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Serena Williams Out in US Open Semifinals

Angelique Kerber will be new world No. 1

(Newser) - Serena Williams was upset in the US Open semifinals for the second year in a row, beaten 6-2, 7-6 (5) by 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Thursday night. Williams, who clutched at her left leg between points in the second set, double-faulted to end it. Afterward, her... More »

Serena Williams Wins Record-Tying 22nd Grand Slam Title

She's now even with Steffi Graf

(Newser) - Serena Williams won her record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title by beating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final on Saturday, the AP reports. Williams pulled even with Steffi Graf for the most major championships in the Open era, which began in 1968. Now Williams stands behind only Margaret Court'... More »

Tennis CEO Quits After Comments on Women Players

Raymond Moore offered his resignation from tourney to Oracle founder Larry Ellison

(Newser) - On Sunday he was riding high as CEO of California's Indian Wells Tennis Garden and director of the BNP Paribas Open tournament held there. On Monday, Raymond Moore stepped down from both posts, reports the New York Times , after making disparaging comments about women tennis players over the weekend,... More »

Sharapova Used Same Drug as Soviet Troops in the '80s

Soldiers took meldonium for stamina while fighting in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The drug at the center of Maria Sharapova's doping case was regularly given to Soviet troops in the 1980s to boost their stamina while fighting in Afghanistan, the AP reports. The tennis star said Monday she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for meldonium, which... More »

Maria Sharapova: I Failed a Drug Test

But tennis champion says it's an honest mistake

(Newser) - Tennis star Maria Sharapova admitted today that she's been caught using a drug restricted by professional tennis, the BBC reports. "I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it," the 28-year-old said in Los Angeles after failing a drug test at the Australian Open. But... More »

Serena Conqueror Loses in Finals

Flavia Pennetta beats fellow Italian Roberta Vinci

(Newser) - She got past Serena Williams in one of her sport's biggest upsets ever , but Roberta Vinci couldn't defeat her countrywoman today in the US Open finals. Flavia Pennetta defeated fellow Italian Vinci in straight sets to become the oldest first-time women's major champion in the Open era.... More »

Biggest Upset in Tennis History? Serena Loses

Williams' bid for sweep of Grand Slams is over

(Newser) - Serena's out in stunning fashion: The younger Williams sister lost today in the semis of the US Open in a massive upset to Italy's Roberta Vinci. The New York Times calls it "one of the biggest surprises in tennis history." The 43rd-ranked Italian won 2-6, 6-4,... More »

Serena Wins at Wimbledon, Now on Brink of Rare Feat

US Open would give her 'Calendar Slam,' first since 1988

(Newser) - Serena Williams today did what she usually does when she makes it to a Grand Slam final—win. She beat 20th seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain at Wimbledon in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-4, reports ESPN . The victory sets up an interesting scenario, notes Bleacher Report . If Williams wins at... More »

Rare No. 20: Serena Wins French Open

It's her 20th Grand Slam title, a mark hit by only 2 others

(Newser) - Overcoming a mid-match lull and a third-set deficit, Serena Williams won her third French Open title and 20th major singles trophy today by beating 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2. The top-ranked Williams took the last six games and added to her championships on the... More »

Serena Is Oldest Champ at Australian Open in Modern Era

33-year-old Williams beats Maria Sharapova

(Newser) - Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title today, continuing her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a commanding 6-3, 7-6 (5) win. Williams, coughing frequently and still affected by a recent cold, controlled the first set around a rain... More »

Serena Williams Wins 3rd Straight US Open

US champion beats Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3

(Newser) - Serena Williams ended a difficult-for-her Grand Slam season in the best way possible, winning her third consecutive US Open title by beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 today. At the top of her game, Williams broke Wozniacki's serve five times and compiled a hard-to-believe 29-4 edge in winners. Remarkably, until... More »

Sharapova Wins French Open, Shaky Serve and All

That's two in 3 years for Russian

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years today, overcoming some shaky serving to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final. Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and had 12 double-faults in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was... More »

Serena Williams Wins 5th US Open

Defeats Victoria Azarenka in her 17th Grand Slam win

(Newser) - Top-seeded Serena Williams won her fifth US Open and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 in a windy final. Today's match was the toughest test these two weeks for the No. 1-seeded Williams, who also beat Azarenka in three sets... More »

BBC Guy on Wimbledon Champ: She's No 'Looker'

John Inverdale is predictably sorry

(Newser) - Apparently, the fact that Wimbledon is a test of athletic prowess with no evening gown competition has been lost on at least one BBC announcer, who is backpedaling as mightily as he is gracelessly after inferring that yesterday's women's champ, Marion Bartoli , had to work hard because she'... More »

Wimbledon's New Champ: Marion Bartoli

Tomorrow, Andy Murray tries to win for the home crowd

(Newser) - Marion Bartoli of France is this year's women's champ at Wimbledon after she defeated Germany's Sabine Lisicki in straight sets today, 6-1, 6-4, reports AP . She won six straight games in the first set and five in the second for her first major victory. Bleacher Report has... More »

Serena Wins French Open

At 31, Williams is on a career-high winning streak

(Newser) - Serena Williams won her 16th Grand Slam title today and her first French Open championship since 2002, beating familiar foil Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4. Today's victory completed the top-ranked Williams' rebound from a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at Roland Garros a year ago.... More »

Nadal, Serena Triumph at Italian Open

Next week: French Open

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal controlled the Italian Open final from start to finish, beating Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3 today in the 30th meeting between the two stars. Nadal improved to 20-10 in his career against Federer, and won the Italian Open for the seventh time. He also showed once again that he'... More »

Ex Says Tennis Great Capriati Punched Him

She calls his account 'exaggerated,' says she'll be vindicated

(Newser) - Jennifer Capriati is facing down allegations that she stalked and harassed an ex-boyfriend, culminating in a Valentine's Day showdown in which he alleges that the 36-year-old tennis great tracked him down in a Palm Beach gym, "started screaming" at him, then punched him "with a closed fist... More »

Nadal Wins 1st Title Since Knee Injury

As Serena Williams is bounced from Qatar Open

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal beat David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in the Brazil Open final today, winning his first title since returning from a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee. Nadal thrust his arms into the air and pumped his fist after a long ball by Nalbandian made him the champion of... More »

Serena Will Be Oldest Top-Ranked Player

31-year-old sets mark for women

(Newser) - Serena Williams managed to make some history today by winning a quarterfinals match at a tournament in Qatar. The victory means that when the new rankings come out next week, the 31-year-old will be the oldest woman to hold the No. 1 spot, reports AP . Chris Evert got there at... More »

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