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WTA has an old lady back on top of the pack again! Oh my!
« on: February 15, 2013, 11:00:41 PM »

From WSJ.

"Women's tennis has a new No. 1, and she's old.

Serena Williams, 31, is guaranteed to take over the No. 1 ranking on Monday after her quarterfinal victory over Petra Kvitova in Doha Friday.

She will be the WTA's oldest ever No. 1. "I never thought I would be here again," a teary-eyed Williams told the crowd. Williams missed nearly a year of tennis after winning Wimbledon in 2010 because of a foot injury, blood clots in her lungs and a hematoma. She won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2012. "



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By MICHAEL CASEY

AP Sports Writer

DOHA, Qatar (AP) An emotional Serena Williams returned to the top of women's tennis, overcoming a series of potentially career-ending injuries since 2010 to become the oldest woman to hold the No. 1 ranking.

The 31-year-old Williams rallied from 4-1 down in the third to beat former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open on Friday. She needed to reach the semifinals to replace Victoria Azarenka at No. 1 when the rankings come out next week.

Williams held up one finger after clinching the match with an ace and wiped away the tears as she addressed the cheering crowd.

"I never thought I would be here again," Williams said. "Oh my gosh, I've been through so much. I never thought I would be here."

Chris Evert held the top ranking in 1985 just shy of her 31st birthday.

It has been a long journey back to the top for Williams.

Shortly after winning Wimbledon in 2010, she cut her feet on broken glass while on her way out of a restaurant in Germany. That led to two operations on her right foot. Later, she had blood clots in her lungs and needed to inject herself with a blood thinner. She needed to go to the hospital when those shots led to a pool of blood under her skin.

Williams lost the top spot to Caroline Wozniacki in 2010 and tumbled down the rankings. But she made a comeback worthy of a No. 1 in 2012, winning Wimbledon, the Olympic gold medal, the U.S. Open and the season-ending WTA championships. She lost only one match in 2012 after her first-round exit at the French Open.

"There were often times that I never thought I'd play again. Then I thought I'd never be able to win tournaments or Grand Slams," Williams said. "No. 1 was so far off. I mean, it was always a dream, but, you know, I was No. 1 when tragedy struck, and it was just an awful thing to happen. So I'm happy that I'm back."

She'll face third-ranked Maria Sharapova in the semifinals. Sharapova said the return of Williams to the top proved the staying power of the veterans.

"It just shows you how the generations have shifted a bit," said the 25-year-old Sharapova. "You know, maybe five, 10 years ago you saw a lot of the younger players achieving much more success and winning Grand Slams. And now, you know, you see Li Na and Serena doing so well.

"It just shows you how if you stay healthy and you're able to keep working hard, the things that you're able to achieve in tennis at that age."

WTA chairman Stacey Allaster called it an "amazing accomplishment" for a "superstar champion who has played an integral role, over the past 15 years, in solidifying tennis as the global leader in women's sports."

It wasn't a dominating performance on Friday from the 15-time Grand Slam winner. Erratic at times and appearing to favor her right ankle that she injured at the Australian Open, Williams committed 31 unforced errors throughout the match and hit eight double faults.

She also struggled early on with the Czech's serve and forehand in the first set. But her own serve saved her, especially in the second set when she went on to win 13 of the final 14 points - pumping her fist several times and screaming, the first signs of emotion so far in the tournament.

Down 4-1 in the third, Williams broke Kvitova when she double-faulted to make it 4-3. Though it seemed the match would go to a tiebreaker, Williams broke with a wicked crosscourt backhand to make 6-5 and won it with one of her 14 aces

"I stuck in there, and I just never gave up. I always felt like if I can just keep fighting and I can just try to do it," Williams said. "I definitely did not play great. With that being said, I think Petra played unbelievable, and I think she was just hitting shots I had no chance to get. I don't think anyone on this tour could have gotten."

Meanwhile, Azarenka stayed on course to retain her Qatar Open title after dispatching Sara Errani 6-2, 6-2 to also reach the semis. She was joined by Sharapova, who advanced by beating 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur 6-2, 6-4.

Agnieszka Radwanska beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-5 to set up a meeting with Azarenka.

Azarenka won all 14 net points in the match to make it 12 straight victories in 2013, including winning a second consecutive Australian Open title.

"The score never tells the whole story, really. We had a lot of really long rallies. I was expecting that. She's a very good fighter," Azarenka said. "I really felt like I took big advantage of the important moments, stayed aggressive, and really dictated my game."

Sharapova, looking for her third title in Qatar, broke Stosur twice to lead 4-1 in the first set. She took a 3-0 lead in the second before Stosur staged a brief comeback, but she missed a chance to even it at 4-4. The Russian closed it out when her backhand clipped the net and dropped over.

"I really started playing well when I had to and being aggressive at the right times," Sharapova said. "On the important points when I had to, I came up with really great first serves. That helped me win."

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Re: WTA has an old lady back on top of the pack again! Oh my!
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013, 04:41:56 AM »
Hurray for Serena!
Shame on the WTA.
CONK da ball!!!

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Re: WTA has an old lady back on top of the pack again! Oh my!
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2013, 06:17:38 AM »
Old, yes, lady, no.

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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2013, 07:17:08 AM »
CONK da ball!!!

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Re: WTA has an old lady back on top of the pack again! Oh my!
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2013, 09:21:59 AM »
Kids, this is where 'roids will take you.  :)
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Re: WTA has an old lady back on top of the pack again! Oh my!
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2013, 09:59:42 AM »
I see no reason why she cannot extend that ranking age to 32, maybe further.
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2013, 10:17:04 AM »
Kids, this is where 'roids will take you.  :)

You need to start early. Her father decided she was going to be a tennis star before she was born.

