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Your Call, Aug. 20 08/20/2008 - 10:52 AM

Smallyourcall_5 Mornin', everyone. I'm going out to the US Open qualies today, to pick up my credentials and poke around a little. Not much more to add for now, except to say that I'll be posting later in the day, and expect to bump into some of you out at the BJKNTC this afternoon. Tomorrow, we have the US Open official draw ceremony, and then Friday I'll be back out at Flushing Meadow. Enjoy today's tennis action and comment on it here. Also, keep your eyes open for Thursday's Deuce Club posts, where I'm going to ask those of you who will be attending the US Open, and may want to hook up with fellow TWibe membere, to make yourselves know.


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Posted by Rosangel 08/20/2008 at 02:01 PM

Tari: no, ir wasn't you that I was thinking of. It was other people's comments that I recall.

Posted by NP 08/20/2008 at 02:04 PM

Russ, you apparently haven't noticed this, but I usually avoid responding to posters who are indeed trying to bait or who have made comments that have no merit. Of course I won't name anyone. :)

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 02:04 PM

Posted in the wrong place.

Avid: Interesting article on power baseliners. However, it said this was the last four installments. Would like the other three.

I also linked to an interesting article.

http://tinyurl.com/62awt7

Ten Most-Needed Changes to Professional Tennis
10. Unification of tennis's three main governing bodies.
9. Ranking bonus for players who play doubles.
8. 25 percent increase to the field size for all non-major doubles tournaments.
7. All grand slam finals, except juniors, should be best-of-five sets.
6. Allow coaching from the coaches boxes.
5. Enforcement of 20-second service rule.
4. Forfeit of prize money for people who play injured and withdraw during the first round.
3. Defending champion in every tournament automatically invited the following year.
2. No more wild cards to players ranked outside of the top 200 to grand slams to pad host participation in the first round.
1. No more final-set tiebreakers.

Not sure about the order, but I agree with most of this. Good food for thought.

Pennetta goes down to Cirstea! Wow! Cirstea is suppose to be an up and commer though.

Mauresmo pulls it out over Schynder.

This means Bartoli is assured 2nd place in the US Open series bonus $$. Cibulkova is in 3rd and can only be passed by Chaki taking the tournament.

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 02:05 PM

NP: I make comments that have no merit all the time, yet you respond to me... ;)

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 02:06 PM

good bye russ,thanks for giving me a well esrned break, i promise to correct my spelling errors when you returned!

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 02:06 PM

NP: No argument on that Super Bowl halftime show. I was watching that with a fellow Petty fan, who said the same thing.

Posted by NP 08/20/2008 at 02:06 PM

Sher, picking on me for what? I'm never less than nice, you know.

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 02:08 PM

Ward! That's his name... NP, if you see posts from a dude named Ward... his posts have no merit and please treat them as you would any other posts with no merit.

Posted by Al 08/20/2008 at 02:09 PM

"Russ, you apparently haven't noticed this, but I usually avoid responding to posters who are indeed trying to bait or who have made comments that have no merit. Of course I won't name anyone. :)"

NP wasn't it quite obvious who you were talking about ? :)

Posted by siggy still waxing 08/20/2008 at 02:10 PM

lpb, merci, that's so very true, that's why we recalcitrant rogiphiles continue to adore the man, he's a class act when losing or when winning. I will dearly miss rog's inimitable blend of insousiance and humility, an aphrodisiac indeed for those of us who pine for the return of the once and future king!

Congrats to rafa, a class act in his own way. He has Olympian size shoes to fill.... dear rafa, enjoy the ride, rog will be baaaaacccckkkkk!! GO ROGER!!

Posted by Backhand blaster 08/20/2008 at 02:10 PM

CherryNYC: I feel the Chinese have won the day here. The athletes are young, talented and eager to get ahead in their field, but unfortunately they are also easily used for propaganda purposes...helping to give the impression that all is well in a prosperous and peaceful(no hint of protest here) China. Sports fans want competition and want to spill praise on their heroes and are uninterested in the venue be it Dubai or Beijing. Human rights has a sniff of politics which many say plays no part in sports, although every medal is counted and put into a column implying nations are competing against nations. Too bad. What could have been achieved if Lebron James, Federer, Bolt, Phelps had all said, or one of them had said "no" to a Chinese Olympics(in Tibet, in Darfur...) the way Arthur Ashe said no to playing Sun City during South Africa's ruinous Apartheid period?
As for the tiny url's...it's easy go to tinyurl.com. It's self explanitory.

