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Maria Sharapova tries to end Serena Williams’ streak in Wimbledon semifinals

LONDON – Now it’s Maria Sharapova’s turn at Wimbledon to try to put an end to Serena Williams’ bid for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam – and …


Serena Williams gets past Victoria Azarenka at Wimbledon; Sharapova next

LONDON – Even as Serena Williams piled up aces and groundstroke winners from all angles, even as she stormed through seven games in a row and 10 of the last …


Serena Williams easily handles her little sister to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals

LONDON – Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at Grand Slam tournaments one day, …


Wimbledon: 2 points from loss, Serena Williams wins; sister Venus next

LONDON – Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close …


Williams says she doesn’t feel any pressure, yet

LONDON – While tennis fans everywhere anxiously wait to see if Serena Williams can take the third step toward a true Grand Slam, the 20-time major winner said she will …


Newsmakers: Two-time champion Rafael Nadal seeded 10th at Wimbledon

Seeded Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal has been seeded No. 10 for the grass-court Grand Slam, meaning he could face one of the top contenders as early as the fourth …


Williams calls win among her best

PARIS – When someone has won as many significant matches and titles as Serena Williams – her Grand Slam trophy count now stands at 20 – it can be hard …


Serena Williams wins French Open for third time

PARIS – What started out as a stroll became quite a struggle for Serena Williams. After going up by a set and two breaks in the French Open final Saturday, …


French Open: Ill Serena Williams comes back again to reach final

PARIS – At changeovers in her French Open semifinal, an ill Serena Williams walked slowly to the sideline, where even lowering herself to sit seemed difficult. With the temperature nearing …


Novak Djokovic beats 9-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal in quarters

PARIS – There was no trophy, and no title, on offer for Novak Djokovic at Court Philippe Chatrier. Perhaps there should have been, considering what he accomplished.


No. 1 Serena Williams edges Victoria Azarenka in French Open’s 3rd round

At the outset, Serena Williams was grimacing and cursing and, worst of all, losing by a lot. Then, suddenly, the 19-time Grand Slam singles champion was putting shots right where …


In brief: Serena Williams beats Errani in clay tuneup

Tennis: Serena Williams thought she was ready for the clay-court season. As it turns out, the top-ranked player still has a long way to go toward finding the form that …


Serena Williams earns 700th win to reach Miami Open semis

Seven-time champion Serena Williams overcame some shaky play Wednesday for her 700th career victory, beating Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Miami Open. Williams …


Error-prone Serena Williams makes quarters at Indian Wells

Struggling with her serve and a rash of errors, Serena Williams overcame a slow start to beat Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round at the BNP …


Serena Williams grinds out victory in Indian Wells return

Error-prone Serena Williams beat Monica Niculescu 7-5, 7-5 in her first match at Indian Wells, California, in 14 years Friday night, receiving a warm welcome from the fans in sharp …


Serena Williams ends 14-year boycott with return to Indian Wells

Serena Williams returned to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California on Thursday, ending a 14-year personal boycott of the $5 million tournament that began when she was booed …


Slam dancin’

MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed “C’mon,” careful not to push her point too far. The 33-year-old Williams was closing in on …


Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams advance to Australian Open final

MELBOURNE – Maria Sharapova reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal. The second-ranked Sharapova needed 10 minutes …


Federer fails to reach semifinals for first time in 12 years

MELBOURNE, Australia – Roger Federer will look back on it and wonder, just as he did on court, why he just watched as Andreas Seppi went down the line and …


Serena commends WTA for swift action

SINGAPORE – Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as “brothers” were bullying, sexist and racist, and that …


WTA issues fine for comments about Williams sisters

Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year for questioning Serena and Venus Williams’ gender in …


In brief: Rafal Nadal upset by qualifier at China Open

TENNIS: Rafael Nadal was upset by big-hitting qualifier Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the China Open on Friday in Beijing. The second-seeded Spaniard …


Serena Williams wins 3rd US Open in row, 18th Slam

NEW YORK – A couple of months before Serena Williams capped her dominant run to a third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major singles title Sunday night, she sat …


Serena Williams wins 3rd U.S. Open in row, 18th Slam

A couple of months before Serena Williams capped her dominant run to a third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major singles title Sunday night, she sat down with coach …


Serena stays on track at U.S. Open

NEW YORK – Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kaia Kenepi at the U.S. Open on Monday, keeping her …


Roger Federer’s confidence soaring before US Open

NEW YORK – The question made Roger Federer smile. Nothing particularly amusing about asking how he adjusts from playing mostly night matches in the U.S. Open’s early rounds to the …


Serena Williams seeded No. 1 at US Open; Halep 2nd

Top-ranked Serena Williams is seeded No. 1 as she seeks her third straight U.S. Open title. The U.S. Tennis Association followed this week’s WTA rankings in announcing the seedings Wednesday. …


Williams well-rested

Serena Williams finally realized what happened days later, when she was allowed to get out of bed. Williams said she was barely aware of how sick she was as she …


Wimbledon roundup: Serena Williams stunned

As Serena Williams began to fall behind in what would become her earliest Wimbledon exit in nearly a decade, her coach could tell something was awry. Not the so-so serving. …


French Open notes: Top-seeded Serena Williams, sister Venus upset in second round

Wind was whipping, rain was falling, and thick gray clouds overhead were foreboding as Serena Williams double-faulted, then raised her hands in despair and wailed, “I can’t serve!” As if …