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Serena Williams has been knocked out of the French Open 6-2, 7-5 by compatriot Sofia Kenin in the third round.

It was 37-year-old Serena’s earliest exit at the Slams since a third round loss to Alize Cornet at Wimbledon in 2014.  

Kenin, the 20-year-old World Number 35, will face eighth seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia for a place in the quarter-finals. Three-time Roland Garros champion Williams was attempting to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 majors.

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Naomi Osaka has won the Australian Open and is the new world number one, after beating Czech Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2) 5-7 6-4 in a dramatic final.

In September 2018, Osaka was reduced to tears when the crowd booed her after a controversial US Open final in which Serena Williams lost her cool. The hard-fought victory made Osaka the first Asian, male or female, to hold the world’s top ranking, taking over from Romania’s Simona Halep.

The Japanese youngster fell to one knee in celebration, head bowed, as Melbourne Park erupted in thunderous cheers. “I felt like I was in a state of shock through the entire trophy presentation,” the 21-year-old said.

She is the first woman to follow her first grand slam title by immediately winning the next one since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 and the first since Serena in 2015 to win two slams in a row.


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Serena Williams has defeated World’s number 1 Simona Halep to reach the quarter-finals of the 2019 Australian Open.

Serena Williams, 37, sat out last year’s Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter months earlier and suffering health complications. Since returning to the tour, Williams has reached the past two Grand Slam finals, losing both.

On Monday, the mother-of-one outlasted Simona Halep at Melbourne Park and won the fourth round match with a 6-1 4-6 6-4 victory.


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Speaking on court, Williams said:

It was a really intense match, some incredible points. I love playing tennis, I love this court and it’s really cool to be back out here playing.

I really needed to elevate my game and there’s a reason why. She’s a great player. I had to just play a little bit like I knew I could and I did, and I think hopefully that was the difference.

I’m such a fighter, I never give up. There’s definitely something that’s innate.


Serena will now make her way through to the quarter-final where she will meet Czech Karolina Pliskova.



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Tennis star Naomi Osaka is on the cover of the latest issue of TIME magazine and she’s dishing on her journey so far, her match against Serena Williams, her aversion to attention and more.

On facing her idol Serena Williams, she says “Serena is Serena. I didn’t experience her life. I can’t tell her what she’s supposed to do, because there are things that she’s gone through. I have nothing against her or anything. I actually still really love her.”

Read her feature here.



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Tennis champions, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, are set to play each other for the first time in their careers.

They will play a mixed doubles match in the Hopman Cup competition in Perth today. Federer and Williams have won a combined total of 43 Grands Slam titles.

On the match-up, Federer said: “It is very exciting for both of us and I hope a lot of tennis fans tune in and watch it. I admire everything she’s done on and off the court, we are both fierce competitors and we always want to win.”

Williams said it was “a dream come true” and added: “I have been looking forward to it. This is so cool.

The match has been labelled by many as one of the most exciting and anticipated match involving a male and female player since Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the sexes” in 1973.

37-year-old Tennis champion, Serena Williams is the cover star for Teen Vogue’s December issue.

Serena Williams and Naomi Wadler who sat down for an interview with Lindsay Peoples Wagner, the editor-in-chief of the magazine spoke on Activism, Power and other sensitive issues.

Read below.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner: There are so many things I want to ask both of you, but one of the immediate things that comes to mind is how you’ve both taken a lot of risks in your personal and professional lives. Why have you been so willing to take risks and speak out, whether about activism or being a woman of color?

Naomi Wadler: Okay, so I want to do all of the events that I do right until I am about to go onstage, because that is when I am like —

Lindsay Peoples Wagner: You nervous?

Naomi Wadler: It’s just great to be able to have the platform that I have, and that Serena has, and that you have, because not everybody has those platforms, and so part of that is being able to lift up other voices, and so that it’s not just somebody who is famous, or well known, or just a public figure.

Serena Williams: You put that really well. We’re in a position where we have the opportunity to use our status and our social network, and to use different platforms that we are on and that we can talk about it, ’cause a lot of people see what we post and see the things that we write. And although it’s so fun to have the opportunity to post lots of fun things, I also find it really important to post and talk about real items that affect us on a day-to-day basis.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner: Serena, how do you handle it all? Your training, your beautiful baby, business. How do you handle it day to day?

Serena Williams: Honestly, I don’t know. I go to bed every night thinking, How did I get through this day? I’m sure a lot of people out there can relate, right? It’s like, this day is over, it’s 10 o’clock, I got through it. How did that happen? That’s kind of how I am. Between… I just started training. Yes, I’m still playing.

