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Check Out Blake Getting His Swing On In Cincinnati: Against Simon and With The Reds

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Black Tennis Pro's James BlakeAmerican James Blake seems to be having a lot better time this week than he has been having over the previous few. Even his stance is more confident. Alright Blake, work it out!

Black Tennis Pro's James BlakeIn round 2 of the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Blake took out the most-recent-to-rise tennis sensation Gilles Simon of France, 6-4, 6-3. Not only did Blake send Simon packing, he did it with apparent ease in roughly an hour.

"I'm just as surprised as anyone," Blake said. "I figured it was going to be a really tough match."

It was here in Cincinnati in 2007 that Blake made it to the final against Roger Federer. It appears that Blake has reached "his" time of the year.

"This is always the time of year I appreciate most," said Blake, who improved to 24-8 on hard courts. "I've had my best results on this kind of court, getting ready for the U.S. Open. So it fits my game the best, and I feel good and healthy and strong."



Additionally, Blake is also spending a little time with a different sport. He got in a bit of batting practice before a Reds game on Saturday.

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Olympian Tennis Player Serena Williams An Ice Skater Too?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Black Tennis Pro's Serena Williams OlympicsSeveral of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's biggest stars are showcased in a fantastic new photographic book published by the International Tennis Federation to celebrate the upcoming Olympic Tennis Event in Beijing.

Entitled "Journey To Beijing – Tennis Celebrates The Olympics", the book features more than 40 of the world's leading tennis players who took part in the ITF project to help promote the prestigious event, which features its strongest fields since tennis returned as an Olympic sport in 1988.

The 140-page publication features a series of specially commissioned photographs of the game's top names dressed as athletes from other summer or winter Olympic sports. These are accompanied by interviews with the players talking about their Olympic memories and hopes for Beijing.

The photographs were taken over a six-month period by some of the world's leading tennis photographers, with photo shoots held in venues as varied as Barcelona, Beijing, Dubai, Indian Wells, Los Angeles, Miami, Melbourne, Moscow, Netherlands, Palm Beach, Santiago, Shanghai and Tel Aviv.

Among the 44 players represented in the book are the two current world No.1s, Ana Ivanovic, who is shown playing beach volleyball, and Roger Federer, who poses as a fencer, both of whom were photographed in Miami. Rafael Nadal appears as a footballer on location in Shanghai, while Novak Djokovic takes advantage of Dubai's indoor ski slope.

Maria Sharapova takes time out from a photo shoot to try rhythmic gymnastics in Los Angeles, while Serena Williams demonstrates her ice skating abilities at home in Palm Beach. Olympic champions Nicolas Massu and Fernando Gonzalez become marathon runners on the streets of Santiago, while wheelchair world No.1 Esther Vergeer shows her versatility as a basketball player in the Netherlands.

The players also give an insight into the part the Olympics has played in their lives, with a series of exclusive interviews looking at their childhood memories, previous Olympic appearances and ambitions for this summer's Games.

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "I believe the book shows how proud current tennis players are to represent their countries in the Olympic Games as well as the importance the Olympics has played in their lives. In turn, we have witnessed the continued growth, not only of the Olympic Tennis Event, but also of the international reach of our sport since tennis returned to the Olympic Games in 1988."

Click here for more information on the Olympic Tennis Event and for a chance to win a copy of "Journey To Beijing."

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WW: Blake In Black

Black Tennis Pro's James Blake

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ATP, WTA and USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Action This Week

SINGLES

Round 1

James Blake, USA defeated Gilles Simon, FRA
6-4, 6-3

Gael Monfils, FRA defeated Donald Young, USA(WC)
6-1, 6-1


DOUBLES

Round 1

James Blake, USA and Sam Querrey, USA
defeated by
Todd Widom, USA and Michael Yani, USA
6-7(2), 6-3 [7-10]

Donald Young, USA and Jesse Levine, USA
defeated by
Robert Lindstedt (SWE) and Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
6-7(8), 6-7(1)



