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The Rolle is Over, Just for Now

Friday, August 31, 2007

After a tremendous start at the U. S. Open, Ahsha Rolle's hopes for more Open glory were dashed today by Russian Dinara Safina. Dinara really showed the difference in experience between the ladies, she never allowed Rolle to gain any footing into the match. The score was 6-4, 6-3.

"Obviously, she has more experience than me," Rolle said. "I feel like I had a couple of bad shot selections that kind of cost me big games."

Well, the short-lived U. S. Open dream of Ahsha Rolle is over, but a new tennis favorite has definitely been born. I look forward to seeing a whole lot of Ahsha on tour.

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U. S. Open Scheduled Play for Friday

WTA Tour Players

Serena Williams, USA vs Vera Zvonareva, RUS
Venus Williams, USA vs Alona Bondarenko, UKR
Ahsha Rolle, USA, vs Dinara Safina, RUS


ATP Tour Players

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA vs Tim Henman, GBR

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It Was The Thrilla' In Manila!! Ehhh..Flushing Meadows


American James Blake and Frenchman Fabrice Santoro gave the people what will probably be the epic match of the 2007 U. S. Open. The 3 1/2 hour match gave the people what they wanted and then some. Blake went in a 5-set virgin and came out smokin'! Santoro went in a 34-year old veteran of the game and came out looking quite cool.

I can 99.9% guarantee you that no matter who is in the final, it will not hold a candle to the wonderful tennis that we saw these two put on display last night.

To reach a final score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, the veteran Frenchman Santoro brought his entire arsenal of shots. He had to have used, literally, every shot that he's ever learned over his tennis career, and prayed to the tennis God's as well.


The 27-year old young blood Blake was no slouch in the shot making department either. Blake used the lob shot with particular effect over the course of the match. And while Blake didn't summon the Divine, he had private consultation during the change over.

The match was so long and grueling for Santoro that he got a headache!

He deserved an ice pack the way that he played. He was all over the court defending Blake's powerful shots with his smooth slice. He didn't care what fancy shot Blake pulled out of his pocket, he just kept on coming. It was wonderful!

Prior to tonight's match James Blake had the label of having never won a 5-set match, he was 0-9. I was more concerned during the third set than I was when Santoro took the 4th set, because I knew that the Blake that has evolved to this point was not going to let this 5-set opportunity at the U. S. Open pass him by. That's just who he is at this point, he expects to win.

"A weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I actually honestly said to myself at the beginning of that fifth set, I'm not going to lose this match. I'm going to win"

At some point Santoro realized the truth too. He was such a character. He came to play and brought all of his emotions with him.

"My body was totally dead at the end. I tried to give him some troubles and I think I did. He looks tired."

Santoro gave him some troubles alright, and Blake helped his cause with 71 unforced errors. Santoro had only 21. Nonetheless, no matter what they did to or for one another, they mesmerized the crowd who stayed late into the night.

"New York is something special, a night session is special. When you have the chance to play in New York in a big tournament like a Grand Slam, a night session against an American guy is a great atmosphere, I was feeling lucky on the court, and the battle was just great."

Santoro wasn't the only one who loved the battle, the J-Block was in the house keeping up much noise to spur their friend on.

Celebrities like Colin Ferrell were in the house keeping up a racket also. This time they got to watch the performance.

Blake and Santoro created yet another memorable match that will list among the great ones at the U. S. Open.

With all of the ups and downs and twists and turns that this match brought, there could only be one victor. But in the end, we know that both of these players won last night.

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I'm Seeing Doubles, Actually I Saw Doubles

Yesterday Scoville Jenkins and Angela Haynes attempted to salvage some part of the U. S. Open for themselves, but they accomplished nada.

American Angela Haynes partnered with American Ahsha Rolle in the Women's Doubles. The team went up against American Vania King and Frenchwoman Emilie Loit. King and Loit defeated the pair 6-4, 6-1. It is now officially over for Angela Haynes, she'll have to try again next year. It's quite another story for Ahsha Rolle though.

