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June 7, 2009 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Svetlana Kuznetsova never struck Dinara Safina as a Grand Slam champion in the making when they were youngsters in Russia. Kuznetsova showed up for matches toting a 2-liter bottle of soda and wearing rock band T-shirts. As of yesterday, Kuznetsova owns two major titles - and that's two more than Safina. Far steadier, if not all that spectacular, Kuznetsova took advantage of the No. 1-ranked Safina's assorted errors and won the French Open final, 6-4, 6-2. On the men's side, Swiss star Roger Federer will try to win his first French Open championship today when he faces Robin Soderling.
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October 26, 1996 | By Mayer Brandschain, FOR THE INQUIRER
Marc Silva, the second-seeded contender from Northwestern, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Penn Conference Classic by 7-5, 6-3 over Udi Kish, Penn's No. 1 player, after closely contested exchanges yesterday at the Levy Tennis Pavilion. Silva, twice the PIAA champion as a student at Pennridge High, lost set point with a double fault off the net cord, then won the next point with a drop shot to take the second set. He went on to take match point. Earlier in the day, Silva won by 6-1, 6-3 over Andrew Carlson of Ohio State in the first round.
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September 3, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Seventh-seeded Rey Garrido, a Cuban Davis Cup player from 1952 to 1959, ended a glorious comeback with an inglorious double fault on match point to lose to Russ Bucklin of Seattle, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), in the third round of the 55-and-over division of the U.S. Senior Grass Court tennis championships yesterday at Germantown Cricket Club. Garrido, gifted with a strong, deep forehand, supplied drama in the third set of the 2 1/2-hour battle with a rise from 0-5 to tie, warding off six match points and then a seventh in a tie-break at 6-5. Then came the disheartening double fault on the eighth match point.
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August 29, 1994 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Top-seeded Walter Moore recovered from 2-5 in the third set to defeat Mike Varano, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, and win the 55-and-over championship of the Bill Johnson Memorial Tennis Festival yesterday at the Chamounix courts in Fairmount Park. Justin Wiley won the 18-and-under championship by 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 over Andy Shulman. Aaron Moore took the men's singles title without the loss of a game. Sam Miles defeated Sam Smith, 6-3, 6-4, in the 45-and-over final. FRIENDS CENTRAL SCHOOL TENNIS Top-seeded Jennifer Kolins of the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia won the Friends Central School Tennis Experience 18-and-under championship with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over second-seeded Daphne de Dominicis of Newtown Square.
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June 8, 1997 | By Mayer Brandschain, FOR THE INQUIRER
Jay Nerenberg of Manasquan, N.J., and Adam Seri, a Methacton High graduate, advanced to the final of the Philadelphia Clay Court Tennis Championship yesterday at the Cynwyd Club. They meet at 11 a.m. today. Nerenberg overcame Josh Sarner, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-3. Seri subdued third-seeded Bruce Nisbet, a former Haverford College player from Scotland, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. It was the only set Seri lost in four matches. Seri, who is headed to the University of North Carolina in September, is No. 15 in the national junior rankings.
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September 4, 1994 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jim Parker of Houston won the U.S. 50-and-over Grass Court Tennis Championship for a second straight year, beating Ted Hoehn of Burlington, Vt., yesterday at the Germantown Cricket Club. After barely surviving a Thursday quarterfinal against Ed Turville of Atlanta, Parker yesterday escaped four Hoehn match points and beating him, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, in a match filled with notable shotmaking and stirring recovery plays on both sides of the net. Four times Hoehn came within one point of winning at 6-5 in the second set and, in fact, he might have won except for a questionable line call on the first match point.
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September 4, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Underdogs had their way in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Senior Grass Court tennis championships yesterday at Germantown Cricket Club. All three defending titleholders were beaten. Losing were Jody Rush, the defending champion in the 45-and-over division from Tumwater, Wash.; Allan Carter, the defending 50-and-over champion from New City, N.Y., and Ken Taylor, the defending 55-and-over champion from Australia. Rush yielded to Barry Conway of Atlanta in two sets in a match that could have gone either way. Conway, winner of the Southern Open 45-and-over title in 1991, prevailed in a match of lunging volley exchanges, 7-6 (7-3)
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July 22, 2012 | By Tyler Jett, Inquirer Staff Writer
John McEnroe turned back the clock for tennis fans Friday night with a vintage performance. Now, if only he could do that during the points themselves. Playing with the New York Sportimes during their 19-18 World TeamTennis victory in a super tiebreaker against the Freedoms at the Pavilion at Villanova, McEnroe argued with the umpire, slammed a ball into the net in frustration after a double fault, and once cocked his racket, preparing to chuck it after hitting a ball out of bounds.
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July 4, 1993 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was over, and the tears came, and Jana Novotna cried into the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent. Novotna sobbed as the duchess told her that it was OK, that someday she, Jana Novotna, would win Wimbledon. And she cried because Wimbledon was Novotna's to win when she led top seed and two-time defending champion Steffi Graf by 4-1 in the third set and was one point away from a 5-1 lead. Novotna cried because she had played 2 hours and 14 minutes of almost totally fabulous tennis, and Novotna cried because she may never be so close, so achingly close, to winning a Grand Slam tennis title.
