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Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Round 1 - Singles

Julio Silva, BRA defeated Matthias Bachinger, GER
3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Gael Monfils, FRA defeated by Igor Andreev, RUS
3-6, 4-6



Round 1 - Singles

Mashona Washington, USA defeated by Gabriela Paz
6-4, 2-6, 1-6

Round 1 - Doubles

Raquel Kops-Jones, USA and Abigail Spears, USA
defeated
Sharon Fichman, CAN and Neha Uberoi, USA
6-4, 4-6, 10/7

Round 2 - Qualifying Singles

Mashona Washington, USA defeated Lauren Herring
7-6, 6-3



Vero Beach, Florida

Round 1 - Doubles

Marcus Fugate, USA and Lance Vodicka, USA
defeated
Stephen Bass, USA and Adam Fass, USA
6-2, 6-3


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Mashona Washington Tries To Rebuild Career

A decade ago, the knee injury that all athletes dreaded was the torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Today, it’s been replaced by a scarier one — an injury that requires microfracture surgery. Some people, like Phoenix Suns star Amare Stoudemire, have recovered completely. Others, like former New York Knick Allan Houston, have never been the same.

For tennis player Mashona Washington — who underwent the procedure in 2006 and had to sit out an entire season — the final verdict has yet to be rendered.

On a sunny Tuesday at the Boar’s Head Sports Club, Washington — the younger sister of former men’s tour player MaliVai Washington — continued her comeback in the Boyd Tinsley USTA Women’s Pro Tennis Championships.

In a morning qualifier, Washington, ranked No. 602 in the world, defeated Lauren Herring 7-6, 6-3. However, a couple of hours later, Washington lost her first-round match to Gabriela Paz 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

Despite her early exit, the 31-year-old Washington says she has been pleased with her progress. Her knee has felt good following the microfracture surgery. “Often the reason I think [athletes] don’t come back is that they come back too soon, like after five or six months,” she said. “I was completely gone until it got better. I think athletes can be their own worst enemies.”

Washington displayed powerful groundstrokes in her victory over Herring. She did a good job of keeping her off balance by mixing in some drop shots and coming into net. Tied at 3 in the first-set tiebreaker, Washington executed a beautiful slice forehand approach, which set her up for a put-away backhand volley.

“A lot of the girls just like to hang from the baseline,” said Washington, who was once ranked as high as No. 50 in the world. “When you come into net, ‘They’re like, ‘Oh my God, what do I do?’ It puts a lot of pressure on them, especially in a tiebreaker.”

Serving was the one area where Washington showed some rust. She was fortunate that Herring was off in that department as well. There were a whopping 13 service breaks in the match. “I didn’t serve that well,” Washington agreed, “but I said to myself, ‘I have other parts of my game that I can make work.’”

Washington’s goal is to break back into the Top 50 within the next two years. In 2004, Washington made it to the finals at an event in Tokyo before losing to current No. 3 player in the world Maria Sharapova, a player whom she had beaten on two other occasions.

Washington’s best grand-slam finish was a run to the third round of Wimbledon in 2005. That just so happened to be the place where her older brother, MaliVai, made his claim to fame.
In 1996, MaliVai Washington became the first African-American player to reach the finals at the All England Club since Arthur Ashe did so in 1975.

Today, MaliVai is running a foundation in Jacksonville, Fla. for inner-city kids. “I always call him for advice and things,” said Mashona, the youngest of four children. “He’s really good for that.”

Washington, who is scheduled to participate in the doubles portion of the tournament on Thursday, isn’t sure how long she’ll continue her comeback attempt. After all, by tennis standards, the 31-year-old isn’t exactly a young pup.

“This year is a climbing year for me,” she said. “I’ll see how it goes. If I feel like I’m making significant strides, I’ll play in ’09 and ’10 and see how it goes.”

