All posts tagged: Tennis

Serena Williams upset at the US Open and loses No. 1 ranking

Written by Liz Charre, President Serena Williams has failed to make the US Open final for the second time consecutively. If last year wasn’t a disappointment, this year was worse. Williams struggled with serves, hit shots, and consistency during the match Thursday night against Karolína Plíšková from Czech Republic.  The worst part of it all was that she lost the match with a double fault in the tie-breaker. Not only did Williams lose her semifinal match in consecutive sets, she also lost the world No. 1 ranking. She was No. 1 in the world for 186 consecutive weeks–tied for the longest streak in WTA history. Many tennis fans had high expectations of Williams. Over the past few months, she has not played her best. However, she did win Wimbledon back in July but lost in the third round of the Olympics. She also did not compete in the tournaments before the US Open. Many fans were left wondering: was the pressure of keeping world No. 1 too much for Williams? On the other hand, Plíšková …

Who will end the year as World No. 1: Kerber or Williams?

Written by Liz Charre, President It has been a roller coaster ride in women’s tennis this year. Rankings have dropped and risen for so many players but the woman that has grabbed the most attention this year is World No. 2 Angelique Kerber. Kerber has had an extraordinary start of the year winning her first ever grand slam trophy. She was able to pull the upset and beat World No. 1 Serena Williams in the final of the Australian Open back in January. Since then, she has qualified and played for several finals. Kerber was ranked No. 7 in the world when she entered the Australian Open. She then reached the final, won, and by February moved up in the rankings to World No. 2. However, it has been a chase for World No. 1. Kerber won several tournaments and pushed Serena Williams to her limit. Williams, on the other hand, has struggled this year. She has not competed in many tournaments nor has won, therefore allowing Kerber to taking the No. 1 seed. Before …

Sexism scandal causes Indian Wells CEO to resign

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer  Last Sunday, Serena Williams blasted Raymond Moore after he made sexist remarks before the Women’s BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells, California. Moore spoke at a press conference and stated that female tennis players should “go down every night on their knees and thank God for male players.” Many female players did not take his comments lightly. Serena Williams, after her straight sets loss to Victoria Azarenka, immediately responded to Moore’s statement saying, “those remarks are much mistaken and very, very, very, inaccurate.” Moore did issue an apology after Williams called him out and then resigned his place the day after the incident arose and caught the attention of so many athletes. However, Moore was not the only male who was making sexist remarks about tennis. Novak Djokovic, from Serbia, also had some critical things to say about women’s tennis. Djokovic, however, did credit female tennis players for changing the game but did indicate that men should fight more on the prize money being distributed for winning grand …

2015 U.S. Open Results Pennetta and Djokovic come out on top

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer It has been a surprising, inspiring, and dramatic two weeks of the U.S. Open, but it quickly concluded Sunday night as the men’s championship game wrapped it up. On Saturday, the two Italian women took the stage for an all-Italian women’s final: Flavia Pennetta vs Roberta Vinci. With upsets throughout the entire U.S. Open, no one expected the result to be two Italian players in the women’s final.

Update: Serena Williams loses her calendar Grand Slam to Roberta Vinci

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer It’s going to be the talk of the year. Serena Williams, the number one tennis player in the world and favorite to win the U.S. Open has just lost to Roberta Vinci, the Italian player who has never reached a Grand Slam final. The pressure heated up for Serena each game at the U.S. Open because a myriad amount of fans knew what was at stake for her. At first it seemed like it would be a routine win for her because Vinci was outnumbered to win the match 300-1. Yet, no one expected the number one tennis player to fall to a player that is ranked number 43 in the world. Now, because Serena is out for the Grand Slam title it will be two Italians seeking the title of the U.S. Open. Flavia Pennetta, who has beat Simona Halep early in the day, will face off against her fellow Italian native Roberta Vinci for the title tomorrow. As for all Serena fans who would like to know …

A sisterly battle for a calendar Grand Slam

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer Many tennis fans wait impatiently for this weekend to see if Serena Williams will be able to complete a calendar Grand Slam. She has already completed her second Serena-slam, but will she sweep the board? Her ultimate test was to face her older sister, Venus, in the Quarterfinals. Though the Williams sisters have battled it out on the court before, this match proved to be one Serena’s toughest challenge as she continues to attempt her ultimate goal of marking a Grand Slam year. With a score of 6-2, Serena dominated Venus throughout the entire first set. As the second set took its toll, Serena shocked the crowd by winning only one game in the entire set. With that, the sisters needed to go to a deciding third set to determine who would play against Vinci, the Italian player appearing in her first ever Grand Slam semi-final. The Williams each gave an 110% effort to win the match, but in the end Serena took the winning title. After the battle, …