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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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It’s Getting Closer…!!!

The World Team Tennis season is on it’s way and along with that are the new look Washington Kastles.  The WTT draft was held on March 13, 2018 and the 2018 Washington Kastle’s roster is:

  • Murphy Jensen, Coach
  • Madison Brengle (protected)
  • Bob and Mike Bryan (protected)
  • Robert Lindstedt
  • Nicole Melichar
  • Tennys Sandgren
  • Venus Williams (protected)
  • Frances Tiafoe

The 2018 season kicks off with Kastles visiting the New York Empire on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM at Court 17 of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and runs through August 2, 2018 with an away match in Orange County, CA.

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Congratulations to “Auntie Caro”

I was truly happy to seeCaroline Wozniacki (“Auntie Caro”) win her first slam at the Australian Open and return to the number 1 ranking.

Since Serena couldn’t be there to defend her title I am glad that one of Serena’s closest friends and honorary aunt to Alexis Jr. took the title.

Hey Serena – maybe you should talk to Mark Ein so he can get Caroline on the Kastles and have you return to the team and see the two of you play doubles here in DC.

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Was a Weird Kastles Season

It was definitely a strange tennis season for me.  The Kastles were lackluster – Martina played a limited number of matches and Leander was not on the team this year.

It was the Tenth Anniversary Season of the Kastles and true to form, Mark Ein did it right.  Every match but one of the seven home matches had give-aways and that seventh match was when Venus Williams was in town.

In typical Mark Ein fashion (being ultra high class) he provided long time season ticket holders with a special perk – a pre-match photo opportunity with Venus Williams with photos taken by a professional with the photo being framed by the Kastles and sent to the season ticket holder.

I can’t think of one instance when Mark Ein didn’t do it the right way.  He is a role model for all sports team owners.  The other sports franchise owners could take a lesson from Mr. Ein.

It was also strange to not have Serena on tour and at the slams.  Hopefully she will be back from her pregnancy leave next year.  If she doesn’t make the Australian Open I would expect her back at Wimbledon if she comes back.

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Under A Week And Counting

We are now under a week and counting!!!  It’s Wednesday evening and only 6 nights from now I’ll be in the Smith Center at GWU watching my beloved Washington Kastles first home match.

Martina Hingis and Frances Tiafoe will be “in the house” on 7/18 and 7/19.  Bob and Mike Bryan will be with Frances on 7/20 and then on 7/21 Martina, Frances and Nick Kyrgios will represent the “home team”.  After a road trip, the Kastles return to the Smith Center on 7/25 and our Wimbledon stars Venus Williams, Sam Querrey and Bruno Soares will be there for the “home team”.  Sam and Bruno will be with the team also on 7/26 and 7/29.

As of today, July 12, Venus is in the Women’s Semifinals, Sam is in the Men’s Semifinals, and Martina (along with Jamie Murray) and Bruno (along with Elena Vesnina) are in the Quarterfinals of the Mixed Doubles.

All in all a pretty good tournament for the Kastles stars.

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Less Than Two Weeks Until Kastles Time!!!

Well, it’s July 4, 2017 and we are under two weeks away from yet another season of Washington Kastles World Team Tennis.  This should be a great season since it’s the 10th Anniversary season of the Kastles.

This should be an even more special season now that Mark Ein, our beloved Washington Kastles owner now owns a majority interest in the entire World Team Tennis league.

The season opens away at the Springfield Lasers on Sunday, July 16, 2017.  That is followed up by four home matches in a row on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday July 18-21, 2017.  On Sunday and Monday July 23 and 24 the Kastles play back to back matches at Philadelphia.  They then return home for back-to-back home matches with the Springfield Lasers and NY Empire on Tuesday and Wednesday July 25 and 26.  On Friday, July 28 the Kastles are away at the Springfield Lasers and then return home for the last home match of the season against the Orange County Breakers on Saturday, July 29.  They then finish out the season on the road at the NY Empire on Sunday, July 30, at Orange County on Tuesday, August 1 and finally on Wednesday, August 2 at San Diego.

Almost time for Murphy, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina, Venus, Madison Brengle, Nick Kyrgios, Sam Querrey, A-Rod, Bruno Soares, Treat Huey and Frandes Tiafoe!!!

Bring the season on.

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Martina On A Roll With Latisha

Our very own Washington Kastle Martina Hingis still paired with Latisha Chan won four more Women’s Doubles titles.

Latisha and Martina beat the team of Timea Babos and Adrea Hlavackova in the finals of the Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain on clay.

They then followed that up by a win over Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina at the Italian Open in Rome, Italy also on clay.

They then won by a walkover by Jelena Jankovic and Anastasija Sevastova at the Mallorca Open in Mallorca, Spain on grass.

In the warmup for Wimbledon they won over Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua at the Eastbourne International in the U.K.

Way to go Martina and Latisha and good luck at Wimbledon.  Looking forward to Kastles time July 16, 2017!!!

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Martina Does It Yet Again

Our very own Washington Kastle Martina Hingis paired with Latisha Chan and won yet another Women’s Doubles title.

Latisha and Martina beat the team of Siniakova and Hradecka in the finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, CA.  This was only the third tournament that Martina played paired with Latisha.  It is a WTA Premier Mandatory Event so Martina and Latisha get 1000 ranking points and split the top prize of $385,170 dollars.

Way to go Martina!!!

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