Venus Williams

Venus Williams almost back to her best, says Ana Ivanovic

Venus Williams was impressive against Ana Ivanovic. Photo: EPA

Venus Williams is close to her best again, according to Ana Ivanovic, the former world number one from Serbia, who managed to take only three games off the seven-time former grand slam winner at the Dubai Open on Wednesday.

Thursday, 20 February, 2014, 10:28am

Venus Williams refuses to retire after first round defeat in French Open

Venus Williams on her way to defeat in Paris. Photo: Reuters

Seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams insisted that retirement is not on her agenda despite suffering her earliest French Open exit in 12 years.

The 32-year-old American slumped to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 loss to Poland's Urszula Radwanska, 10 years her junior, in the first round on Sunday.

28 May 2013 - 3:24am 1 comment

Sharapova, Williams reach 3rd round at Australian Open

Maria Sharapova. Photo: AFP

Maria Sharapova was careful not to show any disrespect to the two women she beat 6-0, 6-0 along the way to a third-round match against Venus Williams at the Australian Open.

As rare as it was, she said, an almost flawless start wasn’t entirely what she’d come to Melbourne to achieve.

17 Jan 2013 - 9:37am

Venus Williams ready to make an impact at Australian Open

American Venus Williams hits a return against Anabel Medina Garrigues, of Spain, in their Hopman Cup match. Photo: AFP

Venus Williams believes she is on target for a strong performance at this month's Australian Open after remaining unbeaten in singles at the Hopman Cup.

Williams bowed out of the mixed-teams tournament on a winning note, defeating Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues in straight sets yesterday to complete a clean sweep of her three singles matches.

4 Jan 2013 - 1:40am

Venus Williams leads US to victory over South Africa

Venus Williams has climbed the rankings this year as she recovered from a major setback due to illness last year. Photo: AFP

American tennis star Venus Williams gave her comeback hopes a boost with a win at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Sunday, and said she still believed she could be a force in the Grand Slams.

The former world No 1 beat Chanelle Scheepers in three sets to help the United States post a 2-1 win over South Africa in their Group B tie at the mixed teams tournament.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Clijsters bids farewell with Venus Williams win

Belgian Kim Clijsters, who won 41 career singles titles, played her last official match at the US Open in August. Wednesday was an exhibition match. Photo: EPA

Former world No 1 Kim Clijsters celebrated the end of her sparkling tennis career with a victory in an exhibition match against American rival Venus Williams on Wednesday.

The Belgian, who won 41 career singles titles, played her last official match at the US Open in August, but was keen to play for one last time in front of her home support.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Federer romps, Murray struggles in US Open

Roger Federer defeated Spanish 25th seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in New York on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Five-time champion Roger Federer defied 32-degree heat and crushing humidity to reach the US Open last 16 on Saturday as potential semi-final rival Andy Murray almost wilted in the New York sweatshop.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Venus Williams suffers second-round blues

Venus Williams appears nearly in tears during her three-set loss to German Angelique Kerber in the second round of the US Open. Photo: AFP

Seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams made her second consecutive US Open second-round exit as German sixth seed Angelique Kerber ousted the American 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.

The loss made this the first year in Williams' pro career, which began in 1997, that she has not gone past the second round in any grand slam tournament.

1 Sep 2012 - 3:43am

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13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Sick Jankovic races to recover for Oz

Jelena Jankovic had put a brave face on some indifferent form this week - and many at the JB Group Classic were wondering what was wrong with the Serbian world number one.

Yesterday the 23-year-old came clean.

11 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Team spirit sees Venus rally to crush Russian

Americas captain finds extra motivation to down Chakvetadze

It has long been one of the many wonders of Venus Williams' game that even when she's playing badly she doesn't get beaten.

Just ask Anna Chakvetadze.

10 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Venus' firepower brings Jankovic to her knees

Super-charged American crushes new-look world number one

It didn't take long to work out what Venus Williams was all about last night: winning.

She broke world number one Jelena Jankovic in the first game of their match, then took her place behind the baseline for her first serve.

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Zvonareva gives Zheng a lesson in winning ugly

Russia through to final after Chakvetadze blows past Mirza

Brad Gilbert would have been smiling. The American former player and coach built his reputation on 'winning ugly' - as the title of his guide to playing the sport suggests.

8 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Zheng tips China to rule the world

Wimbledon hero also backs herself to breakthrough into the top 10 this year

Zheng Jie has made a habit of setting new standards for Chinese players but she announced herself at the JB Group Classic yesterday with a bold prediction for something that would put even her own stunning successes in the shade.

6 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Bring it on - Classic title lifts Venus' Open outlook

Williams shrugs off mystery ailment to down Sharapova

After a little stretch of her left leg, Venus Williams walked out on to the Victoria Park centre court grinning. The world number eight knew the capacity crowd had become concerned she might be carrying an injury.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am