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French Open Day 5: Yes Monfils, I Too Felt Exactly Like That When You Lost

Friday, May 28, 2010

Black Tennis Pro's Gael Monfils French Open Day 5Gael Monfils, France
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Monfils, Monfils, Monfils! What happened?

I personally saw you lose your match and still I ask, what happened???

Frenchman Gael Monfils's match against Italy's Fabio Fognini began totally going Monfils's way. The first two set were competitive, but owned by the Frenchman ending at 6-2, 6-4.

Then some kind of weird vibe began to creep onto the court and Monfils slowly stopped playing his game, and responding to Fognini's.

The match was halted on Wednesday at 5-5 in the fifth. With all of the back and forth drama, I still thought 'no way Monfils loses this match.'

Both players were unhappy with the decision to stop the match, but returned in the same fashion. Fognini closed the match out with a 2-6 4-6 7-5 6-4 9-7 win.

What did Monfils have to say afterwards? "I lost, that's all. I am disappointed, I lost... but I like Fabio. He beat me fair and square."

Major bummer. Check out other results here.


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Still Gripped With Venus's Rear View? She Says "It's All Genetic"

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Black Tennis Pro's Venus Williams Since the human rear end likens itself to an opinion, in that everybody has one, I am mystified at the two-year-old-like responses of cameramen constantly taking shots of American Venus Williams assets every time they get a chance, and every idiot who posts some sex-related headline with one of these photos attached to try and turn her outfit into anything other than what it is.

Brown shorts on brown skin is working you guys overtime! Grow up will ya?

Nonetheless, in response to all of the ig'nants out there who act as if they've never seen a butt in shorts before, Venus discussed her tennis design in a press conference with the following comments:

When asked if her aim was to excite the imagination of male fans (good grief), she said, "That was never the objective. It all started in Australia with the slits, and it was about wearing a dress that looks like you have these slits with bareness (underneath)."

"So the design has nothing to do with the rear. It just so happens that I have a very well developed one!"

"It's all genetic. If you look at mom and dad, you'll see the same thing happening. If you look at my sister (Serena), you'll see the same thing."

"It's really about the illusion. Like you can wear lace, but what's the point of wearing lace when there's just black under?" she asked reporters.

"The illusion of just having bare skin is definitely for me a lot more beautiful. So it's really not about anything else other than just that skin showing. So I'm glad that it's gotten good reviews. I mean, it could be worse."

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DAILY BREEZE: Carson Teen Augustine Leads Young American Women At HDC Event

Black Tennis Pro's Brittany Augustine Los Angeles Open Carson, CAAmerican Brittany Augustine


She may be just 18 years old, but Carson resident Brittany Augustine said the experience she's gained over the past three years as a professional keyed her first-round victory in the L.A. Open Women's Challenger on Tuesday at Home Depot Center.

"I'm finally happy now with where I'm at," said Augustine, who has been working with new coach Fred Haynes, WTA Tour player Angela Haynes' father, for the past couple of months. "And my ranking is starting to show it. I started the year in the 800s and now I'm somewhere in the 500s and will move up some more depending on how well I play here."

Augustine, who was awarded a wild card into the event, looked dominating in her 6-2, 6-4 win over Australian Isabella Howard, who is currently ranked No. 446 in the world.

Augustine next will face the winner of Haynes and Asia Muhammad, a first-round match to be played Wednesday on Center Court at 10 a.m. Augustine calls both of them friends but has not played either of them.

"I know both of their games," she said. "I just have to play my game and not worry about who is on the other side of the net."


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ESPN COMMENTARY: Approaching Extinction Of U.S. Tennis

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by Roy S. Johnson


Catch them while you can. Wave your flags. Root, root, root for Andy Roddick and the Williams sisters. Do it now. Love 'em or not, take a snapshot because they're the last of a breed, the endangered species of American tennis champions.

After them, extinct. Gone. Done. Think dodo birds.

Or so it seems right now.

Roddick has won only a single Grand Slam, and it was so long ago (U.S Open, '03) we still thought housing prices could only go up and few people outside of Hyde Park had heard of Barack Obama. But Roddick remains the No. 8-ranked player in the world, and is still a threat to boom his way to a Slam, and he's married to a supermodel.

After Roddick, the highest-ranked American men are John Isner (No. 19), someone named Sam Querrey (No. 22) and German-born Tommy Haas (No. 23), who became a U.S. citizen this year. From there you won't find another American man in the rankings until Mike Russell (No. 82) and the still popular but fading James Blake (No. 83). Isner, Querrey, Russell and Blake have won 15 singles titles (none of them Grand Slams), but 10 of them belong to Blake.

