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Comeback Gives Sofia Kenin First Major Title

American defeats Garbine Muguruza after losing the first set

(Newser) - Sofia Kenin, a 21-year-old American, dropped the first set Saturday, then stormed back by winning a pair of 6-2 sets for the Australian Open title. She defeated Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain. This is her first Grand Slam victory, the Wall Street Journal reports. She'd beaten Coco Gauff and... More »

Will & Grace Stars React to Death of 'Rosario'

Actress Shelley Morrison is dead at 83

(Newser) - Her character was supposed to appear in one show and be gone. But actress Shelley Morrison made such an impact on viewers with her portrayal of Rosario Salazar on Will & Grace that she ended up appearing in 68 episodes. Morrison, who played the maid of Megan Mullally's character... More »

A Ball Boy Sold Serena's Racket for $500. Now He Regrets It

Racket busted by Williams in 2018 US Open could fetch five figures in auction

(Newser) - Broken sports equipment usually turns up in the garbage, but one busted tennis racket up for auction starting Monday could end up selling for five figures. The racket that Serena Williams threw down onto the court in September 2018 during a US Open final match against Naomi Osaka is up... More »

Canadian Teen Keeps Serena From a Milestone

Bianca Andreescu wins US Open, depriving Williams of record-tying major win

(Newser) - Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu built a big lead and then held on to upset Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the US Open final for her first Grand Slam title. Andreescu's victory Saturday prevented Williams from claiming what would have been her record-tying 24th major singles championship, per the AP... More »

Serena Gets Rocked in Wimbledon Final

Romania's Simona Halep wins in just 56 minutes

(Newser) - Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon's champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams, her opponent in Saturday's final, there already was inscribed: "Miss S. Halep." Halep was not concerned... More »

Meghan Markle Called 'Diva' After Wimbledon Request

Duchess of Sussex is once more in unwanted spotlight with pleas for privacy

(Newser) - First Meghan Markle and Prince Harry irked taxpayers with their home redo . Then they set off an "almighty storm" with an ultra-private christening for baby Archie. Now Markle is being accused of harboring a "secretive, high-maintenance attitude," and making "diva-ish demands" after apparently trying to get... More »

Wimbledon Fines Draw Claims of 'Privilege'

Fabio Fognini given slap on the wrist for saying club should be bombed

(Newser) - "I wish a bomb would explode on this club. A bomb should explode here," Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini announced during his third-round loss at Wimbledon on Saturday, per Yahoo . The 10th-ranked player, apparently upset about the condition of the grass court, was subsequently fined nearly $3,000—... More »

French Open Is Hit by 2 Big Shocks

Serena Williams and No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka are out

(Newser) - Maybe it was the daunting deficit Serena Williams faced in the French Open's third round. Maybe it was the way her 20-year-old American opponent, Sofia Kenin, was questioning line calls. Either way, as Williams attempted to start a comeback Saturday with a three-ace game, she followed those big serves... More »

Serena Williams' GQ Cover Comes Under Fire

People are not happy about the quote marks around "woman"

(Newser) - Serena Williams is GQ's Woman of the Year. Er, wait, she's the magazine's "Woman" of the Year? The magazine included quotation marks around the word "woman" (which was above the crossed-out word "men") on its cover featuring the tennis star, and people are... More »

Serena Sings Topless— But for a Cause

The tennis star aims to raise breast cancer awareness

(Newser) - Last month, Serena Williams was mad as hell . Now she's adding a sweet lilt to The Divinyls' classic "I Touch Myself" in a video she produced to increase breast cancer awareness, the Guardian reports. "Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to... More »

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 »

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