Danielle Elliot

  • Serena and Djokovic show off their dance moves

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 18 days ago

    Just as J.K. Rowling promised, Serena WIlliams looks stunning in a ballgown. She glammed up for the Wimbledon Champions' Dinner on Sunday night.

    During the event, the six-time Wimbledon champion shared a dance with fellow champion Novak Djokovic, who hours earlier had claimed his third Wimbledon trophy by defeating Roger Federer in four sets.

    While the dinner is given, the champions have not shared a dance since 1986, according to Djokovic. He decided it was time to bring back the tradition. 

    "Of course, she cannot refuse," Djokovic told "CBS This Morning" on Monday. "We thought we want to give a little rebirth to this tradition and hopefully any other next champion will do the same."

     

  • Djokovic defeats Federer in four sets to claim Wimbledon title

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 19 days ago

    Roger Federer came into the men's final hungry for his first title since 2012. Novak Djokovic came in looking to avenge a stunning loss in last month’s French Open final.

    They were about as evenly matched as any players could be, Federer holding a slight 20-19 advantage in their head-to-head and each playing phenomenal tennis throughout the fortnight in London. 

    Each won 37 points in the first set. Each won 51 points in the second set – a dead heat, exactly as expected, as they split tiebreaks in each. 

    The next two sets seemed clinical for Djokovic, who did not let Federer break him again as he claimed the 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over the Swiss legend. Federer may be the best ever, but Djokovic left no doubt that he is the best right now.

    The first set was an all-out battle, Federer earning a break at 3-2 only to see Djokovic break right back, then hold to 4-4. At 6-5, Federer could've closed out the set, but failed to convert two break-point opportunities. Djokovic took over in the tiebreak, winning 7-1. The final point came on a Federer double fault. His service game, which had carried him over Andy Murray in the semifinals, was just not as strong on Sunday.

  • Party continues for USWNT as players join Taylor Swift on stage

    Danielle Elliot at FC Yahoo 20 days ago

    The U.S. women's national team's victory tour continued Friday night at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Just hours after wrapping up their ticker-tape parade in New York City, a dozen of the players joined Taylor Swift on stage for her hit song, "Style." 

    Got to welcome the U.S. Women's Soccer Team home after their World Cup Victory- I LOVE THEM AND THEY ARE THE NICEST. pic.twitter.com/ZCbmufICAv

    #GirlPower is when @taylorswift13 invites + celebrates powerful women. // #USWNT #1989TourEastRutherford pic.twitter.com/f7WaGOVBul

    Alex Morgan, Heather O'Reilly, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Kelley O'Hara, and Tobin Heath were among the group. They'd even managed to make it across the river from the city in time to practice before the show. 

  • J.K. Rowling shuts down latest Serena hater

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 20 days ago

    J.K. Rowling was really excited about Serena Williams' Wimbledon victory. Like millions of others, she tweeted about the win shortly after Williams claimed her 21st Grand Slam title.

    #SerenaSlam! I love her. What an athlete, what a role model, what a woman!

    When a Twitter troll responded with a demeaning tweet, Rowling wasn't having it. 

    .@diegtristan8 "she is built like a man". Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot. pic.twitter.com/BCvT10MYkI

    Williams has dealt with these types of trolls throughout her career, usually brushing off the hatred without even acknowledging them.

    Rowling is the latest in a long line of defenders – and surely won't be the last – but for now, at least she shot down one of the trolls. The tweet has been favorited more than 55,000 times and retweeted more than 44,000.

     

     

     

  • Federer-Djokovic Wimbledon final will be an absolute showdown

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 20 days ago

    On Saturday afternoon Serena Williams became the oldest woman to ever win a Grand Slam title, capturing the crown in straight sets. Sunday, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will attempt to become the oldest man to do so. Both are 33 years old.

    Williams defeated a 21-year-old who was making her major finals' debut. Federer will face a much more formidable foe: No. 1 Novak Djokovic, winner of this year's Australian Open and runner-up last month in Paris.

    It's the dream ending for what has been a mediocre men's tournament, a rematch of last year's final in which Djokovic out-lasted Federer in five sets. It's the king of tennis versus the man who could potentially dethrone Federer before his career is through.

    Federer has not won a title since winning Wimbledon in 2012, but he came awfully close here last year. And he's been playing his absolute best the past two weeks, only dropping one set thus far.

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  • Serena Williams wins Wimbledon, captures Serena Slam

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 20 days ago

    She's done it. Serena Williams is the 2015 Wimbledon champion. She's completed her second Serena Slam, her sixth Wimbledon title, and her 21st Grand Slam championship. She's become the oldest woman to win a title in the Open era. 

