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UK backlash at Meghan's lavish US baby shower

Feb 23, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Meghan Markle's party is hosted by Serena Williams at Manhattan's Mark Hotel and is attended by guests like Amal Clooney

MEGHAN MARKLE. The Duchess of Sussex is criticized by British media for her 'lavish' baby shower. File photo shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan at Tomorrow's Women Wirral, an organization that supports women in vulnerable circumstances. Photo by Charlotte Graham/AFP

Super Bowl ads speak more to women, female empowerment

Feb 03, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Ads starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Serena Williams are among the commercials that tackle female empowerment

The week in photos: January 19-25, 2019

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PROTEST. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne and showing fake injuries take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Lille, France, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Serena to 'keep soldiering on' in search of 24th Slam

Jan 23, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Karolina Pliskova slays to halt Serena Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title

LESSONS LEARNED. After blowing a huge lead against Karolina Pliskova, Serena Williams admits she needs to do more to get better. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Serena muscles past top seed Halep into Australian Open quarters

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:17 PM

'She's the No. 1 player in the world and there's a reason why... but I'm such a fighter, I just never give up,' says Serena Williams

HALF A CENTURY. Serena Williams makes it to her 50th Grand Slam quarterfinal after knocking out Simona Halep. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Serena Williams rolls into Aussie Open last 16

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Serena Williams powers past teenager Dayana Yastremska to be on track for a record 24th Grand Slam title

ON TRACK. Serena Williams cruises to the Australian Open last 16 and is still in contention for her 24th Grand Slam title. Photo from Twitter (@AustralianOpen)

Serena opens bid for Slam history with crushing win

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:46 PM

The American superstar seeks a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title

BACK TO FORM. Serena Williams is off to a rousing start in the Australian Open. Photo from Twitter (@AustralianOpen)


Australian Open 2019: Serena shoots for Grand Slam history

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:29 PM

History beckons as Serena Williams aims to match Margaret Court's mark of 24 singles majors on the Australian's home soil

MAKING HISTORY. Serena Williams hopes that his Australian Open will allow her to match Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Federer takes Swiss into Hopman Cup final, Serena completes sweep

Jan 03, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Switzerland stays on track of its title defense behind Roger Federer as Serena Williams sweeps her Hopman singles matches

STILL PERFECT. Roger Federer downs Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas to stretch his unbeaten run. Photo from Hopman Cup Twitter

LOOK: Serena posts inspirational message to working parents

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:48 PM

With her daughter Alexis Olympia in tow at the Hopman Cup, Serena Williams gives a salute to all working moms and dads

Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

WATCH: Serena, Federer pose for GOAT selfie

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Sharing the court for the first time, Serena Williams and Roger Federer make sure to capture the moment

Serena Williams of the US (L) and Roger Federer of Switzerland (R) take a selfie after winning their mixed doubles match on day four of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth January 1, 2019.  TONY ASHBY / AFP

Federer gets bragging rights over Serena in hugely anticipated match

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Meeting each other on the court for the first time, the Swiss legend and partner Belinda Bencic overcome the American star and teammate Frances Tiafoe

DEEP ADORATION. Serena Williams (left) says her doubles duel against Roger Federer is the "match of my career." Photo by Tony Ashby


Serena ensures meeting with Federer will have an edge

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The American star says she wants to replicate everything the Swiss great has done in his career

BEST VS BEST. Serena Williams will meet Roger Federer on the court for the first time. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP


Federer beats Tiafoe and looks forward to playing Serena

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The Swiss great says it is a 'thrill' to finally face the American star

GREATS COLLIDE. Roger Federer will meet Serena Williams on the court for the first time. File photo by William West/AFP


Serena wins Perth season-opener ahead of Grand Slam tilt

Dec 31, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Although struggling, the American tennis superstar does enough to beat Greece's Maria Sakkari in straight sets

MOVING FORWARD. Serena Williams gets back on the winning track following her controversial US Open finals loss. File photo by Oli Scarff


Federer relishing 'once in a lifetime' Serena clash

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Two of the greatest players in tennis history face off for the first time in the mixed teams event of the Hopman Cup

BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. The two greats barely know each other, but Roger Federer says he and Serena Williams are both ‘fierce competitors.’ File photos

Tennis royalty Federer and Serena back for yet another season

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Both 37 years old, the two tennis superstars show no signs of quitting

STILL GRINDING. Roger Federer (left) and Serena Williams begin another season of tennis. Photos from Shutterstock


Serena eyes 'bigger and better things' after US Open drama

Dec 28, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Back in great shape, Serena Williams targets the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles

CHASING HISTORY. Moving on from the controversial US Open final, Serena Williams hopes to tie Margaret Court’s championship record. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Serena Williams hails rule changes to protect mothers in tennis

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Under new rules, returning mothers who have a special ranking that would earn them a seeded position can be drawn as an 'additional seed' at tournaments

GROUNDBREAKING. Serena Williams had been advocating for a rule change that would ease the transition back for players following the birth of their children. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP


Federer says Serena 'went too far' with US Open final rant

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:21 PM

The Swiss star, though, believes the incident was 'unfortunate'

WALKING AWAY. Roger Federer (left) says Serena Williams should have walked way instead. Photos from Shutterstock


Serena coach calls for on-court coaching in tennis

Oct 19, 2018 - 9:31 AM

'It's time to stop the hypocrisy surrounding coaching,' says Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach at the center of Serena Williams' US Open outburst

CONTROVERSIAL. In the recent US Open final, Serena Williams received a warning for coaching when Patrick Mouratoglou was spotted making signals from the players box. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Serena Williams confirmed for 8th Australian Open title tilt

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Serena Williams will return to Melbourne tourney in 2019 after missing her title defense

RETURN. Serena Williams hopes to bag her 24th Grand Slam title in the 2019 Australian Open. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

US Open title 'not the happiest memory,' says Naomi Osaka

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:35 AM

The 20-year-old Japanese compares her Grand Slam success to eating green tea-flavored ice cream

MOVING FORWARD. Naomi Osaka says she has been trying to move on from her US Open win that saw opponent Serena Williams call chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" and later accused him of sexism. File photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP


Topless, singing Serena sparks internet breast cancer stir

Sep 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Tennis superstar Serena Williams promotes breast cancer awareness in a video viewed more than 1.3 million times in the first 10 hours

FOR A CAUSE. Serena Williams says the video puts her out of her comfort zone but fans lauding her for her bravery. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Serena Williams keen to 'move on' from US Open row

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The tennis superstar, though, is still perplexed at her coach's admission he illegally signalled to her during the finals against Japan's Naomi Osaka

MOVING FORWARD. Following her controversial US Open loss that saw her confront the umpire, Serena Williams wants to move forward. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez


Male tennis players punished more than women, says NYT report

Sep 16, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Male players were slapped with 1,517 fines compared to 535 fines for females at Grand Slam tournaments in the last 20 years

POLARIZING.The controversial US Open final led to scores of fans defending Serena Williams but also critics calling her a sore loser. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Typhoon Ompong, Peso plummets, Naomi Osaka | Evening wRap

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:21 PM

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Naomi Osaka has 'no regrets' over chaotic US Open final

Sep 13, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The Japanese champion refuses to criticize her childhood idol Serena Williams

GRATEFUL. Naomi Osaka savors her first Grand Slam despite the controversial final match against Serena Williams. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

Defiant Australian paper reprints 'racist' Serena cartoon

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Melbourne's Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight's caricature of Williams throwing a tantrum at the US Open – originally printed on Monday – attracts widespread condemnation from across the world

TANTRUM? This photo illustration shows the front page of the Herald Sun newspaper, featuring a cartoon of US tennis player Serena Williams, on sale at a newsstand in Melbourne on September 12, 2018. Photo by William West/AFP

Navratilova to Serena: Even if guys do it, it's wrong

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Her outburst at the US Open finals was wrong, but Serena Williams has a point about double standard for women, says tennis great Martina Navratilova

TENNIS GREAT. File photo shows former tennis player Martina Navratilova. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Serena Williams' US Open row puts tennis umpires in spotlight

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Williams receives plenty of support in her gender bias interpretation despite criticisms thrown at her

STRICT UMPIRE. Serena Williams of the United States reacts to umpire Carlos Ramos after her defeat in the Women's Singles finals match to Naomi Osaka of Japan. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

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Sep 10, 2018 - 2:51 PM

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Mother of all meltdowns: Did Serena overstep the mark?

