September 25, 2010

Serena withdraws from Tokyo and Beijing events

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Serena Williams has pulled out of hardcourt events in Tokyo and Beijing while she continues to recover from surgery on her right foot, but the world number one remains hopeful of a return this season.

Williams, who has not played since she won her 13th grand slam at Wimbledon earlier this year, had surgery after she cut her foot on broken glass at a restaurant in July. The injury will keep her from competing at the Pan Pacific Open and China Open tournaments over the next two weeks.

“While I have continued to make progress in the recovery of my foot injury, unfortunately I am still not ready to compete,” Williams said on the WTA website. “In the meantime I am focused on my rehab program and remain optimistic to return to competition this season."

Serena's on Oprah! (Monday)

All New! Tony Danza, SERENA WILLIAMS, Angie Harmon: Celebrities Take On Their Dream Jobs!

Celebrities take on their ultimate dream jobs! First, with no scripts or second takes we'll go inside actor Tony Danza's year as a high school teacher. Then, see what happens when we send glamour girl Angie Harmon to train as a homicide investigator. And, she's the highest paid female athlete in the world. You won't believe what tennis megastar Serena Williams' dream job is. Tune in to find out! Monday's Oprah.

September 23, 2010

Serena withdraws from Toray Pan Pacific Open

Top-ranked Serena Williams has pulled out of this month's Pan Pacific Open as she continues her recovery from surgery on her right foot. Williams, who cut her foot on broken glass at a restaurant after winning Wimbledon this year, returned to practice earlier this month. Serena has not played for almost three months.

Williams headed a strong field for the Sept. 26-Oct. 2 event. Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva, French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic have also entered the tournament. Maria Sharapova returns to defend her title. After missing this year's U.S. Open, Williams told The Associated Press on Sept. 13 she has yet to decide when she'll return to competition, but plans to play for the United States in the Fed Cup final against Italy in November.

September 21, 2010

Serena attends London Fashion Week

Serena Williams attended the presentation of the Burberry Prorsum 2011 Spring / Summer Collection at London Fashion Week.

Serena and Andy Murray attend Burberry Prorsum

Tennis stars Serena Williams and Andy Murray attended the presentation of the Burberry Prorsum 2011 Spring / Summer Collection at London Fashion Week.

September 20, 2010

Serena back practicing

Serena Williams is back practicing after foot surgery that kept her out of the U.S. Open. The world's top-ranked women's player told The Associated Press that she hasn't decided when she'll return to competition, but she still plans to play for the United States in the Fed Cup final against Italy in November.

Williams cut her right foot on broken glass at a restaurant after winning Wimbledon. She was moving comfortably in tall black boots last Monday. "I'm obviously out of the (walking) boot, so I'm in a different boot, not that hideous boot," Williams said. She said she doesn't need to do anything special to protect the foot on the court other than a little extra tape.

Article courtesy of the Associated Press

Serena's back on HSN TODAY!

Serena Williams: Out and about

Serena (and sister Isha) attended the GQ & Rocawear celebration of their fall campaign at Provacateur on September 15, 2010 in New York City.

Serena Walks The Runway (Part 2)

Serena took to the runway during LaQuan Smith’s Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show at the Peninsula Hotel. LaQuan Smith is a 22-year-old designer who included Serena in his show on the advice of mentor Andre Leon Talley.

The theme of Smith’s show was “A Storybook Path,” mixing fashion with fantasy. His inspiration was designing for Marie Antoinette in the present day. Serena wore the final look, appropriately titled “Queen.”

September 19, 2010

Serena Williams: Fashion Week continues

Serena attended the Vera Wang Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 14, 2010 in New York City.

Serena Williams: Out and about in New York

Serena attended W Magazine’s September issue celebration at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Serena Williams: Out and about

Serena attended the Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama Fashion Extravaganza at the Orpheum Theatre.

Serena Williams: More of NY Fashion Week

Serena Williams attended the Michael Kors Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Serena Walks The Runway

Check out the article, "Serena Walks The Runway."
(Photo by: Brian Nordstrom)

World-Class Athletes Debut The M Foundation

MISSION Co-Founders Establish Fund to
Support and Inspire Next Generation of Athletes

MISSION Skincare®, the first athlete-engineered® skincare line, is proud to announce the launch of The M Foundation™, a non-profit organization committed to promoting healthy athletic performance on the field, and simultaneously recognizing charitable achievements of young athletes off the field.