Ahsha is becoming one of the more intriguing stories of the U. S. Open. The little known player has made it through to the third round thus far, and who knows what is on the horizon for this young lady. It's been said that her family has practically gone broke supporting her dream, as well as travelling to the Open. A couple more rounds and Ahsha should make quite a bit of that back.

After Rolle's second Match win, during her interview she said, "No, I'm not surprising myself, I always knew that I had the ability. It's just now that it's coming to pass. So I'm just the excited. Ready to ride it as long as it will go."

Back to the Doubles, both Americans Scoville Jenkins and Phillip Simmonds paired up in the Men's Doubles. Unfortunately, they had no success either. They were defeated by Yves Allegro of Switzerland and his partner Kristof Vliegen of Belgium by a score of 6-3, 6-3.

Scoville also paired up with American Alexa Glatch for Mixed Doubles. This young man wanted to play some tennis damn it!! But once again, victory eluded him. He and Glatch were defeated by the American team of Vincent Spadea and Vania King by a score of 6-2, 6-1.

It's over Scoville, let it go! Hey, I actually support you whole hearted, because you obviously know that nothing beats a failure but a try, and that you did.

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Donald Young Through to 3rd Round

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Young one got a walk over today from the withdrawal of Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Gasquet withdrew because of fever, sore throat and other viral implications. He said "looking at three sets was just too much and I didn't think that I could make it."

"Fastest match I've ever played.....I didn't believe it at first", so Young did the right then and consulted a tournament official. "Great luck."

It's not the way he wanted it, but hey, he's in the 3rd round of the U. S. Open -- he'll take it.

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Mega Watt Style and Star Power at the U. S. Open




Oscar De La Renta








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Michael Kors





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Gladys Knight








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U. S. Open Scheduled Play for Thursday


WTA Tour Players

Angela Haynes, USA and Ahsha Rolle, USA
vs
Vania King, USA and Emilie Loit, FRA


ATP Tour Players

James Blake, USA vs Fabrice Santoro, FRA (Evening Match)
Donald Young, USA vs Richard Gasquet, FRA

Scoville Jenkins, USA and Phillip Simmonds, USA
vs
Yves Allegro, SUI and Kristof Vliegen, BEL

Scoville Jenkins, USA and Alexa Glatch, USA
vs
Vania King, USA and Vincent Spadea, USA

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Dumb Analyst Commentary

I'm keeping a laundry list of dumb statements that I hear from the commentators during this year's Open. I get so sick of it, especially because so much of it is geared toward the Williams sisters that I've decided to keep tabs. It is my desire to post this list of stupidity at the close of the Open, but I have just got to mention tonight's.

Prior to tonight I would mute the sound on my television at the mere sight of Tracy Austin and Ted Robinson, but not tonight. Have any of you ever seen that old cartoon about those two mouth-running birds Hekyll and Jekyll? Well that's just who they remind me of. Always bitchin' about the Williams sister to no end. When they got started tonight Hekyll (Ted Robinson), gushed for damn near ten minutes over Jekyll's (Tracy Austin) red dress and wedding ring. Shortly thereafter Jekyll bitched about not getting enough Cobb salad and she was still hungry, and how high the food was. What happened Jekyll? Run through all of your money already? And then, to top it off in their usual fashion, they spent 30 minutes "not criticizing" Serena Williams and what she has "not" done this year and what she "could" have done. And my favorite, Jekyll stated "and her two Australian's Open titles, they weren't easy". Talk about a jealous magpie! I am too sick of them and their lambasting of the Williams sisters over the years and how it is accepted by the network. You don't hear this kind of bitching about any other player. And the same crap that they bitch about the Williams sisters for, they praise Maria Sharapova.

Get a grip yard birds. You're commentators not movie critics. Do your damn job and call the game fairly for the Williams sisters as you do the other players. I don't know what the problem is, ignorance, racism, bias, envy, what? Whatever it is get over it cause you ruin the game for those of us who just want game commentary and not your fair weathered opinions.

