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Angelique Kerber Beats Serena Williams To Win Wimbledon 2018 Title |RN

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Not even the eyes of the Tiger and a pair of princesses could inspire Serena Williams to her seventh Wimbledon title.

The Queen of Centre Court was cheered on by her mates Tiger Woods, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

But even by royal appointment, there were too many basic errors in her game and she was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Angelique Kerber.

There were flashes of Williams’ old self during the match but they were too few and far between to trouble the German.And Kerber, who lost here in the final two years ago to Williams, fell to the ground in triumph as she avenged that defeat when the American, hoping to save the match, returned her serve straight into the net.

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It was upsetting for Williams, although even getting to this stage was a remarkable effort after she almost died due to complications during the birth of her daughter 10 months ago.

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Williams was broken in the first game and even though she broke back to make it 2-2 in the first set Kerber always looked in control.

And so it proved as she got her hands on the Venus Rosewater dish for the first time for her third Grand Slam triumph.

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Holding back tears, Williams said: “It was such an amazing tournament for me.

“I was really happy to get this far. It’s obviously disappointing but I have so much to look forward to and I’m literally just getting started.

“To all the mums out there, I was playing for you today and I tried but Angelique played really well.

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“I look forward to just continuing to be back out here and do what I do best.

“She’s an incredible person and a really good friend so I’m really happy for her, so congrats again — it’s amazing.”

“I am just me, and that’s all I can be. To all the mums out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried but Kerber said: “It’s just a dream come true.

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Serena, you are a great person and a champion and you are such an inspiration for everyone watching.

“You will have your next Grand Slam soon, I’m really sure.

“I knew I had to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena.”  (Mirror)

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My Father Backed Out Of My Wedding Via Text Message – Serena |The Republican News

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With news of Meghan Markle’s father Thomas confirming that he won’t be attending the royal wedding on Saturday, the former Suits star’s friend Serena Williams has revealed her own experience of not having her dad walk her down the aisle at her own nuptials, HELLO! reports.

Meghan announced her father will not walk her down the aisle at St George’s Chapel on Saturday as he will not be attending her marriage to Prince Harry.

According to The Express, Thomas is said to be recovering from a heart operation which he underwent on Wednesday following a heart attack last week.

And tennis champion Serena, who married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November, confessed that her father and coach Richard Williams decided one hour before the vows that he wasn’t going to walk by her side.

“He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited,” she explained in her new documentary titled Being Serena via Vogue.

“But then he wrote me and said,  ‘Serena, I don’t want you to be mad at me, but I just can’t walk you down the aisle. I’m not myself anymore. I’m just too nervous’.”

Despite the bad timing of the cancellation, Serena remained calm and was supportive of her father’s decision.

“Daddy, it’s okay, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, that’s okay too,” she added.

“I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t want you to be upset about it.”

Elaborating further, the 36-year-old added,  “If he doesn’t want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand. Look, when we first came on the scene, there were a lot of people who didn’t get him. I don’t think a lot of them wanted to get him. I don’t think a lot of him could have anyway. Our family knows what we have. We just want each other to be happy.”

Serena, who is a doting mother to daughter Alexis Olympia, ended up walking down the aisle alone.

Serena and Ohanian got married in New Orleans on November 16. They met each other for the first time in 2015, which was a life-changing period for Serena, who admitted in a recent interview to New York Times that she was surprised to fall in love with a white guy, according to Tennis World.

Serena has always been supportive of the right defence of black’ people, especially girls. ‘I’m an athlete. He’s a business guy. I’m Black. He’s White. We are totally opposite. I think we just complement each other.”

She added, “I think we understand hard work in different ways. Literally, all I tell Alexis is, ‘well, you know, there’s such a difference between White people and Black people.’ He always gets to hear about the injustices that happen; that wouldn’t happen if I were White.”  (Punch)

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Serena Williams: I Almost Died After Childbirth |The Republican News

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Tennis superstar, Serena Williams, has revealed that she nearly died after she had her baby last September.

