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Venus Soars in Seoul!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

I'm loving the Korean attire that Venus and Maria are wearing. Very regal and festive.

Venus had to work hard for her money as she rallied to beat Russia's World No. 29 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 and win the Korean Open on Sunday.

Williams, who hadn't lost a set this entire tournament heading into the final, was forced to work for her win for the first time at Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea, in a game that lasted 140 minutes.

Venus took the first set 6-3 in overcast conditions, but the Wimbledon champion suffered an early break in the second as she struggled with her serve, chalking up 11 double faults as No. 4 Kirilenko raced on to win the set.

Light rain delayed the match by about an hour, and when it began, Williams wasted little time in breaking Kirilenko's serve in the opening game.

Serving for the match at 5-4 up in the third set, Williams went down 0-40, and rallied to force deuce. She took the championship when Kirilenko's return went just out of the sideline to Williams' left. Venus came back to take the trophy and her third win in three meetings against the Russian.

Take it to the bank Venus!!

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Tagged!: Blogging Tips To Share

Saturday, September 29, 2007

I've been tagged again by Jon at Chimeric Day Dreams. I like this tag. I think that it is definitely a community booster. Although we are all bloggers, we are also blog readers. This ought to tell each of us what we enjoy/dislike as we visit each others blogs.

The idea is to copy the list, star your favorite ones, add your own tip at the very end, and then pass it on.

1. Look, read, and learn.
2. Be, EXCELLENT to each other.
3. Don’t let money change ya!
4. Always reply to your comments.
*5. Blog about what you know & love.
6. Don’t use filthy language-buy a dictionary.
7. Blog about something educational.
8. Be yourself; others will follow.
9. Don’t have too many blogs that will become a chore to maintain.
*10. Keep it simple, user-friendly, interesting and organized!
11. Keep the blog simple and sweet!!!
12. Share with others your thoughts and don’t be shy!
13. Never ask for link exchange. Blog hop to increase traffic.
*14. Don’t clutter your blog with ads all over the place. IT’S IRRITATING.
15. Don’t comment for the sake of commenting. Some looked too fake and its a big turn off!
16. Share something interesting and you will gain more readers.
17. Show that we care to all bloggers, treat each other as friends.
18. Pictures say a million words. Keep them coming!
19. Blogging should be fun or you’ll get tired of it pretty soon.
*20. Don’t think people will come to your blog if you’re not willing to pay a visit to them.
21. Everyone loves read short posting and best, illustrated with a picture.
22. Try not to publish more than 5 posts in one blog a day. Even if it’s from feed reader, it’s quite hard to digest and catch up reading everything.
23. Blog: the other window to peek into people’s life, minus the trouble. Keep a certain level of privacy to yourself.
24. Never tell your readers that you are going on vacation. That’s basically telling them to not visit your blog for a week. Instead, write several posts, and take advantage of the timestamp feature.
*25. Try and write with people in mind that are “somewhat similar to you”. Allow your audience to identify with your blog and feel “at home”.
26. The key to a good article is a good introduction. A joke, a question or a picture does wonders.
27. If you are looking to earn an income blogging read StevePavlina.com and Problogger.net, you will be amazed at what you can learn.
28. Write for yourself first. Remember that it takes time, effort, patience…and above all, daring.
29. Use Google Alerts for immediate alerts of news and/or blog posts about topics you specify, clip those that interest you into Google Notebook (it also copies the URLS for reference). - Chimeric Day Dreams
30. Invite your reader to read and not to search/hunt your blog. Have some type of logic in the organization of your blog so that it flows for the reader and allows for easy navigation. Some blogs are so full of blog related minutiae that the actual posts are lost is the midst. - Black Tennis Pro's

I'd like to see blogging tips from:

Poetic Sista - A passionate writer, she truly blogs from the heart and soul.
Black In Business - JD is definitely a man who is supportive of others, he's professional and someone who looks to tomorrow.
Chessnoid - I truly enjoy the variety of this writer. From the everyday to the unexpected.
Electronic Village - Can there be blogging with more commitment than this blog? Passion, dedication, relevance, etc. Truly one of the best blogs.
Middle Zone Musings - A writer that appeals to the 'everydayness' of life, and to the whimsy of life. Very provocative.

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Venus Has Semi-final Success in Seoul








American Venus Williams has moved into the finals of the Hansol Korea Open with a smack-down 6-2, 6-2 win over Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

Williams took the first set in 36 minutes, but her Italian opponent, the only unseeded player in the semi-finals, put some early pressure on the top seed.

Pennetta broke the Williams serve at the start of the match and had a chance to go up 2-0 up, leading 40-15 in the second game. But Williams came back with four straight points to break the Italian's serve.

Williams conceded the opening game of the second set, but promptly broke Pennetta's serve and did not look back.

