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  • Kim Clijsters Wins 2009 US Open Women's Singles Title

    09/13/2009 8:07:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 4,410+ views
    US OPEN ^ | 9/13/2009
    After retiring from the sport due to the birth of her baby girl, Kim Clijsters unretired from her 2 1/2 year hiatus to win the 2009 US Women's Singles Open by beating promising 19 year old, Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark, 7-5, 6-3. Clijsters defeated the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena on her way to winning the second US open title of her career. Congratulations Mommy !!
  • Ciijsters Win US Open in Straight Sets

    09/13/2009 8:01:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies · 278+ views
    September 13, 2009
    Clijsters beats Wozniacki to win US Women's Open
  • Serena fined, more punishment possible

    09/13/2009 7:11:21 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 59 replies · 3,552+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/13/2009 | Staff
    NEW YORK – Serena Williams faces an anxious wait to see if she is to be banned from future Grand Slam tournaments following her controversial outburst at the U.S. Open. Williams was levied with a $10,000 fine by the U.S. Open for unsportsmanlike conduct on Sunday for her foul-mouthed tirade at a line judge the night before, as she slumped to a semifinals defeat to Kim Clijsters. The fine was the maximum possible at this stage. An additional $500 fine for racket abuse was also imposed by tournament referee Brian Earley, but those on-site punishments could be just the tip...
  • Serena Williams is fined $10,500 for tirade (Further investigation of the incident coming)

    09/13/2009 4:45:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies · 5,077+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/13/2009 | Diane Pucin
    Reporting from New York - Serena Williams will be fined $10,500 for behavior deemed "unsportsmanlike conduct," and also for racket abuse after her obscenity-filled and aggressive reaction to a critical foot fault called during her 6-4, 7-5 U.S. Open semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters on Saturday night. There will also be further investigation of the incident according to a statement released by the U.S. Open, "The Grand Slam rule book also allows for an investigation to be conducted by the Grand Slam Committee Administrator to determine if the behavior of Ms. Williams warrants consideration as a Major Offence for which...
  • Furious Serena Williams dumped out of U.S. Open after she told an official: 'If I could, I'd ...

    09/13/2009 3:38:59 PM PDT · by traumer · 203 replies · 5,637+ views
    This was the dramatic moment when Serena Williams screamed her way out of the U.S. Open. TV viewers around the world saw the irate Wimbledon champion launch a threatening, profanity-laced tirade at a female line judge after being called for a foot fault. 'If I could, I would take this f****** ball and shove it down your f****** throat,' she reportedly said. The diminutive lineswoman reported her words to the umpire, who called in the tournament referee at Flushing Meadows in New York. With the crowd booing, Miss Williams could be heard on the court microphone pleading with the lineswoman,...
  • Furious Serena Williams Dumped Out Of U.S. Open After She Told An Official: 'If I Could...

    09/13/2009 11:04:13 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 47 replies · 25,471+ views
    Furious Serena Williams Dumped Out Of U.S. Open After She Told An Official: 'If I Could, I'd Take This Ball And Shove It Down Your Throat' By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 13th September 2009 Serena Williams went kicking and screaming out of the semi-final of the US Open tennis championship after one of the ugliest ever endings to a major sports match. Millions of TV viewers around the world saw the irate Wimbledon champion launch a threatening, profanity-laced tirade at a line judge after being called for a foot fault. The extraordinary outburst meant she was docked a point on match...
  • Bizarre Ending To Williams' Title Defense At Open (

    09/13/2009 4:56:25 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 99 replies · 5,677+ views
    AP ^ | 13 Sep 09 | HOWARD FENDRICH
    Serena Williams, of the United States, argues with a line judge over a foot fault call during her match against Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. Clijsters beat Williams in 2 sets. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) NEW YORK -- Serena Williams walked toward the line judge, screaming, cursing and shaking a ball in the official's direction, threatening to "shove it down" her throat. On match point in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday night, defending champion Williams was penalized a point for unsportsmanlike conduct -- a bizarre, ugly finish that...
  • Clijsters Wins on Penalty Assessed on Williams