Oh, Hekyll and Jekyll, "I'm not criticizing the two of you," just making note of where you could do better.

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Serena Caught Up In The Night Games

Serena Williams fashioned her way into her evening match last night and took out Maria Elena Camerin of Italy 7-5, 6-2. It wasn't pretty, but it did what? It got the job done. That beautiful serve of hers helped her out a bit. She served 7 aces to Camerin's 0. Simultaneously she served 5 double faults to Camerin's 0.

"I'm definitely getting a lot stronger, I'm definitely feeling a lot better. I'm happy to be out here.''

"I just want to play a little better each round, as each match goes on."

"My return of serve is usually unbelievable," she said. "So I'm just waiting on that to come back. I would like to see that go a little better. Just a little bit of everything."

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Ahsha Just Keeps Rolle-ing Along

Shhhhhhh, don't tell Ahsha Rolle that she's not the No. 1 player, cause she surely can't know it the way she's playing. Here's a woman very unknown to most making some serious noise at the Open this year. She is being Googled big time because most of us had never heard of her. Well that ship has sailed.

After taking out the No. 17 seed in the first round, what does Ms. Ahsha do for the second? She takes out the Italian flavored Karin Knapp.

Talk about seizing the moment! I'm lovin' this girl!

At 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, you can see that she's battling for the win. But if you're gonna win the war that's how you've got to take it, one battle at a time, and she's fighting the good fight. Work it out girlfriend!

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Chanda Rubin's Lucky Wild Card Into Doubles Not To Be

Unfortunately for Chanda Rubin and Jamea Jackson who both received wild cards into this year's Open, the same injury that probably cost Jamea her singles match against Nicole Pratt cost both of them an opportunity in the doubles. Jamea withdrew today prior to the match that she and Chanda would have played. Truly unfortunate.

As you know, some months ago Jamea had hip surgery and has not been able to really compete this year. Go home and get well sweetie, we want to see you on the court healthy and happy.

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The Frenchman Says "Oui" to a Win!

Think Jo-Wilfried is probably singing a little Tsong-a about his 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 win over the Spaniard Oscar Hernandez? (Ha Ha) Well Tsonga brought much game across the ocean and has moved right into the second round. The stats weren't that varied. The simple fact is that Hernandez came out on fire, but Tsonga got fired up in the second and third sets and made the match all his.

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Venus Owned Olaru

Venus Williams shed her more fashionable designer 'EleVen' duds from opening night and put on some stylish work clothes from her 'EleVen' line -- look out ladies! She also brought a new male with her, and she's got him in the bag. I'll tell you about him in a sec.

Poor Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania probably new that her chances were slim from jump street. She definitely found out once the match started. While Venus did not begin the match with the precision that she played with in Monday night's match, she was still relentless. Venus wrapped up her victory in 69 minutes with a score of 6-4, 6-2.

In her post-match interview, Venus used fightin' words. She stated, "I have to work hard to keep my weight on. I'd be even thinner if I wasn't playing tennis. Probably be modeling somewhere. . . ." Grrrrr. She didn't have to say it out loud.

Continuing the interview when asked what she might be doing if she were not playing tennis, Venus stated, "At least if I wasn't even doing anything super special, I would feel special. I've always felt really good about me. So that's what really counts."I like my style. I just like who I am. I'm comfortable with that. So whether or not I was working at a desk job, I would feel like I was a special person." You are a special person Ms. Williams and we think you're pretty great too!

Now, on to this Harold fella. Oh, did I forget to mention that Harold was a five-month old Havanese puppy? Just after her win, she walked toward the locker room carrying a big purse. It was a doggie bag -- for real. Venus received Harold after her Wimbledon win this year. Harold's got the good life in the bag.

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CORRECTION: Ahsha Rolle

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

In a previous post I stated that Ahsha Rolle was not listed with the WTA Tour, that is incorrect. The initial spelling that I used from an article that I found on Rolle was not the way that the WTA Tour has her listed. If and until I learn something different, I will use the above spelling.

