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Tennis-X: News, Notes, Quotes and Barbs
Posted on August 20, 2004
Even though her three consecutive titles this summer have been aided by the absence of the Belgians and Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport says she is uninjured for the first time since finishing the year at No. 1 in 2001: "I hope to keep the roll going that I've built up. This is the first time I've felt where I've been injury-free and haven't had to worry about tapering before matches...Since I had the surgery, I've been able to train and practice and do the things I need to do to be able to do to be at the top full time. I've been able to escape those major pitfalls that have happened to me." Davenport has lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne the last four times they have played, and has lost to Kim Clijsters in their last five meetings. She has won only 3 of 12 against Serena, and is tied 12-12 with Venus, winning their last two meetings...Motorola announced their sponsorship of Maria Sharapova earlier this week: "As a tech-savvy 17-year-old who is on the road 30 weeks out of the year, Sharapova embodies the need for seamless mobility," stated the release. Tech-savvy because she can use a phone? "Our interest in Maria Sharapova wasn't about having an athlete endorsing our product," said Senior Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Geoffrey Frost. "We believe Maria connects with a new breed of consumers seeking global connectivity through stylishly engineered products that fit their lifestyles." Marketing...speak...causing...brain...functions...to cease...Hey, we're seeking global connectivity through stylishly engineered products, we'll take 100 of them...Martina Navratilova's career will end without an Olympic medal: "This was never a dream of mine when I was growing up. It was a bonus I was able to be here. It's disappointing, of course. We were hoping to get a medal. But the end of a dream? No. I am living my dream."...Former coach Gavin Hopper has lodged an application for leave to appeal against his convictions for child sex offences in Australia...Granted wildcards for the US Open were Alex Bogomolov Jr., Brian Baker, Amer Delic, KJ Hippensteel, Scoville Jenkins, Wayne Odesnik, Rajeev Ram and Bobby Reynolds. Receiving wildcards into the qualifying were Brendan Evans, Chris Guccione, Lesley Joseph, Mykyta Kryvonos, Alex Kuznetsov, Scott Oudsema, Phillip Simmonds, Todd Widom, and Donald Young. Women receiving wildcards were Alexandra "Dr. A" Stevenson, Ashley "Anna 2.0" Harkleroad, Angela Haynes, Jamea Jackson, Jessica Kirkland, Amber Liu, Bethanie Mattek and Kelly McCain...Five-time winner Andre Agassi on his success in Washington: "It's not pressure anymore. It's a great feeling to have the crowd support. I enjoy playing here and my best results have been here, San Jose, Key Biscayne, Scottsdale. It's always nice to play where you play well at. I feel comfortable and this arena allows me to execute my game."
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