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November 11, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Top-seeded Serena Williams overcame uneven play to beat No. 3 Jennifer Capriati, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, yesterday in the semifinals of the WTA Championships in Los Angeles. Williams' sister, Venus, was forced out by a leg injury as she trailed, 5-0, in her first semifinal set against Kim Clijsters at the Staples Center. Serena Williams will play Clijsters in tonight's final. Williams won the title a year ago in Germany when Lindsay Davenport couldn't play because of injury. Venus Williams said she twisted her left ankle in a victory over Monica Seles on Friday night, but didn't feel the effects until Saturday night.
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September 29, 1999 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Serena Williams opened play in the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Germany, yesterday, and defeated Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, 6-3, 6-1. The showcase features the eight women and 12 men with the best records in the year's four Grand Slam tournaments. In the final, Williams could meet her sister, Venus, who won the women's title last year. With Pete Sampras and Patrick Rafter injured, Andre Agassi leads the men's division. Top-seeded Tim Henman breezed to an opening-round 6-1, 6-2 victory over Thierry Guardiola in the Toulouse Open in France.
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March 16, 2000 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
In one of the worst losses of her young but spectacular career, defending champion Serena Williams was crushed, 6-2, 6-1, by Mary Pierce yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Tennis Masters Series in Indian Wells, Calif. The lopsided victory over the 18-year-old Williams lifted the fifth-seeded Frenchwoman into the semifinals, where she will face top-seeded Martina Hingis. Hingis, the Swiss woman ranked No. 1 in the world, made quick work of seventh seed Monica Seles, 6-3, 6-1. In the men's bracket, Pete Sampras struggled but survived, storming back from an 0-3 deficit in the third-set tiebreaker to beat Wayne Ferreira.
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September 10, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Finally tested, even trailing, at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams turned things around just in time. Two points from defeat, Williams suddenly regained her composure and her strokes, coming back to win the last four games and beat top-ranked Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, on Sunday night for her fourth championship at Flushing Meadows and 15th Grand Slam title overall. "I honestly can't believe I won. I really was preparing my runner-up speech, because I thought, 'Man, she's playing so great,' " Williams said during the trophy presentation after the 2-hour, 18-minute match, adding: "I'm really shocked.
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July 14, 2009 | By Jorge Castillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Serena Williams may not have been playing her sister last night, but the sibling rivalry was evident anyway. Venus Williams "didn't give me any advice because I don't think she wanted me beating her team," the younger Williams said with a smile before her Washington Kastles played a World Team Tennis match against the Freedoms in King of Prussia. "Venus always plays for [the Freedoms], so I'm looking forward to it. " The Williams' sibling rivalry, arguably the greatest in sports history, added another chapter July 4 when the two met in the Wimbledon final.
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November 12, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Kim Clijsters stunned top-seeded Serena Williams, 7-5, 6-3, last night to win the season-ending WTA Championships in Los Angeles, handing Williams only her fifth loss of the year. Williams' 18-match winning streak was snapped largely because of 44 unforced errors, especially on the backhand side. She finished with a 56-5 record and ended the year as the world's top-ranked player. "Kim played really well. She earned the win," Williams said. Clijsters, a 19-year-old Belgian who rose to No. 4 in the rankings, only managed six winners to 19 by Williams, but she converted five of 10 break chances in the nearly 1 1/2-hour match at Staples Center.
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June 21, 2013 | Associated Press
Serena Williams has reached out to the family of the victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying, "She shouldn't have put herself in that position. " Two players from a high school football team in Steubenville were convicted in March of raping a drunk 16-year-old girl. The tennis star, in England preparing for Wimbledon, spoke to the victim, her mother, and a family lawyer for about 30 minutes Wednesday, the lawyer said.
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January 16, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams tumbled to the court and needed a medical timeout in the first set for treatment on her right ankle, but once she got up, it was all over for Edina Gallovits-Hall. Williams routed Gallovits-Hall, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday despite the scary sequence in the first part of the match. The 31-year-old American was leading by 4-0 after 19 minutes when she fell awkwardly chasing a ball wide on her forehand side, putting both hands over her face.
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August 10, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Chanda Rubin upset top-seeded Serena Williams, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, in yesterday's quarterfinals of the JPChase Morgan Open, ending the French Open and Wimbledon champion's 21-match winning streak. No. 2 Jennifer Capriati exited within an hour of Williams, losing, 6-3, 6-3, to Japan's Ai Sugiyama, in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Williams had not lost since a three-set defeat to Justine Henin in the German Open final on May 12. No. 4 Jelena Dokic beat Rita Grande, 6-4, 6-1, and will meet Rubin today in the semifinals.