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 02:11 PM

oops there i go again,should have read, thanks for giving me a well earned break,see russ no spelling errore the second time around,gee i can't be perfect in everything,give me a break !

just put the jackson browne on,you love the thunder,mmm live wow

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 02:12 PM

LOL @ "his too hot self." Samantha, you always manage to outdo yourself.

Funny Ruth and Ros, whenever discussions like that are bought up, you have the usual 'dead horse' folks or the 'because he's so good' camp or the 'just a troll' camp, all of which are cheap cop-outs.

Sorry to bring more rain, but when did doubles all of a sudden equal singles? Before this Olympics, even Werthiem's column repeatedly refutes the idea that a doubles specialist doesn't exactly make the trip into the HOF, but now the doubles gold is as big a triumph as a singles gold. My how standards change...

Posted by NP 08/20/2008 at 02:12 PM

Russ: Like I said, I won't name anyone. :)

Sam: Yeah, really. I have a friend who has been to a Petty concert at a LOCAL BAR, and he said that one was better than his "Super" snoozer. Prince's Super Bowl show, on the other hand, was excellent, the best I've seen since, well, the first time I actually sat down to watch a Super Bowl. :)

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 02:12 PM

Wow.. MoMo wins! Allez Amelie.. Now, will she be seeded for the USO?

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 02:13 PM

Darcis retired ... what is up with these players retiring after two or three games?!

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 02:15 PM

cherry nyc, did you get my post re eva cassidy with chuck brown cd called the other side,try to get it,its just wonderful!

Posted by NP 08/20/2008 at 02:16 PM

Russ, I don't know who this Ward is, but I'll take your word and not ask about him/her. :)

Al, of course. Again I'm never less than nice. :)

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 02:16 PM

AllaKUD DFs to give Dechy/Dellaqua an insurance break.
Serving at 4-1. Take this set already!

Posted by siggy still waxing 08/20/2008 at 02:16 PM

... on non-Rog front, popped in, dear all, to chime in... enjoyed watching some of the Olympics, I, for one, was so glad to see Shawn Johnson finally get golden yesterday. What a little pixie that girl is, I usually prefer elegance over pixies (ummm, no one does elegance better than dear Rog, I'm nothing if not constant!) buuuuuttt... I can honestly say I'd never seen an athelete lose with the grace and sportsmanship that little girl showed throughout these Olympics. I didn't care for her style but she's won me over totally! GO SHAWN!!

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 02:17 PM

'Totally love Heart. One of the best concerts I ever went to was an all-day concert in 1978 or '79 that had Ted Nugent, Blue Oyster Cult, Loverboy, and headlined by Heart. Ah, good times.'

ron: Heart was my favorite band and 78-79 was the height of their musical powers IMHO. What a great show that must have been!

Posted by Sally 08/20/2008 at 02:17 PM

nadal is now the number 1 player of the weakest era ever. congrats rafa!!!!!!

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 02:17 PM

Arun - Momo was already seeded 32 for the US Open ;-)

Posted by Christopher 08/20/2008 at 02:18 PM

"And I say that as one who was deeply upset by one particular concerted attack from a group of usually trusted Federer fans here, on this subject."

Rosangel-- If I recall correctly, I did indeed respond negatively to the timing of your comments on that subject, as it was a low point for us loyal Fed fans. I don't think I attacked you personally, but if I was rude about things, please accept my apologies. It's a debate worth having and you should certainly post your thoughts on it, as I'm quite sure they will be carefully considered and fair. At the same time, it's not a debate I would look forward to as it does tend to bring out the worst in some people, perhaps myself included.

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 02:18 PM

Wow, when you're new around here it can get confusing sometimes reading people's posts to each other. It's hard to tell if people are joking with each other or really p*&#ed off at each other. Entertaining, nonetheless. :)

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 02:18 PM

"recalcitrant rogiphiles"

Siggy: It makes sense that the fans are also recalcitrant like Roger. ;-)

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 02:19 PM

While I feel strongly about China and it's perceived grievances against human rights, American sport stars have no right to protest anything or anyone until they start protesting their own Communist, fascist regime.

