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Marion Bartoli Of France Silences Sexist Haters & Wins Wimbledon Women Singles Title!!!

Marion Bartoli of France destroyed German Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-4 in the Wimbledon women’s final. The media and the Centre Court crowd at Wimbledon wanted Lisicki to win because she’s considered attractive. The British press had hoped Lisicki would win and make her women’s tennis new star. However, Bartoli a former Wimbledon finalist from 2007, was determined and focused. Bartoli was solid mentally she attacked Lisicki’s weak backhand, and she attacked the net. Bartoli also robbed Lisicki of time hitting the ball on the rise.

A lot of people on the internet have made fun of Marion Bartoli’s body because she doesn’t look like the stereotype female tennis player. Since Bartoli is big boned, she doesn’t have the trim, slim, athletic body that the media and the general society prefers for female athletes. A BBC commentator even mocked Bartoli’s looks saying she’s not pretty and the BBC was forced to apologize for the sexism of the reporter.

The media are extremely sexist, they focused all the attention on Lisicki while ignoring Bartoli. Bartoli is a former top ten player she’s been around for a long time. Bartoli seized her moment she refused to lose and I credit her for having the breakthrough in her career.

Bartoli showed the world that winning a grand slam is not just about raw power it is about using tactics, strategy, and having mental toughness. Sabine Lisicki is a talented young player, but she’s also extremely mentally weak. Lisicki cried during points and that’s not professional during a Wimbledon final.

Agnieszka Radwanska Loses Wimbledon Semifinal Internet Explodes Over Her Cold Handshake.

I don’t see the big deal here, Agnieszka Radwanska, just lost a heartbreaking Wimbledon semifinal to Sabine Lisicki 6-4 2-6 9-7. Agnieszka is ranked fourth in the world yet, she hasn’t won a slam. The door was open for Agnieszka to finally win a grand slam because Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova lost early. Agnieszka, was probably irritated by Sabine Lisicki’s theatrics whenever she wins a match. Lisicki rolling around on the grass is rude, to me it is a form of boasting and digging a salt into an opponent’s wound.

Agnieszka also has a 7-0 record head to head with Marion Bartoli the French woman who is Lisicki’s opponent in the Wimbledon final.

This is tough for Agnieszka, she knows this was a huge chance to finally breakthrough and win a slam it is a bitter pill to swallow.

I feel bad for Aga, she really wanted to win Wimbledon badly, I hope this loss lights a fire in Aga she needs to work harder on her serve. The serve was the difference in this match Aga needs to improve her second serve. Although Aga is disappointed, she fought so hard, and she gave everything she had. I think Aga was tired because she already played three difficult three set matches to reach the semifinals.

Aga is only twenty four years old, and I believe Aga will win a grand slam one day.

Blind Item: Closeted Gay Actor Kevin Spacey Hits On Young Men During Tennis Match.

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men playing doubles tennis[Blind Gossip] This esteemed, over-40 American film actor was playing a game of tennis with a friend when they noticed a couple of young men doing the same on the next court over. The four men wound up playing doubles together, and the actor suggested that they all get together for dinner.

The actor took them to a very fancy restaurant that night and they all enjoyed dining on fine food and drinking great wine and talking about sports and women.

The next day, the actor called up one of the young men and asked if he would like to get together for dinner again. The man agreed, and although the other two couldn’t make it, they had another wonderful night out at another nice restaurant, with the two of them drinking and the actor regaling him with stories about his life in show business. This happened several days in a row.

The actor then began texting the man several times a day… until one of the man’s friends clued him in that he actor was gay, and that he saw their dinner dates as actual “date dates”.

The naïve young man had no idea the actor was gay. He just thought that he had just become pals with a famous actor! So when the actor texted him – as usual – the next day, the young man mentioned that he was really glad that they had become friends and that he enjoyed his company, but that he just wanted to make sure that the actor knew that he was straight and that he had a girlfriend.

The actor replied, “I don’t know where you got the idea from that I ever wanted anything more! I’m totally straight and I just want to be your friend!” But after that, the man never heard from the actor again, and the actor never replied to his texts again.

Yes, the actor is still in the closet.

 My guess: Kevin Spacey
First clue: Spacey was born in1959 he’s well over the age of 40. Spacey is also an Academy Award winner.
Second clue: Spacey loves tennis he made an appearance at the 2013 Australian Open.
 
