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“I’m Tired Of Playing Tournaments Unhealthy”: Serena Williams Taking A Break From Tennis

September 21st, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Despite starting strong in the U.S. Open tournament and breaking the record for the most Grand Slam match wins ever with 308, Serena Williams’s success came to a screeching halt in Flushing Meadows in the semifinals. With an injury to her left knee aggravated, Williams fell 6-2, 7-6 (5) to the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova. She not only lost out on the opportunity to play for the title, but she also lost her No. 1 ranking. So what’s next for Williams? Surely she’s preparing herself for the next tournament and to regain her spot at the top, right? Wrong.

Williams told CNN she needs a break, namely in the hopes of fully healing so she can come back stronger than ever from nagging knee and shoulder pains. She hasn’t given a fixed deadline on when exactly she will step back on the court.

“I’m definitely taking it a day at a time. I’m tired of playing tournaments unhealthy and taking losses that I would never lose,” Williams said. “I definitely want to make sure I’m healthy and playing at my best or at least 80% healthy or 70% healthy — that way I can be able to play at a higher level.”

Williams is scheduled to compete in three more tournaments before the year is over, including two in China and then the WTA Championships in Singapore. However, it’s unclear if she will withdraw from the competitions, as she did the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati back in August before the U.S. Open.

And while Williams didn’t want to go further into detail about her career or her No. 2 ranking right now, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted that it hasn’t been an easy year.

“We have to be honest — it has been a bad season for her,” Mouratoglou shared with CNN. “She’s been injured a lot, which makes it worse because she couldn’t play much.

He continued: “She played only eight tournaments, which is really, really, not much. For Serena, any result that is not a title is a bad result — so a final of a grand slam is a bad result for her. We can’t be satisfied with one grand slam final and two finals lost.”

However, Mouratoglou is sure that Williams will get healthy and come for all the Grand Slam titles in 2017.

“It’s a bad year, there are many explanations but we have to learn and be better next year and that is definitely the goal. This is not satisfying at all.”

As she heals, Williams has released the fall collection of her Serena Williams Signature Statement collection for HSN and been traveling. Check out images she shared from both of those endeavors below:

Backstage #nyfw

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Backstage during my show #nyfw @serenastatement @hsn

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….. And the girl who never took a vacation took one day off…and then she came back

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It was ladies night in Milano with these two @mia0305 @serenawilliams #girlstrip2italy @novakfoundation #giorgioarmani

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Simone Biles Reveals She Has ADHD After Medical Records Of Olympic Athletes Leaked

September 14th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Despite winning five medals at the Rio Olympics and inspiring countless people with her story, drive and talent, Simone Biles has been targeted in a hacking scandal. According to reports, the World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed on Tuesday that Fancy Bear, a Russian hacking group, broke into the foundation’s database, acquired and released the medical records of a few American athletes, including favorites Biles, and Venus and Serena Williams. All three were reportedly given the green light to use banned drugs to treat medical conditions.

Biles spoke out on Tuesday night via Twitter, stating that the methylphenidate she used was for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

Serena and Venus Williams were also allowed to take certain substances, and were approved by Dr. Stuart Miller of the International Tennis Federation based on medical exemption. If you’ll recall, Venus has the autoimmune disease Sjogren’s Syndrome, and Serena has dealt with a wide variety of injuries over the years. Neither sister has responded to the hacking drama, but Oliver Niggli, the director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency has, and he’s very apologetic for the leak of very private information.

Serena and Venus doubles match

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“WADA deeply regrets this situation and is very conscious of the threat that it represents to athletes whose confidential information has been divulged through this criminal act.”

And the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has defended all of the American athletes targeted, stating that “the athletes have done nothing wrong.” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said, “In fact, in each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules of obtaining permission to use a needed medication.”

All medications were reportedly approved by international federations, the WADA and the IOC. Therefore, it’s a big fail for these hackers in their attempts to discredit these Olympians. Still, this is yet another very alarming violation of people’s confidential information that needs to be cracked down on.


#BlackGirlMagic: Serena Williams Makes History; Is Best Ever With 308th Grand Slam Win

September 6th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Another day, another record. 👑👑👑 #legend #usopen

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Been tuning into the U.S. Open? There have been quite a few riveting matches, as well as some major upsets (including Venus Williams falling to Karolina Pliskova on Monday). But as for Serena Williams, she has played some of her best tennis, and just yesterday, she beat Yaroslava Shvedova for a spot in the quarterfinals. Not only did she sail her way into the quarterfinals with a quick (as in, less than an hour) 6-2, 6-3 victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium, but she also made history, picking up her 308th Grand Slam win. The No. 1-seeded player passed Roger Federer in Grand Slam wins and reminded everyone that she is the greatest doing it right now of all the men and women competing.

