Best of Three: Serena Williams poised for deep U.S. Open run?
• There was another U.S. event held last week, the inaugural Citi Open in College Park, Md. Nadia Petrova won the title by defeating Shahar Peer, her first tournament victory in three years. Sania Mirza and Yaroslava Shvedova took the doubles.
• Having lost his last six sets -- on fast surfaces, against players outside the top five -- Andy Roddick served up more bad news when he pulled out of this week's Washington, D.C.-based Legg Mason event with an abdominal injury.
• Spare a thought for Robert Kendrick, an American veteran suspended for a doping infraction last week. The violation? He supposedly consumed an anti-jetlag medication containing trace amounts of a banned substance. Strict liability standard -- if it's in your body, you're on the hook. Still, it's hard to reconcile carelessness with intentional performance enhancement. We can discuss this at greater length later. (Obviously there's a tension between a rigid, rigorous protocol and one that can appear merciless.) For now, wish Kendrick luck in his appeal. No way should he serve the same one-year sentence as the cheaters.
• Before the Cincinnati event gets underway, let's take a second to thank Paul and Bruce Flory, the latter being