Venus and Serena? They're history in the flesh (literally, at times). Baby and Big Sister, straight outta Compton, are the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world, the first siblings to achieve such a distinction since, well, Venus and Serena did it in May 2003. They have won 79 singles titles (19 of which are Slams), plus doubles and mixed doubles Slam titles. Most importantly, they've defined this generation of women's tennis. Since 2002 when Venus first reached No. 1, seven women not named Williams have been No. 1, and yet here Venus and Serena are, still thriving, lingerie outfits and whatnot, still at the summit of the game.

Which Americans behind them might reach such a pinnacle some day? Please. No one I see carrying the red, white and blue right now. The next-highest-ranked American woman is U.S. Open darling Melanie Oudin, at No. 37. Yet we've heard nary a peep since her coming out at Flushing Meadows last fall, when she became the youngest player since Serena to reach the quarterfinals, defeating fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva and Maria Sharapova en route.

Then comes Vania King at No. 69. Neither survived the first round at Roland Garros.

Among the "next" American men, only Isner reached the second round. Querrey and Russell lost in the opening round, and Blake didn't play in the tournament. (Taylor Dent, Robby Ginepri and Mardy Fish, a trio of players with lower expectations and approaching 30, also won opening matches.)

So catch The Contenders now. Roddick is just 27; Serena is a year older. Venus turns 30 in June. Physically, they should be around for at least a few more years. But fatigue and other, sexier endeavors may tug them away sooner than you know, and when it happens, tennis in the U.S. will become, well, soccer.

No, it will be worse.

As soccer, the world's most popular sport, prepares for its quadrennial global orgy, it continues to gain steady footing in the U.S. among sports fans. American Landon Donovan is certainly higher on the buzz meter than any American male tennis player not named Roddick (did I tell you he was married to a super-swimsuit model?).

Meanwhile, save for a couple of torrid weeks in the fall, and the weekends when we watch the finals of the French and Wimbledon, tennis doesn't even register a blip on our radar anymore. Interestingly, grass-roots participation in the sport has never been higher. The 2009 TIA/USTA Tennis Participation study shows that total tennis participation tops 30 million players for the first time in the 22-year history of the survey.

On the flip side, television ratings are tumbling, even for the biggest events. When Americans Andre Agassi and Serena Williams won the 1999 U.S. Open men's and women's singles titles, an average of 3.5 million television viewers watched each telecast. Three years ago, when Sweden's Roger Federer and Belgium's Justine Henin won the titles, that average had slumped to just 1.9 million viewers. (Viewership was up last year.)

The impact of an American champion is perhaps most stark at Wimbledon, which no American man has won since Pete Sampras in 2000. That year, more than 4 million U.S. viewers watched the event. By 2006, that number had plummeted to 2 million. Even with a slight uptick since, the audience has remained below 3 million. Interestingly, American women (or rather, a Williams) have won eight of the past 10 Wimbledon singles titles, though it has not been enough to stem the overall decline in viewership.

Clearly, without Roddick and the Williamses to at least make us care, tennis stands poised to fall behind soccer in popularity in the U.S.

Oh, sure, someone could always have a moment of greatness. Any of our upstarts could snatch a magic carpet and ride it to a Slam final, maybe even a title. But who's the next Roddick, who won his Grand Slam at age 21 or the next Williams, who captured their first Slam singles titles at 20 (Venus) and 18 (Serena)?No one.

Why?

Let's face it, we stink at tennis. Really stink. Despite the USTA's best efforts (or worst, depending upon whom you're talking to) to discover and nurture the next generation of tennis stars, officials simply cannot manufacture greatness. Not when the sport has become more niche than even golf, which has Tiger Woods (don't laugh), Phil Mickelson, Anthony Kim and other Americans who are a threat to be in the final pairing on any given Sunday.

Just recently, tennis icon John McEnroe announced he was opening an academy in New York. He shuns the "total immersion" model used by most of the more noted academies and is modeling his program after the one in Port Washington, N.Y., that helped build his game. Gifted players play regularly, but attend school independently from the academy. In other words, they have a life. He also hopes to draw kids from areas of the city, such as Harlem and Brooklyn, that have not traditionally been sown for tennis stars.

"People feel, put the kids in the middle of nowhere, isolate them, so all they can do is live and breathe tennis," McEnroe told The New York Times. "Me, I went to Florida with Harry Hopman, at 15 or 16, for one day and said, 'I've got to get out of here.' Never would I have made it if I had to do that. It would have been a form of torture."

I know the argument that our best athletes are playing other sports -- even relatively minor but booming ones like lacrosse. But can't we find, say, 10 kids (five boys, five girls) who can play this game at the highest level?

