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“Insensitive And Extremely Sexist”: Serena Williams Responds To Russian Tennis Official’s Offensive Comments
Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev was suspended on Saturday for one year by the Women’s Tennis Association after making inflammatory statements about the Williams sisters. During a talk show, Tarpischev called the Williams sisters, “brothers,” and said they are “frightening when you look at them.” Tarpischev will also have to pay a $25,000 fine for his commentary.
The Women Tennis Association did not take his remarks lightly, and noted them as “insulting, demeaning and have no place in our sport.” In a statement to the BBC, the outspoken sister of the Williams duo, Serena, said, “I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were, in a way, bullying. I just wasn’t very happy with his comments. I think a lot of people weren’t happy as well.”
Tarpischev responded: “I didn’t want to offend any athlete with my words. I regret that this joke has garnered so much attention. I don’t think this incident deserves so much fuss.” He also added the Williams sisters were “outstanding athletes who personify strength and perseverance.”
It’s Serena Williams 33rd birthday weekend! And MadameNoire is celebrating one of the greatest athletes of all time with a slideshow of her 15 butt-kicking best moments on and off the court.
Just like that time she became no. 1 in women’s singles for the first time in 2002 and then again, five more times over the last decade.
Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Wuhan Open in China because of a viral illness. This is the second time this year that the top-ranked player has had to forfeit a match for this reason.
Williams was in the first set of a second round match with Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, having broken her serve to go up 6-5. With the set falling in her favor, she called for a trainer. After consulting with the medical staff, she had to pull out.
Williams’ previous withdrawal came at Wimbledon this summer. She’d lost to Cornet in singles at that tournament. And then she had to withdraw after falling ill during a doubles match with her sister Venus.
Serena had one other loss to Cornet this year, at the semifinals in Dubai. This is the first time since 2007 that Williams has lost to the same opponent three times in one year, according to USA Today.
Williams released a short statement later: “I’m sorry to all the fans in Wuhan…I felt dizzy and nauseous in the first set and unfortunately couldn’t continue.”
Williams won her third US Open at the beginning of this month, earning a spot in the exclusive “18 Club.” She also showed her HSN fashion line at New York Fashion Week just a couple of weeks ago. On both occasions, just based on observation as a fan, she seemed fine. And she’s more than fine in her newest ad for Beats by Dre wireless headphones. Check that out below. Guaranteed, you’ll feel like you need to get thee to the gym STAT after watching it.
A number of the top women’s players were out of the Wuhan tournament yesterday, so it doesn’t look like Williams’ ranking will be impacted. But, of course, we do hope she’s back in top health ASAP.
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As if winning her sixth U.S. Open title wasn’t enough. Just two days after, Serena Williams made her debut at New York Fashion Week with her new line for HSN.
And she pulled in an all-star crowd, including her U.S. Open finals opponent Caroline Wozniacki and Vogue editor Anna Wintour for the front row.
The ever-confident Williams described her new line as toned-down Dior. The pieces featured “easy fitting, yet bold, edgy and contemporary silhouettes,” reports USA Today. Williams has been known for her on-court fashion, which ranges in style from classic to provocative. And it seems she has taken a cue from her tennis apparel as inspiration for the new line. During her bid for her third-straight U.S. Open title, she donned leopard-print dresses. And her first runway show included various animal prints.
Actually, Williams admitted she was still conceptualizing plans for the show during her two weeks playing at the Open.
Williams is keeping her HSN line affordable, with prices ranging from $29.90 to $79.90.
While the line got mixed reviews, Williams might actually have a successful line of her hands. “She’s designing an affordable, name-brand line predominantly sold through television. With that goal in mind, the clothes had to be a success,” reports USA Today. Williams has a track record of being a savvy businesswoman. With a reported net worth of $22 million, Williams she has endorsement deals with Nike, Wilson, Gatorade, and OPI. And she owns small stakes in Sleep Sheets and the Miami Dolphins.
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Serena Williams was triumphant at this year’s US Open, giving her her 18th Grand Slam tennis tournament win and inducting her into the exclusive “18 Club” in which tennis greats like Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert are a part. This was Serena’s third US Open title in a row.
The 6-3 6-3 win over her close friend Caroline Wozniaki took an hour and 15 minutes. During the match, Williams’ serve was consistently on point and she had Wozniaki moving from side to side, exhausting her opponent.
Williams won her first Grand Slam trophy at the US Open in 1999 at the age of 17. In addition to the coveted cup, this latest win comes with a record payout — $4 million. That’s $3 million for winning the Open and $1 million for coming out on top in the preceding hard court US tournament in the lead up to the Open. She’s also now the first woman to reach $60 million in tennis winnings.