Serena Williams speaks on Power and Activism as she graces the cover of Teen Vogue (Photos)

Lindsay Peoples Wagner: We’re ready.

Serena Williams: So, that has been… OK, now I’m training on top of running this fashion company, on top of being a full-time mom. I’m super hands-on as a mom. I just take it as it is and realize that everyone goes through the same thing.

Lindsay Peoples Wagner: I want to talk about confidence. You both are so public, I’m sure you have days where you either get nervous or don’t feel great. How do you pick it back up on those days when you don’t feel so confident that you’re doing the right things or you don’t feel like things are going in that direction?

Serena Williams: I think it’s really important to realize that no day is going to be perfect. For me, that’s really hard because I strive for perfection, and I feel like everything I do has to be great and has to be perfect, because I am a true perfectionist. But that’s impossible. That’s not reasonable. Then I realize that, OK, I had a rough day today, let’s do something to make it better tomorrow. I think it’s important to expect to have some really rough times when you’re going through something, but always know that you can overcome it.

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GQ magazine has released four new covers featuring their 2018 Men of the Year with the fourth cover featuring Tennis champion Serena Williams as the Woman of the Year.

The other covers honor Jonah Hill(director of the year), Henry Golding (star of the year) and Michael B. Jordan(leader of the year).

While Serena’s interview highlights have not been released yet, the magazine is already facing some backlash for using quotes around the word woman when calling Serena the Woman of the Year.

Though the decision to put “woman” in quotes is being viewed as questionable by some, added context is that the word was handwritten by Off-White and Louis Vuitton creative director Virgil Ablohwho often uses quotation marks on his Off-White designs.

Virgil Abloh designed Serena’s US Open tutu dress.

Neither GQ nor Serena Williams has responded to the backlash to her Woman of the Year cover

See the other covers below.

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Women epitomize power, dedication and strength. No wonder they have breakaway all limitations and societal norms and excelled radically in sports. Tennis is one field of sports where women have had a strong foothold since time immemorial. Listed here are the 5 most powerful women tennis players of all time.

1. Serena Williams
Serena Williams Serene Williams, an American tennis player, is ranked No.1 in Women’s Singles Tennis. She has been ranked as No.1 in singles on six different occasions. As of September 14, 2015, she is placed at 4th position on the List of WTA Number 1 Ranked Players. She is the champion of the French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic Women’s Singles and Doubles. According to some sports writers, commentators and tennis players, Serene Williams is the greatest women tennis players of all time.

2. Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova The popular Russian tennis player is ranked world’s No. 3 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and is one of the greatest players of all times. She has also been ranked No.1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions for 21 weeks. She is one of the ten women and the only Russian tennis player to hold the Grand Slam. She is also a medalist in Olympics. Sharapova has won at least 1 singles title every year from 2003 to 2015, a record only bested by players like Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Chris Evert. Several experts consider her to be one of the best that tennis has ever seen.

3. Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf Steffi Graf is a former World No.1 tennis player and one of the greatest of all times. During her span of career, she has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, which is second to Margaret Court (24 Grand Slam singles titles). She has been ranked No.1 by the WTA for a record of 377 weeks, the longest period for both male and female tennis players. She is the first and only tennis player to achieve Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year. She was noted for her versatility across all playing surfaces and is best known for her powerful forehand drive and footwork.

4. Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova A veteran tennis player, Martina Navratilova was selected as the greatest women tennis player for the years 1965 through 2005. She is one of the most powerful players the sport has ever seen, and was World No.1 for a total of 332 weeks in singles and record of 237 weeks in doubles. She had won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 10 major mixed doubles titles and 31 major women’s doubles titles. She has also won the Wimbledon women’s singles title for a record 9 times.

5. Chris Evert
Chris Evert The former World No.1 tennis player from the United States is undoubtedly one of the best so far. She has won 18 Grand Slam titles and had reached the finals of 34 Grand Slam finals, more than any tennis player, male or female.

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Serena Williams is participating in an I Touch Myself Project, which was inspired by late singer Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer in 2013.

Serena Williams posted on Instagram:

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’ve recorded a version of The Divinyls global hit ‘I Touch Myself’ to remind women to self-check regularly. Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colors, all around the world. Early detection is key – it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that.

Watch below.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams on Sunday, 23rd of September was honored for her charitable work at the 2018 Imagine Ball in West Hollywood.

Serena wore a form-fitting animal print mini dress as she arrived at the event which had Kelly Rowland and Nicole Scherzinger in attendance.

The event, honoring the 23-time Grand Slam champion, was hosted by Good Day LA‘s Rita Garcia.

See photos below:

Serena Williams

Kelly Rowland

Nicole Scherzinger

Photo Credit: Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images


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