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Daily Bagel: Serena Williams' coach still hungry for success


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

• Video: Lukas Rosol, who already received a racket abuse warning, fell behind 0-5 in the third set tiebreaker to Tommy Haas in the Vienna Open semifinals. He hit a forehand wide and broke his racquet in frustration, thus incurring a point penalty to lose the match. That's a meltdown.

The New York Times does a Q&A with Serena's coach Patrick Mouratoglou, and he won't accept anything less than the best. Good thing he's working with Serena.

I try not to be satisfied because when you are satisfied I feel you stop progressing. I’m ambitious. I was always ambitious, no matter what I did because my parents educated me like that. When I started this profession I said my goal was to be good enough at what I do so that the best players in the world would want to work with me to be able to win major tournaments. That does not mean I don’t like working with young players and with everyone in fact. I always took a lot of pleasure in it and when I’m at the academy I work with everyone and I love it, but as I’m ambitious, I want what’s the best [...] In soccer it’s better to work with Real Madrid or Barça or Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain than with a club in the third division in Uzbekistan.

• Get excited about the WTA Championships.

• Venus Williams has gifted her Florida home to her mother, TMZ reports. Way to upstage Serena, Venus.

• According to this French article, Marion Bartoli will be on Ice Show, a French ice skating show in the vein of Dancing with the Stars.

• Ana Ivanovic is reportedly dating a Serbian basketball player.

• The ballkids at the Stockholm Open use nets to retrieve balls. Not sure this level of innovation is necessary.

• Non-tennis: Who doesn't love the hug-in-a-mug that is the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte?

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