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Serena Williams loses first match since announcing retirement in emotional affair in Toronto

Serena Williams wore her game face when she stepped out into the stadium for her first match since telling the world she is ready to leave professional tennis. Greeted by a standing ovation, the 23-time Grand Slam champion didn’t smile. She didn’t wave. She took a sip from a plastic bottle as she walked in. Some folks in the crowd captured the moment with the cameras on their cellphones. Others held aloft handrawn signs — oh, so many signs — with messsages such as “Queen” or “Thank you.” No one knows exactly how many more matches Williams will play before she puts her rackets away for good, and the 40-year-old American exited the National Bank Open on Wednesday night with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Belinda Bencic. While there were some familiar fist pumps and yells of “Come on!” during competit...
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Thinking too much about 24th Slam didn’t help, says Serena

Thinking too much about the elusive 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s record did not help Serena Williams’ quest, the American great admits as she prepares to hang up her racket after a sparkling career. It seemed only a matter of time before Williams would surpass Australian Court to become the most successful player in the sport when she won her 23rd major singles trophy in Melbourne at the start of 2017. However, nobody could have envisaged that Australian Open title being the last time Williams would hoist a major trophy as she took a break from tennis to give birth to daughter Olympia the same year. “There are people who say I’m not the GOAT (greatest of all time) because I didn’t pass Court’s record, which she achieved before the ‘Open era’ that began in 1968,” Willi...
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Serena Williams says she is ‘evolving away’ from game with retirement talk | Tennis News – Times of India

Serena Williams said on Tuesday that she is "evolving away from tennis" as she hinted at retiring from the sport she dominated for much of her career with 23 singles Grand Slam titles. On Monday, Williams played only her second singles match since she returned to action at Wimbledon in June after a year-long absence from competition, beating Spain's Nuria Parrizas Diaz to reach the second round of the Toronto Open. The 40-year-old won her last Grand Slam crown in 2017 and has been chasing an elusive 24th crown that will draw her level with Margaret Court who holds the record for most majors. "I have never liked the word retirement," Williams wrote in a Vogue article. "It doesn't feel like a modern word to me. I've been thinking of this as a transition but I want to be sensitive about ho...
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Serena Williams to retire from tennis after US Open | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW YORK: Serena Williams said on Tuesday she was "evolving away from tennis" and planned to retire from the sport she dominated with 23 Grand Slam titles following the US Open tournament, which begins later this month. On Monday, Williams played only her second singles match since she returned to action at Wimbledon in June after a year-long absence from competition, beating Spain's Nuria Parrizas Diaz to reach the second round of the Toronto Open. But the 40-year-old said after the match that she could see the light at the end of the tennis tunnel in her career. "I have never liked the word retirement," Williams wrote in a Vogue article. "Maybe the best word to describe what I'm up to is evolution. I'm here to tell you that I'm evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are i...
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Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic included in US Open entry list | Tennis News – Times of India

Serena Williams was included on the entry list for the US Open on Wednesday along with fellow former champion Novak Djokovic, who will not be able to compete due to his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Williams, who returned to competition last month after a year-long absence, was added to the entry list for the Aug. 29-Sept. 11 Grand Slam in New York having been named in the draw for tune-up events in Toronto and Cincinnati. The 23-time Grand Slam champion fell in the first round at Wimbledon and last appeared in the US Open in 2020 when the six-time winner reached the semi-finals. Eligible players are automatically entered into the main draw but that does little to help Djokovic, who retained his Wimbledon crown last month and is one back of Rafa Nadal's record of 22 Grand S...
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Tunisia’s ‘Roger Federer’: How Ons Jabeur became a tennis star | Tennis News – Times of India

HAMMAM SOUSSE (Tunisia): Fifteen years ago, Ons Jabeur's young tennis sparring partner could see the Tunisian was destined for glory -- even if he suffered a broken arm in the process. Omar Laabidi remembers being repeatedly beaten by a 12-year-old Jabeur, who will Thursday become the first Arab to play in a Grand Slam semi-final, at Wimbledon. "We used to call her 'Roger Federer'," Laabidi said. He was talking at the tennis club where it all began, in the North African country's coastal town of Hammam Sousse. "One time during a training match she hit a drop shot that I tried so hard to return that I broke my arm," he said. Jabeur had started by playing on courts belonging to local hotels but she soon joined the Tennis Club Hammam Sousse, which now bears a huge portrait of its most famo...
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Nadal ignores body language at Wimbledon as Halep eyes semis | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Rafael Nadal has shrugged off fresh concerns over his fitness as he targets a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday. The 36-year-old Spaniard played his last-16 clash at the All England Club on Monday against Botic van de Zandschulp with strapping across his abdomen. Only last month, he won a 14th French Open with his troublesome left foot anaesthetised before undergoing career-saving treatment. "I'm a little bit tired to talk about my body, all the issues that I am having," said Nadal. "I prefer to not talk about that now. "For the moment I am healthy enough to keep going and fight for the things that I want." Nadal is halfway to the first calendar Grand Slam by a man since Rod Laver in 1969. On Wednesday, he will seek to reach the semi-finals for the eighth time wh...
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Harmony Tan: World No. 115 who defeated Serena Williams is keeping her Wimbledon dream alive

