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# Serena Williams

Last year
# shots fired
'I've admired Serena but I don't think she has ever admired me,' says record-holder Court
The 80-year-old Australian feels under-appreciated in the sport despite her dominance in the 1960s and early ’70s.
# Goodbye
'It’s been a fun ride' - Serena Williams bids emotional farewell after US Open exit
Williams bowed out after a third-round defeat to Ajla Tomljanovic.
# US Open
Nadal overcomes self-inflicted injury, Williams sisters lose in doubles
A round-up of the overnight action at Flushing Meadows.
# Flushing Meadows
Brilliant Serena Williams powers into US Open third round
In the men’s draw, defending champion and top seed Daniil Medvedev defeated France’s Arthur Rinderknech.
# Star
Serena Williams still only show in town as New York celebrates latest victory
The 40-year-old announced that the US Open would likely be her last tournament but she secured progress with a first-round win over Danka Kovinic.
# Flushing Meadows
Serena Williams readies farewell as US Open begins
In Monday’s sold-out night session Williams will face Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic.
# Tennis
Serena to face Kovinic in US Open start as retirement looms
Williams is one title shy of the all-time record 24 Slam crowns won by Margaret Court.
# The Long Goodbye
Tearful Serena Williams says ‘goodbye Toronto’ after flagging retirement
The 6-2 6-4 second-round loss to Belinda Bencic at the National Bank Open followed her first singles win in more than a year.
# Calling Time
‘I’m evolving away from tennis’ - Serena Williams set to retire
The US Open is expected to be the 23-time grand-slam champion’s final tournament.
# Emotional
Britain's Boulter dedicates shock win at Wimbledon to late grandmother
She secured a stunning upset against 2021 finalist Karolina Pliskova.
# Uncertain
Serena Williams leaves future open after first-round Wimbeldon defeat
On her return to the Centre Court, the 40-year-old was beaten by Frenchwoman Harmony Tan last night.
# Wimbledon
Serena Williams beaten by Harmony Tan in late-night thriller on Centre Court
Playing her first singles match for a year, Williams fell to a 7-5 1-6 7-6 (7) defeat.
# Comeback
Serena Williams’ Eastbourne doubles run cut short
Partner Ons Jabeur has withdrawn with a knee injury, and the American will now turn her attention to Wimbledon.
# Getting there
'It's OnSerena' - Williams steps up comeback after second successive win
The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion was speaking after her win with partner Ons Jabeur.
# the long road back
'I doubted I'd ever return,' says Serena Williams after winning comeback
A leg injury at last year’s Wimbledon forced her off tour for a year and saw her ranking plummet to 1,204 in the world.
# Return
Serena Williams set for return today as she prepares for Wimbledon after year out
The 23-time grand-slam champion stunned the tennis world seven days ago when she announced a wild card had been awarded to her.
# Absent
Roger Federer and Serena Williams not included on entry lists for Wimbledon
The former champions do not feature among the players confirmed by the All-England Club.
# got it wrong
Oscar-nominated director apologises for 'thoughtless' comment about Williams sisters
Jane Campion sparked fury after saying that the Tennis duo ‘do not play against the guys as I have to.’
All time
# Blow
Wait for historic Grand Slam continues as Serena Williams withdraws from US Open
The star revealed on Instagram that she has decided to allow her torn hamstring more time to recover fully.
# issue
Wimbledon courts under fire after Serena exit and Kyrgios says 'it's a joke'
The American superstar twice fell to the floor of Centre Court, struggling to get back to her feet on the second occasion.
# forced out
Serena Williams retires injured from first round match at Wimbledon
Roger Federer and Ashleigh Barty both progressed but only after overcoming scares.
# decision
Serena Williams the latest tennis star to opt out of the Olympics
The 39-year-old has four Olympic gold medals and made her debut at the Sydney Games in 2000.
# Tennis
Serena Williams knocked out of French Open by Rybakina as quest for 24th Slam goes on
Williams took the positives after a 6-3 7-5 defeat to Elena Rybakina.
# Roland Garros
Serena Williams powers into French Open fourth round to boost record hopes
Elsewhere there were wins for Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev.
# empathy
Serena 'feels for' Osaka, has also experienced 'very difficult' press conferences
The US star earned a first-round 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 win over Irina-Camelia Begu.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in same half of French Open draw
In the women’s draw, defending champion Iga Swiatek opens against Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan.
# Emotional
Serena Williams walks out in tears after semi-final defeat
The veteran American’s quest to reach a ninth Australian Open final and match Court’s 24 major singles titles ended in a 6-3, 6-4 semi-final mauling.
# australian open
Serena Williams downs Halep to set up semi-final showdown with Naomi Osaka
Williams moves one step closer to a 24th grand slam title with a 6-3 6-3 victory.
# Shock
Thiem shocked as Osaka, Williams survive at Australian Open
Thiem fell to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrovin in straight sets.
# Wizard of Oz
Serena Williams wins her 90th Australian Open match against Potapova
There was also a stunning win for lion-hearted Aslan Karatsev against Diego Schwartzman.
# australian open
Serena Williams progresses in Melbourne as Andreescu and Kvitova crash out
Williams has only lost five games in her first two matches at Melbourne Park.
# Worry
Serena pulls out of Yarra Valley Classic with shoulder injury
Williams has to pull out of a date with world No1 Ashleigh Barry at the Yarra Valley Classic – just days before Australian Open starts.
# Roland Garros
'I’m struggling to walk' - Williams' season could be over after fresh Achilles injury setback
Her wait to equal Margaret Court’s Grand Slam titles record goes on.
# Roland Garros
Serena overcomes patchy French Open start as Thiem aces Cilic test
Rafa Nadal, meanwhile, says he will defend his title in the ‘most difficult conditions’ he has ever met at Roland Garros.
# US Open
Azarenka storms back from a set down to knock out Serena Williams
Azarenka’s first win over Williams in a grand slam event sets up her first major final appearance in seven years.
Serena Williams and Dominic Thiem power through at US Open
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka awaits the American in the semi-finals.
# mother of all battles
Another impressive fightback sees Serena Williams into US Open semi-finals
The American great edged past Tsvetana Pironkova.
# US Open
Serena Williams battles from a set down to tee up Sakkari rematch
Meanwhile, there was controversy as the top women’s doubles seeds were pulled from the tournament due to a close contact with a confirmed Covid case.
# US Open
Serena Williams starts bid for 24th grand slam title with straight sets win
Williams is one title away from matching Court’s record.
# New Kids on the Block
Serena Williams among Hollywood stars to own new LA women's soccer team
Angel City will be the temporary name of the club until a formal one is decided.