Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams will headline 2017 Australian Open

Tennis Australia announced 110 of the 128 players for the Australian Open. Defending champion Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams, who missed the end of the 2016 season due to a shoulder injury, will headline the acceptance list. The remaining 18 players will be a mix of qualifiers and wildcards. A duo of Australian teenagers, Lizette Cabrera and Luksika Kumkhum, both received...
Via Excelle Sports
3 days ago

Federer, Williams out of IPTL because of financial issues

Roger Federer and Serena Williams are not going to participate in the third edition of the International Premier Tennis League because of financial issues for the exhibition series. Mahesh Bhupathi, a player and managing director of IPTL, issued a statement Monday night blaming the ''uncertainty of spending money'' and the ''current economic climate in India.'' Bhupathi said he...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena Williams, WNBA stars join nonprofit coding campaign

Serena Williams and Nneka Ogwumike are among a bevy of professional athletes lending their support to a sports-themed “Hour of Code” program as part of the Computer Science Education Week. The educational effort introduces students to coding via hour-long online tutorials. CEO Hadi Partovi told EdSurge News that tapping athletes was a conscious decision for the site...
Via Excelle Sports
5 days ago

Serena Williams: Women 'must continue to dream big'

Serena Williams has penned an open letter calling out what she sees as double standards faced by women in sports. The 22-time Grand Slam champion writes that women ''are constantly reminded'' they aren't men. She says people call her one of the ''world's greatest female athletes,'' but notes that male athletes such as LeBron James, Roger Federer and Tiger Woods aren't described...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Straight back to Compton: Venus and Serena Williams go home

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) Venus and Serena Williams have returned to their childhood California hometown for the first time since their half-sister was killed there in 2003 to have tennis courts dedicated in their honor. The sisters were greeted by cheers when they arrived Saturday at Lueders Park, not far from their former home in the violence-plagued city of Compton located 17 miles...
Via Associated Press
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Russian hackers take aim at Williams and Biles

Russian hackers broke into the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athlete database and leaked private medical information for three of the USA’s biggest female athletes, reports the New York Times. According to Rebecca B. Ruiz, hackers published the private medical records of Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Simone Biles, among others. The documents showed the trio received medical...
Via The Comeback
September 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Serena Williams’ coach blames knee injury for U.S. Open defeat

Serena Williams shockingly crashed out of the U.S. Open on Thursday, and her coach is blaming a health issue for the defeat. Williams lost 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) to No. 10 seed Karolina Pliskova in the semifinal at Flushing Meadows. The defeat means she will lose her No. 1 WTA ranking for the first time since February 2013. Williams’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, placed the blame for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 09, 2016  |  Discuss

How technology is making the US Open a better fan and player experience

Milos Raonic made swift work of Dustin Brown in his first round match at the US Open. Raonic won in straight sets — 75 63 64 — in just under two hours of work. Raonic wasn’t flawless in his 1st round win, but he played his most efficient tennis. Looking at IBM’s SlamTracker stats of the match, two numbers jumps out over the others: 65 percent of his rally winners and 70 percent...
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September 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Father of Serena, Venus Williams doing 'fair' after stroke

Richard Williams, the father of Serena and Venus Williams, suffered a stroke recently and was let out of the hospital two weeks ago after being treated, according to a report. Richard’s wife Lakeisha told Radar Online that her husband Richard suffered a stroke prior to Serena’s win at Wimbledon. Radar’s article about the stroke was published on Wednesday and says Richard was...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Is Serena Williams the most important modern athlete?

Serena Williams now owns 22 Grand Slam singles titles and 14 doubles titles, while also being the highest earning female athlete in the history of tennis. She also just may be the most important athlete of this generation. Williams has spoken out about gender equality in tennis, while also being outspoken about social rights for African-Americans and other minorities. With all...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

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