Serena Williams

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning the singles match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 7, 2015. Williams won 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.  (Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo)

Serena’s next obstacle: Sharapova, who is called poor sport

LONDON — Even as Serena Williams piled up aces and groundstroke winners…

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning the singles match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 7, 2015. Williams won 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.  (Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo)
Serena Williams of the United States makes a return to Venus Williams of the United States,  during their singles match against at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

No Slam talk: Serena shuts it down after beating Venus

WIMBLEDON, England — Time had stopped, more accurately gone backward. The Williams…

Serena Williams of the United States makes a return to Venus Williams of the United States,  during their singles match against at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada was fined for wearing a black bra underneath her blouse. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

No black bras, green headbands at 21st-century Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England — The authorities are making underwear checks at Wimbledon. But…

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada was fined for wearing a black bra underneath her blouse. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)
United States' Carli Lloyd has been a bright spot on a women's national team that hopes to follow in the footsteps of its 1999 counterpart. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Time to party like it’s 1999

We’ll watch the game in earnest, maybe a record 18 million of…

United States' Carli Lloyd has been a bright spot on a women's national team that hopes to follow in the footsteps of its 1999 counterpart. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates a point during the women's singles first round match against Margarita Gasparyan of Russia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday June 29, 2015. (Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo)

All Wimbledon eyes on Djokovic, Serena

LONDON — Serena Williams knew she had to do something — fast.…

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates a point during the women's singles first round match against Margarita Gasparyan of Russia at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday June 29, 2015. (Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo)
Mike Groll/AP FIle PhotoSerena Williams says she will return to play in the tournament at Indian Wells

Serena will return to Indian Wells after 14-year absence

LOS ANGELES — After 14 years away, Serena Williams is ready to…

Mike Groll/AP FIle PhotoSerena Williams says she will return to play in the tournament at Indian Wells
AP Photo/Mike GrollSerena Williams

Serena Williams wins third U.S. Open in row, 18th Slam

Serena Williams ended a difficult-for-her Grand Slam season in the best way…

AP Photo/Mike GrollSerena Williams
Marcio Jose Sanchez/APSerena Williams holds the winner’s trophy after beating Angelique Kerber

Serena Williams wins Bank of the West title

STANFORD — Serena Williams stared at the court, took a deep breath…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/APSerena Williams holds the winner’s trophy after beating Angelique Kerber
Beck Diefenbach/APSerena Williams beat Karolina Pliskova in a second-round match at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford.

Serena Williams wins at Stanford following Wimbledon health scare

STANFORD — Serena Williams looked healthy and played sharp in her first…

Beck Diefenbach/APSerena Williams beat Karolina Pliskova in a second-round match at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford.

Serena Williams leads Bank of the West Classic field at Stanford

STANFORD — Four of the world’s top 10 women’s tennis players and…

Jerry Lai/USA TODAY SportsSerena Williams jumps for joy after winning the U.S. Open for the fifth time Sunday.

Serena Williams beats Azarenka for fifth US Open title

NEW YORK -- Fussing with her skirt and flubbing her shots, Serena Williams…

Jerry Lai/USA TODAY SportsSerena Williams jumps for joy after winning the U.S. Open for the fifth time Sunday.
Courtesy photoOpen-water swimmer Jamie Patrick is preparing to try and swim 75 uninterrupted miles across Lake Michigan later this summer.

Serena Williams wins US Open quarterfinal 6-0, 6-0

NEW YORK — From an ace on the first point to a…

Courtesy photoOpen-water swimmer Jamie Patrick is preparing to try and swim 75 uninterrupted miles across Lake Michigan later this summer.
AP Photo/Kathy WillensSara Errani

Teary Errani gone from US Open; Williams moves on

Only a few spots separate them in the seedings. Still, the considerable…

AP Photo/Kathy WillensSara Errani
AP Photo/Charles KrupaSerena Williams

1st-round Slam win for Venus Williams matters now

For years and years, a first-round victory by Venus Williams at a…

AP Photo/Charles KrupaSerena Williams
Courtesy photoOpen-water swimmer Jamie Patrick is preparing to try and swim 75 uninterrupted miles across Lake Michigan later this summer.

Five-time champ Serena Williams exits Wimbledon in fourth round

LONDON — For 34 matches over 4½ months, on hard, clay or…

Courtesy photoOpen-water swimmer Jamie Patrick is preparing to try and swim 75 uninterrupted miles across Lake Michigan later this summer.
Tony Avelar/APMichael Phelps swims in the 200-meter individual medley final during the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet Sunday.

Williams, Djokovic restore order to Wimbledon

LONDON — Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams restored a semblance of order…

Tony Avelar/APMichael Phelps swims in the 200-meter individual medley final during the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet Sunday.
Tony Avelar/APMichael Phelps swims in the 200-meter individual medley final during the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet Sunday.

Williams, Djokovic sail in Wimbledon openers

LONDON — Back in her comfort zone on Centre Court, Serena Williams…

Tony Avelar/APMichael Phelps swims in the 200-meter individual medley final during the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet Sunday.
Tony Avelar/APMichael Phelps swims in the 200-meter individual medley final during the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet Sunday.

Williams, Sharapova trade verbal volleys leading up to Wimbledon

LONDON — As her agent nodded along approvingly from a front-row seat,…

Tony Avelar/APMichael Phelps swims in the 200-meter individual medley final during the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet Sunday.
Courtesy photoOpen-water swimmer Jamie Patrick is preparing to try and swim 75 uninterrupted miles across Lake Michigan later this summer.

Sharapova will face Serena in French final

As Maria Sharapova celebrated her return to the French Open final, she…

Courtesy photoOpen-water swimmer Jamie Patrick is preparing to try and swim 75 uninterrupted miles across Lake Michigan later this summer.
Associated PressSerena Williams was in top form in beating Caroline Garcia 6-1

Federer, Serena Williams advance at French Open

Roger Federer walked onto Court Suzanne Lenglen, smiled when greeted with applause…

Associated PressSerena Williams was in top form in beating Caroline Garcia 6-1