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  • Sep
    16

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    Wow – talk about an upset.  Juan Martin del Potro (the #6 seed) upset #1 seed Roger Federer in 5 sets to claim the 2009 U.S. Open Men’s Tennis Championship.  Unbelievable – one of the greatest tennis upsets of all time.

    Federer had won 5 straight US Open titles in Flushing Meadows and a string of 40 straight matches.  Federer – who owns the most Grand Slam titles of any player in tennis history – was just 2 points away from the match in the 4th set.  But Federer lost control of his serve and del Potro continued to rack up forehand winner after forehand winner – 37 total – en route to the 5-set upset.  Del Potro battled back to win the 4th set tie-breaker 7-6 (7-4) and then cruised through the 5th set, winning easily 6-2.  Beating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals was a great accomplishment, but finishing it off with a win over the best player in tennis was a dream come true.  Del Potro had this to say about the win – “When I would have a dream, it was to win the U.S. Open, and the other one is to be like Roger.  One is done.”

    Roger Federer will likely remain the #1 seed for the rest of the 2009 tennis season, but we might have to add a 3rd name to the top 3 players in tennis today – Federer, Rafael Nadal & del Potro…

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  • Sep
    10

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    9th seeded Caroline Wozniacki defeated Melanie Oudin in straight sets on Wednesday night to end the 17-year old’s Cinderella run at the U.S. Open.  Oudin lost 6-2, 6-2, but should take solace in the fact that she made it to the final 8 at the U.S. Open even though she is only ranked 70th in the world.  That ranking will likely go up after her spectacular performance in NY the last 11 days.  Oudin had this to say about the experience: “The thing for me is, I love to play tennis, and that all comes along with it if you do well and if you win.  And I mean, I’m ready for that if that’s what you have to do to do well in tennis.  I’m not going to stop playing just because of that.”  Congrats Melanie – and keep it up in the future…

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  • Sep
    8

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    Melanie Oudin is on a mission.  The 17-year old Oudin is now in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship and looks to continue her magnificent run against Caroline Wozniacki.  Oudin has defeated 4th seeded Elena Dementieva, 29th seeded (and former champion) Maria Sharapova and 13th seeded Nadia Petrova.  Not bad for the 70th seed in the tournament, looking to play some competitive tennis for a round or 2 heading into the 2-week tourney.  The Marietta, Georgia native has the fans on her side, and she is hoping a run at the finals is in the cards.  We’ll keep you posted here at MySportsToday.com…

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  • Sep
    2

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    As long as Maria Sharapova keeps winning at the U.S. Open Tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, New York, we’ll be happy.  Sharapova had missed just under a year of tennis because of a shoulder injury, and she cruised through an easy 6-3, 6-0 win over Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.  Sharapova won the U.S. Open back in 2006, and has 2 other Grand Slam titles under her belt.  She also has countless endorsements and is the highest-grossing female athlete in the world today.  It doesn’t hurt that she is pretty hot too.  She mad a huge fashion statement at Arthur Ashe Stadium in her opening match – wearing a silver and black dress that she says was inspired by the architecture of New York City.  She had this to say about her return to the U.S. Open: “This is a Grand Slam.  You’ve got to get going from the first match.  It’s a prvilege to be playing any player out here.  I’m more than excited to have the opportunity to play any match.  After being gone, this is what it’s all about.”

    Let’s see if she can keep the “silver and glitz” going a little longer this September to keep us all smiling in New York City…

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  • Jul
    6

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    It was a match for the ages as Roger Federer defeated American Andy Roddick in a record Men’s Wimbledon Finals.  The final score – 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14.  The 77 games played by the 2 competitors was a record for a 5-set match.  The 16-14 5th set score was the highest score ever in a 5th set Wimbledon match.  The 30 games played in the 5th set was also the most games ever played in a set.  Federer had 50 aces in the match – a personal record for him.  Shockingly, Federer never even broke Roddick once until that 77th game that gave him the win.  Roddick had broken Federer twice during the match. 

    Federer became the game’s greatest player ever – winning a record 15th Grand Slam title. Pete Sampras previously held the record with 14 Grand Slam Titles.  Sampras and legendary tennis players Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver were on hand to congratulate Federer at the end of the match.

