Serena Williams

  • Williams sisters will not face France in Fed Cup 10-04-2014 09:18 AM

    Top-ranked Serena Williams is too wiped out to play in the Fed Cup against France on April 19-20, US captain Mary Joe Fernandez said on Wednesday. "She is mentally and physically exhausted and needs a break, so bad timing for us, unfortunately," Fernandez said in a telephone interview. "But that...
  • Serena, Venus Williams not on US Fed Cup roster 09-04-2014 11:19 PM

    Serena and Venus Williams are not part of the Fed Cup roster submitted by US captain Mary Joe Fernandez for a World Group playoff against France on April 19-20. Instead, Fernandez's roster announced on Wednesday includes 18th-ranked Sloane Stephens, No. 42 Madison Keys, No. 49 Varvara Lepchenko and No. 57...
  • Slovakia's Cepelova stuns world No. 1 Serena Williams in Charleston 02-04-2014 10:48 AM

    Charleston: Serena Williams was eliminated from the Family Circle Cup on Tuesday, stunned 6-4, 6-4 by Jana Cepelova of Slovakia in the second round. "I'm really just dead. I need some weeks off where I don't think about tennis and kind of regroup," Williams said after the match. "I've had...
  • Serena Williams beats Li Na for Sony Open title 30-03-2014 09:07 AM

    Key Biscayne: The celebration began with a series of happy hops that propelled Serena Williams across the court. Soon she was twirling, waving, laughing and mugging for the cameras - a familiar ritual by a perennial champion. Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title on Saturday when she overcame...
  • Williams, Li set up enticing Miami showdown 28-03-2014 11:56 AM

    Serena Williams and Li Na swept past familiar foes at the Sony Open on Thursday, setting up an exciting showdown for the Miami hardcourt crown between the world's top ranked players. World number one Williams continued her utter domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the fourth-seeded...
  • Serena beats Sharapova to reach ninth Miami final 28-03-2014 08:33 AM

    Miami: World number one Serena Williams continued her decade-long domination over Maria Sharapova with a clinical 6-4 6-3 win on Thursday to reach her ninth Sony Open final. The rematch of last year's final produced the same result as Williams, a six-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, ran her winning...
  • Sharapova closes in on return trip to Miami final 26-03-2014 10:43 AM

    Miami: Five-time runner-up Maria Sharapova closed in on a return trip to the Miami final by taming eighth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the semis of the Sony Open. With the victory Sharapova, who lost in the final last year to Serena Williams, sets up a...
  • Serena wins as Sony Open locked down by bomb scare 26-03-2014 09:29 AM

    Miami: Defending champion Serena Williams closed in on a seventh Sony Open title with a 6-2, 6-2 quarter-final demolition of German Angelique Kerber on Tuesday, a win that came as the Crandon Park tennis facility was locked down due to a bomb scare. Williams' win sets up a semi-final rematch...
  • Serena Williams wins opening match at Sony Open 21-03-2014 09:04 AM

    Key Biscayne: Trailing in the first set of her first match at the Sony Open, Serena Williams grunted with every shot and screamed with every point she won. And then, on the pivotal point, she didn't make a sound - or take a swing. Williams capitalized on a critical double-fault...
  • Serena savours home-court advantage at Sony Open 19-03-2014 08:30 AM

    Miami: Serena Williams is a daunting opponent no matter the surface or tournament, but at the Sony Open played near the comforts of her Miami home she has practically set up a second residence in the winner's circle. Williams, who lives an hour's drive from the Tennis Center at Crandon...
  • Serena Williams upset by Cornet in Dubai semis 21-02-2014 10:37 PM

    Dubai: Alize Cornet scored her first career victory over a No. 1 player when she upset Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the Dubai Championships semi-finals on Friday. The 26th-ranked Cornet's win ruined the chances of a first all-Williams final anywhere since 2009. Venus Williams defeated eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-2...
  • Williams sisters enter quarter-finals at Dubai Open 20-02-2014 10:27 AM

    Dubai: Venus Williams, the former world's number one and currently ranked 44, defeated here Wednesday Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1. Her younger sister Serena Williams, the current number one, kicked out Elaterina Makarova the evening before 7-6, 6-0. Ivanonic appeared to be exhausted during the game as the 26-year old...
  • Serena says power and enthusiasm undimmed by age 17-02-2014 09:40 PM

    Dubai: World number one Serena Williams has warned younger rivals she remains as potent as ever before her first competitive match in more than four weeks at the Dubai Championships on Tuesday. The 32-year-old has been sidelined by a back injury since a shock fourth-round defeat by Ana Ivanovic at...
  • Serena Williams pulls out of Indian Wells and Qatar Open 08-02-2014 07:26 AM

    Top-ranked Serena Williams withdrew Friday from the Qatar Open and the Indian Wells event because of a back injury sustained last month in the Australian Open. The Qatar Open begins Monday in Doha, and the BNP Paribas Open is March 3-16 in Indian Wells, Calif. In a statement released by...
  • Ana Ivanovic stuns Serena Williams at Australian Open 19-01-2014 10:31 AM