She said she needed an emergency C-section and that she had multiple surgeries after giving birth to daughter, Alexis Olympia.

Serena experienced a wave of medical and emotional issues after giving birth to her first child last year, according to a report.

The day after the operation, she fell ill and doctors found several small clots in her lungs. Then she suffered another terrifying scare when her C-section scar burst open and doctors found a large haematoma (a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues) had flooded her abdomen.

Serena underwent several surgeries and was unable to get out of bed for six weeks.

She said: “That was an amazing feeling (being handed her daughter).
“And then everything went bad.”

The sports star has a history of blood clots, so she was the one who raised the alarm after she found herself feeling short of breath 24 hours after becoming a mum.

Serena was found to have a pulmonary embolism, and the coughing it caused meant her C-section wound burst open.

Because she had been taking blood-thinners to dispel the clots, the medication caused bleeding at the site of the Caesarian section.

She had to undergo another surgery, and a week later, she finally went home and found she wasn’t even able to get out of bed.

Her daughter, Alexis Olympia, was born via emergency Caesarean section due to the baby’s alarmingly low heart rate.

Little Alexis was fine after her September birth, but Williams said that “everything went bad” for her personally.

Williams ultimately needed to have a filter placed in a major vein to stop blood clots from going to her lungs.

She was not able to get out of bed for six weeks after she finally left the hospital a week after giving birth.

Williams says the experience has taken an emotional toll on her as well.

“Sometimes, I get really down and feel like, man, I can’t do this,” she confessed.

“It’s that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes. I guess that’s just who I am. No one talks about the low moments — the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry.”

Williams said she has broken down frequently since becoming a mother.

“Or I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, ‘Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby?’ The emotions are insane,” she said.

The star has won a record 23 Grand Slam titles in her illustrious career.  (Punch)

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Serena Williams Deletes ‘Pregnancy Post’ On Snapchat |The Republican News

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Tennis superstar Serena Williams revealed on Wednesday that she is pregnant, posting a photo of herself in a yellow one-piece bathing suit on the social media site Snapchat with the caption “20 weeks.”

The 35-year-old, who will return to the No. 1 ranking in the world next week, deleted the photo shortly after it appeared, and she had not commented further several hours later.

A representative for Williams declined to comment on whether the post was a confirmation that she is pregnant.

If Williams is indeed 20 weeks into her term, that would mean she was approximately two months pregnant when she captured her record 23rd Grand Slam tournament title at the Australian Open in January.

Her victory over older sister Venus Williams broke a tie with Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam singles championships in the sport’s modern era. Serena Williams has not played since, citing a knee injury.

Fans and celebrities reacted with a mixture of awe and glee to Williams’ Snapchat post.

“Serena Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd grand slam tournament at the Australian Open. And did not drop ONE SET. Let that sink in,” wrote Twitter user @noelleharmony.

“So Serena cheated,” Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, wrote on his Twitter account. “Because that’s technically a doubles match.”

Williams, the highest-paid female athlete in the world, announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last December.

The professional women’s tour, the Women’s Tennis Association, initially congratulated Williams on Twitter before deleting its post.

A spokeswoman, Amy Binder, said the tour had not received any confirmation from Williams.

Tennis’ U.S. governing body, the United States Tennis Association, wrote on Facebook, “Join us in congratulating the GOAT and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian on this incredible news!” referring to Williams with the acronym for “Greatest of All Time.”

A pregnancy would likely end the 2017 season for Williams, who has not played since her Australian Open win, citing a knee injury.

The next Grand Slam tournament this year is the French Open, which starts in May. If Williams is 20 weeks pregnant and gives birth after a full term, she would have her child in early September, during the fourth Grand Slam, the U.S. Open in New York.