With the introduction of The M Foundation, MISSION Skincare is encouraging athletic prowess in a dynamic way that raises the bar for socially conscious companies everywhere. The beneficiary of MISSION Skincare’s “blended value” enterprise, The M Foundation ignites the social impact objective of the brand forged by some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Serena Williams, Steve Nash, David Wright, Billie Jean King, Mia Hamm, Amanda Beard, Sergio Garcia, Georges St-Pierre, Gretchen Bleiler and Alonzo Mourning. At the core of The M Foundation are athletes “on a mission” to educate and inspire America’s youth to perform their best within and outside the arena of athletic competition.

Serena Williams: Fashion Week in NYC

Serena Williams attended the Vivienne Tam Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 11, 2010 in New York City.

Serena: Out and about in New York

Serena attended the John Varvatos 10th Anniversary Party at John Varvatos 315 Bowery Boutique in New York City.

September 11, 2010

Noteworthy: Serena and Vera Zvonareva

  • Serena Williams and Vera Zvonareva are the only two women to reach the Final of two Grand Slams this year
  • Serena Williams is the ONLY #7 seed to win the women's U.S. Open title (1999). Vera Zvonareva is the #7 seed at this year's U.S. Open and will take on the defending Champion, Kim Clijsters, tonight for the 2010 U.S. Open title

September 9, 2010

Serena attends Vogue Fashion Show

On Tuesday, Serena attended the Vogue Show at Lincoln Center in New York City.

September 4, 2010

Serena rooting for Venus (photo)

World #1, Serena Williams, cheers for her sister, Venus, during Venus' third round match against Mandy Minella at the 2010 US Open tennis tournament in New York.

(Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena unsure of when she will return to the court

Serena Williams is not committing to a return date to the WTA Tour but says she hopes to compete again before the end of the season.

"Hopefully sooner rather than later," she told the Tennis Channel during a visit to the U.S. Open to watch sister Venus payer her second-round match. I definitely want to come back this year, though, so that'd be good."

Williams, who has been sidelined since injuring her feet after Wimbledon, is scheduled to play Tokyo later this month but did not indicate that she would be taking part in the event.

"I really can't wait to get back more than ever," she said. "I'm just still taking it a day at a day. Haven't hit too many balls, I don't want to have any kind of relapses so I'm just taking it really, really slow. But when I'm ready, it takes me no time to get there, so I've just been working out and doing that aspect of it."

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Serena interviewed at 2010 U.S. Open (Video)

Serena Williams, who pulled out of the U.S. Open because of a foot injury, made a surprise appearance at Flushing Meadows on Friday. Impossible to miss in a cherry-red evening dress, the 13-time grand slam winner was interviewed on the ESPN set, hammed it up with her older sister Venus in a mock television interview then joined the McEnroe brothers John and Patrick in the commentary box for the match between Rafa Nadal and Denis Istomin.

Behind the scenes: NYT's "Beauty of Power" Shoot

September 2, 2010

Serena reveals details of foot injury

In her first public comments about the mysterious injury and surgery that forced her to miss this year's U.S. Open, Serena Williams told USA TODAY on Wednesday evening that she had surgery to repair a lacerated tendon on the top of her right foot July 15 at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles a week after receiving 12 stitches in one foot and six in another when she was cut by glass at a restaurant in Munich.

The torn tendon, known as the extensor hallucis longus, was causing her right big toe to "droop," Williams said in an exclusive telephone interview from Los Angeles, where she is receiving physical therapy and resuming training.

"I came back to the United States from Germany and knew something was not right," Williams said. "My big toe was drooping, and I thought, 'My toe shouldn't be hanging like this.' I saw a specialist in New York and had an MRI, and he said I had a tendon that was torn. He said I didn't necessarily have to fix it, but I'd have a droopy toe the rest of my life. I thought it over and decided it was better to have the surgical procedure, for my career and for my life."

Williams, 28, the world's top-ranked women's tennis player, said she does not know exactly how she was injured the evening of July 7 in Munich.

