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Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina
Russian wins the biggest title of her career, taking down a welter of top players to win the German Open. Particularly, with Justine Henin struggling and Maria Sharapova battling injuries, here's a real Roland Garros contender.
 
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
Serb scores another big-time title, winning Rome. If we had told you a week ago that his opponent in the final would have been from Switzerland, would Stanilas Wawrinka have been your first guess?
 
Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
Before retiring in the semis with a back injury, American turned in a terrific clay result, including a three-set win over Tommy Robredo.
 
Anastasia Myskina
Former French Open champ gives birth to a baby boy, Zhenya, on April 28.
 
Venus Williams
Venus Williams
Look for her tonight on HBO?s Real Sports, dishing with Bryant Gumbel.
Bryant: "You love [Hank Kuehne]?"
Venus: "Why do you have to be asking that? I hatetalking about my private life like this."
Bryant: "I'm simply asking, do you love him?"
Venus: "I think he's a great guy. I love him. Thanks, Bryant. That's against every rule that Serena and I have made up."
Bryant: "That's okay. It's always guys who don't say the L word."
Venus: "I know. But it's very uncomfortable."
Bryant: "Does he love you?"
Venus: "He?d better."
 
Doubles winners
Doubles winners
Black and Huber in Berlin. The BryanBrothers (left), who look to be back in business, win in Rome.
 
Jelena Dokic
Jelena Dokic
Remember me? Former top five player wins the Florence ITF event?her first title of any sort since 2002 -- and salvages a match point against Mirjana Lucic in the process.
 
ITA
The Sonoma State men's and Tuskegee women's tennis teams
Honored as April's recipients of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Sportsmanship Award.
 
ESPN
ESPN
Lands rights to cover U.S. Open starting in 2009.
 
Deuce
Battistone
The Battistone Brothers
We appreciate the innovation.But can this possibly be legal?
 
 
Gael Monfils
Fernando Gonzalez and Gael Monfils (left)
As much as we hate to traffic in overstatement, this is the mostbizarre?and vaguely disturbing?photo we?ve seen lately.
Consider this a caption contest. Winners get swag.
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Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Forgettable year continues with a loss in Rome to Radek Stepanek. We?re still holding ourshares of Federer LLC, but this has been a rough quarter.
 
Justine Henin
Justine Henin
See Federer. A shadow of the player who dominated the second half of 2008, Henin plays passively and loses in Berlin.
 
Serena Williams
Serena Williams
Falls to Dinara Safina (no great shame there) snapping a 17-match win streak. But then compounds matters with another vintage self-assessment. "I didn't play well today, in no way whatsoever ... I could tell you 50 things I could go out there and do better. But it's better to lose when you've played badly than to lose when you've played well."
 
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Due in part to nasty blisters, Spaniard suffers a rare loss on clay in Rome.
 
Nicola Vaidisova
Nicola Vaidisova
Boy, have the wheels come off of this race car.
 
Injury Mania
Injury Mania
Fans in Rome saw a total of 10 games Saturday as both matches ended in withdrawals. As for the WTA, this should be mandatory reading.

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