Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams lost to Garbiñe Muguruza in the final today and for Williams, her team, and fans of good tennis, dynasties, and greatness, it sucked. But not nearly as much the sickly-sweet, smarm-drenched “there’s no losers here” takes that make a tennis legend and cultural icon seem like…
The five-time Wimbledon champion played a nearly perfect match to down Britain’s Johanna Konta in straight sets and book her ninth trip to the Wimbledon final and her second major final of the year. Using ferocious body serves, judicious approach shots, and her typical powerful groundstrokes, Williams beat the crowd…
After Wimbledon two-seed Simona Halep and six-seed Johanna Konta split the first two sets of their quarterfinal match in tiebreaks, the deciding set was a tense affair, with fans groaning and gasping after every point. At 5-4, 40-15, Konta was serving for the match. Halep pinned the Brit to the baseline with a deep…
Stocked with players new and old, the world No. 2 and the world No. 87, multi-Grand Slam champions, and those with everything to prove, the 2017 Wimbledon women’s quarterfinals are delightfully uncertain.
Five months after a home invader attacked her and slashed her hand with a knife, Petra Kvitova won in her return to the court. The No. 15 seed beat the unseeded Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the French Open today.
Angelique Kerber became the first women’s No. 1 ever to lose on the first day of the French Open, falling to unseeded Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2.
If the men’s winner of the French Open is a certitude—Rafael Nadal looks like a lock for his 10th title at Roland Garros—the women’s side is the opposite. Featuring an injured Simona Halep, the triumphant return of Petra Kvitova, Serena Williams off somewhere growing a human, no Maria Sharapova (controversially), a…
Flavia Pennetta took down Serena slayer Roberta Vinci in straight sets 7-6, 6-2 to win the U.S. Open final, the first singles Grand Slam title of her career. Immediately afterward the 33-year-old used her acceptance speech to announce her retirement from professional tennis.
Catherine Bellis turned 15 years old in April and sits at 1,208 on the WTA's rankings. At the start of the day, her career record as a pro in singles matches was 8-4. That record has improved to 9-4, as Bellis just finished off 12-seeded Dominka Cibulkova in a first-round match at the U.S. Open.
Quartz has posited an interesting, if incomplete, theory: money is why we pay attention to women's tennis, and why you should care about women's tennis. Actually, history is why we pay attention to women's tennis, and why you do care about women's tennis.
Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli defeated German Sabine Lisicki this morning in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, to win Wimbledon. In a wild tournament that saw every single favorite get knocked out, Bartoli was consistent and overwhelmed each opponent she faced without dropping a single set throughout the tournament. The victory…
Back in January, before 19-year-old Sloane Stephens upset Serena Williams in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, we went through the dumbest possible pre-match story: the fake mentorship narrative.
Serena beat Maria Sharapova today in Key Biscayne, Fla. But flying suds and big trophies reminded everyone that it's just a game, y'all!
Today, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) released yet another "Strong is Beautiful" video featuring several relatively famous people who have nothing whatsoever to do with tennis talking about tennis. One of those people just so happened to be Donald Trump, the reigning expert on which women are or aren't…
Maybe you've heard that Serena Williams, the greatest female American tennis player of all time, did a controversial dance after winning gold in singles at the Olympics over the weekend.
In an effort to address the sport's most overheated and overrated controversy, the Women's Tennis Association is introducing some sort of preposterous grunt-o-meter. Here's USA Today's Doug Robson on what the WTA will be rolling out:
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.
Oh no. Dominika Cibulkova lost to Australian Sam Stosur earlier today, and here's what she had to say about it:
Tennis's good girl Kim Clijsters says she's retiring after this year's U.S. Open. This will be the second time that Clijsters will retire, and even though retiring and unretiring is sort of a fad in the women's game, this will probably be it for her.