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NEW YORK – The first time Kim Clijsters entered the U.S. Open, all the way back in 1999, she faced a certain someone by the name of Serena Williams.
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and Bethanie Mattek-Sands combined for a 6-4, 6-0 doubles victory over the duo of Jelena Ostapekno and Anastasija Sevastova to give the U.S. a 3-2 win over Latvia in their Fed Cup qualifying match
There was Billie Jean King before any of them. Then Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. The reigns of Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport followed, and then, of course, Venus and Serena Williams.
Naomi Osaka won the tournament opening match for her dad at the Australian Open. Serena Williams won hers for her daughter. The first two matches on center court at the Australian Open were all about families for two champions.
Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation.
Bianca Andreescu displayed the same brand of big-serving, big-hitting, in-your-face tennis that Serena Williams usually does.
Serena Williams was not troubled one bit by the right ankle she rolled in her previous match. Didn’t get much resistance from her opponent, either. Looking as dominant as can be, Williams moved just fine and powered her way into the U.S. Open semifinals by overwhelming 18th-seeded Wang Qiang of China 6-1, 6-0 in a mere 44 minutes to move closer to a 24th Grand Slam singles trophy.
There was no slow start to this U.S. Open outing for Roger Federer, who bristled at the suggestion that he might have played a role in some favorable scheduling.
Serena Williams played nearly perfect tennis and beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 in a contest devoid of drama at the U.S. Open. It was Williams’ first match at the tournament since her controversial and chaotic loss in last year’s final. Williams stretched her winning streak to 19 matches against Sharapova and now leads their head-to-head series 20-2.
Last year’s chaotic U.S. Open final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka still reverberates as 2019’s last Grand Slam tennis tournament is about to start in Flushing Meadows.
Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years when Serena Williams retired because of an injury. Andreescu was up 3-1 in the first set when Williams called for a medical timeout. Less than a minute later, the chair umpire announced that Williams was retiring from the match, handing Andreescu her second WTA Premier title of the season.
Serena Williams’ 6-2, 6-2 loss to Simona Halep at the All England Club was her third consecutive defeat in a Grand Slam final. The 37-year-old American has lost five of her past seven title matches at major tournaments after winning 21 of the first 25 in her career. Williams has 23 Grand Slam titles. That is a record for the professional era and one short of the highest total in tennis history.
Simona Halep stunned Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour to win her first Wimbledon title. Halep played pretty much perfectly throughout. Williams was trying to win her 24th Grand Slam trophy but lost in the final at the All England Club for the second year in a row.
Serena Williams walked into her news conference at Wimbledon holding her phone, a cold bottle of water and a statistics sheet that reinforced what was clear from watching her third-round singles victory Saturday: She is as close to being back to her best as she’s been in a while.
Serena Williams is teaming up with Andy Murray for mixed doubles at Wimbledon. Murray’s agent says that the two Grand Slam champions and former No. 1 players will be partners at the All England Club. They are sure to draw plenty of attention and fill the stands whenever and wherever their first-round match is played.
Serena Williams returns to win first-round match at French Opeen
Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open ahead of her second-round match against sister Venus due to a continuing left knee injury. Tournament organizers made the announcement Tuesday, a day after Serena opened her clay-court season with a routine win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson.
Serena Williams is set to return from injury at the upcoming Italian Open. Tournament director Sergio Palmieri tells The Associated Press that he spoke with Williams’ agent and that Williams “has already reserved her rooms and should be here a few days early” for the May 13-19 event.
Top-ranked Osaka loses in 3 sets at Miami Open; Serena Williams withdraws with knee injury; Federer wins
MELBOURNE, Australia – As Serena Williams made her way out to the Australian Open’s main court during pre-match introductions, the voice booming over the stadium’s speakers implored spectators to welcome “the world’s No. 1 player – from Romania, Simona Halep.” Oops.