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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
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.
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.
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.
Beauty is in the eye of the holder and for these celebs who have jungle fever, they see no color when it comes to dating someone outside of their race.
Perhaps best known as magneto in the blockbuster franchise X-Men, Michael Fassbender knew he wanted to be an actor since he was 17 years old. His first role came in the television miniseries “Band of Brothers.” The German-Irish actor has been romantically linked to actress Nicole Baharie and Leasi Andrews. He also dated Zoe Kravitz for several years. Recently rumors were sparked last month when the 12 Years a Slave actor was spotted hugging and kissing supermodel Naomi Campbell while dining at a London restaurant.
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In a shocker that’s got tennis fans saying “Sacre Bleu!” both Williams sisters have been ousted from the French Open in the second round of the tournament. USA Today is calling it the “worst defeat” of Serena’s career, having lost against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza who, at 20 years old and ranked number 35, had never won a set — let alone a whole match — against a high-ranked player. The score was 6-2, 6-2.
“It was one of those days,” Serena said once the match was over. She was the defending champion and the favorite to take the whole tournament on the women’s side. The 32-year-old has been called one of the best tennis players to ever step foot on the court (perhaps the best woman ever) and is said to have the best serve in the game (also, perhaps ever). Serena has 17 Grand Slam tournament wins under her belt.
“Her footwork made it look like she was playing in quicksand rather than clay,” writes USAT. In their previous meeting at the 2013 Australian Open, Serena won easily, 6-2, 6-0.
Venus Williams, who has been struggling with her health for some time now and has fallen down to number 29 in the rankings, also lost her match against Anna Schmiedlova, a 19-year-old from Slovakia. Venus took the first set, but lost the following two 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Venus, at 33 years old, is a seven-time Grand Slam champion though she’s never won the French Open. She’s had a tough time making it past the second round in these major tournaments over the last couple of years, losing by the second round in eight out of the past nine.
Many fans had anticipated a third round match between the sisters. Now the field is wide open on the women’s side with some saying Maria Sharapova is the new favorite.
Venus & Serena Williams’ Father Tells It Like It Is In New Book, ‘Black And White: The Way I See It’
Richard Williams, the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena, has always been outspoken. From the time his daughters stepped onto the court he declared their greatness, pointed out the racism in the sport, and spoke out whenever he thought there was some injustice being done to his kids. It almost got to the point where it wasn’t a match unless there was some sort of commentary coming from Williams. Now he has put all his thoughts into a new book, Black And White: The Way I See It, set to be published in May.
Like him or not, many of the times he was on point. Such as when he spoke out about the treatment Serena received at a tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. Serena has skipped it since 2001, when their family was booed — and subjected to racial epithets — after Serena pulled out late from a match due to a back injury, reports The Huffington Post. He recalls the incident in the forthcoming book, which discusses in detail how Indian Wells, in his words, “disgraced America.”
It was Williams who encouraged his daughters to get into tennis. And it was he who first taught them the game despite the naysayers. The Williams sisters have won a combined 24 Grand Slam singles titles and each has been ranked No. 1. But while many outsiders felt Williams pushed them into the game for his benefit, he says their success in tennis wasn’t his first priority.
“From the beginning, I decided that if people came to me later on and told me my daughters were great tennis players, I had failed,” Williams writes. “Success would be if they came up to me and said my daughters were great people.”
The 292-page book was written with Bart Davis and is part autobiography, part parenting guide, part self-help book, and part tennis instructional manual, reports HuffPo. In the book he also muses about the American dream and even speaks of his time as a child when he often had run-ins with the police and sometimes violent confrontations with strangers.
“I released the book because Serena kept telling me to,” Williams said. “She thought it would help a lot of people.”
He writes: “I became fascinated with stealing at the age of eight. I don’t know if the thrill was being able to get away with a crime, or that the crime was against the white man. Either way, it was the start of a prosperous career.”
There is no denying Williams has made an impact. Through his coaching and encouragment of his daughters, Williams has forever changed the world of tennis.
Sometimes an artist takes the stage and blows everyone away with a great performance. And sometimes, the performance is overshadowed by an embarrassing outfit blunder. Hey, it happens to the best of them. Check out the worst celebrity performance outfits ever.
After living in the shadows of her big sister Toni Braxton, and then her other sisters, Tamar has finally stepped into the spotlight all on her own. The “Love and War” singer took to the stage at the 2013 Soul Train Awards in a risqué outfit and immediately there was a backlash on social networks. Many believed the sheer outfit, complete with black sequins to cover up her goodies, was a distraction from her singing ability. Not one to let the criticism keep her down, Braxton responded to the flack via twitter: “I’m NOT on the red carpet & if u like my performance & outfit thank u if not pray 4 me.”
Kanye always said “And when you get on he leave your A$$ for a white girl” in regards to black men, but he never mentioned black women.There are quite a few black women that have gained great success through music, acting and sports, but aren’t seen with black men romantically. Check out 15 women that love to date white men exclusively, or so it seems.
After Berry Gordy, Diana Ross hasn’t seemed to find another black man to date or marry. She married Robert Ellis Silberstein in 1971, the same year her oldest daughter was born. Although her real father was Berry Gordy, Diana failed to reveal that information until years later. She then divorced Silberstein in 1977 and married billionaire Arne Naess, Jr.
Our favorite award show is coming up next weekend and with the women slated to be honored at Black Girls Rock! 2013 we can tell there are some great things in store for this year’s ceremony.
The two-hour show will once again be hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King and will tape on Saturday, October 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center before making its network TV premiere on BET on Sunday, November 3 at 7pm EST. BET, in partnership with Beverly Bond, the creator of Black Girls Rock! announced that the following phenomenal women will be recognized this year for, well, rocking:
Patti Labelle: Living Legend Award
Queen Latifah: Rock Star Award
Mara Brock Akil: Shot Caller Award
Venus Williams: Star Power Award
Community organizer Ameena Matthews: Community Activist Award
Misty Copeland: Young, Gifted & Black Award
Children’s civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman: Social Humanitarian Award
In a news release, Beverly Bond said of this year’s honorees:
“Each of the women, whom we are celebrating this year, epitomize the champion’s spirit as applicable to their respective fields. They are anchored by a fierce commitment to their craft or cause; they have shown the ability to navigate multiple sectors and industries successfully; and they are conscious about the role they play in enriching our society and culture. They absolutely Rock!”
We definitely agree. Will you be watching Black Girls Rock! 2013?