The Williams sisters have been playing as doubles partners at the Olympics since 2000, and had never lost a match together—until today, when they were eliminated in the first round in Rio by the Czech team of Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.
Venus Williams was just starting out her opening-round victory over CoCo Vandeweghe in Rome at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, when this here ballboy took a dive and fell straight on his face after apparently overheating. Our man will presumably live to ballboy another day after his friends carried him to a shady…
Despite how obviously great Serena and Venus Williams are, their Grand Slam match-ups haven’t always been thrilling tennis, with the sisters subduing their emotions and not always playing at their best. But with Serena on the march to a historic calendar year Grand Slam and Venus amidst a mini late-career renaissance,…
40th-ranked Sloane Stephens upset 15-seed Venus Williams 7-6, 6-1 in their first round match at the French Open on Monday.
Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, has been fined and suspended for some offensive comments he made about the Williams sisters on Russian late-night TV. Specifically, he referred to the players as the "Williams brothers" and called their looks "frightening."
A stubborn bee with a really excellent sense of comic timing caused a brief delay during a first-round match at the U.S. Open, pestering Kimiko Date-Krumm to the point where three ballkids had to come out and put on a slapstick routine in an attempt to chase it away.
Something really weird was going on with Serena Williams at Wimbledon today. Two games into her and her sister's doubles match against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Vogele, Serena suddenly became very disoriented and physically unable to hold onto the ball or hit a serve. It was scary to watch.
Grass is Venus Williams's favorite surface. Even if she's been fading everywhere else for some time—she hasn't been to a final of a non-Wimbledon Grand Slam in nine years—she would reliably muster up a respectable (and sometimes dominant!) performance in England.
Sid Rosenberg is (was?) a sports radio personality in Miami. You may remember him from his days as a sports sidekick on the Imus program, where he was no stranger to controversy—including his "quip" noting Venus and Serena Williams would be better off in National Geographic than Playboy. Real solid guy.
Three days into the U.S. Open, Venus Williams has withdrawn from the tournament, saying she suffers from pain and fatigue caused by an autoimmune disorder called Sjogren's Syndrome.
This is the moment that tennis has been waiting for: its reluctant female lead in joyful tears after her triumphant return to Grand Slam tennis. The SportsCenter tribute is next. Serena Williams won her first-round match against Arvane Rezai in three sets today, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, and was in tears when the BBC caught up…
When one comes back from injury, one should do it in style. Maybe
Venus Serena will wear the mask part of this ensemble for her French Open warmup tournament in Brussels next month. Please. Photo via Serenawilliams twitter.
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Look here, Rob Buska, whoever you are. I am Napkin Gladwell, journalist and bestselling author of books people read on airplanes. I am not a photographer. I am not in Australia. And I was certainly not "snapping" Venus Williams's "goods."
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The most pressing question of our time is, naturally, was Venus Williams wearing underwear at the Australian Open yesterday? We dig deep, breaking down the footage, to give you a definitive answer.
This just in from a reader named Luke who's watching the Australian Open highlights on ESPN2: Thong? No unders? Huh? Just on espn2 moments ago.... Raw hiney, after the jump. (NSFWish?)