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William, Kate Hit Wimbledon

Kate is an avid tennis fan

(Newser) - Andy Murray performed a majestic bow on Centre Court, then sheepishly apologized to his royal fans—Prince William and new bride Kate—for his unkempt appearance. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched from the front row of the Royal Box today as the fourth-seeded Murray beat Richard Gasquet to... More »

Serena Williams Faces Risky Road to Return

Tennis star calls blood clot, hematoma 'extremely hard, disappointing'

(Newser) - Serena Williams' tennis career is on hold indefinitely following a series of health scares she calls "extremely hard ... and disappointing." News surfaced yesterday that Williams suffered a pulmonary embolism in February and then, more recently, a hematoma; she is now recuperating at home. But Williams has not played... More »

Venus Out in 4th-Round Upset

Nadia Petrova ousts lacy No. 2 seed on brisk day

(Newser) - Venus Williams' celebrated corset went under wraps today, reports the AP, and now it's out of the French Open. Playing with a long-sleeve top over her black lace outfit on a chilly afternoon, Williams lost in the fourth round to Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 6-3. Williams came into the tournament seeded... More »

Navratilova: Breast Cancer 'My 9/11'

Nine-time Wimbledon champ vows to win battle

(Newser) - Martina Navratilova's revelation yesterday that she's battling breast cancer may be her toughest match yet. The Czech-born champ, 53, said the February diagnosis was like a "personal 9/11," reports the Times of London. “It was a total shock because I have been so healthy,” she says.... More »

Sharapova 'Excited' to Return to Tennis

Grand Slam champion will join Elena Vesnina for doubles

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova has recovered from an acute shoulder injury that sidelined her for six months and is returning to tennis this week, CNN reports. Sharapova will play doubles with Elena Vesnina at the ATP-WTA tournament this week in Indian Wells. "I am excited to be playing competitive tennis again,... More »

Sharapova Pulls Out of Beijing

Shoulder injury dashes Russian's Olympic ambitions

(Newser) - The Olympics lost a bit of its star power today when Maria Sharapova announced that she won't be able to compete because of a shoulder injury, AFP reports. The 21-year-old Russian, ranked third in the world, also will miss the US Open in late August, the AP reports. “The... More »

Russia Denies Sharapova Bid to Carry Flag at Olympics

Coach concerned with tiring opening ceremony

(Newser) - Russian officials have denied Maria Sharapova’s request to carry her country’s flag at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, Reuters reports. “I advised against” Sharpova’s wish to be a flag-bearer, the Russian tennis chief said. “We want her to be fresh, not tired, during... More »

Shaky Serena Beats Jankovic For Title

Williams is 14-1 this year after her fifth Key Biscayne crown

(Newser) - Serena Williams screamed at herself, broke her racket and then finally finished off Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 for her fifth title at the Sony Ericsson Open today. Williams survived some tense moments in the last set and an improbable comeback by Jankovic, who trailed 5-3 in the second set.... More »

Clutch Shot Saves Roddick in Sony Opener

Star beats qualifier on amazing return; Davenport wins too

(Newser) - Andy Roddick was in big trouble in the opening round of the Sony Ericsson Open today when he pulled off a show-stopping shot to turn the match, reports the Associated Press. Roddick improved to 16-3 on the year with the 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 win over Viktor Troicki in Key Biscayne.... More »

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