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The good, the bad and the ugly
Temper tantrum: Serena
Williams loses her cool in her
United States tennis final
against Samantha Stosur.
Despite the magnificent
play of the big three of
men s tennis, the story of
the US Open was the revival of
For a woman ranked 169th in
the world a few weeks ago, Wil-
liams form was a revelation.
She arrived in New York look-
ing fit and sharp. Until the final,
she went about her business with
rare intent, remaining focused
and concentrating fiercely.
The result? She powered her
way to the women s final against
Samantha Stosur without even
dropping a set. It wasn t an easy
draw, either. She had to get past
seeds Victoria Azarenka (4), Ana
Ivanovic (16), Anastasia Pavlyu-
chenkova (17) and Caroline
She came unstuck against Sto-
sur in the final, when she not only
got beaten in straight sets, but
threw in an ugly temper tantrum.
But by then she had already
shown what she could do if she
Williams, who turns 30 next
week, can t be blamed for her
lowly ranking this year.
She missed 11 months of tennis
after badly cutting her foot and
then having a blood clot on her
lung that left her fighting for my
life , as she termed it.
In the circumstances, her play
It seems that prolonged absence
has whetted her appetite, and she
looked more eager than at any
time in her long career.
She certainly mucked up the
women s draw. She was seeded
just 28th -- and she earned that
placement only after winning two
tournaments last month on the
American summer circuit -- and
was therefore the most dangerous
floater in the draw.
With her magnificent service --
the best in women s tennis history
for power and technique -- huge
groundstrokes, ability to volley
and much improved footwork and
court coverage, she was far too
good for the pretenders on the
women s tour.
What it reinforced was how
much Williams has wasted her
talent during her pro career. That
sounds odd, given that going into
the US Open she d won 13 Grand
Slam singles titles, plus 12 in
doubles and two in mixed doubles.
But if she d had the focus of a
Martina Navratilova or a Steffi
Graf, imagine how many singles
crowns she d have by now.
She made her pro debut in
1995. Since then there have been
60 Grand Slam singles titles con-
Even given the odd absence
because of ill health or injury, she
should have won 30.
Williams has repeatedly turned
up out-of-shape and has often
appeared to push herself just
enough to win, or else has lost
miserably. It has been a waste of
She has won 39 women s pro
titles. Again, that number should
have been close to 100.
It should be mentioned that
even with her often casual app-
roach, she has won a tidy $US34
million in prize money, plus about
10 times that amount in sponsor-
ships and endorsement fees.
If she cared only about her bank
account, she has certainly taken
care of business. But if she was
concerned for her place in tennis
history, she has not done her tal-
Even with her spotty attitude,
she has produced enough good
tennis to be ranked alongside
Margaret Court, Billie-Jean King,
Navratilova, Graf and Monica
Seles among the greats of the
modern women s game.
Really, though, she should have
been out by herself, a player for
Her brilliant play in New York
over the past fortnight served
merely to reinforce that fact.
By CALLUM TOWNSEND
Defeat will not dismay
the Capital Penguins
inline hockey team,
captain and coach
Lewis Taiapa says.
The Wellington club s
premier team was
edged out 7-6 by an
invited All Stars outfit
at Kilbirnie Recreation
Centre last Saturday.
The event was a
fundraiser for the
premier team s trip to
the North American
roller hockey cham-
pionship in California
next year, the first such
trip by a New Zealand
Taiapa said the All
Stars came out firing to
topple the previously
The match drew a
crowd of 200 and raised
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