"We were walking out of the restaurant and, all of a sudden, I felt pain," she said. "The pain felt like kind of a stubbed foot, like 'Ow,' and I thought, 'Wow, I stubbed my foot.' Then in 20 seconds, or a minute, I started walking again. And it hurt some more. So we looked down and there was glass all over the floor. I was standing, recovering, thinking I got a little cut and telling my nephew, who was with us, to be careful. Then my practice partner put a cellphone down to the floor so we could see, and there was a huge puddle of blood. I said, 'OMG, I don't think this is good.' "

They went to an emergency room in Munich where Williams said she had X-rays and received 18 stitches: six inside the cut on her right foot and six on top of that foot, and six stitches on the bottom of her left foot. "That one really hurt," she said, "it was right in the arch area. I don't know how it happened. Honestly, I think someone may have dropped something, which is how I got cut on both feet.

"I was planning to wear really high boots that night, and instead wore sandals. I'm trying to figure it all out, but what happened was a one-in-a-trillion chance, and unfortunately, I was the one in a trillion."

Still, Williams traveled to Brussels to play an exhibition with Kim Clijsters the next day. "I had a lot of pain in Belgium and was getting nervous because that was when I noticed my toe was drooping," Williams said. "I got a shot and then played, and at the time, my left foot hurt way more, but I thought the pain and swelling would go away and that I'd probably be all right in a week."

Then she returned to the USA, and things did not get better, she said. After seeing the specialist in New York, she flew to Los Angeles to host a housewarming party at her new home July 12. She was photographed at the party wearing high heels with a small bandage on her right foot.

Asked how she could fit her swollen, painful feet into high heels three days before surgery, Williams said, "I was bummed about wearing the Band-Aid at my party, you know me, but there were six stitches under there, so I didn't want those to show. I love heels, I'm a sucker for heels, so if I have to get the (surgical) procedure anyway, at that point, the doctor told me I needed to do it, so I took the pictures with those shoes, then wore flats the rest of the night. I couldn't have worn heels the whole night."

That photo has led some members of the news media to wonder about the veracity of Williams' story. If this bothers Williams, she didn't let on.

"Honestly, I don't read the press," she said. "I don't know what they're saying. I just look at the pictures, the photo shoots. I heard just recently that there had been doubt, but at the end of the day, I have to answer to me. It's unfortunate I had to have surgery, but I'm not lying or denying, because it is what it is."

Williams said Kenneth Jung performed the surgery on her right foot at Kerlan-Jobe. She then wore a walking boot for several weeks. "I'm out of it now," she said. "I hated that boot. I plan to use it for target practice for my serves."

She said she plans to come to the Open on Friday to watch her sister Venus play. "It will be hard to be there watching and not playing," she said, "but this whole experience will make me stronger. I plan to come back better than ever."

By Christine Brennan, USA TODAY

September 1, 2010

Serena not likely to make return at Tokyo Open

Women's world No. 1 Serena Williams is unlikely to make her return to tennis at the WTA Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, a source with knowledge of the situation tells ESPN. Williams, who's not playing in the U.S. Open due to a cut on her right foot that required surgery, has had a protective boot removed. She has said she was targeting the Pan Pacific Open, which begins Sept. 26, for her return to action.

Williams hasn't played competitively since winning Wimbledon. She was reportedly hurt by a broken glass at a restaurant while she was in Munich in July. She had surgery on July 15. Williams said doctors advised her not to play the U.S. Open so that her foot can heal, and she called missing the tournament "one of the most devastating moments of my career." The top-ranked Williams has won three titles at Flushing Meadows, part of her 13 Grand Slam singles championships.

Kim Clijsters said she saw Williams' foot lacerations and "it's not something that she's making up or that it's a small cut or anything." After she was hurt, Williams played in an exhibition match against Clijsters that drew a tennis-record crowd of 35,681 in Brussels on July 8. Clijsters said Monday that Williams actually had cuts on both feet, but she doesn't recall whether they were on the top or bottom.

It was against Clijsters in last year's Open semifinals that Williams went on a tirade against a line judge over a foot-fault call. That led to Williams losing the match and receiving a record fine.

The Associated Press /

Serena's foot still hot topic

Snippet from L.A. Times article:

The coach of a top-ranked women's player in New York, who was adamant that the comment not be attributed to him because he's not comfortable speaking about another player's injury status, said his client got a show-and-tell from Serena on the foot last week at the Nike event. "My player said Serena almost cut her big toe off. It was really, really bad," the coach said.