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A Slam of Farewells

A Slam of Farewells

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by Federico Coppini

The 2012 US Open is a Slam of goodbyes. From Kim Clijsters, who is beloved by both fans and the press, to Andy Roddick, who rarely had a good thing to say about journalists, this is a sad Slam for most tennis lovers. Kim had warned everyone well before the tournament that it would be her last.

Many thought that it might be a grand farewell, and that the Belgian superstar would be able to once again lift the trophy here. Alas, however, it was not to be. Ousted in the second round by rising youngster Laura Robson, Clijsters equalled her worst ever result at the Slam.

She had tried to prolong her career as long as possible, enter for all the doubles events as well, but couldn't hang around for long. Even one of the Bryan brothers couldn't help her recapture her former glory.
But we will remember her fondly, for she has given tennis fans a lot of joy over the years.

Go well Kim, you deserve to be happy in your new life. Andy, on the other hand, is quite a different story. Nobody had any idea that this would be his last tournament, and when he announced his intentions it set the tennis world alight.

Even though he is about as old as Roger Federer, who is now world number one, Roddick doesn't think he has the health or motivation to continue.
But that doesn't mean he can't go out with a bang. He's been playing good tennis, and has the potential to go deep into his last tournament.

Juan Martin del Potro looms large, however, and might be too much for the American to overcome. Yet, there is a possibility...it would be wonderful if Roddick could play against Djokovic. The two men have a long history, including that memorable occassion a few years ago when Djokovic called Roddick out on center court for questioning his injuries.

We can hope... Best matches of the first week

 Now, let us review the best matches of the first week. THE BEST Men: (4) Andy Murray (GBR) d. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 76 76 46 76
Murray has been lackluster so far at the US Open, and looked to be sleepwalking against Lopez.

The Spaniard made him pay for his mistakes, and the Olympic gold medalist needed to pull out all the stops to eventually prevail. The match had plenty of drama, and Murray was mighty relieved not to have been pushed to five sets.

If Murray can build on this victory, he can go far indeed at the tournament Women: (6) Angelique Kerber (GER) b. Venus Williams (USA) 62 57 75
Venus Williams is 32 now, but unlike her sister and Roger Federer has not discovered the fountain of youth.

With each and ever loss, it seems as if her time has gone and gone.
She put up a fantstic fight against Kerber though, and it was one of the matches of the tournament so far. But the American just doesn't seem to have the same firepower - or staying power - that she used to.

THE QUOTE Andy Roddick during his press conference: "Do you feel lucky for having taken advantage of a hole in men's tennis between the Sampras and Federer eras, when you won your first Slam?" Roddick's answer: "Well Pete won his last one in 2002, and Roger his first one in 2003...so what hole are you talking about?" We'll miss you Andy...

Honorable Mentions:
3) The dress worn by Maria Sharapova. Remarkable.
2) Federer's magic.
1) The ex-soldier ball boy who lost his leg in combat. THE WORST Here are 5 worst moments of this year's US Open.

5) Alec Baldwin. The U.S. Open attracts many celebs, but Alec Baldwin seemed to be bored the whole time. He was constantly yawning in the stands. 4) The possible boycott of the Australian Open in 2013. Rumors continue to swirl that many players will boycott the tournament to protest how much many second tier players get paid.

3) The absence of Nadal. 2) Wayne Rooney's tweet: "Congratulations to Laura Robinson for playing really well." Not quite spot on, Wayne. 1) Stosur's dance after her first round win. .

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