Serena Williams continued her winning streak by defeating her big sis Venus Williams last night in the US Open quarterfinal 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.
It felt like a full-circle match and moment at the U.S. Open. As the large crowd milled outside Arthur Ashe Stadium full of anticipation on a steamy Tuesday night, it was hard not to flash back to the beginnings for Venus and Serena Williams.
To Compton, Calif., and the early phases of their father Richard’s unlikely business plan to make them champions. To braces and hair beads and walking off court hand-in-hand after their first match against each other as professionals at the 1998 Australian Open.
To Venus sitting, with her hood up and her emotions mixed, in the stands of this vast stadium in 1999 as her little sister became the first Williams to win a major singles title.
In a family sport, the Williamses have provided a sibling rivalry like no other, and it seemed altogether fitting that they met again this September with so much tennis history on the line.
But there was no tweaking the narrative arc of their remarkable careers on Tuesday. Though Venus the elder swung for the lines and even won the second set in a hurry, Serena the younger prevailed — as she has so often in recent years — to win this quarterfinal match, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, and bring the prospect of a Grand Slam ever closer to reality.
Next up for Serena is Italy’s Roberta Vinci tomorrow (Thursday) September 10 at 7:00pm on ESPN.
Yesterday at the US Open Serena Williams defeated Madison Keys 6-3, 6-3 and Venus Williams defeated Anett Kontaveit, 6-2, 6-1. The Williams sisters will meet in the quarterfinals tomorrow evening and the match will be telecast on ESPN at 7:00pm EST.
This is difficult for me. I’ve been a long time fan of the Williams sisters. I always root for both. But I gotta go for Serena since she’s pursuing the calendar year Grand Slam. At least we know there will be a Williams sister in the US Open semifinal.
At age 35, Venus Williams has been making a gallant effort to win an eighth major tennis title, her last one coming seven years ago at Wimbledon. But if she is to do it at this year’s United States Open, it will come at a heavy cost. She will have to deny her younger sister the rare opportunity to win a Grand Slam.
Williams dispatched Anett Kontaveit, 6-2, 6-1, and will play Serena Williams, the No. 1 seed on a path toward history, in the quarterfinals of the Open on Tuesday night.
That familial matchup was confirmed when Serena Williams followed her older sister on court at Arthur Ashe Stadium and pummeled Madison Keys, 6-3, 6-3.
Both women played clean, dominating tennis on Sunday, and so for the 27th time as professionals — not including other instances in practices and informal hitting sessions — they will put their unique and sometimes uneasy sibling relationship on public display.
“I’m playing, for me, the best player in the tournament,” Williams said.
That was Serena Williams, not Venus, speaking.
Oh and I just had to add this move that took place during Serena’s win against Bethanie Mattek-Sands last Friday.
The New York Times has an interesting article about Serena and Venus Williams and the impact they’ve had on tennis.
For a sizable portion of nearly two transformative decades, one family surname has competitively dominated tennis and continually inundated its news. Think about how an emerging generation of female players has never known a tour without the headlining Williams sisters, Venus and Serena.
Some telling perspective on the subject from Garbiñe Muguruza, 21, who grew up in Venezuela and Spain:
“When I was 4 or 5, I turned on the TV, and they were playing,” said Muguruza, Serena’s victim in last month’s Wimbledon final. “Today, I turn the TV on, and they are still playing.
“So I am saying, how is this possible?”
Who could resist occasionally posing that question since the late 1990s, when the sisters — born 15 months apart, African-American outliers from gritty Compton, Calif. — began to lay siege to a sport historically and overwhelmingly trending wealthy and white?
Back then, there was resistance to the takeover. Nowadays, it is difficult to imagine women’s tennis without Venus, 35, its elder stateswoman, and Serena, going on 34 and a United States Open title away from completing tennis’s first calendar-year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf’s in 1988.
The sisters do not need Clarence the Angel to remind them that it’s been a wonderful sporting life, though not one without stumbles and setbacks. But the spectating world can grow impatient with the status quo, bored and resentful of its repetition. So let’s consider what a Williams-less tour might have been like had Richard Williams, the family patriarch, never created his most improbable blueprint.
And then there is this from Justine Henin:
While receiving an award recently in Toronto, Henin — who was probably Serena’s most challenging opponent, besides the younger Venus — predicted that Serena would win the calendar Slam, saying, “What I admire and respect so much still is that Serena remains the boss.”
