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Serena set for U.S. Open as officials vow safety, star power

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:48 PM

As the first Grand Slam event to be staged since the deadly virus outbreak, the US Open assures top players a safety ‘bubble’

BACK TO THE CHASE. Serena Williams resumes her bid for a record 24th Grand Slam title. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Osaka tops Serena as world's highest-paid female athlete

May 23, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Tennis stars Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams shatter the women’s record for single-year earnings

FRESH FACE. Naomi Osaka has become a popular endorser in Japan. Photo by  Jose Jordan/AFP

Serena eager to return after lockdown break

May 13, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'I felt like my body needed it, even though I didn't want it,' says Serena Williams as tennis remains on hiatus

TOP FORM. Serena Williams joins sister Venus in an online workout. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Fritz bests Serena, Sharapova for $1M in 'Stay at Home Slam'

May 05, 2020 - 7:51 PM

Taylor Fritz earns $1 million for hungry children in the US in a star-studded online tennis tournament

FOR CHARITY. America's Taylor Fritz will donate his $1 million earnings to the hungry children in his country. Photo from Taylor Fritz' Instagram

Age concern: Olympics 2021 may come too late for 6 stars

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Pushing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 may be an issue for some aging athletes

epa08072485 Playing Captain Tiger Woods of the USA team tees off from sixth tee during the Sunday singles matches on day four of the 2019 Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, 15 December 2019. EPA-EFE/TIM CARRAFA EDITORIAL USE ONLY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Social distancing has Serena 'on edge' amid coronavirus pandemic

Mar 22, 2020 - 1:09 PM

Tennis superstar Serena Williams admits the worldwide health crisis has put her under 'a ton of stress'

Serena Williams of the US hits the ball to Caty McNally of the US during Round Two Women's Singles match of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 28, 2019. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)

'Not cool' but Serena vows to continue 24th Grand Slam quest

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Serena Williams crashes out of the Australian Open following an upset loss to China's Wang Qiang in the third round

TITLE DROUGHT. Serena Williams has been stuck at 23 Grand Slams won since ruling the Australian Open in 2017. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record quest

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:02 PM

Facing a set of young challengers, Serena Williams goes for another shot at tying Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles

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Ominous Serena ends 3-year title drought with Auckland win

Jan 12, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Serena Williams captures her first crown since 2017 – and her first as a mother – since winning the Australian Open while pregnant

DOMINANT. Serena Williams arranges a title showdown against upset-conscious Jessica Pegula. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Serena Williams donates signed dress to Australian bushfire appeal

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Serena Williams joins a slate of sports stars from around the world who have stumped up memorabilia and cash to help pay for firefighting efforts

UP FOR AUCTION. Serena Williams donates her signed dress to help the Australian Bushfire relief operations. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Serena, Wozniacki march into Auckland semis

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:24 PM

'The body's feeling great,' says Serena Williams as the former world No. 1 chases her first title in 3 years

Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Laura Siegemund of Germany during their women's singles quarter-final match during the Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 10, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)

Serena powers past Giorgi for 1st win of 2020

Jan 07, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Serena Williams relishes her 1st victory of 2020 over qualifier Camila Giorgi in the Auckland WTA Classic

STATEMENT. Serena Williams kicks off the 2020 season with a victory. File photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Teenage star Gauff makes flying start to new year

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Coco Gauff, 15, breezes past Viktoria Kuzmova in the WTA Auckland Classic and could face Serena Williams down the road

PRODIGY. Coco Gauff continues to impress at a young age. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

No longer angry Serena glad to be back in New Zealand

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:36 PM

Serena Williams will play in the Auckland WTA Classic for the first time since 2017, a time she was unaware she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia

WARM-UP. Serena Williams is banking on Auckland to set her up for an unprecedented 24th major title at the Australian Open later in the month. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Serena, Kuznetsova to resume rivalry in Auckland

Jan 04, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova rekindle their 16-year rivalry in the Auckland WTA Classic

Serena Williams  Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA-EFE

Canadian teen Andreescu topples Serena in U.S. Open final

Sep 08, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Bianca Andreescu denies Serena Williams a record-equaling 24th title to become Canada's first Grand Slam singles champion

YOUNG CHAMP. Nineteen-year-old Bianca Andreescu celebrates as the youngest Grand Slam winner in 13 years. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Motherhood helps Serena reach brink of history as 38 looms

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Aside from matching the all-time record of 24 crowns, Serena Williams could become only the fourth mother in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title

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Record-chasing Serena powers into 10th U.S. Open final

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Serena Williams moves within a win of matching the all-time Grand Slam singles title record of 24

