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Virginie Razzano beats Serena Williamsupdated: Thu May 31 2012 13:37:00

Virginie Razzano tells CNN about her nail-biting win over Serena Williams at the French Open.

Serene progress for Serena and defending champion Kvitovaupdated: Mon May 07 2012 18:13:00

Czech Petra Kvitova began the defense of her Madrid Masters crown with a comfortable victory over New Zealand's Marina Erakovic.

Serena makes winning clay comebackupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 08:39:00

Serena Williams is looking forward to the new clay season after scoring her first win on the surface in almost two years.

Wozniacki ends Serena's hopes of record sixth Miami titleupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 08:03:00

Serena Williams bemoaned the amount of unforced errors she made after suffering a quarterfinal defeat to fellow former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki at the Miami Masters.

Serena Williams avenges U.S. Open final loss to Stosurupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 07:29:00

Serena Williams avenged her 2011 U.S. Open final defeat to Samantha Stosur with a straight-sets win over the Australian sixth seed to reach the last eight of the WTA tournament in Miami Monday.

Serena returns with victory in Miamiupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 06:50:00

Serena Williams made a winning return from a left ankle injury by defeating Zhang Shuai in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Jon Wertheim: Federer as vintage as ever delivering victory in milestone matchupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 06:55:00

MELBOURNE, Australia -- For all those adjectives that seem to genuflect before Roger Federer, you seldom hear him described as "sentimental." Sentient? Yes. Sensational? Sure. But not "sentimental."

Serena Williams upset by unseeded Makarova in Melbourneupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 11:56:00

Unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova upset five-time champion Serena Williams of the United States 6-2 6-3 on Monday to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Jon Wertheim: Latest upset shows Serena can no longer dominate as part-timerupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 06:08:00

For more than a year now, the tennis parlor game here has been trying to confirm the identity of the WTA's top player. The rankings give us little guidance. Nor does a list of the recent major singles title winners. The consensus: the Queen Bee is Serena Williams. Or at least she is when willing and able -- and fully committed. The combination of her physical gifts, ballstriking, fearlessness and self-confidence -- the ingredients that have enabled her to win 13 Grand Slam titles over a gilded career -- are still some of the most fearsome and feared weapons around.

Williams and Kvitova through to last 16 updated: Sat Jan 21 2012 10:40:00

Serena Williams breezed into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday dispatching Hungary's Greta Arn convincingly 6-1 6-1.

Serena cruises into last 32 with 500th career winupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 08:18:00

American tennis star Serena Williams recorded a landmark 500th career victory on Thursday when she beat the Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0 6-4 in the second round of the Australian Open.

Home hope Stosur crashes out early; Serena cruises in openerupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 12:33:00

Sixth seed and home favorite Samantha Stosur became the first high-profile casualty at the Australian Open on Tuesday, but five-time champion Serena Williams eased to victory on her return from injury.

Injured Serena Williams pulls out of Brisbane eventupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 06:57:00

Former world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Brisbane International tournament in Australia after suffering an ankle injury in Wednesday's third-round victory over Bojana Jovanovski.

Serena - I don't love playing tennisupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 08:18:00

Serena Williams has revealed she is not in love with playing tennis, despite an impressive straight sets victory on her return to action at the Brisbane International tournament. Jon Wertheim: Biggest tennis stories of 2011updated: Tue Dec 27 2011 11:47:00

1. The Djoker got away ... from the rest of the field. We're a spoiled bunch, us tennis fans. First we get the unsurpassed play of Roger Federer. Then comes Rafael Nadal. And in 2011, a Third King arrives. In a thoroughly dominating year, Novak Djokovic won three Grand Slams, 10 titles overall, 70 matches (against six losses) and a record $12.6 million in prize money. The Serb also prevailed in 10 of 11 matches against the other two members of the Big Three, maybe his most impressive accomplishment. And he did it all while comporting himself like a pro. Adje, indeed. Jon Wertheim: Wrapping up Serena-gate, more mailupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 18:27:00

For those tired of discussing Serena Williams -- and you're well within your rights to be -- skip this section. There was so much residual email, I didn't want to ignore it entirely, but I feel like we could all stand to move on.

Serena Williams fined for final outburstupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 05:43:00

Serena Williams could have been banned from her home U.S. Open after Sunday's final outburst, but the three-time champion has escaped with a $2,000 fine from the United States Tennis Association.

