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Dominika Cibulkova lost a tough match to Serena Williams yesterday, but not for the reasons you would think.
Long after the last point of a match is won (or lost), it is unlikely to be remembered by its combatants’ first serve percentages or backhand errors. No, in the immediate aftermath of a match, especially at a big tournament like the Sony Open in Miami, how a match is remembered largely depends on how it is framed by fans and media. Was it a tension-filled epic, or was it an inconsequential blowout?
Unfortunately, tennis matches are not remembered through such a clean-cut binary. There is a third, shame-based category known as “the choke.” Once reserved for a tear-stained Jana Novotna, the choke has come to more broadly encompass any and all matches during which a player loses from a winning position. While a true choke knows no gender bias (according to Tennis Channel, three of the top five “greatest” chokes happened during men’s matches), the supposedly more “hormonal” sex ...
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Perhaps only Serena Williams can sleep walk through a set and a half and still beat a player as accomplished as Dominika Cibulkova.
Williams was trailing the 14th-ranked Slovak 2-6, 1-4 before turning it around to reach the quarterfinals of the Sony Open, a tournament she has already won five times, by 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
At the beginning it was dire. Serena's feet didn't move...
By Amy Fetherolf (March 25, 2013) MIAMI — For a set and half, it looked like the Sony Open was about to lose another high profile player to an upset, as World No. 14 Dominika Cibulkova cruised to a 6-2, 4-1 lead over Serena Williams. But Williams managed to find her game in time, rallying [...]
(March 25, 2013) Serena Williams escaped a major challenge from Dominika Cibulkova on Monday coming back from a set and 1-4 down to complete the win. In her post-match news conference she spoke about the “two Serenas” and her mid-life crisis at 30. Q. So there are two Serenas sometimes? SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah. I’m talking [...]
© Sony Open Tennis Serena Williams is powering her way through the Sony Open draw hoping for a record 6th trophy in her hometown tourney. She is wearing the summered-up version of the tennis dress she wore in Australia earlier this year. It's the Nike Pleated Knit Dress in White with Atomic Teal, Violet Force and Volt, $90. Perfect colors for springtime in Miami and on court...
Serena Williams' match was more than an hour old Monday before she began to make some noise.
''Come on!'' she shouted at her fist through gritted teeth, adding a soundtrack to her comeback. Her demeanor transformed, Williams rallied past Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round of the Sony Open, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
The top-ranked Williams, seeking her sixth Key Biscayne...
Serena Williams survived her third round match in the Sony Open Saturday night by beating more than just Japan's Ayumi Morita.With traffic snarled from her hotel to the stadium, and limited time before the beginning of her match, Williams had to think of an alternative way to transport herself to the venue.So, she ultimately decided to borrow a bike from the hotel she was staying...
Serena Williams, who has the potential to blow anyone off a tennis court, has been keeping things interesting here at the Sony Open.
Just to make sure her army of South Florida fans don't get complacent, Serena keeps having to dig herself out of difficult situations. On a sunny but cool afternoon, Serena found herself down set point at 2-5 in the second set against China'...
Will Serena devour Cibulkova like those before her?
On a busy Monday in Miami, all of the women’s fourth-round matches unfold. You can find a preview of all eight here in addition to a few of the remaining men’s third-round encounters.
Garbine Muguruza vs. Li Na: Into the fourth round for the second straight Premier Mandatory tournament, the Spanish rising star continues...
Five-time champion Serena Williams advanced Tuesday to the Sony Open semifinals and tied the women's record for career victories in the tournament by beating No. 5-seeded Li Na 6-3, 7-6 (5).
The top-ranked Williams overcame six double-faults and rallied in the second set from a 5-2 deficit. She hit six winners in the tiebreaker, including a forehand passing shot cross-court...
(March 26, 2013) MIAMI – The score might indicate an otherwise straight sets 6-3, 7-6(5) quarterfinal victory for Serena Williams over Li Na. But this was no walk in the park for the world No. 1, who was coming off a tough three-set win over Dominika Cibulkova on Monday. Williams looked a step slow, [...]
Li Na in action at the Sony Open
By Jane Voigt
MIAMI, FL (March 25, 2013 )– Li Na was up 5-1 in the first set against Spanish teen and wildcard, Gabine Muguruza, before she started to think. To think about what it would be like to win the match — she was in a good spot, or so she thought.
“I was feeling pretty good. (I) should continued,” Li said. “Maybe I think too much...
By Kevin Ware (March 28, 2013) MIAMI – In spite of injuries, illness, upsets, and withdrawals by the dozens, my initial selections for the Women’s semifinals held (mostly) true to form with three out of four correct picks: Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Agnieszka Radwanska. Jelena Jankovic occupies the fourth spot left open from Victoria [...]
Serena Williams at the Sony Open Tennis
By Jane Voigt
MIAMI, FL (March 26, 2013) — As the Miami Heat reached for NBA history, notching its 27th consecutive win yesterday, Serena Williams did them one better when she solidified her name in tennis history. By defeating Li Na in today’s quarterfinal, Williams tied Steffi Graf‘s record of 59 Sony Open Tennis match wins, although...
SONY OPEN TENNIS Miami, FL, USA March 19-31, 2013 Hard/Outdoors Results – Tuesday, March 26, 2013 WTA Singles – Quarterfinals (1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (5) Li Na (CHN) 63 76(5) (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (30) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 46 64 62 WTA Doubles – Quarterfinals (1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (7) Mattek-Sands/Mirza (USA/IND) 61 [...]