 

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Sloane Stephens Upsets Serena Williams At Australian Open But American Media Hype Might Hurt Her Career.

Yes, Sloane Stephens a nineteen year old American upset the tennis legend Serena Williams 3-6 7-5 6-4  in the Australian Open women’s quarterfinals. However, Serena was clearly injured she hurt her back in the middle of the second set and had back spasms. Stephens deserves credit for pulling off the upset although she almost let the match slip away when she had a 5-3 lead in the second set. Stephens did well to win, but the Americans have a tendency to hype up young talent. Does anyone remember Melanie Oudin from 2009? The USA media hyped Oudin, saying she’s the next Chris Evert yet the girl never was ranked in the top 30. By the way, Oudin lost in the first round of the Australian Open to Laura Robson a talented young British player. Jennifer Capriati was also hyped by the USA press back in the 1990s due to her early promise. However, when Capriati was unable to reach a grand slam final while in her teens she turned to drug use and shop lifting. Only, when Capriati left the WTA Tour and decided to make a comeback did she live up to her potential.

I am not knocking Sloane Stephens, I think the girl is clearly very talented. I am just concerned that the American media are going to put too much pressure on this young girl. Stephens has not won a WTA Tour event, she hasn’t even reached a WTA Tour final yet either. Stephens is good, and she deserves time to mature and live up to her talent.

 

Whoopi Goldberg & Sherri Shephard Blast Caroline Wozniacki For Racist Serena Williams Joke.

On the ABC talk show The View, the ladies discuss the recent controversy of the young white female tennis player Caroline Wozniacki so-called joke about Serena Williams body. At a tennis exhibition in Brazil, Wozniacki decided to stuff her bra and tennis skirt with towels to make fun of Serena’s body. In the mainstream media the consensus by  white tennis writers are that Wozniacki was just making a joke. The question these white writers fail to ask is why is Serena Williams constantly the one being made fun of?

Sports websites such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Fox Sports, have all claimed Wozniacki’s attempts at being funny isn’t racist. However, the vast majority of these sports writers are white men and they also have white male skin privilege. It is very easy for people who do not experience racism to tell black women they need to be quiet about racism and sexism. White privilege allows white tennis writers the ability to ignore race since they don’t have to think about race on a daily basis. White privilege also means white people have the luxury to not deal with race when they don’t want to and ignore it. The white tennis writers have chosen to ignore Wozniacki’s racism because the harsh truth is racism and sexism is very much a part of the professional tennis industry. The tennis industry is still very uncomfortable with the fact women’s tennis is being dominated by Serena Williams a black woman.

The white tennis writers lack  the racial sensitivity, knowledge,  and the awareness to discern the history of racism and sexism against black women. For centuries, since Sara Baartman tragedy in the early 19th century, black women are constantly mocked, ridiculed, and demonized for not having bodies that conform to the Eurocentric ideal. The ideal female tennis player body is supposed to be blonde, thin, such as Maria Sharapova or Caroline Wozniacki. Tennis writers for years have mocked Serena Williams because she’s a black woman, due to the fact her body has curves, and her buttocks is larger than her white female counterparts.

I am glad people on twitter, You Tube, Facebook, and the internet are saying enough is enough!

The racism Serena Williams experiences in professional tennis is more subtle. Nobody would dare call Serena a racial slur to her face.However, I believe there is still discomfort by some white people in the tennis industry about Serena Williams domination of women’s tennis. Tennis is still a very elitist sport, dominated by rich whites and the country club set.

Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shephard pointed out as black women they have a right to speak out against racism when it relates to the black female life experience. Goldberg and Shepard explained that Wozniacki’s joke is indeed racist against black women.

Goldberg makes a cogent argument, why are these white male and female tennis players such as Caroline Wozniacki and Andy Roddick making fun of Serena’s body? Why is it a black female tennis champion is ridiculed because her body does not conform to racist Eurocentric body image standards? Why should black people be silent to this prejudice and bigotry?

Serena Williams is constantly criticized and ridiculed by the racist tennis establishment because she’s a a black woman dominating women’s tennis which is still a predominately white sport. Let’s be honest here, Serena Williams is thirty one years old,  a part time player yet she is clearly the best female tennis player in the world. Serena won Wimbledon singles and doubles, Olympic gold medal in singles and doubles, US OPEN, and the WTA Championships. Serena has dominated the so called number one and number two ranked women Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova with a stunning 8-0 record this year.Wozniacki’s joke I believe is due to jealousy, Serena also dominates Wozniacki she has a 4-1 record against her. Since Wozniacki can’t beat Serena on the tennis court she has to find another way to ridicule her by mocking her body because she’s a black woman.