Venus, serving as fast as 125 miles per hour, went on to take six of the last seven games to secure her berth in the final.

"My leg's not feeling great but it's getting better every day," Williams said. "I don't get to play in Seoul often, so I am trying my best. My goal all along has been to win the tournament."

The deflated Pennetta frequently shook her head and muttered to herself in disgust during the second set.

Venus's opponent in the final will be Maria Kirilenko of Russia who also, much to my surprise, victimized her semifinal opponent Eleni Daniliidou of Greece 7-5, 6-0. I thought that Daniilidou was on an unstoppable roll towards the final also. Oh well.

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Mercedes-Benz To End ATP Tour Sponsorship

Friday, September 28, 2007

STUTTGART, Germany - Mercedes-Benz will end its sponsorship of the men's ATP tennis tour when the current three-year contract expires at the end of 2008.

The company has been one of the main sponsors of the ATP since 1996. The German carmaker said Friday it would shift focus to golf, equestrian and soccer, as well as fashion and lifestyle.

"Over the years, our partnership with the ATP has had a very high brand fit for Mercedes-Benz, but we are now adding a new angle to our revised brand positioning," said Olaf Goettgens, vice president of brand communications for Mercedes-Benz.

Richard Davies, the CEO of ATP Properties, thanked Mercedes for its support.

"Both the ATP and Mercedes-Benz have achieved great things in our time together," Davies said in the statement.

The Mercedes star symbol has been attached to tennis nets at more than 40 tournaments around the world. Mercedes also provides courtesy car services at tournaments.

Source -- AP

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Gael Monfils Featured in France's "Sport & Style"

Frenchman Gael Monfils stars in a striking off-court feature in the September issue of French magazine, Sport & Style. Monfils features modeling a variety of designer clothing, ranging from Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, as well as his own sponsors, Nike and Head.

The article chronicles Monfils's rise to fame on the professional tennis circuit, highlighting his jump from No. 400 to No. 23 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. However, with his meteoric rise up the rankings having been tempered in the last 12 months following a series of injuries, Monfils, nicknamed 'Sliderman', says, "I need to find the right balance between style, showmanship, and effictiveness on the court.

"Monfils also comments on his passion for music and breakdancing. "I often organize freestyle 'battles' with my group of friends. I've been brought up under the MTV culture. Music and dance are my life."

Finally the Frenchman, who currently resides in Nyon, Switzerland, comments on the unique trajectory of each player's career, saying "Nadal is the best at the moment. But I also know that I'm capable of winning Roland Garros. It's not a race. Federer won his first Grand Slam at the age of 23. Noah as well. Each to their own."

Source - ATP Tour

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Japan Open Begins Monday, Roger Federer Pulls Out

TOKYO - Roger Federer pulled out of the Japan Open because he needs to rest after the U.S. Open and Davis Cup.

The top-ranked Swiss said his doctor told him he should not play in a tournament for at least 10 days to avoid the risk of serious injury.

"I'm so disappointed that I have to withdraw from the Japan Open," Federer said in a statement released by organizers Friday. "I have not physically recovered 100 percent from the U.S. Open and Davis Cup."

Federer won last year's Japan Open, defeating Tim Henman in the final. Federer won his fourth consecutive U.S. Open on Sept. 9, and competed for Switzerland last weekend in its loss to the Czech Republic.

The Japan Open begins Monday. David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet were added to the men's bracket and Venus Williams, who is playing in South Korea, to the women's bracket.

Source -- AP

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Raquel Kops-Jones Out Of Guangzhou International Women's Open

American Raquel Kops-Jones wasn't able to make it out of the first round of the singles or doubles of the Guangzhou, China International Women's Open.

Kops-Jones was defeated in singles by Sun Tiantian of China in a toe-to-toe match 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-5.

In doubles, Kops-Jones and American teammate Julie Ditty were defeated by the doubles team of Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus and Anastasia Rodionova of Russia 6-4, 7-6(0).

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Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams Reaches Korea Open Semifinals

SEOUL, South Korea - Venus Williams reached the Korea Open semifinals today by beating Marta Domachowska of Poland 6-2, 6-3.

The top-seeded Williams used powerful and accurate returns but still trailed 3-1 in the second set before winning five straight games.

"I wasn't at my best today," the Wimbledon champion said. "There is no specific problem, I just feel a little tired. Now it is time to get ready for the semifinal tomorrow.

Williams will face Flavia Pennetta in the semifinals. The Italian defeated Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-1, 6-2.

Source -- AP

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Brief Roll for Ahsha in Seoul

Thursday, September 27, 2007

American Ahsha Rolle moved through the first round of the WTA Hansol Korea Open with ease against the new British No. 1, Anne Keothavong. Unfortunately the same was not to be in Round 2.

