Serena wins her fourth Wimbledon, her 13th major overall, and takes another step closer to GOAT territory. If Serena can come close to replicating this serving at the U.S. Open, engrave the trophy now. The critics have already noted she wasn't required to play a top-10 opponent. Sorry, wouldn't have made a difference
A fine performance by Vera Zvonareva, who didn't bring much to the final but deserves credit for getting there. Nice, too, that now she's known her for something more than her crying jags.
Kaia Kanepi may have gagged a series of match points for a chance to advance to the semis. But credit her with qualifying in both singles and doubles and reaching the second week in both draws.
Anyone else guessing that Justine Henin wouldn't have been so eager to return if she knew this was how it was going to go? After a disappointing French Open, Henin falls in the fourth round of Wimbledon, the only major to elude her -- that her conqueress was Kim Clijsters must make this all the more unpleasant -- and now she'll miss the U.S. Open with an elbow injury.
The growth of Jarmila Groth continues. She reached the second week of the French and followed that up with a fourth round showing here.
Props to young Petra Kvitova, yes, for reaching the semis, but also for making the most of her moment, staring down Serena on Centre Court and playing her tough in both sets. Same for Tsvetana Pironkova, one of the few players to have beaten Venus at two majors. (One of you wrote, though: "Ugly American is not cute. If someone took a drinking game and had to swig every time she was called "Svetlana," they'd be in a coma.")
Maria Sharapova ought to leave Wimbledon with buoyant spirits. While she lost to Serena Williams in the fourth round, she played well and competed well. Once she cuts back the double faults, she's really in business. With so many players fading, injured, or mentally shaky, Lord, the WTA needs her healthy. Her shoulder is to the WTA what Nadal's knees are to the ATP.
So much for the suggestion that she take some time off to re-assess her crumbling game. Ana Ivanovic, a first round loser, has taken a wild card into the Stanford event.
Trivia: We're told that only one ATP player attended the WTA pre-tournament party. Care to guess his identity?
The person coordinating the release of the Williams sisters' books has a wicked sense of irony. The week she debuted, On the Line last fall, Serena lost her mind over (wait for it) a foot-fault call. The same day Venus' new book came out, she was blitzed by little-known Tsvetana Pironkova. Title of said book? Come to Win.
Serena is headed from here to Belgium as a last-minute fill-in for Justine Henin in the "Battle for Belgium exhibition. Math quiz: A desperate promoter + crowd as large as 40,000 + tough negotiations = how big an appearance fee?
Nice to see the WTA adding a summer tournament in Maryland starting in the summer of 2011. Looking forward to seeing Stringer Bell in the players' lounge.
Still trying to figure out what to make of Andy Roddick's fourth-round to loss Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan. Roddick has reached the finals of Wimbledon three times; he has also lost here to Janko Tipsarevic, Richard Gasquet and now Lu. He's done plenty of winning in his career; he's also lost more heartbreaking matches -- take away clay, I believe he's lost five-setters at his last five majors -- than any player in recent memory.
He's not a choker. He's not mentally fragile. For whatever reason, he hasn't closed the deal in a variety of settings. The Roddick burial is way premature. (Aside: why so many clearly get such pleasure from gleefully pronouncing another person's career over?)
But last week's defeat is a stinger, no question about it.