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U. S. Open Scheduled Play for Wednesday

WTA Tour Players

Venus Williams, USA vs Ioana Raluca Olaru, Romania
Serena Williams, USA vs Maria Elena Camerin, Italy
Asha Rolle, USA vs Karin Knapp, Italy
Chanda Rubin, USA and Jamea Jackson, USA vs
Agnes Szavay, Hun and Vladimira Uhlirova, Cze


ATP Tour Players

Jo-Wilfried, Tsonga, France vs. Oscar Hernandez, Spain

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Another Late, But Great U. S. Open Draw Discovery

I must have been half asleep when I reviewed the main draw just before the U. S. Open began. Because I also missed the fact that Chanda Rubin is entered into the doubles draw and is partnered with.........none other than Jamea Jackson whom I thought we had seen the last of in this year's Open. Two fantastic revealations at once. I haven't seen Chanda Rubin play in quite a while and this extends Ms. Jackson's time at the Open.

Rubin and Jackson are on schedule for play tomorrow against the doubles team of Agnes Szavay of Hungary and Vladimira Uhlirova of the Czech Republic.
I hope that they have fantastic play and put their first win under their belt.

Good luck ladies!

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Same Time Next Year Jamea

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Jamea Jackson could not prevail in her first round U. S. Open match today. She lost to opponent Nicole Pratt 6-3, 4-6, 0-6. Jackson had a 1st serve percentage rate of 53% to Nicole's 70%, there were no aces served during the match, and Jackson served 8 double faults to Pratt's 3. Jackson also had a whopping 55 unforced errors to Pratt's 19. At the same time she did at least have 36 winners to Pratt's 10.

But no matter the numbers, the end result was Jackson being defeated. I so hoped that she could have made at least a short run. Better luck next time.

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The Blake Factor: Man With A Plan

James Blake is on a mission yall. He's got faith in himself and in his game. He proved it today in a tough straight sets win over another American, Michael Russell. The win came in at 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4)

But there's one problem with having a plan, your opponent doesn't care. Michael Russell made it his personal issue to find every flaw possible in Blake's game plan and come out the winner. Russell played like a mad man whipping balls cross court, quickly getting to balls and even managing to break Blake's serve.

With the exception of aces, Blake had 13 to Russell's 5, the stats were even on this one, it was damn near anybody's game except for one thing, the Blake factor. Blake has elevated himself mentally and physically to be able to play the big points, serve a necessary ace, and whip a ball that very few else could've reached cross court.

At this point Blake is expecting himself to win, and that's very different from Blake of a few years ago. It is that expectation that he places on himself that completes his games plan and releases...... the Blake factor.

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Venus and Serena Earned a Lil' More R-E-S-P-E-C-T as They Continued the Tribute to Althea Gibson With Match Victories

After the festivities both Venus and Serena Williams played their first round matches.


Venus kicked it off by whipping the snot out of her opponent (all kinds of ugliness) Kira Nagy of Hungary in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. Ms. Kira was hearing 120 something mph serves whiz by her head all night. Venus lost focus for a bit after she slipped and fell in her snazzy new "EleVen" sneakers that matched her really cute outfit, and gave up 3 games during the match. Other than that, it was a fairly uneventful match.


Up next, baby sis' Serena's match was another story. Her opponent, Angelique Kerber of Germany came to play. She put up a real scrape in the first set, giving Serena all kinds of trouble. She continued it into the second set and made our girl work. Serena got so frustrated during the match that she tore off a cute little blow that was attached to her dress. Now we all know that Serena has a second gear that none of the other players have, so of course she shifted into it and won the match in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.

She too had on a great looking black with pink accessories ensemble. Very dainty.