In the second round, fifth-seeded and defending Seoul champion Eleni Daniilidou of Greece was very effective against Rolle.

The world no. 37 Daniilidou served well with a 76% first serve percentage and simply outplayed Rolle overall for a 6-3, 6-2 win.

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Venus Moves Into Quarterfinals Before Rain Moves In

SEOUL, South Korea -- Venus Williams coasted into the Korea Open quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn on Thursday.

Despite wearing strapping on her right leg, the top-seeded Williams made short work of Tanasugarn on an overcast afternoon before heavy rain forced a suspension of play at Olympic Park with two second-round matches remaining.

"It was a good game," Williams said. "It was good to finish when we did, it was about to rain. The rain blowing in different directions made it difficult, but it was a good experience."
The Wimbledon champion played down any problems with her leg.

"From yesterday, my right calf hasn't been feeling great but I was able to play and it's fine," she said.

The Wimbledon champion will meet Marta Domachowska of Poland in Thursday's quarterfinals after defeating Severine Bremond of France 7-5, 6-2.

Source -- AP

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Venus Uses Big Serve In Seoul

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Despite warm conditions at Seoul's Olympic Park tennis arena, Venus Williams barely broke a sweat as she used her powerful serve to dominate the match. Fellow American Abigail Spears, whose right arm was heavily strapped, failed to win a single point from Williams' first serve in the opening set.

Venus took just 70 minutes to dispatch of the qualifier, firing eight aces on her way to the 6-2, 6-3 opening-round win.

In the second set, Venus broke again in the opening game and held off a late rally from Spears to complete a comfortable win.

"In a competition where there are few Americans, I don't know why I played against one in the first game,'' Williams said. "I was happy with my serve as it got me through some difficult moments at break points."

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U.S. Teams Announced for Junior Davis Cup, Fed Cup Finals

The USTA today announced the top American juniors who will represent the United States in the 2007 Junior Davis Cup & Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals. The event features 32 teams (16 boys’ teams and 16 girls’ teams) composed of players 16-and-under from 24 nations across the world.

The Junior Davis Cup & Junior Fed Cup Finals will be held September 25-30 in Reggio Emilio, Italy. Both U.S. teams qualified for the finals in May at the North/Central America and Caribbean Regional Championships along with Mexico’s Junior Davis Cup team and Canada’s Junior Fed Cup team.

The United States is one of eight nations to send a boys’ and a girls’ team to the finals (Argentina, Australia, Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and South Africa).

Frank Carleton is the only returning member of the Junior Davis Cup team, which will again be coached by USTA National Coach Martin Van Daalen. Carleton, who led the team with a 5-0 overall record in May at the Regional Championships, will be joined in Italy by 2007 16-and-under Easter Bowl finalists Lawrence Formentera and James “Bo” Seal. (Formentera upset No. 1 seed Seal, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4)).

Each member of the girls’ team competed in May at the Regional Championships. 2007 Florida State High School Singles Champion Lauren Embree led the team with an 8-1 record, while teammates Asia Muhammad and Coco Vandeweghe both posted a 4-0 overall record for the U.S. USTA National Coach Richard Ashby returns to lead the girls’ team.

The United States won the 1999 Junior Davis Cup title and reached the final on four other occasions, including a 1986 second-place finish by Jim Courier and Michael Chang. The United States was runner-up at the 1993 Junior Fed Cup to Australia.

Source - USTA

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USA In Davis Cup Final: Roddick Serves It Up Big!

Monday, September 24, 2007

For the ninth time at the ninth time of asking, Andy Roddick saw the United States Davis Cup by BNP Paribas team into the next round – and this time the next round is the Final, and a home shot at the defending champions, Russia.

Roddick wasn’t quite at his best against Jonas Bjorkman, a late replacement for the originally nominated Thomas Johansson who was suffering from stomach problems, but he used all attributes of his game to beat the Swede 62 76(3) 64 and see off the Americans’ jinx at the Scandinavium.

The arena, scene of three previous US Davis Cup debacles, seemed to have given up hope of staging a fourth home upset, the rows of red seats much less full than they had been on Friday and Saturday when home hopes were high.


Roddick Maintains Davis Cup Record

One of the reasons for the absence of home hope on the final day was that Roddick’s reputation as a Davis Cup competitor precedes him. He has never lost when playing to see his country win the decisive point, and his devotion to tennis’s premier team competition was evident when he said afterwards: “If I don’t win another match between now and the final but we win the final, I’ll take that.”

“This is my No. 1 priority for the rest of the year, and I’ll be discussing my tournament schedule with Jimmy [Connors, his coach] and Patrick [McEnroe, his team captain] to make sure I look after my body and it’s right where it needs to be for the final.”

