September 10, 2015 |
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.
September 7, 2015 |
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.
July 19, 2014 |
When she was a child, Taylor Townsend watched the Williams sisters and told people she would be better than them one day. She didn't know how it would happen or when, but she got her answer Thursday night at Villanova's Pavilion. For three games, Townsend, just 18 years old, wasn't just better than Venus Williams playing women's singles in World TeamTennis. She dominated her. Townsend won 12 of 13 points against Williams before the 25th-ranked women's singles player in the world was removed from the event.
July 18, 2014 |
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.
July 17, 2014 |
COME for the tennis, stay for the fashion show. Venus Williams will present her new line of workout gear, called Strisce, under her EleVen brand during the halftime of the Washington Kastles game against Billie Jean King 's Philadelphia Freedoms tomorrow at Villanova University Pavilion (800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova), where Venus played her first Philly match back in 1997. She says that her line is about being able to express herself on the court. Strisce features yellow stripes, a favorite of Williams' although it's the first time that EleVen has delved into the pattern.
March 29, 2014 |
For the first time in four years, seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams is returning to the Philadelphia area when she visits Villanova's Pavilion with the Washington Kastles. Williams and the Kastles will challenge the Freedoms on July 17 in a World TeamTennis match. Williams likely will face American Vicky Duval, in her second season with the Freedoms. Last year, Duval upset 2011 champion Samantha Stosur in the U.S. Open. The Freedoms roster includes Marcelo Melo, the No. 5-ranked men's doubles player in the world, returning multi-time Grand Slam doubles champion Liezel Huber and Canadian Davis Cup stalwart Frank Dancevic.
July 9, 2013 |
EVER SINCE she was a kid, practicing until midnight with her father, Marion Bartoli went about playing tennis her own way. The two-handed strokes for backhands, forehands, even volleys. The hopping in place and practice swings between points, which help her focus. The unusual setup for serves - no ball-bouncing, arms crossed, right wrist resting on her left thumb before the toss. Whatever works, right? This unique Wimbledon, appropriately enough, produced a unique champion in the ambidextrous Bartoli, the 15th-seeded Frenchwoman who won her first Grand Slam title by beating 23rd-seeded Sabine Lisicki, of Germany on Saturday, 6-1, 6-4, in an error-filled, one-sided final that was far from a classic.
July 5, 2013 |
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.
June 20, 2013 |
AFTER 16 consecutive years of always showing up at Wimbledon, winning five titles along the way, Venus Williams pulled out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament yesterday, citing a lower-back injury. Williams, who turned 33 on Monday, hasn't missed Wimbledon since making her debut there in 1997, although she lost in the first round a year ago. She won the singles trophy in 2000-01, 2005 and 2007-08, to go with two more major championships at the U.S. Open in 2000-01. But Williams has been dealing with a bad back for a while, playing only three matches in the last 2-plus months.
May 30, 2013 |
PARIS - Now things could get a little more interesting for Roger Federer. After a pair of straightforward and straight-set victories at the French Open against qualifiers ranked outside the top 150, the 17-time major champion will face a seeded player, France's Julien Benneteau, who not only already beat Federer once this year but also came within two points of upsetting him at Wimbledon, of all places, in 2012. "I think I'm playing OK," Federer said in something of an understatement, considering he has dropped 11 games through six sets so far. "Definitely think the next match is going to be sort of the big test for me, to see exactly where I stand.