SERENA WILLIAMS

  • Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka, enters Madrid quarters 8 hours 48 minutes ago

    Madrid: Victoria Azarenka double-faulted on match point and allowed Serena Williams to reach the Madrid Open quarter-finals with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (1) win on Wednesday. After early breaks in the deciding set, Williams overshot a forehand to trail 6-5. Azarenka reached match point on serve, but double-faulted. Three consecutive...
  • Serena Williams on fast track to break record, says Navratilova Yesterday

    Serena Williams can break Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam singles despite being five short at an age when most players have retired, according to Martina Navratilova. American world number one Williams has bagged 19 singles slams, the most recent coming at this year's Australian Open. Logic suggests that, at 33,...
  • Serena Williams beats Sloane Stephens, advances to Madrid Open 3rd round Yesterday

    Madrid: Serena Williams needed just 58 minutes to beat fellow American Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-0 Monday and reach the third round of the Madrid Open. The top-ranked Williams broke Stephens four times and saved both break points she faced to secure her 25th straight win. She will next face the winner...
  • Halep, Venus lose in Madrid Open first round, Serena advances 2 days ago

    Madrid: Second-seeded Simona Halep and Venus Williams both lost in the opening round of the Madrid Open on Sunday, while top-seeded Serena Williams had a trouble-free debut. Defending champion Maria Sharapova also advanced after beating Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-3. Halep, a finalist both in Madrid and at the French Open last...
  • Not ready for clay-court season yet, says Serena Williams April 21, 2015

    Twice French Open champion Serena Williams said her struggle to beat Sara Errani in the Fed Cup on Sunday had been a real "eye-opener" as the clay-court season gets into full swing. World number one Williams eventually prevailed 4-6, 7-6(3) 6-3 against the dogged Italian to take her career record over...
  • Serena Williams has a solution to liven up Fed Cup April 20, 2015

    Italy: Seeing Serena Williams play three matches over two days in Fed Cup was a rare treat over the weekend. After all, the top-ranked player mostly limits her appearances in the team competition to her needs for Olympic qualification. If Fed Cup were to move away from its annual format, however, Williams...
  • Fed Cup Round-up: Williams overcomes Errani; Petkovic cuts Russia's lead April 19, 2015

    Top-ranked Serena Williams had to fight back from a set down and figure out how to deal with strong winds before overcoming Italy's Sara Errani 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a Fed Cup playoff Sunday, giving the United States a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. While Williams held a massive...
  • Serena Williams beats Camila Giorgi to give US 1-0 lead over Italy April 18, 2015

    Italy: Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a stiff challenge in the opening set for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi on Saturday to give the United States a 1-0 lead over Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. Neither player broke serve in a highly competitive first set, which...
  • Serena Williams could be asked to play three matches in two days April 14, 2015

    Rome: Serena Williams has been virtually unbeatable this year. The top-ranked player could face quite a challenge this weekend, though, when she may have to play three matches in two days before a hostile crowd on slow red clay against Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. "I think she's...
  • Venus Williams to miss Fed Cup playoff in Italy April 14, 2015

    Italy: Venus Williams has withdrawn from the United States team for this weekend's Fed Cup playoff in Italy because of a personal matter. The United States Tennis Association says Williams will be replaced by 57th-ranked Lauren Davis. The American team is led by top-ranked Serena Williams and also includes No. 45 Alison...
  • Li Na among six nominated for Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award April 14, 2015

    Shanghai: Retired Chinese tennis star Li Na is up against Serena Williams in a six-woman field for sportswoman of the year in the Laureus World Sports Awards. The other nominees are Valerie Adams, Marit Bjorgen, Genzebe Dibaba, and Tina Maze Xinhua reported on Tuesday. In the men's field, Real Madrid star...
  • Dominant Serena Williams beats Carla Suarez Navarro to win Miami Open April 5, 2015

    Clutching her latest trophy, Serena Williams brushed confetti from her arms and smiled for the cameras as she chatted with Martina Navratilova, her relaxed multitasking a reflection of vast experience with championship ceremonies. Williams wins everywhere she goes, and she wins on Key Biscayne more than anywhere else. She earned her...
  • Miami Open: Simona Halep bows out but more struggles with Serena Williams await April 3, 2015

    Miami: Simona Halep is emerging as one of the few players on Tour capable of putting up a real fight against Serena Williams and the Romanian's performance in Thursday's Miami Open semi-final was another indication of her growing stature in the game. Halep pushed the 19-times grand slam winner all the...
  • Serena Williams earns 700th win to reach Miami Open semis April 2, 2015

    Key Biscayne: Serena Williams abused her racket, scolded herself and even made angry faces at the sun. In the end, as usual, she took out her frustration on the ball. The seven-time Key Biscayne champion overcame her annoyance and shaky play on Wednesday for her 700th career victory, beating Sabine Lisicki 7-6...
  • Williams sisters head into last eight in Miami March 31, 2015

