Serena Wins, Men’s Final Monday at US Open
by Richard Vach | September 7th, 2008, 11:51 pm

Serena Williams Lifts Third US Open Trophy, Defeats Jankovic

Serena Williams captured her third US Open title and the first in six years on Sunday night in the rain-delayed final of the US Open, defeating Serbian Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5.

The younger Williams sister threw her racquet high in the air, jumped in the air and screamed several times before walking over to hug her father, sister and entourage after crushing a crosscourt winner on match point.

Jankovic was broken in the final game that included a double fault and a number of tight strokes by the Serb.

Williams missed almost the entire US Open Series spate of tournaments due to injury.

“I’ve been working so hard and playing so well, then I wasn’t playing well and I got injured,” Serena said.

With the win Williams returns to the No. 1 ranking.

“I wasn’t even going for No. 1 and it is an added bonus,” Serena said.

Murray Finishes Off Nadal, Federer Next at US Open

Britain’s Andy Murray shrugged off wasted break point chances and ran world No. 1 Rafael Nadal all over the court Sunday in a 6-2, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 semifinal upset at the US Open, a rain-interrupted continuation of play from Saturday.

Murray was 0-for-15 on break chances at one point, but in the fourth set ran the Spaniard from corner to corner and returned from an early break of serve.

“The momentum was kind of with him a little bit,” Murray said. “I just had to stay aggressive, stay focused.”

No British player has won a Slam in the Open Era, and pre-Open Era you have to go back to Fred Perry at the 1936 U.S. National Singles Championship.

Nadal, who has felt the fatigue from his gold medal run at the Beijing Olympics, lamented his chances.

“Yesterday I was not playing [well], so today I played a little bit more,” Nadal said. “So just accept, no? Today was a different match. I played with a little bit more energy. It was later. Before I don’t know where was the energy. Well, he played well, no? I have my chance in the fourth. I didn’t convert. He beat me. Just congratulate him.”

Now Murray will square off against Roger Federer at 5 p.m. on Monday. Murray has beaten Federer before, but knows a Slam final will be a whole new experience.

“I think a Slam final is different to the match that I played against him before,” Murray said. “He’s obviously won over 30 matches in a row here, so he’s obviously going to be feeling confident going in. He’s got loads of experience in these situations and it’s something new for me. I know I’m going to have to play great to have a chance of winning, but I’ve played well the last couple of weeks.”

Preview: BCR Open Romania
Bucharest, Romania, red clay

Frenchman Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon lead the crew of players that just can’t get enough tennis after the US Open on the red clay at Bucharest, where Simon defends his title.

Also seeded are Spaniards Nicolas Almagro, Carlos Moya and Marcel Granollers, Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, Latvian Ernests Gulbis, and Argentine Jose Acasuso.

Unseeded is Romania’s own Victor Hanescu, who last year finished runner-up. Other former champs in the field are Florent Serra (2005) and Acasuso (2004).

Preview: Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic
Bali, Indonesia

Lindsay Davenport doesn’t return to defend her title, but 2007 runner-up Daniela Hantuchova returns to the resort paradise of Bali, joined by fellow Top 20 residents Patty Schnyder and Flavia Pennetta.

Other seeded players are Nadia Petrova, Francesca Schiavone, Na Li, Sara Errani and Aleksandra Wozniak.


FEDERER DONE AT NO. 1?: Former No. 1 Mats Wilander says Roger Federer will never again top the ATP Rankings: “I do not believe Federer will be world No. 1 again,” the Swede told the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “That is due to the way the ATP Rankings are calculated, because you have to be powerful week after week. If Federer wants to be world No. 1 again, he will have to win lots of small tournaments and I don’t believe that interests him. What he is interested in doing is winning the grand slam tournaments and beating [Rafael] Nadal.”

THE ZEN OF NADAL: Rafael Nadal when asked if he was disappointed after losing to Andy Murray in the US Open semifinals: “Well, I accept the losses with the same calm when I win.”

MISC: The CBS and US Open website will be streaming the Monday men’s final for free…Rafael Nadal says he has not had an injury all season…Composer and actor Harry Connick, Jr. will sing “America The Beautiful” prior to the men’s singles final on Monday…Australia’s Alicia Molik has announced her retirement.

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53 Comments for Serena Wins, Men’s Final Monday at US Open

Von Says:

CONGRATS to Serena on a great win!! She desrves it. Her desire was to become No. 1 again and she took it as the opportunity presented itself.

