The Williams sisters ROCK, and Serena, once again, makes history!

 

Via Associated Press:

 

Serena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, and her sister was right there on the court to give her a congratulatory hug.

The all-Williams final — the first at the Australian Open since Serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday night.

With her record seventh Australian title, the 35-year-old Williams moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era. Margaret Court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at Rod Laver Arena.

Court won 24 majors but collected 13 of those before the Open era which began in 1968 after the sport became professional.

The victory also ensured Serena Williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in September after 186 straight weeks when Angelique Kerber won the U.S. Open.

It was Serena’s seventh win in nine all-Williams Grand Slam finals and the first since Wimbledon in 2009. It was 36-year-old, No. 13-seeded Venus Williams’ first trip back to a major final in 7 ½ years.

Serena sat on the court, holding both arms up to celebrate before Venus walked over to her sister’s side of the net for a hug.

 

“This was a tough one,” Serena Williams said. “I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus, she’s an amazing person — she’s my inspiration.

“There’s no way I would be at 23 without her — there’s no way I would be at one without her. Thank-you Venus for inspiring me to be the best player I can be and inspiring me to work hard.”

Williams has won 15 majors since last losing to Venus in a Grand Slam final, at Wimbledon in 2008. That was the seventh and last major title that the older of the Williams sisters won.

Venus hadn’t made the second week of a major for a few years as she came to terms with an energy-sapping illness since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011, and made her return to the semifinals at Wimbledon last year.

“She’s made an amazing comeback … I don’t like the word comeback,” Serena Williams said. “She’s never left. She’s been such a great champion.”

 

Congrats to both ladies!

 

 

Fans are stunned as they’ve watched the Williams sisters eliminated during the first round of the women’s doubles tournament in the Rio Games.

The tennis superstars, who won the gold in 2000, 2008 and 2012, were heavy favorites to win for a fourth time.

But the Czech team of Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova managed to pull off the upset, beating the Williams sisters 6-3, 6-4.

As they walked off the court after their defeat, Serena spoke to reporters. “I wouldn’t say it’s devastating,” she said, according to Reuters. “We had a chance to compete for our country, we did the best that we can. We had a blast out there.”

 

There are reports that Venus has fallen ill, although her illness isn’t reported as the cause of their loss.

Are we the bit least surprised that Serena Williams has won Wimbledon with a record-breaking 22nd grand slam title?

Via CNN:

Deprived of a record-tying 22nd grand slam title in the Australian Open and French Open finals this year, Williams got to No. 22 Saturday by defeating a dogged Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 in a high-quality Wimbledon final.

It was the same Kerber who beat Williams in Melbourne in January but the world No. 1 turned the tables on the grass at the All England Club with a clinical display of power tennis amid windy conditions.
“I have definitely had some sleepless nights with a lot of stuff, coming so close and feeling it and not being able to get there,” Williams, who was also foiled in her bid to achieve a calendar-year grand slam at last year’s U.S. Open, told reporters.

 

The GREAT thing about this sport we call Tennis is that we get to celebrate not only Serena but her sister, Venus, as well!

 

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Five hours after her win against Kerber during the women’s singles, Serena and Venus won the women’s doubles.The sisters  won 6-3 6-4 against Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova to claim their sixth Wimbledon doubles title and 14th doubles Grand Slam.

Tennis Star, Maria Sharapova, announced during a Monday press conference that she has failed a drug test at the Australian Open. She says a medication she had taken for ten years, Meldonium, was recently banned by the WTA.

 

via ESPN:

She said that she just received a letter March 2 from the International Tennis Foundation but has not yet found out what her penalty will be.

“I take great responsibility and professionalism in my career every day. I made a huge mistake,” Sharapova said. “I let my fans down. I let my sport down.”

Sharapova said she was taking the drug meldonium for 10 years to address a number of health issues. She said that she had been getting the flu every couple of months, had irregular EKGs and had evidence of diabetes, which runs in her family. She said that on Jan. 1, rules changed to make the drug illegal, but she was not aware.

“I don’t want to end my career this way, and I really hope I get another chance,” she said.

Sharapova addressed rampant speculation that she was going to announce her retirement.

“If I was going to announce my retirement, it wouldn’t be in a downtown Los Angeles hotel with this fairly ugly carpet,” she said.

Sharapova, 28, announced Thursday that she was pulling out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells because of a left forearm injury. She has suffered a string of injuries in recent years, including a right leg injury that caused her to withdraw from the 2015 US Open.

The five-time major champion, who is ranked No. 7 in the world, hasn’t competed since losing to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals in January.

Meldonium is manufactured in Latvia. It is used in Lithuania and the Russian Federation but is not approved by the United States’ Food and Drug Administration.

Watch press conference below

 

As if we couldn’t love Serena Williams any more than we already do, she has once again proved how untouchable she is on the tennis court!

During today’s match against Maria Sharapova, the tennis superstar defeated her opponent for the 18th time…CONSECUTIVELY! This win helps Williams push through to the Australian Open semi-finals. Williams, the six-time Melbourne Park champion, out-muscled the fifth seed 6-4, 6-1 and will meet with Agnieszka Radwanska for a place in the finals. This moves Williams  closer to matching Steffi Graf’s Open-era Grand Slam record of 22 titles.

 

Williams has won three majors; the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.

 

According to the New York Times, The last time Sharapova beat Williams, Barack Obama had just been elected a senator and that was in 2004.

 

Williams has beaten her on clay. She has beaten her on grass. She has beaten her on hardcourts. She has beaten her indoors. She has beaten her outdoors. She has beaten her in Miami, Charleston, London, Palo Alto, Madrid, Istanbul, Doha, Paris, Brisbane and, on three occasions, Melbourne.

In her 17 straight losses, Sharapova has won only three sets. ~ NYT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tennis goddess Serena Williams gives all kinds of sexy queendomness on the latest cover of Sports Illustrated and rightfully so! Ms. Williams is named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year for 2015.

Indeed, in 2015 Williams hit this rare sweet spot, a pinch-me patch where the exotic became the norm. She danced with Donald Trump on New Year’s Eve. She spent a night telling bedtime stories to the children of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Growing up, Williams had devoured every Harry Potter book, marveled at the business empires of Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart. Now J.K. Rowling was tweeting against a critic of Williams’s body, now Oprah was hustling to watch her at the U.S. Open, now Stewart was calling Williams “the most powerful woman I know.” President Barack Obama, the most scrutinized man alive, told her how great it was to watch her.

Even Williams’s most dubious moves paid off. In July, just as her drive for tennis’s first Grand Slam in 27 years hit the bell lap, she appeared in Pixels, a comedic bomb in which she anticipated a Lincoln Bedroom sex sandwich with Stewart and Peter Dinklage. Yet she escaped critical savaging, and, oh, the movie grossed $243 million. Williams’s November decision to chase down a cellphone thief in San Francisco seemed equally foolhardy—until, that is, the guy gave her phone back. Meekly.

Read more of her inspiring story here

 

Thoughts: They couldn’t have chosen a better person this year to be “Sportsperson”. Serena’s tenacity, dominance, and strength on the court is beyond impressive!