CHARLESTON, S.C. – Serena Williams had completed a dazzling display of tennis to dominate her opponent and advance to her fourth finals of the year at the Family Circle Cup on Saturday.
Her excitement, though, was over the weeklong play of sister Venus despite Big Sister’s inability to slow down Serena.
She’s had a great week, Serena said
So has Serena, who won her 14th straight match here with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Venus Williams – the most one-sided result in the sisters’ long, intense rivalry.
Still, Serena understands better than almost anyone else what her older sister has gone through in recent years because of injury and illness.
I think (the week) is positive looking for her and she can see the next, her next tournament be really more positive, Serena said.
Serena Williams goes for her second straight tournament title and third here overall today when she’ll take on Jelena Jankovic, a three-set winner over Stefanie Voegele.
Griner likes idea of NBA tryout
Brittney Griner is ready to take Mavericks owner Mark Cuban up on his offer to draft her. She said she’d be open to an NBA tryout after the WNBA season. The 6-foot-8 Baylor star is well aware of the challenges of competing against NBA players. She mentioned strength and size as two potential issues. Griner will be the first overall pick by the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA draft April 15. She also says she’s open to playing overseas and at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Armstrong seeks lawsuit’s dismissal
Lance Armstrong is asking a Texas court to dismiss a lawsuit by a Dallas promotions company seeking repayment of more than $12 million in bonuses paid for winning the Tour de France. SCA Promotions sued Armstrong in February, claiming he committed fraud by using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times. Armstrong said a settlement SCA reached with the cyclist in 2005 voids this lawsuit. The company says Armstrong, who now admits doping, lied when he testified under oath that he didn’t.
Mannings to give Summitt $500,000
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, plan to donate $500,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation, the largest announced gift to the foundation since it was founded in November 2011 to help fight Alzheimer’s disease, Patrick Wade, the director of the Foundation, confirmed after it was first reported by CBS Sports.
Around the tracks
In New York, Verrazano held off Vyjack and Normandy Invasion to win the $1 million Wood Memorial and stamp himself a favorite for next month’s Kentucky Derby.
In Arcadia, Calif., Goldencents won the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, the West’s leading Kentucky Derby prep race, over even-money favorite Flashback.
US doubles team loses at Davis Cup
In Boise, Idaho, the United States trails Serbia 2-1 in a Davis Cup quarterfinal after the top-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan lost to Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13. Reverse singles matches today will determine the outcome.
Winless Quincy sweeps IPFW
Quincy, 0-11 in the MIVA coming in, shocked IPFW in three sets at Quincy, Ill. Scores were 25-21, 25-23, 25-21. Anthony Randolph led IPFW (12-11, 4-8 MIVA) with 10 kills and Eddie Rivera had nine. Jordan Armstrong had 25 assists.