Stosur stuns Serena with straight sets final victoryupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 10:13:00

Australia's Samantha Stosur produced one of the biggest shocks in U.S. Open final history, beating Serena Williams in straight sets at Flushing Meadows to secure her first Grand Slam success. Jon Wertheim: Stosur's win reinforces sports' thrilling unpredictabilityupdated: Sun Sep 11 2011 23:10:00

Unpredictability is one of the great virtues of sports. Want scripted endings? You go to the theater. Want choreography? Go to the ballet. Then there are sports, the best reality TV going, virtually limitless in their capacity for surprise.

Serena faces Stosur in final after brushing aside Wozniackiupdated: Sun Sep 11 2011 05:20:00

Three-times champion Serena Williams proved too powerful for world number one Caroline Wozniacki -- crushing the Dane in straight sets to reach the final of the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows on Saturday night.

Serena sets up Wozniacki clashupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 16:28:00

Serena Williams will face world number one Caroline Wozniacki for a place in the U.S Open final after both women recorded last eight victories in New York.

Serena, Wozniacki into last eight; Pavlyuchenkova stuns Schiavoneupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 05:41:00

Serena Williams tamed strong winds at the U.S. Open to book her place in the quarterfinals with a comprehensive defeat of Ana Ivanovic. Jon Wertheim: Don't count on U.S. Open roof anytime soonupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 19:15:00

Simple question: Will the USTA ever build a roof? Along with 50,000 other people, I got rained out today and I'm not happy about it! -- Salil, Long Island, N.Y. Serena Williams: Venus's Health Is More Important Than Tennisupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 09:51:00

"Life is so precious," Serena says of her sister's Sjögren's syndrome diagnosis

Wozniacki and Serena book spots in last 16updated: Sat Sep 03 2011 19:49:00

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and tournament favorite Serena Williams both came through third round matches in straight sets Saturday at the U.S .Open.

Serena powers into third round in 49 minutesupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 10:55:00

Serena Williams was detained on court for just 49 minutes in reaching the third round of the U.S. Open Thursday with a brutal demolition of Dutch qualifier Michaella Krajicek.

US Open starts as planned after stormupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 11:41:00

The US Open tennis tournament started Monday, a day after Hurricane Irene spared New York from its full fury as it rampaged across the region. Jon Wertheim: Serena, Roddick draw fans' ireupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 13:00:00

A 'Bag before the Big Show. Check back Thursday for the U.S. Open seed reports, and don't forget our guide to attending the tournament in New York:

Serena only seeded 28th for U.S. Openupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 15:50:00

Tournament favorite Serena Williams has been seeded 28th by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for next week's final grand slam, the U.S. Open, at Flushing Meadows.

Injured Serena withdraws in Cincinnatiupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 08:19:00

Former world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati with a toe injury.

Serena claims Toronto title with easy win over Stosurupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 16:42:00

Serena Williams secured her second straight title since coming back from long-term injury and illness as she beat Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4 6-2 in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto Sunday.

Williams battles into Rogers Cup semisupdated: Sat Aug 13 2011 10:49:00

Serena Williams is through to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto after a gutsy performance against the Czech left-hander Lucie Safarova on Friday.

Serena ends trophy drought at Stanfordupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 18:01:00

Serena Williams captured her first title in over a year as she breezed past Marion Bartoli in the Stanford Classic in California.

Serena overpowers Sharapova in Californiaupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 18:33:00

Serena Williams produced a dominating performance to beat Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Stanford.

Serena Williams destroys Rodionova on U.S. returnupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 12:14:00

Serena Williams swept aside Anastasia Rodionova in her first match on American soil since the 2009 U.S. Open, as she recorded an emphatic 6-0 6-0 victory at the Bank of West Classic in Stanford, California.

Williams sisters exit Wimbledon; World No. 1 Wozniacki also dumped outupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 15:40:00

On a dramatic day at Wimbledon defending champion Serena Williams was dumped out of the tournament, along with her sister Venus and world number one Caroline Wozniacki. Jon Wertheim: The return of the queen and more Wimbledon mailupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 18:25:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- We've had an early casualty on Centre Court this year, a longtime fixture put to pasture on the grass. The seeds have survived -- some more easily than others. But you'll note that as players walk onto the court, they no longer bow and curtsy before the Royal Box. This tradition has been dying slowly over the past few years. It's now officially dead. The Duke of Kent, patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, requested an end to the practice, claiming it no longer fits in with the modern game. (This comes months after Buckingham Palace explicitly asserted that those meeting royalty should only bow or curtsey if they want to.) The Club relented. Bowing before Royalty is now voluntary.

