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September 6, 1997 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Months of ill will that had been simmering on the women's tennis tour bubbled to the surface Friday in the form of a bizarre chest-butting incident between Irina Spirlea and Venus Williams during their U.S. Open semifinal, which Williams won. It occurred after Williams held serve and was up a break at 4-3 in the second set. The players walked to the sideline for the changeover and neither gave way while negotiating the narrow space between the end of the net and the umpire's chair.
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March 11, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Venus Williams has sold a home in Hollywood Hills West for $1.7 million. The midcentury post-and-beam house, built in 1955, features a foyer, a den, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Tax records show the house has 1,528 square feet of living space. The swimming pool, lawn and deck have canyon views. There are also mountain views from the nearly half-acre site, which is set off a gated driveway. Williams, 33, is a former Women's Tennis Assn. No. 1-ranked singles player.
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March 11, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Venus Williams has sold a home in Hollywood Hills West for $1.7 million. The midcentury post-and-beam house, built in 1955, features a foyer, a den, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Tax records show the house has 1,528 square feet of living space. The swimming pool, lawn and deck have canyon views. There are also mountain views from the nearly half-acre site, which is set off a gated driveway. Williams, 33, is a former Women's Tennis Assn. No. 1-ranked singles player.
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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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August 31, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Tennis star Venus Williams has withdrawn from the U.S. Open shortly before her second-round match, announcing that she has been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that can lead to dry eyes, dry mouth and painful joint problems. "I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon," said Williams, who has spent considerable time off the court for various health issues, from a hip injury to a viral infection.  Sjogren's (pronounced "show-grins")
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June 25, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, lost in the first round Monday to Elena Vesnina of Russia, 6-1, 6-3. Williams, who is ranked 58th in the world, was able to break Vesnina's serve only once. Vesnina, who is ranked 78th, broke Williams' serve five times. It was Williams' earliest loss since her first Wimbledon appearance 15 years ago. Williams suffers from the autoimmune disease Sjogren's syndrome, which can cause extreme fatigue and joint pain. When asked Monday whether she'll continue to play after the Olympics in London next month, Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, remained optimistic.
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January 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Maria Sharapova turned a third-round match against Venus Williams at the Australian Open on Friday into a straight-set rout. The 6-1, 6-3 victory for the lanky Russian ended with an ace at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. “I think when we both looked at the draw, it was a matchup we were both looking forward to,” Sharapova said afterward. “I was a really determined player out there because I knew the tennis that she's capable of producing and playing. She's a tremendous athlete and a great champion.” Sharapova, who won her first two matches of the tournament without dropping a game, will play unseeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in the fourth round.
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April 26, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Tennis star Venus Williams was in Santa Monica on Thursday, doing fitness demonstrations, leading regular, less-in-shape folks in some exercise and promoting Jamba Juice because she likes to be able to add wheatgrass shots to her juice. Since announcing at the 2011 U.S. Open that she suffered from Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects her energy levels and can leave her eyes and mouth exceptionally dry, Williams has taken the lead in learning about nutrition, diet and just about everything else about her body.
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January 10, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Tennis star Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open, more than four months after announcing that she has Sjogren's syndrome . "After several months of training and treatment, I am making steady progress to top competitive form," the 31-year-old wrote on her website Monday. "My diet and fitness regimen have allowed me to make great strides in terms of my health and I am very close to being able to return to WTA competition. " Williams finished, "I have every intention to return to the circuit in February.
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August 1, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
WIMBLEDON -- John Isner stayed in the hunt for a medal for the U.S. tennis team in the Olympics at Wimbledon on Wednesday, but next up is No. 1 Roger Federer. Isner, the only remaining U.S. man in the draw, got into yet another long duel at Wimbledon, winning this time over Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, 7-5, 7-6 (14). His match with Federer will be a quarterfinal. Another U.S. player, Venus Williams, a gold medal winner in three Olympics--twice in women's doubles and once in singles, lost to Germany's Angelique Kerber in two tiebreakers, with an identical 7-5 tiebreaker score in each.
