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.
July 26, 2012 |
Goalkeeper Hope Solo said the antsy U.S. women's soccer players are ready to "unleash the beast. " The Americans open their Olympic campaign on Wednesday with a game against France in Scotland, two days before the opening ceremony. Soccer is one of two sports that starts early because the extra days are needed to play a sufficient slate of games that doesn't wear the players out. Women's soccer isn't much of a draw in Scotland. Some 37,000 fans are expected for Wednesday's game, but organizers say about 80 percent of the tickets were given away to schools and local clubs.
April 6, 2012
Venus Williams kept up with sister Serena by winning a third-round match Thursday in the Family Circle Cup, moving one step closer to an all-Williams semifinal in Charleston, S.C. Venus defeated Anastasia Rodionova of Russia, 7-5, 6-2, continuing her strong comeback from an autoimmune disease that sidelined her for more than six months. Serena also advanced to the quarterfinals, ousting Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, 6-2, 6-2. France captain Guy Forget picked Gilles Simon , who has a sore back, to play against John Isner of the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
June 20, 2011 |
Two simple words at the end of a June 7 tweet said it all: "Serena's back!" And Venus is, too. Yes, as Serena Williams announced to the world less than two weeks ago, the most successful tennis-playing siblings in history are returning from lengthy layoffs right on time for Wimbledon, where they just so happen to have won nine of the past 11 singles championships. For Serena, it will be her first Grand Slam tournament - and only second event - since she took home a second consecutive title from the All England Club in July 2010.
July 2, 2008 |
One glance at the data displayed on those fancy, new digital scoreboards at staid, old Wimbledon yesterday provided a persuasive case for why Venus Williams might be considered the woman to beat. The entry under career record at the grass-court Grand Slam: "55-7. " The listing of her best result: "WINNER 2007, 2005, 2001, 2000. " Yet another reason to like the seventh-seeded Venus' chances is the way she served during the 6-4, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over Tamarine Tanasugarn - smacking eight aces, saving nine of the 10 break points, tying her Wimbledon record with a 127 mph delivery.
September 8, 2002 |
The older sister had given an accurate scouting report, talking from her own experience about how easy it is to play well after you have won a couple of Grand Slam titles, about how you feel like you can do anything. In the U.S. Open final last night, Serena Williams dominated the older sister, Venus, much the way she had dominated lesser talents outside the family. Right now, she is taking her place among the dominating figures in all of sports. Playing a cleaner game than her sister in front of a packed house at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Serena won, 6-4, 6-3, for her third consecutive Grand Slam title, beating Venus sister for the third straight time.
July 11, 2002
CHRIS EVERT said that when the Williams sisters play each other, it is always over in "two sets," as if they should actually have to drag it out for it to be believable. What jealousy! If it is "boring" that Venus and Serena are the best in the world, their competitors should just beat them on the court instead of making ignorant statements. We the public never get tired of seeing the best. Patsy Williams, Philadelphia
June 9, 2002 |
For what was undoubtedly the first time in Grand Slam history, the losing finalist joined a large corps of professional photographers to snap a few candid photos of the newly crowned French Open tennis champion beaming proudly with the trophy. That's true sportsmanship. And that's how the Williams family raised Venus and Serena to behave. Win or lose. Venus Williams finished second yesterday to younger sister Serena, who couldn't hide her excitement after a 7-5, 6-3 victory at the premier clay-court tournament in the world.
June 8, 2002 |
For the first time in their eight-match history, Serena Williams will be favored to win over her older sister, Venus, in the women's final at the French Open. Throw out the rankings, which on Monday will read Venus No. 1 and Serena No. 2. They are, in reality, 1A and 1B, with Jennifer Capriati a close but distinct third. Who gets the A and who gets the B will be decided today (Channel 10, 11 a.m.). Part of the reason Serena is favored is her emotionally significant win over Venus in the semifinals at the Nasdaq-100 Open in March.
September 9, 2001 |
She moved the red racket bag and took a seat beside her little sister moments after crushing her dream. With her 6-2, 6-4 victory having enabled her to to repeat as U.S. Open champion, Venus Williams transformed from unforgiving foe to sympathetic sibling. Reflecting on a crucial point, Venus asked Serena about a double fault that had given her a 5-4 lead in the second set, allowing her to serve for the match. "The wind kicked up, didn't it?" Venus said. It was a warm moment, a gesture of support, of friendship, of caring.