Showing posts with label Serena Williams. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Serena Williams. Show all posts

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Serena entered Australian Open 2018

Serena entered Australian Open 2018

Serena Williams has accepted a place at the Australian Open and is "anticipated to return" to the tournament in January, less than five months after giving birth, organisers said Friday.

The defending women's champion was among 98 of the 100 top women, and all of the men's top 100, to be "confirmed" for the season's opening Grand Slam, they said.

World number ones Simona Halep and 16-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will both be in Melbourne, but all eyes will be on Williams, who won this year's tournament while pregnant.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Serena, Kuznetsova uncertain of playing Australian Open

Serena, Kuznetsova uncertain of playing Australian Open

Serena Williams has yet to make a decision about her participation at the Australian Open, while world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova is also a doubt for the first grand slam of 2018 after undergoing wrist surgery.

Williams was around two months pregnant when she captured her 23rd grand slam singles title in Melbourne earlier this year and was hoping to defend her crown next January following the birth of her daughter in September.

Friday, November 17, 2017

New Orleans abuzz over Serena Williams wedding

New Orleans abuzz over Serena Williams wedding

Star wattage abounded in New Orleans on Thursday as A-list celebrities gathered for the wedding of tennis superstar Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Despite the media frenzy, the happy couple released few details of their ceremony. But unnamed sources told People magazine and the Daily Mail that some 250 guests were invited to the festivities at the southern US city's Contemporary Arts Center.

Music royalty Beyonce, legendary Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, actress Eva Longoria and singer Ciara were all also seen arriving at the arts complex.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mother Serena 'can fix everything', says Li Na

Mother Serena 'can fix everything', says Li Na

Li Na backed Serena Williams to pull off a quickfire return to tennis after the birth of her first child -- but said there was no way she could have rushed back to the sport.

Williams, 36, has spoken of her "outrageous" plans to defend her title at the Australian Open in January, less than five months after giving birth to her baby daughter on September 1.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Serena Williams focused on comeback, says Wozniacki

Serena Williams focused on comeback, says Wozniacki

Serena Williams remains focused on her tennis comeback just weeks after becoming a mother and will make a strong return, according to her friend Caroline Wozniacki.

Wozniacki said the tennis superstar had been sending her pictures of the baby girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian.

"She's so cute and I'm looking forward to meeting her," Wozniacki told reporters, adding that her tennis commitments had so far prevented her visiting the new family.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Serena Williams makes veiled dig at Maria Sharapova in open letter to her mother

Serena Williams makes veiled dig at Maria Sharapova in open letter to her mother

The hostile and fractious relationship between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova on the court has been put on hold this season, but the simmering tensions between the two continue away from the game.

Williams gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexis, less than a month ago, and has shared images and videos documenting her pregnancy on her social media channels.

Now she has taken time to pen an emotional open letter to her mother, tennis coach Oracene Price, and has shared her feelings with the world.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Maria Sharapova on Serena Williams: 'We are not friends, not at all'


Maria Sharapova on Serena Williams: 'We are not friends, not at all'

Maria Sharapova has been a champion who’s lived under the shadow of an icon. For Sharapova, winner of five majors, the great unapproachable has always been Serena Williams, whose 18-year run of 23 majors has both eclipsed and enveloped Sharapova’s career.

Now, Sharapova is telling her story in “Unstoppable: My Life So Far,” released Tuesday, and as expected, Williams looms large over Sharapova’s tale. Indeed, Williams shows up on the second page of the prologue: “Serena Williams has marked the heights and limits of my career,” Sharapova writes.

“Our stories are intertwined. I approach every match against her with trepidation and respect … I’ve beaten all the players who have beaten Serena, but it’s been nearly impossible for me to beat Serena herself.”

Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 US Open: Friends congratulate Serena Williams on baby

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2017 US Open: Friends congratulate Serena Williams on baby

Congratulations from everyone at the US Open on your new addition, Serena Williams!

Serena Williams welcomes baby girl

Serena Williams welcomes baby girl

Serena Williams welcomed a baby girl with fiancé Alexis Ohanian, WPBF-25 news producer Chris Shepherd announced:

“Tennis star Serena Williams gives birth to a baby girl weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Mom and baby doing well."


Serena Williams reportedly in labor

Serena Williams reportedly in labor

Pregnant tennis superstar Serena Williams was in labor at a Florida clinic on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of goodwill messages for the charismatic former world number one.

Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted Wednesday to St Mary's Medical Center, which shut down an entire floor to provide security for the megastar, the local CBS affiliate said.

The network also said the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion -- who revealed she was pregnant in April -- was induced overnight.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Video: My First US Open: Serena Williams

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Video: My First US Open: Serena Williams

Serena Williams has become a #USOpen staple for nearly 20 years, but she was a 16-year-old debutante in 1998 against Aussie Nicole Pratt. Even in her first Open match, Serena's intensity was still there.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Serena eyes 'outrageous' Australian Open return

Serena eyes 'outrageous' Australian Open return

Serena Williams aims to defend her Australian Open title next year, the American saying the rapid return to action would only give her around three months to prepare after giving birth to her first child.

The 23-times grand slam winner announced her pregnancy in April and will be on maternity leave for the rest of the year. The 35-year-old is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Serena Williams discusses race and pregnancy

Serena Williams discusses race and pregnancy

Serena Williams has spoken about pregnancy, race and body image in a wide-ranging interview with Vogue.