Sadly, no. The only kids picking up tennis racquets these days are kids whose parents play, and that's just not enough to produce champions.

And without champions -- or even potential champions -- our interest in the sport will continue to wane, especially as even the popular top foreign players like Federer, Rafael Nadal and Sharapova begin to fade due to time or injury.

Too bad. With names such as Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Don Budge, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, Chris Evert and others so much a part of America's past glory, it's sad that tennis no longer gives us a thrill. But it happens.

It's happening. Faster than we know. Roy S. Johnson, a veteran sports journalist and media consultant, is the editor-in-chief of Men's Fitness. His blog is Ballers, Gamers and Scoundrels.



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Monfils Gets Penciled! Thanks To Facebook Friend Agé Monky

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Black Tennis Pro's Gael Monfils Drawing by Agé Monky

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French Open Day 2: Monfils And Serena Get The Job Done

Black Tennis Pro's French Open Day 2 Gael Monfils and Serena WilliamsGael Monfils, FRA and Serena Williams, USA
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Black Tennis Pro's French Open Day 2 Serena Williams
American Serena Williams had a slow start getting it together during the morning rounds of day 2 at Roland Garros - it was just one of those days. On the flip side, it really doesn't matter what kind of day she's having, the younger Williams sister will typically find a way to win... and she did.

After waking up and finding some rhythm, Serena pulled off a 7-62, 6-2 win over Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele.

Post match Serena said, “I definitely didn’t feel good about it. At least I won. I think I’m still in the tournament. That’s what matters.”

When you get right down to it, that's all that matters.


Black Tennis Pro's French Open Day 2 Gael Monfils
Frenchman Gael Monfils had a few bumps in his 6-3, 7-5, 65-77, 6-2 quest for victory over Germany's Dieter Kindlmann, but nothing dramatic. It appears that Kindlmann came with a bit more game than Monfils may have anticipated.

In his post match interview Monfils said, "Well, I'm happy I won ... I'm really happy I won because I was really nervous. My game is not as good as it used to be because, well I didn't know the guy. I could have finished it earlier but, the positive thing about it is I won."


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Los Angeles Open: Donald Young, Angela Haynes And Alexandra Stevenson Among Players

Monday, May 24, 2010

Black Tennis Pro's Los Angeles Open Donald Young, Angela Haynes, Alexandra Stevenson(l-r) Americans Angela Haynes, Donald Young and Alexandra Stevenson at Los Angeles Open this week at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.


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French Open Day 1: Venus, Tsonga And Ouanna Prevail

Black Tennis Pro's French Open Day 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,Venus Williams and Josselin Ouanna(l-r) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA Venus Williams, USA and Josselin Ouanna, FRA (Photos by Boris Horwat/Bertrand Guay/JulienFinney/AFP/Getty Images)



American Venus Williams turning heads on day one action with her play and her outfit. In an updated 'cancan' style, Venus took the Court Suzanne Lenglen by storm.

The key to being able to wear such an attention grabbing outfit is to assure that it does not take center stage - win your match; and Venus did just that. She defeated Switzerland's Patty Schnyder 6-3, 6-3, as pretty much expected.

Venus shared that her look was "about illusion ... a lot of my motif this year..." as it relates to her clothes design.



French top tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga didn't let the home crowd down as he hold off German Daniel Brands' strong challenge at the opening day of French Open to win the first round in five sets on Sunday.
Tsonga, eighth seeded, defeated his unseeded rival in 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(2), 7-5, setting up a second-round encounter with compatriot Josselin Ouanna.

"It was a long match, but I have two days to rest. I think I should be okay," said Tsonga. "I'm happy I won. The number of guys who have won a tournament having a difficult first round or even had to save match points, I mean, that's very often the case. So, I mean, it's not a big deal."



Fellow Frenchman Josselin Ouanna took his opponent Lukasz Kubot of Poland to task in a 77-65, 64-77, 6-2, 6-4 defeat to set up a second round match with Tsonga.

How ridiculous is that? Amazing how the two are so close together in the draw where one will be immediately eliminated ... incredible.


