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Serena Williams talks diet and body image for Fitness magazine cover story

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In the new issue of Fitness magazine, Serena Williams talks about how her health scare changed her attitude towards tennis. (Jeff Olson/Fitness Magazine)

In the new issue of Fitness magazine, Serena Williams talks about how her health scare changed her attitude towards tennis. (Jeff Olson/Fitness Magazine)

Serena Williams graces the cover of this month’s issue of Fitness, in which she discusses her split personality and body image issues, and talks about hopefully adding to her Olympic pin collection in 2016. Hard-core tennis fans won’t learn anything particularly new from the interview, but it’s always great to see Serena get an opportunity to tell her story to a broader audience.

Here are some excerpts from the cover story:

On her Jekyl and Hyde personas on and off court: “I think of myself as two different people. There’s the Serena Williams that everyone knows: She’s crazy. She can’t make a mistake. And she’s angry and just not nice, to be honest. I’m only that person for three hours a day, when I’m on the court. The rest of the time I’m just Serena. I’m the class clown.”

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  • Published On Apr 16, 2014
  • Tennis players who appeared on Late Show with David Letterman

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    Serena Williams appeared on David Letterman after winning gold in both the singles and doubles tournament at the London Olympics. (Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)

    Serena Williams appeared on David Letterman after winning gold in both the singles and doubles tournament at the London Olympics. (Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)

    Late-night talk-show host David Letterman has announced that he will retire in 2015 after 32 years. A number of tennis players have appeared on his New York-based show, which was an easy press stop before and after the U.S. Open. Through Letterman, several stars, both domestic and foreign, got an opportunity to introduce themselves to an American audience.

    Here are some of our favorite interview moments:

    Serena Williams

    Williams was on Late Show four times, once as a Top 10 list presenter and three times as an interviewee. But her most memorable appearance came in 2009. Let’s just say, Letterman really liked her dress.

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  • Published On Apr 07, 2014
  • Tweets of the week: British media won’t leave Andy Murray alone

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    Andy Murray’s April Fools’ Day joke falls flat (again), the British press corp track his every move and everyone wants a picture with Serena and Venus. Here are the best tweets of the week.

    (And the British press ran with it.)

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2014
  • Watch List: Roger Federer leads Swiss at Davis Cup, Serena goes to Charleston

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    Serena Williams will arrive in Charlotte carrying a 15-match win streak on the green clay. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

    Serena Williams will arrive in Charlotte carrying a 15-match win streak at the venue. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

    The Watch List spotlights the must-know storylines for the upcoming week in tennis. This week, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Eugenie Bouchard ease into the clay season in Charleston, S.C., while the men pause for Davis Cup.

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    Serena Williams was all smiles after winning her seventh Sony Open title on Saturday, and she’ll take that positive energy to Charleston, S.C., where she is the two-time defending champion. She has a 15-match winning streak on Charleston’s green clay, having lost just one set in the last two years. Needless to say, she’s the top seed, with last year’s finalist, Jelena Jankovic, the No. 2 seed. The two played a memorable final last year, when the veterans trading some verbal jabs before Serena rallied from a set down to win 12 of the last 14 games. Read More…


  • Published On Mar 30, 2014
  • No. 1 Serena Williams blows past No. 2 Li Na to win her seventh Sony Open title

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    Serena Williams jumps for joy after clinching the title at the Sony Open. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    Serena Williams jumps for joy after clinching the title at the Sony Open. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    No. 1 Serena Williams rallied from a lethargic start to defeat No. 2 Li Na 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday for her record seventh Sony Open title.

    After trailing 2-5 in the first set, Williams reeled off 11 of the final 12 games to win her 59th career title and second of the season. She joined Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert as the only players to win a tournament seven times.

    Li served for the first set twice after opening a double-break lead. Her game didn’t waver, but Williams simply lifted her performance just in time to run away with the match, the first between them this season.

    “She started out so well,” Williams said. “I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, if I can just hang in there.’ Then I heard some fans trying to pull me through…. At that moment, I felt like I had nothing to lose. I was able to relax. And whenever I relax, I enjoy myself.”

    It was a positive four weeks in North America for Li, who made the semifinals in Indian Wells and her first Premier Mandatory final in Miami, but the gap in power and consistency between the WTA’s No. 1 and No. 2 showed on Saturday. Williams improved to 11-1 against Li and extended her winning streak against top-10 players to 15 matches.

    Game-by-game analysis below.

