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Posts tagged ‘Sloane Stephens’
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
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Venus Williams

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Sloane Stephens of the United States

Jie Zheng

Jie Zheng of China

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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: September 2nd, 2012

It’s an odd year when nearly 31-year-old Serena Williams starts interviews with “I’m not retiring.” But who can blame her when 29-year-old Kim Clijsters announced last week that she would retire from singles after the U.S. Open.

Not 24 hours later, 30-year-old Andy Roddick added that it was his swan song as well. He plays today — read the US Open discussion of his chances here.

Serena is having one of her best years ever, and I would be surprised to see anyone beat her. She has come back from some major health problems, and had a disastrous French Open — losing in the opening round. She came back to win her fifth Wimbledon in record fashion with 24 services aces in one match and a record 102 in the tournament at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. She also won the gold medal in the Olympics’ singles tournament and gold in the doubles with her sister Venus.

What’s to become of American tennis after Roddick leaves the game?  John Isner, 27, is moving up the ranks along with Jack Sock, 20.

On the women’s side, Sloane Stepens, 19, is making some waves as a younger American to be reckoned with. Her late father was a pro football player and her mom is a former All American swimmer.

Pam Parker has been a tennis player for more than 30 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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