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WTA, ATP And USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Action This Week

ROUND 1

Women's Singles

(1)Serena Williams, USA defeated Stephanie Voegle, SUI
77-62, 6-2

(2)Venus Williams, USA defeated Patty Schnyder, SUI
6-3, 6-3

Shenay Perry, USA defeated by Olivia Sanchez, FRA
64-77, 0-6

Stephanie Foretz, FRA defeated by Agnes Szavay, HUN
2-6, 2-6

Doubles

(1)Serena Williams, USA and (1)Venus Williams, USA
defeated
Kirsten Flipkins, BEL and Tamarine Tanasugarn, THA
6-0, 6-1

Raquel Kops-Jones, USA and Sarah Borwell, GBR
defeated by
(12)Kveta Peschke, CZE and (12)Katarina Srebotnik, SLO
0-6, 1-6

Stephanie Foretz, FRA and Claire Feuerstein, FRA
vs.
Kimiko Date Krumm, JPN and Shuai Peng, CHN


Men's Singles

(8)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA defeated Daniel Brands, GER
4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 62-77, 7-5

(13)Gael Monfils, FRA defeated Dieter Kindlmann, GER
6-3, 7-5, 65-77, 6-2

(WC)Josselin Ouanna, FRA defeated Lukasz Kubot, POL
77-65, 64-77, 6-2, 6-4

(WC)Gianni Mia, FRA defeated by Rafael Nadal, ESP
2-6, 2-6, 2-6

Doubles

Gael Monfils, FRA and Josselin Ouanna, FRA
vs.
Richard Gasquet, FRA and Sebastien Grosjean, FRA

Jeff Coetzee, RSA and Andreas Seppi, ITA
defeated by
Viktor Troicki, SRB and Dusan Vemic, SRB
3-6, 4-6

Eliminated during singles qualifying rounds:

Julio Silva, BRA


ROUND 2

Women's Singles

(1)Serena Williams, USA vs. Julia Goerges, GER

(2)Venus Williams, USA defeated Arantxa Para Santonja, ESP
6-2, 6-4

Doubles

(1)Serena Williams, USA and (1)Venus Williams, USA
vs.
Daniela Hantuchova, SVK and Caroline Wozniacki, DEN

Men's Singles

(8)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA defeated Josselin Ouanna, FRA
6-0, 6-1, 6-4

(13)Gael Monfils, FRA defeated by Fabio Fognini, ITA
6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6, 7-9


ROUND 3

Women's Singles

(2)Venus Williams, USA vs. (26)Dominika Cibulkova, SVK

Men's Singles

(8)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA vs. Thiemo De Bakker, NED



ROUND 1

Women's Singles

(5)Angela Haynes, USA defeated by Asia Muhammed, USA
2-6, 0-6

(6)Alexandra Stevenson, USA defeated by Kristie Ahn, USA
4-6, 6-3, 3-6

Ahsha Rolle, USA defeated (Q)Tamaryn Hendler, BEL
7-5, 5-7, 7-66

Jennifer Elie, USA defeated by Coco Vandeweghe
1-6, 5-7

(WC)Brittany Augustine, USA defeated Isabella Holland, AUS
6-2, 6-4

Doubles

Brittany Augustine, USA and Jennifer Elie, USA
defeated
Amanda Fink, USA and Elizabeth Lumpkin, USA
4-6, 6-2 [12-10]

Whitney Jones, USA and Petra Rampre, SLO
defeated by
Ana-Clara Duarte, BRA and Lena Litvak, USA
5-7, 3-6

Asia Muhammed, USA and Ivana Lisjak, CRO
defeated
Macall Harkins, USA and Story Tweedie-Yates, USA
6-4, 6-3

Angela Haynes, USA and Ahsha Rolle, USA
defeated by
Kristie Ahn, USA and Nicole Gibbs, USA
3-6, 4-6

Megan Moulton-Levy, USA and Lindsay Lee-Waters, USA
defeated
Shelby Rogers, USA and Coco Vandeweghe, USA
6-1, 6-2

Eliminated during singles qualifying rounds:

Whitney Jones

Men's Singles

(4)Donald Young, USA defeated (WC)Daniel Kosakowski, USA
6-1, 6-1

Doubles

Donald Young, USA and Greg Ouellette, USA
defeated
Blake Strode, USA and Michael Venus, USA
3-6, 7-5 [10-7]

Todd Paul, USA and Cory Parr, USA
defeated by
Brett Joelson, USA and Tim Smyczek, USA
4-6, 4-6

(LL)Nicholas Monroe, USA and Brian Battistone, USA
defeated
Paul Capdeville, CHI and Rylan Rizza, USA
6-3, 6-2


ROUND 2

Men's Singles

(4)Donald Young, USA defeated Bobby Reynolds, USA
6-2, 6-4

Women's Singles

Ahsha Rolle, USA defeated (4)Mirjana Lucic, CRO
6-0, 3-0, Ret'd

(WC)Brittany Augustine, USA defeated by Asia Muhammed, USA
3-6, 4-6


QUARTERFINAL ROUND

Women's Singles

Ahsha Rolle, USA vs. Kristie Ahn, USA

Asia Muhammed, USA vs. Petra Rampre

Doubles

Brittany Augustine, USA and Jennifer Elie, USA
defeated
(1)Julie Ditty, USA and Alina Jidkova, RUS
6-1, 6-4

