Down Goes Federer … And Serena … And Venus

As we all try to get past the injustice suffered by Greco-Roman wrestler Ara Abrahamian, there are other, equally-compelling Olympic story lines worth following.

James Blake and Roger Federer

Apparently, world-class athletes like to have sex. Weird. Also, in terms of actual competition, there have been a slew of tennis upsets today. For starters, Harvard-trained James Blake beat Roger Federer.


For Blake, it’s a nice win for a guy who’d previously taken one set total against Federer in eight matches. It also means that the Americans still have one hope left for Olympic gold in tennis — all other U.S. men were previously eliminated. For Federer, this is another loss in a string of disappointing performances this season. If he doesn’t manage to win the U.S. Open next month, 2008 will end up being the first year since ’03 in which he didn’t win a Grand Slam title.

In less high-five-y American tennis news, both Williams Sisters are out of the running for a medal in the singles competition. Serena fell to Russia’s Elena Dementieva, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals, and China’s Li Na downed Venus, 7-5, 7-5.

As FANHOUSE writes:

Williams, who won the golds in both singles and doubles in 2000, was widely considered a favorite to win gold again this year, but Li put on an inspired performance in front of a home crowd that cheered enthusiastically when the American and defending Wimbledon champ went down to defeat.

Not all is lost, however; The Williams Sisters are still in the medal hunt - as doubles partners. Not as glamorous as winning an individual medal, but, hey, the Jensens sorta made the doubles/sibling thing work.