    09/13/2009 3:31:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 1,243+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 12, 2009 | Liz Robbins
    Serena Williams became unhinged in a shocking display of vitriol and profanity toward a line judge at the most inopportune time Saturday night — right before match point for Kim Clijsters in the semifinals of the United States Open. In a matter of confusing minutes, Williams turned what had been a scintillating women’s match into an ugly and improbable spectacle that gave Clijsters, an unseeded wild-card entry making a joyful return to Grand Slam tennis, a 6-4, 7-5 victory she could not even celebrate. Clijsters, a 26-year-old from Belgium who is the mother of a toddler, had frustrated and dominated...
  • Serena Williams Dismissed After Threatening a Judge!

    09/12/2009 7:57:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 114 replies · 7,485+ views
    US open ^ | 9/12/2009 | Staff
    Sore loser! She was being outplayed and was losing anyway.....can't wait to see how the press will spin this story of the MSM's darling. Threatened the line judge. Good riddance.
  • Melanie Oudin (17 yrs old) wipes out yet another Russki! (US Open)

    09/07/2009 1:15:33 PM PDT · by Boiling Pots · 29 replies · 1,536+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept 7, 2009
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - American teenager Melanie Oudin's spectacular run at the U.S. Open gathered momentum when she beat Russian 13th seed Nadia Petrova 1-6 7-6 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals on Monday. The 17-year-old has captured the imagination of the public by rolling over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, fourth seed Elena Dementieva and 2006 champion Maria Sharapova. On day eight of the hardcourt major, Oudin again whipped up the packed Arthur Ashe Stadium into a frenzy when she fought back from a set down to toss Petrova on to the Flushing Meadows scrapheap.
  • The Career Path to Pro Tennis Often Passes High School By (homeschooling)

    08/31/2009 10:47:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 555+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 30, 2009 | David V. Johnson
    ... American junior tennis has had a major change in the last five years. Aspiring pros now commonly abandon regular school for home or online educational programs. Although alternative schooling is not new to junior athletics, tennis is perhaps the only sport whose full participation requires it because of year-round competition and travel. Smith persuaded Mkrtchian and three others to join a special U.S.T.A. training program. “It’s got to be a six-hour day,” Smith said. “It’s normal for foreigners.” Marcos Giron, then 15, was convinced after hearing about Roger Federer’s ambitious junior tournament schedule. But Giron was considering the option...
  • Richard Gasquet's Cocaine-Kiss Claims Supported by Forensic Tests

    08/22/2009 10:46:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 1,203+ views
    The Times ^ | 8/22/09
    They met in a Miami restaurant — he a handsome tennis player, she a pretty waitress — and spent the evening smooching at a nightclub. Little did they know that the kisses they exchanged would spark a controversy that has gripped France all summer amid lawsuits and wrangles before international doping tribunals. Richard Gasquet, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, claimed that he tested positive for drugs a few hours after his encounter with the waitress because her kisses had contaminated him with cocaine. His story, greeted with derision in France at first, was given weight this week when the results of...
  • Venus and Serena Williams to own part of Miami Dolphins

    08/19/2009 6:27:48 PM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies · 756+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8-19-09 | STEVEN WINE
    MIAMI (AP) - Venus and Serena Williams have found a new sport: pro football. The tennis-playing sisters will become the latest celebrities to own a stake in the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday. The person didn't want to be identified because the team plans an announcement Tuesday. Another person close to the negotiations said an agreement was near but not yet final. That person also didn't want to be identified because the announcement has not be made. The Williamses live in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., about an hour's drive from the Dolphins' stadium. Their new...
  • Says he flubbed stats (Obama BJ King Medal of Freedom)

    08/12/2009 9:28:49 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 25 replies · 1,579+ views ^ | August 12, 2009 | CAROL E. LEE
    Says he flubbed stats Says he flubbed stats By CAROL E. LEE Before presenting tennis legend Billie Jean King with the Medal of Freedom Wednesday, President Obama ticked off some ... ... of her accomplishments: 12 Grand Slam titles, 101 doubles titles, 67 singles titles. “Pretty good, Billie Jean,” he quipped. But he didn’t get any of it right, according to King herself. “They didn’t get any of my facts right,” King lightheartedly noted afterward. “Did you see all the – how many titles I won? I was cracking up.” “Not even in the ballpark,” she continued. King found it...
  • Gasquet cleared to resume playing tennis