Asia Muhammed, USA and Ivana Lisjak, CRO
defeated
Kristie Ahn, USA and Nicole Gibbs, USA
6-4, 6-1

Megan Moulton-Levy, USA and (2)Lindsay Lee-Waters, USA
defeated
Kimberly Couts, USA and Tetiana Luzhanska, UKR
6-2, 6-4

Men's Singles

(4)Donald Young, USA vs. Tim Smyczek

Doubles

Donald Young, USA and Greg Ouellette, USA
defeated by
(LL)Nicholas Monroe, USA and (LL)Brian Battistone, USA
3-6, 0-6


Semifinal Round

Women's Doubles

Brittany Augustine, USA and Jennifer Elie, USA
vs.
(4)Christina Fusano, USA and Courtney Nagle, USA

Asia Muhammed, USA and Ivana Lisjak, CRO
vs.
Megan Moulton-Levy, USA and (2)Lindsay Lee-Waters, USA

Men's Doubles

(LL)Nicholas Monroe, USA and (LL)Brian Battistone, USA
vs.
Samuel Groth, AUS and Harsh Mankad, IND


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Blake Withdraws From French Open With Lingering Knee Injury

American James Blake has been sidelined for several recent tournaments, and will remain so for the French Open.

According to a statement on Blake's website dated April 23, 2010:

"James's knee is doing better every day, but unfortunately he still doesn't have a firm timetable for a return to the courts. Presumably he will be back for the grass court season, so he's announced his schedule for June, and that consists of Halle, Eastbourne and Wimbledon."

In a recent statement to the Associated Press Blake said, "I have been required to take a break from competition to treat pain that I have been experiencing in my right knee. "The good news is that I will not need surgery. However, the treatment will require me to take a six-to-eight-week break. I look forward to a successful rehabilitation period and returning to competition in the near future."

Hope to see him back in action soon.


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French Open Wild Cards

Gianni Mina, France


Here are the wild cards for the men's and women's singles draws at the 2010 French Open.


The eight wild cards for the men's singles:

Carsten Ball, AUS*
David Guez, FRA
Nicolas Mahut, FRA
Gianni Mia, FRA
Josselin Ouanna, FRA
Laurent Recouderc, FRA
Edouard Roger-Vasselin, FRA
Ryan Sweeting, USA*

The eight wild cards for the women's singles:

Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, FRA
Claire Feuerstein, FRA
Stéphanie Foretz, FRA
Jarmila Groth, AUS*
Mathilde Johansson, FRA
Christina McHale, USA*
Kristina Mladenovic, FRA
Olivia Sanchez, FRA

* Agreements have been reached with the Australian and US Tennis Federations, meaning that a wild card is attributed to a player from each of these countries in the men's and women's singles.


Source: 2010 Roland Garros

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Looking For Professional Online Video Instruction? Meet IVIS

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

IVIS is a revolutionary new product that has been more than a decade in the making. The acronym stands for “Interactive Virtual Instructional System.”

As you will learn when you visit the website, IVIS is an instructional tool able to identify the most common tennis related problems and offer specific insight and practice strategies. IVIS works!!

Here is an introduction to IVIS by it's inventor, Bob Davis:



IVIS is the most revolutionary development in the history of personal sports instruction. Yet, it's so simple, you wonder why it took so long!

Here's why: Instruction for most sports typically occurs with a live instructor at his/her place of business, during regular business hours, or, possibly, using a non-interactive DVD, videotape, etc. in a living room or den.

IVIS renders this type of instruction obsolete by offering a personalized, interactive diagnosis of your tennis-related problem and provides immediate solutions and practice strategies.

This is accomplished in the privacy of your home or office, even on your laptop while away at a competitive event. IVIS is available 24/7 without the need to schedule an appointment and without the inconvenience or prohibitive cost of traditional private lessons.

IVIS was designed for club-level players and offers easy access to sports related performance solutions by having the user follow a few easy instructions. Through a series of filters, the user will define his/her problem by describing the end result of the troublesome shot. In this way, technical solutions are provided to the individuals' specific problem.

Visit IVIS at http://www.tennisvideotraining.com, your game will thank you.

"Bob Davis has created a website that reinforces the basics of tennis. More importantly, both technique and tactic are interlinked. This site is a potent reminder to execute basics correctly for beginner to professional level players. Relevant articles and videos add a nice touch for players and coaches."