    Miami: Sisters Serena and Venus Williams marched into the quarter-finals of the Miami Open after straight-set wins at Key Biscayne on Monday. World number one Serena beat 24th seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3 producing 29 winners and 20 unforced errors. Kuzentsova, who owns two grand slam titles, had beaten Serena twice...
  • Serena Williams beats 15-year-old at Miami Open; Nadal loses March 30, 2015

    Key Biscayne: When the ball whizzed past Serena Williams for an ace late in Sunday's match, the subdued crowd suddenly erupted with a roar. Williams said she was tempted to join the applause. Everyone wanted to see her underage, underdog opponent do better. Fifteen-year-old Californian CiCi Bellis lasted only 41 minutes against...
  • Serena Williams easily wins opening match at Miami Open March 29, 2015

    Key Biscayne: Serena Williams punctuated points on Saturday with theatrics worthy of a Grand Slam final. There were squeals, knee kicks, pirouettes and fist pumps, sometimes all at once. In other words, Williams appeared to be 100 percent. Showing no lingering effects from a recent knee injury, the seven-time Key Biscayne champion...
  • Serena and Venus Williams to play Fed Cup against Italy March 29, 2015

    Key Biscayne: Serena and Venus Williams say they plan to play for the U.S. Fed Cup team next month against Italy. The best-of-five match in Brindisi, Italy will be April 18-19. The United States and Italy are vying to return to the tournament's top tier. "We deserve to be back in," Serena...
  • Serena Williams hopes to manage pain while 'going for it' in Miami Open March 26, 2015

    Miami: Serena Williams practiced on Wednesday for the first time since a knee injury forced her to withdraw before her BNP Paribas Open semi-final last week but has not lowered her expectations for the Miami Open. Williams, who as the top seed in Miami earned a first-round bye, is scheduled to...
  • Serena Williams withdraws at Indian Wells, Jankovic tops Lisicki March 21, 2015

    Serena Williams withdrew before the start of her BNP Paribas Open semi-final on Friday due to a knee problem, cutting short her return to the event following a 14-year boycott. Williams, who has been absent from Indian Wells since winning the event in 2001 when she says she suffered racist abuse...
  • Serena overcomes slow start to reach Indian Wells quarters March 18, 2015

    Top seed Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to see off a determined Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-2 on Tuesday and advance to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open. Williams, playing her third match at Indian Wells after deciding to end a 14-year boycott of the event where she...
  • Serena Williams breezes into fourth round at Indian Wells March 16, 2015

    Indian Wells: Top seed Serena Williams made short work of Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, obliterating her opponent 6-2, 6-0 in just 53 minutes. Playing her second match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden after deciding to end a 14-year boycott of...
  • Serena Williams grinds out victory in Indian Wells return March 14, 2015

    Indian Wells: An error-prone Serena Williams beat Monica Niculescu 7-5, 7-5 in her first match at Indian Wells in 14 years on Friday, receiving a warm welcome from the fans in sharp contrast to the booing that drove her away as a teenager. Williams rallied from a 5-3 deficit in...
  • Serena Williams says 'right time' to end Indian Wells boycott March 13, 2015

    Serena Williams said on Thursday her decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open after suffering racist abuse in the 2001 final came down to "timing." Williams had skipped the showpiece event at the desert resort after winning her second title here by beating Kim Clijsters in...
  • Serena Williams' U-turn on Indian Wells praised by peers March 12, 2015

    Serena Williams' decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open has been warmly welcomed by her peers with good friend and rival Caroline Wozniacki saying it was "great for tennis". Williams had skipped the showpiece event at the desert resort of Indian Wells after winning her second title...
  • Serena Williams to play first match at Indian Wells March 10, 2015

    Indian Wells: Top-ranked Serena Williams will play her first match at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday night in her return to the tournament she has boycotted since 2001. She will meet the winner of a first-round match between Monica Niculescu of Romania and Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia. Williams has won the...
  • Maria Sharapova less fixated on top spot but eager to beat Serena Williams February 23, 2015

    Mexico City: Regaining the world's top ranking in women's tennis is less important to five-times grand slam winner Maria Sharapova than it was when she was younger, but the Russian is eager to beat dominant player Serena Williams. Williams beat Sharapova, who is ranked number two, to claim her 19th grand...
  • Serena Williams withdraws from Dubai tournament with illness February 14, 2015

    Dubai: Top-ranked Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Dubai Tennis Championships because of the lingering effects of an upper respiratory illness sustained during the Australian Open last month. Williams suffered from a bad cough in her last few matches en route to winning her 19th career Grand Slam title at the...
  • Serena Williams to end Indian Wells boycott after 14 years February 4, 2015

    World number one Serena Williams has buried the hatchet and will return to Indian Wells to play in the tournament she has boycotted for 14 years after suffering racist abuse. In an interview with TIME magazine, the 19-times grand slam singles champion said she had discovered the "true meaning of forgiveness"...
  • Australian Open: Foiled again, Sharapova feels Serena breakthrough close January 31, 2015

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova's dreams of a sixth grand slam title were ended by Serena Williams and her wrecking ball serve in the Australian Open final on Saturday, but the Russian was adamant she would some day have the American's measure. Though gallant in defeat, her 6-3, 7-6(5) loss under the lights...