When asked about the record, Williams told reporters, “This is where it all started, so it’s always magical for me. But 308 sounds pretty good.”

If Williams wins the U.S. Open, she’ll boost that number to 311 and earn her 23rd major title. That win would be a record, moving her past Steffi Graf in Grand Slam titles and earning her a seventh U.S. Open title, which would also be a record (for most tournament wins).

When she’s not dominating on the court, Williams has also been busting a move for Delta. In case you missed it, she showed off more than just her usual twerk skills in a very creative ad for the airline:

Hey, I can keep up with @Willdabeast__. In my dreams 😉. Watch my new project now. @Delta

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Go ‘head, Serena!

Diet Diary: Venus Williams Shares Everything She Ate Leading Up To The U.S. Open

September 2nd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you the other day what food Serena Williams said she gave up in order to be in tip-top shape for the U.S. Open and other competitions this fall, and it was clear that you wanted a more detailed look into her diet and meal plans. Well, while Serena might not have been able to share all that, Venus literally tracked her food for four days leading up to the U.S. Open for CosmopolitanFrom foods she ate first thing in the morning before practice to how she eats after a match, all of her food choices seem to be paying off nicely. In case you missed it, Venus has won both of her matches so far in the tournament, even securing her 70th U.S. Open victory this week. So how did she fuel up for competition?

Work lunch, work is play! #vstarrinteriors

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On day one, Williams got up at 7 a.m. and went with a smoothie for breakfast. “Early in the morning, it’s super tough for me to eat right away, but I still need energy for practice,” she wrote. “I try to start out with a protein smoothie, a green juice, or some sort of fruit.”

For snacks during practice when she’s feeling low on energy, Williams shared that she packed nectarines “because they’re in season,” as well as grapes to hold her over until lunch time.

For lunch, which she had around 12 after practice and following a workout at the gym, Williams said she was “really, really hungry!”

“I stopped by Christopher’s Kitchen, my favorite vegan spot in Palm Beach, Florida, and ordered the lentils with quinoa and a strawberry milkshake with protein powder to go.”

After lunch, Williams had meetings for her active wear line, EleVen. In between those meetings she chose kale chips and had some green juice. She noted that it’s important for her to indulge in such light snacks in between eating large meals to help her keep her energy up.

In the evening, around 6 p.m. following a visit with her father, Williams worked out again. She took a hip-hop dance class (at Sean’s Dance Factory) and made sure to eat light afterward.

“I refueled on breaks with dates, cashews, and water,” she said. “Afterward, I was worn out and went home to pack for the U.S. Open in New York, then got on my flight.”


For day two, in New York, she had to get up early again at 7 a.m., but this time for promotional events for the U.S. Open.

“For breakfast, I had an egg-white omelet with tomato and cheese,” she said, eating the meal before getting her hair and makeup done. Once she was done with all of her promotional efforts, it was time for practice. To refuel at 12:30, Williams kept her meal quite healthy.

“I went to The Little Beet for lunch with my team and ordered sweet potatoes, green beans, and cabbage and soba noodles.

After meeting up with Serena at a U.S. Open event, Venus ended up getting back to her hotel pretty late, around 9 p.m. She kept it light, once again.

“When I travel, I always keep some food in the hotel to stir up if I need to,” she said. “I made a salad of mixed greens, Newman’s Own Caesar dressing, and a diced tomato. I followed it up with plain yogurt and local honey from New York.”

And then it was off to bed!

Starting the morning with tennis, fitness, and healthy goodness to feel the day! #tennis #fitness #health

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For day three, her last free day before matches, she got up around 9:30 a.m. To have a good amount of energy for her last training session, Venus had some fresh granola and Silk almond milk. She saved her biggest meal of the day for lunch, which was at 1 p.m.

“I had brown rice and beans with grilled shrimp,” she said. “I always crave sweets, so I had a fresh pineapple, orange, and strawberry juice to satisfy my cravings.”

In the evening, Venus focused on physical therapy and relaxing. But she also made time to hang with Serena and shared her sister’s fennel and crab salad with gluten-free porcini penne pasta.

But of course, that wasn’t enough in the late evening, around 8 p.m.

“Like most people, I love to snack at night,” she said. “I had Nature’s Addict apple, passion fruit, and mango fruit snacks.”

One more day to play…#usopen

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On match day, day four, Venus slept in before going for a run with her dog. For breakfast, she went the unconventional route around 10 a.m.:

“I always eat a huge breakfast on match days even though my stomach hates it,” she said. “Today, I warmed up some fried rice in my room.”

