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After Fashion Flap, Venus Covers Up

She and Serena win their doubles match, too

(Newser) - Venus and Serena Williams won their first-round doubles match at Roland Garros today, and all eyes were on Venus, who was wearing—an unadorned black T-back tennis dress. After 2 days of scrutiny thanks to the modified can-can get-up she wore for her first-round singles match, Williams went low-key as... More »

Clijsters Roars Back With Win

Belgian defeats Kutuzova in lopsided straight sets

(Newser) - Kim Clijsters, the 2005 US Open champ who’s been absent from the game since having a child two years ago, made a triumphant return to the tournament today, the New York Times reports. The unseeded Belgian easily dispatched Viktoriya Kutuzova 6-1, 6-1 in the first game at Arthur Ashe.... More »

It's Serena vs. Venus in Wimbledon Final

(Newser) - Venus Williams set up another Wimbledon final match against her sister, following Serena’s semifinal victory today over Elena Dementieva with her own thrashing of top seed Dinara Safina, the AP reports. Serena, a two-time winner of the tournament and the No. 2 seed, battled for a 6-7 (4), 7-5,... More »

Wimbledon Roof Shut Mid-Match for First Time

Multi-million dollar top closed amid rain

(Newser) - Wimbledon got a chance to use its new Center Court roof today when it was shut for the first time during a match, Reuters reports. The referee decided to close the lid—eight minutes to shut it, another 20-30 to get the air conditioning up to speed—as Dinara Safina... More »

Serena and Safina Reach Aussie Final

Federer beats Roddick in straight sets

(Newser) - Serena Williams steamrolled into her fourth Australian Open final today with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Elena Dementieva. The No. 2 seed hit 10 aces while Dementieva stumbled with strings of double faults. Williams will face Dinara Safina, who won her semifinal in straight sets over Vera Zvonareva. The matches... More »

On Night of Upsets, Blake Falls to Friend

Nadal advances easily, but other leaders get unwelcome shocks

(Newser) - Despite James Blake's hometown support in Flushing Meadows and recent victory over Roger Federer, the No. 9 seed couldn't move on to the fourth round of the US Open. Standing in his way was Mardy Fish, the friend for whom Blake will serve as groomsman next month, the New York ... More »

Ivanovic Beats Safina for French Open Crown

20-year-old wins first grand slam

(Newser) - An ecstatic Ana Ivanovic won her first grand slam today, beating Russian Dinara Safina to take the French Open crown, Reuters reports. Safina fought hard in the first set, turning a 4-1 deficit into a 4-4 but ultimately fell in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. “I feel so happy, I... More »

Can Young Blood Bring Sizzle Back to French Open?

Ivanovic, Safina could really put on a show

(Newser) - After some lackluster French Open women's finals in the recent past, this year's matchup between Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina looks promising, Barry Flatman writes in the London Times. Favorite (and new world No. 1) Ivanovic has been dominant, but Safina has taken 12 straight matches since winning in Berlin,... More »

Sharapova Falls to Safina

Top seed falls in 3 sets

(Newser) - Dinara Safina dashed Maria Sharapova’s French Open dreams today in an all-Russian free-for-all, ESPN reports. A screaming Sharapova bungled two big leads, rankling the crowd, which booed and whistled as she made her unceremonious exit . “They paid the ticket to watch me, so they must appreciate me on... More »

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