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March 11, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
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.
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November 11, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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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July 12, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THERE ARE so many variables in the debate concerning the "Greatest of All Time. " It's an imperfect endeavor based on subjective measurements. So while I will argue that Serena Williams has eclipsed Steffi Graf as the greatest female tennis player of all time, I can accept the fact that others might go with Graf. Graf won 22 Grand Slam titles (French, Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open), the most by any player since the introduction of the Open Era in 1968. Margaret Court, whose career spanned both the amateur and Open eras, holds the all-time Grand Slam record with 24. In 1999, the legendary Billie Jean King said, "Steffi is definitely the greatest women's tennis player of all time.
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March 11, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 30, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Serena W. gets Wired She's not famous for her work on computers, but Serena Williams does know a thing or two about being a trailblazer. That's why she says she's excited to be the guest editor for Wired magazine's November issue, which is devoted to the theme. It features profiles of 10 revolutionary figures, including activist DeRay Mckesson , Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant , UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey , and rapper Common . "That's the reason I wanted to do this issue with Wired - I'm a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn't really meant for black people.
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September 11, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
It looks like tennis goddess Serena Williams has love on her mind, and it has nothing to do with keeping score during her current, potentially history-making run at the U.S. Open in Forest Hills, N.Y. According to the Enquiring Minds at the National Enquirer , Williams, whose scheduled semifinal round match against Italy's Roberta Vinci was washed out by rain last night, is going back for seconds with her former paramour, Canadian rapper...
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September 10, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Big sister didn't go down softly. Her serve registered just as big, her forehands often as dangerous. However, little sister is the one laying claim to being the best women's player in the history of their sport. The little bit extra Serena Williams had was apparent at the end of three sets Tuesday night in their U.S. Open quarterfinal. She sent an ace past her sister, then walked to the net for a hug. "When I'm playing her, I don't think of her as my sister - we trained all our lives to be on this court," Serena Williams said.
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September 7, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Michael McDermott's seats in the front row of the second deck at Arthur Ashe Stadium offered the perfect scenic overlook. As Serena Williams served, McDermott held up his phone to capture a little video. When Williams won the game, in control of her second-round match, the 21-year-old clapped politely. From his midcourt perch, had McDermott been worried when Williams fell behind in the first set? He shook his head. If you say McDermott has seen it all from Serena Williams, that's close to true.
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September 4, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Her match over, Serena Williams threw on a white T-shirt and moved almost directly to an outside practice court with her coach. A news conference and other niceties could wait. A crowd formed in the little grandstand by the far practice court, bigger than those at some of the actual U.S. Open playing courts as Williams worked on serves, especially second serves. "Just trying to get those second serves in," Williams said later of what was on her mind inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
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September 2, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Introducing the person they had all come to see, the PA announcer at Arthur Ashe Stadium didn't mention the words Grand Slam, merely pointing out that in addition to being defending U.S. Open champion, Serena Williams was defending champ at the Australian Open and Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Williams isn't hiding from her historic aspirations, though. She refers to her drive for the Grand Slam as "this journey" and likes that the last stop is on American turf. "I am literally enjoying the moment," Williams said.
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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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