Roddick, Williamses triumph
That Andy Roddick’s last match as a twentysomething would not be his last match at the 2012 U.S. Open was hardly in doubt Tuesday, especially whenever he was launching that intimidating, tough-to-handle serve of his.
To close the first set: ace at 141 mph. To close the second: ace at 134 mph. To close the third: ace at 127 mph.
Yes, even as Roddick’s 30th birthday approaches on Thursday, even as his body has succumbed to injury after injury, that serve is pretty much still the same as it ever was. Now that he more frequently faces opponents who grew up cheering for him – such as 21-year-old qualifier Rhyne Williams of Knoxville, Tenn., the foil for Tuesday’s 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory – Roddick knows more than ever he needs to rely on the best thing he’s got, and 20 aces helped this time.
In the women’s draw, Wimbledon champion and Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams needed just 55 minutes to advance to the second round, beating CoCo Vandeweghe, 6-1, 6-1.
Venus Williams, playing her first U.S. Open match since she pulled out before the second round in 2011 and revealed she had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, used her powerful serve to beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-3, 6-1. One serve at 124 mph jammed Mattek-Sands’ left index finger, shoving it into a racket string so hard she needed attention from a trainer.
Slowed by a right knee injury, eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki failed to make it out of the first round of her second straight Grand Slam tournament, falling, 6-2, 6-2, to 96th-ranked Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania. Wozniacki quit after the first set of her semifinal match last Friday in New Haven.
In a notable upset, 19-year-old Sloane Stephens, who is ranked 44th, eliminated 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, 6-3, 6-4.
Griffs add two players
Canisius men’s basketball added two players for the upcoming season, announcing that forward Tyrel Edwards and guard Dominique Raney will both have three years of eligibility. Edwards redshirted the 2011-12 season at Olney (Ill.) Central College. Raney played at Navarro College in Texas and helped the team to a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament.
The Griffs also announced that Sean Ezeamama and Tyler Funk have left the school to “pursue academic opportunities at another institution.”
Ex-Vol WR failed drug tests
Tennessee Tech wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers says failed drug tests caused his recent departure from Tennessee. He said Tuesday during a press conference at his new school it was “a couple of drug tests, yes sir.”
Rogers, an all-SEC pick last year, was suspended indefinitely by Tennessee on Thursday for an unspecified violation. His transfer to Tech was announced Monday.
From News wire reports