzy

Serena Williams tirade U.S. Open, 2009Playing her best at the most important events, Serena Williams re-established herself as the top player in women's tennis in 2009 and was a landslide choice as Female Athlete of the Year by members of The Associated Press.

Williams received 66 of 158 votes cast by editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of the AP. No other candidate got more than 18 votes in the tally, which was announced Tuesday.

Clearly, Williams' most infamous on-court episode - a tirade directed at a line judge after a foot-fault call near the end of her U.S. Open semifinal loss in September - didn't hurt her standing in the eyes of the voters.

``People realize that I'm a great player, and one moment doesn't define a person's career,'' Williams told the AP. ``And I was right, for the most part: It wasn't right the way I reacted - I never said it was - but I was right about the call.''

She also noted that the outburst, which resulted in a record fine and two-year probationary period at Grand Slam tournaments, ``got a lot more people excited about tennis.''



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KEYWORDS: 2009review; athletes; kimclijsters; manoftheyear; serena; serenawilliams; tennis; timtebow
Serena could be the best women's tennis player in the history of the game, but continues to play out of shape, plays only when she fancies to do so, and has displayed a hot-headed potty mouth that she felt "got a lot more people excited about tennis." (Still hoping she gets it together.) But for now, Ugh!
1 posted on 12/23/2009 2:26:13 AM PST by mlizzy
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To: mlizzy
She also noted that the outburst, which resulted in a record fine and two-year probationary period at Grand Slam tournaments, ``got a lot more people excited about tennis.’’

That's like saying a train wreck gets people more interested in trains.

2 posted on 12/23/2009 2:29:51 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: mlizzy

3 posted on 12/23/2009 2:31:15 AM PST by ari-freedom (Global warming is the biggest scientific hoax since the Piltdown man.)
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To: mlizzy
Serena could be the best women's tennis player in the history of the game,”


Change that to “she could have been the best female tennis player in history”.
As it is, her chance is gone.
Serena will never win as many singles slams as Steffi Graf(22) or even Navratilova(18) did. She wasted her time sucking up to Hollywood and all she got was 2-bit parts in crap TV series, even as her tennis game suffered.
4 posted on 12/23/2009 2:39:32 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe
That's like saying a train wreck gets people more interested in trains.

Exactly! The amazingly gifted Williams sisters have driven fans batty over the years with their attitudes, etc., however Venus has toned it way down and is enjoyable to watch play the game, however, personally I'm usually still pulling for her opponent, unless she's playing her sister that is.:)
5 posted on 12/23/2009 2:41:18 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy
I vote for the United States' downhill skiing champ;

Linsey Vonn

Lindsey

6 posted on 12/23/2009 2:42:43 AM PST by Texas Jack
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To: SmokingJoe
I can't wait for the "sisters" act to move on....never liked them....disliked them totally....and I am waiting for someone with a little more class and charm to grace the courts.....

AP hard pressed to select her....must be in the "plan" of hoax and chains.....

7 posted on 12/23/2009 2:43:14 AM PST by cherry
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To: mlizzy

And they passed over Michelle Obama for her hola hoop demo? ;-)


8 posted on 12/23/2009 2:46:50 AM PST by Dem Guard
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To: SmokingJoe
Change that to “she could have been the best female tennis player in history”. As it is, her chance is gone. Serena will never win as many singles slams as Steffi Graf(22) or even Navratilova(18) did. She wasted her time sucking up to Hollywood and all she got was 2-bit parts in crap TV series, even as her tennis game suffered.

Exactly right again! I don't know if she angers me more because of her "attitude" or because she never stuck completely to the rigors of her game and accepted half-a**ed brilliance instead, which I suppose could be considered "attitude" in and of itself.
9 posted on 12/23/2009 2:48:22 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: cherry
Well Kim Clijsters is back, and Justine Henin is coming back next year as well.
Clijsters already schooled Serena at the US Open(that's what brought on her outburst), and Justin Henin owned both Serena and Venus before she retired, so it's going to be a very interesting year next year.
10 posted on 12/23/2009 2:52:51 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: mlizzy

Serena and Tiger. What’s next? Role models of the year?


