December 28, 2008
SERENA appears in various sections of the January/February 2009 issue of TENNIS Magazine - Aces & Faults: 2008 In Review. (Player of the Year, Rafael Nadal, is on the cover).
P. 2 - Advertisement for BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup
P. 16 - Five Things You Don't Know About Serena Williams
P. 19 - Tennis 10: What's Going On Around The Game - Grand Central Publishing wins the rights to publish Serena Williams' memoir, tentatively titled QUEEN OF THE COURT, for a reported $1.3 million
P. 34 - 35 - Best Women's Match: US Open Quarterfinal - Serena def. Venus 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7)
P. 37 - Five women to hold the #1 ranking in 2008 - A WTA record
P. 39 - The Year In Off-Court Fashion
P. 59 - "Yeah, I Hit Like A Girl" advertisement for 2009 Family Circle Cup
December 24, 2008
Event of the Decade: And the single greatest sporting event in Charleston history, Serena Williams' 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Maria Sharapova in a Family Circle Cup quarterfinal for the ages.
December 21, 2008
December 20, 2008
"Serena Williams made an under-the-radar appearance at Louis Bar-Lounge Wednesday night, where Pepsi Proper presented a listening party for her (boy)friend(?) Common's new album Universal Mind Control. Williams dodged the red carpet and let Common revel in the spotlight. Later in the night, Williams, donning a thistight strapless dress, admired Common from the sidelines as he took to the microphone to perform for the crowd, shouting out his native Chi-town and his ''special friend'' in the crowd."
-- Article courtesy of miamiherald.com
December 14, 2008
Andy did his infamous impersonation of quite a few of the ATP and WTA players (including: Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Andre Agassi, and John McEnroe). Wayne Bryan (the father of the former #1 Doubles Champions, the Bryan Brothers) was the very entertaining emcee. Serena's hitting partner, Sacha, was also in attendance. In closing, Andy told the crowd that he can always depend on the Williams Sisters and that they do more off the court than we will ever know. Andy also let one of the very young ball girls play his match point against John Isner, which she won. All in all, I had a wonderful time and Serena looks quite fit and ready to win another Australian Open. This was my FIRST time seeing Serena play (live) and I was NOT disappointed.
December 13, 2008
Venus and Serena Williams gave to UNESCO and the Serena Williams Foundation, respectively. In November 2006, Venus was named the first Promoter of Gender Equality in the partnership between UNESCO and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, which aims to promote women's leadership and gender equality in all spheres of society around the world; she has shown strong and consistent support for the initiative ever since, and her donation to UNESCO in the Luczo Dragon charity drive is no exception. The Serena Williams Foundation is focused on education, and helping children who cannot afford to go to school or college to do so.
-- article courtesy of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour website
Last night Rock-N-Racquets made a successful stop in Louisville, KY (at the Freedom Hall). The tennis was fun, as it should be, and Andy Roddick attempted to serve (to clinch the doubles victory with Serena in 36 minutes, 6-4) while holding a potted poinsettia. That was the first match of the evening. In the singles matches Carolina Wozniacki defeated Williams 8-4 and Roddick beat Isner 8-4.
Rock-n-Racquets supports Andy Roddick's foundation for at-risk children. The show includes tennis, live and recorded music. The four-player tour goes to Columbia, South Carolina tonight and Knoxville, Tenn., tomorrow afternoon. Prior to taking the court, the players signed autographs.
December 10, 2008
December 8, 2008
Organizers announced Monday that Williams, No. 2 in the rankings, would not recover in time after she was injured at last month's WTA Championships. The Hopman Cup starts Jan. 3 but Williams still intends to play at the Australian Open starting Jan. 19.
December 7, 2008
The powerhouse sisters who stormed the international tennis scene share tips on how they aced their way to the top in Venus and Serena: Serving from the Hip by Venus and Serena Williams, with Hilary Beard. With style and rhythm, they deliver their "10 rules for living, loving, and winning" and back them up with biographical examples. The siblings describe their childhood, their discipline and their mindset and will likely inspire youngsters to pursue dreams of their own.
December 6, 2008
(Per FoxSports.com as it relates to World #2 Serena Williams): For those who have closely followed the younger Williams' career, 2008 is the season where she deserved the heartiest pats on the back, as she drove herself harder than she ever has in order to snare another major title. After eight months of fits and starts and some extremely tough losses, all her hard work paid off when she won her third U.S. Open title. Williams all but packed it in after that, but with a continued commitment she should win her 10th Slam in '09. If she does, she will all but have sewed up the unofficial title of being the best player of an extremely good generation.
Their resurgence was overlooked.
"The Things We Forget" is a chronicle of 2008 in sports (presented in 11 parts).
Of all the great stories of this year, the resurgence of Venus and Serena Williams was the most overlooked. After their domination at the All England Club—the first time they had met in a Grand Slam final since 2003 and the fifth time Venus had won Wimbledon—they snagged doubles gold together in Beijing. Serena then went to New York and won the U.S. Open without losing a set. (Her toughest opponent was Venus in the quarters.) After being ranked as low as 140 two years ago, Serena was once again the best women's player on the planet. In almost any other year, the Williams sisters might have basked in a long glow. Instead, even for them, 2008 was a flash that was doused too soon. Click here for the complete article.
-- as chosen by Bonne D. Ford (ESPN.com)
December 5, 2008
December 3, 2008
December 1, 2008
Serves recorded on Stadium Court and must be in play to count. Recorded and distributed by Information and Display Systems, Inc.