Williams and her fiance, the Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, are due to welcome their first child at the end of the year, but she says she wants to return as early as January to defend her Australian Open title. “It’s the most outrageous plan,” she said. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.”

The American is the holder of 23 major singles titles, and acknowledges that winning will be a tough task after nearly a year away from the professional circuit. “In this game you can go dark fast,” she said. “If I lose, and I lose again, it’s like, she’s done. Especially since I’m not 20 years old. I’ll tell you this much: I won’t win less. Either I win, or I don’t play.”

Williams would not be the first tennis star to make a successful return after pregnancy. Kim Clijsters retired abruptly at 23, having won the 2005 US Open, but the Belgian was even better after a 28-month layoff that included the birth of her daughter, winning once more at Flushing Meadows as an unseeded wild card in only her third tournament back.

Williams has been the target of criticism about the way she plays the game throughout her career but says it is not something that bothers her. “Not only me, but women in general sometimes feel that power is a bad word,” said the 35-year-old. “As I’ve gotten older I’ve started to feel differently about it. Power is beauty. Strength is beauty. So now on the court I want people to think that I’m powerful. But I also want them to be shocked at how I play. I want people to expect something, then get something different.”

Williams also said that the way she is perceived by some tennis fans is shaped by her race. “I feel like people think I’m mean,” she said. “Really tough and really mean and really street. I believe that the other girls in the locker room will say, ‘Serena’s really nice.’ But Maria Sharapova, who might not talk to anybody, might be perceived by the public as nicer. Why is that? Because I’m black and so I look mean? That’s the society we live in. That’s life. They say African Americans have to be twice as good, especially women. I’m perfectly OK with having to be twice as good.”

Williams has appeared on the cover of Vogue twice previously, and said it was a positive step for African American women. “Being black and being on the cover was really important to me,” she said. “The success of one woman should be the inspiration to another, and I’m always trying to inspire and motivate the black girls out there. I’m not a model. I’m not the girl next door. But I’m not hiding. Actually, I look like a lot of women out there. The American woman is many women, and I think it’s important to speak to American women at a time when they need encouragement. I’m not political, but I think everyone is worried, to a degree.”



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Pliskova, Halep lead five-woman fight for No. 1

Pliskova, Halep lead five-woman fight for No. 1

With sidelined Serena Williams about to have a baby, five players have a chance to grab the world number one ranking at this week's US Open tuneup event in Cincinnati.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion who announced her pregnancy and the end of her season in April, owned the top spot for 186 consecutive weeks through last September, matching Steffi Graf for an Open Era record, and traded the spot with Germany's Angelique Kerber earlier this year.

Defending Cincinnati champion Karolina Pliskova took over the top spot five weeks ago but will lose points from her title run, opening the door for rivals to overtake her.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Photo: Serena Williams’ ‘50s-themed baby shower

Serena Williams’ ‘50s-themed baby shower

Last weekend, Serena Williams throw a baby shower with the ‘50s all around it... Eva Longoria, Ciara, LaLa, Kelly Rowland, and Angie Beyince were there to enjoy the party....



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Serena shares the story of depositing her first million dollar check at a drive-thru ATM

Serena shares the story of depositing her first million dollar check at a drive-thru ATM

Today Serena Williams is known as a 23-time Grand Slam winner, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and the face of women’s tennis in the United States. But when Williams first started playing her sport, fame was new, unfamiliar and almost unexpected.

Money and endorsements started pouring in for Williams after her first Grand Slam title, and initially, the tennis star wasn’t sure what to do with the funds. In an interview with CEO Maverick Carter on the UNINTERRUPTED series “Kneading Dough,” Williams explained she never played for money or even thought about the monetary rewards that would come with her success. That is, until she tried to cash her first million dollar check.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

If Serena wants to rule again, she will, says Henin

If Serena wants to rule again, she will, says Henin

Justine Henin tipped her old rival Serena Williams to come back after her pregnancy and reign supreme once again -- saying what Serena wants, she usually gets.

Henin, who won seven Grand Slams, said Serena's absence opened the door for a new champion to step up and seize this year's Wimbledon crown.

But the 35-year-old Belgian, who retired in 2011 and two months ago had her own second child, has no plans to make a stellar comeback of her own and do battle with Serena once more.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Video: Wimbledon 2017 - Patrick Mouratoglou talks about Serena Williams

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Video: Wimbledon 2017 - Patrick Mouratoglou talks about Serena Williams

Monday, July 3, 2017

Serena's coach discusses her comeback

Serena's coach discusses her comeback

Patrick Mouratoglou says Serena Williams is still hitting balls every day as she prepares to be a mother for the first time.

Williams' coach,Patrick Mouratoglou, commented that the daily workouts means Serena is continuing to exercise and keeping her mind plugged in to tennis.

"Serena is seven months pregnant but still she's playing for maybe 45 minutes every day. She doesn't run. She can't and she should not. But she hits every day so that she's still mentally into tennis, and also she's exercising."

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Photos: Pregnant Serena poses for Vanity Fair cover

Photos: Pregnant Serena poses for Vanity Fair cover

I am sure that finding out that Serena was pregnant was the most shocking news of 2017 on the WTA.

The Australian Open champion posed for legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz for a series of photos for the new edition of Vanity Fair magazine.