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September 6, 1996 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To have seen it, to have seen Pete Sampras vomit three times, to have seen him bent over at the waist after nearly every point in a fifth-set tiebreak that would measure him as a champion, to have seen him turn gray, to have seen his vacant eyes and clammy face, to have seen him wobble and stumble, teeter and totter, serve a 76-mile-an-hour fault, then a 90-mile-an-hour second-serve ace to give himself match point, to have seen it . . . still, it...
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July 22, 2012 | By Tyler Jett, Inquirer Staff Writer
John McEnroe turned back the clock for tennis fans Friday night with a vintage performance. Now, if only he could do that during the points themselves. Playing with the New York Sportimes during their 19-18 World TeamTennis victory in a super tiebreaker against the Freedoms at the Pavilion at Villanova, McEnroe argued with the umpire, slammed a ball into the net in frustration after a double fault, and once cocked his racket, preparing to chuck it after hitting a ball out of bounds.
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September 8, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - With a mist hanging in the sky and the back of the court still wet, Rafael Nadal thought it was dangerous to head into Arthur Ashe Stadium to start his U.S. Open match yesterday. Andy Roddick and Andy Murray weren't thrilled about starting their matches, either. Too bad, tournament officials said. The show must go on. It did. For about 15 minutes. Then, the rain picked up, and as soon as Nadal, Murray and Roddick came off the court, they were in the tournament director's office to discuss the decision to start the matches in the first place.
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June 7, 2009 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Svetlana Kuznetsova never struck Dinara Safina as a Grand Slam champion in the making when they were youngsters in Russia. Kuznetsova showed up for matches toting a 2-liter bottle of soda and wearing rock band T-shirts. As of yesterday, Kuznetsova owns two major titles - and that's two more than Safina. Far steadier, if not all that spectacular, Kuznetsova took advantage of the No. 1-ranked Safina's assorted errors and won the French Open final, 6-4, 6-2. On the men's side, Swiss star Roger Federer will try to win his first French Open championship today when he faces Robin Soderling.
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March 27, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Serena Williams says a heckler bothered her throughout her match yesterday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., making at least one racist remark before he was finally ejected. "The guy said, 'Hit the net like any Negro would.' I was shocked," Williams said. "I couldn't believe it. I had to do a double take. I think I hit a double fault on that point. " Williams won the third-round match against Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 6-4. Williams complained late in the match to the chair umpire about the heckler.
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November 13, 2004
State Sen. Richard Codey (D., Essex County) will become acting governor of New Jersey on Tuesday. He'll also continue to preside over the Senate. Chief executive and top legislator. Nice work if you can get it. New Jersey has no second in command. When a governor goes out of town - or resigns - the president of the Senate steps in. By that quirk of the 1947 state constitution, Codey could propose a budget, and then shepherd it through the Legislature; make appointments, then preside over their approval; propose bills, and later sign them.
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November 3, 2004 | By Nikki Usher INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It was a match between the slumping superstar and the hometown hero who never quite became a household name. A fluke of the draw put Venus Williams up against Lisa Raymond in the first round of the Advanta Championships last night. Williams won the match handily, 6-2, 6-1, in an hour. She blasted the ball deep into the court and tossed in a few aces, but mostly, Williams just waited for Raymond to miss. "Sometimes, you just have to win off mistakes," said Williams, who is ranked 10th in the world and seeded fifth here.
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July 11, 2003 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Martina Navratilova returned from across the pond, stopped at her Florida home long enough to place her 20th piece of Wimbledon hardware into her trophy case, and made her season debut for the Philadelphia Freedoms last night in a World Team Tennis match at Cabrini College. Of course, age has done the inevitable, diminishing the power and quickness that made her perhaps the greatest woman player in the history of the game. At 46, though, Navratilova still has star power. At least enough to send jolts of enthusiasm through the crowd of about 1,500.
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September 9, 2001 | By Ashley McGeachy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
She moved the red racket bag and took a seat beside her little sister moments after crushing her dream. With her 6-2, 6-4 victory having enabled her to to repeat as U.S. Open champion, Venus Williams transformed from unforgiving foe to sympathetic sibling. Reflecting on a crucial point, Venus asked Serena about a double fault that had given her a 5-4 lead in the second set, allowing her to serve for the match. "The wind kicked up, didn't it?" Venus said. It was a warm moment, a gesture of support, of friendship, of caring.
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September 8, 2001 | By Ashley McGeachy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The audience indicated the event. Outside the players' lounge, minutes after Venus Williams had upset Jennifer Capriati yesterday to assure the first sister-versus-sister final in U.S. Open history, the stars aligned. Jay-Z, the popular rapper, was there. So, too, were Brandy, the singer, and Allan Houston, the New York Knicks' all-star guard. Others who were at the National Tennis Center, witnesses to yesterday's semifinals: Helen Hunt, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx. The semis were, after all, an event.
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October 22, 2000 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Venus Williams, who has not lost since June 6, won her 35th straight match by beating Chanda Rubin, 6-4, 6-0, yesterday and will face Lindsay Davenport in the final of the Generali Ladies Open in Linz, Austria. In the other semifinal, the top-seeded Davenport played flawlessly in routing Kveta Hrdlickova of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-1, setting up a compelling title match today. The last time Williams lost was in the quarterfinals of the French Open. She said is pleased to be in Europe, taking a break from her university studies.
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