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 02:20 PM

siggy - count me in as one of the Shawn lovers ;-) she won me over too

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 02:21 PM

ASF: Thnx! I must have missed that..

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 02:21 PM

Hmmm, now I'm curious about that debate that Ros and Christopher are referring to ...

Posted by Grant 08/20/2008 at 02:21 PM

"nadal is now the number 1 player of the weakest era ever. congrats rafa!!!!!!"

And nobody can argue with this without it being a cheap cop-out or intellectually unjustified! Why? Because I say so!!

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 02:22 PM

"It's hard to tell if people are joking with each other or really p*&#ed off at each other. "

LOL ron. It's certainly a fine line at times.

Posted by marcela 08/20/2008 at 02:23 PM

thanks Avid for the amelie stat. Let's hope she has a greaet tournament. I fear she is reaching the twilight of her career. le sigh.

are you excited about nigeria v. argentina? I know I am !!

Posted by piyush sharma 08/20/2008 at 02:23 PM

Jon Wertheim writes like a fedex crony ! he should not ! he is one of the most respected sports journalists in the world .

Fedex is great ; really very great ; but his era is over or about to get over !

Fedex can certainly win a couple more slams ; particularly when nadal or joker are injured ; but he cannot dominate tennis in the era of nadal-joker-murray ;

and gulbis-monfils-del potro are knocking for their turn ;

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 02:25 PM

grant, i wouldn't have even given that poster,the time of day by replying!

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 02:27 PM

marcela - yeah I think Amelie is getting to that point but I think she can still have very decent results. oh yes I am super excited about Nigeria vs. Argentina. I want a repeat of Atlanta 96 by all means ;-) I don't want us to settle for Silver but I know the Argentines are battle ready so it should be interesting!

Posted by Christopher 08/20/2008 at 02:28 PM

piyush sharma-- We get it, we really do.

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 02:28 PM

Wertheim's mailbag:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_wertheim/08/20/mail.0820/index.html

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 02:29 PM

Is there an echo in here?

Posted by Sally 08/20/2008 at 02:29 PM

marge marge you just did reply. lol.

Posted by siggy still waxing 08/20/2008 at 02:31 PM

Piyush, I begin to think you are as obssessed as I am with all things Rog! It takes one to know one, ya know! ;)

I now forgive Jon W. for all his past transgressions, he's a smart guy who recognizes greatness when he sees it. GO W!!

*waves at sam and fella shawn lovers*

Posted by Backhand blaster 08/20/2008 at 02:32 PM

Kenneth states: "While I feel strongly about China and it's perceived grievances against human rights, American sport stars have no right to protest anything or anyone until they start protesting their own Communist, fascist regime."
While your comment is silly on it's face you do touch on a larger point that I disagree with. The notion that one has to come from a perfect place in order to point out human rights abuses is false and helpful to the regimes that are abusing their people. Naturally you don't have to be American to stand up for human rights, and of course Federer and Bolt are not Americans.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 02:32 PM

Uh, Marin, you were up a break. I took a moment to look at pictures of Marat shirtless and what happens?!

Ajde Maid Marin. Seriously. Please ...

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 02:32 PM

nT: Since this is the weakest era ever, perhaps then you and Donald Young have a shot after all, no?

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 02:33 PM

siggy: What past transgressions?

Posted by Grant 08/20/2008 at 02:33 PM

AM - I think you missed but I was doing there, but it's not important :)

So, who have you been watching with Phelps done. I've been pretty impressed with Bolt, myself.

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 02:34 PM

gee sally when did you become grant,that was a great change,medical science is just great these days,by the way,my name is not marge,thanks

Posted by Samantha Elin 08/20/2008 at 02:34 PM

News alert: To the Rafa fans, TTC is showing the 2006 FO final against Roger tonight at 9/ Sharma, why don't you tune in, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. My picks for the open, Roger on the men's side and Venus on the girls. I just got back from the mall and you know how they say everyone has a twin, this guy could have been Roger's double, I had to look twice. Justine, forever my #1!

