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Commentary, Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Tennis, US Open, Women's Tennis -

In two of the top news stories of the past week, the caricature of Serena Williams by an Australian cartoonist and the shooting of an unarmed black man by a Dallas police officer, the connective tissue of race is obvious. What may be less apparent is the way that white womanhood is the go-to standard […]

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Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Tennis, US Open, Women's Tennis -

As Serena Williams faced the media in the bowels of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday night, every point she attempted to drive home made complete sense. It was unfair for the chair umpire to take away a point, and then a game, toward the end of her eventual loss to 2018 US Open champion Naomi […]

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Let’s get straight to it. Let’s analyze what happened with Serena Williams in the US Open final using that funky white privilege math. You have to be twice as good, but half as mad. Get it? When Williams called US Open chair umpire Carlos Ramos “a thief” for taking a point from her and he […]

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By now, many of us know the story of what happened at the Women’s U.S. Open finals on Saturday.

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As the Williams sisters prepared to face off at the US Open on Sept. 1, there was much speculation over whether Serena or Venus—seeded 16th and 17th respectively (prior to the match), would take home the win. (It was baby sis Serena this round, proving that motherhood hasn’t slowed her down, after all.)

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Serena Williams advanced to her 10th straight US Open quarterfinals after defeating Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday, according to NBC Sports.

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“Queen of the Court,” “G.O.A.T.” or “Serena the Superhero”; whatever you might fondly call tennis phenom Serena Williams, she is sports royalty. And while we were dismayed to hear that the French Tennis Federation had singled out Williams’ Nike-designed compression catsuit when explaining its ban on less traditional…

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On the first morning of the US Open at Flushing Meadows, it won’t matter whether or not Serena Williams shows up in a catsuit looking like a superhero the way she did at the French Open last spring. Or if the mother to a nearly 1-year-old daughter brings her A-game in a pink Versace sheath […]

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France is known for its fashion and Serena Williams is known for her fashion statements, but when she returns to the French Open next year, she will not be allowed to wear outfits like the Nike-designed black catsuit she wore to the 2018 tournament in May.

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As we await Serena Williams’ first appearance at the U.S. Open since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, don’t be surprised if we totally fangirl out. Every day, we seem to get a new slice of greatness from the G.O.A.T., and her latest commercial for Chase is, simply put, next level.

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When we heard Virgil Abloh and Serena Williams were collaborating on Williams’ 2018 U.S. Open wardrobe, we were understandably intrigued. Two black phenoms at the top of their respective games are exciting—especially when supported by an athletic apparel juggernaut like Nike.

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Commentary, Serena Williams, Wimbledon, Women's Tennis -

If there was any panic among fans of Serena Williams as she dropped the first set of her Wimbledon quarterfinal match against Camila Giorgi, that angst definitely didn’t carry onto the court and into the mind of the world’s greatest tennis player. “I said, ‘All right,’ ” said Williams, who hadn’t dropped a set the […]

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Commentary, Serena Williams, Wimbledon, Women's Tennis -

Now that the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club has come to the sensible decision to seed seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in this year’s tournament, let’s not have any whining about how this gives an unfair advantage to the woman who was the No. 1 player in the world before she took time […]

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BNP Paribas Open, Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Tennis, Women's Tennis, Women's Tennis Association -

Ever since Naomi Osaka celebrated her 20th birthday in October, the Afro-Japanese youngblood has done no worse than quarterfinals and fourth-round exits. On March 18, Osaka defeated Daria Kasatkina in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, to win her first WTA title. Osaka played nearly perfect tennis, dropping […]

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BNP Paribas Open, Serena Williams, Tennis, Venus Williams, Women's Tennis -

Venus Williams beat Serena Williams in straight sets on Monday night, ending her sister’s incredible run at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. And women’s tennis should breathe a sigh of relief. Let’s be clear: This is in no way throwing shade on the return of Serena Williams. What she’s been able to […]

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CHICAGO — Armed with youthful looks and a broad smile, Kamau Murray is an unusual mixture for a tennis coach: He has a brash competitive streak that can serve an elite athlete well, but also a sense of mission that rivals the most dedicated social justice warrior. Murray, 37, is best known for helping propel […]

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Black Girl Magic, Serena Williams, Tennis, Venus Williams, Women's Tennis -

It’s really just a makeshift dance floor in a small hotel conference room. But then a song — some might consider it the Black People’s Party Anthem — drops and everyone falls in line, moving, shaking and, yes, wobbling to the beat of V.I.C.’s 2008 “Wobble,” a song that hasn’t vanished from many black family […]

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Althea Gibson, Australian Open, French Open, Hispanic Heritage Month, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Latinx Heritage Month, Maria Bueno, U.S. Open, Wimbledon, Women's Tennis, Women's Tennis Association -