RUNAWAY WINNER. Serena Williams quickly disposes of Elina Svitolina to tie Chris Evert for most wins in tournament history. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Serena 'fine' after ankle scare at U.S. Open

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Still on track of her record bid, Serena Williams brushes off injury heading into the quarterfinals

NO WORRIES. Serena Williams says she’s 'good' even after injuring her ankle. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Federer, Serena breeze into U.S. Open last 16 but Nishikori out

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:56 AM

Roger Federer plays 'no-error tennis' as Serena Williams continues her quest for a 24th career Grand Slam title

Serena survives U.S. Open challenge from teen McNally

Aug 29, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'I'm not too pleased with the way I played at all,' says Serena Williams after getting a scare from 17-year-old wildcard Caty McNally

NO FEAR. Serena Williams withstands a brave challenge in the second round. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Serena on banned umpire Ramos: 'I don't know who that is'

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Serena Williams prefers to move on from last year's controversial officiating in the final against top seed Naomi Osaka

THROWBACK. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos in the 2018 US Open final against eventual winner Naomi Osaka. File photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena Williams rips Sharapova in U.S. Open 1st round

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Serena Williams cruises through the opening round against five-time major Sharapova

HOT START. Serena Williams is optimistic in her bid for a 24th Grand Slam title in the 2019 US Open. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Serena-Sharapova showdown seizes spotlight at US Open

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Serena Williams has beaten Maria Sharapova 18 consecutive times dating to 2005, but that has not prevented their rivalry from being the talk of the tourney

LONG-TIME RIVALS. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova meet again. Photos by Christophe Archambault/AFP and Thomas Samson/AFP

Williams ban for US Open umpire after Serena-Osaka furor

Aug 25, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Umpire Carlos Ramos won't officiate matches involving Serena or Venus Williams in the wake of last year's final controversy

HEATED. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during last year's controversial US Open final match. Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena, Sharapova to clash in early U.S. Open blockbuster

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Serena Williams kicks off her quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam versus long-time rival Maria Sharapova

RIVALS. Serena Williams (right) looks to extend her winning record over Maria Sharapova. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Serena to return to Auckland for Aussie Open warm-up

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:32 PM

'Oh man, I want to win that title so bad,' says Serena Williams who is gunning for her 24th Grand Slam

SERIOUS. Serena Williams is already preparing 5 months before the 2020 Australian Open. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Djokovic advances as Serena pulls out in Cincinnati

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:04 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic competes for the first time since his Wimbledon title romp as Serena Williams withdraws

QUICK WIN. Novak Djokovic hopes to perform better in the next round after a ‘nervy’ start. Photo from ATP Tour

Serena's US Open plans upended as injury hands Andreescu Toronto crown

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Back spasms prevent Serena Williams from clinching her first WTA title since the birth of her daughter Olympia in 2017

REGRETS. Serena Williams says she should have undergone treatment before the match. Photo from Twitter/@WTA

Serena powers past No. 1-bound Osaka in Toronto

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Naomi Osaka won't be pairing her No. 1 world ranking with a title as Serena Williams avenges her controversial US Open final loss

ALL GOOD. There’s no drama this time as Serena Williams (right) beats Naomi Osaka for the first time in 3 meetings. Photo from WTA

Serena, Osaka book US Open final rematch in Toronto

Aug 09, 2019 - 1:12 PM

'I've been actually looking forward to playing her for a while,' Serena Williams on facing Naomi Osaka for the first time since their controversial US Open title match

TAKE TWO. Naomi Osaka (left) says she's excited to face her idol Serena Williams again despite their ugly first meeting. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena again tops Forbes list of highest-paid sports women

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:14 AM

American superstar Serena Williams leads the women's sports rich list dominated by tennis players

TOP GUN. Serena Williams heads the pack for the fourth straight year. Photo from Wimbledon

Serena has lost 'intimidation' factor, says Halep

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:59 AM

'I'm very sure that was the best match of my life,' says Simona Halep after dumping Serena Williams to capture the Wimbledon women's crown

NO FEAR. Romanian Simona Halep (right) says she just focused on herself during her title duel against American star Serena Williams. Photos by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Halep thwarts Serena history bid with Wimbledon final triumph

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Former world No. 1 Simona Halep shatters Serena Williams' latest bid to capture a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam

SENSATIONAL. Simona Halep bags her second career major, saying she had ‘never played better.’  Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Federer feels 'strange' returning to Wimbledon final with Serena

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Sixteen years after his Grand Slam breakthrough, Roger Federer vies for the Wimbledon crown again along with Serena Williams

EVERGREEN. Two decades on, Serena Williams and Roger Federer remain at the top of their game. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Record in sight: Serena to face Halep in Wimbledon final

