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Monday Mashup

Stuart Barefoot

Comparatively speaking, it was a slow weekend after a fortnight in Wimbledon. All the same, there a few tid bits that comprise your Monday mashup.
John Isner recorded his fourth career ATP title when he won the Hall of Fame Championships on Sunday. He took down Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(1), 6-4 in the final round to mark the second year in a row the that Greensboro's favorite son won the tournament. After losing in the first round of Wimbledon, Isner needed the confidence boost. "I gained a whole lot of confidence from this week, just like I did last year" said the 11th ranked giant. After the Olympics he will be aiming to defend his second title at the WSO in August.
Serena Williams is ready for the Olympics. She didn't need a confidence boost or anything like that (remember, she won Wimbledon.) She did, however, need a bit of a tune up before the summer Olympics, and she got just that when she defended her title at Stanford, winning the Bank of the West Classic. She beat Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday to amass her 43rd WTA title. She is now in a two way tie with her big sister, Venus, for the most among active players.
Jennifer Capriati almost joined the ranks of Macaulay Culkin, Lindsay Lohan, and any number of child prodigies whose careers peaked before they turned 16. Unlike the afore mentioned Culkin and Lohan, Capriati turned her life and career around, and has now completed  it so to speak. She was inducted into the Tennis International Hall of Fame on Saturday at a ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island. After drugs and other legal problems derailed her career for a time, she made a comeback in 1996. She went on to win a gold medal, a grand slam tournament, and now, an induction into the hall of fame. That's more impressive than even than Home Alone and The Parent Trap. 

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