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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Serena Williams’
Posted: January 17th, 2014

OrchidRadiant orchid is pretty much everywhere as the color of the year. How do you wear it? How don’t you wear it would be a better question. Purses, dresses, tops, bottoms, visors, hats, shoes, boots, jewelry, nails, lips — even lightbulbs and more. And if the Australian Open is any indicator, the color will hit workout clothes in a big way. Serena Williams, Samantha Stosur, Li Na, and Maria Sharapova are just a few of the women sporting radiant orchid — right down to the shoes in some cases.

Stosur pink

Samantha Stosur and many other women tennis players are wearing orchid on the courts of the Australian Open as radiant orchid — the Pantone color of the year — makes it mark on fashion.

But don’t count out blue. Women not wearing orchid are wearing lots of blue. And so are the men.

Radiant orchid is everywhere. And it will add a pop of color to any outfit. I think I need new shoes and a new purse. shoes
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

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Posted: January 9th, 2014
lamp and the couchWhenever anyone is sick and confined to a couch, there’s the possibility of delirium. Well here I am. Armed with newspapers, magazines, the Internet and TV, I’ve learned some really important info and some totally ridiculous hooey.

YellenGood news: Janet Yellen, 67, became the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve — taking over the helm from Ben Bernanke. Go Janet! She is married to George Akerloff, a Nobel prize winner. They have one son, Robert, who is an economics professor.

velveetaThe hooey: How on Earth does Kraft run out of Velveeta? Sounds a little fishy to me. They run a huge ad campaign along with Ro-Tel tomatoes and there’s a shortage of Velveeta — an epic shortage that makes national news and Ad Age — the venerable advertising news mag that is as old as Velveeta. Here’s the Ad Age article, although it offers no more insight than any other news outlet as to how a company this big and this old announces a shortage. I mean Velveeta has a shelf life of months, and the company didn’t make enough? Someone fall asleep at the cheesemaking machine? Did a plant have a meltdown? And all coinciding with a huge ad campaign, NFL playoffs and a polar vortex?  I think someone is dumb like a fox.  

Serena WIlliamsGood news/bad news: Anyone over 30 will love this. A lot of tennis champions at the Australian Open are in their 30s. Reports out of Mebourne indicate that many top ranked players on the men and women’s sides are 30 and older. On the women’s side, Serena Williams is 32, and she could become the oldest player to complete a single-year Grand Slam. Li Na is 31. Venus Williams is 33 and although she isn’t in the top 20, she still has game. Injuries and illness have hurt her chances at championships — in fact I think she’s out for the Australian Open.

On the men’s side, Roger Federer is 32, Tommy Haas is 35 and David Ferrer is 31. All are in the top 20. This tells those who are older than 30 that tennis really is a sport for life, and those who are younger — prepare for battle — retiring is not an option for a lot of 30+ players, but winning is.

The Australian Open‘s qualifying rounds are underway with first round action starting Monday. 

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: September 6th, 2013

USOpenTennis0430dAfter watching many hours of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, it’s clear that gray and pink and red and blue combos are in — for men and women in sports outfits. First the good stuff: Sloane Stephens in UnderArmour looked great. There she is at left. I liked her outfit

The USA Today article on the best and worst dressed men and women, by Chris Case — click here — is very funny. Li Na — looked great in purple.

But SerAzarenkaena Williams and Victoria Azarenka wore Nike outfits that I just can’t say looked good. I can’t think of anyone they would look good on, quite frankly.  The USA Today article agreed on that one, and you must visit that site to see Venus’ Williams fingernails. How she played tennis with a giant ring and those nails is beyond me. Jie Zheng

I’ve got to go get something red and blue. Or purple. Or pink. Or gray. Happy Fashion Friday!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom of three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: September 3rd, 2013
Tommy Robredo, of Spain, greets Roger Federer, of Switzerland, after winning their fourth round match in straight sets at the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Tommy Robredo, of Spain, greets Roger Federer, of Switzerland, after winning their fourth round match in straight sets at the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Spain’s Tommy Robredo’s three-set upset of  Roger Federer, owner of five U.S. Open titles, was hard to watch. The scores were 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. This closes out a year in which Federer has not made it into a single final of a major tournament for the first time since 2002.
Rafael Nadal got a scare from Philipp Kohlschreiberwhen when he lost the first set, but he rallied to a 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win.
Serena also had a relatively easy win over U.S. up-and-coming star Sloane Stephens. Stephens has some game. And so do a half dozen other young U.S. players. Alison Riske — from Pittsburgh had some great success, but not against Daniela Hantuchova, age 30. This appears to be one of Huntchova’s best runs at the U.S. Open. This is her first time in the quarter finals since 2002.