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 02:34 PM

Good thing Nadal has that Olympic singles gold to fall back on when his era does toughen up and his tennis declines...

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 02:36 PM

grant i was on it don't worry,got the reply i wanted

Posted by Tari 08/20/2008 at 02:36 PM

*hugs sally*

Hello, siggy!! Reading The Historian and totally loving it!! Creepy and delicious.

Posted by siggy still waxing 08/20/2008 at 02:39 PM

Sam, like when he started out with a book devoted solely to my favorite topic (ahem) and then... decided to include that upstart (ooopsie, do I now have to duck flying manolos from the legion of rafaelites littering this board)! THAT past transgression! ;)

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 02:40 PM

Maid Marin serving for the match. Go, awesome Croat, go! You are the only one keeping me interested in this tournament!

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 02:40 PM

BB;

Sorry, but that wasn't the notion I was advocating. I was saying that First, American sport stars should recognize those same perceived human rights' grievances here at home, and then perhaps make a statement abroad. So we trade silly comments.

Posted by marcela 08/20/2008 at 02:40 PM

can anyone tell me how to pronounce ADJE? is it ad-jee? or adjay? or are both wrong? I want to know how to pronounce it when I cheer for Nole, Ana and JJ next week at the USO :-)

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 02:41 PM

grant yes i have been impressed with bolt,i love the 100m for men its truly the rock and roll race,everyone checking each other out,wearing as much gold as they can,the diamonds etc,bolt just cruised in that race,he has just broken the record in his new race,but i don't think you can compare him to phelps,michael is just perfection,these olympics will be very special,history in the making.

Posted by Spacenoxx (El Stupido aka The Moron From Majorca) 08/20/2008 at 02:43 PM

Hi everyone!!

Friday seems so far away. Hope the draw gods are kind to the top 4 (I mean top 3 and Muzzah)

Yo Piyush dude, keep up the good work :-)

Posted by Al 08/20/2008 at 02:44 PM

Sam I just read that Wertheim mailbag.
"This episode struck me as being both sad and troubling, particularly, coming as it did, on the heels of an ugly incident with a fan in Boston as well as an unfortunate encounter with Mashona Washington during a World TeamTennis match."

Forgive me for not knowing about this but what did actually happen in this "ugly incident" ?

Posted by siggy still waxing 08/20/2008 at 02:44 PM

Tari, missed ya! Creepy and delicious, totally agreed! Such a delicate touch for so sanguinary a topic, amazing when you think about it! ;) btw, I was bummmmed when I discovered (thank god for google) it took Kostova merely 10 years to do that one, I don't want to have to wait another decade for her next, grrrrr!

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 02:45 PM

Cilic wins and I'm happy.

Off now to check out some more of Team GB at the Olympics as we stomp the Australians ever more firmly down into fourth place on the medal table ...

Posted by NP 08/20/2008 at 02:46 PM

Now let me tackle the article, or its ten recommendations, that Tennis Fan linked to.

10. Unification of tennis's three main governing bodies.
- This is the dumbest one of 'em all. The problem is actually that we have these three governing bodies to begin with? Why the hell should they have the power to make a few events mandatory or not? Why should a good player be left out of the loop just because he or she refuses to join one of these bureaucracies that are supposed to benefit the players? I say more power to the players themselves; unification of the three bodies will give them even more power. Centralization almost always is a bad step, and this one isn't an exception.

9. Ranking bonus for players who play doubles.
- Interesting suggestion, though I'll point out that the doubles have their own rankings and points.

8. 25 percent increase to the field size for all non-major doubles tournaments.
- Don't like this one. I'm opposed to having so many tourneys to begin with 'cause the last thing the players need is more playing time than today's already tight schedule demands. Get back to me after the ATP-WTA-ITF trio gets rid of the ligament-unfriendly hard courts.

7. All grand slam finals, except juniors, should be best-of-five sets.
- Sure, if you wanna put even more physical strains on the female players' bodies. The ATP made the right decision by limiting all the tourneys but the Grand Slams to best-of-three sets. Not sure why the WTA would wanna reverse that.

6. Allow coaching from the coaches boxes.
- You mean they don't already do?

5. Enforcement of 20-second service rule.
- I've said before that I don't think the rule should be there at all. Most players are considerate and respectful enough to not take too much time to serve. But if we're gonna implement the rule at all 20 secs seem a reasonable choice.

