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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

AFP chief on Trillanes, Steph Curry, Naomi Osaka | Midday wRap

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

PNoy on West Philippine Sea, inflation, Serena Williams | Midday wRap

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:46 PM

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Serena suffers worst defeat of her career

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Unseeded Johanna Konta stuns former world number one Serena Williams at the WTA San Jose

STUNNER. Serena Williams bows to Johanna Konta in just 51 minutes. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Serena claims 'discrimination' over drug tests

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The 23-time Grand Slam winner says she gets 'tested the most' among tennis players

TARGET. American tennis star Serena Williams doubts the drug tests are random. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

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

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

Back on top: Kerber spoils Serena's Wimbledon history bid

Jul 15, 2018 - 7:53 AM

Angelique Kerber becomes the first German woman to rule the All England Club since Steffi Graf in 1996

NEW CHAMPION. Germany's Angelique Kerber poses with the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles final victory over US player Serena Williams. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Wimbledon final: Serena shocked, Kerber pumped

Jul 13, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Serena Williams insists she's the underdog against world number 10 Angelique Kerber

INCREDIBLE. Serena Williams says ‘it’s crazy’ to be back in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber. Photos by AFP

Spot the top seeds: Serena’s path to Wimbledon title wide open

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:00 AM

After the seeding carnage, American superstar Serena Williams sets sights on an 8th All England Club crown

BACK AT IT. Serena Williams stands as favorite again as no top 10 women’s player reached the semifinals. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Serena warns Wimbledon rivals: 'I'm just getting started'

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:33 AM

The 23-time Grand Slam champion is still in contention for the title after the top 10 seeds crashed out before the last 8

SUPERPOWER. Serena Williams is chasing her 8th Wimbledon crown. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

18 in a row! Serena extends Wimbledon winning run to make quarters

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:49 AM

The American tennis superstar is gunning for her 8th Wimbledon title

REDEMPTION. Serena Williams proves she is more than ready to return to action after pulling out midway through the recent French Open. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Open era first: No top 5 in Wimbledon women’s last 16

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The exodus of top seeds continues as Taiwan's Hsieh stuns world number one Simona Halep

SHOCKER. Romania's Simona Halep says she displayed 'unprofessional attitude' after crashing out against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

The week in photos: June 30-July 6, 2018

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:55 PM

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

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Serena: 'There's an aura, that's what makes me great'

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:00 PM

American tennis star Serena Williams stays on course for an 8th crown as top seeds fall in Wimbledon

ON A ROLL. Serena Williams advances against Russian qualifier and fellow mother Evgeniya Rodina. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Wimbledon masterclass: Federer, Serena advance

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:32 AM

As Roger Federer and Serena Williams continue their stroll, world number two Caroline Wozniacki crashes out

WINNING STREAK. Switzerland's Roger Federer stretches his Wimbledon streak of consecutive-set wins to 26. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Serena Williams seeded for Wimbledon

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Amid controversies, the American tennis star returns to action at number 25

COMEBACK. American tennis star Serena Williams competed in the 2018 French Open as an unseeded player. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Injured Serena withdraws from French Open before Sharapova clash

Jun 05, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The 23-time Grand Slam champion feels 'beyond disappointed' as she hands Maria Sharapova the last-8 spot

SHOCK EXIT. Serena Williams pulls out of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her 20-year career.  Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Serena, Sharapova ready to renew bad blood in French Open

Jun 04, 2018 - 8:07 PM

Maria Sharapova has not defeated Serena Williams since 2004

BAD BLOOD. Two of tennis biggest stars clash in the Roland Garros. Photo by Thomas SAMSON/AFP

Sharapova desperate to end 14-year losing streak to Serena

Jun 03, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The Russian star's last win against Serena Williams came in 2004 – way before the birth of Twitter and YouTube

NEMESIS. Bitter rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova set up a much anticipated French Open showdown. Photos by AFP

French Open 2018: Serena fights back as Nadal, Sharapova cruise

Jun 01, 2018 - 8:31 AM

Former world number 1 Serena Williams edges closer to a possible last-16 duel versus old rival Maria Sharapova

DOUBLE TIME. After advancing to the 3rd round, Serena Williams returns to action the next day to plays doubles with sister Venus. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Serena Williams says black catsuit addresses post-natal problems

May 30, 2018 - 10:56 AM

The former world number one highlights her Grand Slam comeback with a fun and functional outfit inspired by the hit movie 'Black Panther'

WARRIOR PRINCESS. Serena Williams says the catsuit alleviates the severe health problems she suffered after giving birth. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Nadal, Sharapova survive scares as Serena makes winning Grand Slam return

May 30, 2018 - 1:07 AM

World number one Rafael Nadal says the first-round match against Italian Simone Bolelli turned out to be a good test at the French Open 2018

ROUGH START. Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a forehand return to Italy's Simone Bolelli during their men's singles first round match. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP