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Update: After making a triumphant return to the BNP Paribas Open after a 14-year absence, Serena Williams was forced to pull out due to a knee injury.
Williams made the announcement on Friday evening on the court at what was supposed to be the start time for her semifinal match against number three seed, Romania’s Simona Halep. Below is a clip of her making the announcement.
Even without the trophy, Williams said in a previous statement that she felt like she won just for showing up. Indeed, the crowd and the tournament was warm and welcoming. We look forward to seeing her again next year.
As for the trophy this year, Halep defeated Jelena Jankovic, a former top-ranked player, in three sets.
Original post on March 16, 2015
Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens have a date in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world, taking place right now in Indian Wells, CA.
Williams is making her first appearance in 14 years at the Palm Springs tournament. As a 19-year-old, she was booed mercilessly after winning the top prize. She wrote an op-ed in Time magazine explaining her return and tying it to a charitable campaign with the Equal Justice Initiative. She made a tearful return to the tourney on Friday where she received a loud and prolonged ovation when she stepped on the court.
After taking that first match to get in the groove, she’s been thundering through the tournament in Serena fashion.
Stephens, 21, defeated a Grand Slam champion in Svetlana Kuznetsova to make it to the fourth round. She and Williams, 33, have a bumpy history, with Stephens going off on Williams in a 2013 ESPN The Magazine interview. She accused Williams of not speaking with her and unfollowing her on Twitter. The two played each other three times that year with Stephens getting the upset at the Australian Open.
Stephens tells Agence France Presse that they are now “colleagues” though they’re not as close as they used to be. She is currently ranked number 42 in the world. Williams is the top player. They should face off tomorrow.
Each champion — male and female — receives $1 million for winning the tournament. A total of $10 million is handed out.
For the second time, tennis star Serena Williams has graced the cover of Vogue Magazine. Williams rocked a gorgeous natural look for the annual SHAPE issue.
In the issue, Serena talks about being a good friend, her confidence and her future goals. Take a look at some of the highlights from her interview.
“On the court, I am fierce! I am mean and I am tough. I am completely opposite off the court. My confidence just isn’t the same. I wish I was more like I am on the court. Nobody would know that I am constantly crying or complaining.”
On maintaining her physique
“Nowadays everybody goes to the gym. But when I won my first Grand Slam, I had never been.” Even then, however, she was ambivalent about her naturally muscular physique, refusing to lift weights lest her arms get bigger. “I hated my arms,” she remembers. “I wanted them to look soft.” To this day, she uses TheraBands instead of weights to avoid overdeveloping her muscles.
The top can get lonely
“It’s hard and lonely at the top. That’s why it’s so fun to have Caroline and my sister, too. You’re a target when you’re number one. Everyone wants to beat you. Everyone talks behind your back, and you get a lot more criticism. God forbid I lose. It’s like ‘Why?’ Well, I am human.”
Playing Against Her Sister
“I don’t look at Venus on the court. I can’t,” she said. “If I am winning, I might feel sorry for her. If I’m losing, I will want to knock her out.”
Her Thoughts On Men
“I am really shy. I don’t talk to guys.”
“You don’t talk to guys?” Caroline (her best friend) says in disbelief. “That is a lie.”
“Friends? Yes. But a potential? No. I get nervous that I will say the wrong thing, and then I just start laughing.”
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So Common and Lupita Nyong’o walk into a bar…
This isn’t the beginning of a joke, but rather, what numerous New Yorkers claim they witnessed on Tuesday night. According to the good folks on Twitter, Lupita and Common were spotted spending some quality time in the city, including seeing an off-Broadway show, going out for drinks and grabbing a bite to eat. They could be working on a new project together, but considering that Nyong’o is reportedly no longer seeing rapper K’Naan, and Common seems to have moved on from Serena Williams, they could be getting romantic-al as I like to say. Here’s what fans of the Oscar winners had to say about seeing them kicking it in the city.
The pair were spotted seeing a show called Big Love, and the theater the show took place in, Signature Theater, shouted them out on Twitter:
And later that night, they were spotted grabbing drinks at a nearby bar called Bea, where one mini detective actually snapped a picture of the pair chatting:
Again, they could just be getting to know each other for film purposes, but man, they would make a damn cute couple! Would you be here for Common and Lupita? Or do you hope that he can still reunite with Serena?
There are certain celebrity couples that we quietly hope will wake up one day, realize how much they love each other and get back together. At the top of that wish list is Common and Serena Williams. Last night following the “Glory” rapper’s Oscar win, his coveted award wound up in the hands of his ex-bae.
The curvy beauty posed for a photo with Common’s Oscar, which she later shared on Instagram.
“I just won* a Oscar! ( *borrowed Commons),” she captioned the photo.
She also posed for a photo with Common, which she captioned:
“Tried to run with Common’s Oscar, but I got caught!!!!”
That image, however, was later removed.
According to TMZ, the pair partied together at Vanity Fair’s post-Oscars shindig. Of course, exes can be amicable and friendly without reconciling, but Common has made extremely clear how deeply he felt for Ms. Williams. Last summer, he even said that he was hoping to marry her; however, since they didn’t make it to the altar, he confessed that it would probably be a while before he gets that deeply involved with another person.
