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April 7, 2013 | By Dan Loumena, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
This should all sound familiar: Serena Williams rallied from a one-set deficit to win another tennis tournament, this time for another Family Circle Cup title in Charleston, S.C. The top-ranked Williams, who dominated and dispatched sister Venus in the semifinals Saturday by dropping only three games, bounced back Sunday to defeat Jelena Jankovic, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, and repeat as champion. Last weekend at the Sony Ericsson Open, Williams defeated second-ranked Maria Sharapova in the championship match after dropping the first set. Jankovic, who was ranked as high as No. 1 in 2008 but has fallen recently to No. 18, aided Williams' comeback by admittedly losing her focus at the start of the second set when the players exchanged some words.
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December 26, 2013 | Wire Reports
Serena Williams nearly owned women's tennis in 2013, and the Associated Press took notice by selecting her the female athlete of the year. Williams has won the award three times, tying golfer Annika Sorenstam and tennis player Maureen Connolly. Only track and golf star Babe Didrikson (6) and tennis star Chris Evert (4) have more selections since the award was first given in 1931. Williams was a runaway winner in voting by the media, garnering 55 of 96 votes. Women's basketball player Brittney Griner was second with 14 votes.
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June 26, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES All third round World rankings in parentheses Serena Williams (2) vs. Roberta Vinci (53), Italy Williams just has that look -- one that can make half a bracket seem as if it's disintegrating to the floor like Christmas tree needles. Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (32), Germany Kohlschreiber, who admirably upended Novak Djokovic at the French Open, is 0-3 against Federer. That is much better than so many other players.
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October 28, 2013 | Staff and Wire Reports
The way the season has gone for Serena Williams, there was only one fitting way for it to end. Williams capped a tremendous year in style Sunday, earning her 11th title by coming from behind to beat Li Na, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, at Istanbul, Turkey, for her second straight WTA Championships crown. Williams became the eighth woman to win 11 or more titles in a year and the first since Martina Hingis had 12 in 1997. The American also is the first to repeat as champion in the season-ending WTA Championships since Justine Henin in 2007.
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September 10, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Serena Williams' three-set win over Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open drew about 5.2 million viewers for CBS on Sunday afternoon against heavy NFL competition from Fox, which broadcast a highly anticipated match between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers. The audience was a 5% improvement over the 2011 women's final, which drew 4.9 million viewers. On Monday, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will square off in the delayed men's finals. Originally, the men were supposed to do battle on Sunday, and the women on Saturday, but as has been the case for the last several years, weather got in the way and high winds forced the matches to be delayed.
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January 3, 2013 | Wire reports
Serena Williams had a tough win over the woman she's predicting could one day top the rankings, setting up a semifinal match at the Brisbane International in Australia against current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. The reigning Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Olympic champion showed plenty of emotion on key points in a heavy-hitting duel with Fed Cup teammate Sloane Stephens on Thursday before winning, 6-4, 6-3. Williams converted both break points and fended off one break chance against her in each set, later saying Stephens had the potential to be "the best in the world one day. " Williams has an 11-1 record against Azarenka and was 5-0 against the 23-year-old Belarussian in 2012, including the U.S. Open final.
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August 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Serena Williams wowed a lot of people, including David Letterman, when she appeared on his talk show Wednesday night wearing a form-fitting (to say the least) red dress. "I think I saw your eyes almost pop out there," Williams said. "Well, I think so.... That's not the only thing," Letterman responded. (Note to Dave: After your recent history, perhaps jokes like that aren't the wisest to make.) Williams is in New York preparing for next week's U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam tournament of the year.
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June 23, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Top-seeded Serena Williams, who will begin pursuit of her 17th Grand Slam title on Tuesday when she faces Mandy Minella of Luxembourg on Wimbledon's famed Center Court, on Sunday apologized for comments about a teenage rape victim in Steubenville, Ohio, and “everything that was said” in a recent Rolling Stone profile of her. She also said she planned to keep her focus on tennis this week. “There's one thing I'm really good at, and that's hitting the ball over a net, in a box. I'm excellent,” she said at a pre-tournament news conference . Williams also repeated that she had apologized to the Steubenville victim for saying the girl “shouldn't have put herself in that position.” Williams also said she had reached out to rival Maria Sharapova on Thursday to apologize for comments in that article that were presumed to be about Sharapova.
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September 3, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Serena Williams, the No. 1-ranked player in the world and the top seed and defending champion at the U.S. Open needed only 52 minutes to win a quarterfinal match, 6-0, 6-0, over her 18th-seeded Spanish opponent, Carla Suarez Navarro. It was Suarez Navarro's 25th birthday, and Williams made sure she would be able to have an early dinner and birthday cake. Next up for Williams will be fifth-seeded Li Na of China. "I expect a great match," Williams said of that semifinal matchup.