And many of the 30-plus players are making their  mark at the U.S. Open. It continues throughout this week — finals are this weekend.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom of three and GramPam to one.

 

 

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Posted: August 29th, 2013
Venus

Venus Williams

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Sloane Stephens of the United States

Jie Zheng

Jie Zheng of China

Radwanska

Urszula Radwanska of Poland

I love the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

First the fashions. It appears purple and pink are the colors that are popping up everywhere on the tennis dresses, but not so much on the shoes — on the women’s side. The men have some purple and pink going on in the shoe department though.

The tennis is top-notch. Yesterday, Venus Williams, 33, lost a tough one to Jie Zheng of China. In a third-set tiebreaker after 3 hours of play. Williams struggles with health issues, and three hours is a long time for us mere mortals. She still fights like a champion out there. I watch her every chance I get because there will come a time she doesn’t play singles anymore.

Sloane Stephens, of the U.S., knocked off Urszula  Radwanska. Stephens is one of  the younger U.S. tennis players we hope can carry on American dominance in women’s tennis.

Yesterday,  I discovered that Marion Bartoli, of France, — the Wimbledon champ just a few months ago, had retired from women’s tennis after a loss in Cincinnati. She said her body just can’t take it anymore. Read an article from ABC News here – she’s a commentator at the U.S. Open.

James Blake, of the U. S., retired — last night in fact.

Last year, Serena Williams gutted out a win in singles, and so did Andy Murray.  The competition is great again this year, and even if you’re not a tennis fan, you have to love the New York crowds and pageantry of this event. It’s been on ESPN2 almost every night.

Pam Parker has played tennis for more than 40 years. She is the mom of three, stepmom of three and GramPam to one. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

 

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Posted: July 1st, 2013

KimikoWhen 42 year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm hit the court at Wimbledon, by most media accounts, she didn’t give 31-year-old Serena Williams much of a match, but she made her mark. Date-Krumm raced around the court like a youngster, won the hearts of people watching and stole Serena’s serve from her once. Date-Krumm lost 6-2, 6-0, but Serena beat people half that age by the same score.

And this 42-year-old earned her way onto that court. Earned it by beating a lot of young players to get there.

Age is just a number at Wimbledon — well anywhere. According to an Associated Press article, nine of the 32 players remaining for the second week of Wimbledon are 30+

Consider this from KansasCity.com:

“As of this week, the average age of the top 20 players on the men’s tour is 27 years, 260 days – more than 2 1/2 years older than it was 10 years ago, according to STATS Inc. And on the women’s tour over the last 10 years, the average age has spiked by almost exactly two years – to 26 years, 213 days.

Players such as 31-year-old Li Na, 31-year-old Mikhail Youzhny, 31-year-old David Ferrer and 35-year-old Tommy Haas – all of them preparing for Monday matches at Wimbledon – contribute to those numbers.”

Williams is the oldest woman to reach No. 1, at age 31, the article notes. And she shows no signs of slowing down.

But the youngsters are also doing well. Britain’s 19-year-old Laura Robson made a huge comeback in her last match to give her country a man and woman in the round of 16 for the first time in decades.

And American 20-year-old Sloane Stephens is hanging tough. She is picked by some commentators to hit the final — what could be an all-American final if Stephens faces Williams. And Stephens beat Williams in their last encounter at the Australian Open in January.

More than a decade ago, it was a young Serena Williams hoisting that trophy. Who would have guessed that she’d be better than ever at 31 and who knows — she might still be racing around the grass at 42.

Pam Parker, a tennis player for 40 years, is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

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Posted: June 29th, 2013

serenaAmerican men may be gone from Wimbledon (sadly earlier than in 101 years), but the American women are doing just fine, thank-you. Here’s who’s left:

Serena Williams — I don’t think anyone can beat her, and kudos to her. At 31, she’s playing better than ever. And speaking of age, Serena’s next opponent is Kimiko Date-Krumm, 42, the oldest woman to ever advance to the third round at  Wimbledon. 

Williams got a kick out of the suggestion that she should play Britain’s Andy Murray in an exhibition match. Might be a fun match. Read about it here. Some say it could be reminiscent of the old Bobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King match — King won for anyone who doesn’t know.

Sloane Stephens, 20, notably beat Jamie Hampton, 23, — another American — on Wednesday.

Alison Riske, 22, has also battled her way into the third round.

