Serena Williams Accuses Opponent Of Cheating

May 31, 2009

You’ve got to love it when players get fired up over little things and accuse opponents of cheating. That is exactly what happened in the match between Serena WIlliams and her opponent from Spain, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

With the score locked at 2-2 in the first set, Sanchez rushed the net and Williams rifled a backhand straight at the body of her opponent.

Running on pure instinct, Sanchex threw up her racket and managed to hit a clean winner.

Or did she?

Williams claimed that the ball hit her forearm first, and as such she should not have been awarded the point.

Then in the press conference after the game, Williams spoke heatedly about whether she thought the ball had hit her opponent’s forearm first.

“I didn’t ‘think’ the ball touched her — the ball did touch her, 100 percent, on her arm.” Williams said “The rules of tennis is when the ball hits your body, then it’s out of play. You lose a point automatically,”

When asked about the incident, Sanchez denied it had hit her on the arm, even though replays seemed to support Williams’ case.

Jankovic Watches Only Men’s Tennis

In a surprise admission, world number five Jelena Jankovic has admitted that she only watches men play tennis on TV, believing that there is a huge gulf between the two games and that she can learn more this way.

She often goes into matches unaware of who her opponent is as she focuses so little on the female players on tour.

And it turns out she is not alone in her appreciation of the men’s game. The epic rivalry between Federer and Nadal creates just as much interest amongst the female pro’s as it does amongst fans.

Just for the record here are some of their predictions for the winner of the men’s tournament this year

Elena Dementieva – Roger Federer
Svetlana Kuznetsova – Rafael Nadal
Samantha Stosur – Rafael Nadal
Serena Williams – Rafael Nadal

Samantha Stosur Knocks Out Dementieva

Having been thrown a lifeline in her last round as a result of Jelena Dokic withdrawing through injury, number four seed Elena Dementieva ran out of luck against another Aussie when she lost her third round match to Samantha Stosur 6-3 4-6 6-1.

Stosur capitalised on a strong serving performance and handled the blustery conditions better than her more fancied opponent.

Dementieva’s form has dropped off slightly after her very strong start to the year, and she will now have a little time to rest before beginning her grass court campaign in just a couple of weeks time.

Roddick Reaches 4th Round For The First Time

Much like his compatriots the Williams sisters, Roland Garros has been far from a happy hunting ground for Andy Roddick, with the slower clay courts in Paris not suited to his heavy reliance on a big serve and forehand.

Adding weight to his surge back up the rankings this year, Roddick moved into the fourth round with a dominant straight sets win over Marc Gicquel of France.

And while it would be a real surprise for Roddick to seriously challenege for the title here, his performances will definitely do nothing but boost his confidence when he moves to his more favoured surafces later in the season.

It would seem all the hard work from earlier this year is definitely paying dividends for Roddick.

Written by: Crooksy

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