Harmony Tan’s 2022 season was exceptionally ordinary until last month. She had been on the outside of the top 100 of the WTA rankings looking, played a handful of tour-level main draws, and had not made the quarterfinal of a single event she played. And then, after receiving one of the unluckiest draws of the year, she has made the second week of a Major for the first time in her career. Tan’s name was a part of headlines all over the world after she was drawn against Serena Williams in the first round at Wimbledon this year. Williams returned to Wimbledon after an injury-ridden goodbye last year, with speculation active that this may be her last appearance at SW19. When Tan found out she was playing the 23-time Grand Slam winner, she was hoping to win a few games. “When I saw the draw,...
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‘Motivated’ Serena Williams brushes off retirement talk despite Wimbledon defeat | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Serena Williams brushed off any talk of retirement on Tuesday by insisting she is "motivated" to play at the US Open later this year despite a shattering Wimbledon defeat. "The US Open was the place where I won my first Slam, it's super-special. There's definitely a lot of motivation to get better and play at home," the 40-year-old American said. Williams was speaking after losing in her first singles match for a year when she went down 7-5, 1-6, 7/6 (10/7) to unseeded Harmony Tan, the world number 115, in the opening round of Wimbledon. The 23-time major winner, who debuted at the All England Club in 1998, refused to speculate on whether or not she will be back at Wimbledon in 2023. "I am just playing for right now. I see how I feel and go from there. "Who knows where I will ...
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Wimbledon loses its usual fervour to war ban, injuries | Tennis News – Times of India

Shorn of big names and points, Djoko, Nadal, Swiatek and Serena will look to bring spark back to the ChampionshipsLONDON: The weather forecast for the championships is cloudy; it's also a reflection of things on the ground. Wimbledon 2022 kicks off on Monday without Russian and Belarussian players and sans the currency of ranking points. The men's top-10 - world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and compatriot Andrey Rublev are paying the prize for nationality and No. 2 Alexander Zverev is injured - looks significantly tapered. The women's heft will be without last year's semifinalist No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka, French Open semifinalist Daria Kasatkina and No. 20 Victoria Azarenka, all for reasons of flag and country. Roger Federer, the eight-time champion, will miss the tournament for the first time si...
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I didn’t know how I’d come back,’ says Serena Williams | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Serena Williams admits that she didn't know how or when she would return to tennis but insisted retirement had not been on her agenda during her year-long absence. "I didn't retire. I just needed to heal physically, mentally. I had no plans. I just didn't know when I would come back. I didn't know how I would come back," said the 40-year-old on Saturday. The American star will return to singles action at Wimbledon next week for the first time since her tearful exit from the All England Club in the first round in 2021. The seven-time Wimbledon champion is chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. However, her lengthy absence from the sport has seen her world ranking plummet to 1,204 in the world. She needed a wildcard to play Wimbledon this year as she seeks a first major...
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Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic handed straightforward Wimbledon openers

Serena Williams’ eagerly-awaited return to Wimbledon will begin in the first round against France’s Harmony Tan as the 23-times Grand slam champion resumes singles action after a year out next week. The 40-year-old American, avoided any of the big names in Friday’s draw and will get the chance to ease into the tournament against world number 113 Tan as she targets an unlikely eighth title. Wildcard Williams, notionally ranked down at 1,204, has not played a singles match since retiring injured and in tears in the first round a year ago against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Men’s top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic, chasing a 21st Grand Slam title after a troubled year, will open his campaign against South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo. First round ready 🙌 Three days to go… #Wimbledon #Cent...
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Wildcard Serena Williams is the ultimate Wimbledon question mark | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW YORK: Serena Williams, an indomitable force for the best part of two decades, launches her latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam at Wimbledon next week as the tournament's biggest question mark after ending a year-long absence from competition. Williams played doubles at the Eastbourne International with Tunisian Ons Jabeur this week but the former world number one has not featured in a competitive singles match since limping out of last year's first round at the grasscourt major through injury. Her return at Wimbledon, where she has won seven singles titles, has left even the sport's foremost experts stumped on what fans can expect when she takes the court. "She could lose first round or win the tournament," seven-times major winner and ESPN analyst John McEnroe declare...
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Can world number 1,204 win Wimbledon? Serena Williams eyes greatest triumph | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Ranked a lowly 1,204 in the world and without a competitive singles match in 12 months, Serena Williams will sweep into Wimbledon targeting what would be her greatest triumph. The seven-time champion at the All England Club will also be chasing down a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. The odds have rarely been so stacked against the great American who can become the first unseeded woman to win Wimbledon. With her 41st birthday just three months away, Williams hasn't played a singles tie on tour since limping out of Wimbledon in tears in the first round against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in 2021. "I hope I don't become the last player to have beaten her at Wimbledon," Sasnovich told AFP at the French Open last month. "She is a great champion and I want to see her back." Sasnovic...
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Serena Williams returns to tennis in Eastbourne doubles after year out | Tennis News – Times of India