Ajay Pant
USPTA and PTR Master Professional


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Venus Upset By Unseeded Rezai

Monday, May 17, 2010

Black Tennis Pro's Venus Williams and Aravane Rezai Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open Final(l-r) Aravane Rezai, Argentina and Venus Williams, USA
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Madrid, Spain - Unseeded Aravane Rezai upset Venus Williams to claim a straight sets win the final of the Madrid Open.

Frenchwoman Rezai, 23, earned only her third career title after defeating fourth seed Williams 6-2, 7-5 in one hour and 41 minutes at La Caja Magica.

Despite the loss Williams is set to return to second place in the world rankings for the first time since 2003 following her run this week, while she also won the women's doubles title at the Madrid Open with sister Serena on Saturday night.

Rezai, who won in Bali and Strasbourg last year, swept aside Williams during a superb first set in which she broke her opponent in the third and seventh games before serving out to love to take the upper hand.

It was a convincing start by Rezai, but she needed to dig deep during the second set to stage a remarkable fightback.

Black Tennis Pro's Venus Williams and Aravane Rezai Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open FinalWilliams, who had a 12-1 record on clay coming into the match, looked to be cruising towards levelling at one set all as she built a 5-2 lead and then, after Rezai had got back to 5-4, earning five set points on the Frenchwoman's serve in the 10th game.

However, Rezai saved all of them and, with the momentum behind her again, she broke Williams in the next game before serving out to win the match and the title.


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Venus And Serena Win Madrid Doubles, Ascend To World No. 2 Team

Sunday, May 16, 2010

(l-r) Americans Venus and Serena Williams - 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open doubles champions.
(Photos by Getty Images)


MADRID, Spain - A dream clash between one of the greatest teams of all time and the hottest team of the year took Manolo Santana court for the doubles final of the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open on Saturday night - and it was the Williams sisters who managed to come out on top.

Having recently won their 11th Grand Slam title together at the Australian Open and seeded No.1 here, Venus and Serena came out on fire against No.8 seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, flying out to a 6-2, 3-0 lead. Dulko and Pennetta won five of the next six games to lead 5-4 with Pennetta getting a chance to serve for the set - but the Williamses regained control in a big way, taking 12 of the last 15 points of the match to dust off a 6-2, 7-5 victory.


"We're really excited to win. We've worked really hard. Today we played a team that is doing really well, too," Serena Williams commented. "We just try to be the best and have fun, whether No.1 comes with that or not. Our goal right now is to do well at the French - we didn't do well there last year.

"Venus is in the singles final here too - she's playing really well."

The Williams sisters now have 18 doubles titles as a team: 11 Grand Slam titles, two Olympic gold medals and five Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles. They have an incredible 140-18 win-loss record together as a team (an 88.6 winning percentage). On Monday, they will rise from co-No.3s on the doubles rankings to co-No.2s - the highest they've ever been in the team discipline.

(l-r) Flavia Pennetta, Italy and Gisela Dulko, Argentina



Source: WTATour.com


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Woman On The Move! Venus Into Madrid Final

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Black Tennis Pro's Venus Williams Madrid Open SemifinalAmerican Venus Williams
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MADRID (AFP) — Venus Williams will bid for a 44th career title on Sunday when she tackles unseeded Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai in the Madrid Masters final, the day before her elevation to the world number two spot is confirmed.

Williams swept the last nine games in a dominant semi-final display on Saturday as she crushed Israeli Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-0 and earn her fourth final from six events in 2010.

Rezai won an unseeded match-up when Czech Lucie Safarova quit after one set trailing 6-1.

Their 24-minute affair came to a quick conclusion a day after Rezai had earned her third career win over a Top-10 opponent when she beat seventh seed Jelena Jankovic in the quarter-finals.

The ailing Safarova won just six points out of 16.

American fourth seed Williams, who will move to second in the world behind her sister Serena on Monday, overcame a minor niggle through an opening break of serve by the 22nd-ranked Peer, who upset fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round.

Williams improved to 12-1 this season on clay, requiring just 66 minutes to complete her rout.

"We exchanged a couple of breaks, she's (Peer) a really tenacious player," said Williams. "She's very talented, with a never-say-die spirit.

"I was ready for that, and after those (early) games I just seemed to be able to find the corners. I can't complain about being able to play that well against a player like her.

"To have come out on top so far feels good. I've been happy with my form and I'm going to try to keep it going tomorrow (Sunday)."

Williams, who turns 30 in June, now stands 5-0 against Peer, having never lost a set in their series.

The victory, marked by 17 winners and six breaks of serve, was also her third of the year over Peer after Dubai and Rome.

Williams got her powerful game together from the fourth game of the contest to ease to victory, winning three love games in the first set and another in the second.

