Nadal Hammers Absent Gonzalez, Advances to US Open Sunday Semifinals
by Sean Randall | September 12th, 2009, 2:51 pm
  • 243 Comments

Apparently Fernando Gonzalez didn’t get the message that the rain had stopped and his quarterfinal match against Rafael Nadal was to resume this afternoon at the US Open. When we left them, Nadal was leading 7-6(4) and 3-2 in the second set tiebreak before the rains halted play Thursday night.

After a rainy Friday, play finally resumed today, but Gonzalez was no where to be found. Gonzo promptly dropped all four points in the tiebreak and then all six games in a dispiriting third set. Gonzo won a total of 12 points to go along with 21 errors. And we waited 36 hours for that?

Nadal has now won six straight over Gonzalez and 15 sets in a row as he rolls into his 11th Grand Slam semifinal and second at the US Open.

The good news for Nadal fans is that he only needed about a half hour of court time to exterminate Gonzalez, the bad news is his bad ab was hardly tested today and he’s back on court tomorrow – perhaps as early as noon – to battle the well-rested and red-hot Juan Martin Del Potro.

Del Potro, who is playing his first US Open semifinal, has won two straight over Nadal, beating the Spaniard in Miami and at Montreal. Also tomorrow Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for a 13th time and a third straight at the US Open.

Later today – when and if the weather clear – the women’s final will be determined. I still like Caroline Wozniacki to beat Yanina Wickmayer and then tonight at 8pm Serena Williams should put an end to Kim Clijsters.

As for the rest of the weekend, looks like the men’s semifinals will be played at noon with the second on CBS at 4pm. The ladies final will be played on ESPN2 at 9pm.

On Monday, ESPN2 will have the women’s doubles final at 1pm. CBS will air the men’s final at 4pm.

Then again Mother Nature may have a final word on that schedule.


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243 Comments for Nadal Hammers Absent Gonzalez, Advances to US Open Sunday Semifinals

Nole's fan Says:

Too bad Gonzo didn’t show up. But I’m glad that his no show at least helps gets this QF to finish in that very short window of play. Now we can expect a good SF since Rafa isn’t in an obviously disadvantage of having to play 3 days in a roll. That, is a good thing. Cannot be more excited about these 2 SFs matchup.


Giner Says:

Gonzo is lacking it between the ears. He probably gave up after missing two forehands in the tiebreak. If he had levelled the match, he would not have just gone away in the third set, and we’d actually have a match. It seemed the more he missed, the bigger his forehands became. He was trying to redeem himself by making some big forehand winners. Some people do that. They miss a drop shot, and then keep trying to drop shot until they get it just so they can put the misses away in their mind, but they end up making more misses.

He just stopped trying in the third set and instead lost patience and tried to blast his opponent off the court by pulling the trigger any chance he got, which is not something a Nadal or Hewitt would have done had they been in his shoes. They would have digged deep and found a way to come back, and if they couldn’t do it, they wouldn’t second guess their attempt but just accept their opponent was “too good”.

Gonzo just wanted to be off the court as quick as possible. When Nadal faces a big deficit, regardless of whether he ends up winning or losing, I’ve never seen him just give up and throw the match away like that. Gonzo could have at least tried to prevent a bagel.

Patience was what made Gonzo so good when he improved tremendously under Stefanki. Seems he’s gone back to his older days. He’s just one of those good players who only do well when things are going right. When things aren’t going the way he wants, he doesn’t have it in him to find a solution. Andy Murray has been guilty of this before too.


Andrew Miller Says:

Gonzo played an awful tiebreak and an awful set. I agree he has played an awful match!


Andrew Miller Says:

Seems that Gonzalez actually was abandoned by Stefanki because Stefanki got the offer from Andy Roddick. It doesnt seem like Gonzalez had anything to do with the split whatsoever.


Skorocel Says:

“the bad news is his bad ab was hardly tested today”

Am I missing some logic here? One would think the quicker the match ended, the better for Nadal…


Daniel2 Says:

The rain delay ended helping Nadal, Gonzalez is a streaky player and his level of play depends on how’s he feeling the ball that particular day. The other night he was playing well, today… well I don’t need to tell you. Besides the other night Rafa was injured, the rain allowed him to work on his ab and as he said in his presser he felt OK today. I guess Nadal wasn’t so unfortunate this time.


Dory Says:

Gonzo self-exploded….Nadal didn’t have to hammer him. :-)


Skorocel Says:

Daniel2: “The other night he was playing well”

But he still lost that 1st set, didn’t he? ;-)


Daniel2 Says:

“But he still lost that 1st set, didn’t he? ;-)”

Barely, I’m not saying Gonzo would have won the match if it wasn’t for the rain but it would’ve definitely been more difficult and demanding for Nadal to overcome the challenge that the Chilean was offering.

I’m just a little bit tired of Rafa fans complaining and making excuses for everything. I’m sure that if Rafa wins this tournament his fans would be saying: “oh he won it beign injured and playing three days in a row” when today he would have used more energy in a practice. And if he loses he will use all this as an excuse.


