Found August 30, 2012 on Tennis Panorama :
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – While Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters retire, Serena Williams is driven even more to continue playing. Fourth seed Williams defeated Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2, 6-4, coming back from being down a break in the second set. Williams committed 24 errors and six-double faults in the match, despite the 32 winners. “I wasn’t really happy with the way I was playing,” Williams said. “I just wasn’t happy out there today in general. I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” During a third round match against Williams at the French Open, Martinez Sanchez did not acknowledge being hit on the arm by a ball which would have given a point to Williams. With the retirements of Clijsters and Roddick, Williams said: “It makes me want to stay more. Losing Kim was so hard. I saw her yesterday. I just hugged her. My eyes got watery. … I didn’t expect that reaction.” Next up for Williams is the woman who knocked her out of the Australian Open on the round of 16 – No. 42 ranke

Andy Roddick Announces That He Will Retire Following U.S. Open

Andy Roddick is hanging it up. The 30-year-old tennis player called an impromptu news conference on Thursday to announce that he will be retiring from tennis after the U.S. Open. "I just feel like it's time," he told assembled reporters. "When I was playing in the first round, I knew [this would be my last tournament]." Roddick, who was also celebrating his...

Andy Roddick to say he'll retire after US Open

Andy Roddick is ready to walk away from tennis whenever his U.S. Open ends. The 2003 U.S. Open champion and former No. 1-ranked player surprisingly announced his plans to retire at a news conference at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, his 30th birthday. ''I'll make this short and sweet: I've decided that this is going to be my last tournament,'' said Roddick...

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Kim Clijsters' singles career ended where she wanted it to, just not the way she hoped. The four-time Grand Slam champion lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) to 18-year-old Laura Robson of Britain in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, and will head into retirement after she finishes playing in doubles at Flushing Meadows. Clijsters walked away from the sport once before, returning...

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Notes and Quotes – Players Talk About Roddick’s Retirement

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Kim Clijsters' Last Singles News Conference

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Clijsters-Flipkens fall in US Open doubles

Now, Kim Clijsters' career in women's doubles is over, too. A day after exiting the U.S. Open in singles, Clijsters and her Belgian partner, Kirsten Flipkens, fell 6-3, 6-4 to Chuang Chia-jung and Zhang Shuai in the first round of women's doubles Thursday. Clijsters, a three-time champion at Flushing Meadows, announced this year's U.S. Open would be her last professional...

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US Open 2012: Kerber knocks off Venus in nearly 3-hour match

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Notes and Quotes from Day 2 of the 2012 US Open

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