Williams sisters 'the ones to beat' at Wimbledon 2011updated: Sat Jun 18 2011 16:35:00

World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is looking to win her first grand slam crown. Maria Sharapova, one of her predecessors as the top women's tennis player, is returning to the scene of her breakthrough title.

Serena Williams begins comebackupdated: Sat Jun 18 2011 16:35:00

CNN's Ayesha Durgahee speaks to Serena Williams about recovering from a blood clot in her lungs. Jon Wertheim: Wimbledon women's seed reportupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 18:58:00

Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at Wimbledon. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses, and his predicted winners.

Venus Williams: 'I'm here to win'updated: Fri Jun 17 2011 06:57:00

Venus Williams tells the WTA she is back and aiming to win and what it's like to have her sister Serena back. Jon Wertheim: Why Serena Williams will win Wimbledon and more reader mailupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 14:42:00

We'll be back Friday with our seed report ...

Serena Williams to return at pre-Wimbledon tournamentupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 07:57:00

Serena Williams will return to competitive tennis after nearly a year on the sidelines in the WTA tournament at Eastbourne, which starts Saturday. Frank Deford: U.S.'s focus on team sports have come at expense of golf and tennisupdated: Wed May 04 2011 14:32:00

I've always thought that one of the best things about American sport is that we aren't dominated by one team game, as so much of the rest of the world is soccer-centric. That's why we can have our own American dream. The dream of most other countries is simply to have their national soccer team do well. Serena Williams: I'm Lucky to Be Aliveupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 15:49:00

The tennis star talks about how her panic in the middle of her blood-clot nightmare Jon Wertheim: Yet again, Davis Cup succeeds in spite of itselfupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 16:23:00

1. Cup coup. Last week was Davis Cup week. And, as badly as the event is in need of a format/marketing upgrade, it succeeded in spite of itself. Exceptional tennis, exceptional drama, heroic efforts, and that beguiling overlap of individual and team. Spanning the globe ... we go to Chile, where the Americans made Jim Courier's debut a success and prevailed on clay. As long as Andy Roddick and the Bryans are on the skipper's line-up card, the Americans have a good chance. Riding a big win by Joachim Johansson (remember him?) the Swedes scored a big win against Russia. Kazakhstan upset the Czech Republic. I liiike! Depsite Ivo Karlovic's record 156 miles per hour. serve, Germany was able to beat Croatia. Last year's winner, Serbia -- which prevailed over France just a few days ago, it seems -- was sensibly given a first-round bye. No, wait! This just in: the Serbs beat India in Novi Sad. Check all the results at the consistently excellent If the only ITF's ability to

Serena Williams targets swift return after blood clot surgeryupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 10:53:00

Serena Williams says she hopes to return to tennis in May or June after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from her lungs. Serena Williams Speaks Out on 'Scary' Health Woesupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 08:10:00

The tennis ace suffered a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma but is "doing better" Serena Williams Suffers Pulmonary Embolismupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 12:17:00

The tennis star, 29, was hospitalized and underwent emergency treatment

Serena aims to blossom in the springupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 10:28:00

Serena Williams is targeting a spring return to the tennis circuit after a lengthy injury layoff which culminated in the 13-time grand slam winner being unable to defend her Australian Open crown.

Serena Williams on foot injuryupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 10:28:00

Serena Williams talks about her foot injury and what she's been doing in her time off from the game. Bruce Jenkins: Ten things I'd like to see as the 2011 tennis season kicks offupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 13:00:00

Ten things I'd like to see as the 2011 tennis year unfolds: Jon Wertheim: Top 10 tennis stories of 2010updated: Sun Dec 26 2010 18:52:00

1. The new sheriff. Was it really 2009 that the last holdout caved, and we reached a rare consensus that Roger Federer was the best player in the modern era? Suddenly it's a race again. After retiring from the Australian Open with a knee injury, Rafael Nadal stormed back to win three straight majors, completing the career Grand Slam and bringing his total to nine -- still seven fewer than Federer, but ahead of his trajectory. If Nadal completes the "Rafa Slam" in Australia, the debate will only intensify. Pick a side, but agree it makes for compelling theater.

