SERENA WILLIAMS

  • Serena Williams beats Simona Halep to win WTA Finals title 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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...
  • Serena Williams wins third US Open in row, 18th Grand Slam title September 8, 2014

    New York: Serena Williams ended a difficultforher Grand Slam season in the best way possible, winning her third consecutive US Open title by beating Caroline Wozniacki 63, 63 on Sunday. Williams equaled Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 major singles titles, the fourthmost in history. Williams also matched Evert's total...
  • Williams, Wozniacki clash for US Open trophy September 7, 2014

    New York: Back in May, in the aftermath of early losses for both at the French Open, good friends Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki who also was about a week removed from the end of her engagement to golf's Rory McIlroy flew from Paris to Miami and hung...
  • Serena Williams qualifies for WTA Finals in Singapore September 6, 2014

    Defending champion Serena Williams is the first player to qualify for the yearending WTA Finals to be held in Singapore Oct 1726, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced Saturday. The top eight women's singles and women's doubles players and pairs qualify for the week long event, this time to be held...
  • Serena and Wozniacki reach US Open final September 6, 2014

    New York: Serena Williams and friend Caroline Wozniacki arranged a gettogether in the US Open women's final, winning their Friday semifinals in contrasting fashion on a stifling hot, humid day at Flushing Meadows. Topseeded world number one Williams overpowered Russian lefthander Ekaterina Makarova 61, 63, unleashing her daunting firepower against the...
  • Serena Williams crushes Flavia Pennetta to reach US Open semifinals September 4, 2014

    Twotimes defending champion Serena Williams, in her black and white leopard dress, started quietly before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 63, 62 to reach the semifinals of the US Open on Wednesday. The world number one lost her first two service games to Pennetta to fall behind 30 before snapping...
  • Williams sisters lose in US Open women's doubles quarters September 3, 2014

    Serena Williams took a medical timeout to have her right ankle retaped and later doublefaulted on the last two points as she and sister Venus lost in the doubles quarterfinals at the US Open. The Williams sisters, owners of 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, were beaten 76 (5), 64 Tuesday by...
  • Defending champ Serena Williams reaches quarterfinals of US Open September 2, 2014

    Serena Williams dealt with her grand slam frustrations this year by trying to appreciate the big picture, and a more relaxed top seed reaped the benefits with a straightset win into the US Open quarterfinals. Williams is gunning for her third US Open title in a row but for the moment...
  • US Open 2014: Djokovic, Murray in quarters clash, Serena advances September 2, 2014

    New York: The tension mounted and temperatures soared at the US Open on Monday as top seed Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set up a sensational quarterfinal, and Serena Williams made a 2014 grand slam breakthrough. Temperatures neared 90 degrees (32 C) in Flushing Meadows and hovered around 100 (38 C)...
  • What to watch on day eight of the 2014 US Open September 1, 2014

    With Maria Sharapova's loss at the US Open, four different women will win Grand Slam titles this year. Serena Williams takes the next step toward trying to fill out that list when she plays her fourthround match on Monday. First things first, though. The 17time Grand Slam champion has yet to...
  • Men march on at US Open but more upsets in women's draw August 31, 2014

    World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams advanced safely to the next round of the U.S. Open on Saturday but the women's draw saw yet another big upset as Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova was sent packing by a 145thranked qualifier. Thirdseed Kvitova fell victim to 21yearold Serbian Aleksandra Krunic, leaving...
  • Sharapova, Serena storm into US Open fourth round August 31, 2014

    New York: Maria Sharapova reached the US Open's fourth round by taking five of the last six games after her opponent, Sabine Lisicki, was warned by the chair umpire about receiving coaching help. Avoiding the sort of surprise that saw half of the top eight seeded women lose already, No. 5...
  • Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic sail through US Open winds August 29, 2014

    World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams sailed through brisk winds to dismiss overmatched opponents on Thursday and land comfortably in the third round of the US Open. Gusty breezes led Williams to misfire for three double faults in her first service game before the twotime defending champion found her...
  • What to watch on day four at US Open 2014 August 28, 2014

    New York: American teen Catherine Bellis returns to action at the US Open on Thursday, two days after becoming the youngest player to win a match in the tournament since 1996. The 15yearold Californian, ranked 1,208th and playing not only in her first Grand Slam main draw but also her first...