March 11, 2016 |
AT LEAST some of her sponsors recognize Maria Sharapova for the cheater that she is. Sharapova, the elegant and lovely Russian tennis champion, will be banned by the International Tennis Federation from 6 months to 4 years for testing positive for newly-banned meldonium at the Australian Open in January. It is a drug that the Women's Tennis Association warned players about five times in December. Sharapova said she missed the memo. She also said she has taken it for 10 years to address medical conditions, chief among them pre-diabetes.
November 11, 2015 |
My earliest memory of Venus and Serena Williams is from 1998, seeing their beaming smiles and beaded braids on a Sports Illustrated for Kids card. Thanks to that image, I began to associate tennis with two young black women. But when I moved from New York to the Poconos and joined the tennis team in my junior year of high school, I realized how white tennis really was - and how special the Williams sisters were. More than a decade later, Serena Williams' portrait is on the cover of this month's issue of Wired, one of the country's most influential tech magazines.
November 11, 2002 |
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.
September 29, 1999 |
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.
March 16, 2000 |
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.
September 10, 2012 |
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.
July 14, 2009 |
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.
November 12, 2002 |
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.
June 21, 2013 |
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.