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Gael Monfils and Fernando Gonzalez Soak Up The Local Culture In Munich At A Hofbrauhaus

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Photos by Thomas Exler

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ATP and USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Action This Week


Round 1 - Singles

James Blake, USA vs. BYE


Round 1 - Doubles

Jeff Coetzee, RSA and Kevin Ullyett, ZIM
vs.
BYE



Round 1 - Singles

Younes El Aynaoui, MAR vs. Alexandre Sidorenko, FRA

Gael Monfils, FRA vs. Igor Andreev, RUS


Round - Qualifying Final

Julio Silva, BRA defeated by Younes El Aynaoui, MAR
6-3, 6-4



Round 1 - Singles

Alexandra Stevenson, USA vs. Mary Gambale, USA

Angela Haynes, USA vs. Abigail Spears, USA

Raquel Kops-Jones, USA vs. Qualifier/Lucky Loser


Round 1 - Doubles

Angela Haynes, USA and Mashona Washington, USA
vs.
Mary Gambale, USA and Petra Rampre, SLO

Shenay Perry, USA and Carly Gullickson, USA
vs.
Kristy Frilling, USA and Lauren Herring, USA

Raquel Kops-Jones, USA and Abigail Spears, USA
vs.
Sharon Fichman, CAN and Neha Uberoi, USA


Round 2 - Qualifying Singles

Mashona Washington, USA vs. Lauren Herring



Vero Beach, Florida

Round 1 - Singles

Marcus Fugate, USA vs. Milos Raonic, CAN


Round 1 - Doubles

Marcus Fugate, USA and Lance Vodicka, USA
vs.
Stephen Bass, USA and Adam Fass, USA


Round 3 - Qualifying Singles

Jarmere Jenkins, USA defeated by David Jonathan, CAN
1-6, 6-3, 4-6


Final Round - Qualifying Singles

Marcus Fugate, USA defeated Sergio Rojas, PER
6-1, 6-1

Timothy Neilly, USA defeated by Paul Todd
4-6, 1-6

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Weekend Racquet Wrap

Monday, April 28, 2008

Monte Carlo Masters Series

Semifinal Round - Doubles


Jeff Coetzee, RSA and Wesley Moodie, RSA
defeated by
Mahesh Bhupathi, (IND) and Mark Knowles, BAH
6-0, 7-5



Fed Cup - Semifinal Round

USA 2 - Russia 3 (Results in detail)


Baton Rouge Pro Tennis Classic, Baton Rouge, LA


Final Round - Doubles

Phillip Simmonds, USA and Tim Smyczek, USA
defeated
Ryan Harrison, USA and Michael Venus, USA
2-6, 6-1, 10/4



Movie Gallery Pro Classic 2008

Semifinal Round - Singles

Jamea Jackson, USA defeated by Bethanie Mattek, USA
6-4, 6-3

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Zina Garrison Blogs For U.S. Fed Cup



Entry #1 - Thursday, April 17
Entry #2 - Wedneday, April 23
Entry #3 - Thursday, April 24
Entry #4 - Friday, April 25 (and #5)

Entry # 6 - Sunday, April 27

Today I asked the team to play every point and I thought all the players did a wonderful job of doing that.

Vania played great and it was really nice to see Ahsha win her match against Vesnina. Ahsha served unbelievably well and I think it was amazing that she was able to keep her serve on that level for the whole match. That kind of serving is a high level for anyone and is Grand Slam material.

The doubles match was a lot of fun and it was nice to see Liezel and Vania pull off a win. All of the girls were into it and it was a good show from a fan’s and coach’s point of view.

We found out this morning about 10:15 a.m. at practice that Kuznetsova and Chakvetadze were not going to play singles and instead Zvonareva and Vesnina were playing. I was not too surprised as I had a feeling yesterday that it might happen.

It has been an amazing experience the past five years leading the U.S. team and this is now my last tie as U.S. Fed Cup Captain.

Looking back, one tie that stands out for me is when we played Belgium in 2006 because a lot of the staff and I got sick with some kind of bug. It affected about 13 of 20 people on the trip and it was the sickest I had been in a long time. Luckily, however, most of the players were fine.

And in the past five years I have coached so many different players. I have had a little bit of everyone on my teams from the Grand Slam champions like Venus, Serena and Lindsay to the young ones. And I have had the pleasure of watching so many players, like Vania and Madison, grow up.

