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Mike Bryan Shines with Jack Sock – Looking Forward To Lunch With the Champ!!!

Mike Bryan couldn’t play at Wimbledon with his brother Bob.  Bob injured his hip on the hard clay in Rome and has been out of commission since.

Mike paired up with Jack Sock.  In 2014, Jack and partner Vasek Pospisil had beaten Bob and Mike in the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles final.  This time they were on the same side of the net instead of on opposite sides.

They won the first set 6-3.  In a tightly contested second set, Mike and Jack lost a close tiebreaker (9-7) to Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus.  Mike and Jack took the third set 6-3 and then their serve was broken (the only time) when they were serving at 5-6.  That took it to a fifth and deciding set.  It was so late that they had to close the roof to play the fifth set.  With their opponents serving at 5-6, Jack and Mike broke serve to win the fifth set 7-5 and the Championship.

So cool – on my birthday I will be having attending a Washington Kastles VIP Luncheon and Bob and Mike Bryan and Frances Tiafoe.  Not a bad birthday present – having lunch with the reining Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles Champion.

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It Was Not To Be Today for the G.O.A.T

It was not to be today for the G.O.A.T, my dear Serena Williams.  She was defeated in the Wimbledon final by Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3.

Number 24 will have to wait.  I honestly believe that it will come – it’s just a matter of time.

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Serena Still Amazes Me

Serena Williams is absolutely spectacular.  Nothing can denigrate her greatness, she is just amazing and a complete inspiration.

Nancy Armour wrote the following about Serena in USA Today:

Of all Serena’s triumphs, this Wimbledon run is the most impressive

Of all the triumphs in her glorious career, nothing compares to what Serena Williams is doing at Wimbledon.

Ten months ago, she was fighting for her life, her lungs filling with clots following the birth of her first child, daughter Olympia. She endured four surgeries, and the recovery was so grueling that just walking to the mailbox was a struggle. The timeline she’d imagined for her return to the court had to be thrown out the window, two months’ worth of tournaments pared to just two before the French Open.

And yet, here she is, into Saturday’s Wimbledon final. A victory against Angelique Kerber would give Williams her 24th Grand Slam title, matching Margaret Court for the all-time record.

In Williams, we are witnessing the greatest athlete of all time. Not greatest tennis player, not greatest female athlete. Greatest athlete, period. She played all of three matches in the previous 16 months, yet has dropped just one set here. After pulling out of last month’s French Open with a pectoral injury, she barely served until she got to Wimbledon.

When she was serving for the match only to be broken by Goerges, Williams responded with ferocity and fury. You could practically see her crank an internal dial up a notch as she won four straight points to break Goerges at love and win the match.

I know what I will be doing Saturday morning – glued to the television hopefully watching Serena make it “24” and counting.

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Serena At Wimbledon

I must say I am pleased that Serena is doing so well at Wimbledon and I truly hope that she makes it all the way to the end and makes it 24 Grand Slam titles.

But I must truly say that I have a crush on Serena’s daugther.  This kid is beyond cute.

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Serena and Maria — Part 22

Serena Williams has faced Maria Sharapova 21 times.  Serena has won all but two of those head to head encounters including the 2012 Olympics Gold Medal match.

The only times Maria has beaten Serena was 2004 in the Wimbledon final and the year end championships the same year.

I will be rooting for Serena to make it 20 – 2 instead of 19 – 3 on Monday.

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The HBO Documentary: Being Serena

I must honestly say that this documentary “mini series” really impressed me.  After seeing Part 2 titled “Strength” I had a new appreciation and admiration for Serena.  She obviously did not want to have a C-section due to her history of blood clots and the impact on her comeback to tennis.

Of course, the most important thing was the health of the mother and the baby, the absolutely precious Alexis Olympia.  But the C-section added risk to Serena’s health due to her blood clot history.  Thank goodness she knows her body better than anyone else and she insisted on a scan when she knew there was something wrong.

Seeing her struggle during her first match back (an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion) was painful but I knew it was just the start of the journey.  If anyone could make it back it was Serena.  Seeing her struggle playing doubles with Venus during the Fed Cup was painful as well.  Seeing her playing the quarter finals against Venus in Indian Wells and losing was painful.  Seeing her lose in the first round of the Miami Open was painful too.  But thank goodness she knows her body better than anyone and insisted on a cat-scan with dye when she “knew” she had blood clots – and she did.

