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By John Pye | January 30, 2010
Serena Williams loves a good underdog story and understood that most of the crowd was behind Justine Henin. All that sentiment was put aside once she heard an insult from the stands, a crack that went right to the heart of all athletes. Williams surged to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory in the Australian Open final Saturday, closing this chapter on Henin's remarkable comeback from retirement. "I think everyone was for Justine tonight," Williams said. "But you know what really helped me out?
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July 29, 2013
Sloane Stephens, the No. 2 seed in the Citi Open and the 15th-ranked player in the world, dropped her first-round match to No. 88 Olga Puchkova, 7-5, 6-3, at William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center. The 20-year-old lumbered stiffly around the baseline with her head down between points, body language that indicated she was searching for the game that helped her beat Serena Williams in this year's Australian Open. "I just didn't play that well, wasn't feeling the ball great," Stephens said.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
Football and tennis don't share much in common except perhaps that Raven tackle Bryant McKinnie is crazy about both. So much so that it got McKinnie into the famously gossipy Page Six section of the New York Post. The Post found the big man at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday -- just as he headed into a contract dispute with the team that pays his bills. He was there to watch his good friend Serena Williams in the US Open quarterfinals. "According to a spy, McKinnie, an 11-year NFL vet, 'loves to pick up a racket on his off days . . . often with Serena and Venus Williams.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
Football and tennis don't share much in common except perhaps that Raven tackle Bryant McKinnie is crazy about both. So much so that it got McKinnie into the famously gossipy Page Six section of the New York Post. The Post found the big man at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday -- just as he headed into a contract dispute with the team that pays his bills. He was there to watch his good friend Serena Williams in the US Open quarterfinals. "According to a spy, McKinnie, an 11-year NFL vet, 'loves to pick up a racket on his off days . . . often with Serena and Venus Williams.
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By Christopher Clarey and Christopher Clarey,The New York Times | July 6, 2008
WIMBLEDON, England -- Sisters for life and doubles partners later in the afternoon, Venus and Serena Williams put all that aside for nearly two hours yesterday at Wimbledon, slugging serves and ground strokes in each other's direction with a vengeance. It had been five years since they had played a Grand Slam singles final together, and the long wait resulted in one of their most intense and entertaining matches despite the gusty conditions that made Centre Court feel more like a wind tunnel.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,Sun reporter | November 18, 2007
On the tennis court, Venus and Serena Williams attack their opponents with an unmatchable zeal, but each sister brings to the game a style all her own. Off the court, the championship-dominating sisters share a similar zeal for fashion. And just like during tennis matches, the two express their flair for fashion in different ways. Venus Williams She will be signing autographs today at noon at Steve & Barry's in Eastpoint Mall.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | September 3, 2008
Right out of the chute, I'm going to admit I'm at a bit of a disadvantage here, since I'm pretty sure Childs has Serena Williams in one of his fantasy tennis leagues. There's no arguing numbers and past performance with him - if you're curious, just look up the word insufferable in the dictionary - but the U.S. Open isn't played on paper. I'm not really sure what surface it's played on, but I'm almost certain it's not paper. I'm going with Venus because she's older and more experienced than her younger sibling, and the fact that she's named after a Roman goddess clearly is having a subliminal effect on me. The two of them are 8-8 in head-to-head competition, so it might come down to who gets to the courthouse first and legally changes her last name to Ocho Ocho.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1998
NEW YORK -- A year ago, No. 9 seed Irina Spirlea created a bizarre incident in the U.S. Open when she intentionally chest-bumped Venus Williams during a quarterfinal match.Last night, Spirlea was on her best behavior during her third-round encounter with Venus' younger sister, Serena, a match in which she had to rally for a 6-3, 0-6, 7-5 victory to move on to the Sweet 16.Afterward, Spirlea laughed her way through a postmatch interview in which she said the bumping incident was history and that she and the Williams sisters have a normal relationship.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2002
At the U.S. Open this week, Serena Williams brought to the court her powerful serves, penetrating ground strokes and dominating athleticism. But she also had an unlikely weapon in her arsenal - a sleek, black catsuit. With the Lycra unitard hugging her commanding frame, Williams possessed an aura of almost mythic proportions. She was a Glamazon, a potent cocktail of Wonder Woman and Xena the Warrior Princess with a touch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was daunting, but she also was sexy - in that whips-and-handcuffs kind of way. Above all, Williams conveyed one message to her opponents: "Mess with me and die."
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By Diane Pucin and Diane Pucin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 6, 2003
PARIS - The French Open crowd was furiously against Serena Williams - booing her double faults, laughing and cheering at her mistakes, yelling angrily when she pointed out the marks her opponent's shots had made in the clay. And that opponent, Justine Henin-Hardenne, was quick and light and creative. Her one-handed backhand was touching the lines. She used her forehand with stealth, a quick shot that went whizzing past Williams. It was all too much for Williams, trying for her 33rd consecutive match victory in a major tournament and fifth straight Grand Slam title.