Cute Pic: Tennis Stars Rafael Nadal & Juan Monaco On A Vacation Together In Majorca Spain!!!

 

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You never know how much your co-workers care about you until you’re gone. Rafael Nadal hasn’t seen much of his ATP brethren since taking time off the ATP Tour to rehabilitate his ailing knees, but he finally got a visitor this week, in the form of his good buddy Juan Monaco. The No. 10 ranked Argentine lost in the second round of Shanghai and quickly boarded a plane to Mallorca, Spain to pay a visit to Nadal.

What have the two been doing? Well according to theirFacebook and Twitter pages, it looks like Monaco has been tagging along on Rafa’s workouts, swimming, stretching and throwing in the occasional round of golf. Sounds like a pretty great vacation to me.

In fact, the rest may be what Monaco needs as he tries to make a late season push to qualify, either directly or as an alternate, for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Monaco is 955 points out of the No. 8 spot in the Race rankings, butNadal’s participation in London is unlikely. That means the No. 9 player in the Race to London should qualify directly, and the Nos. 10 and 11 spots open for alternates.

Monaco currently sits at No. 12 in the Race and less than 500 points behind Janko Tipsarevic, the man currently holding the No. 9 spot. Deep runs at both next week’s Valencia Open and the Paris Masters, and Rafa’s best buddy should be able to buy his Eurostar ticket to London.

Disappointing Result: Canadian Tennis Stud Milos Raonic Loses Japan Open Final To Kei Nishikori!

I am disappointed Milos Raonic Canada’s top tennis player lost in the finals of the Japan Open to Kei Nishikori. I am cognziant Kei Nishikori is a solid player his ranking is going to rise to number fifteen in the world and he is also a young player. I feel Milos has more weapons than Kei he has a huge serve, an explosive forehand and he volleys well. An area that Kei exposed today is Milos movement and his tendency to run around his backhand to hit forehands.

Milos speed around the tennis court is improved but he needs to get even quicker and faster if he wants to challenge the top players. I also believe Milos consistency needs to improve he seems to do well when he has no pressure. Milos victory over Andy Murray was unexpected because Murray is ranked higher.

Today, Milos was supposed to beat Kei because he is higher ranked and he has more weapons. The pressure seemed to get to Milos today and he dropped serve immediately at the start of the match.

Milos was probably exhausted emotionally, physically, and mentally after upsetting two top ten players Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic. However, Milos has now lost three ATP 500 finals in his career. Milos ranking will rise to number fourteen in the world on Monday and he crosses the $1 million dollar mark in prize money earned on the tennis court this year. I am pleased that Milos has made some improvements to his game his court positioning is better he is standing on the baseline and being aggressive. The only concern I have is that I think Milos needs to start out of the blocks better in his matches. Today, Milos needed a good start Kei was determined to win in front of the Japanese people in his own country and he was very aggressive. Milos had a 3-0 lead in the first set tiebreaker yet lost the first set. Milos managed to win the second set 6-3 but he got destroyed in the final set losing 6-0. Milos won two long matches against Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic in the semifinals and quarterfinals fighting off match points so I know he is mentally tough.

Hopefully, in the future, Milos will be better mentally prepared when he reaches a high profile final because if he wants to be a top ten player he’s got to win these kinds of matches.

Surprising Result: Nadia Petrova Upsets Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0 1-6 6-3 & Wins WTA Event In Tokyo Japan!

Well this is a surprise, Nadia Petrova of Russia upsets the world number three Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-0 1-6 6-3 and wins the WTA title in Tokyo Japan. Petrova is thirty years old and a very talented player but she always lacked the mental toughness. Petrova has a huge serve, powerful groundstrokes, volleys well, and she is a solid doubles player.  Petrova doesn’t move very well on the court and her fitness is not at the highest level.

Sometimes Petrova is mentally fragile but she held it together mentally to win the biggest title of her career.

Agnieszka had a solid week, but I believe she needs to develop some weapons. If Agnieszka is going to breakthrough and win a grand slam she needs to improve her second serve. I also think Agnieszka needs to take more chances on the court and go for more winners.