11 posted on 12/23/2009 2:54:26 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: mlizzy
"but I was right about the call.''

She has the maturity of a schoolyard bully.
12 posted on 12/23/2009 3:02:34 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: SmokingJoe
Indeed: I was just fetching the picture/story on that!

Kim Clijsters, U.S. Open Champions, 2009 Mothers rule. Kim Clijsters didn’t get the credit she deserved Saturday night for outplaying Serena Williams, whose verbal attack on a lines judge on match point marred the evening and forced correspondents to tear up their feel-good Kim stories. So pour on the plaudits now. Clijsters is back, and back on top of the tennis world — the Queen of Flushing Meadows again. Clijsters’ 18-month blonde daughter scampered onto the Ashe Stadium court and posed for a billion baby pictures last night with her mom, who is the U.S. Open champion for the second time ... After Saturday’s ugly ending, Clijsters said, “It’s unfortunate a match that I was playing so well at to end that way. The normal feelings of winning a match weren’t there.” Read more: Link

13 posted on 12/23/2009 3:03:43 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

“I have some really good men friends but I believe in no sex before marriage. No fornicating. Stuff like that. I really believe in that. I mean, I’m not perfect. It’s hard to live by the Bible standards but I’m really comfortable with me.””
-Serena Williams


14 posted on 12/23/2009 3:04:46 AM PST by ari-freedom (Global warming is the biggest scientific hoax since the Piltdown man.)
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To: ari-freedom
“I have some really good men friends but I believe in no sex before marriage. No fornicating. Stuff like that. I really believe in that. I mean, I’m not perfect. It’s hard to live by the Bible standards but I’m really comfortable with me.”” -Serena Williams

Tim Tebow Serena Williams and Tim Tebow (birds of a feather ...?).

We already knew Tim Tebow had the ability to kill a man with a forearm and get popcorn to pop by staring at kernels, now he's given yet another example of his superhuman powers. The most popular player in SEC history is saving himself for marriage. Unbelievable. I asked him this afternoon, and he didn't even blink before responding. He handled it masterfully, deftly. He even said he wasn't surprised to get the question. Talk about unflappable. Link
15 posted on 12/23/2009 3:21:19 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

Nice role model. Not sarc/


16 posted on 12/23/2009 3:41:57 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Dem Guard

LOL Yes, I am surprised that Michelle Obama did not win just like her husband and the Nobel Prize.


17 posted on 12/23/2009 3:44:25 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty
I think Obama should have gotten this.

Serena's arms are almost as big as Bigfoot's!


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18 posted on 12/23/2009 3:49:22 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: mlizzy

I’m surprise Tiger’s wife didn’t get it for her hole-in-one SUV.


19 posted on 12/23/2009 3:49:27 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: mlizzy

She looks like Lebron James in that first pic.


20 posted on 12/23/2009 3:50:05 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: freekitty
Nice role model.

I agree. His story is a wonderful one:

"Just before her pregnancy, Pam [Tim Tebow's mother] fell into a coma after contracting amoebic dysentery, a bacteria transmitted through contaminated drinking water. During her recovery, she received a series of strong medications. And even though she discontinued the regimen when she discovered the pregnancy, doctors told Pam the fetus had been damaged. Doctors later told Pam that her placenta had detached from the uterine wall, a condition known as placental abruption, which can deprive the fetus of oxygen and nutrients. Doctors expected a stillbirth, Pam said, and they encouraged her to terminate the pregnancy." Link
21 posted on 12/23/2009 3:50:54 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

It must have been the racist remarks.

22 posted on 12/23/2009 3:55:00 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: ari-freedom

I would LOVE to know the date of that quote. She dates NFL players for G-d’s sake. Linebackers even. Not sure how much they enjoy waiting. Jus’ sayin’.


23 posted on 12/23/2009 3:57:06 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Thrownatbirth
She has the maturity of a schoolyard bully.

Serena_WilliamsYes, and the fitness of ...