After warming up on the court with her racket, around 12:45, Venus had lunch. “I ate a lunch of sweet potatoes and rice, and pre-mixed the energy drinks I bring to the court for energy and hydration,” she said. “I use a combo of organic coconut water and organic pineapple juice.”

After winning her first match and playing for a whopping two hours and 43 minutes, Venus actually did a brief workout to help her body cool down after all the work it had done. She had a light meal afterward.

“I rode a stationary bike for 10 minutes and stretched for 30 minutes to cool down and help my body recover, ” she said. “I also refueled and rehydrated with water with electrolyte powder, then ate some more sweet potatoes, rice, and barbecue tofu.”

And at the end of the night, she capped off a busy day with a with salad and some physical therapy around 9:30 p.m.

“I often finish my days with a Caesar salad — this time, it [sic] just had some mixed greens, tomatoes, and Caesar dressing,” Venus said. “Then I spent an hour on the table doing physical therapy to undo all the damage done during the match. The first rounds of a tournament are always tricky because playing tennis takes a lot out of you. But I can’t wait for the next round!”

First round @elevenbyvenus swagggg. #usopen

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And there you have it. Venus balances days full of physical activity with light snacks to keep her energy, as well as some starches here and there, veggies, lots of fruit to handle cravings, and of course, water and organic juices to stay hydrated. It’s how she stays lean — and how she’s managed to be successful after more than 20 years of dominating the court.

The Best Looks From Venus And Serena Williams — On And Off The Court

September 1st, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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The U.S. Open, one of the most coveted Grand Slams in the tennis world, is currently underway in Flushing Meadows, New York. And two of the sport’s most decorated players, Venus and Serena Williams, the women’s top-seeded players, are set to take the courts…and hopefully, crush their competition. This year, Serena is poised to earn her 23rd career Grand Slam single, and untie her record with Steffi Graf for the most major wins. Undoubtedly, the sisters continue to make history, both on and off the court. That’s certainly the case when it comes to fashion. Venus has an athletic clothing line, EleVen, which sells a wide variety of tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories in a host of different colors. Serena’s fashion line with HSN offers athleisure wear and regular apparel. As we cheer these amazing women on, let’s take a walk down memory lane of their fiercest head-to-toe looks, both on and off the tennis court.

“I Eat To Live, I Don’t Live To Eat”: Serena Williams On Giving Up Tacos For A Strict Diet

August 31st, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Literally how I practice. #sweat

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We know that Serena Williams has one of the strongest and best bodies out there. We also know that her tournament schedule and training helps her stay in tip-top form. But what we don’t know is what her diet is like, and of course, diet is about 75 percent of what’s necessary for maintaining weight loss and staying in shape. (And no, that time she tried dog food doesn’t count). caught up with Williams at the U.S. launch of the sports bra brand Berlei, and they asked her about her fridge must-haves and what she stays away from at this point in her life (or for this month in order to be “svelte” for tournaments this fall). She explained that her diet nos include red meat, and that while she loves Mexican food, specifically tacos, she’s taking a break from them for now as she trains.

“I used to eat a lot of tacos, but not anymore,” Williams told the publication. “I’m cutting out corn for this month. Too much of it will kind of bloat you up, and I want to be svelte for the fall.”

Every now and then, Williams has to eat a larger meal than she usually would to prepare for matches. But she said that she has to give up certain foods and ways of consuming them as part of a bigger picture: In order to dominate her sport, she has to focus on eating for nourishment and energy, not for the pleasure of it.

“It sucks because I love tacos, but my motto is: I eat to live. I don’t live to eat,” she said. “In my sport you have to eat to have energy.”

When it’s time to cook, Williams said that her favorite healthy foods and ingredients to work with help her get energy — but they also remind her of her taco obsession. “I can’t live without ground turkey, I also always try to keep cumin and paprika on hand, which are all taco ingredients,” she laughed.

No matter how disciplined, Williams has her cravings just like the rest of us — and hers come in the form of a nice, hot taco:


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Serena Williams’s New Nike Sneakers Are An Iridescent Dream Come True

August 24th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Last summer, Nike announced that they would launch the “Greatness Collection” to honor the career of Serena Williams. The collection was a mix of footwear and apparel, with three shoes going on sale in Nike Safari and marble prints: the NikeCourt Flare, NikeCourt Air Max 1 Ultra and the NikeCourt Roshe LD-1000. Williams wore the Flares on the court during the U.S. Open last year. In May, the same shoes were reissued in a unique rose design.

