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SERENA SETS UP HALEP QUARTERFINAL

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA – Top seed Serena Williams endured a few frustrating moments against a resurgent Kateryna Bondarenko, easing past the qualifier, 6-2, 6-2 at the BNP Paribas Open. Bondarenko came back to tennis just over 18 months ago after giving birth to a daughter, but has been playing some of the best tennis […]

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SERENA WILLIAMS, ANGELIQUE KERBER WIN IN STRAIGHT SETS EN ROUTE TO FINAL

MELBOURNE, Australia — For a few moments anyway, it seemed as if the ghost of Roberta Vinci had entered Melbourne Park. After winning the first six games of her semifinal match against No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, Serena Williams began to show signs of tightness. Her groundstrokes lost some juice, and her feet moved with considerably […]

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SERENA STILL INVINCIBLE AGAINST SHARAPOVA

MELBOURNE — One of these days, Maria Sharapova might actually defeat Serena Williams. Probably not soon. But perhaps someday. Maybe. Such as when Serena is old and gray and sitting in a rocking chair on her front porch shouting at Maria to get off her grass. Of course, if that grass were at Wimbledon, Sharapova […]

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Serena Williams cruises to win, faces Maria Sharapova in quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia – Faced with another on-the-rise opponent on Sunday at the Australian Open, Serena Williams made it clear: She’s still the No. 1 player in the world – by far. Williams drubbed up-and-coming Russian Margarita Gasparyan 6-2, 6-1 in less than an hour on Sunday inside Rod Laver Arena, setting up a quarterfinal showdown […]

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Serena Williams routs Daria Kasatkina, advances at Aussie

MELBOURNE — After last year’s infamous twirl-gate, Serena Williams is sporting a new look at this Australian Open: a yellow two-piece outfit with a crop top and pleated skirt. “It’s built for speed,” she said. That was definitely the case Friday. Williams played her third-round match so fast and furiously it was as if she […]

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Serena slams Hsieh to march into third round

Defending champion Serena Williams ramped up her bid for a 22nd grand slam title with a dominant 6-1 6-2 win over unseeded Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei to charge into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday. The top seed had to survive a tough opening match against Italian Camila Giorgi but destroyed the 90th-ranked Hsieh in […]

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SERENA WILLIAMS WITHSTANDS CAMILA GIORGI TO WIN MELBOURNE OPENER

MELBOURNE, Australia — It’s not often that the most dominant player in the world enters a major event with as many question marks as Serena Williams carried into this year’s Australian Open. But after a four-month layoff following the US Open, Williams suppressed some of those doubts with a tight 6-4, 7-5 win over Camila […]

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Serena Williams wins Cincinnati Masters for 69th singles title

World number one Serena Williams beat third seed Simona Halep to win the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday. The 33-year-old won 6-3 7-6 (7-5) to see off Romania’s Halep, 23, who had already secured second seeding for the US Open by reaching the final. Halep broke Williams in the opening game of the match, but the […]

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The Astonishing Greatness of Serena Williams

  After winning her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title on Saturday at Wimbledon, the tennis star has become one of the most accomplished American athletes of all time. No major sport—with the possible exception of gymnastics or swimming—worships youth like tennis. The best athletes in basketball, soccer, football, and baseball tend to reach their peak […]

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