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  • Jul
    5

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    Serena Williams defeated big sister Venus Williams in the Women’s Wimbledon Finals at the All England Club on Saturday July 4th.  It was a fairly easy win for Serena who won the 1st set tie-breaker 7-3, and then cruised to the match win with a 6-2 second set drubbing.  The numbers said it all: 12 aces, 25 winners and 12 unforced errors for Serena as opposed to 2 aces, 14 winners and 18 unforced errors for Venus.  It was Serena’s 3rd Wimbledon Title and 11th Grand Slam title overall.  Serena had beaten Venus in the 2002 and 2003 Wimbledon Finals, while Venus had beaten Serena in last year’s Wimbledon Finals.  Serena’s win prevented Venus from becoming the 1st women to win 3 straight Wimbledon titles since Steffi Gras did so from 1991-1993.

    What a great day for American tennis in England on July 4th!

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  • Jul
    4

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    Any reason to show more pics of hottie Brooklyn Decker.  American Andy Roddick defeated Swiss player Andy Murray in 4 sets to advance to the Men’s Wimbledon Finals on Sunday morning.  It was a huge accomplishment for Roddick, as Murray had beaten Roddick 18 of the 20 times the 2 tennis players had met.  But Roddick saved a big break point with Murray leading 4-3 in the 4th set and then went on to make great plays in the 3rd and 4th set tie-breakers en route to the 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) win.  Roddick had this to say about reaching the finals:  “To be honest, the last couple of years I didn’t know if I’d ever get a chance to play for another Grand Slam title.  Now I get to.  It’s just a dream…  I had to play my best tennis out there to win today.  I can’t say enough good things about Andy’s game, but I can play some tennis sometimes, and not many people were giving me much of a chance at all and I knew if I could stay the course that I had a shot and that’s all you can ask for.”  Great and congrats Andy.  But now on to better things.  Enjoy our sensational friend Brooklyn – Roddick’s fiance…

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  • Jul
    3

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    Venus Williams and Serena Williams will meet in the Women’s Finals of Wimbledon at the All England Club on Saturday July 4th.  It is the 2nd consecutive year that the 2 Williams sisters will meet in the Wimbledon finals.  Serena defeated big sis Venus in the 2002 and 2003 Wimbledon finals, while Venus defeated younger sister Serena last year.  Venus has won the last 2 Wimbledon titles and is bidding to win 3 in a row – the first time a woman has won 3 championships in a row since Steffi Graf did so from 1991 through 1993.  A Williams sister has won 7 of the last 9 Wimbledon championships.

    The 2 sisters reached the finals in vastly different semi-finals matches.  Venus defeated top-seeded Dinara Safina in just 51 minutes – 6-1, 6-0.  She had this to say about her win:  “Oh, my God, this is my 8th final, and it’s a dream come true to be here again and have the opportunity to hold the plate up…  A fourth [of July] final – it’s so exciting.”

    Serena saved one match point and defeated Elena Dementieva in 3 sets (6-7, 7-5, 8-6) in 2 hours and 49 minutes.  It was the longest women’s semifinals match since records started being kept in 1969.

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  • Jun
    22

    Any excuse to drop some Maria Sharapova pics on you guys.  Maria Sharapova overcame a slow start to defeat her opponent – Viktoriya Kutuzova – 7-5, 6-4 in straight sets.

    Enjoy…

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  • Jun
    9

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    Roger Federer defeated 23rd ranked Robin Soderling in straight sets on Sunday afternoon (6-1, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4) to capture his 1st ever French Open Title.  The French Open win gave Federer a career Major Championship Grand Slam, becoming only the 5th player to win all 4 major events – The Australian Open, The French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.  Federer also tied Pete Sampras with the most major championship victories at 14.  Andre Agassi – a career Grand Slam winner himself – handed over the French Open trophy to Federer and had this to say:  “It ends the discussion of where he fits in the history of the game.  This is going to mean so much to him, to have that hole filled.  I think it will change his life.”

    Federer benefited from his nemesis – #1-ranked Rafael nadal – being eliminated from French Open competition earlier in the tournament.  Nadal had defeated Federer in several French Open finals matches leading up to this past weekend.

    Fortunately, a crazed fan running up to Federer during a break in the action in the 2nd set didn’t unnerve Federer too much.  The man wore a red shirt and carried a red and blue flag and tried to put a red hat on the sitting Federer.  Federer was frightened by the incident:  “I didn’t know exactly what happened.  All of a sudden I heard the crowd, and I looked over and he jumped over the fence or something.  That gave me a fright, just like seeing him so close right away.”  It did throw him off his game a little, as he lost 3 straight points and Soderling’s serve, but he settled down the rest of the set and finished off Soderling in the tie-breaker to go up 2 sets to none.  The rest was history.

    For a great summary of why Federer is the best male player of all-time, check out this cool tennis capsule by ESPN’s Kamakshi Tandon.

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