SINGLES

Round 1

Ahsha Rolle, USA(Q) defeated by Alisa Kleybanova, RUS
4-6, 2-6

Jamea Jackson, USA(Q) defeated by Victoria Azarenka, BLR
1-6, 1-6


*Eliminated during singles qualifying rounds:

Angela Haynes, USA
Alexandra Stevenson, USA


DOUBLES


Round 1

Angela Haynes, USA and Liga Dekmeijere, LAT
defeated
Julie Ditty, USA and Shikha Uberoi, IND
6-1, 6-4

Alexandra Stevenson, USA and Anne Keothavong, GBR
defeated
Katie O'Brien GBR and Chanelle Scheepers, RSA
1-6, 7-5 [10-8]


SINGLES

Round 1

Nicholas Monroe, USA(WC) defeated by Yen-Hsun Lu, TPE
6-7(5), 3-6

Scoville Jenkins, USA defeated by Kyu Tae Im, KOR
5-7, 7-6(3), 3-6

Phillip Simmonds, USA vs. Noam Okun, ISR


DOUBLES

Round 1

Scoville Jenkins, USA and Brendan Evans, USA
defeated by
Frederic Niemeyer, CAN and Bobby Reynolds, USA
1-6, 4-6


SINGLES

Round 1


Todd Paul, USA defeated Austin Klores, USA
6-1, 6-2

Jarmaine Jenkins, USA defeated Lance Vodicka, USA
6-3, 4-0 Ret'd

Raven Klaasen, RSA defeated Matthew Allare, USA
4-6, 6-2, 6-1


DOUBLES

Round 1


Jarmaine Jenkins, USA and Ryan Young, USA
defeated by
Tigran Martirosyan, ARM and Daniel Yoo, KOR
6-2, 6-7(5) [6-10]

Raven Klaasen, RSA and Yuichi Ito, JPN
defeated
Sheeva Parbhu, USA and Maciek Sykut, USA
6-0, 3-6 [10-8]


SINGLES*

Round 1


Megan Moulton-Levy, USA defeated by Sofia Melikishvili, GEO
3-6, 6-3, 2-6

Ellah Nze, USA defeated Paula Zabala, COL
6-4, 6-4


DOUBLES

Round 1


Megan Moulton-Levy, USA and Zuzana Zemenova, SVK
defeated
Sarah Foster, USA and Imke Reimers GER
6-1, 6-2

Ellah Nze, USA and Alison Riske, USA
defeated
Emily Fraser, USA and Alexa Guarachi, USA
6-2, 6-2


*Eliminated during singles qualifying rounds:

Tinesta Rowe, JAM

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Serena Williams Attends The McDonalds Big Mac 40th Birthday Party At Project Beach House, Malibu, California

Monday, July 28, 2008

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Black Tennis Pro's Serena WilliamsSerena Williams and Sanaa Lathan


Black Tennis Pro's Serena Williams(L-R) Kloe Kardashian, Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian, and Common


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Black Tennis Pro's Serena Williams(L-R) Common, Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian and Kloe Kardashian


Black Tennis Pro's Serena Williams(L-R) Kloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Ne-Yo and Serena Williams

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Ahsha Rolle Comes Through Rogers Cup Qualifiers

American Ahsha Rolle has not beeen having a lot of match success as of late, but be damned if she hasn't been putting in the effort.

Along with eleven others on Saturday, Ahsha was added to the Rogers Cup main draw.

Come on Ahsha, you've got the goods girl, make it happen in Montreal!!

Black Tennis Pro's Ahsha Rolle Roger's Cup

Photo Arturo Velazquez
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Serena Williams Chats With Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

While in Las Vegas, Serena Williams hung out at the Zappos Headquarters with CEO Tony Hsieh. In answering some questions from Zappos Twitter readers, Serena talks Wii Sports Tennis, music, being a role model and more.

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Beijing Olympics: Tennis Team USA

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Weekend Racquet Wrap

Black Tennis Pro's USTADOUBLES

Final Round

Ellah Nze, USA and Rebecca Marino, CAN WINNERS!!
defeated
Courtney B. Dolehide, USA and Kirsten Flower, USA
7-5, 6-3

Ellah Nze, USA and Rebecca Marino, CAN


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2009 Black Web Awards: I've Been Nominated!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008




What a fantabulous surprise!

