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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tennis

Roger Federer confronts line judge after receiving code violation for cursing

Roger Federer line judge

Roger Federer got in a line judge’s face after receiving a code violation for cursing during his match on Tuesday in Australia.

Federer took the first set of his quarterfinals match against Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open 6-3 but lost the second set 6-2 and was falling behind in the third set. After going up 0-40 on Sandgren’s serve, Federer blew a triple break point. He hit a ball into the net to make it 30-40 and dropped a curse word afterwards.

Shortly thereafter, chair umpire Marijana Veljovic announced a code violation for cursing. Veljovic was alerted to the violation by the line judge behind the baseline.

Federer asked Veljovic what he said, and she responded that she couldn’t repeat the word, but that she kind of heard it, and the line judge definitely heard it.

Federer then walked from the baseline to confront the line judge and appeared to be incredulous that she told the chair umpire what he said. Rather than get ready to play the point, Federer then approached Veljovic. He seemed annoyed that he was called for a violation despite Veljovic not being sure about what he said.

After receiving his explanation, Federer lost another point to make it deuce, and then he blew the game to fall behind 0-3. He then took a timeout.

That was a poor display by Federer. He was obviously upset about his poor playing and took it out on the line judge, who just called him out for something many people heard. He lost his focus and was worried about the wrong thing.

Serena Williams upset by Wang Qiang at Aussie Open months after dominant win

Serena Williams

Serena Williams lost in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday in Melbourne for her earliest exit at the grand slam since 2006, but that wasn’t even the most surprising part about the defeat. What’s most surprising is the opponent to whom Serena lost.

Williams was defeated by Wang Qiang 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5. The shocking part of the defeat is that Williams defeated Qiang only four months earlier at the US Open in absolutely dominating fashion.

Williams steamrolled Qiang 6-1, 6-0 in 44 minutes at the US Open quarterfinals. Qiang only won 15 points in the entire match.

After the match, Qiang focused on how she was unable to match Serena’s power.

To go from such an embarrassing loss to a win four months later shows great character and growth by Qiang.

Williams, 38, remains stuck on 23 grand slam singles titles. Her last grand slam win came at the Aussie Open in 2017 when she was pregnant. Serena has reached four finals since then but lost in all four.

Rafael Nadal wants Daniil Medvedev to slow down in US Open final

Rafael Nadal shoes

Rafael Nadal is a notoriously slow player on the tennis courts, and the issue of pace came up again during the US Open final on Sunday between him and Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev was serving to start the fifth set of the championship match and was leading 40-15. His first serve was a let and he wanted to attempt his next serve. Nadal asked him to slow down, complaining that he couldn’t hear anything.

What did Nadal need to hear? Bianca Andreescu also complained that the crowd noise in the women’s final prevented her from being able to hear herself think, so maybe Nadal had a similar issue.

Medvedev won the point to go up 1-0 in the deciding set.

Nadal took the first two sets before Medvedev rallied to win the next two and send things to a deciding set.

Roger Federer has always played at a good pace and complained about slow players before, leaving both Nadal and Novak Djokovic to respond. It’s no surprise the issue resurfaced for Nadal on a big stage Sunday.

‘She the North’ – Bianca Andreescu receives love from Canada on huge win

Bianca Andreescu champion

Bianca Andreescu is continuing the huge sports year for Canada.

In June, the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title, becoming Canada’s first team to win the league’s championship. Then on Saturday, Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a grand slam singles championship. She did so by defeating Serena Williams at the US Open — something she apologized to American fans about.

Canadian sports fans and teams could not have been more proud. They created a “#ShetheNorth” hashtag on social media, a nice take on the “We The North” rallying cry the Raptors use.

Andreescu received shoutouts from all sorts of Canadian teams:

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Canadian Bianca Andreescu apologizes to American fans for beating Serena Williams

Bianca Andreescu champion

Canadians are renowned for their politeness to the point that their habit of apologizing has been turned into a comedic bit. That made Bianca Andreescu’s post-match comments at the US Open after beating Serena Williams so on brand.

Andreescu, who was born in Canada, moved to Romania, and returned to Canada, actually apologized to the US Open crowd in New York for beating the country favorite in the finals 6-3, 7-5 to win her first career major.

The manners and politeness she showed are remarkable. Some players act like heels to the crowd when opposed, but not Andreescu. The 19-year-old had to battle both Williams and the crowd in order to win. She even was shown covering her ears and later said that was because the fans were so loud in favor of Serena she couldn’t hear herself think.

The warm feelings seemed to go both ways; Serena was congratulatory of Andreescu and said if anyone but her or Venus could win the tournament, she wanted it to be Bianca.

This image of Bianca Andreescu celebrating US Open win is perfect

Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu pulled off the unthinkable and beat Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 at the US Open on Saturday to win her first career major.

This image of her celebrating her straight sets victory could not have been better.

Andreescu captured her first career major in the most deserving way possible. She beat Serena — the best player in women’s history — in New York when the entire crowd wanted Williams to win. She almost blew a 5-1 lead, allowing Williams to tie things at 5-5 in the second set, but did not get shaken and rallied to win the next two games. The 19-year-old has become Canada’s first singles grand slam champion. She earned every bit of it.

Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou: She is in a much better place

Patrick Mouratoglou

Serena Williams returned to the US Open final for the second straight year, only she was looking to enjoy a much different fate from last year.

Williams had a high-profile, controversial meltdown at the US Open after being penalized for a coach violation. Her poor behavior in response, including berating the umpire and accusing him of gender bias, caused the issue to make national headlines.

Entering the finals this year against Bianca Andreescu, Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou said the 23-time major champion is “in a much better place.”

“I feel she’s in a much better place than a year ago. She’s fitter, she moves better, so the consequence is she feels much better on the tennis court and she feels much more confident on the tennis court.”

The results have reflected Mouratoglou’s belief. Williams had only dropped one set entering the final and dominated her previous two opponents.