But Henin added that the rest of the current field had become too interchangeable, too timid.
“There are many girls that can play good tennis, but it’s not consistent enough,” she said. “I wish the girls can be more consistent and believe that they can beat Serena, because some players proved in the past that it is possible.”
Years ago I remember Justine Henin making a comment about how tennis fans are tired of seeing the Williams sisters in Grand Slams.
“I think that maybe the crowd likes also to see the other players in different Grand Slam finals,” Justine Henin said after she was dismantled by Venus Williams on Thursday. “It’s a difficult situation.”
Of course Papa Williams struck back:
Difficult for whom? The fans or the players? Out of sight, but not far from a telephone, Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena, took time out from his list of Florida business ventures — including solar-panel assembly, filmmaking and nature photography — to offer a suggestion for the list of opponents who will not bother to watch his daughters play each other in their third major final when the women’s final at Wimbledon unfolds on Saturday.
“I know history,” Richard Williams said when reached today. “And I know that no one ever got tired of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert or Steffi Graf and Monica Seles.
“I think what people are tired of is that they’re not able to beat these girls. They’re looking for excuses or a cop-out. If I were another player, I would watch Venus and Serena play with a pencil and a piece of paper. I would take notes and say to myself, `I’m going to beat you the next time.’ If you’re tired of it, do something about it.”
Thank you. I never heard anyone say they’re tired of Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal. Never heard anyone say they were tired of Pete Sampras before he retired. Justine Henin got a serious side eye from me years ago after making her comment.
Check out the entire New York Times article.
Earlier today Serena Williams defeated her big sis Venus Williams in the 4th round at Wimbledon 6-4 6-3 at Centre Court. Since today was my day off I was able to watch the match live instead of having to wait until later when it’s shown on the Tennis Channel.
LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams extended her mastery over big sister Venus, and kept alive her bid for Grand Slam history.
In the 26th career meeting between the siblings, Serena dominated with her steady serve and big hitting from the back of the court to win 6-4, 6-3 on Centre Court in 1 hour, 8 minutes, extending her Grand Slam winning streak to 25 matches.
The win sent the top-ranked Serena into the Wimbledon quarterfinals as she bids for a fourth straight Grand Slam title, a feat last accomplished by the younger Williams in 2003.
If Serena can triumph again, only the U.S. Open would stand in her way of becoming the first player to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam — a sweep of all four majors in the same season — since Steffi Graf in 1988.
You can tell Serena didn’t really want to celebrate her win against her sister like she does against other opponents and I noticed their mother wasn’t in the stands. Probably too nervous to watch her daughters competing against each other.
Congrats to Serena!!
Next up for Serena is Victoria Azarenka tomorrow on Centre Court. Looks like this match will be starting at 8:00am tomorrow morning Eastern time.
The world No 1 is now just three matches from the ‘Serena Slam’ and plays an opponent she’s beaten in 16 of their 19 matches. Azarenka will have to be at her very best to cause an upset.
Serena and Venus Williams will meet tomorrow (Monday July 6, 2015) in the 4th round of Wimbledon on Centre Court. The match starts at 8:00am Eastern Time.
(CNN) For Serena it’s a vital match in her quest for the grand slam while for Venus it’s maybe her last chance to win Wimbledon.
But for both the Williams, Monday’s sisterly showdown on Centre Court is a match neither is truly relishing.
Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou told CNN that the world number one would indeed rather she be facing another opponent.
“They’re super close so this is not something she likes,” the Frenchman revealed.
“Plus Venus is a super player. She’s been No.1. She’s won many grand slams and she’s super dangerous on grass. But I guess if you want to win a grand slam you have to beat the best players and Venus is one of those. So she will have to beat her if she wants to win here.”
Thanks goodness I’m off tomorrow so I can watch this match. But it’s gonna be bittersweet because I like both Serena and Venus. The last time they met at Wimbledon was in 2009 when Serena defeated Venus in the Ladies Final.
While Serena has been on a Grand Slam winning streak, Venus has been recovering from an auto-immune disease Sjogren’s syndrome which was diagnosed in 2011. Serena almost didn’t make this round after squeaking past British tennis player Heather Watson last Friday. That was a thriller.
Good luck to both ladies.