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Party Over Here! Attend And Win!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

LINK to *Hochstadt.com Party Contest*To celebrate a lot of hard work resulting in rapid blog growth, Marcus Hochstadt of Internet Business Guide is holding the mother of all parties/contests.


Black Tennis Pro's is contributing 1,500 Entrecard credits to help Marcus party all night long.

To participate, and to view all of Marcus's friends who are celebrating with him and the contributions that they have brought to the party, visit Marcus at Hochstadt.com Party Contest and take a look at the unbelievable list of party gifts that you could win.

Good luck!

Here's a list of contributions that I have never seen the likes of before:

Consultations, Products & Services

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Entrecard Credits


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Zina Garrison Blogs For U.S. Fed Cup


Entry #1 - Thursday, April 17
Entry #2 - Wedneday, April 23
Entry #3 - Thursday, April 24

Entry #4 - Friday, April 25

There were no surprises at the draw ceremony today with the Russian lineup. Vania will face Anna in the first match tomorrow and then Ahsha plays Svetlana.

Vania and Anna played the first match last year in Stowe, which Anna won. I think Anna was playing extremely well in that match, however, I think Vania is playing much better now than she was then.

Then it will be Ahsha’s first Fed Cup match and it is going to be interesting to see how she handles everything. Ahsha and Svetlana have never played but they have similar styles. They both have big forehands, bomb serves and as far as power is concerned, they are very strong.

World rankings do not always tell the whole story about how good a player is. There could be a lot of reasons why someone is ranked where they are such as lack of playing time due to injury. Ahsha had a knee injury right after she had such a great US Open in 2007 and jumped up in the rankings - that takes away some momentum right there.

For tonight, the players are all getting together and having their own private dinner. I like to let them have fun, relax and just get ready the night before play starts.


Entry #5 - Saturday, April 26

In Vania’s match today against Anna, I thought a couple points here and there and Vania would have won. Immediately after the match, as we were walking back to the locker room, I told her, ‘That should have been your match.’

In the second match, Ahsha faced Svetlana and you know Svetlana is going to play well. It (clay) is one of her favorite surfaces, she plays well on it and she is a Grand Slam winner. And Ahsha realized she could actually stay with her.

The score does not indicate how close the match was - there were really good points in there and it was not like Ahsha got blown off the court. If someone looks at the scores, it looks like she got blown away but it was actually a pretty good match.

I was very proud of both Vania and Ahsha today. They did just what we asked – they went out and played their hardest.

Tomorrow, Vania and Svetlana play first. I told Vania for tomorrow, ‘When you have opportunities, you have to take them.’ Anytime you play a top ten player you are only going to get one or two opportunities here and there. Top ten players are not missing often so when they do, you have to take advantage of those chances.

Tonight, the girls are all in good spirits. They know they went out there, tried their best and laid it all on the line.



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2008 Fed Cup Semi's Are USA's Mount Everest

USA 0 - Russia 2, and this is how the story begins.

The USA arrived here depleted but not desperate with captain Zina Garrison calling on her squad to forget the opposition, focus only on themselves and to learn from not just the play on court but the week leading up to the tie. That was evident from early morning practice on Saturday when all but their two singles players were courtside in the Luzniki stadium.

Courtside they stayed as play kicked off with World No. 7 Anna Chakvetadze, who in fairness had it far from all her own way, in a 6-4, 7-5 win over 19-year old Vania King.

Chakvetadze hasn't done a lot of winning this year and it showed at times as King, who was playing without any pressure, took it to her opponent. The only break in set one came in game five, with the American choosing to move forwards caught out from thirty all by Chakvetadze's defensive skills. The Russian holding on and serving out the set to love.

It looked as though the writing was on the wall when history repeated itself and Chakvetadze again broke in game five of the second set but King, who comes from a family of tennis players, was not to lay down lightly.

If the first match was competitive, the gulf in class was more evident in the second. Ahsha Rolle, a Floridian making her debut in Fed Cup, was outclassed by Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-1 in under an hour.