CONGRATS to the Bryan Brothers alos for their USO doubles Title win. Good job guys, and goodluck for your match against Spain. GO USA!!

Ezorra Says:

CONGRATS to Serena, C. Black, L.Huber, L.Paes and Bryan Brothers! GO TENNIS!

jane Says:

I’m pleased to see that Gulbis is playing a smaller tournament; may sound dumb but I am a little worried he’s only a big show guy. Meanwhile JMDP was picking up several wins, and Cilic took New Haven. To stay in the mix, Gulbis is going to have to get in there and play some smaller events – to win. The big glory could follow. Lord knows this new wave has buckets of talent.

Congrats to Serena. Got to say, though, Janko let her off the hook of a third set by first choking while serving for it and second letting Serena get back from love-40 with two very casual points. But Serena never let up either – she was the better player and deserved the win.

Now GO Murray!!

Morganwigge Says:

Mary Carillo is a twat. Reference the post-match interview – and how she rolled her eyes, even grimaced, when Jankovic spoke sincerely – yet hung on every single word that dribbled out of Serena’s mouth. Carillo would have been embarrassed by her behavior, if she had a clue.

zola Says:

wow! congratulations to Serena for the championship and to Jelena for her first GS final. I am sure the win will come too.

These days are crazy for me. So I missed this match too. I am hoping to be able to watch the men’s final tomorrow!

i think it was during US Open seris 06 that one of the announcers ( I think it was Carillo) said something about the “witches” ( of course joking with the names)….and even asked one of the players hw she felt about her next opponent who will be one of the “witches”….

sometimes you think the announcers need some PR training as well.

NachoF Says:

Did you guys notice the crowd didnt like when Jankovic was complaining about Serena taking too much time??? and she is from Serbia!…. talk about ironic.


Von Says:

Jankovic did, what she always does, and that is make a scene with the umpire, even though nothing was done to cause her to behave in that manner. Serena didn’t take too much time — she always serves fast. Janko wastes a lot of time from throwing herself repeatedly on the ground with the Clijsters splits, then gradually picks herself up, which looks awkward. I really think she does some of those splits and falling to give herself some much needed recovery time after a long point. She likes to engage in long rallies, which work against her and uses up a lot of energy. I hope she’ll learn fast.

At the presentation, she began talking and trying to appear funny, holding onto the mic and won’t stop talking. At one point Carillo tried to take the mic from Janko who just kept on talking, not heeding Carillo’s question, of “are you done”. Instead Janko began talking more, thanking everyone in creation. The presenters asked her if she didn’t want her check and she stated no, she didn’t. Janko only stopped talking and handed over the mic, after Arlen Kanterian whispered something to her, and then she reluctantly handed over the mic. She did the same thing at Hopman Cup earlier this year, joking around, holding onto the golden ball with the precious stones and stating she wants one. Her statement was to the effect “Why does Serena always get the bling, bling.” it was so very silly. I’m assuming she feels she’s being humorous and thinks the crowd likes her, however, I doubt the crowd likes her. There’s a time and place for everything, and the USO presentation is definitely NOT the place to clown around. Janko needs to stop looking for validation from the crowd — it will work against her.


Federer is in danger!

Sean plays with Penn tennis balls! Says:


Sean's Penn tennis balls are recycle balls, too! Says:

Replay, reuse and recycle! lol

jane Says:

Didn’t see the presentation; Janko definitely can be a drama queen, but Carillo is not my fave either, so kind of glad I missed it!

bob22 Says:

To Morganwigge:
100% right, I was discussed with her attitude. She was using any opportunity to diss her, not giving her a chance to express her self, interupting her, trying to take a microphone from her, rolling her eyes while jelena was talking and on top of if was when she told her to move on and get her check…

Hank Says:

Lighten Up – I think JJ is refreshing in her candor and off the cuff reactions – this was a very entertaining match because of it – Mary, I luv you but you should have been more gracious on JJ’s behalf. Serena, at last you are #1 which is as it should be and you played great tennis as usual – kudos. But Venus is right up there too!

bob22 Says:

