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Serena Williams continues to define professionalism

Serena Williams really does deserve her own entry in the dictionary of the English language. Serena Williams (noun) – A professional, and everything that word means. * Interestingly enough, another American female tennis player owns a connection — albeit a very tangential one — to this idea of professionalism and how Serena so fully embodies […]

Halep and Radwanska have no one to blame but themselves

Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska were not happy with French Open officials on Tuesday. In rain-soaked conditions, both players would have preferred to not play. On merit, their points were not unreasonable. Hitting a waterlogged ball on a highly saturated court doesn’t seem like an ideal way to contest a major championship. The ball should […]

Roland Garros 2016: when a story is drawn, not merely written

To a certain extent, it will always and inevitably be true that draws don’t matter that much in tennis. What looks good on paper often becomes nothing other than a dream. For blockbuster semifinals to emerge at the 2016 French Open, four players — Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal — must […]

Halep wins: What happens in Madrid stays in Madrid… or will it?

If what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, one must then ask: “Does anything that happens in Madrid not stay in Madrid?” Simona Halep hopes the answer is yes after her championship in La Caja Magica this past week. Hope and reality don’t always find their way to the altar, but maybe in this case, […]

The 2016 Australian Open quickly puts the 2015 U.S. Open in the rearview mirror

The 2016 Australian Open — which burst into dramatic color on Tuesday in Melbourne — can be summarized in this image: The tournament smacked a lot of players in the face, immediately changing the tenor of a very young tennis season. * Remember the 2015 U.S. Open? Yeah, me neither. Many of the events which unfolded […]

10 big stories from the 2015 U.S. Open

BLOGUIN NOTE Before we begin, a reminder for readers: Attacking The Net is a major-tournament tennis blog, not (yet) a full-service year-round tennis blog. You’ll get coverage of the Davis Cup semifinals and finals; the WTA Finals; and the ATP World Tour Finals, with perhaps a wrap-up of the Masters 1000 events in Shanghai and […]

Italy’s cup overflows on Flavia Pennetta’s big day

Italy is a nation known for a number of things, vineyards being near the top of the list. Italian tennis has featured four industrious professionals in the 21st century, all of them players who have been able to reach a major-tournament singles final. In 2012, Sara Errani reached the French Open final. This Saturday afternoon […]

Veni, Vidi, Vinci: Serena is conquered in an all-time sports upset

On the sprawling canvas of life itself, one day blends into the next. We get up, we work, we aspire, we do what we need to do. We enjoy — if we’re lucky — some escapist evening entertainment in a comfortable room with ample food and drink. We might find a few hours per week […]

Simona Halep and an allowance for the unexpected

It was supposed to be Victoria Azarenka’s time again. At least, it felt as though the one nicknamed “Vika” was in great position to record a victory on Wednesday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Azarenka has stood up to Serena Williams better than anyone else on the WTA Tour over the past three years, certainly […]

Glorious suffering, screaming ironies, and Simona Halep’s classroom

Anyone who has played tennis with at least some desire to win a match — no matter how relaxed or recreational the setting — could relate to what Simona Halep was going through on Monday afternoon at the U.S. Open. No one who has played tennis in a purely recreational context could possibly relate to […]

U.S. Open Women’s Draw Analysis

The U.S. Open women’s draw is out. Here is the bracket for the year’s final major. We all know who the main story is in Flushing Meadows, New York: Serena Jameka Williams, whose initials — “SJW” — could just as easily refer to the reality of life on the WTA Tour: Serena Just Wins. It […]

5 Takeaways: The WTA At Wimbledon

The latest edition of Wimbledon provided plenty of off-court controversies and sideshows, but Attacking The Net wants to keep the focus on the court. What were the most important developments of the past fortnight in suburban London for the members of the WTA Tour? Let’s take a look: * 5 – THE ART OF THE […]

Kvitova Loses: Affirmations And Transformations Coexist At Wimbledon

Twice in a span of 24 hours at Wimbledon, the same basic drama unfolded… and cut in different directions. On Friday, Serena Williams — one of the two players expected to make the women’s final — found herself at 4-4 in the third set on Centre Court. She lost serve at 4-4 and watched Heather […]

Halep and Bouchard Lose, Making 2014 A Distant Memory

In tennis, it’s important to emphasize the following point, lest this discussion veer in an unwanted direction: Much as duration of match and quality of match have little to do with each other, qualities such as parity and depth are value-neutral. They require circumstances in order to be seen as positive or negative. A division […]

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