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March 20, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Tennis champ Serena Williams has sold her Westwood condo for $1.755 million. The Wilshire Corridor building, constructed in 2001, offers concierge service, a valet, a pool and spa and a gym. The open-plan unit of 2,403 square feet features city views, two bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a den/office, a fireplace, balconies and a direct-access elevator. Williams, 31, has been ranked the No. 1 female player in the world multiple times by the Women's Tennis Assn. and currently holds the ranking.
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October 22, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Tim Lincecum is staying put with the San Francisco Giants just as he hoped, reaching agreement Tuesday on a $35-million, two-year contract through the 2015 season. The deal is pending a physical, which had yet to be scheduled. Lincecum has a full no-trade clause in the new deal. General Manager Brian Sabean said when the season ended that among his priorities was bringing back the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, who also indicated he cherishes familiarity and wanted to stay with the only club he has known.
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October 9, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Former Hopman Cup champion John Isner will partner with up-and-coming American Sloane Stephens next January in the Hopman Cup, a warm-up event for the Australian Open. The 20-year-old Stephens upset No. 1-ranked Serena Williams this year at the Australian Open, but Williams went on to win two majors this season, the French Open and U.S. Open. Stephens started the year ranked No. 38 in the world and has moved up to 12th. Isner won the 2011 Hopman Cup with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 2011 and won with Venus Williams in 2013.
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October 7, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Maria Sharapova, who missed the U.S. Open with the same problem, withdrew from the season-ending WTA Championships on Monday because of a right shoulder injury. Sharapova, ranked No. 3 in the world, will miss the tournament in Istanbul from Oct. 22-27. Already qualified are Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic. The tournament features the top eight singles players and top four doubles teams. Sharapova, 26, has been bothered by right shoulder problems for more than five years and had surgery in late 2008 to repair her rotator cuff on her serving shoulder.
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October 7, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Superstar athletes Peyton Manning, LeBron James and Serena Williams led their colleagues with endorsements of food and beverages that are calorie-dense and unhealthful - sending mixed messages about diet and health, researchers said. Of 512 brands endorsed by 100 top athletes, nearly a quarter of them (122) were for food and beverages - 44 different brands in 2010, the year studied by researchers from Yale, Stanford, Duke and Harvard universities. (Some brands appeared more than once on the list.)
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October 3, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
The Americans survived a late rally Thursday and put the International team in a familiar hole in the Presidents Cup at Dublin, Ohio. Steve Stricker blasted out of a plugged lie in the face of a bunker to three feet to save par as he and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth hung on for a 1-up win in the final match on the course at Muirfield Village. That win gave the Americans a 31/2-21/2 lead, the fourth straight time they have led after the opening session. The Americans led in every match early in the fourballs session and were ahead in five of them when thunderstorms and a few bursts of rain stopped play for 11/2 hours.
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September 30, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
  Thanks to a YouTube video (with a hat tip to Larry Brown Sports ), we get to see how much Serena Williams wants to win, even when she plays a first-round doubles match with her sister Venus in China. Williams double-faulted on match point and that led to a classic Serena anger attack. At least this time only the racket suffered and no referees were hurt, physically or mentally, in the attack. Only a poor racket. But Venus and Serena did sweetly congratulate their vanquishers.
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June 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
When Serena Williams won the French Open women's championship Saturday, her 16th Grand Slam singles title, the debate over her place in women's tennis history (greatest ever?) began again. Now you can add one more factor in her favor as the greatest ever: Beyonce likes her. Yes, Beyonce, whose star power outshines even that of Williams, is a big fan. She posted a handwritten letter on her website Monday congratulating Williams on the victory. The letter reads: "Stunt on them Serena.
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June 19, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will be the top men's and women's seeds at Wimbledon, which begins Monday. The main surprise in the seedings, which were announced Wednesday, was that 12-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal was No. 5, primarily because of a seven-month layoff he took because of knee problems. Nadal's enforced break began last year after his second-round upset loss to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon. However, Nadal has won seven of nine tournaments since his return, including extending his record with an eighth French Open title this month in Paris, where he was the No. 3 seed.
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September 8, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Top-seeded Serena Williams won her 17th Grand Slam title and her fifth U.S. Open on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 victory over second-seeded Victoria Azarenka on Arthur Ashe Stadium court. When Azarenka's final service return went long, Williams pumped her fists and yelled, "Come on. " Williams had also won the French Open this year and seemed well on her way to her second straight U.S. Open title when she led 7-5, 4-1 Sunday. But the 31-year-old Williams was broken twice when serving for the match and then lost the tiebreaker to the 24-year-old Azarenka, who  won the Australian Open this year.
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September 8, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - It's hard to rate 17 Grand Slam titles. Is the first one the best, or the one achieved on a surface most unfriendly to your game? Is it the time you came back from injuries, or the rally from a two-game deficit in the final set? Or perhaps it's this one - the U.S. Open championship Serena Williams won Sunday with a 7-5, 6-7 (6) 6-1 victory over Victoria Azarenka in 2 hours 45 minutes on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. Williams, the defending champion, once led, 7-5, 4-1, and CBS announcer Mary Carillo left the television booth during the second set to be ready for the trophy presentation.
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