Danielle Elliot

  • Andy Murray wins his semifinal match, but fiancee Kim Sears steals the show

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 6 hrs ago

    Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych faced off in the first semifinal match of the 2015 Australian Open. It was a battle, with Murray eventually prevailing in four sets, 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

    Murray was fired up throughout the match, often swearing on the court, as he's known to do. 

    But it was his fiancee who might have stolen the show. Shortly after Murray broke Berdych in the third set, Kim Sears, a 27-year-old British artist, daughter of a former coach and Murray's soon-to-be betrothed, sent choice words towards Berdych. It was captured in a Vine

    Did Kim Sears swear earlier? Watch the video and YOU decide: http://t.co/j7TFpiH0G1 pic.twitter.com/eKL9c0Gtxn

    Fans on Twitter had mixed reactions.

    Nothing cool about Kim Sears - pure slur. Shocked by how many people find it funny. But it's OK, he's Czech & no-one will speak up for him.

    So Kim Sears swore...OMG a woman swearing what is the world coming too! You should hear me on match day!!! #TwitterMeltdown

  • Serena Williams defeats fellow American to reach Australian Open final

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 12 hrs ago

    Serena Williams has never lost in the Ausralian Open once reaching the semifinals. On Thursday she kept the streak alive, defeating fellow American Madison Keys in the semifinal to reach her sixth Australian Open final.

    Keys was on a tremendous run of her own, advancing beyond the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her young career. Just 19 years old, she defeated No. 4 Petra Kvitova and No. 18 Venus Williams en route to the semis. 

    She continued fighting as she faced off against Williams on Thursday, both of them wearing neon green and pink Nike outfits. The first set went to a tiebreak, with Williams prevailing 7-5 to claim the advantage. In the second set, Keys held off nine match points before finally faltering.

    The final score, 7-6, 6-2, hardly indicates how hard Keys made Williams work to make it to her sixth Australian Open final and first since 2010. The younger American hit more winners than Williams (27-19) and had 12 aces, but she did herself in with 39 unforced errors. 

    She'll face No. 2 Maria Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open champion. Her chances look good, as Williams leads head-to-head 16-2, and hasn't lost to Sharapova since 2004.

  • Inside college football recruiting: When your teammates are star recruits

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 1 day ago

    Two of the top college football recruits in the Class of 2015 play for the same high school, St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City, N.J. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush and cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick drew a tremendous amount of attention the past two years, with a combined total of more than 60 offers from schools such as Alabama, Miami, Florida State, Michigan, and Ohio State. 

    With so much attention poured on the two stars, several of their teammates – noteworthy players in their own rights – drew less attention than they may have if they hadn't been playing alongside Wimbush and Fitzpatrick. The two teammates ended up on fairly routine recruiting schedules, but doing so while watching Wimbush and Fitzpatrick's respective recruitment frenzies affected them in different ways.

    “It was hard for me. I was the one trying to do everything I could to get a scholarship," he says. "I was always happy for Minkah, but it was tough for me. I thought ‘I’m done, it’s not going to happen for you.’”

    He took the SAT for the final time on the day after Prep won the state championship game. This time, he aced it. 

  • American teen Madison Keys defeats Venus Williams in Australian Open

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 1 day ago

    Madison Keys continued her dream run through the Australian Open on Tuesday, this time defeating one of her childhood idols en route to the semifinals. It took three sets, but unranked Keys beat No. 18 Venus Williams, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

    Trailing 4-1 in the second set, Keys needed a medical timeout to receive treatment on her left thigh. It seemed to do the trick, as she then came back and broke Venus' serve twice to even the score at 4-all. But Venus had some fight left in her, as she answered with her own break and served out the set. 

    In the third, Venus jumped out to a 3-1 lead, seemingly in control of the match. But Keys again rallied back. She earned three straight breaks to close out the win. Overall, Keys had 34 winners and 45 unforced errors; Venus had 10 winners and 38 unforced errors. 

    "It's amazing, you just have to embrace the moment," Keys said after the match. "And I get to enjoy another moment next round."

    To advance to her first Grand Slam final, Keys will have to beat No. 1 Serena Williams, who advanced to the next round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Dominika Cibulkova.

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  • Rafael Nadal knocked out of Australian Open by Tomas Berdych

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 2 days ago

    Rafael Nadal held off three match points in the quarterfinal, but he couldn't hold on to the match. Tomas Berdych closed out a straight-set upset, 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) over the 14-time Grand Slam champion. 

    Berdych held a 6-5 lead in the third set with Nadal serving. He nearly converted the break for the win, at one point leading 30-0, but Nadal finally showed some fight. The No. 3 seed rallied back to hold off two match points and force a tiebreak. 

    Berdych then jumped to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak before Nadal rallied back to 5-4. At 6-4, Nadal again held off match point. But finally, on his fourth opportunity, Berdych put the match away. 

    He credited his strong start as the difference in the match, adding that he fed off the momentum of the entire first week. 

    "I think it's all the way through the tournament, you're not going to get it after one night, you have to build it up," he said after the match. 