I am very glad that this documentary was done and I was very glad I watched it.  Even to the point that they completed the documentary only the day before the final episode aired.

Watch it – it’s worth it.

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Indian Wells & The Miami Open Are Over

Indian Wells marked the return of Serena and a third round match between Venus and Serena.  Something needs to be done about protected rankings for women out for maternity leave so this kind of crazy seeding and crazy draws don’t happen like this.

Which brings us to Miami – Serena meets the winner from Indian Wells in the first round at Miami?  Absurd.  It was disappointing that Venus only made it to the Quarterfinals but she did beat some big names getting there.

But let’s talk about the winners.  John Isner (New York Empire, WTT) finally got his first Masters 1000 title and Sloane Stephens (former Washington Kastle, WTT now with the Philadelphia Freedom, WTT)  took the Women’s Singles title.  Throw in the Washington Kastles’ own Bob and Mike Bryan taking their 115th career title in Miami and another WTT former player, Coco Vandeweghe paired with Australian Ashleigh Barty to win the Women’s Doubles title.

It was nice to see the USA represented as the winners in every event in Miami this year.  It was the first time in eight years that an American man had won the Men’s Singles title.

Now waiting for WTT to start…

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Serena Stands Alone at 23 Majors in the Open Era

What an amazing Australian Open Women’s Final!!!  I have made no bones about the fact that my absolute favorite tennis player of all time is Serena Williams followed by Venus at an extremely second.  After all, Venus was instrumental in the Washington Kastles winning the 2012 WTT Championship in Charleston, SC and I was fortunate enough to meet Venus after the championship match and get a fantastic photo with Venus (that I will cherish forever).

It was truly bittersweet to watch the sister battle, yet again, in the final.  I had cheered for both of them in every single match up until the final and cheering for Serena  final was heart wrenching since I love Venus, the way Venus competes, her consistent eloquence and her massive contributions to women’s tennis including equal prize money and being such a fantastic role model to young women.

It was particularly sweet to sit and watch Venus play Coco at the AO – a repeat meeting of the final event at the WTT 2012 Championship match in Charleston, SC.  The Kastles were tied 15-15 going into the final match – Venus vs. Coco, winner take all.  It went to an event tiebreak and Venus lost the first two points in the tiebreak to Coco.  The rep from NBC Sports told the Sacramento players to put on their jackets for the award ceremony.  I tapped him on the shoulder and said “never count a Williams’ sister out”.  Venus reeled off 5 straight points to win the championship and take the Kastles to 32-0.

Serena is my all time tennis favorite and I am so happy for her.  Sisters rule!!!

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The Eurythmics Were Right – “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves”

Well, Serena won her second Wimbledon 2016 Championship today just a couple of hours after her Singles title alongside her sister Venus.

Venus and Serena won the Womens Doubles Championship in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 over Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova in an hour and 27 minutes.  The big key to the Williams sisters winning this title was break opportunities.  Venus and Serena had 4 break points against their opponents and converted 75%  of them – 3 out of 4.  Babos and Shvedova had 8 break points against the Williams sisters and only converted 13% of them – one.

This keeps the Williams sisters record in Grand Slam Doubles Finals intact – they are 14-0 when they reach the final.

Again, congratulations to our former Kastles super stars and my two favorite players of all time.

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Serena’s “Catch-22” Is Now a “Caught-22” Equaling Steffi Graf

I am truly elated that Serena finally got her 22nd grand slam singles title to equal Steffi Graf.  She had to deal with the disappointment last fall of not getting the calendar year grand slam (and #22), losing in the Australian Open final to Angelique Kerber (and not getting #22) and then losing to Garbine Muguruza at the French Open Final and not getting #22 for the third time.

I could tell from the beginning of the first game that Serena was on a mission and would not be denied her 22nd grand slam title.

Serena won the first set 7-5 by breaking Kerber in the 12th game of the set when Kerber was serving at 5-6.

Kerber had only one break chance against Serena in the entire match and it came in the second set at 3-3.  Kerber took a point at 30-30 to go up 30-40.  Serena promptly saved the break point and slammed the door shut with an ace at 117 MPH followed by another ace at 124 MPH and then won the game on a backhand forced error by Kerber.

Serena won the set in fine fashion with 13 aces with only 3 double faults, 39 winners to Kerber’s 12 and only 21 unforced errors to 39 winners.

Congratulations to Serena – the Greatest Of All Time.

Serena - History Rewritten!!!

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