Danielle Elliot

  • Wimbledon Saturday: American Madison Keys reaches fourth round

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 1 hr ago

    American Madison Keys celebrated the Fourth of July with a third-round win, moving on to Wimbledon's second week for the first time in her career by defeating Tatjana Maria in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Keys' strong service game propelled her to victory, as she recorded nine aces and did not double fault in the match.

    Fellow American John Isner had many wondering if he'd be playing another record-setting match as his third-round battle with Marin Cilic extended into a second day. But there would be no 11-hour marathon this time: No. 5 Cilic broke No. 17 Isner at 11-10 in the fifth to secure the win. Isner held off two match points in the game before committing a double fault to hand Cilic the 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10 victory.

    No. 22 Viktor Troicki ended the brilliant run of qualifier Dustin Brown, 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. Brown had stunned Rafael Nadal in the second round. His third-round loss follows the precedent set by the last three men to upset Nadal in London.

    All the #100+ ranked men who have beaten Nadal over the last four years at #Wimbledon (Rosol, Darcis, Kyrgios, Brown) exited in next round.

  • Serena survives at Wimbledon, will meet Venus next

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 1 day ago

    Venus and Serena Williams walked onto their courts at precisely the same time on Friday, Serena to face British No. 1 Heather Watson; Venus to face Aleksandra Krunic. The sisters will walk out at the same time Monday again in the fourth round. This time, to face each other.

    Serena defeated Watson 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, while Venus advanced 6-3, 6-2.

    "[Watson] was just playing so good there was nothing I could do," Serena said after the match. 

    Asked if she will speak to Venus over the weekend, Serena said, "I mean not about the match, but she’s in better form than I am, so I think she has a little bit of an advantage going into that match, but at least one of us will be in the quarterfinal so that’s good."

    For Serena, the victory kept alive her hope of a Grand Slam of two sorts: she's won both Slam events this year, and with a Wimbledon victory will have won four straight dating back to last year's U.S. Open.

    Watson played the match of her life, leading 3-0 in the third and nearly pulling off the stunning upset before Serena turned up her game.

    She’d meet Venus in the fourth round. The story went according to plan. Serena is still on track.


  • Wimbledon Friday: Novak Djokovic cruises into fourth round

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 1 day ago

    Novak Djokovic had a quick day of work at Wimbledon, advancing in straight sets over Bernard Tomic, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. He joins No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over Fernando Verdasco.

    Djokovic and Wawrinka looked dominant in their respective wins. Djokovic recorded 15 aces and won 18 points on 23 approaches at the net. Wawrinka served 14 aces and won an impressive 87 percent of first serve points.

    Young Australian Nick Kyrgios continued his streak of knocking out top seeds at Wimbledon. Last year he stunned Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. This year he sent home No. 7 Milos Raonic in the third round, pulling off the 5-7, 7-5, 7-6, 6-3 upset.

    Kyrgios served 34 aces and won 84 percent of his first serve points. "I knew my game plan had to be solid on serve," Kyrgios said after the match. "I thought I was doing really, really well today. …I created a lot of chances."

    "I don't fear anyone," he said. "I definitely feel I'm playing better tennis than last year."

    His lack of fear extends to his wardrobe choice for the day, as noted by the New York Times' Ben Rothenberg:

  • Missouri high school will start girl at QB

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 2 days ago

    The starting quarterback on the Liberty North (Kansas City, MO.) freshman football team will be catching a lot of attention this fall. For the first time in school history, a girl will be calling the shots.

    Brooke Liebsch has been playing Pop Warner football for six years. " I used to play soccer and I didn’t like it," she told Kansas City’s WDAF . "Then, one day, I caught a football and I’m like, I want to play football. Let’s go."

    Making her the starter is such an obvious choice, coach Brian Rockers told WDAF, that it’s hardly gaining attention in town. He went as far as saying that it’s actually easier to coach her than some of the boys.

    “Girls listen a lot better than guys do for some reason,” he said. “That’s just the way it is. She allows us to coach and she lets us coach her and she listens.”

    She’s also willing to play any position on the field. If there’s a spot she prefers to avoid, it’s those traditionally given to females on high school teams, like placeholder and offensive line.

    Her teammates agree.


  • Rafael Nadal bounced from Wimbledon by qualifier

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 2 days ago

    For the fourth year in a row, Rafael Nadal is on the losing end of a shocking early-round upset at Wimbledon. The two-time champion fell to German qualifier Dustin Brown in four sets on Thursday, with Brown ending the match on a powerful ace to take the 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.

    It was Brown’s first time playing on Centre Court. After the match he said, “It’s not easy, but it’s easy for me to play my game against someone like him because I have nothing to lose.”

    It showed throughout the match. Brown played aggressively from the baseline and at the net. He served 13 aces and hit 58 winners. More than anything, he looked confident.

    The first signs of trouble for Nadal came with Brown storming through the very first game, taking four points before Nadal took one. The rest of the set was competitive, with Brown eeking out the 7-5 win. It was nothing that Nadal wasn’t likely to overcome, but still surprising.