Von, I do not agree with yours statement. Both players should receive the same respect after the match. It is not fare from you to call the clown. It just shows how biased you are. If you are cheering for American players fine, but you or anyone else does not have right to dishonor others.
“At the presentation, she began talking and trying to appear funny” – she was funny, at least to the people that likes her. I am one of thouse and we do deserve to hear what whe is going to say.
“… however, I doubt the crowd likes her” based on reaction from the crowd you are wrong.
This match was one of the greates finals and Serena was not the only contributor to it. Try to respect that!

ckr Says:

I agree with you bob22. Apparently, Carillo was in a hurry for some reason to take the mic away from JJ. JJ’s speech was also not too eloborative, she was doing the general acknowledgement for her box. She also had very good words for the crowd. She definitely deserved better treatment after such a fantastic effort. JJ being such a +ve person, I am sure, she will take it into her stride.

ckr Says:

It was mean act by Carrillo.

mem Says:

well done, serena! wimbledon to venus, and now you. I’ll say that’s pretty special for two sisters who play so few tournaments.! a round of applause to jankovic for her great effort! I enjoyed watching!

anon Says:

– The CBS and US Open website will be streaming the Monday men’s final for free –

Accessible to non-US residents?

Serena should be thanking her lucky stars that Henin retired.

Mary Cariloo is a disgrace. Why did she cut Jelena off? Let her thank everybody in the house if she wants.

David Says:

Ordinarily I like Carillo, but both she and Mac were boosting Serena from the get go. Did anybody else notice that Jankovic looked exhausted in the first of the game and was gasping for breath after that one long point? Not a good sign.

On to the mens! This is really exciting for us Roger boosters who were getting nervous that the man might actually be falling. But 3 Grand Slam finals in a year? That’s not bad for an off-year, is it?

zola Says:

I found the ceremony on youtube.
There is no harm in promoting Serena. She is a great champion. but Carillo was almost rude to Jelena.
I don’t always like her drama, but this was her first grand slam final. a few seconds on the microphone wouldn’t kill anyone.

the link is on youtube. She did not talk more than Serena!

and Serena is No 1, Congratulations!

zola Says:

woops, forgot to put the link for the women’s trophy presentation:

tony Says:

i cringed with baratone mary’s behavior toward jalena.

andrea Says:

it’s always the same story at the US Open – everything is America-centric and it’s tough to argue against it. hell, it does take place in America.

didn’t see Carillo or the post match ceremony, but i think we all have to take it with a grain of salt. can’t really blame them for falling all over themselves since an American won the trophy. don’t they pine for that every year?

Skorocel Says:

Speaking about Wilander, I’ve actually read on a certain Swiss website that the guy may well become FED’S NEW COACH (!) Yes, THE SAME Wilander who said “Fed has no balls”, has been allegedly discussed as a possible new coach for Fed! I’m not quite sure whether this info is trustable or not, but since that particular Swiss website usually has very decent sources of information, we may be in for some surprise :)

Debra Gardner Says:

Personally, I enjoy Mary Jo Fernandez or Tracy austin for comentators. congrats to Serena and I applaud Jalena for being purely herself. I would hate to have a sort of cooky-cutter mold where everyone behaved the same. Jalena had me laughing, “How much is my cheque?” It reminded me of the Grammy awards where you get to spend fifteen minutes thanking whoever you want. I’m sure she’ll be back, winning some slam or other. Meanwhile, ther id the matter of persons named Federer and Murray. I love Roger, but this time I have a slight pull towards Andy as I’d like Great Britain to get a slam for once. We’ve had americans win the Open over the years and this is one Andy really wants to win. I call Roger the artful one; andy will have to be the crafty one.

hiding behind our keyboards Says:

Enough people must have complained about Dick “Ohh Myy” Enberg, apparently. Carillo is a much more articulate commentator than Enberg, but she was somewhat rude toward Jankovic in this instance. I understand the whole time-constraints issue. It happens on everything that’s televised – that’s how it works, you must “bend to the will of your corporate masters”, as George Carlin once ominously stated. That happens when an entities are allowed to accrue astoundingly huge amounts of funds – they get to control everything, for better or worse. Mostly for worse. But Jankovic wasn’t taking all that long.
Serena was on point in that match. She was determined, and she prevailed. Excellent win after a six-year drought at the U.S. Open. Still prefer Venus.

that matt Says:

On the subject of Mary Carillo… Why she annoys me: She has such a vast vocabulary, yet she would rather be clever with word-play than say interesting things about the match. She obviously has smarts, but she uses it to this effect: “hey i’m mighty clever the way I just said that.” John McEnroe doesn’t have a large vocabulary for sure, but he’s very insightful about players strenghts, weaknesses and current status on the court. Poo Poo on clever for clevers sake.