Well, the collection is still going strong, and Nike has included two new designs to the roster. The popular Air Max and Roshe styles are being released on August 25 (sold by select Nike Sportswear retailers and on the Nike SNKRS app) in a pretty chic iridescent finish, shining on a black base. Also featured on the leather shoes is a crinkled material that gives the kicks quite a bit of personality — just like twerk queen Serena. To make the shoes even more personalized, Williams’s logo is included, as well as a message in the sockliner that says “You are strong, powerful, and beautiful.”

Check out a few more images of the new NikeCourt Air Max and Roshe shoes below, customized to fit Williams’s sense of style:



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And if shoes aren’t enough, you can get your amateur tennis star on in customized NikeCourt dresses, tanks, jackets, capris and more influenced by Williams’s fashion sense and moves on the court.


ICYMI: 5 Epic Things Black Female Athletes Did During The Opening Weekend Of The Olympics

August 8th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Have you been tuning into the Olympics since the fantastic opening ceremony on Friday? We have! And it’s been pretty entertaining so far. But more than fascinating, watching the hard work and success of all the athletes so far has been very inspiring. This is especially true as we’ve watched Black women take the center stage to go for gold. In case you haven’t been tuning in, here is a brief recap of a few very interesting Olympic moments Black women have been involved in since Friday.

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Simone Biles is No. 1 in gymnastics individual all-around qualifier.

The expectations were high for Biles, and boy, did she exceed them! While competing for the chance to go for gold in the individual all-around competition, as well as working to help the U.S. team as a whole advance in the team all-around competition, Biles took first place in almost every event. She was first in the floor exercises, first for women’s beam, and first for women’s vault, with this nearly flawless performance:

You can check out more amazing performances tomorrow as she competes in the team all-around.

#FitnessGoals: Serena Williams And Her Abs Shine, Gives Twerk Tutorial For Self Mag

August 3rd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If there were ever a reason to stop playing about those fitness goals, let the inspiration of Serena Williams get you moving, child. Can you say abs on fleek?!

The tennis star, who recently took home her 22nd Grand Slam singles title, is front and center for the September issue of Self. With her body looking amazing as usual, Williams talked about her confidence in her body and how it influences other young girls with curves to embrace their fabulous figures. So boo to the body haters. It’s a self-assuredness that the tennis pro is loving as she approaches 35 this September.

“I love my body, and I would never change anything about it,” she says. “I’m not asking you to like my body. I’m just asking you to let me be me. Because I’m going to influence a girl who does look like me, and I want her to feel good about herself.”

And how does Williams keep her body in its best shape ever? As the top tennis player, she had to get strict with her diet, cutting out both wheats and sugar. “I got super disciplined this time, for the first time in a while.”

As she prepares for the “summer of Serena,” as she puts it, all eyes are on her. That includes some critics, but more so, the many people who look up to Williams. Being seen as an icon in her sport with a platform is something she doesn’t take lightly.

“I can’t say I am the pioneer because it was Althea Gibson, it was Zina Garrison, it was Arthur Ashe, it was so many people before me,” she told the magazine about the tennis players who paved the way for her. “I appreciate being in a position where I was chosen to be a role model. Obviously, being black in tennis wasn’t easy, even in the ’90s.”

But who does she look up to? Why, her big sister Venus, of course.

“Venus is the best. I look up to her, and I always wonder, if I was the older sister, would I have set the good example that she set for me?” She added,”I hate playing Venus. She’s the toughest opponent I’ve ever faced.”

Check out Serena’s full interview over at, and pick up the September issue when it hits stands on August 8. Oh, and don’t forget to check out this very entertaining video Self took of Williams teaching us all how to twerk:

Serena Williams Spills Tea On Drake, Beyoncé And Rihanna In Vogue’s Latest 73 Questions

July 28th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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I don’t know about you, but we here at MadameNoire live for Vogue’s epic video series, “73 Questions.” Instead of the standard interview style, “73 Questions” allows the interviewer to ask their subject a series of random questions as they walk around a specific setting, which usually leads to very interesting answers. In the magazine’s latest video, Serena Williams served up some tea-worthy responses about her love life, career and personal interests that left us gagging for more.

For example, in the highlights below, Williams talked about the one thing she’s not good at, whose closet she would raid, and how she defines love.

If She Had To Raid Someone’s Closet:

“Definitely Mariah Carey! She has some amazing shoes.”

If She Had To Give Anyone a Tennis Lesson:

“Emma Stone.”

Her Hidden Talent:

“An amazing cartwheel.”

What Is Love to Her:

“Love is magical and you may only experience it once in a lifetime.”

The Thing She’s Terrible At:


Find out what the most romantic thing a guy has done for Williams and what she had to say about Drake, Rihanna, and her homegirl Yoncé, in the video below.