Daniel2 Says:

In the last sentence I didn’t mean “he” I meant “they” (Rafa’s fans)


Skorocel Says:

Daniel2: What Rafa or Roger fans are saying is irrelevant. If Roger wins, good for him. If it’s Rafa, Djoker, or JMDP – all the same.


Veno Says:

Skorocel Says:

Daniel2: What Rafa or Roger fans are saying is irrelevant. If Roger wins, good for him. If it’s Rafa, Djoker, or JMDP – all the same.

Amen!


grendel Says:

Gonzo comments:”I went for it. I miss one. The next point I miss another one, then I miss another one. What else can I do? I try my best.”

A succinct summary, would you not say? Perhaps Gonzo has a future in journalism.

“Rafael Nadal says he has requested tournament organizers to schedule him for the first semifinal tomorrow, which begins at 12:00 p.m.” (Tennis.com) Is that really possible? What if one of the other semi-finalists was to make a conflicting request?


chloe Says:

They had already scheduled Roger/Novak first, but apparently Rafa put his foot down, and after a long chat with the commitee they agreed to change it. They should at least make this one concession to the man they have relied on to pull in the night crowds for 4 out of his five matches. He’s had enough.

It’s all to do with CBS wanting Nadal’s match to be the one they televise. Whether the weather will hold for the matches to take place, is another matter.


grendel Says:

“It’s all to do with CBS wanting Nadal’s match to be the one they televise.”

Does that mean Nadal is the top draw with viewing audience (now that Roddick is out)? More people want to watch Nadal than Federer? That’s interesting. Also, does American tv only show ONE semi? That’s primitive!


i am it Says:

i like the new schedule. at least this will shut up one group of conspiracy theorists who’d like to attribute fed’s 5 titles to early semifinal schedule.


Cindy_Brady Says:

Federer should decide which which time slot he wants. He the defending champion. Who is Nadal to call the shots? He’s never even been in the final.

Maybe CBS should just flip a coin or have Rafa/Fed play Rock, Paper, Scissors for the 12:00 PM start.

Seriously, both players should have equal say. No one should get special treatment. The weather is an act of God.


scineram Says:

grendel Says:

“It’s all to do with CBS wanting Nadal’s match to be the one they televise.”

Does that mean Nadal is the top draw with viewing audience (now that Roddick is out)? More people want to watch Nadal than Federer? That’s interesting.

Roger is boring.


Dan Martin Says:

Well the scheduling has given everyone a lot to talk about but I think Nadal’s quick win makes it likely that all 4 semifinalists have a reasonable chance to be fresh for the final. Maybe they should just do Ashe/Armstrong (assuming the women’s semis get completed tonight) simultaneously to give a fair shake for Monday.


grendel Says:

D’you mean that his tennis is boring? Or that he has a boring persona on court? Or that he has a has a boring persona off court? Or that people have just seen too much of Federer, are bored with his winning ways and want something different? All of these things? A couple?

No accounting for taste, I guess…….


Daniel2 Says:

Dan, what I think they should do is to stop with the “super saturday” bullshi… the only thing they acomplish is a “lame sunday”.


grendel Says:

Am now reading that CBS wants Fed/Djoko match on second because THAT is the match they will televise. Fed not boring after all? All very mysterious…


jane Says:

I am happy Rafa gets the first semi-final this time; it’ll change the dynamic. Nadal was the second to play his semi both at the USO 08 and AO 09. Besides which, Djoko plays better at night, ha ha :)

Of course Fed plays pretty darn well at night too. LOL.

Well, let the best men win, then. These two semis should be exciting. Looking forward to both of them.

What’s up with the women? When do they play? …. will google and check.

Cheers all – hope you’re tolerating the endless delays.


i am it Says:

finally tennis is back. i missed the 1st two games.


i am it Says:

if dj wins the semi he’ll have less rest time so he will be in disadvantage in the final.


i am it Says:

wow clijsters already took a break to lead 4-2.


sar Says:

any streams for Wickmayer?


i am it Says:

serena hits two forehand long and misses two break chances. in the 3rd attempt she does.


Kimmi Says:

C’moon Kim. can she do it…


i am it Says:

wozniacki takes an early break. that’s good.


i am it Says:

come on serena !


i am it Says:

and woz. gets broken back right away.


sar Says:

Where is Wickmayer/Wozniaki?


i am it Says:

the match is slightly tilting toward clijsters. looks like it’s her day and it’s her year.


i am it Says:

wick-woz is in the score board. where else? there is no live-streaming yet.


i am it Says:

clijsters wins the 1st set.


Veno Says:

Oh my, Serena smashes a racquet Safin/Gonzo style…
Loses the first set of the tourney.


Kimmi Says:

WOW..yes Kim. This is unbelivable. One more set Kim.


i am it Says:

serena is likely to go down. her serve is mot going in and she is making a lot of errors.


blah Says:

Woo Clijsters.


Veno Says:

i am it, actually her serve kept her in the first set, it’s the UE of both wings that made her lose the set


i am it Says:

they are talking about two belgians in the final.


Veno Says:

funny that so many give Woz a great advantage mentality-wise stating she probably can deal better with such a big mental challenge of a Slam semi….
Guess those people haven’t read Yanina’s history yet…


i am it Says:

when she got broken serena served both second. that’s what i was trying to say.

she takes early break in the 2nd. let’s see if she can hold.


grendel Says:

Not watching the match, hope to see it tomorrow, but your comments amaze me. How many times have you seen Serena lose the first set, and proceed to pick herself up off the floor and win the next two?

