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Serena Williams: Here's Why I'm Speaking Out on Police Brutality

'There comes a time when silence is betrayal'

(Newser) - Tennis star Serena Williams vowed in an emotional Facebook post Tuesday to no longer "be silent" about police brutality of black people. She told the story of recently asking her 18-year-old nephew to drive her somewhere, then noticing as he drove that there was a police car stopped on... More »

Rio Revenge? Russian Hackers Hit Medical Info of US Athletes

'What we're seeing here is a digital temper tantrum,'

(Newser) - In what one analyst calls a "digital temper tantrum," hackers linked to the Russian government have hacked into the World Anti-Doping Agency's Olympic database and released information on star American athletes, including Serena and Venus Williams. WADA has confirmed the security breach, and the hacking group "... More »

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 »

Brexit Cost Serena Williams Almost $400K

Low British pound affects Wimbledon prize

(Newser) - Serena Williams may be celebrating her 22nd Grand Slam title win at Wimbledon on Saturday, but she's probably cursing Brexit. Had last month's Brexit vote not sent the British pound into a nose dive, Williams' £2 million prize money would have been worth close to $3 million,... 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 »

What Happened When Serena Williams Ate Dog Food

Spoiler alert: It did not end well

(Newser) - Serena Williams' dog, Chip, travels with her, and her hotel in Rome—she's currently there for a tennis match—offers a special room service menu for dogs. The food she ordered for Chip looked really good one day, so the next day, she ordered him salmon and rice and... More »

Serena Williams Gets an Earful Over Photoshopped Image

'Be proud of your curves'

(Newser) - Hey, Serena Williams: Keep it real. That's the message from fans who were outraged when the tennis star late last week posted on Instagram a photo of herself that had apparently been Photoshopped to make her waistline slimmer. Williams removed the black and white photo, which features her in... 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 »

Tennis CEO Delivers Sexist Rant About 'Lady Players'

They 'ride the coattails of the men,' says Raymond Moore

(Newser) - It took Serena Williams 15 years to return to the BNP Paribas Open after she was booed in 2001. She might never return again. While discussing how money is awarded in men's versus women's tennis on Sunday, tournament director Raymond Moore said female players "ride the coattails... More »

In Sheryl Sandberg's Dark Hour, There Was ... Serena

Tennis great wins Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year

(Newser) - Sports Illustrated bestows its Sportsperson of the Year award on "the athlete or team whose performance that year embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement." And for more than three decades, that sportsperson has been a sportsman. No more. This year the crown has gone to Serena... 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 Williams Beats Her Sis, Moves Closer to Slam

A 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory

(Newser) - If Serena Williams would feel sympathy for any opponent standing in the way of her pursuit of tennis's first true Grand Slam in 27 years, it might very well be her sister Venus. Still, no way was Serena going to let anyone, or anything, stop her on this night,... More »

Serena, Novak Get Wimbledon's Groove Back

Tennis stars bust a move to 'Night Fever' at champions' dinner

(Newser) - After winning titles again on Wimbledon's grass, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams showed they can cut a rug, too. Reviving a bygone tradition, Djokovic and Williams busted a move at the Grand Slam tournament's annual champions' dinner yesterday, dancing together to "Night Fever," the Bee Gees'... More »

JK Rowling Slams Serena Williams Troll

She looks like a man? "You're an idiot"

(Newser) - After Serena Williams won at Wimbledon again today, JK Rowling sang her praises on Twitter: "I love her. What an athlete, what a role model, what a woman!" she wrote. Which drew a response from "Rob," who tweeted , "ironic then that main reason for her... 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 »

Serena, Venus Stunned Early in French Open

They'd have met in the next round otherwise

(Newser) - Instead of looking forward to playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early. The American sisters both lost to little-known opponents in the second round today. Serena, the defending French Open champion and a 17-time major winner, lost to... 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 »

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