Sloane Stephens of the United States
Jie Zheng of China
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 LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.