Tag: Serena Williams

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Serena rebuffs Li Na’s challenge to finish 2013 in style

Serena Williams of the U.S prepares to return a shot to Li Na of China during their final tennis match at the WTA Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo) (CNN) — An exhausted but elated Serena Williams was left celebrating her 11th title of the season to round off 2013 by claiming the WTA Championships in Istanbul Sunday.

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After 17 major titles, Serena wants to improve

Serena Williams hugs the championship trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women’s singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman) by Howard FendrichAP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams won her first major title at the 1999 U.S. Open, when she was just 17.

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Williams sisters start US Open with lopsided wins

Serena Williams, of the United States, pumps her fist after winning a point against Francesca Schiavone, of Italy, during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) by Howard FendrichAP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A decade or so ago, Serena and Venus Williams ruled tennis together, swapping the No. 1 ranking and meeting in Grand Slam final after Grand Slam final. Serena, the younger of the two, still holds a spot at the top of the game. Venus has not been there for quite some time.

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Wimbleton Spat: Williams, Sharapova trade volleys

Serena Williams of the U.S., right, shakes hands with Russia’s Maria Sharapova, left, after defeating Sharapova in two sets 6-4, 6-4, in the women’s final of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) by Howard Fendrich LONDON (AP) — As her agent nodded along approvingly from a front-row seat, Serena Williams sounded contrite and composed. Well-rehearsed, too. Williams even managed to crack herself up with a couple of jokes during her news conference at Wimbledon as the defending champion, where the primary topic was hardly her 31-match winning streak or her bid for a sixth title at the All England Club or her injured sister Venus’ absence from the field. Instead, more than half the questions at Sunday’s session revolved around themes generating the most buzz on the eve of tennis’ oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam tournament: what Williams was quoted as saying in a recent magazine article — and Maria Sharapova’s surprisingly forceful verbal swipe in reaction to that story.

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Serena sorry after Steubenville rape case comments

Serena Williams arrives for Burberry Prorsum show, during London Men’s spring summer fashion collections 2014, in London, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP) The Associated Press Serena Williams says she’s reaching out to the family of the victim in the Steubenville rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying “she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.” “I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article,” Williams said in a statement released through her agent Wednesday. “What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”

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Serena beats Sharapova in French final

Serena Williams of the U.S. holds the trophy after defeating Russia’s Maria Sharapova in two sets 6-4, 6-4, in the women’s final of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) by Steven WinePARIS (AP) — Two hours before her French Open final, Serena Williams practiced on center court, the stands deserted as she whacked one winner after another to the distant sounds of a brass band playing on the plaza.