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First off I think it's amazing how quickly the majority of the seeded players were defeated in this year's U.S. Open. Clijsters has made an amazing comeback after being off the tour for 27 weeks now finds herself in the final. She played great in her semifinal match against Serena Williams although her play was greatly overshadowed by Serena's unsportsmanlike conduct. I was really surprised to see her lose her cool as she did during this match. Getting back to comebacks I personally find it physically painful to watch Sharapova play any more these days. Her serve has become a liability to her game and for whatever reason she doesn't seem to be able to turn it around. Wozniacki is having a great run at this year's open - this will be her first major final. A much different final than anyone expected this year on the women's side.

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Comment by Thomas Meyer on October 20, 2009 at 5:17am
Serena was on Conan O'Brian the other night and he gave her the opportunity to apologize for her behavior at the Open. She made a half-hearted apology and said she needed to move on. What a shame. As for the women's game, I think it has made tremendous strides in athletic ability and biomechanics. However, it seems to me alot of women are fragile and fold under pressure. They are also pressured by being the major breadwinner of their family and probably others. The toughest women mentally today are also the strongest physically. These include Sharapova and the Williams sisters. However, their stroke techniques are now not as biomechanically sound as Henin and some of the up and comers. To put it simply Sharopova and the Williams sisters use a double bend technique. They bend at the elbow and at the wrist and use that hitting structure thru the stroke. Henin incorporates rotational power by having a looser arm on the forehand that creates power by pronating her lower arm. Many top juniors are now using that technique. If you want to try it you need a southwestern grip, hold the racket loosely, and use a windshield wiper swing. I have been doing research on this the last couple of years and hope to eventually publish a book. If you any comments or questions I would be glad to hear them.
Comment by Dean Wright on September 15, 2009 at 4:11am
Serena's behavior now overshadows all the good that was done for womens tennis during the open. Yes Kim was great and what a great story; However turn on the sports news and it's all Serena and her big mouth! Also' Carolyn Wozniaki is totally overlooked, big mistake!! Remember Oldin? Not now now. Serena, leave it in the hood!!
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on September 14, 2009 at 1:29pm
I agree on two counts. 1. Kim just ressurrected women's tennis, but she can not do it all by herself. We need some stars to emerge (or return.) 2. Sharapova is super difficult to watch these days. I hope she can come around. Great post Kat!
Comment by jackson on September 13, 2009 at 7:26pm
The Womens tennis has been very disappointing until Kim came back... I hope Justine comes out of retirement.... It is clear that the best female athletes in the world do not play tennis... what a shame because it is such a great game....

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