Only once was Roddick truly threatened, and that came in the fifth game of the second set. Bjorkman, at 35 still a very useful returner of serve, finally got a good connection on three of Roddick’s serves and earned himself two break points. In doing so, he caused Roddick to stumble and fall, so the American asked for the court to be wiped dry. The couple of minutes this took didn’t please either Bjorkman or the crowd, and Roddick was booed as he stepped up to serve at 15-40. Bad move!

Americans Celebrate Semifinal Victory

The booing merely geed up Roddick, he duly delivered four unreturnable serves, and the danger was over. Once Bjorkman had taken six points to get going in the tiebreak, and Roddick had broken in the fourth game of the third set, the match was over as a contest, and Roddick won in just over two hours. He sank to his knees on the carpet court that had been so much more preferable to the Americans than the clay the Russians chose for last year’s semifinal in Moscow.“It’s what you practise for,” said Roddick in an on-court interview. “It’s what you work for. I’m so proud to be part of this team, I’m so proud of my teammates, I wouldn’t trade this team for any in the world. I love these guys, and we get another shot at winning the Davis Cup, so I’m really happy right now.”The victory was a triumph for positive thinking among the Americans. Their jinx at the Scandinavium seemed to have reared its ugly head on Friday when all four players woke up with flu-like symptoms. But they came through, and ultimately with something to spare, as the Swedes were also struggling with their health.

First final in USA since 1992

Aside from Thomas Johansson’s temperature, Joachim Johansson was so sore after his three-setter against Roddick on Friday that he was replaced for the final singles by Simon Aspelin who had never played a tour-level singles match before. He got four games against James Blake, the American’s 61 63 victory making the final score 4-1.The Americans will host the final (30 November – 2 December) for the first time since 1992, when one of the greatest line-ups in the competition’s history featuring four past, present and future world No. 1s – Sampras, Courier, Agassi, McEnroe – beat Switzerland 3-1 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Source -- Davis Cup Official Website

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A "Show Me Your Computer Desktop Meme", That's Not Too Bad

Friday, September 21, 2007

Jon at Chemeric Day Dreams has tagged me with a 'Show Me Your Computer Desktop Meme', that's not too bad. The only thing it reveals is that I am a proud TREKKIE!! Check out my tribute desktop, all the captains with their respective ships. Cooooooool huh?!

This is an immediate capture, no clean up or anything. I don't keep a junkie desktop, I'm organized like that. I too auto-hide my task bar because I don't want anything on the screen other than what I'm working on, and the captains.

Jon also tagged:

Roland
Sharon
Joanne
Opal

Tag rules under the cut:

[TAG STARTS HERE]

My Desktop Free View Instruction:

A. Upon receiving this tag, immediately perform a screen capture of your desktop. It is best that no icons be deleted before the screen capture so as to add to the element of fun.

You can do a screen capture by: [1] Going to your desktop and pressing the Print Scrn key (located on the right side of the F12 key). [2] Open a graphics program (like Picture Manager, Paint, or Photoshop) and do a Paste (CTRL + V). [3] If you wish, you can “edit” the image, before saving it.

For MAC users: Press [ Apple] [ Ctrl ] [ Shift ] and [ 3 ]

B. Post the picture in your blog. You can also give a short explanation on the look of your desktop just below it if you want. You can explain why you preferred such look or why is it full of icons. Things like that.

C. Tag five of your friends and ask them to give you a Free View of their desktop as well.

D. Add your name to this list of Free Viewers with a link pointing directly to your Desktop Free View post to promote it to succeeding participants.

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A Blessed Friday Morning

Over the years I've learned to accept the kindness and graciousness of others because I've learned that it's about them and what they want to give. So this morning, from one of the warmest and most giving persons that I have met since I began my blog, I accept the 'Nice Matters Award.' That person is Cyperpenguin at "Music Unbound: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Genres!" (Don't you just love that title?) Interestingly, something Cyperpenguin didn't know about me is my great love of music of all kinds, so the title of her blog truly suits me.

I like this award because I'm a firm believer that nice does matter and this award will serve as a constant reminder.

Thanks Cyberpenguin, have a blessed weekend!

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Davis Cup Weekend: "Come On USA, Kick Butt!!"



For complete Davis Cup information, visit the Davis Cup Official Website By BNP Paribas

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Will The History Book Rewrite Itself?