It was Kuznetsova's first competitive match on clay since Roland Garros and she'll be grateful to have eased her way back onto the dirt. Rolle was broken twice in the opening set and Kuznetsova raced through the second set gaining in confidence, at times she admitted to over confidence. "I wanted to play too good, I saw the difference in the level and I wanted to play too good, I wanted to practise some shots but in the end I’m happy," admitted the World No 4.

For Rolle it was somewhat of a baptism by fire, representing her country at this level for the first time. "You want to do as best you can for your country, but now I know how the World No. 4 plays so I know now I have to go back and work even harder.”



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USA And Russia In Semifinal Fed Cup Play Today

It was 1980 when the USA produced one of the biggest sporting shocks of all time, the so called "Miracle on Ice" when the U.S. ice hockey team, largely made of up of collegiate and amateur players, pulled off a 4-3 semifinal win on their way to the gold medal at the winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

Victory here in Moscow in this Fed Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal wouldn't top that achievement, but it wouldn't be too far off. Such was the surprise back then a movie was made of the feat, one that U.S. Captain Zina Garrison admitted to being one of her favourites of all time.

Whether or not they can draw any kind of inspiration from that remains to be seen but it’s the Russians that will begin this tie as firm favourites to reach a fourth Fed Cup final in five years.

Without either Williams sister or Lindsay Davenport, who fell ill whilst playing in Charleston last week, the opening tie will pit World No. 115 Vania King up against Russia's No. 2 singles player Anna Chakvetadze. Second up Ahsha Rolle, who is making her debut in the competition, faces the daunting task of meeting Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The full schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Saturday

Vania King, USA vs. Anna Chakvetadze RUS
Ahsha Rolle, USA vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS

Sunday
Vania King, USA vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
Ahsha Rolle, USA vs. Anna Chakvetadze RUS
Liezel Huber/Vania King USA vs. Elena Vesnina/Vera Zvonareva RUS




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ATP and USTA Pro Circuit Tournament Updates

Monte Carlo Masters Series

Quarterfinal Round - Doubles

Jeff Coetzee, RSA and Wesley Moodie, RSA
defeated
Bob Bryan, USA and Mike Bryan, USA
4-6, 6-4, 10/8



Baton Rouge Pro Tennis Classic, Baton Rouge
, LA

Semifinal Round - Doubles

Phillip Simmonds, USA and Tim Smyczek, USA
defeated
Catalin Gard, ROU and Andis Juska, LAT
6-2, 6-4


Movie Gallery Pro Classic 2008


Quarterfinal Round - Singles

Jamea Jackson, USA defeated Tetiana Luzhanska, UKR
2-6, 6-3, 6-2



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ATP and USTA Pro Circuit Tournament Updates

Friday, April 25, 2008

Monte Carlo Masters Series

Round 2 - Singles


Gael Monfils, FRA defeated by Roger Federer, SUI
6-3, 6-4


Round 2 - Doubles

Jeff Coetzee, RSA and Wesley Moodie, RSA
defeated
Arnaud Clement, FRA and Michael Llodra, FRA
7-6(5), 6-3


Baton Rouge Pro Tennis Classic, Baton Rouge
, LA

Round 1 - Singles

Josselin Ouanna, FRA defeated by Andis Juska, LAT
3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(3)


Round 2 - Doubles

Phillip Simmonds, USA and Tim Smyczek, USA
defeated
Mustafa Ghouse, IND and Sam Warburg, USA
7-5, 6-2






Scoville Jenkins, USA and Colt Gaston, USA
defeated by
R. Harrison and Michael Venus, USA
7-6(5), 6-7(3), 10/7



Movie Gallery Pro Classic 2008

Round 2 - Singles

Alexandra Stevenson, USA defeated by Alexa Glatch, USA
6-4, 4-3, Retired

Asia Muhammad, USA defeated by Bethanie Mattek, USA
6-4, 6-3

Jamea Jackson, USA defeated Olga Puchkova, RUS
6-3, 7-6(6)

Angela Haynes,USA defeated by Samantha Stosur, AUS
7-5, 6-2


Round 2 - Doubles

Shenay Perry, USA and Carly Gullickson, USA
defeated by
Maria-Fernanda Alves and Stephanie Dubois
7-6(4), 3-6, 11/9



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Monfils Makes Mistakes, Loses To Federer

Thursday, April 24, 2008


As was the case against world no. 1 Roger Federer at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Frenchman Gael Monfils was not able to prevail in his match today at the Monte Carlo Masters Series Tournament. Monfils lost to Federer 6-3, 6-4.