She was also presented with an 18 carat gold Tiffany bracelet by Evert and Navratilova as a way of welcoming the tennis champ to their ranks.
“It is a pleasure for me to win my first Grand Slam here and then this No. 18. So I’m really emotional. I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place,” Williams said during the presentation ceremony.
Williams, at nearly 33, is the oldest top-ranked player since Martina Navratilova in 1990. And she’s one of the oldest in the game to still win the big Grand Slams. Her sister Venus, 34, made one of her best runs in a while during this tournament, but was knocked out in the third round. And even on the men’s side, 33-year-old Roger Federer, another one of the greats of the sport, failed to make it to the final in a straight-set semifinal loss to Marin Cilic. (Cilic plays Kei Nishikori today in the men’s championship match.)
Williams went into the Open on a Grand Slam losing streak, having struck out at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. She goes into 2015 on top of her game.
Torrei Hart isn’t the only person who can’t seem to get over their ex. In his recent interview with Uptown Magazine, rapper turned actor Common spoke about everything from violence in Chicago, the death of his dear friend J. Dilla and his relationship with Serena Williams.
Sitting, with the beautiful Selita Ebanks seductively and suggestively stroking his face, inside the issue Common explained what the reality of Rashid is really like. Check out some of the highlights below.
On almost marrying Serena Williams:
Common is single now, and enjoying his unattached life, but says he believes in marriage. He thought it would happen with Williams, but he is taking his time now before he jumps into something else. “If I’m in it as much as I was with Serena, as much as I loved her…it takes time to heal and find that peace to be able to move on.”
On being labeled as “soft”:
“I’m hardcore which to me is coming from the heart. Putting your heart on that paper and being true.”
Speaking for the first time on the death of close friend and industry peer J. Dilla:
“He was physically deteriorating. It would be sad for me to see. You know you coming home healthy. You feel guilty. It brought my own immortality to the forefront […] Until I did ["Rewind That"], I wouldn’t answer questions in interviews about him. I wouldn’t keep pictures around. That song has been part of my process in dealing with it still.”
On his tenth album Nobody’s Smiling and the youth of Chicago:
“One way of giving back is by having young Chicago artists on the album. This album is an action to increase awareness to people in the city. I owe it to Chicago […] The most beautiful thing about this project is it’s not ahead of its time, it’s not a throwback album. It feels like today. I feel like a new artist. There are people out there that don’t know my music, but they know me from acting. Some don’t know me at all.”
I find it so interesting that Common always finds a way to bring Serena’s name up–or agrees to talk about her so often in his interviews. I didn’t think too much of it until I heard that Serena straight up called Common one day and asked why he was always talking about her when they were no longer together? You’d think that maybe he’d pull up. But naw, she confronted him in 2010 and it’s 2014 and you just read her name. Perhaps Common is lamenting the love he lost. Who knows. But do you think he should chill a bit?
Now that Common has lifted his personal ban on dating industry women, has he found love in the arms of actress Regina King? For quite some time now, there have been rumors that the Chicago rapper has been dating the former “Southland” actress. During an interview with The Rickey Smiley Show, Common addressed those rumors.
“Nah, I mean I love Regina King as an actress and I think she’s a beautiful woman,” he explained. “I haven’t even talked to Regina King in a little while. I seen her somewhere, but um nah, that’s not true.”
He also expressed that out of all of his famous exes, if he had to, he would be most willing to do a relationship do-over with Serena Williams.
“Um, probably Serena. Yes, point blank she’s just a good person and when we broke up, it was one of these things where we just weren’t ready at that time. I probably would be at a new place, she would be at a new place and it might work out.”
However, he doesn’t seem like he’s trying to go there.
“The only love there is tennis,” he said in response to a question about whether or not he still loves the tennis star. “You know what I’m talking about? [Laughs]. Nah, I do got love for Serena, I ain’t gonna lie. I got love for her, that’s my buddy.”
Listen to his interview below. Do you think Common and Regina would’ve been a good match?
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Over the past few weeks, Common has spoken quite openly about his relationships with both Serena Williams and Erkyah Badu. During a recent chat with The Breakfast Club, he went on to further expound on his relationships with these celebrity women, as well as his past relationship with actress Taraji P. Henson.
While the actor and rapper says that he was definitely serious about both Erkyah and Serena, it doesn’t really seem that a reunion between either couple is likely.