There’s a line in ‘Waterloo’, the song that launched the iconic Swedish pop group Abba in 1974, that runs: “The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself.” That could very easily be Sweden's omen going into this weekend’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal that sees the home side as distinct underdogs against the powerful United States.Three times the Americans have visited Gothenburg’s charismatic Scandinavium arena, three times it’s been a semifinal or final, and three times the visitors have left with their tails between their legs. But for it to happen a fourth time, something highly unexpected will have to happen over the next three days, and at the very least Thomas Johansson looks like he must beat James Blake on the opening day of the tie. The line-up for the weekend is:

Friday
Joachim Johansson (SWE) v Andy Roddick (USA)
Thomas Johansson (SWE) v James Blake (USA)

Saturday
Simon Aspelin/Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)

Sunday
Thomas Johansson (SWE) v Andy Roddick (USA)
Joachim Johansson (SWE) v James Blake (USA)

Johansson Returning After Eight Months

True, it’s hard to predict the opening rubber, in which the big-serving Joachim Johansson (no relation to Thomas) plays his first match for eight months against the biggest server in world tennis, a man he beat in five sets at the 2004 US Open. But assuming Andy Roddick wins that – and everyone in Gothenburg acknowledges that the longer the match goes on, the more Roddick’s chances increase – the pressure would be on the elder Johansson to beat Blake, given that the US have the world’s best doubles pair parading their near-perfect Davis Cup record on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Johansson certainly fancies his chances. “I think it’s a better match-up for us,” he said after Thursday’s draw. “I got beaten pretty badly by Andy at the US Open, so we tried to avoid that on the first day. Joachim and Jonas have both been playing well, so we had a number of options, and we’ve chosen this one.”

Blake could well find himself in the all-too-familiar position of being the weak link targeted by the opposition, but it doesn’t worry him. “I think of it as just another match,” he said. “There’s always a ton of pressure going into a Davis Cup live match. Each match is critical, but then you only have to get to three. I’ve had some experience playing Davis Cup matches, and I know how to deal with the pressure hopefully.”

Potentially Tricky Doubles For The Bryans

Not that Saturday’s doubles is a foregone conclusion. The Bryans will start favourites against Bjorkman and Aspelin, but with Aspelin having just won the US Open with Julian Knowle (and beating the Bryans en route) and Bjorkman still ranked 11th in doubles, the twins recognise that this could be their toughest match since they lost their only Davis Cup rubber two and a half years ago to Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic.

On paper, it looks clear-cut for the visitors, but will history repeat itself? Back in 1984 John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors were the world’s best singles players and McEnroe and Peter Fleming were the top doubles pair, yet McEnroe and Connors both disgraced themselves as Sweden won the final in two days. With McEnroe’s brother now the US captain and the player Connors coaches heading the US team, it’s easy to be aware of that infamous final 23 years ago. So will the history book rewrite itself?

McEnroe Unconcerned By Past

Patrick McEnroe, who admits his brother doesn’t talk much about the 1984 final, thinks not. “We feel this is a new team and a new time,” he said. “We would love to get a win here for the US Davis Cup and for history, but we don’t care much about what happened 10 or 20 years ago. We’re excited about being in the semis again, and we feel we have a good chance.”

McEnroe’s opposite number Mats Wilander was the man who beat John McEnroe on the opening day 23 years ago. He says his team need no extra motivation, but he’s happy to keep the ghost of ’84 alive. “Of course it always helps that we have never lost to the US team in this stadium, but it’s a new tie every time. I think everyone in Sweden who follows Davis Cup knows that Sweden has beaten the US three times here, and that does help.”

Source -- Davis Cup Official Site By BNP Paribas


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James Blake Talks About Readiness For Davis Cup Play This Weekend

Thursday, September 20, 2007

In an interview with Bob Larson on Tuesday, (along with Patrick McEnroe, Andy Roddick and Bob and Mike Bryan) James Blake responded to the following questions regarding his readiness for Davis Cup semi-final play:

Q. James, you've played a lot the last couple of months with big success. How is your body? Is it okay?

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, I feel great, healthy. This week so far has been great. I got a little bit of rest after the Open. Unfortunately I went out a little earlier than I would have hoped there. But it gave me time to rest and relax at home. That was perfect for me. I'm coming here feeling fresh. Like you said before, I've had some success in Sweden, so I like playing here. Hopefully I can continue that record that I've had here.

Q. Do you like the court?

JAMES BLAKE: I do. I felt like I've adjusted to it hopefully pretty quickly. Got a few more days to get used to it. But, like they said, I think it's very fair. I was actually expecting it to be even quicker. I think it's something that will play into our games. I don't think people will really need to completely change their games just to kind of accommodate the surface. I think we'll be able to play our games, and hopefully that will be good for us.

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Venus Headed For Korea: They're Concerned About That Booming Serve, And They Should Be

Can you imagine how fast a Venus Williams serve travels?

She slammed a record 207 km/h serve in the first round of the U.S. Open earlier this month.
Now, we will experience her powerful game in Korea during the upcoming Korean Thanksgiving Holiday.

