Posted by hiphopmama on September 12, 2009
Wow. I can honestly say I’ve never seen this one before. After getting broken in the final game to lose the first set to Kim Clijsters – and picking up a warning for breaking her racket – Serena found herself down 15-30 on her own serve at 4-5 in the second. She was then called for a foot fault on her second serve, giving Clijsters two match points. Serena stepped back momentarily in disbelief at the call, asked for the balls for her next serve, and then approached the linesperson with her typical on-court venom. She pointed at the woman, showed the ball to her, and appeared to tell her, “You’re lucky I don’t take this ball and shove it down your fucking throat.” She had some more words for her, which she uttered while shaking her racket at her, before she finally retreated to the court to prepare to serve. The linesperson then, either on her own or after being prompted by the chair umpire, approached the chair, reported what had been said, and watched things unfold from there.
US Open officialdom came out onto the court and consulted with the chair to decide Serena’s fate. Her previous warning really did her in, because it meant the second violation resulted in a point penalty, which just happened to come on match point. Game, set, match Clijsters and the bizarrest ending to a match I’ve ever seen.
Watch for yourself:
I don’t think I’m alone in asking, WTF??
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Posted by hiphopmama on September 8, 2008
It was a fun match to watch, at least if you were a Serena fan. She didn’t exactly tear through her like I thought, but it wasn’t much of a struggle, either. Serena won the first set handily, 6-4, but Jankovic rallied to capture then lose then re-capture a break advantage in the second, eventually losing it 7-5 after failing to convert a couple set points.
I’ve been unsure how to feel about Jelena Jankovic since she came on the scene, but she definitely won me over tonight. She can come across as a bit of a pouter sometimes, but she was all smiles here, even in defeat. Plus her mom is awesome. I’ve never seen another tennis parent be so calm and objective about their kid, even when said child is losing. Nothing seems to faze her. I also respect how she made Jelena stay doing school, which prevented her from rising up the rankings earlier and faster than she did. If she would cut out her Djokovic habit of calling the trainer for every hangnail, I’d be able to root for her wholeheartedly.
Can’t wait for tomorrow’s men’s final, even at the odd hour (5 eastern/2 pacific on a week night?). Andy Murray has looked much more mature and composed, but I still can’t forgive him his previous sulking. Maybe if he sticks with the new approach for a little longer. In the meantime, go Federer. Let’s make it five in a row.
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Posted by hiphopmama on September 7, 2008
It was a bizarre day at the U.S. Open. Because of the certainty of rain later in the day, they moved the start time up for the matches, with Federer and Djokovic starting an hour earlier than originally scheduled. Then, around the second set of that one, they started the Nadal-Murray match on Armstrong simultaneously instead of having them wait till the conclusion of Federer-Djokovic to play on Arthur Ashe. Fed managed to finish off Djokovic in four sets before the rain kicked in, but Nadal and Murray had to stop short in the third set. Nadal had lost the first two sets to Murray, who was playing simply out of his mind, although Nadal was up a break in the third when play halted.
It was a disappointing (start of a) match to say the least, especially for someone who roots against Andy Murray as avidly as I do. I hear he’s toning it down a little lately, but he still acts like too much of a baby out there. My husband and I always laugh about his yelling at his coaches from the court, at one point in one match shouting, “I’m trying my hardest!” Oh really, Andy? I’m pretty sure everyone is at this level, so get over it. He’s no Djokovic, and I’d be much less disgusted to see him win the whole thing than Novak, but if he pulls out the win over Nadal I’ll be pulling that much harder for Federer. Not to count out Rafa yet, which you should never do, but he’ll need a major overhaul tomorrow if he wants to force a fifth set. We shall see.
All this means that the women’s final between Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic will take place tomorrow and the men’s final will be on Monday. I’m excited, but I’ll miss the tennis when it’s over. At least the European soccer leagues have started up, so I’ll have something other than baseball during the tennis break.
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Posted by hiphopmama on September 6, 2008
During Serena’s match against Safina – which she won in straight sets – Mary Carillo took the opportunity to expound, in her great wisdom, on Serena’s relationship with Common (Sense), the legendary Chicago rapper best known in hip hop circles for his allegorical ode to the culture, “I Used To Love H.E.R.” off his legendary album Resurrection. She had the following to say about Serena’s first set and her new boyfriend:
“Well, what was pretty about it was how calm and serene Serena stayed and she has developed an uncommon friend in that man right there, Common. [camera on Common] You can see Greg Norman behind him. Uh…he has…uh…he’s been around this year and he goes against all the attendant cliches you think of when you think about rappers: you know living hard, dangerous. Chris Everett in the black cap behind him. This guy, everybody loves this guy…says he’s been the best thing…um…for Serena. Her relationship with him has been nothing but good. He lives a very clean life, VERY serious fellow, a rapper, an actor. He was in that Angelina Jolie movie that came out earlier this year.”
Maybe it’s a bit more subtle, but it sounds a little too much like Chris Rock for my taste, when he notes that white people love to compliment Colin Powell and other blacks for “speaking so well.” As Chris said, “speaks so well” is not a compliment. That’s something you say about a “retarded kid who can talk.” Fuck outta here. It’s nice to know that Mary Carillo can pick out the “good ones” and can appreciate a rapper who lives a “clean life” and is very “serious.” I know she was trying to give a compliment in this case, but it was damn sure a back-handed one. If she knew anything about the hip hop culture she was so flippantly characterizing, she would keep her mouth shut and just call the game. I think we’d all appreciate that.
And now to let Common speak for himself. Here’s a link I found to the aforementioned classic track, “I Used To Love H.E.R.” Check the lyrics on http://www.ohhla.com to get the full scope of the song.
Common – I Used To Love H.E.R.
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Posted by hiphopmama on September 4, 2008
That was easily, without a doubt, the best match I’ve seen between the Williams sisters. Yeah, Wimbledon this year was good, and the quality of play has generally gone up since the early days, but nothing can hold a candle to this one. How often have you seen either of them pump their fists during an all-Williams match? They were both into the match tonight, especially Serena, who somehow managed to hang on and pull out a win.
The match was Venus’ to win from the beginning. She had a total of 10 set points – 2 in the first, 8 in the second – and failed to convert any of them. I’m still unclear on how Serena turned things around in both sets, but she gritted her teeth and gutted it out. It was a fine performance, and a great show to boot. I used to dread watching them play each other, so it’s nice to see some good tennis come out of their match-ups now. Can anyone realistically match them?
p.s. Poor Nadal and Fish. How can they justify having them play so late? If we hadn’t been watching the blowhard Murray’s match so late, maybe they could have gotten to these night matches at a decent time.
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