How does she do it? Link

"She entered the tournament unseeded and ranked 81 in the world after an injury-plagued year, with many writing her off as unfit and overweight. But the 26-year-old proved the doubters wrong, defeating six seeds enroute to the title."

24 posted on 12/23/2009 4:03:13 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

perfect chery on top for our crap sundae


25 posted on 12/23/2009 4:08:09 AM PST by gthog61
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To: thefactor
PhotobucketI would LOVE to know the date of that quote. She dates NFL players for G-d’s sake. Linebackers even. Not sure how much they enjoy waiting. Jus’ sayin’.

She looks pure as the driven snow to me.

26 posted on 12/23/2009 4:09:55 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

The best tennis match I’ve ever watched was between Amanda Coetzer and Gabriela Sabatini.


27 posted on 12/23/2009 4:13:46 AM PST by jla ("Free Republic is Palin Country" - JimRob)
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To: Bon mots

Thanks, I needed that image. Now I just need to forget I ever saw it.


28 posted on 12/23/2009 4:18:46 AM PST by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: mlizzy

That picture in post #24 made me think of Mickey Lolich, for some reason. BTW, a horse came in second in the voting. Maybe there’s no real point in having this vote in the first place.


29 posted on 12/23/2009 4:19:09 AM PST by Bernard (One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if by Government)
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To: ari-freedom
Wow - what a bundle of grace and femininity.

She's sure got that "when it is safe to do steroids" schedule down!

30 posted on 12/23/2009 4:22:18 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: ari-freedom
Baby got back... and front!
31 posted on 12/23/2009 4:26:38 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: jla
I'm guessing you mean this match? (I can't find any pics of it though) ... Link
32 posted on 12/23/2009 4:28:16 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: Slump Tester
Serena WilliamsShe's sure got that "when it is safe to do steroids" schedule down!

Steroids?

33 posted on 12/23/2009 4:34:29 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

She beat a horse for the honor, the horse came in second...

Zenyatta, the 5-year-old mare who capped her 14-0 career by becoming the first female horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, finished second for the AP honor.


34 posted on 12/23/2009 4:38:35 AM PST by Chief901 (The Democrats are now the "Soylent Green Party")
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ZenyattaShe beat a horse for the honor, the horse came in second...

And to think I thought you were joking! Link

35 posted on 12/23/2009 4:43:28 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy
Thanks for the link, I did not realize she beat out two (2) horses. The other horse finished seventh.
36 posted on 12/23/2009 5:08:14 AM PST by Chief901 (The Democrats are now the "Soylent Green Party")
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To: mlizzy

Has she ever been tested to be sure she is a woman?


37 posted on 12/23/2009 5:14:59 AM PST by Venturer
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To: mlizzy

I love her humility,too.


38 posted on 12/23/2009 5:17:21 AM PST by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: Chief901
Thanks for the link, I did not realize she beat out two (2) horses. The other horse finished seventh.

You're welcome! I wish she would play like the outstanding athlete that she is/could be 100% of the time. She irks me because she can beat most everyone else on the tour even though she's back a step or two with fitness. (I don't care for certain aspects of her personality, but I could turn down the sound.) I hope she's not doing steroids, but sometimes I think she must be.


39 posted on 12/23/2009 5:18:45 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: kickonly88

Maybe they should give her a Nobel peace prize while they’re at it.


40 posted on 12/23/2009 5:20:26 AM PST by refermech
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To: mlizzy

That picture is disturbing. Really disturbing.


41 posted on 12/23/2009 5:20:28 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Socialism is hip until somebody loses a paycheck)
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To: mlizzy
Steroids?

Jock Strap?

42 posted on 12/23/2009 5:28:41 AM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: mlizzy

I have no recollection of the date, but I do vividly recall two very beautiful young ladies (who are still just as beautiful), on the court together.


43 posted on 12/23/2009 8:44:50 AM PST by jla ("Free Republic is Palin Country" - JimRob)
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To: jla

I voted for Clijsters.


44 posted on 12/23/2009 5:29:57 PM PST by BenKenobi
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