On Sunday, she will be bidding for her tenth career claycourt title, but has claimed only two at the top WTA tournaments, in Rome 11 years ago and Charleston in 2004.

"I feel like I've had a good career on clay courts," said the American.

"The ultimate is to win the French Open, and I've come close (she reached the 2002 final).

"I think I've won every other tournament except the French on clay, so I'd like to take it one more step."


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Monfils And Nadal Wore Matching Short Sets, But Their Games Had Nothing In Common

(l-r) Gael Monfils, France and Rafael Nadal, Spain
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At the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open on Friday, Frenchman Gael Monfils and Spaniard Rafael Nadal hit the court in matching Nike attire for their quarterfinal match, and Nadal busted out of the gate in the same 'take no prisoners' form that he has displayed in each of his previous matches.

It wasn't as if Monfils didn't make the effort, he managed to get four games off of the Raging Rafa, but there was just very little else he could do to counter Nadal's assault. The longer the match went on, the more rattled Monfils seemed to get, serving double faults and over hitting on Nadal's serve whenever he could get a racquet on it. Nadal cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win.

It's good to see Monfils again, and this was not a bad warmup tournament for his first back since his hand/wrist injury after Indian Wells.

We'll see what happens at his home grand slam... here's hoping.


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Venus And Monfils See Quarterfinal Action On Friday - Williams Sisters Doubles Semifinalists

Friday, May 14, 2010

Black Tennis Pro's Gael Monfils and Venus Williams at Madrid OpenFrenchman Gael Monfils and American Venus Williams
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In today's quarterfinal action at the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open, American Venus Williams, who won her third round match against Italy's Francesca Schiavone on Wednesday, will meet Australian Samantha Stosur against whom she currently stands 3-0. All of those matches came in straight sets, and none of the sets went past 6-4.

It would appear that Stosur has her work cut out for her.

On the men's side, Frenchman Gael Monfils, who has been on the injury list as of late, will meet Spain's one and only Rafa. Rafael Nadal, who is undefeated on clay this season (12-0), holds a 5-1 career mark against Monfils.

Monfils obviously has his work cut out for him too.


Black Tennis Pro's Venus and Serena Williams doubles team at Madrid Open
Lastly, No. 1 doubles seeds Venus and Serena Williams who are well on their way to becoming the world no. 1 doubles team, will go up against Iraeli Shahar Peer and her Italian teammate Francesca Schiavone.

The sisters defeated Russian Maria Kirilenko and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

Should be good tennis on tap for today!!


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Venus And Serena Back To Back As Venus Returns To No. 2 Ranking

Americans (l) Serena and Venus Williams


MADRID, Spain - Venus Williams cemented a return to the No.2 ranking at the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open on Wednesday, beating Francesca Schiavone in the third round of the $4.5-million Premier-level event. The last time the 29-year-old Williams was in the Top 2 was May 11, 2003, almost exactly seven years ago.

"In the rankings, you keep going until you get to that No.1 spot," Venus said. "Of course, Serena and I being No.1 and No.2 in the world is what we dreamed of growing up. But we each dreamed of being No.1 - neither of us dreamed of No.2. I congratulate Serena on that ranking but I'm aiming to get there myself."

Way to go Venus!!


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WTA, ATP And USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Action This Week

ROUND 1

Women's Singles

(1)Serena Williams, USA vs. Bye

(4)Venus Williams, USA defeated (Q) Stefanie Voegele, SUI
6-4-6-2

Doubles

(1)Venus Williams, USA and Serena Williams, USA
vs.
BYE

Men's Singles

(7)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA vs. BYE

(12)Gael Monfils, FRA defeated Stephane Robert, FRA
6-2, 7-5

Doubles

Gael Monfils, FRA and Jeremy Chardy, FRA
defeated by
Nicolas Almagro, ESP and Marc Lopez, ESP
4-6, 2-6


ROUND 2

Women's Singles

(1)Serena Williams, USA defeated Vera Dushevina, RUS
6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(5)

(4)Venus Williams, USA defeated Vera Zvonareva, RUS
7-5, 6-3

Doubles

(1)Venus Williams, USA and Serena Williams, USA
defeated
Alicja Rosolska, POL and Yaroslava Shvedova, KAZ
7-6(4), 6-2

Men's Singles

(7)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA defeated by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, ESP
2-6, 0-0, Ret'd

(12)Gael Monfils, FRA defeated Philipp Petzschner, GER
1-1, Ret'd


ROUND 3

Women's Singles

(1)Serena Williams, USA defeated by (16)Nadia Petrova, RUS
6-4, 2-6, 3-6

(4)Venus Williams, USA defeated Francesca Schiavone, ITA
3-6, 6-1, 6-2

Men's Singles

(12)Gael Monfils, USA defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, ESP
7-6(5), 6-4


