Monday February 26th, 2007

WhoWhy They're Up
Venus Williams
V-Train "pulls a Serena," returning from a long absence to storm to the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships & The Cellular South Cup title in Memphis, waxing Shahar Peer in the final. (Yes, the same Shahar Peer who served for the match against Serena in Australia.)
Roger Federer
Eclipses Jimmy Connors with his 161st straight week at No. 1.
Tommy Haas
Caps a terrific week of tennis by beating Andy Roddick in the Memphis final. German fails to so much as face a break point the entire week in his run to title defense.
Justine Henin
The queen of Dubai retains her throne, beating Amelie Mauresmo in the Duty Free Open. JH (JH-H no more) is now 16-0 at the event for her career.
Mikhail Youzhny
Russian continues his knack of winning big matches, taking out both Novak Djokovic (staving off three match points) and then Ivan Ljubicic to win ABN Amro event in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Juan (Principality) Monaco
Argentine wins first ATP tournament in hometown, taking Copa Telmex event in Buenos Aires.
All-England Club
Falls in line with other Grand Slams and announces that Wimbledon will offer equal prize money for men and women. (Public pressure could not be reached for comment.)
Anders Jarryd
Swede wins his first ever BlackRock Tour of Champions title with a stunning 6-4, 6-2 victory over Henri Leconte in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Doubles winners
Cara Black and Liezel Huber in Dubai. Aussies Nicole Pratt and Bryanne Stewart in Memphis. Eric Buturac and Jamie (Andy's older bro) Murray in Memphis, this a week after they won in San Jose, Calif. Garcia and Prieto in Buenos Aires. Martin Dam and Leander Paes in Rotterdam.
ABN Amro tournament
The Dutch event received the ATP award for the world's most media-friendly professional tennis tournament.
Tzipora Obziler
Israeli vet cracks the top 100 after 17 years of competitive tennis.
Anna Kournikova
Signs a deal with K Swiss.
Mirjana Lucic
Receives wild card to Indian Wells. It's still early in the comeback, but this is a story worth following.
UC Santa Cruz
Banana Slugs (yes, that's their nickname) win ITA Division III Men's National Team Indoor Championships in St. Peter, Minn.
WhoAll tied up?
Andy Roddick
Scores a revenge win against Andy Murray in Memphis semis. Then comes out flat against Haas in the final.
Martin Verkerk
Endearing Dutchman loses first match in Rotterdam but nice to see the big fella back in action.
WhoWhy They're Down
David Nalbandian
Loses early in the convoluted round robin at Copa Telemex.
Gaston Gaudio
Booed off court in Buenos Aires loss. Could this be right? The 2004 French Open champ hasn't won a match since the '06 U.S. Open.
Gael Monfils
Erratic Frenchman loses first match in Rotterdam to lucky loser Dennis van Scheppingen. Dude, pick a coach already.

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