After being just two points away from defeat against world number 137 Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in the second round, Federer stepped up his game against Monfils. He dropped serve just once on the single break point he faced in the match and won 81 percent of points on his second serve. Federer, who last week won his first title of the year in Estoril under the watchful eye of new coach Jose Higueras, is now on a seven-match clay-court winning streak.

Monfils said poor decisions proved costly. "I started off well. I was aggressive and then, I don't know, I changed," the Frenchman said. I was watching him playing instead of staying aggressive or very dynamic... I was trying too much to run around my backhand and playing forehands instead of staying more simple and using my backhand. This opened wide angles for him, and it was easier."


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Zina Garrison Blogs For U.S. Fed Cup


Entry #1 - Thursday, April 17
Entry #2 - Wedneday, April 23
Entry #3 - Thursday, April 24

I thought we had a great practice today. It has been good that the Future Fed Cuppers, Alison and Coco, have been able to really mix in and play with the team. Liezel has been teaching them about doubles and Vania and Ahsha also had great practices today.

I’m still trying to figure out what lineup the Russians will announce at the official draw ceremony tomorrow. Dinara Safina is on the list (of players) but we have not seen her yet. Vera Zvonareva is here (as well as Elena Vesnina) though so we are trying to figure out who will play. However, I’m pretty sure that they will still have Kuznetsova and Chakvetadze in No. 1 and No. 2 singles.

Vania played Chakvetadze last year in the semifinals in Vermont. Chakvetadze won that match and I know Vania is a true competitor and would like to bounce back strong.

And I am saying to each one of the girls that you go out there and give it your best and above all, you have to believe in yourself.

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Serena Unveils 2008 Nike Clothing Line



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Zina Garrison Blogs For U.S. Fed Cup


Entry #1 - Thursday, April 17

Entry #2 - Wednesday, April 23

Since we arrived in Russia, I think our team has had some of the best practices since I have been U.S. Fed Cup Captain in the respect that our “Future Fed Cuppers”, Coco Vandeweghe and Alison Riske, are also practicing with the players.

Liezel Huber has been amazing. Besides being a great player, she is like a coach on the court at the same time. Ahsha Rolle and Vania King have also had very good practices and it has been a really great team atmosphere. I think it helps that a lot of girls are the same age or around the same age and know each other.

My lineup for this weekend is pretty much set already. It's going to be Vania and Ahsha in singles and Vania and Liezel in doubles. Madison has already had a lot of great practices but Ahsha has more experience and Madison is still a little young. And I like the fact that I have made a decision on the lineup ahead of time.

Tomorrow we are practicing in the morning at the Luzhniki Sport Arena and then Liezel and Vania will play doubles in the afternoon. We will also play some singles and then we have the official dinner at night.

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Monfils Says No To Aces From Karlovic

Frenchman Gael Monfils did not concede one ace against 6' 10'' Ivo Karlovic in a 7-6(8), 6-1 win over the Croatian. It was the first time in Karlovic's 225-match ATP career that he had failed to serve an ace in a match.

Monfils, who has not won a tournament since his first ATP title in Sopot almost three years ago, had won just two matches this season before arriving in Monte Carlo.

"I was stressed about Karlovic's game because I wanted to make him play as many balls as possible because I know he's not so good at that. But thinking about that stressed me, and I played too short."

Monfils said he played better when he decided to become more aggressive. "I wanted to take risks and I wanted to take advantage of some of his weaknesses."

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A Beautiful Rose From A Beautiful Sojourner

I am truly touched. In my usual night owl surfing, I visited SjP at Sojourner's Place, and to my surprise she had passed on The Red Rose Award that she received from Ms. Marvalus at Opinionated Black Woman.

