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Naomi Osaka: As Crowd Booed, Serena Said This

US Open winner appears on the 'Ellen Show'

(Newser) - During and after Naomi Osaka's high-profile US Open win over Serena Williams on Saturday, the 20-year-old didn't always know what was going on. She told the Ellen Show on Wednesday that as Williams argued with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, she resisted the urge to stray from her training,... More »

Tennis Umps Reportedly Mull a Boycott of Serena Games

They feel 'thrown to the wolves,' per rumblings

(Newser) - Serena Williams has already been hit with a $17,000 fine for a confrontation Saturday at the US Open with the chair umpire. Now she may face a boycott from other umps who stand behind Carlos Ramos, per the Washington Post . In Serena's court: the US Tennis Association, tennis... More »

Artist Who Drew Serena Cartoon: 'World's Gone Crazy'

Mark Knight says controversial drawing 'had nothing to do with race'

(Newser) - The Australian cartoonist widely condemned for drawing what critics say is a racist caricature of Serena Williams says the world has "gone crazy." Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight told an interviewer Monday that his cartoon was an accurate representation of Williams' meltdown during her US Open loss to... More »

New Wrinkle in Serena Controversy: a Cartoon

Critics see its depiction of the tennis great as racist

(Newser) - Serena Williams' loss to Naomi Osaka over the weekend at the US Open continues to generate headlines beyond the world of sports. One of the buzzier stories Monday concerned a cartoon—see it here —that it appeared in the Herald Sun of Australia, reports Business Insider . It depicts Williams,... More »

Serena Was Right: Ump Was 'a Thief'

Carlos Ramos 'couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him'

(Newser) - Carlos Ramos, the man tasked with umpiring the women's final of the US Open between Serena Williams and Naiomi Osaka, instead "marred Osaka’s first Grand Slam title and one of Williams’s last bids for all-time greatness," and he did it "all because he couldn’... More »

Naomi Osaka Wins Final Amid Serena Controversy

Williams was penalized a game after calling out ref as a 'thief'

(Newser) - The events and the arguing and the booing that would make this a US Open final unlike any other began when Serena Williams' coach made what she insisted was an innocent thumbs-up, but the chair umpire interpreted as a helpful signal, the AP reports. It was the second game of... More »

After Routing Sister, Serena Praises a Fan in the Stands

She says everyone should be 'grateful and honored' for Colin Kaepernick

(Newser) - Serena Williams kept booming big shots for winners, never allowing herself to feel sorry for the overmatched player on the other side. So what if it happened to be her big sister? The Williams sisters learned long ago in careers that have spanned 20 years and 30 meetings as professionals... More »

Awesome Nike Ad Features 9-Year-Old Serena Williams

Charts her path from child training with her dad to the US Open

(Newser) - Serena Williams went from training with her dad on the public courts in Compton to winning the US Open—six times so far. She's competing there again now, and in a new ad , Nike celebrates that incredible journey, Ad Age reports. The video combines shots of an adult Williams... More »

French Open Bans Suit Serena Wore to Inspire Moms

Her compression 'catsuit' improved blood circulation after a tough pregnancy

(Newser) - Serena Williams did away with the traditional skirt and donned a striking, full-length bodysuit during the French Open. And she did so for health, as well as fashion, reasons. Just don't expect to see it again. “I believe we have sometimes gone too far," French Tennis Federation... More »

Highest-Paid Female Athletes Don't Come Close to the Men

3 male athletes each made more than top 10 women athletes' combined earnings for 2018

(Newser) - A quick perusal of Forbes' list of the highest-earning female athletes of 2018 reveals why women were so upset with this male-dominated list . If all 10 combined their earnings, they wouldn't touch the highest-paid male athlete. Or the runner-up. Or the third-place finisher. As expected, Serena Williams leads the... More »

Before Worst Loss of Her Career, Shocking News for Serena

Williams found out right before worst loss of career her half-sister's killer had been paroled

(Newser) - Serena Williams suffered the worst loss of her career at the end of July, and now there's more context as to why that may have happened. What Bleacher Report deems "tough news" came Williams' way right before her match with the UK's Johanna Konta. She details that... More »

Citing New-Mom Struggles, Serena Ditches Competition

Tennis star withdraws from Canada's Rogers Cup, says she's been in 'a funk'

(Newser) - New moms, Serena Williams gets you—specifically if you're feeling all kinds of confusing emotions months after your baby has arrived. The BBC reports that the 36-year-old tennis star yanked herself out of Canada's Rogers Cup competition this week, initially citing "personal reasons." An Instagram post... More »

Wimbledon's Women Are Referenced One Way, Men Another

Some want to know why the marital status of female players continues to be cited

(Newser) - Mrs. JM Lloyd and Mrs. LW King aren't household names, but you likely know who they are. Those are the official monikers bestowed upon Wimbledon champs Chris Evert and Billie Jean King by the All England Club, host of the tennis tourney since 1877 —a result of what... More »

She Keeps Getting Tested for Drugs. Now She's Mad

Serena Williams has been tested far more than other top players, reports Deadspin

(Newser) - Serena Williams is getting tested for performance-enhancing drugs a lot. And Williams, who’s prepping for Wimbledon, is getting annoyed. The US Anti-Doping Agency versus Serena situation came to a head on June 14 when a tester for the USADA went to Williams’ home in Florida at 8:30am for... More »

Among World's 100 Highest Paid Athletes, 0 Women

Boxer Floyd Mayweather comes out on top

(Newser) - Women in sports say Forbes ' annual list of the world's highest-paid athletes is proof that the gender pay gap is real and pressing. That's because—for the first time in eight years—not a single woman made the cut. The highest-paid female athlete in 2017—the year... More »

Serena's Comeback Stumbles: Pulls Out of French Open

Tennis great withdraws with chest injury

(Newser) - This is sure to make for a poignant episode of her new HBO docu-series: Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open on Monday because of injury. The tennis legend had been due to play Maria Sharapova later, but ESPN reports that a "pectoral muscle injury" prevented her from being... More »

Serena Williams Calls for Action After Scary Birth Experience

We need to make the world safer for all moms and newborns, she writes

(Newser) - Serena Williams nearly died after her daughter was born via emergency C-section last year; a pulmonary embolism "sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived," the tennis star writes for CNN . Living through the experience made Williams realize even though it was terrifying,... More »

Serena Williams Gave Birth, Then 'Everything Went Bad'

She spent week in hospital due to blood clots

(Newser) - Serena Williams won't be defending her Australian Open title next week, for good reason. She's still bouncing back from complications from childbirth, which left her bedridden for six weeks, she tells Vogue . Williams, who appears on the February cover of the mag, says "everything went bad" a... More »

Serena Williams Weds in Super-Secret Ceremony

It was reportedly tennis-themed

(Newser) - Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian got married Thursday night in a New Orleans wedding ceremony that Page Six reports was "shrouded in secrecy until hours before." Sources say even the guests didn't know where the wedding would be held until cars picked them up from their hotels... More »

Serena Williams' Daughter Is Named After Her Dad

Meet Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

(Newser) - Meet Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. The little girl, named after her Reddit co-founder father, made her social media debut about two weeks after her tennis champ mom Serena Williams gave birth . Williams posted an Instagram photo of the newborn, while Ohanian posted a YouTube video showcasing the pregnancy journey—from... More »

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