Maria Bueno rose to international stardom when she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam doubles championships — Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open — in a calendar year. Born Oct. 11, 1939, the Brazilian teamed with Darlene Hard for three of her Grand Slam doubles titles in 1960 […]

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French Open, Garbine Muguruza, Latinx Heritage Month, Wimbledon, Women's Tennis, Women's Tennis Association -

Garbiñe Muguruza, the top-ranked women’s singles player in the world and the 2017 Wimbledon champion, is the only woman who has ever defeated both Venus and Serena Williams in a Grand Slam final. Muguruza, who was born on Oct. 8, 1993, in Caracas, Venezuela, completed the feat at this year’s Wimbledon tournament. The 14th-seeded player […]

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Anita Lizana, Latinx Heritage Month, Tennis, Women's Tennis -

Chile’s Anita Lizana encountered little resistance leading up to the semifinals of the Pacific Coast tennis championship. She dispatched San Francisco’s Margaret Stein, 6-0, 6-1, and England’s Joan Ingram, 6-3, 6-4, in the early rounds. Then she had to overcome England’s Mary Hardwick in a three-set semifinal. Lizana lost the opening set, 2-6, but bounced […]

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Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinx Heritage Month, Monica Puig, Puerto Rico, Rio Olympics 2016, Women's Tennis, Women's Tennis Association -

Monica Puig, who upset three Grand Slam winners en route to Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal, was born on Sept. 27, 1993. Puig announced herself to the world at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. She went into the games unseeded but made quick work of Slovenia’s Polona Hercog in the first round […]

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Black Tennis Week, Richard WIlliams, Serena Williams, Tennis, Venus Williams, Women's Tennis -

As little girls, Venus and Serena Williams would get picked on by kids in their Compton, California, neighborhood. Their father, Richard, would observe this but was careful not to step in and coddle them. Even when Richard Williams was “nearly brought to tears” by the treatment he and Venus received in the crowd during the […]

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Althea Gibson, Angela Buxton, Billie Jean King, Black Tennis History, Black Tennis Week, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Rex Miller, Women's Tennis -

When Althea Gibson won her first Wimbledon title in 1957, she shook hands with Queen Elizabeth II, curtsied, accepted the trophy and then backed away from the monarch. One never turns their back on royalty, Gibson explained. But Gibson, who has been called the queen of tennis, watched as the sport and many others turned […]

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Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Golden State Warriors, Jackie Robinson, Oklahoma City Thunder, Paul George, Tennis, Venus Williams, What Had Happened Was, Wimbledon, Women's Tennis -

GAME. BLOUSES. Venus Williams won her semifinal match on Thursday morning at Wimbledon and is headed to her first title match there since 2009. She is seeking her sixth Wimbledon title, and with a victory, the 37-year-old would become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era. Before the […]

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Venus Williams, Wimbledon, Women's Tennis -

With every ace and every unforced error, Venus Williams, 37, was battling more than just her 26-year-old opponent, Johanna Konta, at the Wimbledon semifinals. The five-time singles champion is fighting Mother Time and all her creaky henchmen: Lost a Step, Feeling Broke Down, Used to be Cute and Getting Too Old. With the first set […]

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Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Wimbledon, Women's Tennis -

Age ain’t nothing but a number. And that saying has never held more true than watching Venus Williams dismantle her competition in this year’s Wimbledon tournament. Williams’ latest victim: 26-year-old Johanna Konta, an Australian-born, naturalized Briton who fell 6-4, 6-2 in front of 15,000 spectators on Thursday morning. Youth and exuberance had nothing on maturity […]

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Derek Jeter, Kobe Bryant, Miami Marlins, Michael Jordan, MLB, Pitbull, Tennis, Venus Williams, What Had Happened Was, Women's Tennis -

GAME. BLOUSES. Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather had their first face-to-face Tuesday during the first stop of their promotional tour. It was full of pretty uncreative and crude banter between the pair. Mayweather, as is his fancy, talked about how rich he is, and McGregor, known for racially insensitive comments in the past (see: Diaz, […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Steffi Graf, Wimbledon, Women's Tennis, Zina Garrison -

Zina Garrison went to Wimbledon in 1990 with a reputation as a player who could reach the big match but never close it out. That reputation took a 180-degree turn when she dethroned Steffi Graf, one of the best tennis players in the history of the Open era. The 26-year-old Garrison, who learned to play […]

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Brienne Minor, Title IX, Women's Tennis -

On May 29, Brienne Minor won the NCAA Division I singles tennis championship, becoming the first African-American woman to win the event since the organization began recognizing women’s tennis in 1982. That NCAA recognition came 10 years after the June 23, 1972, passage of Title IX, a federal law that states “No person in the […]

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Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams, Sports, U.S. Open, women's tennis, WTA -

In 62 dominating minutes, Serena Williams, at once reaffirmed her place atop the women’s tennis […]

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