Serena Calls Henin ‘Bitch’ in Match

I chronicled Serena’s humility in her post-match press conference Wednesday following her loss to Justine Henin at the US Open. The comments I included didn’t even highlight possibly the most disparaging remarks by Serena — that Henin was lucky. Yes, the same Henin who knocked Serena out of the past three grand slams. Well, the astute Chris Mottram of Mr. Irrelevant fame picked up a clip from the match in which Serena clearly calls Henin a bitch. Check it:

There was a bit of dispute on the comments over at Mr. Irrelevant as to whether or Serena’s remark was directed at Henin since it was made in the heat of battle. Here’s how I break it down. If your head is down and you’re talking to yourself, it’s one thing. But if you’re looking directly at your opponent across the net when you make the comment, it’s a complete other thing. Besides, as Signal to Noise has brought up in past comments, the two have a horrible history dating back to past grand slams. That’s poor form by Serena, truly poor form.

Serena Williams Does Not Lose, Part II

Back in June, when Serena Williams lost in straight sets to Justine Henin in the quarters of the French Open, I quipped that Serena does not get beat. Of course, that was in reference to her post match comments suggesting that although Henin destroyed her handily, it was because of Serena’s own doing, not Henin’s. Well, you guessed it, Serena is at it again. After being eliminated from her third straight grand slam by Henin (I don’t sense a pattern developing at all, do you?), Serena was laconic in responding to reporter’s questions:

Reporter 1: Serena, you’ve said that when you’re playing your best, you can beat anybody in the world. Has this match done anything to change that feeling or do you still feel that way?

Serena: Do you think I played my best?

Reporter 1: No, no.

Serena: OK, well then.

Reporter 2: Serena, are you saying that you lost the match rather than that Justine won it?

Serena: I think that’s usually the case with me, that it’s for me to either win or lose. I really don’t feel like talking about it to be honest — I don’t want to get fined — that’s the only reason I came. I can’t afford to pay the fine since I keep losing.

Well, at least we did get some humor out of her comments. But come on Serena, we all know that competitors don’t like to lose, but please, show some humility. Acknowledge that your opponent, who has eliminated you from three straight grand slam titles, has played well. Would it kill you to do that? Even if you are the best player, sometimes you have to give credit to your opponent for making things uncomfortable on the playing field or even — get this — playing a good game! Who knew? Is it possible that Henin just happens to play well against Serena? I certainly think so. Oh Serena, does it pain you so that you can’t even drop in a compliment once in a while? I know Justine’s got that whole herpes thing going on, but come on, she doesn’t deserve your scorn, and neither do the rest of your opponents.

(Photo Courtesy Darron Cummings/AP)

UPDATE: Our Book of Scrap has the video.

Ana Ivanovic: Learning to Play Tennis While Getting Bombed

It’s not too often that I like to get all serious and touchy-feely on you, but understand that if I have a chance to mix in a post on Ana Ivanovic, I’m going to do it. After all, she is my favorite tennis player. Anywhoo, there’s a great article in the Long Beach Press-Telegram about Ivanovic and fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic who are in So. Cal this week for the East West Bank Classic. In the article, it describes how Ivanovic grew up practicing tennis amidst bombing.

After all, she was only 11 when NATO forces shelled Belgrade after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Winter workouts were held indoors as a couple of inventive youth coaches drained the water from a little-used Olympic-sized pool, rolled out green carpet, set up a couple of nets and established a pair of tennis courts.

In the summer, practices were held outdoors on clay courts, but often in the early mornings to avoid the worst of the bombing.

Man, you hear about basketball players learning to ball in the ghetto, and track stars learning to run while escaping the police, but I’ve never quite heard of learning to play tennis while evading bombing. That really brings a whole new sense of real life to me. When I used to practice tennis, all I cared about was the Cactus Cooler I was gonna buy from the vending machine when I got done. Man I’m glad I never had to worry about bombings. How’s that for a reality check.

(Image courtesy Ana’s Official Site)

A Big Mac Gone Terribly Wrong for Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick

I had a chicken fajita pita one time at Jack in the Box and it tasted pretty good. Going down. Problem was, it wasn’t nearly so pleasant a situation the following day. That most likely was the case for Andy Roddick, although there is no confirmation that he was snacking at Jack’s.

Roddick admitted Monday that a late-night fast food meal after a match last week in Indianapolis was what slowed him down in a semifinal loss on Saturday to Frank Dancevic. At the time Roddick complained of “a stomach bug or something.”

But Roddick says he started feeling better several hours after that loss, and proclaimed himself ready to play Tomas Zib on Tuesday in the second round at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, a tournament Roddick has won twice.

Word of advice, Mr. Roddick: when you’re a professional athlete in the middle of training, try to stay away from the nation’s finest food spots. You’re making some serious bucks, the least you could do is afford to pay a nutritionist or chef to come on the road with you, right? Either that, or maybe it’s time to learn some discipline at the trainer’s table.

– CB

Other Weird Athletes and Food Stories:
Jack Wilson is Proudly Repping Donuts

Are You Excited About Serena Williams Posing Nude?

Serena Williams decided to bare all in a 2007 edition of Jane Magazine. Standing with her self-proclaimed “bootylicious” backside turned towards the camera, Serena is posing with nothing but a flower covering her behind, and some silver pumps on her feet.

I’ve heard this met with conflicting opinion. Some people feel Serena is the sexiest being on Earth (see this for proof). They say she’s pretty, athletic, curvy, and toned. Others feel she is way too bulky, muscular to the point of having a man’s body.

You know, I could see the argument from both sides. I think Serena definitely has a cultural flavor to her — especially if you like her “massive” booty.

Go here for all Serena Williams stories on LBS

Fun With Goran Ivanisevic

There are some athletes that no matter what they do, and no matter how far in the rear view mirror of sports they become, I will never forget them. Goran Ivanisevic is definitely one of them. He was a prominent figure on the ATP tour during a time when I followed tennis intensely. He had many tools as a player, and could dominate a match with his serve. Check up several records, and you’ll see that the man has always been able to ace opponents at a healthy rate. Anywhoo, OMDQ was holding it down at Awful Announcing and dug up a few old school Goran videos. They really cracked me up. In the first, an umpire has trouble with his name. It’s quite humorous. In the second, a fan yells something you’ll want to hear.

Turn up the volume for this one.

Ahh. No matter what you do, you will never be forgotten, Mr. Ivanisevic. We’ll ensure that never happens.

Great Tiger Woods and Roger Federer Nike Commercial

Wow, Nike certainly outdid themselves with this one. They sponsor the best tennis player in the world, and the best golfer in the world. They sponsor two of the most dominant athletes in the world. They sponsor Roger Federer and Tiger Woods. Their sponsorship of these two men allowed them to put together this outstanding commercial. I had the pleasure of viewing it just prior to the start of the Wimbledon men’s singles finals between Federer and Rafael Nadal. It is fantastic. Pay close attention to the man doing the voice over, and enjoy:

The commercial is fantastic for several reasons. For one, it’s always cool when you get to see a picture timeline of a future star growing up. Secondly, I knew the voice was familiar, but didn’t realize who it was until the end; how often do you expect Tiger Woods to do a voice over? Third, the commercial pairs two of the most dominant athletes on the planet. Fourth, the commercial also shows the mutual respect and hearty competition that exists between Federer and Woods. And lastly, Tiger gets in that great dig at the end, a playful jab which provides more incentive for Federer to win. What an outstanding commercial, great job by Nike.