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sarongsong
2008-Sep-08, 07:50 PM
Great tennis yesterday:
September 7, 2008
Serena Williams hurled her racket skyward and bounded up and down (http://www.stuff.co.nz/images/755068.jpg) in joy after winning her third U.S. Open title...on Sunday...
San Diego Union Tribune (http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/20080907-2111-tennis-open-serena-quotes.html)"Launch" begins at about 04:25 into this (http://fantastic-search.blogspot.com/2008/09/serena-williams-site-youtubecom.html) 04:44 YouTube video [the second video, per NEOWatcher's note below]---a sight to behold! :)

NEOWatcher
2008-Sep-08, 08:01 PM
Great tennis yesterday:"Launch" begins at about 04:25 into this (http://fantastic-search.blogspot.com/2008/09/serena-williams-site-youtubecom.html) 04:44 YouTube video---a sight to behold! :)
BTW: that's the second video... The first one's only 4:03...

Anyway, my video stops at 4:27 and hangs for some reason. Just long enough to see the racket go up.

sarongsong
2008-Sep-08, 08:51 PM
...Anyway, my video stops at 4:27 and hangs...Hmmh---once the video began, I moved its Progress Bar to near the end, to avoid watching the first four minutes again.

Fazor
2008-Sep-09, 03:13 AM
Says the video is no longer available.

sarongsong
2008-Sep-09, 03:29 AM
Just checked my link---it's still there and it played again for me...

Whirlpool
2008-Sep-09, 04:42 AM
Her legs are muscular.....:think:

Fazor
2008-Sep-09, 04:45 AM
weird, it works now. Though my friend's vert is like twice that*... (mine, on the other hand, can barely clear a standard curb)

edit: exaggeration but still, I've seen plenty that can "hop" higher

sarongsong
2008-Sep-09, 05:26 AM
...I've seen plenty that can "hop" higher.Sure, but just after playing a grueling 2-hours of physical exertion? :)
Either way, it was quite impressive to watch live on the big-screen TV as 'the hop' happened---of course the US$1.5M first-prize money may have helped with her 'altitude'! http://www.bautforum.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

Men's champion, Rafael Nadal (http://www.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,,6133757,00.jpg)'s winning reaction:

"Houston, we have a problem..." :)

geonuc
2008-Sep-09, 04:27 PM
Men's champion, Rafael Nadal (http://www.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,,6133757,00.jpg)'s winning reaction:

"Houston, we have a problem..." :)
I think we're confusing our tournaments here. Nadal won the 2008 Wimbledon championships (shown in your link), Williams won the 2008 US Open.

Larry Jacks
2008-Sep-09, 05:36 PM
Williams won the 2008 US Open.

Serina Williams won the women's side, Roger Federer won the men's title in the US Open. IIRC, this was the first and only 'major' that either won this year. My wife is a big tennis fan so I hear more about it than I really care about, but Roger Federer has had a tough year due to suffering from mono. Serina finished second to Venus at Wimbleton and won an Olympic gold metal in women's doubles (with Venus). It's good to see former champions prove they can still win. Perhaps next year will be better for both.

Fazor
2008-Sep-09, 05:47 PM
On a side note--while I was not overly amazed at her jump height (not that it's not above average, even for an athlete), I decided to test my own "Hop height". I can't accurately measure, but my best guess is 4 inches. :)

LotusExcelle
2008-Sep-09, 05:50 PM
Those Williams sisters are unreal. I would like to see a Serena/Phelps offspring and a Venus/Tiger offspring. Rule the world, they would.

Nicolas
2008-Sep-09, 05:54 PM
Very interesting how a woman with a completely different body (small, thin) than the Williamses, Justine Henin, could be world top in women's tennis at the same time as the Williamses.

Drunk Vegan
2008-Sep-09, 06:04 PM
Ten to one says she juiced.

At least, I have to believe that or else begin having phobia of what girls might be hiding under their loose slacks..

Larry Jacks
2008-Sep-09, 06:14 PM
Very interesting how a woman with a completely different body (small, thin) than the Williamses, Justine Henin, could be world top in women's tennis at the same time as the Williamses.

The Williams sisters depend a great deal on power although they can play a pretty strategic game. IIRC, Justine Henin was a more strategic player.

It seems that about once every 10 years or so, an athlete comes along that lifts the nature of their sport. By their sheer dominance, they force the competition to compete at a higher level. I think the Williams sisters did it for women's tennis (so did Martina). Phelps is doing it for swimming. Tiger Woods is doing it for golf big time. Jim Brown is still the gold standard for running backs.

Swift
2008-Sep-09, 06:30 PM
By the way, for anyone who doesn't want to watch the video, here (http://s.wsj.net/media/dailyfix0908_art_400_20080908105112.jpg) is a photo.

sarongsong
2008-Sep-09, 07:47 PM
I think we're confusing our tournaments here...Yes, so here's Federer celebrating (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/photos/2008-09-08/200809081220926668296.html?glryid=top_images_galle ry)...:)

KaiYeves
2008-Sep-09, 11:25 PM
That title is the most awesome epithet ever.