I came across this funny interview with Serena’s and Venus’s mother Oracene Price, who talks about how she’s had enough of the tennis life and its repetitiveness. She really opened up to the reporter and even revealed why she wears sunglasses at tennis matches (I’m sure you can already guess the reason).
Top seed Serena Williams lost just three games to advance to the second round of the Australian Open, the tournament she won last year in both singles and doubles. The four-time Australian Open champion defeated Poland's world No.72 Urszula Radwanska 6-2 6-1 and will next play Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.
Serena’s sister Venus beat Czech Lucie Safarova 6-2 6-2 to advance to the second round. The sixth-seeded Williams will try to improve on her last year’s result, when she was upset in the second round by Carla Suarez Navarro. Venus' opponent in the next round will be Austrian Sybille Bammer.
The sisters will again team up for the doubles competition. (photo: Getty Images)
Answering the wish of our readers Marcel and Ama, we are featuring the retrospection of all the dresses Venus Williams wore during the 2009 tennis season.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion is promoting her own clothing line called EleVen.
I see that many people like Venus' designs, but I'm not a huge fan. I like just some of the dresses, and I can always picture her wearing something much better. However, I think it’s really nice that this year she was wearing exclusively dresses.
Of the designs she sported on tennis courts during 2009 I like the yellow dress from the Australian Open and the Wimbledon one (especially the back). The other ones are fine, but the US Open dress is a total miss in my opinion, especially having in mind it was made for a great tournament such as a Grand Slam.
And notice this: the white and yellow dress from Dubai and Acapulco is actually last year’s US Open dress. Oops. Talking about 2008, here you can remind yourselves of Venus' 2008 EleVen fashions.
What do you think of EleVen? Would you prefer Venus in some other brand? Which 2009 Eleven dresses do you like, and which ones you don’t?
Belgian Kim Clijsters beat American Venus Williams 6-1 7-5 on home soil at the Diamond Games exhibition match in Anwerp.
They were playing in front of 14,000 people in the stands and Clijsters said that not even the US Open final can compare with the feeling of winning in your native country before a packed Sportpaleis. (source: Reuters, photo via Sony Ericsson WTA Tour)
Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters and Svetlana Kuznetsova will play the 2010 BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup.
The $1.2 million tennis exhibition will take place on March 1, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There will be two one-set semifinals, followed by a best-of-three-set final.
Tickets will go on sale December 2, 2009 and range from $25 to $1000. (source: Simply Serena Williams)
Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova will welcome the New Year by playing an exhibition in Thailand on January 2, 2010.
The exhibition event is called the Hua Hin Centennial Invitation, as it will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the beach resort.
After the encounter in singles, Williams and Sharapova will play mixed doubles with local starts Paradorn Srichaphan and Danai Udomchoke.
Additional info: Sharapova will celebrate New Year’s Eve at the new InterContinental Resort. (source: Tennis Week, photos: Colleen, Ralf Reinecke)
Serena Williams defeated defending champion Venus Williams to win the Sony Ericsson Championships – Doha 2009.
Serena beat her older sister Venus for the second time at this year’s Championships and faced no break points en route to a 6-2 7-6(4) victory in the season finale. The match was not spectacular, as most of the meetings of the Williams sisters are. Both players had heavy strapping on their left legs, which was just the appropriate ending to the injury plagued tournament.
Serena, who will end the season ranked No.1, earned $1.55 million in Doha after finishing the tournament undefeated. (photo via Sony Ericsson WTA Tour)
The Williams sisters saw off their semifinal opponents to reach the final of the $4,550,000 Sony Ericsson Championships – Doha 2009.
Jelena Jankovic entered the semifinals more due to luck than anything else. She lost the matches she played against healthy opponents, and won two thanks to injured Dinara Safina and Caroline Wozniacki. Today she won the first set but eventually lost to defending champion Venus Williams 5-7 6-3 6-4, who has thus moved to the finals.
Venus will next play sister Serena Williams, who had a 6-4 0-1 retirement victory when Caroline Wozniacki pulled out with a left abdominal strain after just 45 minutes of play. It is yet another unfortunate injury for Wozniacki this week, who had been troubled by a leg injury throughout the tournament.
Serena leads an all-time record against Venus 12-10, and is coming into the encounter with three successive victories over her sister, including the extremely tight one here in Doha a few days ago. (photo via Sony Ericsson WTA Tour)