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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2013, 10:23:45 AM »
You need to start early. Her father decided she was going to be a tennis star before she was born.

I still thinks she's on 'roids. I'm curious to see why anyone would disagree :dunno:
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Re: WTA has an old lady back on top of the pack again! Oh my!
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2013, 12:05:03 PM »
You need to start early. Her father decided she was going to be a tennis star before she was born.

I still thinks she's on 'roids. I'm curious to see why anyone would disagree :dunno:

She's not on roids  :\ It's just she is ultra-competitive and super-athletic for a woman.

And she scares the other girls too. I mean look at Sharapova with her in-your-face psychological shrieking tactics- even she gets frightened by Serena fistpumping.

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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2013, 12:12:14 PM »
She's not on roids  :\ It's just she is ultra-competitive and super-athletic for a woman.

And she scares the other girls too. I mean look at Sharapova with her in-your-face psychological shrieking tactics- even she gets frightened by Serena fistpumping.




That is f**king unreal. That's not something where you can be injured for years on and off, and just come back with. Has anyone ever heard of her training regime? No... And you would have to have an insanely extensive regime to get that ripped/giant!

And you know it can't be genetics either....

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« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2013, 12:18:03 PM »
She's not on roids  :\ It's just she is ultra-competitive and super-athletic for a woman.

And she scares the other girls too. I mean look at Sharapova with her in-your-face psychological shrieking tactics- even she gets frightened by Serena fistpumping.




That is f**king unreal. That's not something where you can be injured for years on and off, and just come back with. Has anyone ever heard of her training regime? No... And you would have to have an insanely extensive regime to get that ripped/giant!

And you know it can't be genetics either....




 :rofl_2: It's true that Venus looks like a pole compared to her.

But I don't think Serena would ever use roids. She seems like a really honest and over-emotional person, not the type who would slyly use steroids.

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« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2013, 12:29:50 PM »
:rofl_2: It's true that Venus looks like a pole compared to her.

But I don't think Serena would ever use roids. She seems like a really honest and over-emotional person, not the type who would slyly use steroids.

Really honest? Like when she told the lineswoman that she'd shove a ball down her throat, and then pretended like she didn't do anything? She's probably one of the most dishonest players on tour! And maybe her emotions are a side effect of the 'roids?
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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2013, 12:34:13 PM »
:rofl_2: It's true that Venus looks like a pole compared to her.

But I don't think Serena would ever use roids. She seems like a really honest and over-emotional person, not the type who would slyly use steroids.

Really honest? Like when she told the lineswoman that she'd shove a ball down her throat, and then pretended like she didn't do anything? She's probably one of the most dishonest players on tour! And maybe her emotions are a side effect of the 'roids?

You do have a point here, regarding her HUGE difference in personality and physicality compared to her sister.

But what about Sam Stosur? She also has huge muscles.

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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2013, 12:41:32 PM »
:rofl_2: It's true that Venus looks like a pole compared to her.

But I don't think Serena would ever use roids. She seems like a really honest and over-emotional person, not the type who would slyly use steroids.

Really honest? Like when she told the lineswoman that she'd shove a ball down her throat, and then pretended like she didn't do anything? She's probably one of the most dishonest players on tour! And maybe her emotions are a side effect of the 'roids?

You do have a point here, regarding her HUGE difference in personality and physicality compared to her sister.

But what about Sam Stosur? She also has huge muscles.

Put Stosur and Serena together, Serena is like twice her size, especially in the leg department. Also, Stosur uses a lot of spin to win matches while Serena just blasts her opponents off court. This is typical with 'roid athletes.
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2013, 05:14:51 PM »
Saw Serena take down Sharapova today. She has some serious power.
The only way to beat her is to move the ball around, it's tough.
 
Don't see her level dropping anytime soon, it takes years to decline.
Someone will have to emerge with a great game.
 
 

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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2013, 05:26:04 PM »
happy for Serena. I hope she blows Screamarenka off the court tomorrow and show her who is 'the real momma'

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« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2013, 04:44:09 PM »
I think some folks are just jealous of Serena!  I'm all for her getting back to #1 (the honest way since NOTHING has every been proven otherwise)!  Congrats to Serena.  It goes to show that you still can be in your 30's and do great things in tennis.  There are a lot of "older" tennis players doing good.  It's not like it use to be where the WTA was ruled by little teenage girls, and I'm glad!  I just have to laugh at us for calling Serena old when my 'youngest' child is as old as Serena!  :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2:

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« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2013, 07:20:26 PM »
I think some folks are just jealous of Serena!  I'm all for her getting back to #1 (the honest way since NOTHING has every been proven otherwise)!  Congrats to Serena.  It goes to show that you still can be in your 30's and do great things in tennis.  There are a lot of "older" tennis players doing good.  It's not like it use to be where the WTA was ruled by little teenage girls, and I'm glad!  I just have to laugh at us for calling Serena old when my 'youngest' child is as old as Serena!  :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2: :rofl_2:
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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2013, 08:26:19 PM »
Ha ha Alex! Lol


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« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2013, 12:28:23 PM »
It's pretty long overdue. She dominated the everything at the end of last year. It was only a matter of time until she took over the #1 ranking. Would've happened earlier if Li Na hadn't gotten the most rotten luck ever in the AO Final.

Rafa is the FIRST to qualify for WTF this year! :D