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September 8, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK — As the most important two weeks of tennis each year in the United States reaches a conclusion, it's natural for Californians to let nostalgia to creep in, remembering a time when the state was a hotbed of tennis. Two decades ago, after Wimbledon in July, the tennis world migrated to California. There were women's tournaments at Stanford, Manhattan Beach and Carlsbad. (The Manhattan Beach tournament moved to Carson in 2003.) There was a men's tournament at UCLA until last year, when it was bought and moved to Colombia.
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September 6, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, seeded fifth, knocked unseeded Serena and Venus Williams out of the U.S. Open women's doubles, 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals Friday. Serena Williams, who had first beaten fifth-seeded Li Na of China in a women's singles semifinal, took about an hour break and then went out onto Arthur Ashe Stadium to play doubles with her sister. But it seemed Venus was more tired that Serena. She put many volleys into the net and struggled getting her first serve in. Venus and Serena only play doubles at Grand Slam events and the Olympics and therefore are usually unseeded, yet they've won 13 major titles and three Olympic gold medals together.
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August 28, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams gave every ounce of effort she had in her 33-year-old body that is touched by an immune system disease and pained with back issues. She lunged for volleys and yelled in effort on big serves. But as the three-set match crept past the two-hour mark, Williams, dripping with sweat, began hanging her head. At the end she was out of the U.S. Open in the second round, a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) loser to Zheng Jie of China in a match that lasted more than three hours.
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August 28, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Venus Williams and Zheng Jie played from the baseline and at the net. They played in the rain when every other match on the grounds of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center had been stopped. But finally Zheng, a 30-year-old from China, steadied her nerves and played a tiebreaker in which she took advantage of mistakes by Williams for a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) victory in a second-round match Wednesday in the U.S. Open. It is the third year in a row Williams has lost here in the second round and she gave every ounce of effort in her 33-year-old body that is touched by an immune system disease and pained by back issues.
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August 26, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Top-seeded Serena Williams, the defending U.S. Open champion, won her opening match of the 2013 Open, 6-0, 6-1, over 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone. Williams won 24 of 30 points in the first set and started out the second set by winning a 26-point game. In the third game of the second set, after Schiavone lost yet another point, the 33-year-old Italian asked a ball boy for a hug. In the fourth game of the second set, when Schiavone won a point, the Italian waggled one finger.
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August 26, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams, unseeded at the U.S. Open, where she is a two-time winner, upset 12th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium on Monday in the first round of the tournament by the straightforward score of 6-1, 6-2 in 1 hour, 24 minutes. Williams hasn't gotten past the second round here the past two years after she announced she was suffering from an immune system disease called Sjogren's Syndrome, Wearing a flower-patterned dress and her hair dyed pink to match some of the flowers, Williams played nothing like a lady who was ready to garden.
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February 21, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Venus Williams beat younger sister Serena, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (3), Friday to reach the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates. Sixth-seeded Venus dominated the first set as Serena struggled with her serves. "I loved the way the first set went," said Venus, who will face Virginie Razzano of France in today's final. Serena appeared to be bothered by a lingering knee injury that forced her to pull out of last week's semifinals in Paris.
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February 21, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
Venus Williams successfully defended her Dubai Championships title Saturday, beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 6-3, 7-5, in the final in the United Arab Emirates. Williams broke Azarenka a third time at 5-5 in the second set and served out for her 42nd singles title on the WTA Tour. Williams didn't lose a set, and in the final she lost her serve once against Azarenka, who is ranked No. 6, one spot behind Williams. Williams served well, hitting seven aces and winning 80% of her first serves.
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July 6, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, England — It's something of a cliche to discuss the obstacles that athletes have overcome to reach the pinnacle of their respective sports. Yet, if not for encountering difficulty along the way they might not have developed the determination that pushes them on the field, ice or tennis court, and both women who will play in Saturday's Wimbledon final have endured some difficult times. For Marion Bartoli, the No. 15-seeded woman, adversity was a falling out with her father, Walter, who was also her coach.
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