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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Ab-Titchaz, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    NEW YORK (AP)-- Serena Williams walked toward the line judge, screaming, cursing and shaking a ball in the official's direction, threatening to "shove it down" her throat.

    On match point in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday night, defending champion Williams was penalized a point for unsportsmanlike conduct -- a bizarre, ugly finish that gave a 6-4, 7-5 upset victory to unseeded, unranked Kim Clijsters.

    The match featured plenty of powerful groundstrokes and lengthy exchanges. No one will remember a single shot that was struck, though, because of the unusual, dramatic way it ended.

    With Williams serving at 5-6, 15-30 in the second set, she faulted on her first serve. On the second serve, a line judge called a foot fault, making it a double-fault -- a call rarely, if ever, seen at that stage of any match, let alone the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament.

    That made the score 15-40, putting Clijsters one point from victory.
    Instead of stepping to the baseline to serve again, Williams went over and shouted and cursed at the line judge, pointing at her and thrusting the ball toward her.

    "If I could, I would take this ... ball and shove it down your ... throat," Williams said.

    She continued yelling at the line judge, and went back over, shaking her racket in the official's direction.

    Asked in her postmatch news conference what she said to the line judge, Williams wouldn't say, replying, "What did I say? You didn't hear?"

    "I've never been in a fight in my whole life, so I don't know why she would have felt threatened," Williams said with a smile.

    The line judge went over to the chair umpire, and tournament referee Brian Earley joined in the conversation. With the crowd booing -- making part of the dialogue inaudible -- Williams then went over and said to the line judge: "Sorry, but there are a lot of people who've said way worse." Then the line judge said something to the chair umpire, and Williams responded, "I didn't say I would kill you. Are you serious? I didn't say that." The line judge replied by shaking her head and saying, "Yes."

    Williams already had been give a code violation warning when she broke her racket after losing the first set. So the chair umpire now awarded a penalty point to Clijsters, ending the match.

    "She was called for a foot fault, and a point later, she said something to a line umpire, and it was reported to the chair, and that resulted in a point penalty," Earley explained. "And it just happened that point penalty was match point. It was a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct."

    When the ruling was announced, Williams walked around the net to the other end of the court to shake hands with a stunned Clijsters, who did not appear to understand what had happened.

    "I used to have a real temper, and I've gotten a lot better," Williams said later. "So I know you don't believe me, but I used to be worse. Yes, yes, indeed."

    Lost in the theatrics was Clijsters' significant accomplishment: In only her third tournament back after 2 1/2 years in retirement, the 26-year-old Belgian became the first mother to reach a Grand Slam final since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won Wimbledon 1980.

    "The normal feelings of winning a match weren't quite there," Clijsters said. "But I think afterwards, when everything kind of sunk in a little bit and got explained to me about what happened, yeah, you kind of have to put it all in place, and then it becomes a little bit easier to understand and to kind of not celebrate, but at least have a little bit of joy after a match like that."

    Clijsters hadn't competed at the U.S. Open since winning the 2005 championship. Now she will play for her second career major title Sunday against No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-3, 6-3 in the other rain-delayed women's semifinal.

    Williams came into the day having won three of the past four Grand Slam titles, and 30 of her previous 31 matches at major tournaments.

    She was playing fantastically at the U.S. Open, not losing a set before Saturday and having lost her serve a total of three times through five matches.

    But Clijsters -- who beat Williams' older sister, No. 3 Venus, in the fourth round -- was superb, matching strokes and strides with as strong and swift a woman as the game has to offer.

    Williams, meanwhile, kept making mistakes, and two backhand errors plus a double-fault contributed to a break at love that put Clijsters ahead 4-2.

    When Williams netted backhands on consecutive points at 5-4, Clijsters had broken her for the second time and taken the opening set. The last backhand was the 14th unforced error made by Williams to that point -- twice as many as Clijsters -- and the American bounced her racket, caught it, then cracked it against the blue court, mangling the frame.

    When Williams walked to the changeover, she clanged it against the net post and was given a warning for racket abuse by the chair umpire.That would prove pivotal about an hour later, at match's end.

    "I mean, the timing is unfortunate, you know," Clijsters said. "To get a point penalty at the time, it's unfortunate. But there are rules, and you know, like I said, it's just unfortunate that it has to happen on a match point."
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    Atakuwa amepigwa kipapai au umaarufu umemzidi umri.Anahitaji msaada jamani!
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    NEW YORK – Serena Williams faces an anxious wait to see if she is to be banned from future Grand Slam tournaments following her controversial outburst at the U.S. Open.
    Williams was levied with a $10,000 fine by the U.S. Open for unsportsmanlike conduct on Sunday for her foul-mouthed tirade at a line judge the night before, as she slumped to a semifinals defeat to Kim Clijsters. The fine was the maximum possible at this stage.
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    An additional $500 fine for racket abuse was also imposed by tournament referee Brian Earley, but those on-site punishments could be just the tip of the iceberg for the world No. 2.

    A further investigation by the Grand Slam Committee, as first reported by Yahoo! Sports on Saturday night, has already begun and will prompt serious concern from Williams and her supporters.
    The committee has the authority to strip Williams of her entire $350,000 prize purse for this tournament, plus hand down a ban for future Slams starting with the 2010 Australian Open. However, she is expected to be allowed to compete in Monday’s women’s doubles final alongside sister Venus.
    A committee administrator will first determine whether Serena Williams’ actions warrant consideration as a “major offense” – a near certainty given the nature of her comments toward the official.
    It is likely that she would be charged with “aggravated behavior” for conduct that was “flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a Grand Slam, or is singularly egregious,” according to the Grand Slam rule book.
    Williams released a statement on Sunday evening claiming her actions had highlighted her intensity for the game. “Last night everyone could truly see the passion I have for my job,” she said.
    “Now that I have had time to gain my composure, I can see that while I don’t agree with the unfair line call, in the heat of battle I let my passion and emotion get the better of me and as a result handled the situation poorly.”
    Williams has won 11 Grand Slam titles and is the defending champion at the Australian Open and Wimbledon
  5. Masanilo

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    This guy is on different world....hebu check hapa anamsimash Novak Djokovic
    kwenye US Open Semi final 2009...