    Melbourne: Serbia's Ana Ivanovic stunned world number one Serena Williams at the Australian Open on Sunday with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 fourth-round upset at Rod Laver Arena. Ivanovic ended the American's 25-match winning streak to reach her first grand slam quarter-final since the 2012 U.S. Open with an inspired display...
  • Williams sisters out of doubles at Australian Open 17-01-2014 10:10 AM

    Melbourne: Venus and Serena Williams have withdrawn from the doubles competition at the Australian Open, shortly before their first-round match was scheduled to be played on Friday. Tournament officials said the sisters pulled out because of an injury to Venus' lower left leg. The announcement came shortly after Serena Williams,...
  • Serena into fourth round after win over Hantuchova at Melbourne 17-01-2014 09:56 AM

    Melbourne: Serena Williams powered past Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-3 at the Australian Open on Friday to advance to the fourth round. The world number one had lost their only other encounter at Melbourne Park, in the third round in 2006 when the Slovakian beat her in straight sets, but she...
  • Djokovic, Serena keep it quick to beat the heat 15-01-2014 06:20 PM

    Melbourne: Tournament favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams raced into the third round of the Australian Open and out of the heat on Wednesday as controversy over play continuing in scorching temperatures rumbled on for a second day. Cloud cover and a gusty wind helped keep temperatures just below the...
  • Serena, Li into third round at Australian Open 15-01-2014 09:36 AM

    Melbourne: Serena Williams matched one of Margaret Court's records at the Australian Open on Wednesday as she advanced to the third round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Vesna Dolonc. Williams improved her record to 60-8 at Melbourne Park, equaling Court's 60 match wins in the Open era at the...
  • Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams win at Australian Open 13-01-2014 05:46 PM

    Melbourne: A self-admitted "rusty" Novak Djokovic began his bid for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title with a 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-1 win on Monday over Lukas Lacko. Serena Williams appeared to be as polished as ever in beating Australian teenager Ashleigh Barty. With his new coach and six-time Grand...
  • Serena Williams advances to 2nd round in Melbourne 13-01-2014 05:13 PM

    Melbourne: Top-ranked Serena Williams extended her winning streak to 23 matches and cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Australian wildcard entry Ashleigh Barty on Monday night. Williams, who collected 11 titles including two majors as she won 78 of her 82...
  • Australian Open champion Azarenka coy on Williams rivalry 12-01-2014 10:42 AM

    Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka is relishing her return to Melbourne Park as double defending champion and while Serena Williams is a hot favourite to deny her a hat-trick of titles, the Belarusian says she will not focus solely on the challenge from the world number one. Azarenka's two grand slam titles...
  • Serena Williams eyes sixth coronation at Melbourne Park 10-01-2014 07:06 PM

    Melbourne: If players, pundits and bookmakers are to be believed, Serena Williams has already sewn up her sixth Australian Open title and the other 127 women in the draw may as well pick up their racquets and head home. Riding a 22-match winning streak, the American juggernaut arrives in Melbourne...
  • Nadal, Serena top seeds at Australian Open 08-01-2014 06:05 PM

    Melbourne: As expected, No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams have been made the top seeds at the Australian Open which begins on Monday at Melbourne Park. Defending champion Novak Djokovic is the No. 2-seeded man, followed by David Ferrer, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro and 17-time...
  • Serena Williams should surpass 20 grand slam titles: Navratilova 07-01-2014 11:10 AM

    World number one Serena Williams shows no sign of slowing down with age and should win more than 20 grand slam singles titles, former great Martina Navratilova has said. The 57-year-old Navratilova who won 18 grand slam singles titles, and 41 in women's and mixed doubles, is also confident the...
  • Serena Williams beats Azarenka, defends Brisbane title 04-01-2014 08:41 PM

    Brisbane: This was one time Serena Williams didn't mind being pushed into the deep end, to use her own description. The top-ranked Williams carried her winning momentum from 2013 into the new season, beating No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to defend her title at the Brisbane International...
  • Serena beats Sharapova in Brisbane semi-finals 03-01-2014 07:04 PM

    Brisbane: Serena Williams extended her winning streak against Maria Sharapova to 14 matches with a 6-2, 7-6 (7) semi-final victory on Friday to earn a shot at back-to-back Brisbane International titles. The defending champion will play second-seeded Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final, and will be favored to retain the title...
  • Williams, Sharapova to meet in Brisbane semis 02-01-2014 11:37 AM

    Brisbane: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will renew their long and not-so-friendly rivalry after setting up a semi-final matchup at the Brisbane International, a key tuneup event for the Australian Open. Top-ranked Williams, the defending champion, didn't lose a point on her serve in the first set en route to...
  • Serena opens season with a win over Petkovic in Brisbane 31-12-2013 12:36 PM

    Brisbane: Serena Williams' first competitive match of the season, on New Year's Eve, was by no means perfect, but a 6-4, 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic at the Brisbane International was a decent start against a player with a career-high ranking of No. 9. Top-ranked Williams was understandably below her...
  • Serena rivalry making me a better player, says Victoria Azarenka 30-12-2013 02:23 PM

    Victoria Azarenka thinks her rivalry with Serena Williams is making her a better player and is looking forward to renewing it over the next four weeks at the Brisbane International and the Australian Open. World number two behind the 17-times major champion, Azarenka will only meet Williams if both players...