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Posts tagged ‘tennis’
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 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 5th, 2012

Andy Roddick's red, white and blue sneakers at the 2012 US Open.

Getting kicks at the U.S. Open is a colorful pastime this year. Retiring Andy Roddick wore shoes that appeared to be wrapped in the American flag and the Babolat Propulse 3 Stars & Stripes are flying off the shelves. He wore them for the Olympics. See a couple styles from $109 to $124 right here.

Retiring Roddick isn’t the only colorfully sneakered player. Switzerland’s Stanislaus Wawrinka sports the baby blues below. Spain’s Nicolas Almagro favors bright orange kicks. The greenery belongs to Marinko Matosevic and the red jobbies adorn the feet of American Bethanie Mattek- Sands.

I have been known to wear very colorful shoes myself. Mine are on the order of Marinko’s, but mine are bright green – -tennis ball green, and I have a shirt to match! 


Pam Parker is an avid tennis player and the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Timesand House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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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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Posted: September 3rd, 2012

Check out Mike Copper’s article on Erie tennis phenom Mary Dailey, right here.

Dailey, 50, played tennis for Mercyhurst Prep in the 1970s.

She was honored today at the U.S. Open for winning national double’s tournaments on a variety of surfaces in 2011. She received the Grand Slam of Women’s Professional Tennis award for USTA doubles titles on clay, grass, indoor and outdoor hard courts. Congrats to Mary!

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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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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Posted: August 5th, 2012

In honor of Serena William winning gold in tennis at he Olympics, I have to share this for everyone who ever wanted a tennis, basketball or sport court in the backyard. I know a lot of local folks who installed courts.

But they don’t look like the courts on these $3 to $20 million-dollar homes. Click here to see some homes that really have a home-court advantage.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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