EASTBOURNE: Serena Williams made her comeback after a year out of tennis as the American legend teamed with Ons Jabeur in the Eastbourne International doubles on Tuesday. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, was back in action for the first time since she made a tearful exit from Wimbledon last year. The 40-year-old suffered a leg injury during her Wimbledon first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and had not been seen on court since. Williams and Tunisia's Jabeur, who is third in the WTA singles rankings, faced Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic. After so long away, Serena soaked up the applause during a raucous reception from the crowd when she walked onto court in the early evening sunshine. Before Williams made the surprise annou...
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Jabeur hails ‘unbelievable’ chance to pair up with Serena Williams | Tennis News – Times of India

Ons Jabeur. (Reuters Photo)LONDON: Ons Jabeur said Monday she "cannot wait" to team up with Serena Williams as the American star prepares to return to tennis at the Eastbourne International after nearly a year away. Williams, a 23-year-time Grand Slam singles champion, was last week handed a singles wildcard entry to Wimbledon, which starts next Monday. The 40-year-old has not played since suffering an injury during her first-round match at Wimbledon 12 months ago, plummeting to 1,204th in the world rankings. The seven-time Wimbledon singles champion is set to step up preparations for the All England Club by playing doubles in the grass-court tournament at Eastbourne, but her scheduled practice session on Monday was cancelled. Tunisia's Jabeur and Williams are expected to begin their do...
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Serena Williams says she is set for a comeback at Wimbledon | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Serena Williams is set to make her comeback at Wimbledon a year after her last match in any competition, writing on Instagram on Tuesday: "See you there." The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, who suffered an injury during her first-round match at the All England Club 12 months ago, posted an image of her white trainers on grass along with the caption: "SW and SW19. It's a date. 2022, see you there." The 40-year-old also tagged Eastbourne in her post, indicating she could potentially play in next week's grasscourt tournament on England's south coast. It is unclear whether Williams, now ranked a lowly 1,208th in the world, is intending to play singles or doubles at Wimbledon. The American could have entered using a protected ranking reserved for players who have been sidelined...
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Serena, Venus Williams not on Wimbledon 2022 entry lists

The elite duo of Serena and Venus Williams did not feature on the women’s singles entry list released by Wimbledon. It is possible that either player could request a wild-card invitation to the Grand Slam tournament, which begins on June 27. Serena has won seven of her Open era record 23 major singles championships at the All England Club, most recently in 2016. The 40-year-old American was the runner-up there in 2018 and 2019 and has not competed anywhere since injuring her right leg and needing to stop playing in her first-round match a year ago.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium Venus is a five-time singles champion at Wimbledon and has seven major singles trophies in all. Her most recent match on tour came at Chicago last August. She turns 42 in two weeks. Also ...
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Swiatek racks up 30th successive win at French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Iga Swiatek demolished American Alison Riske 6-0 6-2 as she raced into the French Open third round on Thursday with her 30th consecutive victory, extending an awe-inspiring run that she knows might soon come to an end. The world number one wasted no time on court Suzanne Lenglen, showing no mercy as she went close to dishing out the first 'double bagel' of this year's tournament. The Polish player, hot favourite to claim a second title at Roland Garros in three years, was virtually unchallenged by the world number 43 who could only manage seven points in the opening set. Riske put up something of a fight in the second, letting out a big scream and raising her hand in celebration when she won her first game to reduce the arrears to 3-1. Swiatek did not ease the pressure and wrappe...
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Serena Williams, Lewis Hamilton join Broughton’s bid to buy Chelsea | Football News – Times of India

Former tennis world number one Serena Williams and seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton have joined Martin Broughton's bid to buy Premier League club Chelsea, a source close to the bid told Reuters on Thursday. Former Liverpool chairman Broughton's consortium includes World Athletics President Sebastian Coe and wealthy investors from around the world, who the group says all want to maintain Chelsea's top status. Private equity veterans Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who own sport teams including the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers, are also backing Broughton's bid. Williams and Hamilton have pledged an estimated 10 million pounds ($13.06 million) each to the bid. Reuters have reached out to Broughton and Williams' representatives for comment. Willia...