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US Open Tennis Players Get Goddess-Like For The NY Times

One great thing about the end of summer is that it’s US Open time! Fans are getting stoked for the tennis tournament that starts today, particularly here in New York City, where the games are just a train ride away. As part of a larger feature on women’s tennis, and to get everyone revved up, The New York Times Magazine put together a video slideshow, “The Beauty of the Power Game,” which turned out to be quite a sexy representation of the tourney’s hardest-hitting female players, including Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams … Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Serena Williams Dishes On Her Line-Judge Tirade

“It was a really tough point in the match and it was really close and got a really tough call that wasn’t the correct call. You know, things got a little heated and I had a conversation with the line judge that didn’t go so well. I couldn’t apologize any sooner, and then also I learned from my mistakes…Obviously, when you get a bad call, it’s like ‘What’s going on?’ When you’re in the moment, you are just there. You don’t really quite remember exactly what’s going on.”

Serena Williams, explaining her outburst at the U.S. Open on Saturday that cost her a trip to the finals and $10,500 smackeroos [CNN] Keep reading »

Unranked Kim Clijsters Shows The U.S. Open Who’s Boss

Last week everyone was all abuzz about Melanie Oudin, the 17-year-old kicking butt at the U.S. Open. Turns out, we got excited about the wrong underdog. Yesterday, unranked Kim Clijsters sealed the deal on the U.S. Open women’s title. Kim was ranked numero uno in the world a few years back, and won the U.S. Open in 2005. But in 2007, she got hitched, retired from tennis, and popped out a baby. Earlier this year, she was invited to play an exhibition game at Wimbledon’s Centre Court, and had such a blast that she decided to come out of retirement. She went into the U.S. Open not expected to do very well but rocked her first few matches. People started really paying attention to her when she knocked out Venus Williams. Next, she took out Serena in the now-infamous game where Serena exchanged words with a line judge. (By the way, Serena was officially fined $10,500 for the incident over the weekend.) When she pounded Caroline Wozniacki in the finals, Kim became the first mama to win the tournament since 1980. Kim, thanks for showing us that we can do it all. And by “all” I mean raising a baby while perfecting a mean backhand. [CNN] Keep reading »

Serena Williams Out At The U.S. Open After Allegedly Threatening Line Judge?


Now, I don’t really watch tennis, though I did go to the U.S. Open once and it was funzies. But tonight I’m at home because it’s nasty outside and that’s how cool I am, so I’m watching a little bit because I think Serena Williams is rad. So all of the sudden, like, something happens and the referee on the side — a line judge I have read — makes a call saying Serena did something bad. In technical sports terms, the Los Angeles Times says Serena was called for a foot fault, whatever that means. But then the sports announcers were like, “Nuh uh, she didn’t do that.” Serena didn’t seem to believe it either because she started yelling at the line judge. Then the line judge was like, “Bitch, no you didn’t” and went to the main judge sitting in the big tall chair, and she told him what was going on and then Serena was like, “What? I didn’t say I would kill you!” Then the big judge docked Serena some more points and, lo and behold, Williams lost then and there to her opponent, Kim Clijsters. You can watch the whole thing above. I promise to put up a better quality video as soon as possible. Drama on the courts! [LA Times] Keep reading »

17-Year-Old Melanie Oudin Rocks The U.S. Open

Rooting for underdogs is fun. Especially when they’re 17, from Georgia, and count playing cards with grandma as one of their #1 favorite activities. Melanie Oudin started at the U.S. Open ranked 70th, a youngin’ who was not expected to make it very far. She won her first match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova fairly easily. But in her second match, she found herself across the net from Elena Dementieva, ranked number four in the world. Melanie lost the first set and everyone thought she was toast. But then she somehow managed to come from behind for the win. Next, she took down tennis legend Maria Sharapova, and then Nadia Petrova, both in come-from-behind wins. Now Oudin is the youngest tennis player to make it to the Open’s quarterfinals since Serena Williams in 1999.

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Slideshow: U.S. Open Hotties

One of the things I like about tennis is how quiet the arena gets when someone good is playing, so that you can hear every somewhat sexual grunt. That’s what I would be paying attention to if I was attending the U.S. Open, going on right now and through this weekend. After the jump, some of the hotties playing this year — a few of whom are already out — and their best stats for those of you who care about, you know, sporting and competition and stuff. Keep reading »

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