4. Forfeit of prize money for people who play injured and withdraw during the first round.
- Do players get anything close to "prize money" if they withdraw during the 1st round? Anyway, let each tourney set its own rules. Don't give this power to the Holy Trinity of the ATP, WTA, and ITF.

3. Defending champion in every tournament automatically invited the following year.
- So we should go back to the antediluvian pre-Open era? Why should anyone get a free pass just because of his/her record from the previous year?

2. No more wild cards to players ranked outside of the top 200 to grand slams to pad host participation in the first round.
- The one wild card of significance I can think of is Goran's for the 2001 Wimby. And... what? Does anyone really care about this wild-card stuff?

1. No more final-set tiebreakers.
- I personally agree. Final-set TBs are a big anticlimax for me. But again let each tourney set its own rules. No meddling from the Holy Trinity in this matter.

So gotta say not a terribly good set of recommendations. But like Tennis Fan said they were good food for thought.

Posted by Backhand blaster 08/20/2008 at 02:48 PM

Kenneth: I think protest is alive and well in the US. Tennis has a long history of protest here and abroad, whether through BJ King, or Arthur Ashe. My opening point which you may have missed touched upon two elderly Chinese women being sent to "re-education" camps for applying for permission to protest for a free Tibet at Olympic protest zones. I provided a link to a nytimes article that appeared today. Nothing silly here except my heartfelt beliefs. I believe people should stand up for Human rights whenever they can wherever they find themselves.

Posted by gary(ParisForPrez) 08/20/2008 at 02:48 PM

Phor Phelps Phans

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26297627/

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 02:48 PM

gauloises, was just waiting for that comment,yes the empire is striking back,may i say it has taken you long enough,but at least you didn't upset our gold medal hopes the hockey team on their holy field,you tried there but failed,thank god,i have never prayed for so much divine intervention,my rosary beads are no more!

Posted by Backhand blaster 08/20/2008 at 02:49 PM

Kenneth: I think protest is alive and well in the US. Tennis has a long history of protest here and abroad, whether through BJ King, or Arthur Ashe or the Williams family. My opening point which you may have missed, touched upon two elderly Chinese women being sent to "re-education" camps for applying for permission to protest for a free Tibet at Olympic protest zones. I provided a link to a nytimes article that appeared today. Nothing silly here except my heartfelt beliefs. I believe people should stand up for Human rights whenever they can wherever they find themselves.

Posted by Sher 08/20/2008 at 02:52 PM

Kenneth, that's a big lump.
I have always treated gold medals at the olympics to be equivalent which is why I wanted Federer to win both singles and doubles. For tennis, the gold medal in doubles is not the same as a gold medal in singles, but as far as your country is concerned it is the same. So believe me, my standards did not change just because it was Federer. I was on here lobbying for doubles to be considered just as important AT THE OLYMPICS way before Federer won his match against Paes/Bhupathi.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 02:54 PM

Sorry to keep you waiting, aussiemarg!

But you can keep your hockey - we'll just stick with our sailing, rowing, cycling, swimming, athletics, gymnastics ...

C'mon Tim!

Posted by Sher 08/20/2008 at 02:56 PM

I definetly appreciated Weirtheim's comment on Federer.

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 02:58 PM

gauloises, yes, pls spare me all this,do you have to dub it in,i am in shock enough,cycling,ana meares will never be the same,probably just retire,look what you have done there,the list just goes on and on.

Posted by Tari 08/20/2008 at 02:59 PM

I'll say it again: Wertheim rocks. :)

And siggy: Bummer, indeed! I didn't know that...but considering how many pages this one was, I am not surprised. I found myself wondering how long it took to write myself!

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 03:00 PM

greenhopper: if you're around (and if you don't know it already), India won a bronze in Wrestling yesterday, it seems - courtesy, Sushil Kumar.

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 03:02 PM

Thnx Sam, for the link.. Yes - Wertheim rocks!

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 03:02 PM

BB,

I agree with your first post and your second. My point was, which you are clearly missing, that American sport stars have their own fish to fry right here in the US before protesting-by-not-appearing in Beijing. I'm not even sure it was you who first stated that they should have skipped Beijing, which is what inspired MY post about protesting this ridiculous regime here. I read that article and I agree. What I didn't agree with was your forwardness on the silliness of my thought.

