June 30, 2009
Only once in the last nine years has there been a Wimbledon women's final that didn't feature at least one of the Williams sisters. The sisters were the only two Grand Slam winners in the women's quarterfinals — Serena has 10 major titles and Venus seven. The sisters have met in three Wimbledon finals, including last year. Serena won two of the three, in 2002 and '03, with Venus winning in 2008. Serena will face Elena Dementieva in Thursday's semifinal match.
June 29, 2009
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Williams won for the 172nd time in 200 Grand Slam matches. The only other woman to play so many matches in major tournaments is her sister, five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams (219). Williams became the first player to earn a spot in the second week of the tournament. She will play either Japan’s Ai Sugiyama or Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia for a place in the quarter-finals.
June 25, 2009
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June 20, 2009
From growing up in the tough, hardscrabble neighborhood of Compton, California, to being trained by her father on public tennis courts littered with broken glass and drug paraphernalia, to becoming the top women's player in the world, Serena has proven to be an inspiration to her legions of fans both young and old.
Her accomplishments have not been without struggle: being derailed by injury, devastated by the tragic shooting of her older sister, and criticized for her unorthodox approach to tennis. Yet somehow, Serena always manages to prevail. Both on the court and off, she's applied the strength and determination that helped her to become a champion to successful pursuits in philanthropy, fashion, television and film. In this compelling and poignant memoir, Serena takes an empowering look at her extraordinary life and what is still to come.
June 19, 2009
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Question 2: Who can stop Venus Williams from winning her sixth title? The first woman who comes to mind of course, is her sister Serena, who beat her in the Wimbledon finals in 2002 and 2003. In last year's title match, though, Venus got the better of her in two tight sets in part by defending the court well. Shots that would have gone for winners for Serena against anyone else came back over the net.
Question 5: Who is TENNIS Magazine picking to win? Between them, Serena and Venus have taken out a timeshare at the All England Club, winning seven of the last nine titles. So it's a safe bet that a Williams will be holding up the Venus Rosewater Dish again this year. For our money, that Williams will be Serena. Younger sis was gutted after losing to Venus in last year's final. It was as powerful a display of tennis as you'll see on the women's and, for that matter, men's tour. The two traded haymaker forehands and blasted serves past the 12o-m.p.h. mark, proof once again that grass, more than any other surface, rewards the sisters bludgeoning style of play.
While Serena was on the losing side of last year's battle, it has done nothing to dampen her competitive fire on the sport's biggest stages. She's since added the 2008 U.S. Open and the 2009 Australian Open to her Grand Slam title collection. If she continues her rich vein of form at the majors, a third Wimbledon dish will join them.
June 3, 2009
“In the second set, third set I was pushing myself to fight, and still she was break up. With her it’s a big difference. She started to serve great, and I’m very proud that I pushed myself and I could fight in the third set. “This gave me victory, because I fought until the end.” Kuznetsova, the only player to beat world number one Dinara Safina on clay this season, broke Serena twice at the start to leap into a 3-0 lead.
The American turned on the power to snatch a break back and levelled for 5-5 with a backhand that wrong-footed Kuznetsova. Put under huge pressure by Serena’s devastating forehand, the Russian lost her composure and faced a set point in the 12th game. She saved it with a crosscourt smash and forced a tiebreak with a forehand down the line. Kuznetsova got a double mini-break for 4-1 courtesy of a jaw-dropping service return winner and a backhand down the line and she sealed the tiebreak 7-3 with a forehand winner.
The Russian kept her momentum, moving 3-0 up in the second set after Serena netted a forehand in the second game to hand her opponent a break. At 4-2 and 40-30 Kuznetsova twisted her right ankle as she fell and after wiping off the red dirt, the Russian allowed Serena back into the match by conceding a break. Serena broke again to lead 6-5 when Kuznetsova netted a backhand and levelled the contest with an ace.
The 2004 U.S. Open champion was off the pace at the start of the third set, letting Williams take a 3-1 lead but she broke back in the sixth game. “Honestly I think I lost because of me and not because of anything she did,” Serena told reporters. “In the third I had an opportunity and I got really tight, and I pretty much gave it to her. It was like, Here, do you want to go to the semis? Because I don’t. She was like, Okay.” Kuznetsova wasted two match points in the 10th game with two long forehands but she converted her third chance on her opponent’s serve when Serena sent a backhand wide.