Serena Williams to miss Australian Open through injuryupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 04:39:00

Defending champion Serena Williams will miss the Australian Open in January to give herself more time to recover from foot surgery. Bruce Jenkins: Tennis' Silly Season enters full swing as Shanghai loomsupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 16:17:00

I'm not sure how many people asked for it -- at last count, I believe it was 18 -- but here we are in the middle of the tennis Silly Season. Just when you thought the U.S. Open was such a fabulous venue for closure, onward we go to Beijing, Shanghai, Venus and Oz. Jon Wertheim: Wozniacki's ascent to No. 1 re-opens rankings debateupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 15:25:00

1. The little match girl: Even before Caroline Wozniacki won the Beijing event, her WTA-leading fifth title of 2010, she had eclipsed Serena Williams and achieved the No. 1 ranking. Predictably, cheers were tempered with critique that the WTA computer rankings system is somehow flawed. (Wozniacki, of course, did not even reach a major final in 2010; Serena won two of the three she entered.) We know that gap in her resume. Why don't we consider what Wozniacki has done: She's won more titles and more matches than any other player this year. Given the points breakdown, to balance Serena's two Grand Slam titles, Wozniacki needed to reach the equivalent of eight major singles quarterfinals in one year. That's an awful lot of ground to cover. That's she done it suggests there's some heft to her record after all. If my life were resting on the outcome of a match, whom would I rather be playing: Serena or Wozniacki? No contest. But for now, let's acknowledge the Dane's successes, not her

Serena out for the rest of 2010 after recurrence of foot injuryupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 09:12:00

Serena Williams says she is "devastated" after being ruled out for the rest of 2010 due to a recurrence of her foot injury. How to Woo Serena Williams: Pick Up the Phoneupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 12:54:00

"Call me! It's that easy," the tennis star tells PEOPLE

Foot injury keeps Serena Williams from U.S. Openupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 10:38:00

Top-ranked tennis superstar Serena Williams said a foot injury that forced her to pull out of the U.S. Open is "devastating." Jon Wertheim: Venus Williams answers your questionsupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 19:53:00

Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams is our guest respondent for this week's Mailbag. Currently ranked No. 3 in singles and No. 1 in doubles, Venus has taken a break from preparing for the U.S. Open and promoting her bestselling book Come to Win in order to answer your questions. Jon Wertheim: Nadal and the G Word, Sveta's snub, more mailupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:43:00

The GOAT debate rages, with lots of you continuing to make compelling cases for and against Serena Williams, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. In the span of five minutes last week, I got one email from Paul in Long Beach reading, "Your piece on Serena Williams as the GOAT was the fairest and most unbiased assessment of Ms. Williams I have ever read ... no rational fan can deny that she is not the GOAT," and another from Samuel of Miami reading, "I've lost all respect for you with this championing of Serena as the GOAT ... I can no longer read your column." So there. As a wise man once said: "Opinions are like Facebook pages: Everyone has one." Jon Wertheim: Serena's injury, Atlanta event debuts, moreupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:42:00

1. Foot in mouth: Amid all this GOAT talk -- which we'll put to pasture for a while -- Serena Williams offered a vivid illustration of why she causes so much skepticism and unease among some fans. A week after a starring performance at Wimbledon, she takes a rumored $1 million fee to play in Belgium and then promptly bails on both World TeamTennis and every event before the U.S. Open because of a foot injury. You question the truthfulness or severity of an athlete's injury at your own peril. (And while details are still sketchy this injury does apparently involve surgery.) But -- as is too often the case -- something is a bit off. You read Serena's tweets about her active social life or watch this Kevin Frazier video and it rankles. Over FanHouse, Greg Couch made a fair point: If Serena wants to avail herself only for Slams, she's earned that right. But the unending withdrawals -- and the WTA's apparent complicity -- insults fans and promoters alike. Serena has a terrible track Jon Wertheim: More response to argument for Serena as greatest everupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:41:00

Most of the mail this week both rebutted and supported my suggestion that Serena Williams is the GOAT of women's tennis. As usual, lop off 10 percent of the responses from both extremes, and we have a civil, engaging discussion. Some recurring themes: Jon Wertheim: In defense of Serena as GOAT, more mailupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:41:00

Did you really says Serena is the GOAT in this week's Sports Illustrated? --Jeff H., New York Jon Wertheim: Fifty parting shots from Wimbledonupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:40:00

We were considering expanding our random ruminations to 68-70 items. But fatigue has set in, so herewith, 50 thoughts on a strange Wimbledon ... Bruce Jenkins: Serena gives masses every reason to question her sincerityupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 17:31:00

I keep looking for the real story. Between Serena Williams's website, the WTA Tour site and wire service reports, there is nothing but mystery surrounding an injury that now requires surgery. Collectively, they've left everyone in the dark, which leads to a grim and familiar conclusion: Serena has the entire sport buffaloed.