Styx Says:

I don’t agree with Van’s comment at all.

I thought it was very cute that Jankovic went on a little rant there, and couldn’t believe that usless, retarted Carrilo acutaly janked the microphone from her? What was the hurry? Was there another match coming on? Was Jankovic talking more than 30 seconds? Nobody in the crowd minded, and yes i think most of them liked it. Mary could have finished it with “Thank you Jelena” had Jankovic really taken to long, not “do you want your check”. Talk about no class/charm announcer, she worse that that idiot announcer whose first question to Fed after winning US Open was about Tiger Woods in his box.

The fact Serena had such a shitty and fake speech only made things worse.

I do agree Jankovic tends to pander to the crowd, it’s probably because she has some issues from being so ugly. BUt usually it works for her, like that time in Doha she played Sania Mirza and the whole stadium was against her, but after she won easily and made a little speech she won the all over and was the crowd favorite in the next match.

mem Says:

I’m waiting to see andy put in the effort against federer that he put in against nadal. if he does, he will win. without question, he has the skill. If andy loses,I don’t want to hear the same old song entitled “I lost because roger is so great.” lets see if he takes it to roger the way he took it to rafa or has he already accomplished his goal by beating rafa?

JCF Says:

Mary Carilo is the best commentator ever. I wish we had her on some of our networks. My only complaint with her is that she has an androgynous voice. Sounds borderline, high enough to be female but also low enough to be male. When I first heard it, I mistook her for a man but caught on after a bit.

Still, her comments are pure gold.

Von, you got to see Americans hoist the US open silverware, so you can forgive the disappointments of Fish and Roddick. Now can you let us win the Aussie Open…

grendel Says:

Skyrocel: on the eurosport website, recently (3 to 5 days ago? – couldn’t find it again), Wilander suggested that he might be a good coach for Fed with view to winning French – on the grounds that he had won the French several times using somewhat different styles. He didn’t indicate, however, that he had had any communication with Federer.

vw Says:

Why didn’t Serena give any props to Jelena? I heard Jelena say how good Serena was. Also,I think a 27 year old jumping up and down in a victory dance is tasteless and immature. Finally, do parents ordinarily come on court with their girlfriends to congratulate the players or is that only a Williams thing? Oh yeah, Richard was the one that said Evert was white trash and the press still loves him. Arrogant family.

Giner Says:

“Now can you let us win the Aussie Open…”

Who’s going to win it for us? Pat Rafter? Rod Laver? Margaret Court?

The only chance an Aussie has at winning the AO is in doubles. Lleyton Hewitt’s career is effectively over. He’s the Tim Henman of the AO.

Back to US Open, my initial expectation was that the title was either Djokovic’s or Nadal’s. Looks like I was wrong on both of them. Of the last two remaining, Murray is the one I see winning. Four sets probably. Five sets maybe.

A loss here would be devastating for Federer. It will mean that he’ll have reached the last hurdle and fallen short three times in a row this year. I’d argue that losing in a semi final would be more merciful.

Giner Says:

“vw Says:

Why didn’t Serena give any props to Jelena? I heard Jelena say how good Serena was. Also,I think a 27 year old jumping up and down in a victory dance is tasteless and immature. Finally, do parents ordinarily come on court with their girlfriends to congratulate the players or is that only a Williams thing? Oh yeah, Richard was the one that said Evert was white trash and the press still loves him. Arrogant family.”

They normally don’t.

One Wimbledon a few years ago, Venus saved match point against Davenport with a very lucky drop shot that barely caught the line, went on to win and jumped up and down and laughed in one of the most classless displays I’ve ever seen. I don’t even know if she shook Davenport’s hand. She didn’t mention her at all in her interview until Sue Barker forced her to acknowledge Lindsay. Lindsay (who spoke first) did give her props to Venus. The sad thing about this is that Venus was very lucky to win it. She faced match points and Lindsay was playing better for most of the match. You’d think after an opponent played that well and pushed you that far (she was certainly no pushover), you could at least congratulate her a little?

Till that point, I never liked the Williams sisters. After that, I liked them even less. Their game is good, it’s their lack of sportsmanship that I dislike. I doubt most of the American fans would appreciate them at all if they represented, say, Kenya.