    Nadal powered through the second set, seeming to find his stride and settle in. But Brown refused to give in to the veteran. He continued executing, earning a break at two-all in the third set. That was all he’d need to take the set, never letting Nadal break him.


  • Roger Federer shows why he's the best

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 2 days ago

    Roger Federer was having fun on Thursday. The seven-time Wimbledon champion already led by a set and a break in the second set of his second-round match against Sam Querrey when he suddenly had the perfect opportunity to show just how much fun he was having.

    Watch that again. Standing on the toes of his left foot, his right foot at a nearly 45-degree angle in the air, Federer expertly lobs the ball between his legs to the far baseline. Querrey’s return sank into the net.

    More looks here:

    here are some replays of that federer tweener lob pic.twitter.com/7QJ1uYz2tm

    "It was the perfect shot, it just felt like I had the time," Federer said later. "But if you don’t win the point then you look a little bit silly."

    Never you, Federer. You’ll never look silly attempting brilliant trick shots. Just ask Twitter:

    There are specific Federer points during which he appears to be better at tennis than anyone has ever been at anything.

    God, but when Federer does retire I'm going to miss moments like that.


  • Wimbledon Thursday: Keys survives, Federer amazes

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 2 days ago

    Madison Keys took the court for the third day in a row, winning for a second straight day as she defeated Elizaveta Kulichikova in straight sets. Keys' first-round match was played over the course of two days after being delayed by darkness. After closing out the first-round match on Wednesday, she faced Kulichikova in the second round on Thursday. The 20-year-old American didn't seem deterred by the constant schedule, looking solid in her 6-4, 7-6 win.

    Keys hit 12 aces and only double faulted three times. The most impressive stat had to be her 33 winners. This marks the third year in a row that Keys has advanced to the third round in London, doing so every time she has played in the tournament's main draw.

    She has never advanced to the fourth round of a major. She next faces Tatjana Maria. At 27, Maria is playing in the third round of a major for the first time in her career after defeating Ying-Ying Duan in three sets.

    No. 8 Ekaterina Makarova was the highest seed to be ousted on Thursday morning, falling 6-2, 7-5 to Magdalena Rybarikova.


  • CoCo Vandeweghe calls Carmelo Anthony 'soft'

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 2 days ago

    After 23-year-old CoCo Vandeweghe pulled off an upset over No. 11 Karolina Pliskova in the second round on Wednesday, it was time to head to the media room. Reporters always ask the basic questions. Then, they tend to see what they can stir up.

    At some point in talking to media about the win, the topic turned to the New York Knicks.

    It wasn't a complete surprise – Vandeweghe's grandfather, Ernie Vandeweghe, was a Knick. Her uncle, Kiki Vandeweghe, is a former Knick, coach and G.M. and is now the NBA's V.P. of basketball operations. He's the one that drafted Carmelo Anthony to the Denver Nuggets in 2003.

    Anthony is now on the Knicks, a.k.a. CoCo's favorite team.

    So, CoCo has more than one connection to Melo, in a way. And when asked about the team, she made it clear that she's not impressed with the current star.

    CoCo doesn't just want more for the Knicks. She also wants more for herself. She's currently ranked No. 47 in the world.



  • Wimbledon grounds evacuated, but Serena's press conference continues

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 2 days ago

    The Wimbledon Tennis Club grounds were evacuated just after 9 p.m. Wednesday evening after a fire alarm sounded. Play had concluded for the day.

    At first security staff evacuated Center Courte, announcing via the public address system that anyone remaining inside the building must leave. 

    Everyone, that is, except Serena Williams and the media covering her press conference. The announcement interrupted her press conference, but any media working inside the media center were permitted to stay inside. The media center is adjacent to Centre Court. 

    I hope TV shows the footage of Serena sitting through two fire alarm announcements during her press, because lol. #wimbledon

    As Serena answered questions about her win, officials decided to evacuate the entire grounds, including eventually the media room. That included more than 3,000 people. All ball boys, ball girls, and staff were evacuated.

    Police officer currently re-evacuating press room confirms three-engine electrical fire in Centre Court maintenance room. #wimbledon



  • Serena, Venus Williams advance to third round of Wimbledon

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 3 days ago

    Serena Williams continued the quest for her twenty-first Grand Slam – and third of the year – with an impressive 6-4, 6-1 win over over Timea Babos in the second round on Wednesday. The complete match lasted 59 minutes, allowing Williams to get off the court and out of the record heatwave currently hitting London.  

    The world No. 1 recorded 12 aces, winning 82 percent of her first serve points and hitting 23 winners. She looks as though she’s fully recovered from the virus that she battled during her French Open title run, though reports to the contrary have been swirling around all week. Whatever the case, she looked solid on Wednesday.

    “I'm definitely playing well which I never say. I had two tough matches. She's got such a huge serve, I had no option not to play well,” Williams said after the match. “They were definitely not easy wins. I hope I'm not playing my best, I hope there's room to improve.”

    Seeded 16th, Venus won 71 percent of her first serve points and hit an impressive 29 winners, enough for the 35-year-old veteran to send the 20-year-old Russian home.