So I hike over to the 2009 Black Web Awards to vote for SjP of Sojourner's Place (she's been nominated for Best Online Commentator), and what do I find? Black Tennis Pro's has been nominated for Best Site for Black Athletes!

I don't know who found such favor in this site, but thank you very much, I appreciate the honor.

Black Tennis Pro's can be voted for here.

For those of you not familiar with the Black Web Awards, here is a snippet of their purpose:

"Launched in the Spring of 2006, the Black Web Awards began as an effort to highlight the myriad of original, positive websites with content from the Black perspective. Hosted exclusively at BlackWebAwards.com, the BlackWebAwards endeavored to produce an original event where the internet public both nominated and later vote for their favorite websites in one of just under one hundred categories ranging from religion and politics to entertainment and culture."

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Kiefer Knocks Blake Out Of Rogers Masters

Since I can't even begin to describe what happened to American James Blake in his defeat by German Nicolas Kiefer, here are the quarterfinal highlights.


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Venus Williams Withdraws From Rogers Cup

MONTREAL — Wimbledon champion Venus Williams has withdrawn from next week's Rogers Cup women's tennis tournament with a knee injury.

Tournament director Eugene Lapierre said Friday Williams did not want to risk aggravating the tendinitis in her knee ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

She was the lone late withdrawal from the tier-1 event before the draw on Friday.

This year's tournament boasts seven of the world's top-10 players.

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James Blake Seeking Semifinal In Toronto

Friday, July 25, 2008

Today in Toronto, Canada in the second week of the Olympus U.S. Open Series at the Rogers Masters, American James Blake will play German Nicolas Kiefer in a quarterfinal match in the Rexall Centre.

Blake has the historical upper hand over Kiefer whom he has defeated three times. I am hoping that along with his talent, he will use that mental edge to come out on top of this match.

Last week in Indianapolis Blake made it to the semifinal round, but was knocked out by Dmitry Tursunov. Yesterday Blake knocked Tursunov out of the third round of the Rogers Masters. I wonder "whose got next" between these two?

Blake will have to be on his p's and q's tomorrow. Keifer may not be ranked nearly as high, but I've seen him play many times and he can definitely present a serious battle for any opponent.

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Jeff Coetzee and Mario Ancic Win Double Header

Top seeds and two-time Rogers Cup champions Bob and Mike Bryan opened their title campaign in Toronto by defeating Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals.

They next face Croat Mario Ancic and South African Jeff Coetzee, who reached the quarterfinals with back-to-back wins Thursday. They needed 54 minutes to get by Fernando Gonzalez and Andre Sa 6-3, 6-2 in their first round match, and then ousted Czech No. 8 seeds Martin Damm and Pavel Vizner 6-4, 6-3. Vizner won the Canada title last year with Indian Mahesh Bhupathi.

Full Article Here
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WTA Allowing On Court Coaching Thing Of The Past

Thursday, July 24, 2008

On July 14, 2006 the following announcement was posted on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour site:

Tour To Trial On-Court Coaching

Rogers Cup in Montreal and Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven to launch test of latest groundbreaking innovation designed to make game more fan friendly and entertaining for TV and in-stadium viewers

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour announced today the launch of an historic on-court coaching test at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal and Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Michelob ULTRA in New Haven tournaments that will add to the entertainment value and intrigue to viewers of women's professional tennis. The test represents the first time in women's Tour history that on-court coaching has been trialed, and follows on the heels of the 2006 introduction of a series of groundbreaking innovations designed to enhance the entertainment value of women's tennis to its global television and live viewing audiences. Full Article Here.

Today, according to an article on Reuters, this trial has been halted indefinitely.

I'm not sure that anything was accomplished during this trial, either for the players or the viewing audience. One of the worst aspects for the viewing audience (at least for me) was that most of the coaches and players did not want their conversations to be overheard. They either removed their microphones or spoke in their native languages.

If the trial meant as much to you as it did to me, I doubt that you will miss it.

