Monday April 7th, 2008

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Serena Williams
When 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 Davydenko
Wiry 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 Roddick
Top 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 Jankovic
Serb reached the final in Key Biscayne, notching strong wins in the process. But a nod, too, for her sunny disposition and candor.
Doubles winners
The 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 Wells
Though 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 winners
The Christopher Newport men's team and Texas A&M women's team.
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Mikhail Youzhny
Who 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 Nadal
Spaniard 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 coverage
A 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 Henin
For all the attention placed on Federer's struggles, what do we make of the No. 1 player falling to Serena, 6-2, 6-0?

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