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July 23, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
We've seen a lot of off-the-court photos of Serena Williams' enviable, feminine physique of late. The night Williams clinched her sixth Wimbledon and 21st Grand Slam, she wore a stunning ivory, jewel-encrusted gown to the Champions Ball, where she was photographed twirling with men's winner Novak Djokovic. In a series of Instagram beach selfies last week, Williams chilled on the sand in a cleavage-baring navy-blue polka-dot bikini. On Sunday, she went all Kardashian on us and posted a picture of her shapely backside in a monokini.
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March 18, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE TOP PICK in the NFL always walks to the podium, gets handed the hat of the team that selected him, and greets commissioner Roger Goodell. Not this year. According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not attend the draft, which will be held in Chicago from April 30-May 2. Apparently, Winston wants to stay home and watch the draft on TV with his family. There is speculation that the real reason he isn't attending is he wants to avoid a scene in which he is booed and ridiculed.
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September 2, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It's only halftime at the U.S. Open tennis tournament and the court once again has gone prematurely dark for the American men. Such is the state of a game once dominated by this country. American golf may be in slight decline because of Tiger Woods' great fall and Rory McIlroy's meteoric rise, but it is in considerably better shape than its country-club cousin, tennis. It's not difficult to imagine Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth elevating their games to the point where they can challenge McIlroy as the world's best player, and just this year Bubba Watson won a major by claiming his second Masters title.
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July 18, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
AT AGE 12, sitting in her living room in Chicago, Taylor Townsend watched Venus and Serena Williams battle in the 2008 Wimbledon final. It was then she vowed the unthinkable to her sister. She said she would be better than the Williams sisters someday, the two female tennis savants who paved the way for African-American women to play in the 21st century. Last night at Villanova University's Pavilion, her improbable words became reality. Townsend stared across the multicolored court, watching Venus with glee.
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May 25, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
TWITTER WARS, controversial jokes, good deeds and outta control weddings - just some of the nuggets we offer here in Celebrityville this Memorial Day weekend. Good times. Yesterday Rihanna and Charlie Sheen continued their epic Twitter battle with the singer having the (latest) last word. The drama began earlier this week when Sheen dissed RiRi for not meeting his fiance, Brett Rossi , allegedly a big fan of hers, the New York Daily News reported. Sheen called her the "village idiot," among other things.
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May 7, 2014
THE STORY of how Venus and Serena Williams' father fought off drug dealers so that he could train his daughters on decrepit, drug-infested tennis courts in Compton, Calif., is almost legendary. But what do we really know about Richard Williams, the man? At 72, he's a controversial figure in the world of tennis. Now he has a new book, Black and White: The Way I See It , that shares his life story as well as tips on raising successful children. But don't buy it thinking it's a tell-all.
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April 4, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Serena Williams of the United States won the gold medal for women's singles at the 2012 London Olympics - a 63-minute thrashing of Maria Sharapova - she was so overjoyed she broke into a brief dance right there on the fabled lawn of Wimbledon's center court. Because Williams is young and black, that moment turned into a short-lived story in which the dance was identified as "The Crip Walk" or "C-Walk," a move with origins tied to the notorious Los Angeles gang. In the 40-odd years it has been around, it has also become a line-dance staple of weddings and bar mitzvahs and the like, where it has been performed, usually badly, by a lot of white people.
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July 26, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
John McEnroe is asked the same few questions all the time. Who's the next great tennis star? Where will he or she come from? And when? The former world No. 1 and winner of 17 major titles (singles and doubles) often gives the same response. "It's definitely something that I wish I knew the answer to," McEnroe said before a World TeamTennis match at Villanova's Pavilion on Wednesday. "Somewhere, that person's out there. If you have any idea, please let me know. " McEnroe played a pair of matches for the New York Sportimes against the Freedoms, falling, 5-1, in mixed doubles and losing in men's doubles, 5-0. The Freedoms beat the Sportimes (4-10)
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July 5, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - Whether in a match, a set, a game - or even within a single point - Sabine Lisicki cannot be counted out. Especially at Wimbledon, where she is one victory from becoming a Grand Slam champion. Fashioning the same sort of comeback she used to eliminate defending titlist Serena Williams at the All England Club, the 23rd-seeded Lisicki reached her first major final by edging No. 4 Agnieska Radwanska, of Poland, 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 in a compelling, back-and-forth match yesterday.
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July 4, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - Trailing by 5-4 in her first Wimbledon quarterfinal, Sloane Stephens already had saved two set points and was about to serve at deuce when a fairly nondescript match became anything but. Raindrops were falling and Stephens' opponent, 2007 runner-up Marion Bartoli, was trying to persuade a tournament official the Court 1 grass was dangerously slick. Spectators were booing and derisively whistling, angry at the prospect of play being suspended. Eventually, Bartoli got her way, and Stephens' composure seemed lost.
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