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USTA FL Friday Blog: Serena Defends Venus; Tennis on TV

August 9, 2013 08:49 AM
Serena Williams doesn't take scoreboard slights to her big sister lightly.
Former Gator Lisa Raymond received a plate of treats, celebrating her 38th birthday at the Rogers Cup (photo: WTA)
Now the last American standing among the men or women in the quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup in Canada, Serena on Thursday defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-0, 6-3. The Belgian had earlier in the week beaten Venus Williams, rallying after losing the first set 6-0.
"After I won the first set [6-0] I definitely thought about Venus, and I thought about what a good comeback Kirsten had, so I thought, 'I'm not going to get overconfident,'" Serena Williams said. "She's obviously a really good player, so I was just trying to stay really focused as well as really intense at that moment."
In the televised quarterfinals on Friday, Serena will face unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova. Check here for a sneak peek at what Serena will be wearing at the US Open in a couple weeks.
Venus continues to deal with some health issues but looks to be stronger next week in Cincinnati.
Other seeds remaining in the quarters are No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska who faces No. 5 Sara Errani, No. 4 Na Li who meets Dominika Cibulkova, and No. 6 Petra Kvitova who faces unseeded Sorana Cirstea.
ESPN2 plans a minimum six hours of women's Toronto and men's Montreal coverage on Friday.


Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic appeared in Esquire magazine this month
You've seen the USTA commercials for 10 and Under Tennis. Now Tennis Canada is driving their youth tennis campaign with witty public service announcements showing kids bored with hockey turning to tennis. Who knew that 90 percent of Canadian families kept their kids from playing the national past time, according to a study?
Dove Men+Care has underarm moisturizers to help fight underarm irritation -- and who knows more about irritation that John McEnroe, appearing in a tongue-in-cheek ad campaign? "People will get a chuckle out of this because they know he's making fun of himself," said Gerry Philpott, chief executive of E-Poll. "It will help to get this message to stick in people's heads." But in the compendium of McEnroe's commercial work, it will be tough to top this one.
On Thursday Martina Hingis and partner Daniela Hantuchova lost in the second round in doubles at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but that hasn't dampened the Swiss former No. 1s enthusiasm for coming back to the WTA tour (in doubles-only, for the time being). Hingis said it was Hantuchova who convinced her to play again. "When I was coaching Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, that's when Daniela approached me and said, 'Don't you think it would be great to play doubles? You've still got it.'" The pair will play next week in Cincinnati, then at the US Open, which she won in doubles 15 years ago.
Following Serb Viktor Troicki's ban for a failed drug test, men's tennis is still waiting for the hammer to drop on former Top 15 player Marin Cilic, who newspapers reported last week had failed a drug test. Cilic pulled out of Wimbledon before his first match reportedly when he heard the news, and two tournaments since, including Montreal this week. The reported doping violation for "incautious use of glucose" by Croatian newspapers (though glucose is not a banned substance) aimed at the 24 year old remains unconfirmed since Cilic's camp is tight-lipped, and the International Tennis Federation won't comment on matters where they have yet to label a player guilty. Two tennis players have also been linked to the Biogenesis scandal.
Say you're playing a tennis match that is coming down to the wire, and on a huge point you inadvertently touch the net. You should lose the point if the correct call is made. What do you do? Here's what Canadian pro Milos Raonic did.

Tennis on TV This Weekend

noon-4pm -- ATP/WTA Rogers Cup, ESPN2
8-10pm -- ATP/WTA Rogers Cup, ESPN2
1-5pm -- ATP/WTA Rogers Cup, ESPN2
8-10pm -- ATP/WTA Rogers Cup, ESPN2
1-3pm -- WTA Rogers Cup, ESPN2
3-5pm -- ATP Rogers Cup, ESPN2
The USTA Florida Friday blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach, former publications editor for the ATP World Tour and former editor/publisher of International Tennis and Play Tennis Florida magazine. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of USTA Florida, USTA national, or anyone that can fire him. Got feedback, want a USTA or tennis-related question answered in the blog, or want to express your opinion? E-mail HERE.





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