Thank you very much for thinking of me SjP. This single red rose serves its purpose in lifting my spirit.

Along with me, SjP passed The Red Rose Award to Coffee Stained News, Tinneka at 360 Degrees of Diversity, Mary at The Black Factor and Vanessa at Vanessa: Unplugged.

Cheers ladies!

I'm going to share this rose with Ada at Scramories, 2SweetNSaxy at Down Around L.A., and Celena at Strictly Fabulous Style.

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ATP and USTA Pro Circuit Tournament Updates

Monte Carlo Masters Series

Round 2 - Singles


Gael Monfils, FRA defeated Ivo Karlovic, CRO
7-6(8), 6-1


Round 1 - Doubles

Jeff Coetzee, RSA and Wesley Moodie, RSA
defeated
Jose Acasuso, ARG and David Ferrer, ESP
6-3, 6-4


Baton Rouge Pro Tennis Classic, Baton Rouge, LA


Round 1 - Singles

Josselin Ouanna, FRA defeated Tim Smyczek, USA
1-6, 6-3, 6-4

Round 1 - Doubles

Phillip Simmonds, USA and Tim Smyczek, USA
defeated
Josselin Ouanna, FRA and Gary Lugassy, FRA
6-3, 7-5

Scoville Jenkins, USA and Colt Gaston, USA
defeated
Amer Delic, USA and Ryan Sweeting, USA
6-4, 7-5


Movie Gallery Pro Classic 2008

Round 1 - Singles

Alexandra Stevenson, USA defeated Maria-Fernanda Alves, BRA
6-1, 5-7, 6-1

Asia Muhammad, USA defeated Raquel Kops-Jones, USA
6-2, 6-2

Jamea Jackson, USA defeated Maria Torres-Sandoval, MEX
6-1, 6-2

Angela Haynes,USA defeated Kimberly Couts, USA
6-2, 6-3


Round 1 - Doubles

Shenay Perry, USA and Carly Gullickson, USA
defeated
Alexa Glatch, USA and Varvara Lepchenko
6-4, 6-3

Mashona Washington, USA and Angela Haynes, USA
defeated by
Courtney Nagle, USA and Robin Stephenson, USA
3-6, 6-2, 10/4

Asia Muhammad, USA and Julia Boserup, USA
defeated by
Tetiana Luzhanska, UKR and Michaela Pastikova, CZE
7-6(5), 5-7, 10/8

Raquel Kops-Jones, USA and Abigail Spears, USA
defeated by
Monique Adamczak and Chanelle Scheepers
6-2, 6-3

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Tagged: It's A Slow Tennis Week, I Give

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I have been tagged by Iriegal at Darkchild, to name 6 quirks I have. For those I tag or who want to join in just copy the rules below and leave a comment in the person you tag post.

1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules in your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag any amount following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger's blogs letting them know they've been tagged.


*****My 6 Quirks******

1. I love to eat fresh Jalapeno and Banana Peppers in the grocery store while I'm shopping.

2. I studied ballroom dancing for three years.

3. I never turn the telephone ringers on in my house, I can't stand a ringing phone.

4. I take 45 minute showers daily.

5. If someone whispers in my ear it tickles my butt - for real!

6. The left side of my neck is a highly erogenous zone.


I am tagging- Rhonda at Rhonda's Blog, Dave at Welcome Back Rosenthal ,The Sports Diva at TSD Magazine, and BlogPassion at We Need To Stop:...

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ATP, WTA and USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Action This Week

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Round 1 - Singles

Gael Monfils, FRA vs. Fernando Verdasco, ESP*
*Monfils defeated Verdasco 7-5, 6-4


Round 1 - Doubles


Jeff Coetzee, RSA and Wesley Moodie, RSA
vs.
Jose Acasuso, ARG and David Ferrer, ESP






























Baton Rouge Pro Tennis Classic, Baton Rouge, LA

Round 1 - Singles

Scoville Jenkins, USA vs. Kevin Kim, USA*
*Jenkins defeated by Kim 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 4-1 Retired