Madison Keys, 18, is also still in the hunt.

These four American women are still standing at Wimbledon. They will be in action today starting at 9 a.m. on ESPN. Serena Williams has five Wimbledon singles titles and five doubles’ titles.

Pam Parker, a tennis player for 40 years, is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

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Posted: January 23rd, 2013

Sloane StephensSloane Stephens, 19, earned a half million bucks last night, topped 35,000 Twitter followers and will likely break the top 10 in the Women’s Tennis Association. Her parents are Sybil Smith, a hall of fame swimmer at Boston University, and the late John Stephens, a former New England Patriots running back, who died in 2009.

Last night, Sloane Stephens made history at the Australian Open. She became the youngest American player to ever beat Serena Williams 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in a quarterfinal match that ended at midnight, and I watched every minute.

She’s famous now, and this kid has some personality. The Wall Street Journal reported on her Twitter followers that include NBA star Shaquille O’Neal who told her, “When you defeat a legend, you become a legend. Keep it going.” The kid is in The Wall Street Journal.

She started a hide-and-seek game off the court — hiding a tennis ball with her name on it and tweeting clues on the grounds at the Australian Open.

ESPNW quoted her in a story:”This morning when I got up, I was like, ‘Look, dude, like, you can do this. Like, go out and play and do your best,’” Stevens said.

Williams, 31, has battled back from innumerable injuries during her stellar career. They include a blood clot, foot surgeries, countless sprains and back problems. Yet, every time she takes the court, she is impressive. Don’t ever count her out.

But Sloane Stephens is the new wave of tennis and a youngster to watch — especially since we’re all getting sick of hearing about lip syncing, Lance Armstrong and virtual girlfriends.

The games continue in Melbourne, and Sloane Stephens plays again later today — visit the official site for details.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three, grandmom to one and an avid tennis player for nearly 40 years. 

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Posted: January 20th, 2013

b_sharapova_07_08It’s early morning tennis time!

You don’t have to be a tennis fan to appreciate the talents of Maria SharapovaNovak Djokovic and more at the 2013 Australian Open. I won’t spoil anything for anyone, but some great matches take place overnight.

Serbian Djokovic is playing this morning in a real nail-biter. Last year, he played in the final match that took 5 hours and 53 minutes — the longest final in history, but not the longest match by any means.

If you’re a tennis fan, early morning TV is live with the Aussie Open, or check out all the coverage at AustralianOpen.com.

Sharapova has had some great years and some real disappointments after shoulder surgery several years ago. She has been “steamrolling,” the Aussie websites say, this year. Good for her. Serena Williams is playing well also, but sister Venus is out of singles play.  But as a doubles team, the Williams sisters are still contenders.

Matches like these are something to see. For those of us who have played tennis every week for decades, or even if you just take the game up tomorrow — it’s great exercise, great fun and exciting to watch — especially live in the early mornings. G’day!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: September 4th, 2012

In this AP photo by Charles Krupa, Venus and Serena Williams wave to fans after a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Russia's Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova at the U.S. Open.

The Williams sisters, pretty much unbeatable in major doubles’ competitions,  met their match Sunday at the hands of Russian players Maria Kirilenko and  Nadia Petrova. Venus suffers from  Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease, and it clearly affects her play at times. I feel awful for her — she tries so hard.

Victoria Azarenka takes on Samantha Stosur, and the stats side with Azarenka, but Stosur is the defending champion. No matter who wins this one – -the road ahead is not easy.

Sara Errani plays  Roberta Vinci, and these two Italians are a doubles team — after they play doubles today, they will face off in singles.  Serena Williams plays Ana Ivanovic, and Maria Sharapova plays Marion Bartoli. That will whittle it all down to a final four.

I’ve seen Errani play and she has beaten some big names. Williams is playing some of her best tennis ever. Maria can always pull off a surprise and no can count out Stosur, Bartoli or Azarenka.

On the mens side, Andy Roddick plays Juan Martin del Potro tonight, and this will be Roddick’s toughest match yet. I have watched a lot of Roddick because every match could be his last.  Novak Djokovic will take on the winner, so we can all hope Roddick has an extra bag of tricks to extend his wins, but the closer we get to the finals, the more I wonder if Roddick has the steam to get there. And  Roger Federer is guaranteed to be well rested because his opponent American Mardy Fish defaulted yesterday due to health problems.

I am loving the coverage — just loving it — you can watch live on http://www.usopen.org/index.html and of course on TV.

Pam Parker has been a tennis player for more than 35 years.  She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

 

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