Author Archives: Howard Fendrich

  • Serena Williams Pulls Out of Wimbledon with ‘Bug’

    LONDON (AP) — It was clear something was wrong with Serena Williams from the moment she began trying to warm up for her Wimbledon doubles match Tuesday. She weakly pushed volleys into the net from a couple of feet away. She whiffed on practice strokes. She even had trouble with the simple task ...

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  • Serena Williams Exits Wimbledon–Early

    LONDON (AP) — As Serena Williams began to fall behind in what would become her earliest Wimbledon exit in nearly a decade, her coach could tell something was awry. Not the so-so serving. Or the bad backhands. This was a larger problem. “Right now, she doesn’t have her usual ability ...

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  • Serena Williams Looks Ahead after French Open Loss

    PARIS (AP) — The last time Serena Williams left the French Open after an early loss, in 2012, she went on to win the next two Grand Slam tournaments — and four of the next six. So what might the tennis world see from Williams now that she was beaten in the second round at […]

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  • Serena Williams Wins 3rd AP Athlete of Year Award

    Serena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins. Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year. She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and U.S. Open, raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17. ...

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  • Serena Williams Wins 5th US Open, 17th Slam

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fussing with her skirt and flubbing her shots, Serena Williams was troubled in the U.S. Open final by the swirling air and the strong play of Victoria Azarenka. After one miss, Williams declared, "I can't play in this wind." After blowing a big second-set ...

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  • Federer Loses Quick French QF; Williams Back in SF

    PARIS (AP) — A point from losing the first set of his French Open quarterfinal, Roger Federer shanked a routine forehand, sending the ball 10 feet beyond the opposite baseline. The Court Philippe Chatrier crowd roared with approval, then loudly chanted the last name of Federer's ...

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  • Serena Williams Comes Back to Win US Open

    Finally tested, even trailing, at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams turned things around just in time. Two points from defeat, Williams suddenly regained her composure and her strokes, coming back to win the last four games and beat top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 on Sunday night for ...

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  • 24 Aces Help Serena Williams Reach Wimbledon Final

    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams wins with so much more than serving, of course. Her groundstrokes are as intimidating as they come. Superb speed and anticipation fuel her court-covering defense. Her returns are more than solid, too. When that serve is on-target, though, it sure ...

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