Fired for Venus Williams remark, ex-commentator sues ESPN

LOS ANGELES (AP) A tennis commentator dropped by ESPN for a remark about Venus Williams during the Australian Open has sued the sports network for wrongful termination. Former tennis pro Doug Adler maintains he was describing Williams' aggressive style last month as ''guerrilla'' tactics and not comparing her with a ''gorilla.'' He apologized for his poor word choice but was...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Venus Williams loses first match since Australian Open final

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Venus Williams lost her first match since the Australian Open in just 55 minutes as she was beaten 6-3, 6-1 by Kristina Mladenovic on Thursday in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. Seeded fourth, Williams showed none of the spark which took her to Saturday's Australian Open final, failing to record a single winner in the opening set compared to 15 for...
Via Associated Press
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Jordan sent Serena Williams a surprise for winning her record 23rd major title

In a throwback tennis weekend, Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus Williams in straight sets to win the Australian Open early Saturday morning. For sisters that first squared off in the event back in 1998, their meeting in the championship round 19 years later is equal parts improbable and a testament to each’s longstanding success.In addition to the incredible nature of...
Via The Comeback
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena Williams beats sister Venus at Australian Open, sets Grand Slam record

If Serena Williams wanted to enter tennis immortality, she’d have to go through her sister. And she did just that.Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 at the Australian Open final Saturday morning to capture her 23rd Grand Slam title, passing Steffi Graf for the most in the Open era. She needs just one more to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. Serena was...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Venus, Serena Williams To Meet In All-Williams Australian Open Final

Surprise, surprise: The next Grand Slam trophy is going home with a Williams sister. Serena and Venus Williams made sure of that Thursday morning, both winning their semifinal matches at the Australian Open to advance to Saturday’s singles final. Venus earned her spot by dispatching fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3, while her younger sister, Serena, defeated Croatia’s...
January 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Venus Williams becomes oldest woman in Grand Slam final since Martina Navratilova in 1994

At age 36, and for the first time since 2009, Venus Williams is again in a Grand Slam final. Venus Williams is again finding incredible success in majors. Williams won her last Grand Slam singles title (and her seventh overall) at Wimbledon in 2008, appeared in her last final there the following year, and advanced to at least the fourth round in all four majors in 2010, but battled...
Via The Comeback
January 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Venus Williams sets Australian record with run to semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Venus Williams has become the oldest woman to reach the Australian Open semifinals in the Open era, returning to the last four at Melbourne Park for the first time in 14 years. The 36-year-old Williams beat No. 24-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Tuesday, winning the last six points in the tiebreaker to seal her 50th career win at Melbourne...
Via Associated Press
January 23, 2017  |  Discuss

ESPN commentator Doug Adler apologizes for guerrilla/gorilla remark on Venus Williams

Venus Williams’ win over Stefanie Voegele in the second round of the Australian Open Wednesday came with a side of controversy, with many on Twitter (and some media outlets) blasting ESPN over commentator Doug Adler’s perceived comments about Williams’ “gorilla effect.” Some even called for Adler’s firing. However, Adler said Thursday he said “guerrilla effect,” and...
Via Awful Announcing
January 19, 2017  |  Discuss

The Plant-Based Diet That Helped Venus Williams Overcome an Autoimmune Disorder

Venus Williams is a titan of women's tennis. The 36-year-old is currently ranked as the No. 17 singles player in the world. Considering the fact that she's the oldest player in the top 300, that's no small feat. Venus's seven Grand Slam titles may pale in comparison to her younger sister Serena's 22, but she's still a marvel of consistency and longevity. So, what's her secret...
Via Stack
January 17, 2017  |  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

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