Josselin Ouanna, FRA vs. Tim Smyczek, USA


Round 1 - Doubles


Phillip Simmonds, USA and Tim Smyczek, USA
vs.
Josselin Ouanna, FRA and Gary Lugassy, FRA

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End of Week Update For ATP, WTA and USTA Pro Circuit Tournaments

Monday, April 21, 2008

River Oaks U. S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Houston, Texas

Final Round - Singles

James Blake, USA defeated by Marcel Granollers-Pujol, ESP
4-6, 6-1, 5-7



Estoril Open, Estoril Portugal

Final Round - Doubles

Jeff Coetzee, RSA and Wesley Moodie, RSA
defeated
Jamie Murry, GBR and Kevin Ullyett, ZIM
6-2, 4-6, 10-8



Family Circle Cup, Charleston, South Carolina


Final Round - Singles

Serena Williams, USA defeated Vera Zvonareva, RUS
6-4, 3-6, 6-3


USTA Pro Circuit

St. Vincent Auxillary Men's Professional Tennis Tournament, Little Rock, Arkansas

Semifinal Round - Singles

Marcus Fugate, USA defeated by Artem Sitak
6-7(1), 6-7(4)


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Serena Wins Charleston; Live Blogging Makes It Better

Thanks to a good match, good food, and good friends (all of which were in different areas of the country), watching Serena Williams win the 2008 Family Circle Cup was a great time.

Joining me yesterday for a live blogging experience was BlogPassion of "We Need To Stop: Black Blog On African American Issues, News, Celebrity Gossip And More," Harlem Writer of "Harlem Writer", Dave of "Welcome Back Rosenthal," Aunk (The Cultural Health Guy) of The "Cultural Health News Blog," Cooper, of "Wonderland Or Not," and Hasheem.

Thank you all so much, it was such a fun time! We will be doing this periodically throughout the tennis season, I look forward to it.


"I feel like I have some momentum behind me and I just want to keep going." The words of the lady of the hour post match.

Serena Williams and her first Family Circle Cup Championship in five attempts. It was a rocky match for Serena. She had a very worthy opponent in Russian Vera Zvonareva, who came out with every intention of becoming the title holder too.

Serena seemed to be very unsure of herself and not present in the first set, although she can have a tendency to start slow. The problem was, Zvonareva was firing on all cylinders, and that reality could not be taken lightly. Nonetheless, Serena took the first set.

Into the second set, Serena's game took an even deeper lull, and enabled Zvonareva to get back into the match and take the set. Serena was suffering true struggles.

As she has done so many times before, Serena picked herself up, dusted herself off and got back into the groove in the third set. It wasn't perfect, but she did what she needed to do to pull out in front of Zvonareva and ride the winning set in at 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

"I just wanted to get that first set under my belt, and thank God I did because I lost the second. I've played her a few times, so I really know her game and she's a real fighter and she never stops."

"She never made a mistake when I was up," Zvonareva said. "I think I could have done a little better job about holding my serve, which I wasn't able to do."

"She always puts pressure on you, so you always have to go for a bigger serve and eventually your serve percentage goes down," said Zvonareva, who ended with eight double-faults. "I accepted I would have some double-faults today and I knew it was going to happen when I was coming into the match. It's just too bad to have two of them in a row."

Serena won $197,000 and a crystal cup at the $1.3 million tournament.

Photo AP/Alice Keeney

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Coetzee and Moodie Take Estoril Open Doubles

Jamie Murray narrowly missed out on his second doubles title of the year as the Scot and partner Kevin Ullyett were beaten 6-2 4-6 10-8 by Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie in the final of the Estoril Open.

Murray's regular partner Max Mirnyi, with whom he won the title in Delray Beach in February, was on Davis Cup duty with Belarus but Zimbabwean Ullyett proved a more than adequate replacement.

The pair did not get off to the best of starts however, as top seeds Coetzee and Moodie broke Ullyett's serve twice in the first set.

But a single break in the seventh game of the second set allowed Murray and Ullyett to force a deciding match tie-break.

South Africans Coetzee and Moodie raced into a 5-1 lead and, although the second seeds clawed themselves back into contention, a passing shot down the middle from Coetzee settled proceedings.

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