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association but the debate rages on whether the violations that sparked her meltdown are sexist

ARGUMENT. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos after her defeat in the women's singles finals match to Naomi Osaka of Japan at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Serena fined $17,000 after U.S. Open final outburst

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The American star is fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being "a thief" during the stormy final

OUTBURST. Serena Williams of the United States shows her emotions during a women's singles match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

At US Open, power of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is overshadowed by an umpire’s power play

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos turned a minor infraction into a nasty controversy, all because he couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him

CONTROVERSIAL. Serena Williams comforts Naomi Osaka after the controversial US Open women's singles final. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena: 'I am not a cheat,' accuses tennis of 'sexism'

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Former world No. 1 Serena Williams says the controversial incident strengthened her belief that male and female players are treated differently

HEATED. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her US Open women's singles finals match against Naomi Osaka. Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena 'umpire thief' meltdown

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Serena Williams' outburst overshadows Japanese Naomi Osaka's historic triumph

HISTORIC. Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the championship trophy after winning the US Open women's singles finals match against Serena Williams. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Duterte defers to court, Palace on inflation, Serena Williams | Evening wRap

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 PM

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Serena storms into 9th US Open final

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:44 AM

American superstar Serena Williams will face Japanese Naomi Osaka in the US Open 2018 women's singles final

INCREDIBLE. Serena Williams will vie for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

US Open 2018: Serena reaches semis, champion Stephens exits

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Serena Williams shoots for a spot in the final against Anastasija Sevastova, who bundled out defending champion Sloane Stephens

COMEBACK. Six-time champion Serena Williams of the United States lets out her emotions after shaking off a slow start against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Serena: Coming back from pregnancy harder than I thought

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:15 AM

(UPDATED) Though she makes it to the quarterfinals of the US Open, Serena Williams admits, 'coming back from a baby is really hard, harder than I thought'

TOUGH. File photo shows Serena Williams during the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Serena routs sister Venus, Nadal survives epic match

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:57 AM

'She's my best friend. She means the world to me. Every time she loses I feel like I do,' Serena Williams on sister Venus

SUPERSTAR SISTERS. Venus Williams congratulates younger sister Serena after their US Open duel. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

It's a date: Serena, Venus to meet for 30th time at US Open

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:28 AM

Venus Williams won their first ever clash in Australia in 1998, but her sister Serena has built up an advantage over the last two decades

SIBLING RIVALRY. Venus Williams (left) won their first ever clash in Australia in 1998, but her sister Serena has built up an advantage over the last two decades. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Serena Williams returns in style at US Open 2018

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The former world No. 1 opens her bid with a straight-set victory over Poland's Magda Linette

BACK AT IT. Serena Williams says she's 'getting there.' Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Serena, Nadal headline opening night at US Open

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Tennis superstars Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal lead the opening-day march that sees eight former US Open champions in action

DEFENDING CHAMP. Rafael Nadal kicks off his title defense against old friend and Davis Cup teammate David Ferrer. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

French Open to ban Serena's 'Black Panther' catsuit

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:03 PM

The French Tennis Federation describes the American star's outfit as 'going too far'

FUN AND FUNCTIONAL. Serena Williams says the suit helps prevent blood clots. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Serena rebounds from worst loss to advance in Cincinnati tennis

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Williams manages to clean up her opponent this time around

RETURN. Serena Williams bounces back from  the worst loss of her career in San Jose. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Serena Williams admits suffering from postpartum emotions

Aug 07, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Williams' disclosure comes a week after she suffered the worst loss of her career

POSTPARTUM. File photo shows Serena Williams during her recent lost in the  Wimbledon Championships. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

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Aug 02, 2018 - 1:46 PM

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