    Williams defeated Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. At next month's U.S. Open, she'll attempt to make more history, going for the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988. She'll be looking to tie Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam titles in the Open era.

    Muguruza was playing in her first Grand Slam final. She more than proved that she belongs here, building a 4-2 lead in the first set before Williams truly took over.

    Williams jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and would serve for the win. One of the strongest servers the game has ever known, the win seemed inevitable.

    But 21-year-old Muguruza wasn't quite done yet. She earned the break, held, then earned another break to bring the match to 5-4. Williams seemed to have finish-line jitters, something rarely seen in this champion but understandable with the amount of history on the line. 

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  • USWNT celebrates with ticker-tape parade in NYC

    Danielle Elliot at FC Yahoo 21 days ago

    NEW YORK – At exactly 11 a.m., Abby Wambach glanced at her watch. The captain of the U.S. women's national team seemed antsy. She'd been standing on top of a float for awhile, waiting for the NYPD to give the signal to start the parade.

    She could hear the crowds chanting "U-S-A," but those fans were still about 10 blocks away. As she glanced down at her wrist, Wambach looked ready to go. Her watch confirmed what she was likely thinking: It was time. It was time to celebrate the 2015 World Cup Champions in New York. 

    Even greater than that, it was time – after more than 100 years of parades celebrating male athletes and heroes – to celebrate a female sports team in New York City's historic Canyon of Heroes. 

    About 10 minutes later, with bagpipers leading the way, the parade was finally underway. Governor Andrew Cuomo and his daughter joined Wambach, Christie Rampone, Christen Press, Julie Johnston and Whitney Engen on the leading float.

    Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, and coach Jill Ellis came later, Rapinoe holding the gold World Cup trophy proudly over her head. 

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  • David Beckham catches stray ball at Wimbledon

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 21 days ago

    David Beckham stole the show at Wimbledon on Thursday. The British soccer star was sitting in the Royal Box for the men's doubles semifinal match featuring fellow Brit Jamie Murray and John Peers. Yes, Murray – as in the older brother of singles star Andy Murray.

    David Beckham! pic.twitter.com/lhAY7EcsOq

    When a ball bounced off the line judge's chair and straight into the stands, Beckham reached out and caught it with one hand. He started laughing and waved to the crowd as everyone realized it was him. Even the players stopped and applauded against their rackets.

    Beckham was taking in the match beside his mother, Sandra. Pippa Middleton and brother James Middleton were sitting nearby. The soccer star has been spotted with his sons earlier in the week.

    Murray and Peers won in four sets to advance to the final.

    The Murray brothers were the first to advance to the single and doubles semifinals since 1962. Jamie Murray was part of the Wimbledon mixed doubles winning pair in 2007. He'll play for the title on Saturday, while younger bro Andy takes on Roger Federer in the men's singles semifinals on Friday.

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  • Little People of America petitions for high school to change 'Midgets' mascot

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 22 days ago

    The organization Little People of America is asking an Illinois high school to change the name of the school’s mascot. The Freeburg High School sports teams have been known as the “Freeburg Midgets” since the 1930s.

    “[It’s] kind of a derogatory, objectifying, dehumanizing term,” Gary Arnold, president of LPA, told USA Today High School Sports . “If you have a family that happens to have a person with dwarfism down the road, you know, that’s going to create a very difficult environment for them to go to high school.”

    School apparel is known as “midgetwear,” according to an online petition created by LPA . The organization says there are other schools across the country that use the mascot and it’s asking all of them to change. It singled out Freeburg because the town is near St. Louis, where LPA is currently holding a national conference.

    The LPA does find it offensive, as it states in its petition:

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  • Serena Williams cruises into Wimbledon final, still won't talk about 'Serena Slam'

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet 22 days ago

    Serena Williams will play for the Serena Slam on Saturday. The five-time Wimbledon champion cruised past No. 4 Maria Sharapova in an uneventful semifinal match, 6-2, 6-4.

    The crowd at the All England Club seemed subdued throughout the match, almost as though the fans felt sorry for Sharapova as they watched the 2004 champion struggle. They finally started to show some life as Sharapova clawed her way back into the second set.

    With Williams serving at 4-3, Sharapova built a 0-30 lead. Would she finally break? Would Williams let her into the match? No. Not this time. Williams was in too much of a rhythm. She quickly closed out the game and built a seemingly insurmountable 5-3 lead.

    Her strong serve overpowered Sharapova throughout the match, while Williams took full advantage of Sharapova’s weak second serve. With Sharapova serving to stay alive at 3-5, Williams forced match point but failed to convert. Sharapova held to stay in the match, but that would be it for her.

    Williams made a final statement at 5-4, serving three powerful aces before closing the match with another strong, unreturned serve.

    Serena held all four majors at one time after winning the Australian Open in 2003.