Chess isn't included in the list of events for the 2012 Olympics, though as an officially-recognized sport, it should be. Like other sports, chess attracts driven players and supportive parents to world competitions.
Michael Jordan finds himself slipping to seventh spot on this year's top ten most popular athlete list in the US, behind Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant.
Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria stuns Venus Williams, the five-time former ladies champion, in two sets. There will be no Venus-Serena final this year.