Ranked 9th in the world, Williams will visit Korea on the coming Saturday to participate in the Hansol Korea Open, the only pro-tennis championship in Korea, which begins from Sep. 24 in Seoul.

To ensure her best performance, she has cancelled all the other matches scheduled for this week. To clock her serves accurately, the Korea Tennis Association has recently purchased two speed guns from a U.S. sports gear maker for $10,000. Each of them will be set up on either end of the court to give real-time readings to the fans.

Experts point to her strong build and firm grip on the fundamentals. Venus Williams, standing 185cm and weighing 73kg, attributes the power to her repeated practice since her childhood. Her springy knees add even more momentum to her serve.

MBC tennis commentator Jeon Mi-rah explains, “She spends almost double the amount of time on serves than other players. Her first serves are successful in most cases. So, she can slam more powerful serves with more confidence.”

Korean star male tennis player Lee Hyung-tack recorded a 199.6km serve in the U.S. Open. Thus, she is more powerful than many male players.

Williams first visited Korea two years ago, along with Maria Sharapova of Russia, 20, to play a demonstration game. Her kindness has left an impressive image among her Korean fans. This time, she will participate in more “off-the-court” events to maintain this image for her adoring fans. In addition, Williams and eight other world-class players will play visit Korea.

Dunlop Korea will stage a pre-game event where a visiting fan who records the fastest serve will receive free racket, cap, and other souvenirs.

Source -- BBC World

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Serena Goes Hollywood at "The Kingdom" Premiere

Tuesday, September 18, 2007



Last night Serena Williams, looking gorgeous, arrives at the Mann's Village Theatre for the Los Angeles premiere of the Jamie "Can I Be Your Tennis Ball" Foxx movie, "The Kingdom," in Westwood, California.

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Christus Pro-Celebrity Classic To Be Rescheduled

BEAUMONT — The CHRISTUS Pro-Celebrity Classic, presented by Texas State Bank and sponsored by Port Arthur’s Motiva refinery, will be rescheduled as a result of the impact of Hurricane Humberto.

The Ford Arena event featuring Anna Kournikova, Chanda Rubin, Dr. Phil McGraw, Stone Phillips, Pete Sampras, Todd Martin, John Lucas and KFDM-TV’s Dan Gresham is on hold until a later date.

“We extend our sympathy to the residents who suffered as a result of Hurricane Humberto and recognize it is in the best interest of the fans, sponsors and participants to allow the area to fully recover from the aftermath before bringing this first year event to Southeast Texas,” said Tim Stallard, event producer, in a released statement Monday.

“This is the first time in our company’s eleven year history of producing sports and entertainment events across the country that we have had to reschedule an event.

”Stallard added that he hopes to have a new date announced later this week.

All tickets sold for the Friday, Sept. 21 tennis event at Ford Arena will be honored for the rescheduled date. Anyone wishing to receive a ticket refund may do so by contacting the location where they purchased their tickets.

Source -- The Port Arthur News

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Serena at the HBO Emmy Party

Monday, September 17, 2007



Last night Serena Williams kept it glam as she attended the HBO after party for the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards at The Pacific Design Center.

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Russia Wins Fed Cup

MOSCOW -- Russia won its third Federation Cup on Sunday after world no. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova battled back from a set down to beat Italy’s Francesca Schiavone, giving the host an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Kuznetsova, 22, won 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-5 in two hours 44 minutes, clinching her seventh win in nine head-to-head meetings with Schiavone.

“I was really too nervous today, especially at the beginning,” Kuznetsova said. “But later I managed to settle down and find my rhythm. I’m so happy to win! Francesca played very well today. Probably it was her best match in recent years. But our fans’ and my teammates’ support helped me a lot to win. And I feel I was slightly better physically prepared for today’s match.”

The results: Russia 3 Italy 0 (Svetlana Kuznetsova bt Francesca Schiavone 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-5; Svetlana Kuznetsova bt Mara Santangelo 6-1, 6-2; Anna Chakvetadze bt Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 4-6, 6-4).

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"Oh God, Tagged By A MeMe": The Heaven And Hell Of Being A New Kid On The Block

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I just got tagged by Jerry Beuterbaugh of FishHawk Droppings. And to think, I had come to think of him as such a nice guy by way of his blog, uggggghh!! And unfortunately for me, I'm one of those rule followers, but I think a community of devious bloggers is going to teach me to get over that real quick!

First up, the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you. Check!
2. Tell 8 things about yourself. Check!
3. Tag 8 others of interest unto yourself. Check!
4. Inform them of their tagging. Check!
5. No participation -- No problem!