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  • Published On Mar 29, 2014
  • Serena Williams drops Maria Sharapova to advance to Sony Open finals

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    Serena Williams improved her career head-to-head record against Maria Sharapova to 16-2 with the win in the Sony Open semifinals. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    Serena Williams improved to 16-2 against Maria Sharapova. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    No. 1 Serena Williams defeated No. 7 Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the Sony Open final for the ninth time. The six-time champion extended her winning streak over the Russian to 15 and now awaits No. 2 Li Na in Saturday’s championship match.

    Sharapova showed she’s getting closer to solving her Serena problem, building a 4-1 lead in the first set and coming within a point of a 3-0 lead in the second set. But once again, Williams reeled her opponent back in with steady baseline play and clutch serving. Williams served nine aces — most came when she was behind in the score or on game point — and hit 21 winners to 22 unforced errors; Sharapova hit 15 winners to 29 unforced errors.

    “I wasn’t playing my best,” Williams said. “I knew if I wanted to stay in the tournament and make another final, I just had to play better.”

    Sharapova fell to 2-16 against Williams and remains winless since 2004. She will slip to No. 9 or No. 10 on Monday, her lowest ranking since 2011.

    “Despite my results against her, I still look forward to playing against her because you learn so much from that type of level she produces,” Sharapova said. “You finish the match, and you know where you need to improve and the things that you need to work on.”

    Game-by-game analysis below:

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  • Published On Mar 27, 2014
  • Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams to face off in Sony Open semifinals

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    Serena Williams continues to look strong as she enters her match with Maria Sharapova. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    Serena Williams continues to look strong as she enters her match with Maria Sharapova. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are set to face off in the semifinals of the Sony Open on Thursday, their 18th career meeting. The high-profile matchup has gotten more competitive over the last two years, but once again Sharapova goes in as the underdog of all underdogs. She has not beaten Williams since 2004, losing 14 straight matches and winning just one of the last 22 sets. That one set came here at last year’s Miami final, which Williams came back to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

    “It’s no secret that she’s been a big challenge of mine, an opponent that obviously I would love to beat,” Sharapova said after defeating Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

    Williams’ presence has been a huge roadblock for Sharapova throughout her career. Though her signature win came against Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final, she has lost to her in six finals, including the 2007 Australian Open, 2012 Olympics, 2012 WTA Championships and 2013 French Open. That’s four significant titles Sharapova probably would have won if not for Williams.

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2014
  • Sony Open draw winners and losers

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    This year's Sony Open draw sets up favorably for Serena Williams to defend her title.

    This year’s Sony Open draw sets up favorably for Serena Williams to defend her title. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

    Serena Williams and Andy Murray are both defending champions at this week’s Sony Open in Miami. Only one drew a favorable course to repeat.

    While Williams will likely have two matches to round into form and faces an accommodating half of the bracket en route to the final, Murray will possibly have to go through Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to defend his title.

    Despite Murray’s tough road, the Sony Open men’s draw is, on the whole, more balanced than that of Indian Wells, which is good for later-round matchups but could offer some snoozers early in the tournament. As for the women, there are definitely some problematic sections in the draw, with a number of quality players clashing early.

    Here’s a look at the draw winners and losers (qualifiers will be placed on Tuesday):

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  • Published On Mar 17, 2014
  • Maria Sharapova offers to swap dress designs with Serena Williams

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    Maria Sharapova will play Italy’s Camila Giorgi in the third round on Monday. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Something surprising happened in the middle of Maria Sharapova’s 6-1, 6-4 victory over Julia Goerges in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday: Serena Williams tweeted a quick fashion review.

    Both women are sponsored by Nike, but it was still a surprising tweet from Williams given the tension that escalated between them last year at Wimbledon. Sharapova was nonetheless flattered and jokingly suggested that the two tennis icons exchange dress designs.

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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Serena Williams commits to Bank of the West Classic

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    Serena Williams won the 2012 Bank of the West Classic without dropping a set. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

    Two-time champion Serena Williams has committed to the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., in July, the tournament announced.

    The top-ranked Williams won the Premier-level event in 2011 and ’12 but did not play last year. The tournament, which runs from July 28-Aug. 3, comes three weeks after Wimbledon and launches the U.S. Open Series.

    Williams joins a 28-player field scheduled to include defending champion Dominika Cibulkova, who made the Australian Open final in January, and Ana Ivanovic, who upset Serena in the fourth round in Melbourne.

    The 32-year-old Williams is not entered in this week’s BNP Paribas Open, a tournament she has skipped since 2001. Her next tournament is the Sony Open in two weeks.


  • Published On Mar 05, 2014


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