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2014 US Open and welcome to my new blog site – Tola Adenle

September 8, 2014

Sports

There are tons of dust still very much around and I won’t be back till next week when the rough edges should have been straightened out.

All the old essays can still be viewed through the old links or go to the Home Page.  All the contents from emotanafricana.com blog should arrive here soon.

What better way to welcome you to this site that is still under construction than with one of my very favorite subjects, sports, and as we await who will be crowned the Men’s Singles champion tonight, we congratulate:

Serena for joining the rarefied elite duo of Martina and Chris who have 18 singles Grand Slams in their trophy cases and for winning three straight Singles titles at the US Open.

And then, the Bryan Twins whose vise grip on the men’s Doubles is unchallenged, and has now reached an unprcedented 100!  Their win at Flushing Meadows is also another for the history books: a 5th title.

2014 U.S. Open: The Old Guard says, not so fast, kids! – Tola

While 32-year old Serena has proved that experience does count, the sensational Peng Shuai she met at the semis at 28 is no spring chicken by tennis standard where ever-younger players keep arriving on the scene seemingly by plane-loads. And by the expectations that the rising stars, led by Genie Bouchard had sown in all of our minds by Wimbledon, no 28-year old, let alone, a 32-year old was expected to be two of the Final Four.

Well, here we are, celebrating Serena. May be this young lady still has a slam or two left in her arsenal. We wish her the best.

li na and serena

Serena & Li Na as winner and runner-up at Miami

It’s all great news for women’s tennis – but for the men, it seems the day of the Quartet or Trio is finally over. They may still dominate but rotating winners can no longer be taken for granted with the Nishikoris on the scene.
The women’s game seems to show that experience matters, and it led me to post this back in March after just the first of the grand slams and despite the fact that Serena did not make a good showing down in Australia:

https://emotanafricana.com/2014/03/30/serena-li-na-at-the-top-of-their-games-not-getting-older-but-getting-better-tola-adenle/

Maria, too, is inching towards the grand dames of women’s tennis, and it’s great she has put an additional Grand Slam under her belt at 2014 Rolland Garos. In the essay, I had conjectured that “Maria still has additional slam or two – I’d like to eat those words” because she “has one of the most awesome serves in the game – a veritable weapon in the women’s game”.

The Youth Brigade, perhaps led by Genie Bouchard who has to settle down and forget everything since Wimbledon, will not allow our Grand Dames to last much longer no matter the experience arsenal. The Youth’s time is here. Women’s tennis is alive!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014.  8: 10 p.m.

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