You can read about the Williams sisters at CNN.com.
Congrats to Serena Williams on winning her third Wimbledon title. She defeated her big sis Venus Williams 7-6 (3), 6-2. This title is Serena’s third Wimbledon title and her eleventh major title overall.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams kept telling herself she was facing just another foe in the Wimbledon final Saturday, just another woman who hits the ball quite hard, just another player trying to deny her a Grand Slam title.
She wasn’t facing just anyone, of course. She was playing her older sister Venus. And when the latest all-Williams final finished, when Serena wrapped up a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory for a third Wimbledon championship and 11th major title overall, she jogged to the net with her arm extended for a handshake.
Venus pulled her close for a warm embrace, instead.
“I didn’t think about Venus at all today. I just saw her as an opponent,” said Serena, who also beat her sister in the 2002 and 2003 finals at the All England Club. “At one point, after the first set, I looked on the side of the court at the stats, and it was like ‘Williams,’ ‘Williams.’ I couldn’t figure out which was which.”
Check out the rest of the article at Sports Illustrated.
Despite three major titles since her US Open win, Serena will still remain number 2 behind number one ranked Dinara Safina. Speaking of rankings I was checking out the rankings for tennis players and was disturbed by the lack of American females in the tennis rankings. Serena and Venus are currently ranked second and third respectively. After that the next American female players are ranked 57th and 90th. That’s pathetic. What happened to the American female tennis players? Russia, France and Belarus have a slew of women ranked in the top 100 yet the United States only has four. American men fared better. There are eight American men ranked in the Mens top 100.
Anyway speaking of the Williams sisters a few hours after Serena’s win the sisters won the Womens doubles title against Australia’s Rennae Stubbs and Samantha Stoser 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.
The Williams sisters conquered Wimbledon again after they won a battle of power against guile to retain their doubles crown. Venus and Serena triumphed 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 against the Australian pairing of Sam Stosur and Rennae Stubbs in a late, enthralling match on Centre Court.
They had to survive a first set scare as Stosur and Stubbs raced into a 4-2 set lead. Stosur, who was beaten 6-2, 6-2 with previous partner Lisa Raymond by Venus and Serena in last year’s final, was in particularly inspired form early on, helping to break the Serena serve at 2-1.
Congrats to the ladies!!
What a weekend in tennis. The Wimbledon finals were played this weekend and I enjoyed both the Women’s and Men’s final.
Congrats to Venus Williams!!!
The defending Women’s Wimbledon champ defeated her little sister Serena on Saturday 7-5, 6-4.
All-Williams Wimbledon Final Is All Venus
By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
WIMBLEDON, England — Sisters for life and doubles partners later in the afternoon, Venus and Serena Williams put most of that aside for nearly two hours on Saturday at Wimbledon, smacking serves and ground strokes in each other’s direction with a vengeance and an accuracy that have often been lacking in their previous family reunions.
It had been five years since they squared off in a Grand Slam singles final, and the long wait produced one of their most consistently intense and entertaining matches despite the gusty conditions that often made Centre Court feel more like the front deck of a ship.
But there is still no doubt about which Williams sister has the best record at Wimbledon.
Despite a ferocious start from Serena, Venus absorbed the shock and gradually imposed her long-limbed presence on her favorite tennis court. Her 7-5, 6-4 victory gave her a fifth Wimbledon singles title, leaving Serena with two.
“I can’t believe it’s five, but when you’re in the final against Serena Williams, five seems so far away from that first point,” Venus said in her postmatch remarks to the crowd. “She played so awesome. It was really a task to beat her.”
Although Serena hugged her older sister at the net and was gracious during the ceremony, this defeat was clearly a major blow. Serena has worked herself into fine shape this season, but she has not won a Grand Slam singles title since her surprise run at the 2007 Australian Open.
“I don’t think I’m satisfied with the way I played today,” Serena said. “For me, there’s nothing to be satisfied about.”
Serena was feeling cheerier by the end of the night, after she and Venus won their third women’s doubles title here by beating Lisa Raymond of the United States and Samantha Stosur of Australia, 6-2, 6-2.
This Wimbledon was a Williams revival indeed, but the match that mattered most was the singles. “I had a feeling that they were finally going to play a really good final,” the nine-time Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova said. “Today was fantastic tennis.”