Serena sidelined because of foot surgeryupdated: Sat Jul 17 2010 13:27:00

Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is facing a spell on the sidelines after cutting her foot on some broken glass in a restaurant. Bruce Jenkins: Serena not greatest ever beyond debate ... yetupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 16:01:00

Two things came to mind last week when colleague Jon Wertheim deemed Serena Williams the greatest female player of all time. First, that I hadn't heard it mentioned before, at least among the sport's most respected observers, and certainly not with such conviction. Secondly -- and not surprisingly -- Jon's claim made a great deal of sense. Serena Williams (Related Stories)updated: Tue Jul 06 2010 12:34:00

Serena Willams stories from the SI Vault Serena Williams Wanted Venus's Body - But Not Anymoreupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 10:28:00

Plus, the tennis star explains why she and rapper Common called it quits Bruce Jenkins: Serena flexes muscle at Wimbledon to move up all-time Slams listupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 12:25:00

Three quick thoughts from the women's final at Wimbledon on Saturday:

Serena to play Zvonareva in Wimbledon finalupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 12:12:00

Top seed and defending champion Serena Williams charged into her sixth Wimbledon final where she will play Russian Vera Zvonareva on Saturday.

Venus and Clijsters sent packing in Wimbledon upsetsupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 07:32:00

Five-time champion Venus Williams sensationally crashed out in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon to unheralded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova on Tuesday.

Venus and Serena out of Wimbledon doublesupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 07:31:00

Venus and Serena Williams' bid for a fifth consecutive Grand Slam doubles title ended when they were beaten in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Bruce Jenkins: Wimbledon observations as Week 2 heats upupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 20:59:00

Ten thoughts on Wimbledon's second Monday, for sheer quantity the sport's greatest show on earth: Jon Wertheim: No explanation for Venus' titanic defeat; Serena eyeing 13th majorupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 14:07:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- Three thoughts from the women's quarterfinals at the All England Club on Tuesday:

Serena to face Sharapova at Wimbledonupdated: Sat Jun 26 2010 13:55:00

Defending champion Serena Williams will face former winner Maria Sharapova in the fourth round at Wimbledon after both players progressed comfortably on Saturday.

Williams and Sharapova power into third roundupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 17:59:00

Defending women's champion Serena Williams made light work of Russia's Anna Chakvetadze defeating her 6-0 6-1 in just 49 minutes out on Court two.

Serena races into Wimbledon second roundupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 14:41:00

Serena Williams made a confident start to her Wimbledon title defense with a straight sets defeat of world number 148 Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal.

Can anyone stop the Williams sisters at Wimbledon?updated: Sun Jun 20 2010 14:50:00

With a record winner's prize of almost $1.5 million, there's a lot at stake for the 128 women tennis players lining up at the hallowed lawns of Wimbledon in the coming fortnight. S.L. Price: Stosur's upset of Serena is most impressive women's feat of yearupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 14:34:00 caught up with Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price after Samantha Stosur defeated Serena Williams in the French Open quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 8-6. Price is in Paris covering the tournament.

Henin crashes out to Stosur at French Openupdated: Mon May 31 2010 15:54:00

Samantha Stosur of Australia inflicted Justine Henin's first French Open defeat since 2004 to set up a quarterfinal against Serena Williams.

Serena survives Paris scare to reach last 16updated: Sun May 30 2010 08:53:00

An ailing Serena Williams came through a topsy-turvy third round encounter with Russia's 29th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach the last 16 of the French Open in Paris.

Serena heads list of seeds to progressupdated: Mon May 24 2010 16:41:00

Top seed Serena Williams is through to the second round of the French Open after a straight sets win over Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele on Monday. Jon Wertheim: Rafa's bling, Serena's grudge, more mailupdated: Wed May 12 2010 17:06:00

How do you think Uncle "Fly coach, drive Kia" Toni feels about Rafa's $525,000 watch? --Christina Davis, Boston, Mass.

