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John McEnroe Won't Apologize for Comments on Serena Williams

He 'didn't know it would create a controversy'

(Newser) - John McEnroe refused to apologize Tuesday after claiming that Serena Williams would only be ranked 700th or so if she played against men rather than women, Time reports. McEnroe induced a wave of ire, including some from Williams herself , after making the comment Sunday on NPR. On Tuesday he told... More »

Pregnant Serena Poses Nude for Vanity Fair

Williams' 'full love story' with fiance Alexis Ohanian is offered up in magazine

(Newser) - Serena Williams is showing off her pregnancy with a nude photo on the cover of the August issue of Vanity Fair , the AP reports. The tennis superstar is seen in profile with her right arm covering her breasts and her pregnant stomach prominently on display. The magazine unveiled the cover... More »

Serena Williams Fires Back After John McEnroe Diss

He says she'd be 'like 700' against men

(Newser) - Serena Williams is an "incredible player" but she would be ranked "like 700" if she was on the men's circuit, John McEnroe said during an NPR interview Sunday, igniting a fierce debate and drawing a stern response from Williams. "I adore and respect you but please... More »

Serena Williams Goofed Up With Pregnancy Picture

'It was an accident'

(Newser) - Some thought Serena Williams was being coy when she posted the image last week that announced her pregnancy to the world, then soon after deleted it. But it turns out the tennis star had simply never meant for the picture to go public at all, People reports. The tennis star... More »

Serena Williams Fires Back After Joke About Skin Color

Williams criticizes retired tennis great Ilie Nastase over 'racist' comment

(Newser) - Serena Williams fired back against tennis great Ilie Nastase after he made a joke about the skin color of her unborn baby, and she quoted Maya Angelou to do it. "It disappoints me to know we live in a society in which people like Ilie Nastase can make such... More »

Serena Williams Drops a Note to Her Baby

Tennis star 'can't wait' to meet baby she's expecting with fiance Alexis Ohanian

(Newser) - It's been a busy few months for Serena Williams. First the tennis star announced in December she was marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, then she won the Australian Open , and finally, the biggest news of all last week: She's pregnant . Now TMZ reports that Williams is opening up... More »

Tennis Great's Response to Serena's Pregnancy: Racism

Not content with one controversy, Ilie Nastase starts two more

(Newser) - Most people respond to news of a pregnancy with congratulations, but a septuagenerian tennis great is catching heat for allegedly responding to Serena Williams' baby news with commentary about the baby's biracial heritage. "Let's see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?" Ilie Nastase reportedly told a... More »

Serena Confirms Pregnancy

She posts a '20 weeks' image of herself on Snapchat

(Newser) - A rep for Serena Williams has confirmed the "Serena Is Pregnant!" headlines that set the Internet abuzz Wednesday. Earlier, the 35-year-old tennis great posted a photo of herself on Snapchat labeled "20 weeks," displaying what Page Six describes as a "growing baby bump." Williams,... More »

Serena Challenges 2 Guys to Tennis in SF Park

'Is this for real?'

(Newser) - Two guys at a San Francisco park were lucky enough to get a tennis lesson from one of the biggest names in the game: Serena Williams was walking in Mission Dolores Park with her fiance on Sunday night when she came across two men playing tennis and offered to join... More »

Serena Beats Venus for Record 23rd Major

Younger Williams sister regains top spot

(Newser) - Serena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug. The all-Williams final—the first at the Australian Open since Serena beat Venus in the first edition here in 2003—went to the younger sibling... More »

Australian Open Will Have an All-Williams Final

Serena says she will face her 'toughest opponent'

(Newser) - Serena Williams is one win away from a record 23rd Grand Slam title after setting up an all-Williams final at the Australian Open. Now the only person standing in her way is her older sister, Venus. No. 2-ranked Serena Williams, a six-time Australian Open winner, overwhelmed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-1... More »

Tennis Great Serena Williams Is Engaged

She's marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

(Newser) - She's a 22-time Grand Slam champion; he's the co-founder of Reddit. And now they're getting married. Business Insider reports Serena Williams is engaged to Alexis Ohanian, whom she's been dating since 2015. The engagement is a "surprise" as the two "have kept their love... More »

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 »

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