Sorry Sher, I don't think I lumped anyone or anything. I was just simply stating that, up until this point in time, none really equated doubles with singles. But now, out the blue, that accomplishment, which is great, is as great as a singles gold accomplishment.

Posted by C Note 08/20/2008 at 03:04 PM

marcela -- it's spelled "Ajde" so it's pronounced more like "aye - day", though when Ana says it the "d" is pretty soft so it sounds like "aye - yay".

I'm sure there will be a huge Serbian contingent there so you can pick it up from them.

Posted by Backhand blaster 08/20/2008 at 03:10 PM

Kenneth: Since we seem to agree, then that is good.
Your original comment stated: ""While I feel strongly about China and it's perceived grievances against human rights, American sport stars have no right to protest anything or anyone until they start protesting their own Communist, fascist regime."
For what it's worth, stating that American sport stars live under a "Communist, fascist regime" is "silly". Sorry, that's as soft as I can put it. To start with Communists and Fascists consider themselves to polar opposites...it would be difficult to be both simultaneously.

Posted by Ruth 08/20/2008 at 03:10 PM

siggy: I hope that we can all agree that if there's one area in which the new men's #1 needs no help or" shoes-filling" lessons from the former #1, it is the area of being a gracious winner AND loser. In fact, Rafa was and is so gracious to his opponents after matches that sometimes I've wanted to shake him (I sometimes like a hint --just a hint -- of vinegar with my sugar, and I don't get upset when others see or smell the vinegar! :)I used to feel the same way about my longtime fave, Monica Seles.

Posted by Master Ace 08/20/2008 at 03:10 PM

WTA Contenders and Floaters published again today with a few changes:

Player (2008 record as of 08/18/08) – Best United States Open finish – 2008 titles - Comments


Contenders:
(1)Serena Williams (36-6): 1999, 2002 champion. 2008 titles - Charleston, Key Biscayne, Bangalore. Finalist at Wimbledon losing to Venus Williams. Won gold medal in doubles with Venus Williams.
(2)Venus Williams (24-8): 2000-2001 champion. 2008 title – Wimbledon. Will she repeat the Wimbledon/USO double since Serena done it in 2002 and for the 3rd time in her career? Won gold medal in doubles with Serena Williams.
(3)Dinara Safina (43-14): 2006 quarterfinalist. 2008 titles – Montreal, Berlin, Los Angeles. At the moment, she is the hottest player in the WTA with a record of 32-4 since the start of Berlin collecting a silver medal from the Olympics in the process.
(4)Elena Dementieva (40-11): 2004 finalist. 2008 titles – Olympics, Dubai. Semifinalist at Wimbledon losing to Venus Williams
(5)Ana Ivanovic (30-8): 2007 4th round. 2008 titles- French Open and Indian Wells. Since winning Indian Wells, Ana has been struggling to find consistent results winning her first career Slam but also has some surprising losses and now, she is dealing with an injured thumb
(6)Jelena Jankovic (44-14): 2006 semifinalist. 2008 title -Rome. She has made the quarterfinals in all events played except for a R16 loss to Tamarine Tanasugarn at Wimbledon.
(7) Agnieszka Radwanska (44-14): 2007 4th round. 2008 titles – Eastbourne, Istanbul, Pattaya City
(8) Vera Zvonareva (43-15): 2004 4th round. 2008 title - Prague. Bronze medalist at Olympics.
(9) Svetlana Kuznetsova (31-13): 2004 champion. She has made 3 finals losing to Justine Henin in Sydney, Dementieva at Dubai, and Ivanovic at Indian Wells
(10) Nadia Petrova (26-16): Quarterfinalist 2004-2005 2008 title - Cincinnati

Floaters:
Victoria Azarenka (33-16): 2007 4th round. She had a semifinal result at Montreal losing to the red-hot Safina in 3 sets.
Marion Bartoli (19-19): Finalist at Stanford and semifinalist at Montreal since Wimbledon.
Anna Chakvetadze (23-16): Semifinalist 2007
Dominika Cibulkova (32-20): 2nd round 2007. Finalist at Montreal and Amelia Island
Alize Cornet (28-16): 3rd round 2007. She won her first career WTA title in Budapest
Lindsay Davenport (22-4): 1998 champion. Will she play singles at USO?
Na Li (21-8): 4th round 2006. 2008 title – Gold Coast. Played medal round at Olympics
Caroline Wozniacki (35-14): 2nd round 2007. She won her first career WTA title in Stockholm.

