How would one describe Serena Williams during the women's final at this year's U.S. Open? Let me count the ways: spoiled, moody, brash, obnoxious, talented, strong, powerful, embarrassing, disappointing. Her boorish behavior and bullying on the court are getting quite old and counter her desire to be a role model for young women. Makes you wonder if this great tennis champion will ever grow up.
Marty Bernstein, Midvale, Utah
What Novak Djokovic accomplished at the U.S. Open (The Outrage Open, Sept. 19) and on the ATP Tour this year is stunning. Few accomplishments require the athleticism, endurance and composure that it takes to win a Grand Slam—and he won three this season. Case in point: After being down two sets and then fighting off two match points against Roger Federer in the Open's semifinals, Djokovic had to face Rafael Nadal, the tournament's defending champion. Djokovic, in true championship fashion, won convincingly.
Trip Strauss, Little Rock
There are no good explanations for UCLA's lack of success (INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Sept. 19), except maybe a lack of will when it comes to winning. That attitude starts at the top. Given the school's tradition and resources, if athletic director Dan Guerrero wanted to have a top 10 football team, he could. The fact that he doesn't after nine years means he should fire himself, not the coach.
Mike Gay, La Jolla, Calif.
Ace of Diamonds
Using new math to discount the Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy for the Cy Young Award (INSIDE MLB, Sept. 19) is absurd. The award should be based on a pitcher's contribution to his team, with consideration given to the team's accomplishments. If Kennedy is the only 20-plus-game winner with a team in the playoffs in the NL, he should win the award.
Brode Meyer, Tucson