That said, hope Kim can keep it up….


i am it Says:

serena could not hold.


i am it Says:

serena could not hold because of double fault.


Veno Says:

Agree Grendel, winning the first off Serena says nothing…Only after converting matchpoint against Serena you can claim victory


i am it Says:

woz is ahead with another break. 3-2. can she hold?


i am it Says:

kim is already half way to the final. 4 more games to go. can serena turn it around? i don’t see that happening. not yet.


i am it Says:

go Woz !


Veno Says:

Woz is moving great, retrieving well and more consistent. Yanina has an attractive, attacking style game but too many UE. But if she polishes her game(she stands inside the baseline during the rally) she can be a force


i am it Says:

second serve points won clijsters leads 67-33%.


Veno Says:

I’ll still pick Serena in 3. Just can’t see Kimmi beat Serena here.


grendel Says:

Watching a stream. Wonderful lob by Kim gets her out of trouble!


i am it Says:

did you see the last two shots serena hit? it looked like dePo.


i am it Says:

that lob saved kim in a way. serena messed it up the previous shot. serena breaks. good.


grendel Says:

Doesn’t do any good though. The inevitable. Serena breaks. Force of history..


Veno Says:

Serena broke, turn around in the match…


i am it Says:

that slice and passing shot gave serena the break.


Veno Says:

Hmm, Woz gets broken to love when serving for the first set..Nerves getting to her?


Veno Says:

lots of brakes, Woz takes the first set.


grendel Says:

Kim valiant on theSerena serve – this is terrifi tennis, hammer and tong from both players


i am it Says:

woz takes the 1st set. woot woot.


grendel Says:

15-40, 30-40….


grendel Says:

damn, deuce!


grendel Says:

break point. Serena crushes it aside…


blah Says:

serena might lose in two if she’s not careful…


i am it Says:

clijsters breaks back right away. she’s the mo.


grendel Says:

break point again – this time Kim takes it! This is a match.. no roll over..


Veno Says:

btw, Kimmi is ’05 champion and hasn’t played the Open in between then and now and Serena is the defending champion! So both are defending their championship in a way loooool


blah Says:

nice angles. she’s not intimidated by serena’s power.


grendel Says:

Kim swings Seerena side to side. Yes, it’s tat way round! 30 all


Veno Says:

Not many players can make Serena run so much


grendel Says:

Kim holds! She looks to me like she believes she can win, doubt if there’s anyone else you can say that of. Not as if Serena’s playing bad.


i am it Says:

clijsters two game away from the final.


grendel Says:

wonderful Kim return right to line, 15 all.


Veno Says:

Kind of strange Rafa-JMDP is up first tomorrow…


i am it Says:

serena trails clijsters by 50-% in 2nd serve points won.


Veno Says:

Oh my….Serena in trouble here


grendel Says:

break point Kim. Serena is accurate, but her power is lacking today, especially on serve


i am it Says:

clijsters is 5 points away.


blah Says:

wow. nice rally. huge point coming up.


grendel Says:

Serena saves one b-point after long rally…


Veno Says:

Serena taking all the time she can…


Veno Says:

Tommy Haas was 5 points away at Roland Garros :)


grendel Says:

Serena pulls Kim to the line, crashes in to the net smash ball away – deuce!


i am it Says:

deuce. serena saves 2 break points. but she is not out of danger yet. clijsters has another break point. deuce.


Veno Says:

Serena showing what makes great champions!


grendel Says:

break point again, huge ace from Serena.


grendel Says:

Serena caught short at the net..


i am it Says:

serena holds. match is not over yet. i want a 3-setter.


Veno Says:

Serena, Fed, Rafa…they all have it!
When the chips are down…..they shine!


blah Says:

damn it. Come on Kim you can still hold and break.


grendel Says:

tentative return from Kim, Serenaholds – 4 all. Still can’t believe this is a proper match, anyone can win…


Veno Says:

Yanina about to break Woz…


grendel Says:

oh, der. Kim doubles…


i am it Says:

woz. faces 3 break points in the 5th game.


Veno Says:

Kim’s playing great. Not intimidated by Serena one bit


grendel Says:

Again, Kim pulls Serena side to side and wins point. This is so unusual…


i am it Says:

clijsters is 4 points away.


i am it Says:

woz. got broken.


Veno Says:

Yanina broke…

she’s a tough player from what I’ve seen. Woz was steady the first set and that got her the win but I wouldn’t count Yanina out. She got herslef right back in the match when Bondarenko was totally blitzing her in the second set…


grendel Says:

Kim 5-4. Serena will serve to stay in match. Did I really write that? Hard to credit, but you feel Kim might actually break, though she probably won’t…


i am it Says:

wick is a fighter. she won’t go without giving a fight.


Veno Says:

great point from Serena


grendel Says:

Seerea 40- love , in command hs game, wonderful finish


i am it Says:

kim-serena 5 a piece.


