SERENA WILLIAMS

  • Serena, Djokovic advance to 2nd round at Australian Open 1 week ago

    Serena Williams claims to suffer from nerves and jitters before her first-round matches at the Grand Slams. She certainly didn't show it, winning her first set in 21 minutes on Tuesday night on the way to a 6-0, 6-4 win over Alison Van Uytvanck at the Australian Open. The 18-time major winner...
  • Serena Williams eases into Australian Open second round 1 week ago

    Melbourne: Serena Williams was dragged into a second set scrap by unheralded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck but put down the minor threat with some powerful serving to reach the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-0 6-4 win on Tuesday. Having roared through the first set, Williams was on...
  • Australian Open preview: Tired, frustrated, patchy Serena still favourite January 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Serena Williams' Australian Open preparations included smashing a racquet in frustration, complaining of fatigue and losing to players she had never lost to before, yet she is still the favourite to claim her sixth title at Melbourne Park. The 33-year-old had a terrible buildup to the season-opening grand slam while...
  • Serena Williams wants Australian Open title 'more than anyone else' January 17, 2015

    Melbourne: Serena Williams enters the Australian Open as a strong favourite to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, but is also aware that a sixth Melbourne Park title has now eluded her for five years. "I've been going for number six for a number of years now," the world number one...
  • Shaky Serena Williams still Australian Open favourite January 16, 2015

    Melbourne: Serena Williams remains the red-hot favourite for the Australian Open, despite some patchy form in the lead up to her campaign for a 19th career Grand Slam. Arch-rival Maria Sharapova is again expected to be the American's main challenger, with injuries marring the preparation of other leading hopefuls including Simona...
  • Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams top seeds in Australian Open January 14, 2015

    Melbourne: World No.1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were Wednesday installed as the top seeds of their respective draws for Australian Open Jan 19-Feb 1. Four-time Melbourne Park winner Djokovic, 27, will be looking to atone for a quarter-final exit at last year's event at the hands of eventual champion Stanislas...
  • Serena Williams loses 2 of 4 singles matches at Hopman Cup January 11, 2015

    Perth: While her older sister Venus was winning the WTA event in Auckland, New Zealand, Serena Williams was losing two of four singles matches at the Hopman Cup - and then her cool in the final. Serena's week started with ordering a coffee court-side after being shut out 6-0 in her...
  • Radwanska downs Serena, powers Poland to Hopman Cup title January 10, 2015

    Agnieszka Radwanska showed why she should be considered among the favourites for the Australian Open later this month by beating world number one Serena Williams and helping Poland to its first Hopman Cup title in Perth on Saturday. World number five Radwanska claimed a 6-4 6-7(3) 6-1 win to put her...
  • Sluggish Serena downs Safarova in Hopman Cup thriller January 8, 2015

    The promised "two thousand times better" improvement did not materialise as a sluggish Serena Williams eked out a narrow 6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (6) win over Lucie Safarova at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Thursday. Williams belted 41 winners, eight more than Safarova, but also committed 46 unforced errors in...
  • Sharapova opens season with easy win; Serena loses in Perth January 6, 2015

    Brisbane: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were playing in tournaments on opposite sides of Australia, their form veering in opposite directions. The second-ranked Sharapova opened her 2015 season by winning nine straight games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over Yaroslava Shvedova on Tuesday in the second round of the Brisbane International....
  • Perth heat will help my Australian Open ambitions: Serena Williams January 4, 2015

    Perth: Women's World No.1 Serena Williams has said playing in the Hopman Cup under hot weather conditions here will help her excel in the Australian Open starting on January 19. Williams will be in action in the United States of America's (USA) opening Cup tie against Italy at the Perth Arena...
  • Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams take ITF annual honours December 18, 2014

    London: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The annual award takes in performances on the regular Tour and grand slams. Wimbledon champion Djokovic takes the men's prize for the fourth time having won seven titles this season and the year-end top...
  • Why India eagerly awaits the IPTL December 3, 2014

    Tennis may not be a best-selling sport in India, but it's not devoid of fans. People of all ages want to see a Roger Federer or Serena Williams unleashing their skills on the tennis court. However, lack of ATP and WTA events in the country keep fans and budding tennis...
  • Serena Williams enjoys IPTL but ends up on losing side November 30, 2014

    Manila: Serena Williams made a much-awaited appearance at the franchise-based International Premier Tennis League on Sunday but could not lift Singapore Slammers as the team succumbed to a third straight defeat in the first leg. Williams says she had "a lot of fun" and loves the team atmosphere in the $1...
  • I made her run: Alize Cornet on how she managed to beat Serena Williams November 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Popular in the tennis circuit after taming Serena Williams thrice this year, Frenchwoman Alize Cornet says the key to conquering the world number one lies in countering her man-like serves with exhausting rallies. Serena, winner of 18 singles Grand Slam titles, lost only nine matches in the 2014 season...
  • Serena Williams beats Simona Halep to win WTA Finals title October 26, 2014

