Paris (France) May 26 : Roger Federer outclassed Lukas Lacko to claim an easy straight-sets win in the first round of the 2014 French Open Championships being played at the Roland Garros on Sunday.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner, seeded four, was barely tested in his 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory over the Slovakian. The Swiss, knocked out in the quarter-final by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2013, will face Diego Sebastian Schwartzman for a place in the last 32 following the Argentine's 6-4 6-2 7-5 win over Gastao Elias of Portugal.
Madrid, May 8 - Serena Williams swept into the last 16 with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over China's Peng Shuai, while Rafael Nadal began defence of his crown with a crushing 6-1, 6-0 win over Argentina's Juan Monaco in Madrid Tennis Open Wednesday.
Williams needed just over one hour and four minutes and never looked in trouble with another display of powerful tennis on a court where she has looked very much at home in recent years, Xinhua reported.
Peng Shuai cannot be accused of giving up, but was just unable to compete with Williams' powerful hitting.
Johannesburg, Feb 25 : American tennis ace, Serena Williams, continues to dominate the world rankings leading currently ranked world No. 2, China's Li Na, with a massive 5865-points despite losing to France's Alize Cornet in Dubai's semi-final last week.
According to Sport24, the world No 1's sister Venus Williams stands at 29 in the world rankings following her title win in Dubai, which helped her gain 15 places.
This was reportedly Venus's first tournament victory in 16months.
Washington, Dec 26 - World number one Serena Williams has reportedly been honoured as The Associated Press' 2013 Female Athlete of the Year, which is the third AP award for Williams, following 2002 and 2009.
The current women's world number one, who has won 11 titles this year including at the French Open and US Open and raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17, has earned more than12 million dollars in prize money and became the oldest No. 1 in WTA rankings history in February.
Johannesburg, Dec 19 - Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the International Tennis Federation's world champions for 2013, according to reports.
According to Sport24, Djokovic captured the men's award for the third successive year, and Williams took the honor for the fourth time.
Djokovic started the year by winning a third straight Australian Open and was runner-up at Wimbledon and the U. S. Open, the report said.
Washington, Nov 23 : World No. 1 women's tennis player Serena Williams was named WTA Player Of The Year.
The 32-year-old won 78 out of her 82 matches, procuring 11 titles including the US Open and the French Open in the 2013 season, reports Xinhua.
She had earlier become the oldest world No. 1 in WTA history.
It is the fifth time Williams has been named the WTA Player Of The Year. She had received the honour in 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2012. (IANS)
Johannesburg, Oct 22 - American tennis player Serena Williams has not ruled out being able to play until 40 years old and admitted that ten years ago she would never have expected to be still playing now.
According to Sport24, speaking ahead of the WTA Championships in Istanbul, Williams refused to rule out the improbable because she has already achieved what seemed to her impossible anyway.
Beijing, Sep 30 : World No. 1 Serena Williams and local-favourite Li Na both powered into the second round with easy wins while third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was given an early scare at the China Open tennis here.
Williams, a former China Open champion, was barely troubled by her Russian opponent Elena Vesnina, needing only an hour and 25 minutes to wrap up the opening round win Sunday, reports Xinhua.
"She serves really well, I just had to be ready for everything," said Williams, who broke Vesnina five times in the match.
New York, Sep 9 - World number one Serena Williams of the United States won her fifth US Open title after beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7 (8-6), 6-1 here at the Flushing Meadows.
The defending champion collected her second Grand Slam crown of the year Sunday after winning the French Open earlier. It was the 17th overall Grand Slam title for the 31-year-old, reports Xinhua.
Her 17th Grand Slam title put her even with men's legend Roger Federer.
Cincinnati (Ohio), Aug 19 : Second seed Victoria Azarenka defeated World No. 1 Serena Williams to win her first Western and Southern Open tennis title.
Having lost 12 of their 14 previous meetings, Victoria edged out Serena in a third set breaker, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(6) here Sunday.
"Obviously a big win. It was a great match. I'm really, really pleased with the way I pulled it out. It was a great battle. Nothing was given away. It was pure fight. I'm really happy," Victoria was quoted as saying by the tournament website.
Toronto, Aug 12 : Serena Williams cruised to victory in the Rogers Cup final beating Sorana Cirstea to capture her third title here.
Williams won 6-2, 6-0 in a match that lasted only 65 minutes on Sunday, reports Xinhua.
With three career Rogers Cup titles, Williams sits second behind Monica Seles and Chris Evert, who both have four Rogers Cup titles in the modern era. Her previous victories were in 2011 and 2001.
"For me, this is a big tournament. This is one of the big stops of the year," said Williams after the match.
Charleston (South Carolina), April 8 : World No. 1 Serena Williams has won her third Family Circle Cup title in Charleston after battling back from a set down to defeat Jelena Jankovic in the final.
The American took the title Sunday on a tense tiebreak in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) victory that puts her on 49 WTA titles, one short of a mark reached by just nine players in history.
"I felt so close in that first set. I felt like I could have been up 3-0," Williams said on the WTA website.
London, Jan 28 : Serena Williams got over her disappointment of losing out on this year's Australian Open, by going on a shopping spree with beau Patrick Mouratoglou in Melbourne.
The 31-year-old tennis star, who is dating her tennis coach Mouratoglou, was not afraid to flaunt her athletic physique as she was spotted enjoying a day away from the practice courts with her boyfriend, the Daily Mail reported.
Williams' wore a short red dress, which displayed her bulging biceps and muscular legs to the max.
London, Jan 26 : Serena Williams has revealed a picture of the ankle injury she endured during her hotheaded Australian Open quarterfinal defeat at the hands of teenager Sloane Stephens.
When 15-Grand Slam winner, Serena Williams, smashed her racket in anger at losing to a U. S. teenager in the Australian Open, eyebrows were raised about the tennis star''s sudden lack of sportsmanship, the Daily Mail reports.
Early this morning Williams posted a picture of her hugely swollen right ankle on Twitter, which was of an injury she picked up in her first round match and aggravated in her three-set loss to Stephens, the paper added.
Washington, Jan 18 : Serena Williams is battling through intense pain after she accidentally hit her racket on her face at the Australian Open on Thursday.
After rolling her ankle during her first round win the 15-time grand slam champion hit herself in the face with her racket, as she brushed aside Spanish teenager Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-0.
According to CNN, the injury `left her anxiously checking her mouth for damage'.
New York, Sep 6: American tennis ace Serena Williams eased closer to a fourth US Open title on Monday, storming past Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-4, at New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium to set-up a quarterfinal clash with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Williams has not dropped a set at Flushing Meadows this year and Ivanovic never looked likely to break that streak.
London, Sept 4 : Known for sporting brightly coloured nails on court, Serena Williams has now started treating her fans to her own range of nail varnish.
The tennis star has launched 12 new designs, which come in four different packs and represent the world’s four Grand Slam tennis tournaments.
“I love doing my nails before I am out on court. I love to look as glam as I can,” the Daily Express quoted Williams as saying.
New York, Aug 28 : Venus and Serena Williams are said to have literally towered above all the other guests at a party celebrating their current Hamptons magazine cover story.
Adorned in heels, the professional tennis players rose to well above 6 feet tall, dwarfing male as well as female guests at the unfathomable lounge RDV.
“They towered head and shoulders above everybody,” the New York Post quoted a stunned 6-foot source as saying.
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