Other women have left the tour to have children and returned at a high level, though none has done so at Williams’ age. The Belgian player Kim Clijsters retired and had a child before coming back at age 26 and winning three Grand Slam titles as a mother.

Australians Evonne Goolagong and Margaret Court also won Grand Slam titles after having children.

Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 27, missed most of the 2016 season to have a baby and is expected to return to the tour this summer.

Williams is the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title and still dominates the tour at an age when most players have retired.

Williams, who has played professionally for two decades, first gained the No. 1 ranking in 2002 and has held that spot for more than six years in total during her career.

Sister Venus, 36, has won seven Grand Slam singles titles.

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Serena Williams Announces She’s Pregnant |The Republican News

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Tennis star Serena Williams announced that she’s pregnant.Williams, 35, got engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in December.

Williams posted a photo on Snapchat with the caption “20 weeks.”

Williams has won more Grand Slam titles than any other player in the Open Era, earning her 23rd at the Australian Open in January.

In early March, she pulled out of Indian Wells and Miami, citing a knee injury. Her last competitive match was the Australian Open final, a 6-4, 6-4 victory over her sister Venus.

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Record 23: Serena Williams Stes Major Record With Win Over Sister Venus

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams held up a Grand Slam winner’s trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from Michael Jordan, the name most synonymous with No. 23.

Venus Williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.

Serena won the all-Williams final, the ninth in Grand Slam history and the second in Australia, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday night.

With her record seventh Australian Open title, Serena moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era.

The Williams sisters are close. They started out playing together in Compton, California, hardly a hotbed for tennis, with their father Richard and mother Oracene as coach and mentor. And they still practice and travel together around the world.

They met for the first time at a major at Melbourne Park in 1998 — Venus won that one. In 2003, when the younger of the Williams siblings completed her “Serena Slam” of four consecutive titles, Venus was on the other side of the net. She didn’t reach another Australian final for 14 years.

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

“This was a tough one,” Serena 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.”

Asked if it felt awkward to be on the receiving end of so many losses to her sister, the 36-year-old Venus didn’t flinch.

“No, because I guess I’ve been here before,” she said. “I really enjoy seeing the name Williams on the trophy. This is a beautiful thing.”

Venus won the last of her seven majors in 2008 at Wimbledon. She didn’t make the second week of a major for a few years as she came to terms with an energy-sapping illness after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011. And she only made it back to the semifinals last year at Wimbledon.

Another shot at a first Australian Open title was a sign of progress, she said.

“That’s exactly where I want to be standing during these Grand Slams, is on finals day, having an opportunity,” she said. “That’s the highlight of all this, is to be in that moment.”

Serena Williams, meanwhile, enjoyed the fact she made history in Melbourne. Only Margaret Court, with 24, is in front of her in terms of overall Grand Slam singles titles, although the Australian great won 13 of her Grand Slams before the Open era began in 1968.

“My first Grand Slam started here, and getting to 23 here, but playing Venus, it’s stuff that legends are made of,” Serena said. “I couldn’t have written a better story.”

The match didn’t live up to its classic billing, with nerves and tension causing uncharacteristic mistakes and unforced errors, with four consecutive service breaks before Venus finally held for a 3-2 lead in the first set. That included a game when Serena had game point but served back-to-back double-faults and three in all to give up the break.

There were six service breaks in total. Both players were relatively subdued, except when Serena smashed her racket in the third game.

After the fourth game, however, Serena Williams didn’t face another break point in the 1-hour, 22-minute match.

“Serena Williams, that’s my little sister,” Venus said. “I have been right there with you. Some of them I have lost right there against you. It’s been an awesome thing, your win has always been my win.”

In terms of total years, it was the oldest Grand Slam women’s final in the Open era –the Williams sisters combining for 71 years, 11 months.

Roger Federer will be aiming to increase his all-time men’s record to 18 when he takes on 14-time major winner Rafael Nadal on Sunday, completing the singles finals lineup of all 30-somethings.