QUARTERFINAL ROUND

Women's Singles

(4)Venus Williams, USA defeated (8)Samantha Stosur, AUS
6-3, 6-3

Doubles

(1)Venus Williams, USA and Serena Williams, USA
defeated
Maria Kirilenko, RUS and Agnieszka Radwanska, POL
6-2, 6-4

Men's Singles

(12)Gael Monfils, FRA defeated by (2)Rafael Nadal, ESP
1-6, 3-6


SEMIFINAL ROUND

Women's Singles

(4)Venus Williams, USA defeated Shahar Peer, ISR
6-3, 6-0

Doubles

(1)Venus Williams, USA and Serena Williams, USA
defeated
Shahar Peer, ISR and Francesca Schiavone, ITA
7-5, 6-2


FINAL ROUND

Women's Singles

(4)Venus Williams, USA defeated by Aravane Rezai, (FRA)
2-6, 5-7

Doubles

(1)Venus Williams, USA and Serena Williams, USA
defeated
(8)Flavia Pennetta, ITA and Gisela Dulko, ARG
6-2, 7-5


ROUND 1

Singles

Asia Muhammed, USA defeated by Alexandra Mueller, USA
3-6, 3-6

Ahsha Rolle, USA defeated (WC)Grace Min, USA
6-2, 6-2

Alexandra Stevenson, USA defeated by Johanna Konta, AUS
0-3, Ret'd

Doubles

Ahsha Rolle, USA and Alexandra Mueller, USA
defeated
Alexandra Cercone, USA and Lauren Herring, USA
6-4, 6-3

Asia Muhammed, USA and Coco Vandeweghe, USA
defeated by
Kristie Ahn, USA and Nicole Gibbs, USA
7-6(3), 2-6 [6-10]

Tiya Rolle, USA and Chanelle Van Nguyen, USA
defeated by
Alina Jidkova, RUS and Tetiana Luzhanska, UKR
4-6, 1-6

Eliminated during singles qualifying rounds:

Tiya Rolle, USA


ROUND 2

Singles

Ahsha Rolle, USA defeated Ivana Lisjak, CRO
6-2, 6-2


QUARTERFINAL ROUND

Singles

Ahsha Rolle, USA defeated by Johanna Konta, AUS
4-6, 4-6

Doubles

Ahsha Rolle, USA and Alexandra Mueller, USA
defeated
Ivana Lisjak, CRO and Petra Rampre, SLO
7-5, 6-1


SEMIFINAL ROUND

Doubles

Ahsha Rolle, USA and Alexandra Mueller, USA
defeated
(1)Julie Ditty, USA and Carly Gullickson, USA
7-6(5), 6-1

FINAL ROUND

Doubles

Ahsha Rolle, USA and Alexandra Mueller, USA
defeated by
Kristie Ahn, USA and Nicole Gibbs, USA
3-6, 2-6


ROUND 1

Singles

(LL)Nicholas Monroe, USA defeated by (Q) Matt Reid, AUS
6-7(3), 1-6

(7)Donald Young, USA defeated by (SE) Joseph Sirianni, AUS
4-6, 4-6

Doubles

Nicholas Monroe, USA and Michael Ryderstedt, SWE
defeated by
Gero Kretschmer, GER and Alex Satschko, GER
5-7, 1-6

Cory Parr, USA and Todd Paul, USA
defeated by
Greg Jones, AUS and Jose Statham, NZL
2-6, 4-6

Eliminated during singles qualifying rounds:

Nicholas Monroe, USA
Todd Paul, USA


ROUND 1

Singles

Marcus Fugate, USA defeated Roman Recarte, VEN
7-6(4), 6-2

Timothy Neilly, BAH defeated by (Q)Joseph Cadogan, TRI
1-6, 2-6

Doubles

Marcus Fugate, USA and Timothy Neilly, BAH
vs.
BYE

Eliminated during singles qualifying rounds:

Marvin Rolle, BAH


ROUND 2

Singles

Marcus Fugate defeated by Blake Strode, USA
4-6, 6-7(6)


QUARTERFINAL ROUND

Doubles

Marcus Fugate, USA and Timothy Neilly, BAH
defeated
Chris Kwon, USA and Konstantin Lazarov, USA
6-3, 6-3


SEMIFINAL ROUND

Doubles

Marcus Fugate, USA and Timothy Neilly, BAH
defeated by
Denis Kudla, USA and Junior A. Ore, USA
0-1


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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mothers Day Comments and Graphics for MySpace, Tagged, Facebook
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