“It’s like once I’ve experienced that person its like man, sometimes life goes on,” he explained. “I can’t say I never would go back but Serena and Erkyah was the most serious relationships that I had as an adult and after, it’s one of those things, it’s like, ‘I have to move forward.’ It was real love right there. Both of those women I could’ve married. I was like if I’m not supposed to be there, we’re just supposed to be friends.”
Speaking of marriage, Common doesn’t seem too sure that he’ll be making the big leap in the future—or ever.
“I don’t know. I was thinking about that last night while talking to one of my lady friends. I don’t know if I’m marriage material, maybe someday” he expressed.
“I be focused on my music and my work a lot. Sometimes that’s hard to balance with a relationship. I do like relationships, but a lot of times when I’m in relationships, I don’t make my best albums. Put it this way, I would have to find the right relationship. You know, a woman who understands the time that you gotta give. to your work. That’s really what it is.”
He also further explained his previous comment that Erkyah has that “good good.”
“The hood knows what it is. Erkyah got something with her, she got something special. Erykah a raw girl, she got a lot to her. She’s from the hood, point blank. She’s just one of those people from the hood that’s artsy, artistic, spiritual, she’s got a lot to her.”
As for the public believing that Serena broke his heart, Common had this to say:
“Me and Serena was together. We broke up. I don’t know specifically her and Drake, it felt like obviously something was going on [after we broke up], I ain’t dwell on it too much. I ain’t have no problem with that, you do what you do. After a while I felt like in some of Drake’s songs he was saying stuff that was subliminal to me. And I was like, you just don’t know nowadays cats be doing them sneak disses and after a while it was like I’m just going to come out and say what I need to say. It was a show I was at and I left and Drake said something out to the crowd, some tough stuff. So then I was like, ‘aight, it was that time’ because I knew he was directing it to me. We kept it on record and after that it was squashed.”
The Chicago rapper-turned-actor also confessed to confronting Serena about her relationship with Drake.
“I definitely talked to her about it. At the end of the day, once she aint ya lady, what can I say? It don’t have nothing to do with me at that point.”
He also seemed to confirm rumors that he once had a thing with Kerry Washington by releasing a bashful giggle.
“Easy, easy. Ain’t no scandal here. She’s married now.”
Out of all of his celebrity exes, Common says his mama loved Taraji the most.
“My mother loved Taraji and funny enough she got cool with Serena even more after we broke up.”
Watch Common’s full interview on the next page. Thoughts?
Serena Williams held hands with her sister Venus as the two walked off Court 1 yesterday at the Wimbledon Grand Slam tennis tournament. The pair had to forfeit their match after Serena fell ill, appearing, according to The New York Times, to be “disoriented and adrift.”
She began displaying symptoms during their warm up, and had to be visited by the doctors who took her blood pressure and tested her basic coordination. The top-ranked player in the world — and one the best tennis players in the history of the game — had trouble simply catching balls tossed to her by the ball boys and hitting over the net.
After fighting through the first three games, and going down 3-0, the sisters retired from the match. It’s reported Serena has a viral illness.
Three hours after the match, Serena released the following statement:
I am heartbroken that I’m not able to continue the tournament. I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me. I want to thank my sister, Kristina, Stefanie, and our teams for their support. We were all looking forward to a great match.
She and her sister Venus have won the Wimbledon doubles championship five times. Both Williams sisters were ousted from the tournament during week one, with Serena losing to number 25 seed Alize Cornet.
Serena posted the photo above on her Instagram page just this morning. We hope she’s resting well and will be back on the court in time for the US Open next month.
In a shocking development, Serena Williams, the women’s number one player in the world, was ousted from Wimbledon, falling to number 25-ranked Alize Cornet, making this third-round loss her earliest exit from the tournament since 2005. Serena Williams, now 32 years old, has won Wimbledon five times, the last time in 2012.
“I worked really hard coming into this event,” Williams said after the shocking loss. “Sometimes it happens. You work really hard — maybe it’s not for today; it’s for tomorrow.”
Cornet recently beat Williams, besting her in a Dubai tournament in France.
Serena’s sister Venus also lost her third round match against the 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in three sets. The 34-year-old wasn’t expected to win, but has won five times previously, the last time in 2008. In 2011, she was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune condition that causes fatigue, among other symptoms. That coupled with her age has prompted lots of questions about when Venus will retire.
“No, people have been trying to retire me since I was like 25,” she said after the match. “For some reason, in tennis, we always do that to our players. It’s weird. We don’t encourage them to stick around.” She says she plans on sticking around for the foreseeable future.
And both sisters will also be sticking around at Wimbledon where they’re still competing on the doubles side. They’ve taken that title five times as well.