What she said:
"You’re out of control. You’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside."
What she really meant:
“That has a lot to do with you docking me the game. Yeah!”
What she definitely didn’t:
“I don’t really mean all these things. I suffer from selective amnesia ; you ought to take a cue from me. ”
The trio of Ws coming together could generate more than enough hype and hoopla to keep sports writers busy for the next 14 days.
Maria Sharapova is making headlines—not for her fashion sense, boyfriends or her clothing line—but for her tennis. A fabulous run at the French Open reminded players and fans alike why she was considered one of the most exciting talents to burst onto the WTA tour at 17.
Li Na—her first ever major at Roland Garros—and a billion-plus Chinese fans ignited a Marco Polo-like rush to discover the next Chinese star.
The withdrawal of Kim Clijsters—an aggravation of her ankle injury—means that the Belgian is—for all practical purposes—-hobbled in her farewell year.
The Womens’ Tennis Association (WTA) have sanctioned the forming of a mutual aid society , No. 1s Anonymous (Who Have Never Won A Major), whose primary purpose is to help players stay focused (and No.1) and to help past and present No.1s clinch majors.
The self-help body is co-founded by Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Dinara Safina.
The women’s round of 16 has a threadbare appearance.
Three big upsets in the first week tells a tale of the unpredictability visited on the WTA tour—absent the Williams sisters.
Fans are so used to seeing Serena Williams perched atop the rankings that they failed to note the depth in the lower rungs.
Who’s Roger, indeed?
Strasbourg 2010 and Amelia Island 2008 were her only clay court trophies of 22 on the WTA Tour.
But not now. With her victory over Samantha Stosur at Rome on Sunday, the Siberian staked her claim to the French Open this year.She stalked her adversaries and crept up on her prey, unsuspecting. Beware—Maria, the huntress, is on the prowl.
World No.3 Roger Federer called up Belgian Kim Clijsters to express his sympathy for her freak disco-dancing injury at her cousin Tim’s wedding.
Kim thanked him and asked for his advice as to how best to recover and avoid similar injuries in the future.
The great Swiss reportedly broke into song on the telephone, yodelling to the tune of Genesis’ ‘I can’t dance’:
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The game of musical chairs at the top of the pile continues, featuring Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki.
The Belgian enjoyed a short spell as No. 1 before being swapped out by the surprisingly resilient Dane within a week.
The debate—whether the rankings accurately depict the state of women’s tennis—rages on. This does not detract from the luscious blonde’s achievements; it is a reflection of the fact that quantity can sometimes displace quality.
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Gloom descended on the rafters at Melbourne Park.
The courts will be bathed in bright sunlight Thursday morning, but there will be a weary leadenness in the hearts of tennis players, officials and fans.
The World No.1, Rafael Nadal, bade a somber farewell to his quest for a Rafa Slam. It was not to be.
All good things must finally come to an end and so must this year’s US Open.
But before the tennis concludes , there’s just enough time for the artistes to hit the high notes and close the Flushing Meadows symphony on a crescendo.
The final three days will bring fans more mouth-watering, lip-smacking , engrossing wizardry, not to mention coquetry.
A quick dekko at the women’s singles semi-finalists.