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— 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.
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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— My Beautiful Life (@MyBeautifulMag) September 11, 2014
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.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2014
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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