Ms. Venus now has five Wimbledon singles titles under her belt. Serena has won two Wimbledon championships. Last year Venus was jumping up and down all over the place. This year she was a little more subdued in her excitement. No jumping up and down. I guess she didn’t want to rub lil sis the wrong way.
Way to go Venus!!!
Congrats to Venus & Serena Williams!! Yesterday they both defeated their opponents to set up an all Williams Wimbledon Womens final on Saturday. Breakfast at Wimbledon begins at 9:00am EST on NBC Saturday July 5.
Venus defeated Russia’s Elena Dementieva, 6-1, 7-6 (3). Serena defeated China’s Zheng Jie, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
Reprising a Sister Act After a Five-Year Wait
By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
WIMBLEDON, England — Standing on the now-patchy grass of Centre Court on Thursday and smiling at her family in the players’ box with delight and a bit of relief in her eyes, Serena Williams was also looking at the only woman left who can stop her from winning a third Wimbledon title.
That would be her older sister Venus, who will try to win her fifth singles title at the All England Club.
It has been five years since the Williamses played each other for a Grand Slam trophy, five years since Serena beat Venus here in straight sets in the 2003 final; five years since the sisters dominated their sport and the rest of the field was trying in vain to catch up to their power, athleticism and self-belief.
This summer, on the English grass, they have resynchronized their careers, surviving a wild, upset-filled Wimbledon in style to turn Saturday’s final into a family affair once more.
“I’m definitely surprised,” Serena said of the five-year gap. “It’s definitely been awhile. Unfortunately, our ranking fell. We’ve been on the same side of the draw a few times. You know, unfortunately, I lost a lot. But it’s good. I mean, this is a new start for us.”
Some of the Williamses’ longtime rivals, like Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis, retired young. The primary rivals who remain, like Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic, were ambushed early here.
But Venus, 28 and seeded seventh, and Serena, 26 and seeded sixth, have swept through their draws without dropping a set.
Venus, the defending champion, went first Thursday, serving and moving impressively to defeat fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva, a Russian with great ground strokes but a suspect serve and nerve, by 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Serena went next against the unseeded surprise of the tournament: Zheng Jie, a stocky Chinese baseliner better known until now for her doubles prowess.
The two women had to work their way through two rain delays — the first one brief, the second more than an hour. Although Zheng lifted her compact, counterpunching game to a remarkably high level in the second set, she could not quite manage to push Serena into a third. Serena closed out the victory, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
“I knew there were millions and millions of people watching me back home,” said the 24-year-old Zheng, the first Chinese woman to play in a Grand Slam semifinal in singles. “I did really want to win. But over all, I’m quite satisfied with the performance that I had today. But her serve was too big for me, especially on the grass court.”
Serena finished with 14 aces and won 87 percent of the points when she put her first serve into play. But Zheng did adjust to the power as the match progressed, prevailing frequently in the extended rallies.
She had her lone set point with Serena serving at 5-6, 30-40 in the second set. Serena even provided Zheng with a second serve to return, but Zheng took a big swing with her backhand and struck the ball into the top of the net.
Serena then swept the next two points and finished off the game with an ace to make the score 6-6.
It was a harbinger of more clutch serving. Williams slammed three more aces in the tie breaker to take a 5-2 lead. Zheng clawed back to 5-5, but Serena hit a first-serve winner to make it 6-5. On match point, Zheng double-faulted into the net.
“She definitely pushed me,” Serena said. “She played a great game and played like she had nothing to lose, which she didn’t.”
The mystery now is how the sisters will respond to playing to each other. “We’re going to stop talking to each other now until the final,” Serena said jokingly.
That would be difficult, considering that they are sharing a house here. They are also in the doubles semifinals and scheduled to play Friday. But Saturday’s singles match, the seventh Grand Slam final between the sisters and their third at Wimbledon, is the one that matters most.
Serena leads their series, 8-7, but many of their encounters have been error-filled, awkward affairs in which neither the crowd nor the combatants were able to give full throat to their emotions.
But the Williamses’ most recent encounter — in the semifinals in Bangalore, India, in March — produced one of their best matches, which Serena won in a third-set tie breaker.
There have been suggestions in the past, never proved, that the Williamses decided within their tennis family which sister would win their matches. The Williamses have always scoffed at such allegations, but the issue resurfaced Thursday when Dementieva analyzed the final by saying, “For sure, it’s going to be a family decision.”
