by Kaylyn Thornal, Founder & Contributing Writer
In a huge weekend for sports, here’s today’s Fanzooloo Sports Daily Top 3, September 9, 2012.
1. Killer instinct. No. 4 seed Serena Williams wins the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York for the fourth time, battling back from the brink of defeat to beat No.1 Seed Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. After winning the first set with relative ease, Williams seemed to lose concentration in the second set as Azerenka’s steady play had Williams see a lot of unforced errors. 23-year-old Azerenka had Williams right where she wanted her 5-3 in the third, and then as she was serving to win the match up 5-4. But Williams relentless determination, which we’ve seen over and over this year, kicked in once again and she battled back, winning the next three games and the final set of the match 7-5. “Serena deserves to win. She showed how true a champion she is,” Azarenka said. “I definitely gave it all today. Stepping off this court I will have no regrets.” It is Williams 15th grand slam title.
2. Superman Cool. Yesterday over in the NFL, a record 5 rookies started as quarterback but only one prevailed as winner. Robert Griffin, III of Baylor University stepped into the New Orleans Superdome as if there was no time between his senior Heisman Trophy winning year at Baylor and his opening day against the Saints, beating Drew Brees and Company 40-32.
Here’s the stats from yesterday’s other rookie quarterbacks who perhaps make a stronger case against starting a newbie:
Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts)23/45, 309 yrd, 1 TD, 1 Int (L Bears 41-21)
Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) 18/34, 153 yrd, 1 TD, 1 Int (L Cardinals 20-16)
Brandon Weeden (Cleveland Browns) 12/34, 118 yrd, 0 TD, 4 Int (L Eagles 17-16)
Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins) 20/36, 213 yrd, 0 Td, 3 Int (L Houston 30-10)
3. Slipping Away. The Los Angeles Dodgers lose 2 of 3 to northern rival San Francisco Giants who now lead the NL West by 5 1/2 games with 21 games remaining. The St. Louis Cardinals hold the second of two wild-card positions by 1 1/2 games. But all is not lost yet, and I won’t give up on the mighty Blue like many already have. The Dodgers still might control their wildcard fate, hosting St. Louis for four games this weekend, and hosting San Francisco for 3 in their last series this season.