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Sports Digest | July 21, 2012
Et cetera Serena to miss Kastles match before London Serena Williams will not play her scheduled match with the Washington Kastles on Sunday and will be replaced by her sister, Venus Williams , when the team hosts the Kansas City Explorers. According to a news release, Williams withdrew from the match to further rest her back as she prepares for the Summer Olympics. Venus will fly to London after Sunday's match to join her sister as they go for a third gold medal in women's doubles.
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August 21, 2010
Top-ranked Serena Williams pulled out of the U.S. Open because she is still recovering from surgery on her right foot. Williams, who won her 13th grand slam at Wimbledon earlier this year and is ranked No. 1 in the world, cut her foot on broken glass at a restaurant in July and has not played since. "It is with much frustration and deep sadness that I am having to pull out of the U.S. Open," Williams said on the tournament's Web site. "My doctors have advised against my playing so that my foot can heal.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2010
Khalilah Williams-Webb, the 29-year-old New York City stylist responsible for dressing a number of celebrity athletes and entertainers, had her most publicized assignment to date on Saturday: the wedding of Carmelo Anthony and television personality LaLa Vasquez. The star-studded event, which is slated to be featured in the couple's coming reality television show on VH1, attracted everyone from tennis phenom Serena Williams to Kim Kardashian. Behind the scenes, Baltimore-native Williams-Webb was scrambling to make sure that Anthony's best man — his 3-year-old son Kiyan — was dressed when his suit did not arrive.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | July 4, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — It wasn't one thing that Vera Zvonareva did wrong. It was that Serena Williams did everything right. Williams measured her forehands and didn't try to make extravagant winners, just precise ones. Williams corralled her serve, placing it on the lines so much that Zvonareva tried several times to challenge via the electronic lines system, but usually Zvonareva didn't really have hope. She'd be standing on the other service line as if she just needed to see what she couldn't believe.
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By Tribune Newspapers | July 2, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — Petra Kvitova announced herself to Serena Williams with high-pitched squeals and forceful fist pumps and with a tennis game of varied pace marked by volleys and lobs and, stunning to many, an early service break and an advantage over the world's top player. But Williams has something Kvitova doesn't have. The Serve. Kvitova has a serve but not The Serve. Not the consistently angry-seeming first shot that is blasted with both power and purpose.
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By Tribune Newspapers | June 30, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams straightened out a very crooked women's Wimbledon quarterfinal Tuesday. It was only top-seeded and defending champion Serena's uncomplicated 7-5, 6-3 win over ninth-seeded Li Na that made sense. Tsvetana Pironkova, a Bulgarian ranked 82nd in the world, considered herself surprised to have eliminated second-seeded and five-time champion Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3. It was a thorough and unexpected beating and more surprising even than the exit of defending U.S. Open champion and eighth-seeded Kim Clijsters, who was put out by 21st-seeded Vera Zvonareva 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. In the fourth quarterfinal, Kaia Kanepi avoided becoming the first Estonian woman to make the semifinals by failing to convert any of five match points and losing 4-6, 7-6 (8)
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By Charles Bricker and Charles Bricker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 27, 2003
WIMBLEDON, England - The Wimbledon warm-up acts are over for Andre Agassi. He got everything he needed from Jamie Delgado in the first round and feisty Lars Burgsmuller yesterday - at least enough to sharpen his game for a couple of major headaches looming on the horizon. Now the real work begins. First, the court artistry of Younes El Aynaoui tomorrow and, if Agassi makes it to the round of 16, very probably a meeting next week with the suddenly rejuvenated Mark Philippoussis, who has hammered 40 aces in his first two wins.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune Newspapers | June 27, 2010
This would be enough for any tennis fan with a ticket to Wimbledon on Monday. Serena Williams, the defending champion, is playing Maria Sharapova, a longingly eager ex-champion who at 23 desperately wants to be at the top again with her surgically repaired shoulder a mental hindrance but her fighting spirit still potent. Kim Clijsters is playing against Justine Henin, two Belgians who have combined for nine major championships, who both took big chunks of time off from tennis, who have been at most cordial and at times standoffish with each other.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | June 27, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — This was a cranky Rafael Nadal, an aching Nadal, a Nadal who asked for a trainer to treat his arm and his thigh, whose dialogue with his coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, caused chair umpire Cedric Mourier to twice admonish the No. 2 seed to knock off the chatter. And still Nadal, the 2008 Wimbledon champion who missed the chance to defend his title last year because of a knee injury, tapped into his reserve tank of energy, took to heart whatever advice he was getting from Uncle Toni and, for the second match in a row, won a five-setter.
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