“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,” he said.
Are you hoping for a reunion between these two as much as we are?
Serena Williams will compete in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA for the first time since 2001. It was the site of one of her first professional career wins, but an incident 14 years ago brought her annual visits to the tournament to an abrupt end.
There were allegations back then that the Williams sisters and their coach/father Richard chose which sister would do well in a tournament. When Venus Williams pulled out of Indian Wells that year due to injury, the reaction from the crowd was swift.
Serena writes in a piece published this morning in Time:
When I arrived at Indian Wells in 2001, I was looking to take another title. I was ready. But however ready I was, nothing could have prepared me for what happened in the final. As I walked out onto the court, the crowd immediately started jeering and booing. In my last match, the semifinals, I was set to play my sister, but Venus had tendinitis and had to pull out. Apparently that angered many fans. Throughout my whole career, integrity has been everything to me. It is also everything and more to Venus. The false allegations that our matches were fixed hurt, cut and ripped into us deeply. The undercurrent of racism was painful, confusing and unfair. In a game I loved with all my heart, at one of my most cherished tournaments, I suddenly felt unwelcome, alone and afraid.
Serena returns to Indian Wells a 19-time Grand Slam champion, the number one player in the world and fresh off of an Australian Open win.
There’s also a philanthropic angle to her return: Fans can donate money to the Equal Justice Initiative for the chance to win a trip to Indian Wells to watch Serena’s first match and hit a few balls with her. Info and the chance to enter here. And below, her video message about EJI and her last visit to the tournament.
If Serena’s there, she’s a favorite to take the women’s side.
— US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) January 29, 2015
Serena Williams has earned her spot in the Australian Open finals, seeking what would be her 19th Grand Slam title. She’ll face off against Maria Sharapova, also an Australian Open winner. The two have played each other many times over the course of their careers. But Sharapova, number two in the world, has lost the last 15 times that they have played.
Serena goes into the final the number one player in the world and the oldest to ever make it to the final of this Grand Slam tournament at 33 years of age.
Before getting to the final, Serena had to go through a tough upstart, Madison Keys, also an American player. Keys, 19 years old, went down in straight sets, but not before pushing Serena to a first set tie break and fighting to the end, fending off seven match points before Williams was final able to take the win at 7-6 (5), 6-2. Williams needed 13 aces to seal the deal; a few of her serves topped 120 miles per hour.
Keys, who defeated Williams’ sister Venus in the previous round to make it to her first semifinal, is shaping up to be the future of American women’s tennis alongside players like Coco Vandeweghe, Sloane Stephens and Madison Brengle. She says she was inspired to take up tennis after watching Venus play when she was four years old. She’s becoming known for powerful ground strokes and a great serve. She went into the semifinal with the second most aces in the tournament behind Serena. “It’s good to see another American, another African-American, in the semifinals playing so well,” Serena said about her opponent. (Keys has a Black father and a White mother.)
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2015
Venus Williams, 34 years old and a seven-time Grand Slam winner, had her best Grand Slam showing in a while at this Australian Open, reaching the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010. An autoimmune disorder has affected her play.
Serena and Sharapova, the numbers one and two, will face off on Saturday. Keep in mind Australia is more than a full day ahead of us.
And FYI, on the men’s side, the UK’s Andy Murray, Wimbledon champ and number six in the world back in fighting form after back surgery last year, has reached the final after defeating number seven Tomas Berdych in a match that featured a fair amount of trash talking. He’ll play the winner of the Novak Djokovic/Stan Wawrinka semifinal taking place today. Djokovic is number one in the world and Wawrinka, number four, is the defending champ.
PS: We’re tossing in this tweet because the photo is cool.
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2015
Serena Williams is looking for a match off the court.
In a Twitter Q&A Friday, the tennis star told curious fans she “desperately” wants to settle down and have a family. “My time will come,” she added.
In a follow-up question, a fan asked her if she was single, and the world’s top-ranked player responded, “Not by choice.”
Williams, 33, also discussed a variety of topics, such as what she loves to do when she’s off from tennis and why she won’t be running the New York City Marathon like her friend and rival Caroline Wozniacki.
Hey, when you’ve won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, you don’t have to run 26.2 miles to prove yourself.
Read more about Serena Williams’ love life at BlackVoices.com
It seems as though those darn Braxton sisters are always at each other’s throats about their careers, relationships and marriages. Nevertheless, they do love each other. However, they are not alone in the celebrity siblings who feud department. MadameNoire compiled a list of celebrity siblings who are known for either friendly or epic rivalries.
The Braxton Sisters
Tamar, Traci, Trina, Towanda and Toni, are always shading and reading each other. Sometimes, their various rivalries stem from jealously, tough love or criticism of each other’s lifestyles. Tamar Braxton seems to always be in the middle of the family drama. However, despite their family drama, they are examples of how hard it is to be competing with siblings in the entertainment industry.
“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.