Veno Says:

grendel, I still give it to Serena, how many times she’s been in this position and got through…

I think she’s even a tougher warrior than Rafa


Veno Says:

It’s amazing that sometimes Kim is giving Serena a tennis lesson


grendel Says:

5 all Kim really looks like she’s having a ball.


Veno Says:

wow, Kim not showing any nerves….she’s really composed


i am it Says:

clijsters holds to lead in love, 6-5.


blah Says:

the level of competition in the men’s game is much tougher than the players serena had to face in the past. Other than Venus, who else was a real threat to her at the slams?


grendel Says:

40-love -Kim as dominant on her seerve as Serena. Very few unforced errors from either player, but especially Kim. Don’t know the stats, but I can’t imgine Kim playing better. No lapses – yet.


grendel Says:

6-5 , Serena love 15 – dumps ball into net.


Veno Says:

Yanina will have to cut down on the UE or she’ll let Woz back in.

Woz has made only 7 winners against 18 from Yanina…but the reverse is true for the UE….


blah Says:

Clijster needs to just go all out for the break here, if it gets in the third set and the momentum shifts, doesn’t look good…


Andrew Miller Says:

I am impressed. I have not seen this much extraordinary competition in a WTA match, Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters are playing a great match.


Veno Says:

Woz broke back after 4 more UE from Yanina…

Her game needs polishing…


grendel Says:

15-30. Anotheer dump into net. What’s happening to Serena?


Veno Says:

FOOTFAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!


Veno Says:

What the ****


Wade Says:

Clijsters come back queen and a half far out


blah Says:

wow foot fault on this point? she needs to stay calm.


i am it Says:

if serena holds they go into tie break. clijsters has double break point and is 1 point away.


grendel Says:

mysterious d.fault. Match point!


Wade Says:

Get off Serena ya bitch


Veno Says:

What the hell is this?


grendel Says:

foot fault, I think. Serena appears to be complaining, the heavy brigade march to the scene…


Veno Says:

match over
she’ll get a second warning…match Kim


i am it Says:

Clijsters wins. congrats to her. she will win the title.


Wade Says:

Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


blah Says:

Yikes. she needs to keep her temper. she’s not going to bully the judges into… WOW REALLY? VIOLATION MATCPOINT? WTF HAS THIS EVER HAPPENED


Mary Says:

OMG OMG CRAZY.


i am it Says:

serena said she’d kill the lineswoman. she loses by default.


Veno Says:

What an anticlimax!


blah Says:

What an ugly end to what has been a good woman’s match.


grendel Says:

Serena throws her racket down in disgust, and cedes the game, and the match. Boos. Emotion gets in the way. All ver hard to understand..


blah Says:

I don’t think Kim wanted to win this way…


i am it Says:

she loses one point by foot fault and another by code violation. she loses the match.


Veno Says:

How can you give a foot fault on match point!!!!!

My goodness!!!!!!!!!!!


Andrew Miller Says:

They should not have called the foot fault.

That said: Kim Clijsters won this match fair and square! If a player is up 0-40, set up, triple match point – that’s pretty much it.


blah Says:

This is the weirdest official way to end a match.


Andrew Miller Says:

Sorry, 15-40 up.


Veno Says:

of course Foot fault to get to match point…


grendel Says:

Kim looks bewildered. Dont think serena has done herself any favour. She’s surely gonna regret this. So easy to do in the heat of the moment. Shldn’t let it take you over. easy to say, of course…


Veno Says:

Woz is close now….


Andrew Miller Says:

It is the weirdest way to win a match.

I’m sure Kim Clijsters didnt want to win a defaulted match. But Serena did not do herself any favors.


blah Says:

Good for Kim getting the applause. She did outplay Serena and it’s serena’s own fault for absolutely losing it on match point, even though I am not sure that was a foot fault. I can’t tell from the angle they are showing it at.


Veno Says:

Nobody wants to win like that


Mary Says:

Serena never seems to regret her actions. Cannot wait for that press conference.


Ty Says:

Wow, I have never seen that happen in my entire life. Crazy shit.


Daniel Says:

OMG, Serena just lost the match due to 2 penalties!!

This line judge has some balls. Serena must have told her she would kill her later…


vared Says:

Serena was nervous because Kim was good. She said she was going to shove the racquet down the lady’s throat and cursing. She couldn’t give Kim a good win.They booed her off court.


Veno Says:

wow! Wickmayer putting on a fight! 0-30 down and then outplayed Woz for 3 winners….quite a fighter.

Woz is playing like Murray….just waiting on the Yanina error


blah Says:

So, what will the willams family claim? conspiracy? racism?


grendel Says:

It’s all hard to believe. t feels as if there’s been a temporary lull, and shortly the match will resume. But the fact is, unbelievably, Kim has beaten Serena, apparently, and she is now in the final. One of the strangest incidents I’ve ever seen on in a tennis slam. Poor Serena! Fact is, she faced a hurricane, today, in Kim. Who’d have thought it? Whata gutsy girl!


Ty Says:

Can we please get Wozniaki in HD. Thank you CBS.


i am it Says:

go woz. go win the title tomorrow.


Veno Says:

Wickmayer 23 winners, Woz has 6!