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:25 AM

Only Simona Halep stands in the way between Serena Williams and her goal of equaling Margaret Court's Grand Slam title record

UPPER HAND. Serena Williams holds a 9-1 career lead over Simona Halep. Photo by Hannah McKay/AFP

Serena 'saw therapist' after U.S. Open meltdown, apologizes to Osaka

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:10 AM

'I couldn't find peace. I started seeing a therapist,' Serena Williams writes in an essay on her infamous 2018 US Open final meltdown

APOLOGETIC. Serena Williams says she never wanted 'the light to shine away' from another black female athlete like Naomi Osaka. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Serena within sight of tying Court Slam record

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:27 AM

After surviving a tough Wimbledon quarterfinal duel, Serena Williams moves within two wins from matching Margaret Court's Grand Slam titles record of 24

US player Serena Williams returns against US player Alison Riske during their women's singles quarter-final match on day eight of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2019. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Serena wary of Riske factor at Wimbledon

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:10 PM

'She's playing really great, especially on the grass. She's attacking that ball really well. She doesn't let anything limit her,' says Serena Williams on Alison Riske

THREATENED. Serena Williams is looking out for Alison Riske who booted out world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty from 2019 Wimbledon. Photo from Wimbledon Instagram

Barty exits Wimbledon as Serena coasts through

Jul 08, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Serena Williams sees her chances of tying the all-time Grand Slam haul following the loss of world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty

ON TO THE NEXT. Serena Williams advances to the next round of Wimbledon. Photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon

It's my duty to perform, says Serena after Wimbledon bow with Murray

Jul 07, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Serena Williams admits she felt pressured for teaming up with Andy Murray in the Wimbledon mixed doubles

ICONS LINK UP. Former world No. 1s Serena Williams and Andy Murray team up. Photo from Wimbledon's Twitter account (@Wimbledon)

Serena into last 16, fears 'performance anxiety' with Murray

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Partnering with Andy Murray for the first time, Serena Williams admits to feeling 'nervous' playing mixed doubles with the former world No. 1

POWER PAIRING. Serena Williams and Andy Murray easily become the favored duo in mixed doubles action. Photo from Wimbledon

Cori Gauff the ideal new poster girl, says Serena

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Soon she'll be on other girls' walls. It's nice, because it will keep it going from the next generation to next generation,' Serena Williams on the 15-year-old tennis sensation

RISING STAR. Teen standout Cori Gauff says she grew up idolizing the Williams sisters. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Dream team: Murray, Serena pair up in Wimbledon mixed doubles

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Andy Murray makes his way back to tennis thanks to an all-star partnership with Serena Williams

HYPED DUO. Former world No. 1s Andy Murray (left) and Serena Williams team up for the 2019 Wimbledon mixed doubles event. Photo from Wimbledon Instagram

'Optimistic' Serena eases to Wimbledon 2nd round

Jul 03, 2019 - 10:56 AM

'It is the best I have felt since February,' says Serena Williams who aims for a record Grand Slam title

BACK ON TRACK. Serena Williams guns for 8th Wimbledon title and Margaret Court's record. Photo from Wimbledon Instagram

15-year-old Wimbledon qualifier reminds Serena of herself

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Cori Gauff becomes the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon in the Open Era, and will face 39-year-old Venus Williams in the first round

EYEING HISTORY. Serena Williams seeks for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. File photo from Australian Open's Twitter account (@AustralianOpen)

Wimbledon champion Kerber wary of Serena shadow

Jul 01, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Angelique Kerber calls Serena Williams, whom she defeated in the Wimbledon final last year, as 'one of the toughest opponents to beat'

EVEN. Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams are 1-1 when facing each other in the Wimbledon final. File photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Thiem offers Serena doubles match after French Open row

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Hoping to put the controversy behind, French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem offers to partner with Serena Williams in the mixed doubles

MOVING ON. Dominic Thiem says he has already forgotten about the post-match incident with tennis superstar Serena Williams. Photos from Roland Garros (Thiem) and Rappler file (Williams)

Thiem 'forgets' Serena incident, hits 'tweener' past Monfils

Jun 04, 2019 - 11:05 AM

'So I think it was a little bit (of a) mistake of her, mistake of the officials, but as I said, it's forgotten,' says Thiem

TWEENER. Dominic Thiem flashes his skills in scoring a tweener past Gael Monfils. Photo from Roland-Garros Twitter

Thiem blasts Serena 'bad personality' in French Open press conference row

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:08 PM

The Austrian is booted out of his own press conference so that organizers could accommodate the American star

FRUSTRATED. Dominic Thiem says every player needs to wait for their turn on press conferences. Photos from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)