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January 30th, 2010

Serena Williams Gives Henin Power Lesson for 12th Slam Title

“Of course disappointed, when you lose in the final of a Grand Slam, especially in three sets, and I got a few opportunities that I haven’t been able to take,” Henin said.

Posted by Staff @ 9:50 am in Tennis | 44 Comments »

January 29th, 2010

Serena v Henin: 2010 Australian Open Final Preview

The pair have some history, most notably the “talk to the hand” incident at the 2003 French Open, where the Belgian held up her hand during one of Serena’s first serves, but the chair umpire did not let the American replay the point, and Henin denied any wrongdoing. Henin subsequently won in a three-set grinder, and Serena was left a crying mess in her post-match conference, accusing the Belgian of “cheating, lying and fabricating.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:17 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

January 29th, 2010

Federer Stomps Tsonga, Teases Murray Entering Australian Open Final

“I know he’d like to win the first [Slam title] for British tennis since what is it, 150,000 years?” Federer joked to the crowd after the match regarding Murray. “The poor guy who has to go through those moments over and over again…”

Posted by Staff @ 6:36 am in Tennis | 108 Comments »

January 27th, 2010

Serena Williams Wins, Venus Doesn’t in Oz

“In tennis you have to close it out,” Venus said. “It’s not like there’s a clock ticking and then suddenly it’s over. You just have to close it out. I didn’t do that today.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:47 am in Tennis | 11 Comments »

January 27th, 2010

Tsonga Ousts Djokovic, to Face Federer at Aussie Open

Tsonga raced to an early 2-0 lead in the fifth set, and by the end Djokovic could do no more than flail at balls as the Frenchman clinched victory and a well-earned Federer meeting.

Posted by Staff @ 8:43 am in Tennis | 155 Comments »

January 26th, 2010

Henin, Zheng Win; Venus, Serena Williams Next in Oz

The Williams sisters were also forced to battle through the women’s doubles quarterfinals, defeating No. 8 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the U.S. and China’s Zi Yan 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Posted by Staff @ 9:51 am in Tennis | 26 Comments »

January 21st, 2010

Ivanovic Dumped; Williams Win in Oz; Tennis-X Notes

“Yeah, I feel like if I play well I’m really tough to beat,” Williams said. “Still definitely feel that way. I’m so happy to see [Justine] Henin back and doing well. She’s such a good player and a fighter. I think she brings just a totally different theme to the game. Obviously Kim [Clijsters] is fun to have back on the tour, and her winning the US Open is awesome.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:58 am in Tennis | 13 Comments »

January 21st, 2010

Baghdatis, Hewitt Finding Old Magic in Oz

“A lot of things,” Baghdatis said of what they sang. “Marcos, I love you. I will never stop singing for you. Stuff like this.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:13 am in Tennis | 5 Comments »

January 20th, 2010

Henin Edges Dementieva in 2nd Rd. Aussie Open

The Belgian Henin made the difference in the match with some timely net forays and aggressive baseline play, taking the action to the Russian.

Posted by Staff @ 9:13 am in Tennis | 7 Comments »

January 20th, 2010

Blake Loses Five-Set Marathon to Del Potro in Oz

After almost 4-1/2 hours of effort, Blake was left pondering his hard luck and a 6-4, 6-7(3), 5-7, 6-3, 10-8 loss which leaves him 4-13 in career five-set matches.

Posted by Staff @ 9:09 am in Tennis | 70 Comments »

January 19th, 2010

Serena Limps Through; Tennis-X Notes and Nazis

The younger Williams sister’s movement seemed around 75% — which could lead to a Melbourne moment when she faces the first player who can hit three consecutive balls in the court and make her run, unlike Radwanska.

Posted by Staff @ 7:01 am in Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 19th, 2010

Federer Tested in Opener; Davydenko Gives Warning

“Now it’s everyone scare,” said Davydenko in sending out his English-challenged, cryptic warning to Oz opponents. “That’s what’s is start to talking about me and favorites and everything. But it’s interesting feeling. Now I feel like I can beat everyone. That’s was these guys now, you know, something feel different. Before no because I know I can win, but mostly I losing against these guys. But now I can beat everyone. It’s good feeling.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:56 am in Tennis | 34 Comments »

January 18th, 2010

Aussie Open Notes: Women Marathons, Roddick and Clijsters Undefeated

Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters are undefeated in 2010 (6-0)…

Posted by Staff @ 9:19 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

January 18th, 2010

Sharapova Stunned; Clijsters, Henin Win at Australian Open

Whether it was the former No. 1′s tentative play or the beginnings of a mustache she exhibited in close-ups during her post-match conference that were more stunning, nonetheless the Russian clearly paid for her lack of match play entering the event, choosing Asian exhibition cash-grabs over playing WTA events entering the first Grand Slam of the year.

Posted by Staff @ 9:01 am in Tennis | 19 Comments »

January 18th, 2010

Nadal Briefly Tested, Roddick Randy in Australian Open-ers

“First rounds are always a little uncomfortable, especially at a Slam,” Roddick said. “You’re kind of built up, you’re maybe a little bit overanxious. But I thought it was all right.”

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