Okay, eight things about myself.........hmmmm..........O.K., like to here it, here it go:

1. I love having intellectual conversation after sex, I somehow feel enlightened by a good experience. (Hey, what can I say?!)
2. I like my cognac slightly warmed.
3. I hate snoring.
4. I don't like people to sit on my bed in attire that is not cotton or silk, and is not designed for sleeping.
5. I fear the homes of people who don't use bleach.
6. I love to cook.
7. I adore St. John knits, I feel very sophisticated when I wear them.
8. I too have a Louis Vuitton fetish that I manage comfortably (nothing new to a lot of women).

I choose to victimize the following kind people:

1. Jomiwi at Chimeric Daydreams
2. QCDream of Overtime
3. Yobachi of Black Perspective
4. CapCity of The Intimate Side of CapCity
5. Cheynne of Nerd with Swag
6. Dan of Personal Branding Blog
7. Deeshalatoya of Hoeism
8. Strictlyfab of Strictly Fabulous Style

Now, go into the blog community and victimize others!!

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Jet Lag May Have Cost Blake Turbo Title

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Andy Murray pocketed £50,000 by winning the inaugural Betfair Turbo Tennis tournament at the O2 Arena.



The 20-year-old beat surprise finalist Goran Ivanisevic 7-4 to claim the winner-takes-all prize pot. He said, "It was awesome. I really enjoyed myself and the crowd were unbelievable. It was a lot of fun playing a tennis match like this."

Tim Henman was to have taken part but pulled out when his third daughter, Grace, was born the day before. Greg Rusedski stepped in to take his place and began the tournament with a low-key bout with Ivanisevic that saw the veterans creak around the court rarely able to return serve at first.

Jamie Murray, the mixed doubles hero of Wimbledon, was next up and disposed of Pat Cash - at 42 a man twice his opponent's age - 7-5 to set up a semi-final bout with his younger brother.

That family matter followed a gripping 30 minutes that saw world no. 6 James Blake, who had earlier tried to rid himself of some trans-Atlantic jet-lag with a nap, fail to get the better of Ivanisevic, who had celebrated his 36th birthday two days previously.

With no time remaining, Blake held service to bring the scores level at 8-8 but then put the sudden death match point into the net.

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Oh, Oh, Monfils Ran Out Of Gas In Romania

Qualifier and world no. 151 Victor Hanescu of Romania will play Gilles Simon of France in Sunday's final as he was able to very quickly dispose of Gilles countryman, world no. 48 Gael Monfils, in their semi-final match today. Hanescu beat Monfils 6-2, 6-3 in little more than than an hour.

The 26-year-old Bucharest native improved his career record to 12-4 in his hometown tournament and he is the first Romanian to reach the final since the event began in 1993.






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A Blogger's Choice Award Nomination!

My site was nominated for Best Sports Blog!Once again a fellow blogger has looked upon this blog, hence me, and deemed it worthy of praise. For that honour I am so very grateful. And I owe those thanks to Poetess, author of "A Day In The Life Of A Sista."

I personally enjoy visiting blogs of others who I consider to be like minded, those who like to look on the upside of things, even when it's hard to find. You know, "the flesh may be weak but the spirit is willing" type of blogger -- people who breathe the air of good will. Well Poetess is just such a blogger and that has always been enough for me. For her to honour me with this nomination is truly rewarding. Stop by her blog sometimes, you'll see what I mean.

Many blessings Poetess!

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Gael Monfils Into The Semis At The BCR Open

Today at 12:00 p.m. (Romanian time) on the Central Court at the BCR Open in Bucharest, Romania, world no. 48 Gael Monfils of France will be playing in the semi-finals. Just last month he had to withdraw from the U. S. Open because of a right hamstring injury, and a few weeks later he's in the semi-finals of another event. Additionally, he had to qualify for this event! Work it out Monfils!

In the quaterfinals Monfils played his French compatriot Marc Gicquel whom he defeated 6-4, 6-2. Monfils served up 12 aces against Gicquel during the 74 minute match yesterday. At 21 years of age this was his 21st ATP-level victory and the third occasion he has reached the last four at a tournament this year. Monfils will try to reach his second ATP final of the year after finishing runner-up in Poertschach (l. to Monaco) in May.

At the same time, it looks like Monfils will have a tall order to fill. His semi-final opponent will be 6'6" Victor Hanescu of Bucharest, Romania. The cheering will NOT be for Monfils at this one.




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Tsonga Knocked Out Of China Open

World No. 60 and seventh-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was upset by wild card entrant Nicolas Kiefer of Germany, 6-3 6-4.

