Serena Williams, winner of the 1999 US Open

From The Bud Collins History of tennis:

The words of Richard Williams that kid sister is the more talented of the two began to ring true.

Seventh-seed Serena, 17, became the first Williams to win a major singles title, and the first black since Althea Gibson at Forest Hills in 1958 to take a major female championship. Her run to the title was not a cake walk.
In the third round, she was on the brink of defeat against 16-year-old Belgian Kim Clijsters, a future Open champion, with Clijsters leading 5-3 in the final set before Serena won 16 of last 17 points to close, 4-6 6-2 7-5.
In the round of 16, Serena rallied from a set down to top Conchita Martinez, 4-6 6-2 6-2. Facing Monica Seles in the quarters, Serena dropped the first set again before recording a 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory. Next on her agenda was defending champion Davenport. Serena took that one 6-4 1-6 6-4.

Serena had played 16 sets, but she was ready for the final against top-seeded Hingis, winner of a bruising battle over big sister Venus 6-1 4-6 6-3 the day before that shut off a prospective all-Williams final.
Hingis took too much out of herself in that strenuous showdown, and Serena was just hitting her stride. Williams led 3-6 3-5 15-40, double match point against an overwhelmed Hingis, but Martina refused to walk away. She took three games in a row and was two points from parity at one set all. Hingis led 6-5 30-0 but Serena rekindled her energy and enthusiasm and came away with a 6-3 7-6(4) victory in her first major final.

As Serena finished off Hingis, big sister Venus watched from the stands, wearing a bittersweet expression. She had been expected to win a big championship before Serena, but the following afternoon the two sisters joined forces to capture the doubles title over Chanda Rubin and Sandrine Testud 4-6 6-1 6-4.

Mardi 19 février, lancement de MCS Tennis, la 1ère chaîne française 100% tennis.

MCS Tennis proposera chaque année plus de 40 tournois en direct et en exclusivité:
– circuit WTA (22 tournois incluant les Masters)
– circuit ATP (Brisbane, Houston, Gstaad…)
– Hopman Cup
– circuits ATP Seniors et Tennis Classic

MCS Tennis proposera également chaque semaine de nombreux magazines entièrement consacrés à l’univers du tennis: entraînement, tennis, préparation… Grâce à des accords avec les tournois du Grand Chelem, la matinée sera consacrée aux grands matchs de l’histoire du tennis.

La saison débutera sur MCS Tennis avec les tournois WTA de Dubaï et ATP de Buenos Aires à suivre en direct du 19 au 23. Rendez-vous ensuite à Indian Wells du 6 au 17 mars et Miami du 20 au 31.

La chaîne s’appuiera sur l’expertise de Sandrine Testud, ancienne 9è mondiale. Sophie Amiach, Sarah Pitkowski et Patrick Proisy complèteront l’équipe.

MCS Tennis sera disponible su le canal 171 de Numericable.

I was at Roland Garros today, not for the womens final because I didn’t manage to get tickets (by the way, congrats to Na Li for her historic victory) but for the Trophée des Légendes.

But first, on Court 7 today, an exhibition between Jim Courier, Andre Agassi, Mansour Bahrami and young players of the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament.

Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi

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