100 memories: Donald Young comes to life

December, 13, 2011
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Editor's note: With the tennis season now over, it's time to look back. Novak Djokovic was no doubt the player of the year, but there were many memories to savor. Beginning Dec. 12, Ravi Ubha is unveiling his top 100 memories of the 2011 season. Check back each weekday until Dec. 23 as we count down to No. 1.


90. Quiet, please, Alize

Cellphones ring in the stands quite often. But a player's phone going off is rare.

Alize Cornet was suitably embarrassed when her phone -- inside her tennis bag -- rang as Caroline Wozniacki prepared to serve at match point in Bastad, Sweden, in July.

Wozniacki saw the funny side, breaking into a huge smile, before Cornet switched off the phone and threw her hands up in apology.

Wozniacki was broken but still won in straight sets.

89. Marathon wins for Tamira

Tamira Paszek battles hard. She proved it again in the summer.

At Wimbledon, she overcame fellow warrior Francesca Schiavone in 3 hours, 41 minutes.

In her next tournament in Washington, D.C., the back-in-form Austrian outlasted Canadian Stephanie Dubois in 3:42. She had enough left in the tank to go three hours the next day against Shahar Peer.

"I was always a fighter from the very beginning of my career," Paszek said. "That's an aspect that has benefited me a lot."

88. Find me a toilet -- quickly

Feeling sick in a match against Agnieszka Radwanska in Carlsbad, Calif., in August, quirky German Andrea Petkovic did the unusual: She sprinted off court midgame (at 0-4, 0-40 in the second set), found a toilet and let it all out.

"Is it more embarrassing running off the court like a maniac or throwing up on court and being on 'SportsCenter' for the next 25 years?" Petkovic said. "Yeah, running off the court is better, so that's what I did."

Radwanska won in three sets.

87. Pennetta guts it out

Chinese No. 2 Peng Shuai had her best season on tour, finishing inside the top 20.

But it could have been even better. She wasted two match points against Radwanska in the fourth round of the Australian Open and failed to take advantage of an ailing Flavia Pennetta in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Pennetta felt nauseated in a second-set tiebreaker yet managed to save four consecutive set points to win in straight sets on a scorching day in New York.

"My body just needed to breathe, and I started to have the sensation of throwing up," Pennetta said. "With nothing inside, nothing came out."

86. Tommy Haas returns

Tommy Haas loves tennis and competing. It's why the 33-year-old keeps coming back from his injuries.

Haas returned to the tour at the French Open after more than a year out following hip surgery and went 7-12, not surprisingly saving his best stuff for the U.S. Open.

"I know that one day this tour life that I've always wanted to do is gonna be over, so I'm just gonna try and enjoy it as much as I can and keep playing if my body allows me to," the former world No. 2 said in New York.

85. Safin runs for office

Charm goes a long way in politics, so recently retired Grand Slam champion Marat Safin has a long career ahead of him in government.

Safin put himself forward as a candidate in the Russian State Duma (parliament) this month -- and won.

"I am an intelligent guy, and I have a lot to bring and a lot of ideas about things and what to do," he said. "I am very committed to it."

The humor remains: "I could be the best-looking guy in the Duma, but that's only because all the other guys are over 60," he added.

84. Who knew there were two Carlsbads?

Bojana Jovanovski needs a new travel agent.

Attempting to make her way to Carlsbad, Calif., for that hard-court tournament, she ended up taking a flight to Carlsbad, N.M., instead.

When she arrived at the airport, her pickup from tournament staff wasn't there.

"They said they were at the airport and looking for me," Jovanovski said. "I said I was the only person here."

Jovanovski reached California the next day, but with only a half hour to prepare for her tussle against Roberta Vinci, she lost.

83. Crazy Dani's lifetime ban

How many players outside the top 100 would fans pay to watch? Not many. But if Daniel Koellerer ended up on a court, he'd have no shortage of interested onlookers. The Austrian became famous for clashing with opponents, chair umpires and feigning injury.

Alas, tennis probably has seen the last of Koellerer, because he was suspended for life in May for attempting to fix matches. He has, however, appealed the ruling.

82. End of the Indo-Pak Express

It was good and uplifting while it lasted. But the so-called Indo-Pak Express of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq-Qureshi is no longer.

Bopanna said at the World Tour Finals in London last month that he'd be teaming with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2012 in an effort to win a medal for India at the Olympics.

"I don't know why people are making such a big deal out of Mahesh and me deciding to play the full season next year," Bopanna told India's Mail Today. "I had told Aisam well in advance I was going to team up with an Indian, as I believe if one is preparing for the Olympics, it has to be the best preparation."

81. Developing Donald

The stats reveal how much progress Donald Young made in 2011. After ending 2010 with a ranking of 127th, he's now inside the top 40. His breakthrough transpired a lot later than people had expected -- but at least it came.

Young first made noise by upsetting Andy Murray in Indian Wells. He later reached his first final in Bangkok, the fourth round at the U.S. Open (losing to Murray both times) and semifinals in Washington.

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