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WW: Arthur Ashe Wins 1968 U.S. Open

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Black Tennis Pro's Arthur Ashe

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She's Out (Again): Serena Withdraws From The East West Classic

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

She decides not to play because of a knee injury and will focus on getting ready for the Olympics.

For those hoping to see Serena Williams play, you'll now have to wait until the Olympics. Williams, seeded second at this week's East West Bank Classic in Carson, withdrew from the tournament today because of a knee injury.

Williams was scheduled to play her second-round match Wednesday. The top eight seeded players received a first-round bye.

"It's a huge disappointment for me to be unable to play the East West Bank Classic in my hometown of L.A.," Williams said in a news release. "I've been getting intensive therapy and doing everything in my power to get my knew in shape for this week, waiting until the last possible moment to see if I could play."

Williams withdrew from the semifinal of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford on Saturday. She said Monday she was going to take this week's tournament day-by-day to see if she could play, given that her focus is currently on the Olympics and U.S. Open.

"There's two really big events that I'm going to be excited to be a part of," Williams said. "Honestly my Olympic gold, even though it was in doubles, is my favorite trophy I have."

Melanie South will replace Williams and face Petra Kvitova on Wednesday.

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L. A. Times: Serena Williams Intends To Play Carson

Serena Williams says her father and one of her doctors have advised against playing because of her injured left knee, but she still wants to go forward with the East West Bank Classic at Carson.

Williams said she had an MRI afterward [Bank of the West Classic] and it showed an inflamed joint as a result of overwork, and she acknowledged that her father Richard and one of her doctors did not want her playing on it.

"He's always really passive and I'm more aggressive," Williams said of her father's approach to injuries. Both her older sister, Venus, and Lindsay Davenport withdrew from the Carson tournament on Friday because of injured right knees.

"It's the first time all year I pulled out with a knee injury and I've been doing really well all year," she said. "Maybe it's just saying, 'Serena, take a three-day vacation.' "

When that knee talks, it's good to listen, based on history.

Because Williams has a first-round bye at Carson she can give the knee an extra day of rest and start Wednesday.

Injuries and outside interests have cut into her tournament play over the years, and interestingly, the light playing schedule could extend the careers of Venus and Serena.

Serena, at least on this day, was sounding more committed than she has in some time, looking to add to her eight Grand Slam singles titles.

"I don't feel like I'm making up for lost time," she said. "I just feel like this is what I want to do. What I want to do is play tennis and just play tournaments for this year and several years."

Despite the specter of suspensions and fines, this is a sport of diplomacy. In this case, a player can mitigate the penalty by doing half a day of promotional activity within 125 miles from the tournament site and has a year to fulfill the obligation.

"I think it's good because it works all the way around, if you can't go to another tournament because of an injury," Williams said.

Said the WTA's Chief Executive Larry Scott: "We have to have a rule that applies to all players and all tournaments. But at the same time, we need to think about all types of circumstances. One of the positive things is that we're getting out of the business of trying to decide what's a legitimate injury and a legitimate reason. Because it's very difficult.

"Trying to determine when a player could have played . . . you play God. No one can do that fairly."

Full Article Here
Photo by Nina Rota

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ATP, WTA and USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Action This Week


SINGLES

Round 1

James Blake, USA vs. BYE

Gael Monfils, FRA vs. Igor Andreev, RUS

Donald Young, USA(Q) vs. Gilles Simon, FRA


SINGLES*

Round 1

Serena Williams, USA vs. BYE

Angela Haynes, USA(Q) vs. Vania King, USA

Ahsha Rolle, USA(Q) defeated by Sybil Bammer, AUT
6-0, 6-4

Jamea Jackson, USA(WC) vs. Akqul Amanmuradova, UZB


*Injury:

Venus Williams - Right knee
Lindsay Davenport - Right knee


Week 3 of the Olympus U.S. Open Series:



Black Tennis Pro's USTA HeaderBlack Tennis Pro's USTAMEN'S SINGLES*

Round 1

Scoville Jenkins, USA vs. Xavier Malisse, BEL


*Eliminated during qualifying singles rounds:

