SI.com Staff
Monday September 2nd, 2013

The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Video: In case you missed this earlier, here is an ESPN feature on Serena Williams narrated by singer Kelly Rowland.

• Patrick Mouratoglou, who began working with Williams after her stunning first-round loss at the 2012 French Open, tells Inside Tennis that Richard Williams is the greatest coach of all time.

IT: Was it the greatest sports prediction ever when Richard Williams said that both of his daughters would become No. 1 players?

PM: I wouldn’t say that it’s the greatest prediction, I would say that he’s the greatest coach of all time. From what I know, no one else in the history of sports raised two different children to become No. 1.

The Wall Street Journal reports that 17-year-old Taylor Townsend withdrew from the U.S. Open junior tournament and no longer is interested in playing junior events.

• Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News profiles Louisa Chirico, a 17-year-old from Harrison, N.Y., who is torn between going to college and turning pro.

• Peter Bodo previews Week 2 at the U.S. Open.

• Steve Tignor highlights an overlooked part of Williams' game.

For her part, Sloane [Stephens] is one of the few players who can match Serena’s pace and make her play defense on a regular basis. Stephens rifled forehand winners that thrilled the crowd, which was mostly behind her. When she had time to set up for that shot, she went for it and was lethal with it. In the first set, when she was able to match Serena’s intensity and shot-making, you got an idea of just good Sloane could be.

In the end, though, Sloane’s offensive firepower only highlighted how underrated Serena’s defense is. Few players make Serena scramble the way Sloane did today, but scramble she did. She forced Stephens to hit one more ball to finish rallies, and she returned serves that would have been aces against almost anyone else. The effort needed to win points eventually caught up with Sloane, who lost her early intensity in the second set and finished with 29 errors. For all of the bullets she hit, she only finished with 15 winners, a testament to Serena’s court coverage.

• Stephens' coach, David Nainkin, is pleased with her growth over the last year.

"She's a different player," her coach, David Nainkin, said. "You can see it. I was actually thinking early in the match of when she lost to Ana Ivanovic last year, reflecting on how she's improved as a tennis player and a person. She's really come a long way."

• Brian Phillips' U.S. Open trip for Grantland has not gone as planned.

• What did you think of Roger Federer's night kit?

• Simona Halep, who has four titles this year, is quietly making a run at the U.S. Open.

• Bob and Mike Bryan made a dramatic strategic change during their comeback victory against Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil on Sunday.

• An Iranian referee got a long-awaited call to work the U.S. Open. • Non-tennis: Winners and losers from the summer television season.

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