Serena Williams

  • 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 difficult-for-her Grand Slam season in the best way possible, winning her third consecutive US Open title by beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday. Williams equaled Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 major singles titles, the fourth-most 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 year-ending WTA Finals to be held in Singapore Oct 17-26, 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 get-together in the US Open women's final, winning their Friday semifinals in contrasting fashion on a stifling hot, humid day at Flushing Meadows. Top-seeded world number one Williams overpowered Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-3, unleashing her daunting firepower against the...
  • Serena Williams crushes Flavia Pennetta to reach US Open semi-finals September 4, 2014

    Two-times defending champion Serena Williams, in her black and white leopard dress, started quietly before roaring past 11th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the US Open on Wednesday. The world number one lost her first two service games to Pennetta to fall behind 3-0 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 re-taped and later double-faulted on the last two points as she and sister Venus lost in the doubles quarter-finals at the US Open. The Williams sisters, owners of 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, were beaten 7-6 (5), 6-4 Tuesday by...
  • Defending champ Serena Williams reaches quarter-finals 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 straight-set win into the US Open quarter-finals. 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 quarter-final, 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 fourth-round match on Monday. First things first, though. The 17-time 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 145th-ranked qualifier. Third-seed Kvitova fell victim to 21-year-old 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 two-time 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 15-year-old Californian, ranked 1,208th and playing not only in her first Grand Slam main draw but also her first...
  • Top seeds Djokovic and Williams take US Open spotlight August 28, 2014

    World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams take centre stage at the US Open on Thursday, headlining a juicy day of action at the year's final grand slam. Always a crowd favourite at Flushing Meadows, Williams will have to share some of cheers as she goes against fellow American Vania...
  • Serena Williams beats American teen at US Open August 27, 2014

    New York: Serena Williams began her bid for a third consecutive US Open title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over American teen Taylor Townsend on Tuesday night. The No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams made only eight unforced errors and needed less than an hour to get past Townsend, an 18-year-old...
  • US Open 2014: Serena Williams chasing major title No. 18 August 24, 2014

    New York: Serena Williams stopped hiding from history and started making more of it. Up until a couple of years ago, she practically plugged her ears at any mention of records or firsts. Now she says it out loud: Coming into the US Open, her next goal is matching two...
  • US Open 2014: What to watch at year's last Grand Slam August 23, 2014

    Heading into the US Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005 French Open. Nowadays, there seems to be a growing sense - or hope, maybe - among the best of the rest...
  • Serena to face Townsend in US Open 1st round, tough draw for Djokovic August 23, 2014

    New York: Serena Williams will face an up-and-coming American player in the first round of the US Open. The 32-year-old Williams has won 17 Grand Slam titles. And at age 18, Taylor Townsend is in her third major tournament. Townsend is a former top-ranked junior player who reached the third round...
  • Serena Williams seeded No. 1 at US Open August 20, 2014

    Top-ranked Serena Williams is seeded No. 1 as she seeks her third straight US Open title. The US Tennis Association followed this week's WTA rankings in announcing the seedings on Wednesday. French Open runner-up Simona Halep is seeded second after reaching a career-best ranking this month. She has never advanced past the...
  • Roger Federer, Serena Williams win at Cincinnati Open August 18, 2014

    Mason: By now, everyone knows Roger Federer's itinerary for Cincinnati: Get his game in order, raise the winner's trophy, leave town with a lot of confidence for the US Open. Might as well rename it the Federer Cup. Federer won his unprecedented sixth title in Cincinnati on Sunday, beating David Ferrer 6-3,...
  • Serena, Ivanovic battle into Cincinnati final August 17, 2014

    Serena Williams rallied past Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday to reach the Western and Southern Open final in Cincinnati where she will face Ana Ivanovic, an upset winner over French Open champion Maria Sharapova. Top-seeded Williams had to overcome a sluggish start to beat Wozniacki 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 while Serbian ninth...
  • Roger Federer, Serena Williams advance to Cincinnati semi-finals August 16, 2014

    Roger Federer still has his touch in Cincinnati. The Swiss star beat Andy Murray 6-3, 7-5 on Friday night to advance to the semi-finals in the Western & Southern Open, a tournament he has won an unprecedented five times. He'll face Canada's Milos Raonic. The second-seeded Federer was on the offensive from...
  • Novak Djokovic upset by Robredo at Cincinnati Open August 15, 2014

    Mason: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic tumbled out of the Western & Southern Open on Thursday, while second-seeded Roger Federer narrowly avoided an upset in the round of 16. Tommy Robredo beat Djokovic, 7-6 (6), 7-5 before Federer escaped with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Gael Monfils in the night session. Andy Murray...
  • Serena Williams battles on in Cincinnati, Kvitova falls August 14, 2014

    World number on Serena Williams won a tense battle of US Open champions by taming Australia's Samantha Stosur 7-6 (7) 7-6 (7) on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Back in action for the first time since a semifinal loss to older sister...
  • Venus upsets Serena to reach Rogers Cup final August 10, 2014

    Venus Williams upset little sister Serena 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday to register the first win over her top ranked sibling in five years and move into the Rogers Cup final in Montreal. The meeting marked the 25th time the sisters had squared off but the first time Venus had come...
  • Serena, Venus set up all-Williams semi-final August 9, 2014

    Montreal: Serena and Venus set up an all-Williams semi-final in the Rogers Cup. The sisters advanced to their 26th career meeting on Friday, both rallying to win their quarter-final matches in the hard-court event. Serena beat Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, and Venus topped Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The 32-year-old...
  • Serena Williams reaches Montreal quarter-finals August 8, 2014

    Montreal: Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup quarter-finals on Thursday, waiting out a brief rain delay to beat Czech left-hander Lucie Safarova 7-5, 6-4. The top-ranked Williams returned to play last week in Stanford, California, and won her tour-best fourth title of the season. The event was her first since...