Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Serena Williams

In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns the ball to fellow German Mona Barthel during the Dubai Tennis Championships, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Angelique Kerber is back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, reclaiming that spot from Serena Williams. Kerber moves atop the rankings on Monday. That’s about six months after she originally ascended to No. 1 for the first time, overtaking ...
United States' Venus Williams, rear, embraces her sister Serena after Serena won the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (Jack Thomas/Pool via AP)

BY JUSTIN BERGMAN MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — More than seven years after her last Grand Slam title match, Venus Williams would be forgiven for being a little nervous when she stepped inside Rod Laver Arena to face her sister, Serena, ...
United States' Serena Williams makes a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

BY JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug. The all-Williams final — the first at the ...
United States' Venus Williams celebrates after defeating compatriot Coco Vandeweghe during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

BY JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Win or lose, Serena Williams sees another all-sister final at the Australian Open as cause for celebration. The 35-year-old Williams arrived in Australia bidding for a 23rd Grand Slam title, aiming to break ...
Britain's Andy Murray reacts as he falls during his second round match against Russia's Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

BY JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — When Andy Murray tumbled to the court, clutching his right ankle, the top of the men’s draw at the Australian Open momentarily took on a new complexion. Top-ranked Murray, a five-time runner-up at ...
United States' Serena Williams waves as she leaves the court following her second round loss to compatriot Madison Brengle at the ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Serena Williams lost her second-round match at the ASB Classic and the 22-time Grand Slam singles champion, frustrated by swirling winds, didn’t leave quietly. “At least I can get out of these conditions,” No. 2-ranked ...
United States' Serena Williams warms up ahead of a practice session at the ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

Court and spark: Serena Williams is tying the knot. The tennis great announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian on Thursday, posting a poem on Reddit that she accepted the proposal of the social news website’s co-founder. Williams’ agent, Jill Smoller, ...
In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Beyonce Knowles arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyonce, Serena Williams, Colin Kaepernick and Kevin Hart are among 100 black luminaries being recognized by Ebony magazine. The magazine revealed its annual Power 100 list Friday, which recognizes outstanding achievements by black entertainers, corporate heads ...
In this Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 file photo, Serena Williams returns a shot to Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York.

Star tennis player Serena Williams says she “won’t be silent” about the killing of black men by police officers. Williams wrote on Facebook on Tuesday that she was inspired to speak out after asking her black 18-year-old nephew to drive ...
Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a shot to Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in New York

BY HOWARD FENDRICH NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the two women’s finalists at this U.S. Open, Angelique Kerber of Germany and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, played each other, it really was no contest. Pliskova dominated the ...
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