I didn’t watch the final yesterday, but it doesn’t surprise me in the least.

anexa Says:

That’s dumb… people are entitled to celebrate when they do well at something… Men do it all the time but whenever a woman does it’s the end of the world…

Ann Says:

Carillo should be banned from commentating on tennis games and whatever else she comments on. Doesn’t she work for someone? Don’t they see she is a bad representation for them. Very distasteful. Noone wants to hear her “personal” opinions of players. They both played a great game last night. Carillo should have given Jelena a chance to speak afterward. It was very disrespectful of her to roll her eyes at Jelena and to make faces. Doesn’t this woman realize she’s on TV?

Von Says:

I didn’t mean to offend the jInkovic fans, sorry. I merely stated what I saw. The whole problem began because the presentation took a detour, sort of putting the cart before the horse. Usually the trophy and check are presented and then the players talk, in that case. Jelena prematurely took the mic first instead of the check and I suppose the presenters felt things were not following the format. The same happened at the Hopman Cup. I wasn’t being prejudiced. I, for one didn’t like Serena’s jumping up and down like a 4 year-old and displaying her childishness. Venus did the Same at the ’06 Wimby against Lindsay and I could have strangled Venus. I don’t think it’s professional to rejoice like that when your opponent loses. I think if Jelena had waited to speak and let the presenters do their job, thenshe would have been allowed to speak longer. Sometimes we need to just follow protocol. CBS is an inflexible network and I believe they were following time restraints. Jelena put a spoke in their wheel and they didn’t like it. Yes some of the crowd liked her, but the majority seemed offended. Sorry Jankovic fans, I was merely pointing out what I saw.


“Von, you got to see Americans hoist the US open silverware, so you can forgive the disappointments of Fish and Roddick. Now can you let us win the Aussie Open…”

I’m really mad at you, but to answer your question, I’d love to see one of the Aussies win their own trophy. I’ve felt so badly for them over the years.

You’ve got Luczak, who’a a good player, Guccicone, and Dellacqua to pull off the impossible, but it could very well be done.

BOB 22:

Sorry guy, I wasn’t being prejudiced in my statement — just pointing out what I saw. I have a few quirks about Serena and Vens, and one of them is that they do not acknowledge their opponent’s contribution to the match. Jelena likes to joke around, and i like that because I like humor, but in some instances we need to tow the line. it’s better to be in the background and be too much in the frontline. Carillo is one of my leat favourite commentators, she’s smart, but she can at times appear somewhat crude.

I’m really mad at you,

Von Says:

Bob 22: The “I’m really mad at you” at the end of my paragraph was not meant for you. Please excuse. Thanks.

Giner Says:

anexa Says:

“That’s dumb… people are entitled to celebrate when they do well at something… Men do it all the time but whenever a woman does it’s the end of the world…”

Jumping is fine, it’s just the fashion she did it in. She was literally jumping for minutes, with a wide lipped laugh like a kid who just robbed a candy store. I could compare her expression to something a lot more demeaning, but I won’t.

Nobody says they can’t do it. But I will comment on it if I don’t like the gesture.

Giner Says:

“You’ve got Luczak, who’a a good player, Guccicone, and Dellacqua to pull off the impossible, but it could very well be done.”

Out of this group, Dellacqua’s the only one with a reasonable chance, but not for a few years at best. Luczak and Guccione are not contenders. They may pull off a few early upsets but lack the experience and consistency needed at the latter stages of the tournament. Gooch is a first round casualty more often than not. Our best hopes are probably with juniors, but again, our development programme is crappy.

The last guy that won the AO was Mark Edmonson in 76, who beat a fellow Aussie (we were guaranteed the title). Funny enough, he dropped the trophy while holding it. Maybe it was a bad omen and he junxed us?

JCF wants to know why you’re mad at him. He hasn’t read everything yet. Is this something to do with that zola incident, he asks?

Von Says:


“JCF wants to know why you’re mad at him. He hasn’t read everything yet. Is this something to do with that zola incident, he asks?”

Why doesn’t JCF ask me himself. And the answer is YES. He should read and retain a lot more before coming to such conclusions and unjust accusations, but as he said, thet’re Nadal fans, so the brotherhood/sisterhood is more important than being fair and/or loyal to someone else. He’s now got a friend and they’ve got each other. And, the cheese stands alone …… I shouldn’t have said I’m mad at him, maybe just disappointed.

