Advances in physical preparation keep their bodies in the game, and so can the changing nature of sports business and celebrity.
A second consecutive first-round exit at Wimbledon leaves the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion looking human, but suggesting she has more tennis left to play.
Williams, who had not competed in singles on tour since withdrawing from Wimbledon last year with an injury, lost in three sets to Harmony Tan of France.
Linda Villarosa’s new book, ‘Under the Skin,’ shows just how urgent the problem is.
The American bank selling the English soccer team on behalf of its Russian owner could name its preferred suitor by the end of the week. But the drama isn’t over.
The new frontier of children’s entertainment is internet-native cartoon characters selling nonfungible tokens on social-media apps for tots.
They’re an antidote to a widespread fantasy of living without constraints.
A defense of thin skin.
An Oscar night that should have affirmed Serena and Venus’s rise to stardom instead played out in a way they have seen before — triumph tempered by mixed emotions.
The night made history, from That Slap to milestone wins by Troy Kotsur and Ariana DeBose, and a rousing performance by Beyoncé.
When the world’s top women’s tennis player won the Australian Open in January, it became her crowning achievement. Her stunning retirement is a loss to tennis.
Humor is always a commentary on what society finds normal.
Jane Campion’s comment about Venus and Serena Williams reminded our critic of his own night of ‘botched fanciness’ and racial slights.
In an acceptance speech at the Critics Choice Awards, the “Power of the Dog” filmmaker wrongly suggested that the tennis greats didn’t compete against men the way she had to.
“To be honest, I’ve gotten heckled before, and it didn’t really bother me,” said Osaka, who otherwise had ample support from the crowd. But, she added, “I don’t know why, but it went into my head.”
It will be hard to let go of aging stars like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, and troubled ones like Novak Djokovic. But the time is coming, if it is not already here.
Williams, 40, withdrew from her second straight Grand Slam, saying, “I am not where I need to be physically to compete.”
Patrick Mouratoglou has become a bigger star than most players, and is building an empire, too. That does not leave much time for coaching, and that may be just how he likes it.
Graceful final chapters in tennis can be difficult to achieve, as Serena Williams and Roger Federer are learning firsthand.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion has not played on tour since an injured right hamstring forced her out of her first-round match at Wimbledon.
Williams started her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich aggressively, but she slipped on the grass court and later fell after injuring her right hamstring.
The four-time gold medalist previously said that travel restrictions that might prevent her from taking her daughter to the Games would factor into her decision.
Playing in a night session in Paris, Williams defeated Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets in a brisk match that moved her along to the second round, again.
Naomi Osaka, a superstar in the sport, pulled out of the French Open after she was fined for skipping a news conference. Did it have to end this way?
Her 1,000th career singles match, against Nadia Podoroska at the Italian Open, was a frustrating reminder of what is left to accomplish, and how hard it will be.
Williams’s wan wave after losing to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semifinal stirred retirement speculation. GOATs don’t go out that way.
Osaka won the semifinal in straight sets, denying Williams a chance to tie the record for Grand Slam singles titles.
The tennis champion is changing the game in multiple ways.
Williams and Osaka will play for the second time at a Grand Slam. Plus, Novak Djokovic faces an unlikely semifinal opponent: a 27-year-old in his first Grand Slam main draw.
Williams dispatched Simona Halep to avenge an embarrassing defeat in their previous meeting. Next up? Osaka in a star-studded semifinal.
Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are playing to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open.
Against Aryna Sabalenka, Williams called back to a much earlier phase of her career, well before she was the undisputed queen of her sport.
For five days the Australian Open had cozy stadiums half-filled with fervent fans, and sports once again felt normal. Then a snap lockdown quieted the stands.
“Amazing!” Serena Williams said of Tom Brady’s seventh Super Bowl win. Of course, he’s never won a title while pregnant.
Serena Williams will once again go for her 24th Grand Slam title. Among her competition: three women who won titles in their most recent Grand Slam appearances.
Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are all in action on Rod Laver Arena in Round 1 of the 2021 Australian Open.
Officials in Australia moved mountains to make the country’s annual professional tennis swing happen. That will be far more difficult after the tour leaves this isolated island nation.
The unusually fast turnaround between the United States Open and the French is causing problems for players who made deep runs in New York.
Williams, citing an Achilles’ tendon injury, said she thought she needed “four to six weeks of sitting and doing nothing.”
Serena Williams sets off on her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title and Dominic Thiem looks to capitalize on his momentum after winning the United States Open.
The greatness of Williams has been largely defined by her success at Wimbledon, the United States Open and the Australian Open. But her history in Paris is a clear illustration of her resilience.
A photographer’s account of covering a U.S. Open unlike any that had come before it.
On Thursday, Serena Williams’s quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles title was thwarted once more. Maybe it doesn’t really matter.
Osaka, the 2018 U.S. Open champion, prevailed even as she had her power matched by Brady for much of the match.
Williams prevailed over the unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova after losing the first set.
More than half the players who made the quarterfinals were not supposed to be there, including a seriously unlikely semifinalist in Jennifer Brady. “It’s a little bit easier when there is no fans,” she said.
Tsvetana Pironkova, playing in her first tournament since giving birth to a son in 2018, will face another mother, Serena Williams, in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Her win over Maria Sakkari was her 100th at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the most of any player.
Parity and some missing star power from Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. A wide open women’s game beyond Serena Williams. This is where tennis is going.
The stadium has been home to thrilling tennis moments, but also to strange and unusual ones.