    Fainali itakuwa nzuri sana na Juan Martin Del Potro


    Roger Federer played the shot of his life as he reached his sixth consecutive US Open final at Flushing Meadows with a near faultless performance to defeat fourth seed Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

    Federer won 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 7-5 in two hours and 34 minutes during which the Swiss amazed the crowd with a shot he claims every tennis players has tried but that "never really works".
    The shot came with Djokovic serving at 6-5 down in the third set. At 30-0 up Federer scampered back to the baseline and hitting a winner through his legs that flew over the net and past Djokovic into the corner for match point.

    Coming at such a crucial stage of the match made the shot all the more remarkable and Federer said: "That's why it's the greatest shot I ever hit in my life.
    "I was in a difficult position, I had nothing to lose. We (practice that) a lot actually but it never works."
    Earlier in the day Rafael Nadal had been outclassed in his semi-final match aganst Juan Martin del Potro, who Federer now faces in the final on Monday, but the scoreline in the later match was harsh on Serbian Djokovic.
    The fourth seed had played exceptionally well and made each of the three sets competitive with the victory more a statement of world number one Federer's brilliance.
    His winning streak at Flushing Meadows now stretched to 40 matches, Federer said: "It was an unbelievable match, I had a lot of fun again. The end was fantastic with some great shots but Novak had a great tournament and so it was great for me to come through because it was tough."
    Federer now faces del Potro, his sixth opponent in as many finals dating back to 2004.
    "I think he played wonderfully today against Rafa, you always need a good performance to come through against Rafa," he said of the Argentine. "He's proved he's a grand slam contender, he's not in the final for nothing, and I'm looking forward to playing against him.
    "I had a tough five-set match against him in the French Open semis so it's nice to see him into the final and I hope I can play a good match."
    Both Federer and Djokovic offered up some absorbing tennis over the three sets, and Djokovic had in fact been the first to go ahead, breaking the Federer serve in the sixth game only for the defending champion to earn a triple break point before the Serb double faulted on break point.
    The opening set went to a tie-break, Federer taking charge with a 5-2 lead. Djokovic fought back with an ace but the world number one earned three set points with an angled forehand return winner, sealing the set by coming into the net to drop a winner from the Serb's return of serve.
    The second set also looked to be heading for a tie-break as Djokovic served at 6-5 down, but Federer's superiority was all too apparent and after a dazzling rally of volleys at the net, a desperate looping response served up a clear winner for Federer, his rival having the time to turn away from the Swiss star and bend over as if to present a target for the champion.
    It delighted the crowd and brought a smile from Federer, one that broadened when he sealed the second set. The 15-time grand slam winner had lost sets in previous rounds to Lleyton Hewitt and Robin Soderling but he had never been beaten in 147 five-set matches having taken the first two sets.
    It would soon be 148. Djokovic saved break points at 4-3 down and forced Federer to do the same in the next game.
    Again, Djokovic served at 6-5 down, quickly falling behind at 0-30 before another compelling rally was finished by that remarkable winner from Federer for match point.
    Djokovic, facing his third defeat in as many years in New York by Federer, including the 2007 final, could only offer a wry smile and he was soon shaking hands at the net as the champion thumped a more conventional winner from a forehand return.
    "I had the feeling I was close in all three sets," Djokovic said. "It's just that when I get close, when I am able to get break points or I'm up a break, I just start making unforced errors.
    "And I don't want to mention the word 'luck' but I didn't have it today. That's why I'm a little bit disappointed."

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    I wish angecheza na full fit Rafael Nadal.
  7. Masanilo

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    Nadal tokea ameumia bado hajarudi kwenye form yake!
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    America is succumbing into an ilk of tawdry mawkish idiocratically imbecilic tantrum totems, from Joe Wilson, Serena Williams and now unsurprisingly Kanye West.

    And contrary to any characterization of race, gender color or creed, this deplorable trend defies any codification.
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    .....3rd set naona Del potro ameanza kuamini.......
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    Huh!! Federer heading home to take care of his twins; i am delighted because i have always been a fan of Rafael Nadal

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    US Open - Del Potro downs Federer to win US Open

    Eurosport - Tue, 15 Sep 01:47:00 2009

    Argentine Juan Martin del Potro battled back to upset five-times champion Roger Federer 3-6 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(4) 6-2 and win the US Open title.

    The 20-year-old, who stayed alive by winning two tie-breaks, gained confidence as he moved through his first career Grand Slam and charged to victory, breaking Federer in the last game to end their four-hour and six-minute struggle.
    The six foot six inch (1.98 m) Del Potro lay down on his back and covered his face with his hands after the 28-year-old Swiss sailed a backhand long on the Argentine's third championship point.
    Del Potro, seeded sixth, became the second South American to win the US men's crown, joining compatriot Guillermo Vilas who won on clay in 1977, and was watching Monday's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
    The Argentine had never beaten Federer in six previous meetings, losing to the Swiss master in the semi-finals of the French Open after taking a two sets to one lead.