BULGARIAN TEEN BOUNCES VENUS FROM AUSTRALIA
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Wimbledon champion Venus Williams was knocked out of the Australian Open in the first round Monday, losing 2-6, 6-0, 9-7 to Tszvetana Pironkova.
It was interesting to see both Williams' sisters bounced out of a Grand Slam tournament so early. It makes me wonder if they've lost their edge on the women's circuit. On the flip side, Martina Hingis seems to have made a respectable comeback, and I look forward to her becoming a force to reckon with... again.
MAURESMO FIRST GRAND SLAM TITLE BITTERSWEET
After seven frustrating years, Amelie Mauresmo has her first Grand Slam singles title.
|Three straight Slams for Federer with Aussie Open title|
The top-ranked Federer fulfilled overwhelming expectations by beating unlikely finalist Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 in Sunday's final to claim his seventh Grand Slam title and third in succession
It seems to me that Federer hit the scene quickly and has just been dominating it every since. I see him as the player to beat this year, again, and see him taking the French Open this year for his first. Being that he is so young, if no injuries occur, he is going to take more 'slams' that Sampres did, and much earlier if I might say.
French Open to offer equal payouts for men, women
|PARIS -- The French Open will offer equal prize money to the men's and women's champions for the first time.|
The decision leaves Wimbledon as the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments which still pays the men's winner more than the women's champion. The U.S. and Australian Opens have offered equal prize money for years
To be honest, I don't think any of the top women could bet a top 100 male player. But both men and women should be entitled to equal prize money. It's sad that women receive so much less prize money in sport. They are professional athletes who put in just as much time and effort.
And in some sports like tennis, the women are just as exciting to watch. Golf is another example where women should be paid closer to men.
Remember when Venus Williams dominated the women's circuit? Today, news about her is when she is able to win a tennis match in more than 3 months.
|Venus Williams won her first match since being out nearly four months with an injury, beating Polish teenager Urszula Radwanska 6-3, 6-3 Wednesday in the opening round of the J&S Cup.|