Bob and Mike Bryan missed out on a doubles record, losing the final 7-5, 7-5 to Henri Kontinen of Finland and John Peers of Australia.

The third-seeded twins were trying to win their 17th Grand Slam title, which would have tied them with John Newcombe.

Speaking of records, Serena got a little bit superstitious Down Under, and hadn’t wanted to talk about the No. 23 until she got it.

Now there’s a limited-edition racket — 23 of them to be released — and some custom-made shoes sent by former NBA great Jordan. It had Jordan’s usual jersey number No. 23 stamped on the heel, helping to provide some synchronicity for the numbers involved.

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All-Williams Final Set At Australian Open; Venus, Serena Won Semis

 

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams is one win away from a record 23rd Grand Slam title after setting up an all-Williams final at the Australian Open. The only person standing in her way is her older sister, Venus.

No. 2-ranked Serena Williams, a six-time Australian Open winner, overwhelmed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-1 in just 50 minutes in the second of women’s semifinals on Thursday after Venus Williams beat fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3.

“She’s my toughest opponent — nobody has ever beaten me as much as Venus has,” Serena Williams said. “I just feel like no matter what happens, we’ve won.

“She’s been through a lot, I’ve been through a lot. To see her do so well it’s great. I look forward to it. A Williams is going to win this tournament.”

The 36-year-old Venus Williams is back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since Wimbledon in 2009 and her first in Australia since 2003, when she lost the only previous all-Williams final at Melbourne Park.

She tossed her racket after clinching the 2-hour, 26-minute semifinal on her fourth match point and put her hands up to her face, almost in disbelief, before crossing her arms over her heart. She then did a stylish pirouette on the court, smiling broadly, as the crowd gave her a standing ovation.

Venus Williams has overcome an energy-sapping illness and is playing her best tennis since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011.

“Everyone has their moment in the sun,” Venus Williams said. “Maybe mine has gone on a while. I’d like to keep that going. I’ve got nothing else to do so let’s keep it going.”

Serena Williams’ celebration was more subdued after her 50-minute, one-sided win over 34-year-old Lucic-Baroni, who was playing her first semifinal at a major since Wimbledon in 1999. Lucic-Baroni took a selfie with her cell phone on the court before waving and leaving Rod Laver Arena.

Serena didn’t get to watch much of her sister’s match, but she knew the result before she went out to play.

“Obviously I was really proud of Venus — a total inspiration, my big sister,” Serena said. “She’s basically my world and my life. She means everything to me. I was so happy for her. For us both to be in the final is the biggest dream come true for us.”

Venus Williams has won seven major titles, but none since Wimbledon in 2008. Her gap between major finals is the longest for any player in the Open era. She’s also lost six of the eight Grand Slam finals she’s played against her younger sister, and is 11-16 in career meetings.

Venus Williams is the oldest player to reach a women’s major final since Martina Navratilova, then 37 and 258 days, at Wimbledon in 1994.

The 25-year-old Vandeweghe was playing in the last four at a major for the first time and was the only semifinalist younger than 34. She’d advanced with back-to-back wins over top-ranked Angelique Kerber and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza and took charge against Venus Williams in the first-set tiebreaker.

But Venus Williams rallied after dropping a set for the first time in the tournament, breaking Vandeweghe four times over the final two sets and putting pressure back on her fellow American.

Vandeweghe said earlier in the tournament she’d admired the Williams sisters as an up-and-coming player, and once asked for Venus’ autograph. Venus Williams said one of the best things about her longevity in the game was having an influence on other players.

“Growing up, all I wanted was to have an opportunity to play these tournaments. But then you get here and then you have an opportunity to inspire other people,” she said. “It’s more than a cherry on top. It’s more than I dreamed of.”

Earlier, Bob and Mike Bryan earned a shot at a seventh Australian Open doubles title after a rain-interrupted 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 semifinal win Friday over Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

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