    The lead-up to Sunday's championship match at the WTA Finals suggested Serena Williams would face a major challenge to beat Simona Halep, but then, the No. 1-ranked player has made a career out of performing at her best when it matters most. She did it again in Singapore, dispatching Halep 6-3,...
  • Serena Williams beats Caroline Wozniacki in three-set thriller to reach WTA final October 25, 2014

    Serena Williams regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals. The best of friends off the court, the pair slugged it out like two prizefighters for...
  • Ivanovic bows out despite beating Halep at WTA Finals October 24, 2014

    Serbia's Ana Ivanovic just missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Finals despite beating Simona Halep in the final group match on Friday. Under the rules of the round-robin competition, Ivanovic needed to win in straight sets to leapfrog Serena Williams in the group standings and...
  • Serena Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking October 24, 2014

    Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals. Needing to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the...
  • Serena Williams beats Eugenie Bouchard at WTA Finals October 24, 2014

    Serena Williams rebounded from the worst beating of her professional career to rout Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Thursday, yet her title defence remain in the balance. Williams was humbled by Simona Halep the previous day, when the 18-time Grand Slam champion won only two games. She turned...
  • Serena Williams thrashed by Simona Halep at WTA Finals October 22, 2014

    World number one Serena Williams suffered one of the heaviest defeats of her long and illustrious career as she was humbled 6-0, 6-2 by Romanian Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday. The 18-times grand slam winner won only nine points in the opening set as her game deserted her...
  • Serena Williams beats Ana Ivanovic in WTA Finals opener October 21, 2014

    Singapore: A new venue, an injury-hit preparation and insults from a top sports official - none of it could stop Serena Williams' winning streak at the WTA Finals. The three-time defending champion made it 16-straight wins at the season-ending championships by beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 in Monday's tournament opener, shaking...
  • Martina Navratilova unhappy with ITF silence on Williams slur October 20, 2014

    Multiple grand slam winner Martina Navratilova has questioned the "silence" of the International Tennis Federation after one of its members described world number one Serena Williams and older sister Venus as "brothers". Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev was swiftly banned for a year and fined $25,000 by the Women's Tennis...
  • Serena Williams up against youth in WTA finals October 18, 2014

    Singapore: Serena Williams will play two of the tour's young rising stars in the round-robin stage of this year's WTA finals in Singapore. The draw on Saturday placed the top-seeded Williams in the Red Group along with 23-year-old Simona Halep and 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard, along with the more experienced Ana Ivanovic. The...
  • Nadal stunned by Klizan in China, injured Serena out October 3, 2014

    Beijing: Rafael Nadal's return to action came to a shuddering halt on Friday when the Spaniard was beaten by Slovakia's Martin Klizan in a late-night quarter-final duel at the China Open. After world number one Novak Djokovic had continued his march through the draw to set up a mouth watering semi-final...
  • Djokovic despatches Dimitrov in Beijing, Williams withdraws October 3, 2014

    Bejing: World number one Novak Djokovic continued his march to a fifth China Open title by dismantling a flat Grigor Dimitrov in a one-sided quarter-final on Friday while women's top seed Serena Williams was forced to pull out through injury. American world number one Williams, who had reached the last...
  • Serena and Cilic advance in China, Nadal loses in doubles September 29, 2014

    Serena Williams narrowly avoided a bagel against Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa, then won 13 of the next 15 games to pull out a 7-5, 6-2 victory Monday in the first round of the China Open. Williams looked lethargic and flat-footed at the start, pushing the ball back without much pace or...
  • Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Patrick Rafter to lead IPTL's Singapore franchise September 25, 2014

    Singapore: Heavyweights Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, and Patrick Rafter will represent Singapore Slammers for the home leg in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) to be held here December 2-4. In addition to current women 's world number one Williams and retired Agassi and Rafter, notable players include Tomas Berdych,...
  • Serena Williams out in second round at Wuhan Open September 23, 2014

    Top-ranked Serena Williams lost in the second round of the Wuhan Open, retiring after 11 games on Tuesday and dropping a third match to Alize Cornet this year. Williams, who won the US Open just over two weeks ago, was leading 6-5 when she asked for treatment beside the court. The...
  • Serena Williams not yet thinking about 22 Grand Slam titles September 8, 2014

    New York: Serena Williams isn't sure if she's willing or able to reach 22 Grand Slam titles. Still, she knows her next goal is 19 after she won her 18th on Sunday at the US Open to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. And should she get to 19, she figures...