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The U. S. Open Has Officially Begun: A Tribute to Althea Gibson

Monday, August 27, 2007

I've always loved the written word, whether I've been reading or writing it. It is on nights like this that I'm reminded why I love it so much. When the visual is not available, or when our ability to be present is not an option, it is the written recording of events that allow us to mentally transport ourselves to that time and place, and be present at any given moment in time. And what a moment in time we witnessed last night, the opening events of the 2007 U. S. Open. Okay, here's the blow-by-blow.


First up a great marching band from Brooklyn, New York called the "Brooklyn Steppers." They were very good, had a lil' bit of that Grambling thang working.

Up next New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg thanked a few folks and eventually introduced the NYPD Cadets and the U. S. Open's procession of flags representing all of the countries taking part in this year's tournament.

In celebrating Althea Gibson being the first African American player to win a grand slam title, the USTA honored other African American women who have had the privilege and pleasure to celebrate other firsts. The announcer introduced honoree and host Phylicia Rashaad, the first African-American woman to win a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Broadway Play. Ms. Phylicia flowed out looking as beautful as ever. What a gracioius lady. I love the words that she opened with, "What a night! It's awe inspiring to stand here in this place where dreams have come true, lives have been changed and history has been written........" She then told us that "Althea Gibson was the first American of African descent to win the U. S. Nationals, now known as the U. S. Open. One of sports unsung heroes, her victory paved the way for some of the games finest players and she was an inspiration to women everywhere. To celebrate this milestone, let's take a look at why the Althea Gibson story must be told."

At that point sportscaster Mary Carillo narrated footage that had been put together on Althea Gibson's life. A number of celebrities and athletes spoke during the footage, to include Serena Williams, Bill Cosby, Billie Jean King and James Blake. At the end of the footage, during which the theme music to Jurassic Park music was playing (?) Yeah, it's great music, but it's too linked to the movie, anyway.......I saw this statement that Althea Gibson made and thought it so fitting, "If I have made it, it's half because I was game enought to take a lot of punishment along the way, and half because there were a lot of people who cared enough to help me.
Afterwards, Ms. Rashaad introduced a personal friend of Althea Gibson's, fomer New York City Mayor David Dinkins. He spoke with conviction about what was really going on in America with civil rights struggles for Black people from lynchings to segregated WWII barracks, and a ten years to come Brown vs. The Board of Education. It was hard times when Althea Gibson was growing up trying to make her mark in the world.

Phylicia Rashaad returned and introduced an incredible group of women and noted their firsts:

Dr. Mae Jamison,
1st African-American Female Astronaut, Space Shuttle Endeavor

Dr. Debi Thomas
1st African-American Female Olympic Medalist, Figure Skating

Ms. Sharon Pratt
1st African-American Female Mayor of a Major U. S. City

Ms. Yolanda Adams
1st African-American Female AMA Contemporary/Inspirational Artist Award

Ms. Vonetta Flowers
1st African-American Female Olympic Gold Medalist, Two-Woman Bobsled

Ms. Ella Bully-Cummings
1st African-American Female Chief of Police, Detroit Police Department

Ms. Sheila Crump Johnson
1st African-American Female Ownership in 3 Pro Sports Teams, Sole Owner of PGA Tour Championship Golf Courses

Ms. Traci Green
1st African-American Female Head Coach, Harvard University

Ms. Nikki Giovanni
1st African-American Female to Win The Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award

Ms. Loretta Claiborne
1st African-American Female to Win The Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Ms. Susan L. Taylor
1st African-American Female to Win The Henry Johnson Fisher Award

Ms. Lynette Woodard
1st African-American Female Member of The Harlem Globetrotters

Ms. Cynthia Cooper
1st African-American Female To Score 2500 Career Points in WNBA History

Ms. Roberta Flack
1st African-American Female Student Teacher in a Predominately White School and the 1st Musician Ever to Win Back-to-Back Grammys for Record of the Year

Ms. Zina Garrison
1st African-American Female Olympic Medalist, Tennis

Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun
1st African-American Female Elected to U. S. Senate (Democrat, Illinois)

Ms. Jackie Joyner-Kersey
1st African-American Female to Win Back-to-Back Olympic Gold, Heptathlon

What an incredible group of women. I cried more each time one of them and their achievements was announced, it was incredible. The honorees seemed very happy, which made it even better.

