September 11, 2000 |
Following Serena Williams's loss to Lindsay Davenport in the quarterfinals, the dethroned U.S. Open women's champion warned that all-Williams sisters finals in Grand Slam tournaments are inevitable. "Nobody's going to be able to stop it," Serena said. While there was no all-Williams final at this Open, a Williams was represented. Older sister Venus powered past Davenport on Saturday night, 6-4, 7-5, to gain her first Open title. Last year, Serena was the Open champion; this year, it's Venus.
July 7, 2000 |
It should have been better than the prom, more fun than getting a driver's license or opening presents together on Christmas morning. But the joy of playing in the semifinals at Wimbledon turned to pain for Venus and Serena Williams yesterday as the realization sunk in that one had to lose. After both sisters packed their duffel bags and began to walk off Centre Court in the wake of the eighth-seeded Venus' 6-2, 7-6 (3) triumph, the older Williams by 20 months put her right arm around her dejected sibling and said, "Let's get out of here.
August 31, 1991 |
Scientists have finally found what they have been looking for in the thousands of images sent back by the Magellan spacecraft over the last year - convincing evidence that Venus, like Earth, is still geologically active. The images show that sometime in the last few months, Venus had a massive landslide that was probably triggered by the equivalent of an earthquake. Until the discovery, no one could say for sure whether Venus had ongoing geological processes like those that have built mountains and filled valleys with debris on Earth.
November 8, 2011 |
Fiery, intense and so sexy you could sweat, the production of David Ives' new Venus in Fur , a sensation when it ran Off-Broadway last year, opened in a remounted production Tuesday on Broadway. Much of the heat comes from a living generator, the actress Nina Arianda, who reprises the role she created downtown in the original production. There's a booster to this furnace - the Broadway actor and film star Hugh Dancy, who is essentially her prey. The two of them deliver performances that bubble, then explode, on the stage of Manhattan Theatre Club's Friedman Theatre.
September 9, 1999 |
Everyone at the U.S. Open knows where to find the Williams sisters: Both are in the semifinals. Serena Williams last night joined her older sister, Venus, in the semifinals with a convincing, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 4 seed Monica Seles. Serena will meet defending champion Lindsay Davenport tomorrow. In another duel of heavy hitters yesterday, the second-seeded Davenport topped No. 5 seed Mary Pierce, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. No. 3 Venus and top-seeded Martina Hingis - who won their matches Tuesday - are paired in tomorrow's other big-time Broadway semifinal.
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.
May 21, 2013 |
Many human relationships - on the street, in the office, in the bedroom, on the stage - boil down to simple sadomasochism. That dynamic is ably explored in David Ives' superbly aware play Venus in Fur , presented by the Philadelphia Theatre Company through June 23. Previews begin Friday at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Venus in Fur , in which Fur is singular, takes off from (but isn't really based on) a famous/notorious 1870 erotic novel, Venus in Furs , in which Furs is plural, by Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
June 2, 2012 |
David Rittenhouse spent months fine-tuning his handmade instruments and setting up a small observatory on the grounds of his farm, 20 miles outside the bustling young city of Philadelphia. On a clear June day in 1769, he was ready to participate in a landmark moment in science's efforts to measure the heavens. The rare event was called the transit of Venus, and it can be seen once again Tuesday evening - likely the last such chance for anyone now alive. For several hours, the path of Venus will take it directly across our view of the sun - looking something like a small blueberry against a fiery volleyball, for those with a telescope and proper eye protection (number 14 welder's goggles will work)
October 4, 1999 |
Serena Williams beat older sister Venus for the first time in their professional careers yesterday to capture the Grand Slam Cup and a $900,000 payday in Munich, Germany. The U.S. Open champion won, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, in a family final in which the players' mother applauded at the end. Venus, at 19 one year older, applauded Serena, and the sisters embraced at the net after the match. But they did not show much emotion during play. "This is exciting. This is what we always wanted," Serena said during the awards ceremony.
August 15, 2007 |
In a decision that surprised even the artist and her patron, a city appeals board yesterday ordered that a popular mural painted in a Center City historic district without a permit should be allowed to remain. The four members of the Board of License & Inspection Review voted unanimously to overturn a decision by the Historical Commission ordering that The Death of Venus - which Dee Chhin painted on the side wall of a red-brick Victorian townhouse at 410 S. 15th St. about six years ago - be taken down.