Serena loses but Venus rises after Madrid winupdated: Wed May 12 2010 16:40:00

Top seed Serena Williams slumped to a third round defeat to Nadia Petrova in the Madrid but her sister Venus will move to number two in the world rankings after an earlier victory over Francesca Schiavone.

Serena survives epic in Madrid openerupdated: Wed May 12 2010 13:13:00

World No. 1 Serena Williams survived the longest match of her career to bounce back from her Rome disappointment and reach the third round of the Madrid Open on Monday. Bruce Jenkins: Imaginative Martínez Sánchez headlines strange week in Romeupdated: Wed May 12 2010 08:50:00

I just cleared some space in my tennis video library for a Spanish woman named Maria Jose Martínez Sánchez. She has enough names for two people, and more imagination than anyone. She deserves a worldwide toast for winning the Italian Open on the storied clay courts of Foro Italico, and not merely because it's the first significant singles title of her career. Her performance sent a message to every young girl trying to learn the game. Jon Wertheim: Serena's fitness, Spanish sleepers at Roland Garros, more mailupdated: Wed May 05 2010 17:30:00

Lleyton Hewitt ended the Australian Open with surgery and was on crutches afterward, but he is back in action this week at Houston. Serena Williams won the Australian Open, but hasn't played a match since then, claiming she is injured. Maybe it is just me, but something does not seem right about this. --Aaron, Illinois Bruce Jenkins: Serena positioned for triumphant comeback in Romeupdated: Tue May 04 2010 13:02:00

I can't imagine Serena Williams merely strolling onto the grounds of the Italian Open, where she is making her return to the game this week. More likely, she sashayed in. This is a woman who knows how to make an entrance, and she'd better make an impression after taking nearly four months off. Jon Wertheim: Should Fernandez make Fed Cup a Williams-free Zone?updated: Wed Apr 28 2010 16:21:00

I enjoyed watching Mary Joe Fernandez as a player, I enjoy listening to her as a commentator, and I've enjoyed the success she's had as Fed Cup captain. What I would enjoy even more, however, is for her to say to the Williams sisters, "It's obvious you don't care enough about this competition to play, and that's your prerogative. But I, at least, am going to stop this silly and transparent charade about you wanting to and saying that you will, so you can appear patriotic, and then pulling out at the last minute. From this point on, Fed Cup is a Williams-free Zone." The team has done very well without the Williamses, and they are a joy to watch, because they all want to be there and enjoy being on the team together. --Chris F., Otsego, Minn. Jon Wertheim: Readers say Serena's tough but not the toughestupdated: Wed Mar 03 2010 17:19:00

Mentally tough? Try Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting from the cricket world. Or try, still active, track legend Haile Gebreselassie (more than 25 world records in middle- and long-distance races and current men's marathon world-record holder). It sure takes mental toughness to beat out your tough rivals while dominating middle- and long-distance running over the span of a decade. -- Jim Bates, Cairns, Australia

Injured Serena to miss Paris tournamentupdated: Sat Feb 06 2010 14:48:00

Australian Open champion Serena Williams has pulled out of next week's Paris Indoor Open due to a leg injury. Jon Wertheim: What can Nadal do to get back into game shape?updated: Fri Feb 05 2010 14:50:00

What will it take to get Nadal back into game shape ... for the long run? Take time off? Retire then unretire? Knee surgery? Change his game? Please tell that a six-time Grand Slam champion isn't done at 23. --Yves, Montreal Bruce Jenkins: Federer has taken throwback path to greatnessupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 17:25:00

So it has come to this in the world of big-time tennis: You're 28 years old, absolutely in your prime, cherishing the game -- and you're some kind of mythical superhero, a miracle of longevity and commitment. Jon Wertheim: Serena's serve, poise too much for Henin in Aussie finalupdated: Sat Jan 30 2010 12:30:00

Five things we've learned from the Australian Open women's final:

Serena powers to Australian Open gloryupdated: Sat Jan 30 2010 07:06:00

Serena Williams successfully defended her Australian Open title with a 6-4 3-6 6-2 victory over Belgium's Justine Henin in a thrilling final in Melbourne on Saturday night.

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