Out due to injury:
Maria Sharapova (32-4): 2006 champion. 2008 titles – Australian Open, Doha, Amelia Island. Missed Olympics and will miss the USO due to an injury to her shoulder which has been a problem for the last 2 years.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 03:11 PM

Are you kidding me?
Dechy-Dellaqua lost 12-10 in the third set/stupid tiebreak ?
USO is not looking good! ;(

Posted by Rosangel 08/20/2008 at 03:12 PM

Christopher: thanks for that - thought in fact, nothing you have ever said has offended me, Doubtless the timing was unfortunate for some people, but that definitely wasn't the reason for the choice of timing on my part - I'm pretty sure it was an organic discussion that took a particular direction.

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 03:12 PM

when we are talking about accomlishments at these games,going for gold,silver bronze,what really get me,is the mantra or the expectation we put on athletes to win the almighty gold,a lot of the so called sporting commentators have turned me off,none other than our own oz commentator,who was shocked that libby trickett actually won a silver,than the gold she was supposed to get,i loved libby's comment after that race,she said she gave it her all,she wasn't disappointed with silver!she was having fun at these games,thank you libby,for remembering its not about winning the gold,its about competing at your best,so what if you do not win the gold,you did your best,thats what counts.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 03:17 PM

Arun,
Are you telling me, we have TWO medals now?
Is it the weather in China?
Congrats to the wrestler. Great job!

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 03:20 PM

Ruth: A Seles admirer? Great - you would've definitely appreciated Seles-Graf rivalry then; but it was unfortunate for Seles to go through what she did and really hard for me to see her getting beaten by the younger opponents (read as Hingis) during her later years..

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 03:21 PM

greenhopper: I've bookmarked that medal tally page and look @ it often to see if there is a change in the last column for India.. and YES it happened!

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 03:23 PM

greenhopper - Hww could you not have known that you have a second medal;-) You are hereby sentenced to nationalism re-education ;-) Even I knew ;-) courtesy my office cubicle neighbor LOL

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 03:24 PM

Well, BB, I guess after being born here and living here in the US for 25 odd years or so, I can tell what shades of Communism and fascism this government entails (and thanks for the unnecessary civics lesson). While they are different sides of the same coin, one can embody the sentiments of both and I feel that this present government does a bang-up job with that. Difficult, but most surely, not impossible.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 03:25 PM

C'mon Dr Ivo, make it a Croatian double!

Posted by Sher 08/20/2008 at 03:29 PM

[Sorry Sher, I don't think I lumped anyone or anything. I was just simply stating that, up until this point in time, none really equated doubles with singles. But now, out the blue, that accomplishment, which is great, is as great as a singles gold accomplishment.]

Kenneth, and I am saying that that is incorrect because I equated doubles Gold with singles Gold, not out of the blue, but from my belief that it doesn't matter if you swim 100 m butterfly or 200 m cross when you earn that medal for your country. You need to recognize that that belief existed before Federer started winning anything, and thus disproves your statement.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 03:31 PM

Good on ya Arun.

LOL avid.
Will it be too weird, if I chose to take the camp in Mallorca? ;)

I see Ginep's fighting hard, facing the 4th (double) break point of the 4th game of the 4th, never mind, 3rd set.
And loses it.

Mischa leads 4-1.

Posted by Master Ace 08/20/2008 at 03:35 PM

What happened to Robby? He started so well.

Posted by Sher 08/20/2008 at 03:39 PM

Rosangel,

I think the participants on this blog have been pretty generous
with showing admiration towards Rafa in his moments of glory despite being essentially curled up in fetal position from all the kicks in the gut.

So I'd like to add my voice to Christopher and Tari's on the timing of your and Ruth's discussion.

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 03:39 PM

Sure Sher. If one looks at it through the lens of a country's medal count, then a doubles gold is just as good as a singles gold.