Only 1 player making/breaking the match. Woz just keeps the ball in play with good solid retrieving


i am it Says:

woz is 4 points away from the final.


Veno Says:

Woz breaks….too many UEs

Woz will take it if she serves it out…


blah Says:

Point penalty from racquet smash and code violation for verbal abuse. Wow.


Ty Says:

CBS Officially fails. They go to commercial instead of showing the match that is obviously going on in the background. It’s a damn slam semifinal for god’s sake.


Veno Says:

Yanina lost it, but good effort by Woz…Don’t give her much chance against Kim though!


Dan Martin Says:

I doubt anything that happens from here on out is going to gobble the headlines that this ending will.


Mary Says:

Is Serena going to get fined a major amount of money?

Anyway, I’m thrilled that Kim is going to the finals. With her play the past two weeks, she deserves it.


i am it Says:

woz is 2 points away.


Veno Says:

Woz misses a match point


i am it Says:

woz has match point.deuce.


blah Says:

Show the wozniacki match cbs. ugh.


i am it Says:

another match point for woz. she wins. congrats to woz and good luck for the final.


blah Says:

wow. looks like she really lost it.

LOL the other semi’s sound is on the background but they are still showing serena. I hate the media.


Veno Says:

Good win for Woz

She’ll have to be at her absolute best to have a chance against Kim though


blah Says:

Oh, NOW we are going over to Louis Armstrong. Apparently it’s over. ugh.

Good final though.


grendel Says:

God, I hope Kim wins the final. not that I’ve got anything against Woz. But Kim has shown herself to be something else these last two weeks. What a story! I wonder if Serena was angry because she was beaten (today) by the better player. I mean usually, she has a point, she loses because she does wrong not the other does right.

Can’t say that today. She wasn’t at her very best, but she was good. It’s just that Kim was better.


Ty Says:

American tennis coverage is the biggest fail to happen to the world of sports. They didn’t show a single point of the Wozniaki match. Then they were going to switch over and the scoreline was 6-3, 6-3…

Enberg – “Oh, I guess that match is over”


Giner Says:

WOW. What drama. I’ve seen point penalties from code violations before (very rare) but this is the first time I’ve seen one decide a match. To a player like Serena of all people!

To be truthful, I had my doubts that Kim could convert on those two match points because Serena plays best when she’s on the brink of losing. It would not have surprised me if she came back and won that match because she’s done it before several times.

It’s not often that I can call a match in a GS where one player is up by a set and 2 match points an “even match”.

From the angle of the replay shown, you can’t really tell if it was a correct foot fault call or not, but the ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ code violation was indisputable. Serena claimed she didn’t threaten the line judge, but the judge would not have reported her for the threat if that were true. You wouldn’t accuse an innocent player of doing something, that would just be malicious and a line judge has no reason to do that. Since Serena quickly accepted (albeit begrudgingly) the call from the referee, there is no doubt. She would have disputed it much longer and got angrier if she was innocent of the charge.

I’ll chalk this one down to rash impulse. But this is the biggest drama to have come from the Open thus far. It’s a pity for Kim too because she’s been denied some due credit. All the focus and talk will be on Serena and code violation.


Kimmi Says:

Yes, Kim deserves it. She was the better player…It would have been good for her to win the last point and jump for Joy…maybe we would have seen some happy tears.. Congratulation Kim. Hope she plays well tomorrow to take the whole thing.


Ty Says:

We get two straight days of rained out tennis and they don’t even switch over to the other match. What a fail.


blah Says:

It’s all ratings crap. I wonder what CBS will do to ruin the semis tomorrow.


Ty Says:

Serena press conference is on…

She is lying through her damn teeth.


Veno Says:

I was lucky that here they did…Belgian television :)


blah Says:

So what exact words came out of Serena’s mouth at that line judge?


Mary Says:

Serena is acutally chilled out in the press conference. She gave Kim credit for good play.


Ty Says:

what a disgrace to sports.

“You see, what had happen was, was”


Ty Says:

blah: She said “I will take this tennis ball and shove it down your f***ing throat”


Andrew Miller Says:

Kim Clijsters was definitely the better player of the evening – Serena Williams played very well but I think she was rattled by Clijsters’ sheer solid and phenomenal playing really.

Serena Williams knew it would be tough, and tough it was! I just think it would have been better if Kim Clijsters had a chance to win the match.


Veno Says:

You feel that even if they recorded what she said on one of the side camera’s she’ll still deny having threatened the line judge.

Did you see that person run to the ump’s chair when Serena walked towards her for the second time?
Now, that was a scared woman…


Cindy_Brady Says:

Serena:

“I didn’t threaten to kill her….I just told her I would shove this ball down her throat. She took it the wrong way…whatever! I didn’t foot fault!!”

Serena Williams, Drama Queen

Congratulation Kim


Shaky Says:

She gave Kim credit? Maybe she’s really lost her mind! Someone test her urine, quick!

Ok really, I had to DVR from 5-5 on, just watched it… stunning ending. I’m really really embarrassed for her. And I can’t believe she’s not ashamed of herself.

