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Serena WilliamsWhen she's on, she still makes a convincing case for being the best in the business. Williams wins her fifth Sony Ericsson Open (Key Biscayne, Fla.) title, beating the world's first-, third- and fourth-ranked players in the process.
Nikolay DavydenkoWiry Russian takes the men's title at Key Biscayne, beating Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal in final two matches. Apart from his tennis, his ability to compartmentalize distraction must be appreciated.
Andy RoddickTop American announces his engagement and then beats Roger Federer. From where I sit, that constitutes a good week. And don't look now, but Roddick has beaten the world's No. 1, 2, and 3 players recently.
Jelena JankovicSerb reached the final in Key Biscayne, notching strong wins in the process. But a nod, too, for her sunny disposition and candor.
Doubles winnersThe Bryan twins (pictured) get their groove back right before Davis Cup. Ai Sugiyama and Katarina Srbotnik take the women's title.
Key Biscayne and Indian WellsThough the unacceptable television situation tempers some of the enthusiasm (see below), both U.S. events draw records crowds and give the sponsors their money's worth.
ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award winnersThe Christopher Newport men's team and Texas A&M women's team.
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Mikhail YouzhnyWho among us hasn't felt like doing this at one time or another? This is just a tremendous piece of video and gives pause to the notion that tennis is a tidy sport.
Rafael NadalSpaniard played well in reaching the final. But he's too good a player to lose in straight sets to a steady counterpuncher such as Davydenko.
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Television coverageA huge issue that needs urgent attention -- whether it's the USTA using some of its self-described muscle to lure a credible broadcast partner or events simply putting a streaming feed on the Web or the Tennis Channel stepping up. Whatever, something needs to change. If Roddick fells Federer at the "fifth major" and no one sees it, did it really happen?
Justine HeninFor all the attention placed on Federer's struggles, what do we make of the No. 1 player falling to Serena, 6-2, 6-0?