Overall, the accomplishments are both unique and praise-worthy.

But, to individuals, especially those who have previously stated how much a gold in singles competition would mean personally, a doubles gold isn't as sweet as a singles gold. Or at least, not until one has to settle for a doubles gold.

So I'm saying it is not incorrect. But you're free to disagree. Won't be the first time and most probably, not the last. ;-)

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 03:39 PM

Mischa Zverev beat Robby Ginepri 1-6,6-3,6-1.

Posted by Ruth 08/20/2008 at 03:42 PM

Just read Wertheim's Mailbag. And not only is he right on target about Fed, he's also rocking on Olympics tennis (a revised position) and Gonzalez and a couple other topics.. I particularly enjoyed reading his comment about my #1 fave Venus's feeling about the ball-nicks-the-net apologies -- fits perfectly with my comment about liking a hint of vinegar in my faves sometimes. :)

Posted by Subhadeep 08/20/2008 at 03:42 PM

Arun and Greenhopper

Actually India has another medal now, assured of a bronze in boxing by Vijender. If he wins his semis he is assured of a silver and maybe even gold if he wins the gold match. In boxing no fighting of the losing semi finalists for the bronze but both losing semi finalists gets the bronze. I hope he goes on to the gold medal match.

Posted by Sher 08/20/2008 at 03:43 PM

Kenneth, if you specify that you are looking at the Olympics exclusively through the lense of how it reflects on a pro tennis career, then I agree with you -- doubles are not the same as singles. I doubt you'll find any poster on this board claiming otherwise.

It is my belief that most of the time you saw posters admiring the soubles win accomplishment in equal spirit to the singles win by Rafa, you were seeing people like me who view Olympics as a different kind of beast.

I think we agree more than you think :)

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 03:44 PM

Subhadeep
Great news! Thanks.
I'll try to catch it on nbcolympics.com tonight.

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 03:44 PM

greenhopper - LOL. Of course you can take the course in Mallorca ;-)

Interesting read for those who play tennis on Nintendo Wii

EA announces new tennis franchise
Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 10:51

It isn't known if EA will be going down the Tiger Woods route in terms of naming its new franchise. Could it be Rafael Nadal Tennis?
Electronic Arts today announced that its Canada studio will be in charge of developing a new tennis franchise for the EA Sports brand.

The game will be available first on the Nintendo Wii in 2009, with other platforms following soon after.

It will be the first EA Sports game to use the MotionPlus accessory for the Wii Remote.

"As we look to expand the EA Sports brand and captivate sports fans from around the world with rich new interactive experiences, it was obvious that the renaissance we’re seeing in the sport of tennis provides us with a big opportunity," said Peter Moore, president of EA Sports.

"Our new tennis franchise, coming first to the Wii, will put fans right into the action and provide the excitement, tension and drama that true champions feel in legendary matches – like the classic from Wimbledon just last month."

EA has secured the licence for the Wimbledon championships, so expect the full competition in the game, complete with all the accurately modelled courts and so on.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 03:48 PM

I-vo! *clap clap clap* I-vo! *clap clap clap*

Posted by Subhadeep 08/20/2008 at 03:49 PM

greenhopper and the rest of the people proud of national players winning in olympics :

in the midst of this passion of Federer to go out so much even for doubles after losing the singles what really irks me is Paes-Bhupathi. I think if they play together and can bury their differences they again can be a number one doubles team, win slams and maybe still be young enough to win doubles medal, maybe even gold, 2012 London Olympics. They should really take a lesson from the passion of these players like Federer, Djockovic, Gonzo, etc.

I have followed this partnership between Paes and Bhupathi and I really feel the more problems are with Paes than Bhupathi. I know it takes 2 hands to clap BUT time and again, including problems in Indian Davis cup team too, brings out concretely that its his zealous effort in hogging the limelight that took this partnership out of the number 1 they were and could have been for a longer time.

Posted by Grant 08/20/2008 at 03:49 PM

"It isn't known if EA will be going down the Tiger Woods route in terms of naming its new franchise. Could it be Rafael Nadal Tennis?"

There already was a Nadal tennis game, I played it on DS. Sadly, it was pretty awful.

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