Comeback Crusher

June 29, 2022

By: Carlos Alvarez

Good Morning,

And just like that, Serena Williams is out at Wimbledon. I\’m taking the late-June lull to check in on the MLB and WNBA standings, and we gear up for fireworks in tomorrow\’s edition.

Editor\’s Note: The Sportsletter will not be delivered Friday (July 1) — Tuesday (July 5). We’ll return to our normal send schedule beginning Wednesday (July 6).

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Comeback Crusher


Harmony Tan Stuns Serena Williams to End Wimbledon Return in 1st Round


After a year away from tennis, Serena Williams’ return to Wimbledon ended abruptly on Tuesday. She dropped the first set against Harmony Tan before forcing a lengthy 3rd-set that went Tan’s way (7-5, 1-6, 7-6). It was the first singles match in a year for the 40-year-old Williams. She looked dejected and stunned as she walked off the court in what could’ve been her last Wimbledon appearance.


In the Men’s Draw: Top seeds #2 Rafael Nadal and #4 Stefanos Tsitsipas won four-set victories to cruise through Round 1, but #6 Felix Auger-Aliassime suffered the biggest upset of Tuesday’s action.


Wimbledon Highlights (Round 1)

W: #1 I. Swiatek def. J. Fett (6-0, 6-3)

W: #11 C. Gauff def. E. Ruse (2-6, 6-3, 7-5)

W: H. Tan def. S. Williams (7-5, 1-6, 6-7)

M: #2 R. Nadal def. F. Cerundolo (6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4)

M: #4 S. Tsitsipas def. A. Ritschard (7-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4)

M: M. Cressy def. #6 F. Auger-Aliassime (6-5, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6)


Today’s Schedule (Top Matches)

M: #3 C. Ruud vs. U. Humbert (6:00 am ET)

M: #1 N. Djokovic vs. T. Kokkinakis (8:30 am ET)

M: #5 C. Alcaraz vs. T. Greikspoor (9:55 am ET)

W: #2 A. Kontaveit vs. J. Niemeier (8:00 am ET)

W: #10 E. Raducanu vs. C. Garcia (10:30 am ET)


Additional Storylines

Yahoo! Sports: Serena Williams Crashes Out of Wimbledon After Shock Meltdown

ESPN: 2021 Wimbledon Runner-Up Matteo Berrettini Withdraws After Positive COVID-19 Test



MLB Power Rankings


MLB Standings & Rankings as June Comes to a Close


A few highlights sprinkled the diamond on Tuesday in the big leagues, but we’re taking the opportunity before the holiday break to catch up on the monthly power rankings. It’s still the Yankees season of legend as New York won its third straight last night, but a handful of contenders are continuing to find their stride. Here’s a look at the teams with playoff aspirations as we flip the page to July.


MLB Power Rankings

1. Yankees (55-20)

2. Astros (46-27)

3. Mets (47-28)

4. Dodgers (45-28)

5. Brewers (43-33)

6. Twins (43-34)

7. Braves (43-32)

8. Padres (45-30)

9. Blue Jays (42-32)

10. Cardinals (43-34)


Notable Mention: Red Sox (42-33), Guardians (37-34), Giants (39-33), Phillies (39-36), Rays (40-33) Full MLB Standings


MLB Quick-Hitters


Halos Duo Does It Again: Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout went back-to-back for the second time this season on Tuesday, but the Angels lost to the White Sox (11-4).


Castillo Ks 11: Luiz Castillo had the gem of the night with six scoreless innings, 11 strikeouts and five hits in the Reds’ win over the Cubs (5-3).


Vladdy’s Walk-Off: For the second time in two weeks, Vlad Guerrero Jr. made Toronto a walk-off winner. The Blue Jays topped the Red Sox (6-5) on Guerrero’s 9th-inning single that plated George Springer.



The \’W\’ Mid-Season Heat Check \"🔥\"


Aces, Sky & Sun Lead WNBA Standings At the Halfway Point in 2022 Season


The WNBA has taken a backseat in our coverage through the first half of the season, but that’ll change in the second half. The Las Vegas Aces vaulted to the top of the league with an eight-game win streak in May-June, but the Connecticut Sun and defending champion Chicago Sky have narrowed the gap. The WNBA All-Star rosters are also set for the game on July 10. Here’s a mid-season check-in after 18 games with 18 to go, as well stat leaders from the first half.


WNBA Standings

1. Aces (14-4)

2. Sky (13-5)

3. Sun (13-6)

4. Storm (11-7)

5. Mystics (13-9)

6. Wings (9-11)

7. Liberty (8-10)

8. Dream (8-11)

9. Mercury (8-12)

10. Sparks (7-11)

11. Lynx (6-14)

12. Fever (5-15)


Stat Leaders

Points: Breanna Stewart (Storm) | 22.0 ppg

Rebounds: A’ja Wilson (Aces) | 9.9 reb

Assists: Natasha Cloud (Mystics) | 7.3 ast


Additional Storylines

ESPN: How Tina Charles Can Bolster Seattle Storm’s Title Hopes

B/R: Biggest Snubs From 2022 WNBA All-Star Selections

WNBA: Moriah Jefferson Makes History With 1st Triple-Double in Lynx Win



\"🏛️\" The Supreme Court Takes A Knee

Is he kneeling in protest or in prayer? Could be either one. The answer will enrage one swath of Americans and embolden another. The story of two men, who both took a knee, and lost their jobs… (Yahoo! Sports)


\"🏈\" The Baker-Browns Breakup

Some have speculated there was a pathway to Baker Mayfield returning as the Browns\’ starting quarterback with Deshaun Watson’s suspension looming. Mayfield, however, isn\’t one of those people. (USA Today)


\"⚾️\" MLB Trade Deadline Candidates

Some trade candidates have seen their stock rising, but players’ value can ebb and flow… Here’s a look at eight potential trade chips on the rise as we head toward July, with just a over a month until the Aug. 2 Trade Deadline. (