Todd Paul, USA
Phillip Simmonds, USA
Jarmere Jenkins, USA
Marcus Fugate


MEN'S DOUBLES

Round 1

Marcus Fugate, USA and Bryan Koniecko, USA
defeated by
Sanchai Ratiwatana, THA and Sonchai Ratiwatana, THA
6-3, 6-1

Scoville Jenkins, USA and Colt Gaston, USA
vs.
Ryler DeHeart, USA and Rajeev Ram, USA

Todd Paul, USA and Stephen Bass, USA
vs.
Brad Pomeroy, USA and Jose (Rubin) Statham, NZL


WOMEN'S SINGLES*

*Eliminated during qualifying singles rounds:

Sloane A. Stephens, USA
Whitney Jones, USA


WOMEN'S DOUBLES

Round 1

Tiya Rolle, USA and Whitney Jones, USA
vs.
Kristy Frilling, USA and Alexandra Mueller, USA


Black Tennis Pro's USTADOUBLES

Round 1

John Hoyes, USA and Austin Klores, USA
vs.
Daniel Garza, MEX and Nicolas Santos BRA


Black Tennis Pro's USTASINGLES*

Round 1

Ellah Nze, USA vs. Emily Fraser, USA


*Eliminated during singles qualifying rounds:

Tinesta Rowe


DOUBLES

Round 1

Ellah Nze, USA and Rebecca Marino, CAN
vs.
Tinesta Rowe, JAM and Phoebe Di Leo, USA

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Olympus America And USTA Announce New Title Sponsorship For U.S. Open Series


New Six Year Partnership Set to Significantly Elevate US Open Series and the US Open

New Agreement is the Most Comprehensive Sponsorship Partnership in the Company’s History

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 14, 2008 – The USTA and Olympus America Inc. today jointly announced the signing of a landmark multiyear deal, which makes Olympus the first-time worldwide title sponsor of the US Open Series, and a US Open Corporate Champion. The six-year deal represents the most comprehensive sponsorship partnership in the company’s history and associates one of the fastest-growing precision technology companies with two of tennis’ fastest-growing brands - - the US Open and the US Open Series.

As a cornerstone of the expanded relationship, Olympus will become the first title sponsor of the US Open Series -- the eight-week North American summer season linking 10 tournaments to the US Open. Since its launch four years ago, the Series has doubled television viewership, and continues to bring new sponsors and more fans to the sport.

Under the deal, Olympus will be integrated into all television broadcasts of the Olympus US Open Series and will receive prominent on-court presence at all Series events as well as at the US Open. The Series currently receives more than 75 hours of live national television on ESPN, CBS and NBC, with additional coverage on Tennis Channel.

“This new partnership represents another milestone for the US Open Series and the sport of tennis in North America,” said Arlen Kantarian, CEO, Professional Tennis, USTA. “Olympus is a blue chip brand indigenous to our sport, with a strong commitment to growing the game. This partnership further validates that the US Open Series concept of packaging a summer season of tournaments linked to the US Open, continues to generate new enthusiasm, bringing new sponsors and broadcasters to the sport.”

“For the last five years, Olympus has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the USTA, the US Open and millions of tennis fans around the country and beyond. As a major sponsor of the US Open and now the premier sponsor of the Olympus US Open Series, we have witnessed first-hand the passion and participation of these millions of fans,” said F. Mark Gumz, President and Chief Operating Officer, Olympus America Inc. “Further, we have seen that both photography and active healthy lifestyles are important to them, so the connections between this audience and what the Olympus brand stands for are very strong.”

"The US Open Series has contributed to the growth of the game,” said Andy Roddick, a two-time USOS men’s champion. “It’s been great for the players, but more importantly, it has made it easier for fans to follow the road to the Open on television and really create a summer season. I think it’s huge that Olympus has stepped up to contribute to the game.”

“I’ve been a fan of the US Open Series since it started and have marveled at its growth” said Lindsay Davenport, who won the inaugural USOS women’s title in 2004. “The elevation of Olympus to title sponsor is great news which should help the Series continue to grow the popularity of the game.”