JCF Says:

Hello Von.

I’m sorry I upset you. I didn’t say much, so you did take more out of my words than was intended. You got pretty furious at me, but I quickly put that behind me. Could you please do the same thing? This was days ago. I think it would hurt a lot less when people offend you, as I’m clearly not the only one that does.

If I’ve learnt anything, you get hurt easier than I do. I recommend just taking what people say about you (or to you) in stride. As a kid, I was picked on constantly for a speech impediment that I had (and still have). I hoped that as I went through puberty and adulthood, my voice would change and it would not be a problem. It did change, but I still sound dumb. They imitated my weird sounding voice and were always sarcastic with me, never giving straight answers. If I took it personally every time, I would have slit my wrists by now. I didn’t react to them, and my way of dismissing them was to get better grades than them. I found a way to deal with it and get through life in spite of it.

I think you shouldn’t take what other people say about you or your idols too seriously. It’s better for you that way. I’ve had some hostile messages directed at me through here and on other community boards (I think yours counts), but I don’t bear any grudges against anyone for what they’ve written. That way I can come back and continue writing with an uncluttered mind. I’m surprised you’re still thinking about that episode. I’d forgotten it already (hey, I do have a short memory you know!).

You should try it. When someone writes something you don’t like, just laugh (or shrug) it off and move on. It’s not going to do anything good to get all hot and bothered by it. That said, I will be careful in future.

I haven’t changed my opinion of you, and you’re still my favorite person here. Let’s keep it that way.


Von Says:


Thanks for your words of consolation. You have no idea how soft and sensitive I am. I cry at the drop of a hat — like right now. I do get hurt easily because I’m very sincere, and when I get attacked, especially from those I least expect it, I retaliate more from hurt than anger. My MO is always the same. I let 2 instances of an attack psss, but watch out after the third. What hurt me most was your saying I have “fangs”, because I felt you were transposing the other person’s personality onto me. Then your other coming to a premature conclusion concerning my harshness, and in so doing you empowered my attacker, which caused a huge a mount of ramifications. Anyway, it happened. I can assure you my hurt will pass, but it will take awhile, so bear with me, if you don’t mind.

“I haven’t changed my opinion of you, and you’re still my favorite person here. Let’s keep it that way.”

Neither have I. I didn’t know I was your favourite person here, but thanks for that — you know I like you very much too. Yes, we’ll keep it that way.


JCF Says:

Sorry about the fangs comment. I didn’t mean it literally. I jest. There’s a word you’ve used for that which escapes me at the moment (I hate that).

I don’t consider myself as part of any ‘brotherhood’ either. I respect a person based on what they say, not what they believe. I won’t like a person just because they like the same player as I do. When Nadal ascended to #1, I asked Nadal fans not to embarrass us (as I feared they inevitably would) by trash-talking or putting down other players and their supporters. There are some such commenters here, but they don’t represent me, nor do I support them.

In the case of this person, she just hadn’t said anything yet that I took exception to, unlike others. If she said anything negative about other players, I know for fact that there have been far worse instances of it from others. I was just trying to give her some encouragement because it sounded like she was hitting back at me from something I said to her. I wanted to make it clear that I wasn’t against her despite my comments.

Thank you for your forgiveness. You become increasingly more interesting the more I learn about you. I’ll get there some day.

bob22 Says:

To Von: No worries, I can live with it :)

Giner Says:

Another handy tip is to have multiple ‘favourites’. It lessens the disappointment when your main favourite player loses. It gives you someone else to cheer on and be happy for. If your second favourite wins, you can be just as happy.

You like Murray I presume?

We like Federer, and he rarely disappoints, except against other players we also like. It’s great to be a fan of tennis. There is depth on the tour now, despite what Pete Sampras says. No one is invincible.

Von Says:

JCF: “Sorry about the fangs comment. I didn’t mean it literally. I jest. There’s a word you’ve used for that which escapes me at the moment (I hate that).”

Don’t worry about it — my eyes are dryer and I’m smiling :P The word is “tentacles”. You have to incorporate new words often in your speech to remember them.

“Thank you for your forgiveness. You become increasingly more interesting the more I learn about you. I’ll get there some day.”

