WILLIAMS

  • Fed Cup Round-up: Williams overcomes Errani; Petkovic cuts Russia's lead 12 hours 34 minutes ago

    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 Yesterday

    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...
  • '3 Still Standing' documentary features Robin Williams Yesterday

    Toronto: Before the late Robin Williams enthralled television audiences on 'Mork and Mindy' he was a star on the stand-up comedy circuit in the 1980s. The political satirist Will Durst had the unenviable task of following the master when he debuted at the legendary stand-up comedy club Holy City Zoo in...
  • Serena Williams could be asked to play three matches in two days 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    Italy: Venus Williams has withdrawn from the United States team for this weekend's Fed Cup playoff in Italy because of a personal matter.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 5 days ago

    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...
  • Venus Williams falls to Carla Suarez Navarro, Andrea Petkovic into Miami semis April 1, 2015

    Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro came back from a dreadful first set to defeat three-times Miami Open champion Venus Williams 0-6, 6-1, 7-5 at Key Biscayne on Tuesday and set up a semi-final clash with Germany's ninth seed Andrea Petkovic. Petkovic booked her place in the last four after a 6-4, 6-2...
  • 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...
  • Prince William starts new job as air ambulance pilot March 31, 2015

    London Britain's Prince William took up his new job as an air ambulance pilot, though he will only start flying rescue missions later this year, his office said. "The Duke of Cambridge has today started work as an employee of Bond Air Services," Kensington Palace, his London residence, said in...
  • Venus Williams beats Caroline Wozniacki to reach Miami Open quarters March 30, 2015

    A resurgent Venus Williams defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 7-6 (1) on Monday to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals. Seeded 16th, Williams is a three-time Key Biscayne champion, but her most recent title came in 2001. She's into the Key Biscayne quarterfinals for the first time since 2012. Williams swung with her typical...
  • 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...
  • Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki ease into third round in Miami March 27, 2015

    Venus Williams eased into the third round of the Miami Open with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over Poland's Urszula Radwanska on Thursday while Caroline Wozniacki also progressed. Williams has been away from competition for almost a month but she needed just 66 minutes to beat the younger sister of 2012...
  • Williams appoint Adrian Sutil as reserve driver March 26, 2015

    Sepang: Williams have appointed experienced German racer Adrian Sutil as reserve driver for the season, the Formula One team said on Thursday. "I'm delighted to have Adrian join our stable of drivers for the 2015 season," team principal Frank Williams said of the veteran of 128 grands prix. "Having most recently raced...
  • 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...
  • Bradley Cooper to make directorial debut with 'A Star Is Born' March 25, 2015

    Los Angeles: Hollywood star Bradley Cooper is in negotiations with Warner Bros to direct the third remake of the romantic drama film "A Star Is Born". Based on William Wellman's 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, the project centers on a fading movie star who helps a young aspiring...
  • Oscar winner John Legend on talks on race, Common, Sam Smith, 'Blurred Lines' March 22, 2015

    Austin, Texas: John Legend says he's concerned that the "Blurred Lines" verdict could set a scary precedent for artists creating music inspired by others. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, the Grammy winner said understands why people say 2013's biggest hit song by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke sounds...
  • We only have one home: Pharrell Williams urges action on climate change March 21, 2015

    United Nations: It's time to go "from climate change to climate action" in efforts to save the planet, U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams said at the United Nations on Friday. Singer-producer Williams, 41, partnered with the United Nations Foundation on the International Day of Happiness to raise awareness and call for...
  • 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...
  • World Cup: Dear ICC, take care of the minnows March 17, 2015

    The minnows are here to stay and will do so unless the ICC wants it otherwise. The performance of the lower-ranked teams has improved significantly in the past three World Cups. The 2007 Cricket World Cup had 16 participants and there was a lot of criticism then that the organisers were...
  • 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...
  • William Porterfield upbeat despite Ireland's ouster from World Cup March 15, 2015

    Adelaide: What should have been a happier occasion for Ireland captain William Porterfield after his first century at the World Cup was tempered by his side just missing out on a quarter-final berth after a seven-wicket loss to Pakistan. But for a player who has been on the ground floor of...
  • World Cup: Pakistan ensure a spot for West Indies in quarters March 15, 2015

    A win against UAE was not good enough for the Caribbean side to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the World Cup as they had to wait for the match between Pakistan and Ireland to finish. The first job was done as West Indies got the better of UAE and...
  • World Cup: Pakistan beat Ireland to take West Indies with them in quarters March 15, 2015

    Two days before the eighth anniversary of one of the great World Cup upsets, Pakistan knew that there was no margin for error against Ireland in the final Pool B World Cup clash on Sunday (March 15). When William Porterfield, the Irish captain, helped himself to a composed hundred, the...