July 5, 2012 |
WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams served her first ace in the first game of her Wimbledon semifinal match Thursday against second-seeded Victoria Azarenka. It was up the middle, and it raised a dust ball on Centre Court. And it was a trend-setter. By the time Williams' 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over Azarenka was complete, Williams had served 24 aces. That broke the Wimbledon record that Williams had set last week against Zheng Jie by one. And Williams played three sets against Zheng.
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March 5, 2012 |
The California desert sun can be relentlessly unforgiving. So too, it seems, can the tennis powerhouse Williams sisters. Eleven years have passed since Serena Williams was greeted with a booming chorus of boos in the women's finals and left for good. Venus did the same. And with the two-week BNP Paribas Open underway this week at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, still no sisters. "Even now, all these years later, we continue to boycott the event," Serena wrote in her 2009 autobiography.
July 8, 2007 |
Who was that girl who made her Wimbledon debut at age 17 in 1997 with a big future and little purple-and-green hair beads? "I don't even know how that girl won her first-round match," Venus Williams said Saturday. "She didn't understand anything. She didn't understand how to play. She could hit the ball hard." And who was that young woman who first won Wimbledon at age 20 in 2000 from an ascendant No. 5 ranking as the first African American female champion since Althea Gibson in 1958?
July 8, 2007 |
With Venus Williams winning Wimbledon a half-century after Althea Gibson's 1957 title, Williams' father and coach, Richard Williams, said there had been no racial progress in those 50 years. "It's no different then than it is now, in my opinion," he said. "If you're past 10 years old, you know what I'm talking about."
June 4, 2007 |
With Serena Williams "ready to step up and grab a ... wild bear right now" in the words of her father, Richard, the French Open awaits her bout with an ingenious pipsqueak. The quarterfinal that resembles a final has materialized to lend Tuesday the promise of fracas. Serena Williams, the Australian Open champion seeded No. 8 here, will play No. 1 Justine Henin, the twice-defending French champion, for the first time on clay since 2003, when Henin, seeded No. 4 , upended Williams, then No.
June 22, 2005 |
Fred Haynes reached back in time Tuesday, remembering leaving the tennis courts at night after a long day of practice with his kids -- grocery shopping beckoned -- and there were others still out there practicing. That would have been Richard Williams and his daughters, Venus and Serena. Years later, Haynes' daughter, Angela, walked off Court 2 at Wimbledon shortly after 8 p.m. here, receiving a rousing ovation.