You’re welccome. Do I even know myself — you’ll have a hard time learning about and trying to figure me out. There’s the catch!! :D
Giner: ****”You like Murray I presume>” Very much so. I’m a Brit/American remember. I don’t publicize the Murray fave thing; yesterday was an exception. Murray does not come under attack as Roddick does; that’s why so little is said. The Roddick stuff becomes personal since it’s more or less targeted toward the Americans, and because I have 2 American born children, it’s harder for me to ignore the negativity. I liked Henman and Sampras and they’re both gone. I liked Agassi too but he was like a revolving door — in one day, off the other. He was like a nomad. :)

Von Says:

JCF: Re the above on having more than one favourite players to root for, I’m doing my very bst to add more. Not many of the young ones have absolutely impressed me though. BTW, I’d like to discuss the other problem further, but not on Tennis.X. Give a try. Let’s see what we can come up with brainstorming, since two heads are better than one, OK. Thanks. Talk to you later. :P

Von Says:


“can’t really blame them for falling all over themselves since an American won the trophy. don’t they pine for that every year?”

I know you’re Canadian and don’t like the Americans, but if the shoe were on the other foot, wouldn’t you be pining also for Canada to win a trophy? I love the Canadians, whm I feel are like us, and was very happy when Dancevic did well at our tournaments. I also cheered for Rosalyn sunmers Jamie Sale and David Pelltier when they won the Olympic Gold medal. Or are you not that much of a patriotic? Next to God and family, country is extremely important. Every human being hs the desire to feel connected, a sense of belonging to some place or person. Cut us some slack will ya!! Thanks. :P

Von Says:


“It’s great to be a fan of tennis. There is depth on the tour now, despite what Pete Sampras says. No one is invincible.”

It most crtainly is great to be a tennis fan at this juncture. Tennis has gained more recognition in the sports world presently than it has ever done in the past, and yes, I agree there’s depth also, contrary to Sampras’ thinking.

I’ve always been a huge Sampras fan, but if there’s one trait of his I didn’t like, is that of trivializing the younger players American players’ accomplishments and pick their game apart, by his harsh criticisms. When Sampras does that, it’s almost as if he’s saying no one will ever be at his standard of play and he is the best. I feel only a small person would make such statements.

In addition to the above, Pete was not very kind to the younger Americans. He didn’t make an effort to take them under his wing and be somewhat of “big brother” to them. Whenever the younger Americans faced Pete in the draw, he relished putting yhem in their place, and showing them “who’s the boss”. That was so unnecessary. He didn’t have to do that the younger kids knew he was the best in American tennis. What I would like to see Pete do is give something back to American tennis, which has made him what he is — a superstar, ana a rich one at that. Pete could devote some time toward helping the youngmen hone their games intead of playing Exho matches all over the globe making more money than he’ll ever need. There’s a lot more respect and blessing in giving, but to each his own.

Von Says:

“bob22 Says:
To Von: No worries, I can live with it. :)

Thanks for letting me off the hook! :P

Marilyn Says:

Everyone has their favorite player, but it’s really not necessary to speak so ugly and harsh about any of them. We all like them for different reasons; and in case you guys haven’t noticed, when a parent demonstrates their emotion by going on court to hug their child, it should be a good thing-what’s so bad about it? It’s been evident from the start since the Williams sisters stepped on the court, most of the time it’s not about their game, it’s really about how they look – not European enough, but it’s because of them women’s tennis ratings have soared and so have the game – Put that in your play book. Game, Set, Match – Serena does it again and so will Venus.

Von Says:

I, for one am ecstactic that an American won the women’s title, and we now have an American No. 1 again — I’m American. The Williams sisters have kept Women’s tennis alive for 14 years. Venus 14, Serena 12. If it weren’t for these two women, Women’s tennis would be a lost cause. what’s the longevity for most of the woen on tour these days– 5 yers, except for Davenport, who’s another American. The on-court huging I didn’t mind, considering how far up Serena would have had to climb to reach her family. I didn’t like the jumping up though, which was a bit much for Jelena to have to sit through and watch, perhaps Serena could have practiced more restraint. The williams have been criticied so much, and yes, they say and do some things that are in poor taste, vis-a-vis, not complimenting their opponent’s game, Serena can be huffy at times with the press and act phoney too, but they’re not that much worse than some of the other players. I suppose color has a bearing on some of the comments that are written, but none of us can choose our race can we. I’d like to see Serena wear some longer skirts and more loose tops which are more flattering to his body and clean up her attitude. But all in all, I’m happy they are still playing tennis and are Americans too.

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