On Thursday, Venus reacted angrily to any suggestion of an arranged result. “I find the question pretty offensive, because I’m extremely professional in everything that I do on and off the court,” she said. “I contribute my best in my sport, and I also have a ton of respect for myself and my family. So any mention of that is extremely disrespectful for who I am, what I stand for and my family.”
Dementieva later issued a signed statement clarifying that she had been misunderstood.
“English is not my first language, and I apologize for not speaking it better,” Dementieva said in the statement. “I do not think for one second that matches between Serena and Venus Williams are family decisions. What I meant was it is a unique situation for a family to be in, to be playing for a Grand Slam title.”
Dementieva was erratic and ineffective early in her first Wimbledon semifinal. Venus pounced on her relatively slow, sliced serves and broke her three times in the opening set.
Like Serena, Venus put more than 60 percent of her first serves in play. She was also a regular and dangerous presence at the net.
“As always, to win a title, you’ve got to play aggressive and not just hope that your opponent misses,” Venus said.
Congrats also go out to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. They both won their semifinal matches today and will meet on Sunday, July 6. Of course I’m rooting for Rafa.
Venus Williams and her little sister Serena Williams are trying to make their way to an all Williams Women’s Wimbledon Final. The Williams sisters will play in the women’s semifinals on Thursday. Venus defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-4, 6-3 in their Wimbledon match earlier today. Venus will play Elena Dementieva on Thursday. Serena defeated Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-4, 6-0 earlier today as well. She will also play on Thursday against Zheng Jie. Venus is the women’s defending champion. Her win last year gave her four Wimbledon championships. Serena has won the women’s title twice.
Williams Sisters on Path to All-Family Final
By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
WIMBLEDON, England — The Williams sisters are back in the semifinals at Wimbledon and another intrasquad final looks quite likely. But the company they are keeping at this rarefied stage of tennis’s most traditional tournament is certainly unexpected.
No. 5 seed Elena Dementieva, with her suspect serve, has never been at her best on grass, and little more than two weeks ago, she suffered a psychological blow at the French Open that might have sent a weaker character into an extended tailspin.
Unseeded Zheng Jie of China was ranked just 133rd coming into this tournament and required a wild card from the All England Club to gain entry.
But in Thursday’s semifinals, it will now be Venus Williams against Dementieva and Serena Williams against Zheng.
Four-time Wimbledon champion Venus and two-time champion Serena are justifiably heavy favorites, but that does not mean Serena’s match with Zheng won’t generate considerable interest in China in this Olympic year.
Serena beat Zheng easily in their only previous meeting, which came in the first round of Wimbledon in 2004, which was Zheng’s breakthrough year on tour.
“I’ve been watching her play,” Serena said. “I think she’s doing a fabulous job, and I don’t think it’s luck, her doing well. I think she’s a really good player. I’m definitely not going to underestimate her.”
I will be home on Thursday so I will be watching.
Congrats to Ms. Venus Williams!! She recently graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an associate’s degree in fashion design.
She has won two Olympic Gold medals, two U.S. Open titles and four Wimbledon championships.
But while Venus Williams has dominated the tennis world, she’s also been chasing another dream off the court: fashion design.
Last week, Williams’ hard work paid off. She graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an associate’s degree in fashion design after juggling school and a full-time tennis career for the past eight years.
The 27-year-old Palm Beach Gardens resident, who attended classes at the school while off-tour, said keeping up her 3.5 grade point average while claiming six Grand Slam titles has been a challenge.
“I’m very excited to be here. This is a long time coming,” Williams, donning her cap and gown, said of obtaining her degree. “It’s exciting to pursue my dreams even when it seemed impossible.”
Surrounded by family and friends, including her sister, Serena, Williams signed autographs and posed for pictures shortly after receiving her diploma during an evening ceremony Dec. 13 at the Broward County Convention Center.
Williams, who also won the honor of “Best Sportswear Collection,’’ graduated cum laude.
“I’m already living my dream, but this is another goal I had,” said Williams, who became a professional tennis player at 14. “My parents always placed an emphasis on education.”
Williams has already kicked off her fashion career with the launch of her own line, EleVen, which debuted last month in the mall-based retail chain Steve & Barry’s. EleVen features low-priced sportswear, including shoes, clothing and accessories.