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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)

Thiem rages at press conference eviction for Serena

Jun 02, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'I have to leave the room because she's coming. What the hell, I don't care,' says Austrian star Dominic Thiem after getting kicked out of his media conference to give way to Serena Williams

Austria's Dominic Thiem returns the ball to Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik during their men's singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 30, 2019. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Serena's Slam history bid halted in Roland Garros shock

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Booted out by 20-year-old Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams suffers her earliest Grand Slam exit since 2014

UPSET. Three-time French Open champion Serena Williams falls short again in her bid to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 majors. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

'Everything feels harder' for Serena despite Roland Garros progress

May 31, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Serena Williams aims to power through her bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title despite going through a 'tough year'

BATTLING ON. Serena Williams vies for a last 16 spot against fellow American Sofia Kenin. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

'Being Serena is a lot to carry': Williams struggles to 800th victory

May 28, 2019 - 8:52 AM

'It was just to remind everyone that they can be champions and are queens. So I love that about it,' says Serena of her 2019 dress and cape

BEING SERENA. Serena Williams wants to remind women that they are queens in whatever role they take. Photo from Roland Garros Twitter

Grand Slam clock ticking for weary Serena

May 26, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Amid doubts over her match fitness, Serena Williams continues to chase the all-time record of 24 Grand Slams

STILL POSITIVE. Serena Williams heads into the French Open with a winning mindset despite admitting it hasn’t been easy the past months. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

All hail Woods! Trump, Serena, Nicklaus join Tiger Twitter frenzy

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Big names sing praises for the 43-year-old golf icon for ending an 11-year major title drought following his triumph in the Masters Tournament

LEGEND. Tiger Woods wins his fifth Masters Tournament title at 43 years old. Photo from PGA Tour's Twitter account (@PGATOUR)

Illness ends Serena's Indian Wells bid

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The American star retires from her match against Garbine Muguruza after feeling 'extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue'

MOVING ON. Serena William now turns her focus on the Miami Open. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

'Racist' Serena Williams cartoon given Australian all-clear

Feb 25, 2019 - 4:36 PM

A Melboure Herald-Sun caricature in September showed a butch and fat-lipped Williams throwing a temper tantrum in her US Open final against Naomi Osaka

CONTROVERSIAL. Serena Williams' depiction in a Melbourne Herald-Sun cartoon sparked widespread condemnation across the world. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

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