I didn’t think anyone would top Lebron James’s no-handshake-because-I-think-it’s-stupid-because-deep-down-I’m-a-winner move this year… Serena’s right up there though.


grendel Says:

They’ve just been showing Serena waving her racket, not perhaps in the most pacific manner, at the line judge who called her. She appeared to be saying something….

It’s terrible to be footfaulted at match point. But: what if it IS a foot fault? What does the linesperson do? Pretend it isn’t? It’s difficult. How does Kim now feel? Still feels something faintly surreal abut all this. Oh,well.

I hope kim keeps her focus. Easy to assume she’s done all the heavy lifting, beating Serena. That’s the way to lose. She mustn’tunderestimate Woz…


Veno Says:

“I didn’t threaten to kill her….I just told her I would shove this ball down her throat. She took it the wrong way…whatever! I didn’t foot fault!!”

Hahaha, she took it the wrong way? How??????


Veno Says:

Agree Shaky, this is up there with LeBron’s faux-pas


blah Says:

Yeah, I want Kim to win, though Wozniaki winning won’t be too bad either. She’s a riser and doesn’t seem like she will go away like jankovic and ivanovic. Kim winning would be a great story, though I doubt it can top this controversy.


blah Says:

She threw in a couple of mfer too.


Giner Says:

Serena just got caught lying in her presser.

She was accused of threatening to kill the line judge and denied it, and when asked about that, she denied it again and explained that as a misunderstanding. She wasn’t accused of threatening to kill the line judge but for something else, and Serena misheard, and when the charge against her was clarified to her, she accepted it. I’ll accept this much at face value, but when she was asked what the charge against her was, she claimed she didn’t know, didn’t hear it (a contradiction), and that she was at the baseline at the time (an outright lie).

My theory is, her charge was simply saying for some un-nice things and a couple of F bombs, but she dodged admitting to it out of pride.


Veno Says:

If Kimmi wins, will she be the second player to win a slam going through both the Williams sisters?


Cindy_Brady Says:

Well Veno,

If someone shoves a tennis ball down a throat hole, can it cause death?

That’s the big question.

LOL


i am it Says:

footfault was called for the 3rd time and the last one was questionable.
be that as it may. serena should not have lost her temper. if i were really mad mad i would have asked the umpire to change the lineswoman.


Mary Says:

OH NO, WHERE IS RICHARD? SOMEONE PUT OUT AN APB ON RICHARD WILLIAMS.


Shaky Says:

Grendel — she was footfaulted at 15-30 –> 15-40. She cussed out the line judge. Then she went back for seconds.

The chair ump called the linesman over, she told her what she said, the chair ump called the tourney ref, tourney ref ruled on the code violation: point penalty.

I can’t believe with all the camera angles we have we can’t see for sure whether she foot faulted. Not that it matters for the outcome, the linesman’s call should be respected — but I’d like to know for sure anyways.


blah Says:

Of course she can lie in the presser and act all lady-like afterwards. No one’s going to call Serena on it.


Veno Says:

Nothing personal against Woz, but please let Kim win because look at the path Woz has taken compared to Kimmi……

Woz has only had much lower ranked players(she’s 9)as opponents.

Ok, if she beats Kimmi she’s the deserved champion I guess, but it would feel a little strange imo…


Veno Says:

LOL@Cindy hahaha


Cindy_Brady Says:

John McEnroe said Serena did not foot fault.


blah Says:

I want Kim to win too. Hopefully this doesn’t affect her mindset too much. As many have said already, she deserved this win.

Mary Says:
“OH NO, WHERE IS RICHARD? SOMEONE PUT OUT AN APB ON RICHARD WILLIAMS.”

Lol. I guarantee that he is going to bring this up and cry about how unfair this is in the future.


blah Says:

John McEnroe is an idiot.


Veno Says:

The women’s game should transfer from playing in tennis stadiums to playing at theaters


Giner Says:

Shaky Says:

“She gave Kim credit? Maybe she’s really lost her mind! Someone test her urine, quick!”

She had to salvage some respect. Even Serena has standards you know. While she didn’t apologise for the episode, if after all this she still denied credit to her opponent, she’d be vilified.

While you might think that Kim was going to win it even if it hadn’t ended that way, I’m not so certain about that. I totally expected Serena to save those two match points with aces, and then win the tie break and third set. I’m not a Serena fan, but I have to give her credit for her grit.

As for Kim (and the other semi final) who might almost be forgotten, this was an incredible story. I can accept her beating players like Kuzy, Safina, Dementieva, and even Venus in the state the WTA is in.. but to beat Serena, the ‘de facto’ #1 is unbelievable.

CBS hasn’t spoken at all about the other semi final yet, except to say that Wozniacki won.


blah Says:

“I totally expected Serena to save those two match points with aces, and then win the tie break and third set.”

I think part of the reason Serena cracked was because she realized she was being outplayed and the pressure just got to her. Maybe she was a bit relieved when she saw this as a way that she can push her match results on something and decided to make a big deal out of it, but she didn’t realize that the tournament officials/ref/line judge had the guts to end the match on a point penalty.


vared Says:

Woz is playing like Murray….just waiting on the Yanina error

Well, that’s what pushers do.


vared Says:

Is there a transcript available or is the incident on youtube yet?


Shaky Says:

Vared… wait you’re watching that now?

Umm… nobody spoil the outcome for vared. For that matter, vared don’t scroll up.


Andrew Miller Says:

I agree that Serena was up against a far larger challenge in winning this match: Clijsters played exceptionally well and was doing everything right to win the match. I’m sure Serena was aware of that.


Giner Says:

i am it Says:

“footfault was called for the 3rd time and the last one was questionable.
be that as it may. serena should not have lost her temper. if i were really mad mad i would have asked the umpire to change the lineswoman.”

It was match point. It was a heat of the moment thing. Some people say and do things without thinking before they realise the gravity of the situation. She’s only human.

If this had happened at a different point, she wouldn’t have reacted that way. Hell, even she got a point penalty at a time when it wasn’t match point, she might still even have won the match.

Mary Says:

“OH NO, WHERE IS RICHARD? SOMEONE PUT OUT AN APB ON RICHARD WILLIAMS.”

He’ll say people are picking on his daughters because they’re black.

blah Says:

“Of course she can lie in the presser and act all lady-like afterwards. No one’s going to call Serena on it.”

Everyone knew she was lying, but the press didn’t have the balls to needle her on it. She was either lying when she denied threatening to kill the line judge, or she was lying about not hearing what the line judge actually accused her of. The latter sounds unlikely, because if I was being accused of something that would cost me the match, I’d ask them to explain clearly what it is. Either way she accepts her guilt.

Sadly for her, her words will be immortalised when the interview is transcribed. It’s never good to lie in a recorded interview. Sugar coat your words, but don’t lie. People will talk about this for some time.

Cindy_Brady Says:

“John McEnroe said Serena did not foot fault.”

No one can tell from that angle. I’m surprised they don’t have a baseline camera. The AO does. I’m willing to grant that she did foot fault, because that was not the first or even second time in the match that it happened.

Lleyton Hewitt gets foot faulted a lot, and one time it happened on second serve. In another instance later he got called for a foot fault on second serve too, and in a heated exchange, he claimed he has NEVER IN HIS LIFE ever foot faulted on a second serve. Liar.

I still can’t believe there was no coverage at all on the Wozniacki match. Not even a match report, or a replay of key points, such as match point. This incident completely overshadowed it.

For a semi final match to be completely ignored is appalling.


Andrew Miller Says:

If Kim Clijsters win, I wonder if more WTA players will take time off from the tour to have a family and then return to the tour. Davenport did but returned too late, but Clijsters winning the US Open might have a huge impact and show: young players can be in this sport, make a living, leave, and return. Sure, Hingis and Capriati returned, but Clijsters is a totally different story. She is showing that a good player is a good player, whether or not they have a family.


Veno Says:

yes Vared, just stated it as an observation, not denying it is what pushers do.

I have a sentimental preference for attacking players cause it takes more courage to make the play and be the attacker


Giner Says:

vared Says:

“Is there a transcript available or is the incident on youtube yet?”

You can hardly hear anything because of crowd noise, and CBS bleeped out what you can hear because of profanity from Serena.

blah Says:

“she didn’t realize that the tournament officials/ref/line judge had the guts to end the match on a point penalty.”

More guts that the press had, evidently.

Andrew Miller Says:

“I agree that Serena was up against a far larger challenge in winning this match: Clijsters played exceptionally well and was doing everything right to win the match. I’m sure Serena was aware of that.”

Have to agree. That was probably the highest quality WTA match all tournament. I stopped watching WTA after Justine retired because the quality just wasn’t there anymore. This one had it, and it’s been a while since Serena met her match. An incredible come back story for Kim. I wouldn’t have expected it to happen this quickly. She retired to have children, and now she’s likely to win a second grand slam? Who saw that coming?

Does Justine still have the WTA’s phone number on her cell? If she comes back, with Kim and this Wickmayer girl I hadn’t heard of till now, Belgium might be the top nation in women’s tennis again.


Veno Says:

Said Gonzalez: “You always expect that Federer plays the final against Nadal because it’s good for the game, it’s good for the fans, I think.”

Really Gonzo? Being Santa here?


Giner Says:

Andrew Miller Says:

“If Kim Clijsters win, I wonder if more WTA players will take time off from the tour to have a family and then return to the tour. Davenport did but returned too late”

Actually, she returned very quickly. Likely still breastfeeding when she returned. Her second stint didn’t last long because she got pregnant -again- shortly after and had to retire a second time, plus she’s over 30. I don’t expect another comeback except for exhibition tennis.

I can totally see Justine returning with fast success though. Probably won’t win her first tournament due to rust, but the second is fair game.

Kim did say her comeback was only for a few select tournaments during the US summer swing. Do you think she might come back for good now?


Veno Says:

Being able to watch the other semi also because I have Belgian channels on my tv I can tell you Yanina was really bummed because she lost.

Woz deserved it, was the better player and Yanina took the loss respectfully, but I liked it she was visibly distraught at losing the opportunity to reach the final. I never quite understand the big smiles and inexcitability after losing a match…even if you were the underdog

With her history, her tennis(needs polishing but great potential) and her attitude she will be a force. She will be 21 on the WTA ranking as of come Monday….


Ty Says:

Sportscenter is all over this. Making Serena look really bad right now.


