Saturday, June 25, 2011

#210: Serena, Serena

---SSL Broadcast #47---

While it's not a Pittsburgh sports story, I am forced to shake my head at a complaint that U.S. tennis star Serena Williams made this past week. She was assigned a second round match at Court Two at Wimbledon, which must be a low-capacity venue because she inferred that only Centre Court or Court One would suffice.

She argued that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovich (the top-two ranked men currently) wouldn't have to play on Court Two.

Attention, Serena. Blame the foot injury that cost you months of tournaments and about 20 spots in the women's rankings. True, you're a four-time Wimbledon champ and a serious contender yet again, but there are other young ladies who are ranked ahead of you right now and would enjoy an opportunity to play on a more "prestigious" court. In time, when you're in the quarter- and semi- finals, you'll be on one of the two "favored" courts. Despite all your accomplishments, you still need to work your way back up.

That's the breaks.

Actually, what's most startling here is that the Women's Tennis Association backs Serena on this. Must be a marketing thing.

Aside from tennis, this week's show consists of -

- The resilient Pirates above .500 as we approach July.

- The Penguins and Jaromir Jagr are still talking, although it appears Jagr might be pursuing the Pens more than they're pursuing him.

- Could either Tiki Barber or Plaxico Burress be playing in Pittsburgh (if there's a season?)

- Snippits from around the rest of Pittsburgh's sports.



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