As part of the landmark partnership, the US Open Series Bonus Challenge, which tracks the weekly standings of players in the race to qualify for bonus prize money at the US Open, will be renamed the “Olympus US Open Series Challenge.” Since its launch in 2004, the US Open Series has paid out an additional $4.4 million to players in US Open bonus prize money.

Olympus will use its broader relationship with the summer tennis season in North America to feature the E-System, its Digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera platform, designed with revolutionary features that expand the frontiers of digital photography.

The Olympus US Open Series brings together the 10 summer tournaments in North America, three television networks, tennis’ sanctioning bodies and top corporate sponsors during the summer tennis season. In 2007 the Series continued its enhancements to the sport, including more national TV hours, live back-to-back Finals every Sunday, bonus prize money at the US Open, new court colors, and a significant national marketing campaign.

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ABOUT OLYMPUS
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

• Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
• Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
• Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents;
• Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves healthcare and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

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Good To See Shenay Perry!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Yesterday I watched the World Team Tennis Springfield Lasers play the Newport Beach Breakers in Newport Beach, California. Of course Lindsay Davenport was the star amongst these pro league players, but it was American Shenay Perry that caught my attention. In both Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles she looked really good.

Perry has been sidelined by knee surgery that she underwent last year. I was just beginning to enjoy seeing her play when all of a sudden she was gone. According to commentator Corina Morariu, Perry anticipates playing singles again later in the year.

I'm just glad to see her back in the mix, and hope to see a lot more of her!

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Tursunov Defends Title By Defeating Blake

Last evening at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly, part of the Olympus U.S. Open Series, Russian Dmitry Tursunov held on to his existing title for this tournament a little longer by defeating American James Blake in the semifinal round. Tursunov won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Blake made some wonderful shots and won the first set as Tursunov moped around. Tursunov made some wonderful shots and won the second set as Blake moped around. The third set was more weird, although it contained more great shot making; Blake seemed to mentally spaz out to somewhere else, Tursunov didn't and won.

Alrighty then, that's about what I saw. What did you see?






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Rough Day At The Office For Serena, Payday For Wozniak

Saturday, July 19, 2008

This afternoon at the Olympus U. S. Open Series, Bank of the West Classic Tournament on the Stanford University campus, American Serena Williams had to withdraw from her semifinal match against Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak with a knee injury. The score at her retirement was 6-1, 3-1.

Serena was obviously not at her best from point one. Her movement was very poor, she was over hitting the ball and quite frankly, did not seem in the best of moods. After a short while of play, the reason became apparent; she was being bothered by a bad knee. The injury appears to be to the same knee [left] on which she had surgery in 2003.

As it should be, Wozniak was really not concerned about Serena's knee, she was playing as if Serena was firing on all cylinders. It was actually kind of amusing to watch. Wozniak took nothing for granted about a potentially injured Serena, she took advantage of the situation and played her game. I don't blame her! Taking it to Serena Williams is not an opportunity that other players often get, seize the moment.

Hopefully this is a small kink and Serena will be able to get healthy in short order and get back on the court.

Get well soon Serena!











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It's The Quarterfinals In Indianapolis For James Blake

Friday, July 18, 2008

Top seed and 2006 champion James Blake moved into the quarterfinals at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Korean qualifier Woong-Sun Jun on Thursday night.

The No. 2 American (behind Andy Roddick) reached the quarterfinals (or better) in Indianapolis for the third straight year after going winless in his first three tournament appearances. The 28-year-old Tampa, Florida resident also improved to 33-15 on the season by advancing to the quarterfinals for the ninth time in 14 tournaments.

Blake went up 5-3 when he capitalized on his fifth break point in the opening set. He then saved a break point in the next game before holding to close out the 35-minute set.

In the second set, Blake broke in the first game but then lost serve in the fourth game. Blake saved two set points at 4-5 before holding. He then broke Jun at 15-40 before serving out the one hour and 12 minute match.

Blake will take on Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals on Friday. Lu beat American wild card Rajeev Ram 6-1, 7-6(1).

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