Giner Says:

vared: you can’t hear what Serena is saying because of the crowd and the distance between her and the microphone, but you can clearly see her body language and gestures (she stared balefully at the linejudge, pointed her finger at her and waved her racket at her), and it was enough to condemn her for unsportsmanlike behaviour. She knew this, and that’s why she didn’t/couldn’t dispute it. If it was Marat Safin, Hewitt or Roddick, they wouldn’t have let it go so easily.

I was not expecting the judge to report it to the umpire though. Normally with these things, judges don’t report players. Instead they let the umpire intervene, and many times the umpire doesn’t. Serena didn’t expect it either. It takes guts to give point penalty (or overrule a call) on a match point.

The good thing is, Serena has put it behind her now, but it might not be the last time she’s asked about it. Admittedly, nothing has gotten me more interested in the women’s side of the Open if not for this. Had it been a winner from Kim or an error to end the match, I wouldn’t even be talking about it right now or visiting the official site.

I might just watch the women’s final now, just to see if Kim completes her fairy tale (the mens semi’s will still be the highlight of tomorrow though). It’s hard to imagine Woz winning it. I’ll stand by my projection that Woz will not make another final, and will join the ranks of Safina, Dementieva, and Jankovic as finalists who never won a slam, or the less generous label “best player to have never won a slam”.


grendel Says:

Giner:
“While you might think that Kim was going to win it even if it hadn’t ended that way, I’m not so certain about that. I totally expected Serena to save those two match points with aces, and then win the tie break and third set. I’m not a Serena fan, but I have to give her credit for her grit”.

Yes, I’ve seen Serena do just that a few times, notably against Sharapova in Australia (q.f.?). But this match had a different feel to it. For instance, Sharapova contributed to her downfall. Kim did not, not for a moment, look like choking. She was consistently the slightly superior player. And don’t forget, on match point, Serena was on second serve – and her second serve was a bit soft tonight, I thought.

No, after Kim won the first set, I was fully convinced Serena would come back and win. But by the end, Kim looked, not exactly in control, but good for a win. She outplayed Serena tonight (just), and she looked confident all the way through. I just hope she can pick herself up and realise she still hasn’t won the tournament. A detail it is easy to forget, amidst all the drama.


vared Says:

Thuggery has a place in the NBA but it has no place in tennis and I’m glad they took care of it.


Giner Says:

Q. Did you decide after the second set that there was no worth to fight for the third, because you couldn’t recover or you were depressed?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: I mean, in the beginning of the third set he did a break, and then another one, you know. After that, I mean, it’s tough, because he was hitting many balls to my backhand really high.
I feel that I cannot do damage after that, after the first break, you know. I didn’t know what to do.
——

Now that’s a blunt question to ask, and Gonzo even obliges by admitting his mental frailty! I like this guy.


vared Says:

They are replaying whole match on tennis channel now so I am taping it.


Rick Says:

You know what, nowadays when you goto the tennis courts. Most kids are playing with Nadal’s racquets. Ever since he won his first Wimbleon, he inspired alot kids into playing tennis and they want to be like him. And alot of kids are joining tennis courses. When he won the Aussie Open. But not when Roger wons his slams.


Rick Says:

Some guys are being funny to have overated Gonzalez. Mentally speaking, he is not a good player. He choked against Soderling at the French, and he was leading. So I didn’t think that he has the ability to comeback in a match like that.


Skorocel Says:

Seems like all that waiting for the rain to stop is slowly but surely paying off :-) LOL Serena! That was quite possibly the craziest ending I ever saw in tennis! Too bad there isn’t a challenge for footfault :-)


Veno Says:

Rick gets the prize for best comedian yet again….

Surely only Rafa inspires kids to be like him and not Roger. You’re killing me with your shannanigans Rick, please keep firing them….


Veno Says:

LOL@Skorocel…..a challenge on a footfault, that would be something to see on the big screen LOL
Audience gasping and then have them do it like in baseball, 3D-ing the alterning words fault/no fault


Kimo Says:

Federer is scheduled to play today not before 16:30 EST. That’s FOUR HOURS after the start of the JMDP-Rafa match.

I hope this ends all ridiculous arguments about Fed getting all the breaks.


jane Says:

Veno says “Woz has only had much lower ranked players(she’s 9)as opponents.”

Well she did take out Kuzy didn’t she? That’s a good win. And Woz also finished the Cinderella story of the USO also, staying focused in a match with momentum and crowd against her, in so far as the event goes. So I don’t think Woz’s path overall has been easy.

That said, Kim taking out both Williams sisters is great.

I’d prefer Kim’s winning but if Woz does, kudos to her. I am pleased to see a couple of new faces in a WTA slam final WOOT!


bambang Says:

I am very sure, Federer will win USOpen, he is too strong, perfect and in very good condition. Viva Fed….


Rick Says:

Fed Allstop should be playing first, because he was resting there in the hotel since wednesday. And also, this is his first time to play a top four player in a slam, since the Aussie Open final.


scineram Says:

Of course it is. The top 4 was busy losing to Roddick, Kohlschreiber, Söderling, Gonzalez, Haas, Roddick again. They are 5-56 against him.

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