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US Open Day 2: Yawn

29 Aug

So there were no exciting upsets on Day 2 of the US Open. There was also not much excitement at all. Players defeated opponents quickly and efficiently. Defending champion Novak Djokovic killed his opponent Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-0, 6-1. The match lasted all of 73 minutes and was pretty much an ass whooping.

Then Serena Williams defeated fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1. At this point it kind of seems like Serena could win in her sleep. Her sister Venus Williams on the other hand has been struggling. Venus has been trying to push past her autoimmune disease but fell short in the past. Venus did manage to defeat fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-1.

So no close matches yet. Maybe there will be some excitement on Day 3 with Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray.

-M

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US Open Favorites Still In

28 Aug

Despite having some stuff issues which in the media automatically means pregnancy, Maria Sharapova, cruised through the opening round of the US Open. Sharapova who is ranked third defeated Melinda Czink of Hungary, 6-2, 6-2 at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It seems like Sharapova is rebounded well after being crushed by Serena Williams at the Olympic where she lost 6-0, 6-1. Sharapova claims part of the reason she struggled against Williams was her weird stomach pains.

The other tennis champs are cruising on as well. Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray defeated Alex Bogomolov Jr., of Russsia, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday. Roger Federer defeated Donald Young, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

US Open favorite Serena Williams will play Tuesday against Coco Vandeweghe. Another US Open favorite Novak Djokovic, who has taken out Federer twice in the open, will play against Paolo Lorenzi Tuesday as well. Venus Williams will also take the court on Tuesday against fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Venus has been struggling so we will definitely have to see how far she makes it.

-M

Serena is Smokin

24 Aug

Seriously Serena Williams looked amazing at her appearance the other night on Letterman. She deserves to look pretty before the US Open starts on Sunday and she has to spend her days sweaty. If you were curious her shoes are Christian Louboutins that cost $4,000. It pays to be good.

-M

Rafael Nadal Missing US Open

15 Aug

Tennis player Rafael Nadal will not be playing in the US Open due to an ongoing knee injury. The injury also caused Nadal to have to withdraw from the London Olympics. Nadal hasn’t played since the shocking loss in the second round of Wimbledon to Lukas Rosol on June 28. Knee problems have been a constant problem for Nadal who know for intense playing. He is considered a grinder, which basically means he plays intense defense on court.

The US Open begins on August 27th. Everyone will be watching as Wimbledon champion Roger Federer takes on Olympic Gold Medalist Andy Murray.

-M

4 Aug

Congrats Serena!!!!!
-M

GOOD BLACK NEWS

Serena Williams demolished Russia’s Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-1 to grab Olympic tennis singles gold on Saturday, becoming the first player in the sport to win all four grand slams and an Olympic title in both singles and doubles.  Having completed the career “golden slam”, the unstoppable American, who dropped just 17 games in her six Olympics singles matches, is now making plans away from tennis.  “I’ve won everything. Now I can go to Disneyworld,” said the 30-year old, laughing.

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And that Makes 7 for Roger Federer

8 Jul

It is a very conflicting feeling having Roger Federer win his 7th Wimbledon. On one hand I am happy as an American. On the other I am so sad for poor Andy Murray. Murray would have been the first Brit(he’s technically Scottish but that’s apart of GB still) to win since 1936. But instead he lost and Federer became the oldest man(30) since 1975 to win. At least Murray put in a good fight. The score was 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.

It was so close that Murray even got angry which we all know is a no-no for the reserved English culture. He even slammed his racket down. I wonder what Prince William and Kate thought of that in their Royal box? Murray started out strong breaking Federer’s serves and calling plays. But in the end he just couldn’t keep up.

So now that Serena Williams and Federer have won at 30, does that mean 30 is the new 20? May just in tennis.

-M

Old Man Verse Virgin: Wimbledon Showdown

6 Jul

One thing is clear whomever wins Wimbledon this SUNDAY will be making history this year. Andy Murray will be making history for England being the first Brit to win since 1936. It’s kind of ironic that they hold this event yet seems to kind of suck at it. Murray advanced today after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 on Friday in the semifinals. Murray has never won a final before so he’s virgin. And for the country of England he definitely needs to get his cherry popped.

He will be facing fellow history maker and old man Roger Federer. I use the term old-man loosely since he is only 30-years old. Federer beat defending champ Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. This is Federer’s 8th time in a Wimbledon final. And he’s won 6 times so far and looking to make it 7.

So the question becomes who do you support? Do you support the guy whose done it 6 times or the guy whose never done it? Personally I think we should bandwagon behind Murray. Poor Britain that host this thing year after year to keep losing. With that said I kind of think Federer has got this one in the bag. Murray has only played in 3 major finals and 2 of them against Federer. And Federer won. So it’s not looking promising.

-M
 

Serena Is Back, Baby

5 Jul

She was never really gone in my opinion, but the Serena we all know and love came back with a vengeance Thursday.  She made her way to the Wimbledon final in record-setting fashion by serving 24 aces.  She is also the first player in her 30s to reach the final since Martina Navratilova made it there in 1990.

Serena overcame her opponent, Victoria Azarenka, in straight sets. She will face Agniezka Radwanska in the final on Saturday.  This will be the first Grand Slam final for Radwanska, and she will need all the help she can get if Serena is on her game like this.

Can we all forget about that fluke of a first-round loss in the French Open now? When Serena is on fire like she was during this match, it is fair to say that she is unstoppable.

-K

Serena Still in It

3 Jul

Serena Williams is moving on the Wimbledon semifinal after beating defending champion Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 7-5.  This is the eight time Williams has gone to the semifinals at Wimbledon. I think the feeling never gets old though judging by the look on her face. Next up Williams will face either second-ranked Victoria Azarenka or Tamira Paszek of Austria. I think to be truly good at tennis you must have a complicated foreign name.

Very exciting.

-M

 

Sharapova Gone : (

2 Jul

Wimbledon is turning out a lot of upsets this year. First we save favorite and super hottie Rafael Nadal upset last week by Lukas Rosol. Now Maria Sharapova has fallen to 15th Ranked German, Sabine Lisicki. Sharapova lost 6-4, 6-3. It is sad to see her go because she was trying to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2002 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year.

Sharapova just won the French Open which completed her career Grand Slam. Serena Williams is still in it and has yet to play her 4th round. She will take on defending champion Petra Kvitova next.

-M