Archive for July 3rd, 2010

serena, queen of aces

July 3, 2010

Gatorade has put out the first post-Wimbledon win ad featuring Serena Williams, and we’re liking it okay. We wish she would’ve kept a little bit more of a retro look in costuming, but the girl can smile, twirl, swing (and serve!) and we gotta give her props for smashing 89 aces in seven matches, a tournament record on her way to the title. Click the image above to watch the commercial!

(screen grab via youtube)


tsf podcast: wimbledon (w/ david thorpe)

July 3, 2010

What moment created this sort of celebration from Serena? It wasn’t Championship Point. Find out in this installment of the TSF podcast.

Freelance tennis writer David Thorpe joined me and Erwin this morning to talk about the 2010 edition of Wimbledon that, with Serena Williams‘s clinical win on Saturday, is almost over. Click the file to upload to your iTunes and hear us rattle off our thoughts on everything from NBC‘s commentary quality, to the roller coaster that is Venus Williams, why the Queen makes us hungry and just who will make good on their Wimbledon breakthrough and become a top-tier player.

David Thorpe joins to talk on the TSF Wimby Women

the homage to federer continues

July 3, 2010

Nevermind that Roger Federer‘s Grand Slam semifinal streak has been snapped, nay, smashed by Tomas Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarters of this year’s Wimbledon — because the rest of the world’s celebration of the tennis champ keeps on going. A few weeks after we unearthed the woman with the RF tattoo, we’ve come across a Chicago-based artist who’s sculpted R-Fed’s likeness in clay.

Raul Gautier, a recent immigrant from Mexico, took a day and a half to create this piece. Up next are figurines of Nadal and Agassi. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Federer toy, of course. Nike collaborated with Michael Lau to come up with this Hulk-esque plastic mound in 2007.

For sale: Federer figurine, $650. Mr. Gautier’s website will be up soon. Contact TSF if you’d like to get in touch with him.

More: See a few more looks of this sculpture after the cut…

breakfast at wimbledon: 2010 ladies’ final

July 3, 2010

Trophy time: A women’s doubles final between Vesnina/Zvonareva and Shvedova/King doesn’t exactly inspire a ratings smash, but NBC Sports should be showing that instead of the Nadal/Murray semi, no?

A very eloquent and appreciative Zvonareva puts it all in perspective: it’s every player’s dream to play Centre Court at Wimbledon, and she got it done!

6-3, 6-2: For the fourth time, Serena wins a major without losing a set. Mazel!

5-2: Serena’s up to bat for her 13th major singles title. Opens with an ace.

5-1: Zvonareva had the tape working in her favor in the seventh game to hold. Fun fact: her favorite college subject is statistics. Oh, those Russians!

3-1, deuce #2: Vera hits her first two forehand winners to dig out of a break point… aaaaand Serena ends up winning the game anyway.

3-1: Roger Federer will fall to No. 3 in the world when the rankings come out next week. It’ll be the first time he’ll be down there since 2003. Who were the top two back then?

2-1: Centre Court looks pretty banged up — it’s playing like a clay court, says Nadal — but we’d really like to know how Court 18 is faring…

2-0: One game later, Vera’s still beefing about losing her serve to open the second set. She rights the ship and holds.

0-0, second set: SERGEY.

6-3: Serena, even with some faulty serving — winning points on 27% of her second serves — takes the cake.

5-3: Awesome defense by Serena leading to a break of serve. There probably won’t be a third set the way this is going. BTW, Zvonareva’s wearing the Open Racerback Tank from K-Swiss. That teal and yellow motif is much better than the navy she had on for the first few rounds.

4-3, Serena: FYI, Mariana Alves is calling this match.

3-3: Vera digs out of a break point with some awesome serving. That forehand of hers, though…

3-2, Serena; And now begins the sightings in the stands: BJK, Navratilova, Brazilian Maria Bueno, and Christie Brinkley.

Changeover: Back to the drawing boards, Geico. You have Billie Jean King sitting in a linesman’s chair in that ad with the Caveman… but she ends up looking like a geriatric in a wheelchair.

2-2: Vera holds again with some good defense but some horrible slicing. (She’s in the doubles final with Vesnina.) Stat: this is the 16th major in a row that Serena’s played. If the kids only knew how spotty her attendance used to be…

2-1, Serena: At least Vera’s getting into points even with Serena’s crazy first-serve percentage for the tournament (over half have been unreturnable!). On another note, when do we get to see Sergey??

1-1 Serena’s serving again after holding to open the match. Is it really just Mary and Ted in the booth? With no McEnroe to hog up air time, we’re excited to see what she’ll spew!

Warm-up: We still have beef about those warm-up pants on Vera Zvonareva.

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