Hot Couple Alert: Looks Like Serena Williams Might Be Dating Her French Coach Patrick Patrick Mouratouglou.

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Serena Williams and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou may just have better chemistry than most professional tandems.

Rumors abound that the two are actually an item.

The Detroit Free Press reports on rumblings from French website PKTennis.

Here are a couple of photos that the website snapped that proves the two are far closer than most players and coaches would be.

 

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Yes, that is either Williams showing affection, or her trying to steal Mouratoglou’s wallet. We like to think she is doing alright for herself and hardly needs the money.

So consider this an amorous expression.

Before you go on thinking this is an all-play and hardly-any-work relationship, theDetroit Free Press report reminds us just how successful Williams’ coach has been.

She hired the French Tennis Academy coach after she was ousted in the first round of the French Open. Since that time, she won Wimbledon and most recently the U.S. Open.

Oh, yeah: She also managed to win a gold medal in the London Olympics. That would be 3-for-3 in majors plus Olympic competitions since the two teamed up.

If that weren’t enough, the report gives us this little tidbit: “Bruce International Properties, the storefront at which Williams and Mouratoglou are gazing, sells property on the French Riviera.”

When normal people begin a relationship, they take a nice little day trip somewhere. When you are a world-class athlete, you flirt with the idea of buying a vacation spot along the French Riviera.

I’m not sure the tennis world stands a chance against this dynamic duo.

 

LA Times Article: Venus & Serena Withdraw Their Support For A Documentary Worried It Makes Their Father Look Like A Deadbeat.

"Venus and Serena"A scene from “Venus and Serena.” (Clive Brunskill / September 11, 2012)
  • By Steven Zeitchik September 11, 2012, 11:22 a.m.

TORONTO — In an about-face, Venus and Serena Williamshave chosen not to attend Tuesday’s Toronto world premiere of the documentary “Venus and Serena,” which they authorized and participated in for the past 20 months, because they are reportedly unhappy with the finished product.

As recently as several days ago, the tennis superstars had planned to come to the Toronto International Film Festivalto support the movie made by veteran broadcast journalists Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, according to a person familiar with the Williamses’ plans who asked not to be identified because the person had not been authorized to speak on their behalf.

But a disagreement between the sisters and the filmmakers over the movie’s content — particularly the portrayal of the sisters’ father, Richard Williams – has led to a reversal, the person said. The movie is at Toronto seeking distribution.

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Festival organizers and the filmmakers confirmed that the sisters would not be attending. “It’s disappointing to us,” Major said. “We have a lot of respect for them and think their story is very inspiring.” She declined to elaborate on the reasons for the Williamses’ change of heart.

Venus Williams‘ manager Carlos Fleming and Serena Williams’ agent Jill Smoller would not comment on their clients’ decision.

The news comes just two days after Serena Williams won her fourth U.S. Open singles title, which was expected to give the premiere a celebratory air; indeed, Serena Williams has been making press appearances in the wake of the tournament, on Monday appearing on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”

Festival organizers had scheduled the premiere after the tournament to allow the sisters to attend.

The movie has been a watershed event for the Williamses, who are famously guarded about their private lives. Baird and Major, who met while working for ABC News during Peter Jennings‘ tenure, have long been fascinated by the Williamses as tennis and public personalities.

After being wooed by the Baird and Major for nearly four years, the sisters agreed to participate in the documentary. In January 2011, the filmmakers began following the sisters around the world, having been granted intimate access to the cloistered stars as well as to their friends and family members; they shot more than 450 hours of footage. Major said that neither sister asked for any preconditions before filming began.

The finished film looks at the rise of the two Compton natives to the pinnacle of their sport, their lives behind-the-scenes and the colorful personalities who have guided them or been part of their rise. It is largely complimentary to the sisters, showing their work ethic and their humor.

But it does explore some of Richard Williams’ foibles, from his out-of-wedlock children to a 78-page manifesto he had plotting out his daughters’ success at a very young age. That angered the sisters, particularly Venus, according to the person with knowledge of the disagreement.

After viewing the film in August, Venus Williams had an extensive conversation with filmmakers raising her objections over how her father was portrayed. Though some small tweaks were made, they were not sufficient to change her mind.

The filmmakers said they were saddened by the Williamses’ response and could only hope for a change of heart down the road. “We think this is an important story, and

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