    Berdych just fed Nadal only third bagel of his Slam career. Previously served by Federer at Wimbledon 2006, Roddick at 2004 US Open.#AusOpen

  • Venus, Serena, Madison Keys advance to Australian Open quarterfinals

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 3 days ago

    Don't count Venus Williams out just yet. At 34, the seven-time Grand Slam champion has advanced to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2010. 

    Seeded 18th this year, Venus knocked off No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 on Monday.

    Asked what has inspired her during this run, Williams said, "Definitely my sister Serena, she's just the ultimate champion. And definitely a lot of inspiration from all my fans who have stayed behind me through thick and thin."

    Venus will play 19-year-old American Madison Keys, who defeated fellow American Madison Brengle, 6-4, 6-2, in the round of 16. Keys was just 13 the last time Venus won a Grand Slam. 

    "I'm just really excited. It's a huge opportunity for me," Keys said. "I think Venus has helped the sport, especially the women's side with equal prize money. She was a huge part of that. Just watching her is inspirational."

    The mens final eight features seven of the top eight seeds – the only one missing is Roger Federer.

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  • Young American Madison Keys upsets No. 4 Petra Kvitova

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 5 days ago

    Young American Madison Keys knocked off No. 4 Petra Kvitova in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5, to punch her ticket to the fourth round. With the win, Keys becomes the fourth American moving on to that stage – the most to do so at the Australian Open since 2003. 

    Keys, 19, showed off her strength in the match, catching Kvitova on her heels on one shot after the next. She got the all-important break in the 11th game, setting her up to serve out the win. 

    "I think my hands are still shaking. I'm really happy that I served that game out so well," she said in her on-court interview. "Right now I can't even process anything. I'm just so excited." The interviewer asked her to say more, but she couldn't find the words. 

    This trumps her personal best in a Grand Slam event – she had twice advanced to the third round in Melbourne and once at Wimbledon. This is her third full year on the tour; she made her U.S. Open debut in 2011 and played in Australia in 2012 before missing the rest of the 2012 slams.

    Keys will face another young American, who happens to share the same first name, in the next round. 

  • Young American Madison Keys upsets No. 4 Petra Kivitova

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 5 days ago

    Young American Madison Keys just knocked off No. 4 Petra Kivitova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, to punch her ticket to the fourth round. With the win, Keys becomes the fourth American moving on to that stage – the most to do so at the Australian Open since 2003. 

    Keys, 19, showed off her strength in the match, catching Kivitova on her heels on one shot after the next. She got the all-important break in the 11th game, setting her up to serve out the win. 

    "I think my hands are still shaking. I'm really happy that I served that game out so well," she said in her on-court interview. "Right now I can't even process anything. I'm just so excited." The interviewer asked her to say more, but she couldn't find the words. 

    This trumps her personal best in a Grand Slam event – she had twice advanced to the third round in Melbourne and once at Wimbledon. This is her third full year on the tour; she made her U.S. Open debut in 2011 and played in Australia in 2012 before missing the rest of the 2012 slams.

    Keys will face another young American, who happens to share the same first name, in the next round. 

  • Serena, Venus Williams each advance to 4th round in Melbourne

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 5 days ago

    The Williams sisters are moving on to the fourth round of the Australian Open, winning their singles matches just minutes apart on Friday (or Saturday, in Australia). 

    For Venus Williams, the three-set,  4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1, win over  Camila Giorgi ensured her first trip to the fourth round of a Grand Slam event since 2011 Wimbledon. The 34-year-old danced to the music playing in the stadium after the match, clearly basking in the moment. 

    Giorgi came within two points of winning in the second set before Venus stormed back. 

    "Well, this old cat has a few tricks left," she said in her on-court interview. Moving on "feels fantastic especially when things happen in your life and it's not in your control, so it definitely feels awesome to be here, and I don't want to leave it at that. I'll try to keep going."

    She'll face No. 6  Agnieszka Radwanska in her next match.

    "I looked at her score and she was up 4-1 and I was like, come on, Serena, you can do it too," she'd say later.

    Serena faces  24th seed Garbine Muguruza in the next round.

  • Roger Federer falls in third round at Australian Open

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 6 days ago

    Roger Federer says he had a bad feeling going into his third-round match in Melbourne. On Friday morning, Andreas Seppi proved that Federer was right to be worried. 

    Ranked No. 46 in the world, Seppi pulled off the upset of the tournament, handing Federer his earliest Australian Open exit in 14 years. Seppi won 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5).

    “I was aware that this could be a tough match, so I wasn't mistaken this time around," Federer said afterwards. “I guess it was just an overall feeling I had today out on the court that I couldn't really get the whole game flowing. Was it backhand? Was it forehand? Was it serve? It was a bit of everything.”

    The No. 2 seed, Federer had nine double faults and 55 unforced errors. He led the first tiebreak 4-1 before Seppi battled to take six of the next seven points. The 33-year-old Swiss also led the final tiebreak 3-1, then 5-4. He had two serves to close it out, but lost both. That set up match point for the 30-year-old Italian. 

    Seppi, 30, had lost to Federer in 10 previous meetings; he had lost his last 23 matches against top 10 players. 

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