Brandon Scheck University of Florida '14
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In order to defeat Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday, Serena Williams will first and foremost have to leave her mental blockers behind. Serena clearly isn’t at 100% mentally, which has significantly hindered her performance on court at times during her career. If Serena enters the court in a good frame of mind on Thursday, the quality of her serve and forehand will follow her to victory.
in Serena Williams Suffers Worst Loss Since 1998
10/22/14, 8:04 PM
The 2014 U.S. Open singles title for Serena represents a great finish to her Grand Slam season, following losses before the quarterfinal round in each of the first three Grand Slams of the season. After a marvelous U.S. Open, and tremendous play in general since a third round loss at Wimbledon, she is poised to take this momentum into the 2015 season. Serena now stands only four Grand Slam singles titles short of Steffi Graf’s record for most in the Open Era. Amazingly, at almost 33-years-old, she still is the player to beat in women’s tennis. Barring injury or an unexpected retirement, I don’t see much in the way of Serena reaching Graf’s mark of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.
in Serena Williams Defeats Caroline Wozniacki For Sixth U.S. Open Singles Title
9/7/14, 7:04 PM
While 2014 has not been the best season for the Bryan brothers, their performance at the U.S. Open shows why they are still the doubles team to beat in men’s tennis. Even at 36-years-old they still show the youth exuberance that have made them fan favorites throughout their careers. Their records of 100 career titles and 16 Grand Slam titles will certainly increase in the years to come, its only a matter of by how much.
in Bryan Brothers Win U.S. Open Doubles Title, 100th Career Title Together
9/7/14, 3:25 PM
What a win for Kei Nishikori and what an amazing match by both men. Those who were able to stay awake through the night were rewarded for their efforts. While Raonic should have finished the match off in four sets, Nishikori must be given credit for battling back into the match. It seemed like Nishikori’s nagging foot injury might be his demise late into the match, but he was moving around the court much better than Raonic in the final two sets. Raonic had little to give, especially against Nishikori’s serve, towards the end of the match. With one of the best performances of his career, Kei Nishikori said goodnight to Day 8 at the U.S. Open. Hopefully he is rested enough to put up a fight against Stan Wawrinka come Wednesday.
in Nishikori Defeats Raonic In Latest Finish Ever To U.S. Open Match
9/2/14, 3:11 AM
After nearly two and a half years of disappointing play from Wozniacki, she has begun to turn her career around as of late. With her latest result, the former world No. 1 finds herself in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since a loss in the 2012 Australian Open quarterfinal. If Wozniacki is able to take advance of a depleted draw moving forward, the 2014 U.S. Open could be the career turning point that she so desperately needs.
in Wozniacki Outlasts Sharapova, Advances To U.S. Open Quarters
8/31/14, 5:32 PM
With the loss, Kvitova joins No. 2 seed Simona Halep, No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 6 seed Angelique Kerber, and No. 8 seed Ana Ivanovic as top 10 players who have already exited the U.S. Open. This means, of course, that Serena Williams has become even more of a favorite to claim her sixth U.S. Open. It also means that there will be opportunities in the draw for unseeded players to make a deep run. Aleksandra Krunic joins a group of unseeded players, including Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Peng Shuai, and Belinda Bencic, who have come up with some impressive upsets and remain alive into the fourth round. With a mix of seeded and unseeded players entering the second week on the women’s side of the U.S. Open, we are certainly in for more surprising results.
in Reigning Wimbledon Champion Kvitova Ousted In U.S. Open Third Round
8/30/14, 2:17 PM
Certainly this is devastating news, both for Nadal and for the U.S. Open. For Nadal, this marks his third consecutive year of missing at least one Grand Slam. While only 28-years-old, the injuries have piled up for him over the years and have become the big question mark regarding his tennis future. For the U.S. Open, the absence of Nadal leaves a gaping hole from a competition standpoint on the men’s side that cannot be filled. With Roger Federer playing the way he has since Wimbledon and the No. 2 ranking on the line, he will be on the short list of favorites to take the U.S. Open title from Nadal.
in Defending Champion Rafael Nadal Withdraws From U.S. Open
8/18/14, 10:49 AM
Even at 33-years-old, Roger Federer continues to prove he is one of the top three players in men’s tennis - right along side Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. With quality play and a little birthday magic, Federer has positioned himself as the favorite to take home the Rogers Cup. A title this week could just be the added boost he needs to make a deep run at the U.S. Open later this month. Not to get ahead of myself, but maybe, just maybe…
in Birthday Boy Roger Federer Celebrates Into Rogers Cup Semis
8/9/14, 12:28 AM
The numbers speak for themselves. With 200 weeks at world No. 1, 21 Grand Slam singles titles, 38 Grand Slam titles overall, 78 WTA singles titles, and four Olympic Gold medals, Serena Williams has been the best player of her generation (since late 1990’s) by far. She has solidified herself over the past few seasons as one of a handful of women in the conversation of best professional women’s tennis player of all time. You may not like her demeanor or on-court antics, but there is no denying her career accomplishments.
in Serena Williams Joins Prestigious 200 Club
8/4/14, 2:41 PM
2015 Mid-Season Roundtable
by 3 August 2015, 10:00 AM
Thoughts, predictions, and more thoughts on the season thus far and the season to come
The Career Of Venus, If Not For Serena
by 20 July 2015, 10:35 AM
How would the career of Venus Williams be different without Serena Williams?
More Impressive: Serena Slam 1.0 or 2.0?
by 13 July 2015, 12:25 PM
Which is more impressive, Serena’s first or second Serena Slam?
Serena Claims 6th Wimbledon Title, Second “Serena Slam”
by 11 July 2015, 11:09 AM
Serena Williams has claimed her 6th Wimbledon title and second “Serena Slam”
No. 1 Serena, No. 20 Muguruza Advance to Wimbledon Final
by 9 July 2015, 8:43 PM
No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 20 Garbine Muguruza will compete in the women’s final on Saturday.
Djokovic Survives Wimbledon 4th Round Scare
by 7 July 2015, 1:34 PM
Novak Djokovic survives two days and five sets against Kevin Anderson to advance to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
A Breakthrough From Denis Kudla?
by 6 July 2015, 11:15 AM
Denis Kudla’s fourth round showing at Wimbledon is impressive, but will it be a career breakthrough?
2015 Wimbledon: The Third Leg To Serena’s Calendar Grand Slam
by 29 June 2015, 10:30 AM
At Wimbledon, Serena Williams will look to claim her third Grand Slam singles title this season and take one step closer to a calendar Grand Slam.
Serena Defeats Sharapova, Claims 19th Grand Slam Singles Title