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There Are Officially No More Pun Headlines to Write Using 'Serb' or 'Serbia'

I've used "Serb"-ing Notice before, and then I thought I could go with "Youth Is Serbed," but if you Google that, it's all over the Internet!

The point being, I wanted to mention the feat by Serbia's three stars—Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic—all getting through to the semis today. Djoko got pushed around a little by his old buddy, Ernests Gulbis, but still won in straights. Next up for him? Oh, just that Rafael Nadal fellow, that's all. I feel safe to say this (as opposed to those crazy, fleeting thoughts I had about Nicolas Almagro): Novak should make Rafa work a little; at least way more than anyone else has this tournament. Does he have a chance? If he hangs in there physically, sure. It's going to be like a boxing match and he'll have to go toe-to-toe with Nadal, making sure he doesn't get jerked around. I'm still going with Nadal, though.

As for Ivanovic and Jankovic, it's actually a shame that they have to be meeting at this point in the tournament as opposed to the finals. They've clearly been the dominant players. I think the winner of this match is strong enough to beat anyone on the other side. Among the three Russians and the Estonian on the other side, the only one with a major title is Svetlana Kuznetsova. Elena Dementieva's been in Slam finals, while this equals the best run Dinara Safina has ever had. I'm pretty sure Kaia Kanepi's dream run will end in her next match. The point I'm trying to make is that no one has any overwhelming experience to top the two Serbs.

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Comment by Svetlana on June 4, 2008 at 11:35am
Maybe there is something in the air and water here! We have some great sportsmen, we have great basketball team as well as waterpolo, handball, volleyball, etc. Generally we are good in sports. And in last few years tennis is sport No. 1 in Serbia. We had 12 players at the beginning of Roland Garros and 7 of them in quarters, 5 of them in semis (Zimonjic in men's and mixed doubles)! We have several good juniors and I think we'll rule the tennis world for some time!
Comment by Van Sias on June 4, 2008 at 10:16am
Ha! No problem OneLuv, it's always tempting to use that one, or like Mark did, the "Serb" notice one. But you're right; what is going on there? They really are doing amazing things, and Svetlana, you definitely have a right to be proud! Before the men's tournament started, I had Tipsarevic among my quarterfinal predictions. I thought he was going to come through that section that Gulbis did. Good things are happening there!

And Mark, you're right about Svetlana. She's having trouble sealing the deal in regular tour finals, much less majors.
Comment by OneLuv (JC for short) on June 4, 2008 at 3:11am
Okay Svetlana what exactly is in the water there in Serbia? For a country of 2 million or so I see Men's and Women's tennis domination for years to come if they continue to "serb-up" youths the likes of those playing today.
There Van, I know it's been used already but I had to get it in there.
Comment by Svetlana on June 4, 2008 at 2:37am
Do you know that there are two other Serbian players in semis? Nenad Zimonjic in men's doubles and Dusan Vemic also in men's doubles. I'm really proud to be Serbian!
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on June 3, 2008 at 4:56pm
Well, Kuzy has a lot of experience - but I just don't think it is GOOD experience. She seems to crumble when it counts (her slam notwithstanding.) I'm kind of rooting for Jelena to get this one and even out the Serbs. Each of the three superstars will have "serbed notice". (I know, I stole it.) ;-)

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