Venus Williams – The Elegant Artist

Player Profiles 07 Dec 2009

Don’t let that calm, mature demeanor fool you. Venus Williams comes to play.

The Safina Rule: Notes on a Wimbledon aftermath

Dinara Safina 06 Jul 2009

Dinara Safina’s 6-1, 6-0 loss to Venus Williams in Wimbledon’s easily-forgotten “other semifinal” might have taken only 50 minutes, but the impact of the event is still being felt throughout the WTA Tour. The biggest story of this year’s ladies’ singles tournament at Wimbledon centered around the Williams sisters, back in the final of the […]

Sister Statements: Venus, Serena dominate on “Ladies’ Day”

Wimbledon 2009 01 Jul 2009

The second Tuesday of the Wimbledon fortnight is called “Ladies’ Day,” a nod to the presence of four ladies’ singles quarterfinals without a peep from the men. In this latest version of all-female fare at The Championships, the daughters of Richard Williams and Oracene Price were anything but ladylike. Big sister Venus and little sister […]

Strange Days: Safina plays poorly, still advances to semis

Strange Days: Safina plays poorly, still advances to semis

Wimbledon 2009 01 Jul 2009

Laboring for two and a half hours on a sweltering summer day in England, Safina played a reasonable standard game.

The Great Eight: Ladies’ quarterfinal notebook

Wimbledon 2009 30 Jun 2009

All the quarterfinal matchups for both singles competitions are now set at the All-England Club. The round of eight has acquired a very unique composition in the ladies’ and gentlemen’s draws, but that doesn’t mean the occasion will be any less meaningful for the participants involved. Some members of the 2009 “Quarterfinal Club” at SW19 […]

Ma-rotten: Safin’s last Wimbledon ends on sour note

Wimbledon 2009 24 Jun 2009

Marat Safin never liked the grass of Wimbledon and the tricky bounces created by tennis’s most organic playing surface. Now, the mercurial Russian won’t have to worry about returning to the All-England Club. The 14th-seeded Safin, who has made it clear that 2009 will be his last year on the ATP Tour, didn’t last long […]

Czech-ing Out: Vaidisova’s tailspin continues with first-round defeat

Wimbledon 2009 24 Jun 2009

Three years ago, the future of women’s tennis had Nicole Vaidisova’s name written all over it. Today, a career that once held so much promise lies in tatters, reduced to the rubble of a first-round loss at Wimbledon. Vaidisova’s stay in England proved to be short-lived in 2009, as the Czech got bounced by Paraguay’s […]

Ladies’ Singles Draw: Williamses can see the road ahead

Wimbledon 2009 22 Jun 2009

For women with a last name of Williams, the official release of the Wimbledon singles draws on Friday morning provided a pleasing path to tennis riches. After years of being placed on the same side of the draw, Venus and Serena stand on opposite sides of the bracket at the Big W. If you loved […]

Wimbledon seeds announced for Friday’s draw

Wimbledon 2009 18 Jun 2009

There were no major surprises this year as the All England Club released the seeds for the 2009 Wimbledon tournament. Both the men’s and women’s lists almost mirror the top 16 ATP world rankings as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray top the men’s seeds respectively. There were suggestions that 5 times winner Federer […]

Kuznetsova turnaround could save the women’s game

Svetlana Kuznetsova 15 Jun 2009

Dinara Safina must be ruing the day her brother talked compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova out of quitting tennis. Newly crowed queen of Roland Garros Kuznetsova has revealed how Marat Safin, brother of beaten finalist Safina, talked her out of quitting tennis after she became disillusioned with the sport. Former women’s number one Safin helped talk Kuznetsova […]

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