And then...and then....the final honoree, 18-time Grammy winner Aretha Franklin came out and demanded some R-E-S-P-E-C-T. She rocked the house.

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UPDATE: Rolle Wit' it Asha!!!!

A player that we've heard and probably know the least about was feeling the spirit of Althea Gibson all up and through that joint. Ms. Asha Rolle took it to world No. 18 Frenchwoman Tatiana Golvin in a 2-set win with a score of 4-6, 6-1, 2-6.

The entire match was not televised, but specific segements were shown post match. One of them being when Rolle fell to her knees and drummed her fists on the court in happiness after a challenge proved that she had indeed won match point.

Rolle had a 61% serve rate to Golovin's 63%, she served 6 aces to Golovin's 1, and served 2 faults to Golovin's 1. Rolle had a lot of unforced errors, 37, to Golovin's 18. She obviously felt she had nothing to lose and went for her shots.

Introduce yourself to the world Ms. Rolle, we're glad to make your acquaintance!

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Sorry Tennis Fans, I Missed a Wild Card Player: Asha Rolle

There's very little information on this player, but I'll dig around and see what I can find. I was not even previously aware of her until tonight as she was shown about to close out the first set of her match against Tatiana Golovin of France. She is not listed on the WTA roster at all.

What I did find out though is that she's a 22-year old from Miami Shores, Florida and entered the main draw of the U. S. Open by way of a wild card. I understand that she also was entered into the main draw of the 2006 U. S. Open by way of a wild card.

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Young Guns Split the Difference: Young In, Jenkins Out

Well folks, as great as it would have been to see both Donald Young and Scoville Jenkins try and make a deep run at the U. S. Open, alas, 'twas not to be.

On Saturday when I sat down and took a long look at the final main draw, I was floored when I saw what unfortunate luck Scoville Jenkins had in getting Roger Federer as his first round opponent. Yes, it is an honor to play Roger, but the likelihood is, you're not going to beat him. And Jenkins did not today. He did make a pretty good show, but Federer took him out in straight sets.

As for 18-year old Donald Young however, he put on a worthy performance in his 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Australian Chris Guccione.

Young's ATP Tour luck had not been running so good prior to the Pilot Pen Tournament. "Obviously that goes through your mind when you lose 11 in a row," Young said of his ATP losing streak. "But I felt like...I would definitely win at least one. I knew I would get one. Sooner or later you don't play all the top players, you get to play some of the lower ranked players also. It was definitely different (today). I had won my first match. I wasn't 0-for-anything. I had a win. It was a big confidence booster."

"You have to be able to put the ball away sometimes," Young said. "But it throws people off when you can slice, drop shot, get to a lot of balls, just make 'em play."

I've seen Young get a real frustrated look on his face after blowing a point, but he says that he's largely in control of his emotions, but it doesn't always appear so. "(I'm) like a perfectionist, but no one can be perfect," he said. "I don't like to miss anything, but that's not the way it goes. I'm happy, but maybe not showing it, because I don't want to show it too early and end up losing."

Against Guccione today Young had a 61% serve rate to 63%, he equally served 9 aces, and had 1 less service fault than Guccione at 3.

See ya in the second round Donald Young!

As for Scoville Jenkins, 21, he came into the match ranked No. 320, and even with that discrepancy in achievement level, acquitted himself well. He served big, hit hard and competed well. But he has many miles to go before he'll be able to do sufficient damage to beat a player the stature of Federer.

Jenkins had a higher service rate than Federer at 67% to 60%, he had 9 aces to Federer's 13, and 7 double faults to 2. Jenkins unforced errors were 31 to Fededer's 12 and the score of 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 showed it.

