November 15, 2003
It's not surprising that tennis fans did not flock to the WTA Championships at Staples. Not because of the absence of the Williams sisters, but because it is an indoor venue and tennis fans in Southern California want an outdoor one. My preferences are Indian Wells, La Costa and Manhattan Beach Country Club, which the WTA changed to the Home Depot mess in Carson. The WTA is not in tune with the fans in this area. They should have kept this event at Madison Square Garden. But then, maybe they were sold a bill of goods by Anschutz.
November 2, 2012 |
Venus Williams was dancing on the court during an exhibition victory in Lagos, Nigeria, over younger sister Serena, who wasn't in nearly as good a mood. The Southern Californian siblings are on a two-nation tour promoting women's rights in Africa, where the elder Williams picked up a 6-4, 7-5 victory on Friday in 91-degree heat on the clay courts of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club. “For me to get a win against Serena, it means 2013 is going to be a great year,” said Venus, who at one point took a moment between games to dance to “Oliver Twist” by Nigerian singer D'banj.
October 7, 2013 |
Maria Sharapova, who missed the U.S. Open with the same problem, withdrew from the season-ending WTA Championships on Monday because of a right shoulder injury. Sharapova, ranked No. 3 in the world, will miss the tournament in Istanbul from Oct. 22-27. Already qualified are Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic. The tournament features the top eight singles players and top four doubles teams. Sharapova, 26, has been bothered by right shoulder problems for more than five years and had surgery in late 2008 to repair her rotator cuff on her serving shoulder.
November 9, 2002
T.J. Simers' Nov. 7 article on the WTA Championships left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. The headline, along with the picture of Justine Henin, gave such a negative first impression that I (an avid tennis player) almost didn't read it. The headline blasted the entire event; in essence saying that it wasn't worth anyone's time. If I were associated with the WTA, I would demand a retraction. Maybe Mr. Simers shouldn't have talked to any tennis players, or bothered to show up, out of respect to the players, the tournament and the readers of the L.A. Times.
March 22, 2002 |
Nearly everyone contending for control of women's tennis stresses how much respect everyone has for one another, how well they get along, how there is no alphabet-soup feud. So why is rhetoric increasing on the eve of the WTA board of directors' vote on whether to move its season-ending championship from Munich to Staples Center?
October 28, 2013 |
The way the season has gone for Serena Williams, there was only one fitting way for it to end. Williams capped a tremendous year in style Sunday, earning her 11th title by coming from behind to beat Li Na, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, at Istanbul, Turkey, for her second straight WTA Championships crown. Williams became the eighth woman to win 11 or more titles in a year and the first since Martina Hingis had 12 in 1997. The American also is the first to repeat as champion in the season-ending WTA Championships since Justine Henin in 2007.