    07/15/2009 1:16:34 PM PDT · by Onerom99 · 6 replies · 992+ views
    Yahoo Sports / AP ^ | 7/15/09 | GRAHAM DUNBAR
    LONDON (AP)—Richard Gasquet escaped a lengthy doping ban Wednesday when the International Tennis Federation’s tribunal panel ruled that he inadvertently took cocaine by kissing a woman in a nightclub. The 23-year-old Frenchman, who was cleared to resume playing after completing a 2 1/2 -month ban on Wednesday, convinced the independent anti-doping tribunal that he ingested cocaine with the kiss with the woman he had just met. The tribunal panel of three lawyers said Gasquet consumed no more than “a grain of salt” of the drug, and a long ban would be an injustice in a case which was “unusual to...
  • Kournikova Trades Tennis Racket For Diamond Ring

    07/06/2009 6:23:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies · 3,128+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 06th 2009
    Kournikova trades tennis racket for diamond ring The Associated Press Jul. 6, 2009 KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. -- Anna Kournikova was sparkling brighter than usual. Kournikova, who has long been linked to singer Enrique Iglesias, showed up for Monday night's World Team Tennis match with a huge diamond ring on her left ring finger - the finger normally reserved for engagement rings. When asked the significance of the ring by The Associated Press, Kournikova replied, "I thought you were the good press." The former Grand Slam doubles champion put her hand behind her back and did not elaborate. Kournikova was...
  • Federer getting big support in greatest-ever debate (Is he the greatest tennis player ever?)

    07/05/2009 5:23:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 669+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | 7/5/2009 | Matt Cronin
    The now greatest player ever was bruised, but he wasn't beaten yet. After sustaining a barrage of aces, groundstroke winners and crisp volleys, Roger Federer faced two break points at 8-8 in the fifth set against American Andy Roddick, who was surely playing the Grand Slam match of his life in Sunday's Wimbledon final. But Federer did not want to walk away from the final like he did last year, his face splattered with tears after a wrenching 9-7 loss in the fifth set to Rafael Nadal. So this time, he responded, cracking a wicked service winner, launching another service...
  • Federer Wins Wimbledon in 5th set

    07/05/2009 10:31:28 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 606+ views
    July 04th 2009
    5th Set win for Federer in Wimbledon over Roddick
  • 'I found my wife Brooklyn on the pages of a swimsuit magazine,' says Andy Roddick

    07/03/2009 10:28:45 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies · 6,204+ views ^ | July 3, 2009 | Emily Andrews and Colin Fernandez
    For a busy tennis pro on the tour circuit there can't be too many opportunities to meet glamorous women. But while skimming a copy of US magazine Sports Illustrated's swimwear edition in 2006, one model in particular caught his eye. And resourceful tennis star Andy Roddick, 26, got his agent Ken Meyerson to contact the model in question, stunning blonde Brooklyn Decker, 21, to ask for a date. Maybe not the most romantic of starts, but following a number of phone calls to Brooklyn's 'people', she finally agreed to meet the 6ft 2in player. Miss Decker's career began after she...
  • Evert: Women's Grunting Getting Out of Hand

    07/01/2009 6:57:02 PM PDT · by Helotes · 51 replies · 2,052+ views
    ESPN ^ | 6/30/09 | Mike and Mike
    SYDNEY -- Tennis great Chris Evert has joined the chorus of complaints about the noise level in women's tennis, saying the "grunting" was getting out of hand. Evert stopped short of joining former rival Martina Navratilova in labelling the practice as cheating, but agreed it had reached unacceptable levels. Evert: "Grunting is one thing but the shrill sound that you hear with players nowadays, and especially they get louder when they hit a winner, that's the thing that I observe as a player," the former world No. 1 told reporters in Sydney on Monday. "It comes before they hit the...