After 1 hour 32 minutes at least Jenkins still had a wonderful attitude about playing the world No. 1. I look forward to seeing more of Jenkins in play the rest of the year.

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Venus, Serena Williams to Play on Opening Night

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Venus Williams and Serena Williams will play back-to-back matches on Opening Night of the US Open. They will compete following a historic tribute to Althea Gibson that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of her historic title victory at the U.S. Nationals (formerly the US Open).
Serena Williams was the first black woman since Althea Gibson to win the US Open.

Venus Williams was the first black woman since Gibson to win Wimbledon. Together, Serena Williams and Venus Williams have won 14 Grand Slam titles. Each has won the US Open twice.

“Opening Night will be one of the most historic nights in US Open history,” said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA.

“We can’t imagine a more fitting way to commemorate Althea Gibson’s achievements than seeing these two great champions -- and pioneers in their own right -- take the stage on Opening Night.”

“Althea Gibson opened the door," said Zina Garrison, U.S. Fed Cup Captain. “Venus and Serena knocked it down.”

The Opening Night Ceremony, entitled “Breaking Barriers,” will feature more than 15 African-American female pioneers from the fields of sports, entertainment, politics and the arts in a special on-court celebration of Althea Gibson’s life and career.

Serena Williams is scheduled to play Angelique Kerber of Germany. Venus Williams drew a qualifier for her first-round match-up.

Source -- USTA

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Opening Round of the U. S. Open


WTA Tour Players:

Serena Williams, USA (8) vs. Angelique Kerber, Germany
Venus Williams, USA (12) vs Kira Nagy, Hungary
Jamea Jackson, USA (WC) vs Nicole Pratt, Australia

Note: Angela Haynes attempted to enter the main draw through the qualifying rounds, but was defeated in the 1st round by Pauline Parmenter of France, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.


ATP Tour Players:

James Blake, USA (6) vs Michael Russell, USA
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France vs Oscar Hernandez, Spain
Donald Young, USA (WC) vs Chris Guccione, Australia
Scoville Jenkins, USA (Q) vs Roger Federer

Note: Scoville Jenkins entered through the qualifying rounds. He defeated the following players:

Round 1: Oliver Patience, France 6-3, 5-7, 5-7
Round 2: Harel Levy, Israel, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Round 3: Aisam-UL-Haq Qureshi, Pakistan 6-7, 6-2, retired

Excellent work Scoville Jenkins! And your reward? Roger Federer as your first round opponent. I am already in prayer. Bless you son.

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Saturday Activities at the U. S. Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day









Serena Williams









Chris Rock and daughter












Kat DeLuna










Quddus











Sean Kingston










Lil Mama

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I Won! Sweeeeeeet!!

James Blake lifts the winning trophy for his Pilot Pen victory.

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Have You Seen Serena's HP Commercial? I Love It!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

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Blake Wins 10 and 2 in New Haven

Don't Blake and Fish look 'lil' kid' cute in this old photo? Anyway......

James Blake captured his 10th ATP Tour title, and 2nd Pilot Pen title in New Haven this evening. He had to beat his good bud Mardy Fish to do it, but it's all good, they're going out to dinner tonight and it's on Blake.

The 7-5, 6-4 match was relatively uneventful. However, it did put on display the ever evolving consistency of James Blake. He really is becoming a trusted player to watch. I got the impression that although the two of them practice together a lot, with a title on the line it's still another animal. The two of them seemed apprehensive and off beat just a bit. The first set was full of service breaks and weird looking tennis. Mardy Fish began having too-much-play bicep pain and it appeared that Blake was going to sweep the second set. But Fish regained some composure and made it competitive.

I'm just glad it's over, I don't like splitting American hairs when I'm cheering. Now both Blake and Fish can put their killer instincts back in tact and go after everybody else and the US Open crown with zeal.

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Serena Williams at USTA/Heineken Player Party

Last night in New York City, Serena walked the red carpet to attend the US Open Official Player Party hosted by the USTA and Heineken at Ono in the Hotel Gansevoort.

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