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Turbo Tennis/Superset Explored

As I told you all a couple of days ago, once I acquired additional information on Turbo Tennis I would share it with you. Well it appears that Black Tennis Pro's has been fortunate to have Andrew Briggs himself stop by and properly inform us on this format. And while young, it's not quite as new as I originally thought. In a comment left yesterday, he stated:

"I am the chairman of Superset, which owns the intellectual property to this tennis format. Actually this is an evolution of an event that appeared in 2003 in Portland- the first Superset event. The second being at Wembley Arena in 2004, which featured, amonst others, John McEnroe against a very young Andy Murray. Shame that one passed you by. The Portland event featured James Blake, by the way. I hope you make it to this one, if not it is live on Channel 4 from 4.10pm."

Andrew Briggs Homepage 09.14.07 - 6:40 pm #

The Superset site is an exciting and informative one. Stop by when you get the opportunity, I guarantee that you will learn something new about tennis -- I did.

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Serena Workin' The Hell Out Of Fashion Week

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Serena Williams with a slight change up on yesterday's outfit by adding a trench coat and fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger.

Girrrrrl, you are workin' *snapping fingers* this look something fierce! Put that one in your "do this look again" part of your closet. You look absolutely sensational -- hair, makeup, jewelry, of course outfit, it's a lock!

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Gael Monfils Keeping It Moving In Romania

At the BCR Open in Bucharest, Romania, Frenchman Gael Monfils defeated Martin Vassallo Arguello of Argentina 6-4, 6-4.

Monfils is now scheduledto play fellow countryman Marc Gicquel in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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Turbo Tennis?

This is the first event of this kind, and I must admit, as one who attempts to be up on everything tennis, this one totally slipped by me. A United Kingdom online betting company, Betfair, is sponsoring "Betfair Turbo Tennis" on September 15, in The O2 Arena, London.

"A new sport is born. Forget strawberries and cream. Forget white clothing, deuce and net calls, Betfair Turbo Tennis has arrived and it's fast, edgy and urban. With some of the very best players in the world - Andy Murray, James Blake, Tim Henman, Goran Ivanisevic, Pat Cash and Jamie Murray - already signed up for the UK event, this new game is set to launch with a roar."
I'm going to have to do some research on this one. When I learn more I'll post it.

To visit the Betfair site, click here.

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Tsonga Advances At China Open

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

World No. 60 and seventh-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France advanced to the second round of the China Open in Beijing, China after his opponent Rohan Bopanna, a qualifier fom India, retired with a side strain. Tsonga was leading 6-3, 1-0 at the time.

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Serena Looking Fashionable For Fashion Week



Serena Williams at Bryant Park during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on September 11. She is front row at the Zac Posen show.



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Frenchman Gael Monfils Bringing The Heat In Romania

Second-seeded Gael Monfils of France advanced to the second round of the BCR Open in Bucharest, Romania on Tuesday. Monfils beat Filippo Volandri of Italy 6-3, 7-6 (4).

World No. 48 Monfils' victory marked the second time in as many meetings that he upset Volandri, the world's 28th-ranked player.

The 21-year old Monfils was able to break Volandri five times for his 19th ATP-level win of the year.

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It's Good To Be Loved!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007



Wow, another award! Blog of The Day Awards has selected Black Tennis Pro's as Blog of the Day and I truly appreciate it. This award is bestowed based upon a nomination, so whomever it was that deemed Black Tennis Pro's worthy of the nomination, thank you too.


I don't have one problem with receiving all of this love --Thank You!

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Williams Sisters Back In Top 10

Monday, September 10, 2007


Both Venus and Serena have played there way back to being listed among the world's top 10 players. It's been a while, glad to see the sisters jointly up top again!

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It's A Beautiful Day: I Rock!



It's always nice to be thought of, but it's especially nice to me to be thought of by those who I think are great. Today I've been awarded the Rockin' Girl Blogger Award. The very thoughtful and beautiful (inside and out) Lisa C of Lisa C Writes has bestowed the honour upon me. Thanks Lisa!

This Award comes with a responsibility. It is now my duty to select some female bloggers and let them know that they rock.

There are many women bloggers that I could give this award, but time constraints don't allow me to, so I selected the first women that popped into my head whose blogs reflect their creativity, considerate nature and spirituality.

You sensational women are:

Mychel of 'Colored Girls Who Have Considered......'
Invisible Cinema of 'Invisible Woman......Black Cinema at Large'
CyberPenguin of 'Cook. Eat. Drink. Blog'
Karen of 'Visualized. Feel. Abundance'
Poetess of 'A Day In The Life Of A Sista'
Lynn of 'A Darker Shade of Midnight'

Have a blessed day and keep on Rockin'!!

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Celebs On Hand For U. S. Open Final




David and Joyce Dinkins






Liza Minelli performing 'God Bless America'







Jim Courier with his smooth on







Christie Brinkley
(Workin' the hell out of being over 50.)







Dustin Hoffman








Catherine Zeta Jones








Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower






Robin Williams







Ralph Lauren



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