• Australian Open 2015 Spotlight: Madison Keys

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    Published 28. January 2015 at 12:55 am - No Comments

    Madison Keys has rumbled all the way to the quarterfinals of a major for the first time – and she’ll meet the player who inspired her to take up tennis in the first place. By Alix Ramsay | Wednesday, 28 January, 2015  —  www.ausopen.com Madison Keys, 2R, 22 January 2015 (Photo credit: www.ausopen.com) It cannot be easy growing up as a tennis player in America. For years, the search has been on to find the next budding superstars who will grow up to fill the shoes of Serena and Venus Williams. Then again, given that both Williams siblings are still going strong, there does not seem to be much pressure of...

  • Serena to face fellow American Keys in AO semis

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    Published 28. January 2015 at 12:24 am - No Comments

    Serena Williams (l) and Madison Keys advance to Australian Open semis (Photo credit: Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia) (Jan 27, 2015)  –  World No. 1 Serena Williams, powered her way past last year’s Australian Open finalist, Dominika Cibulkova, 6-2, 6-2, while the unseeded 19 year-old Madison Keys came back from a thigh injury and defeated Venus Williams.  For Serena, a five-time Australian Open champion, this will be her 26th major semifinal.  She has a 22-3 record. Serena’s power game was on and she played one of her best matches of the tournament against Cibulkova.  By the numbers..Serena rifled...

  • Three American Women advance to Australian Open QF

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    Published 26. January 2015 at 6:42 pm - No Comments

    Madison, Serena & Venus are all headed to the QF of the Australian Open. (Photo credit: Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia & Getty Images) Here’s the good news?  There are three American women in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event for the first time in a decade. Serena & Venus Williams and Madison Keys advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2015 Australian Open.  The bad news?  They’re all in the same side of the draw. World #1 Serena powered her way into her 9th Australian Open QF after winning a three-setter...

  • American teen Madison Keys upsets Petra Kvitova at Australian Open

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    Published 24. January 2015 at 10:58 pm - No Comments

    The upset Madison Keys - Ben Solomon / Tennis Australia Madison Keys, is a star on the rise. The nineteen-year-old shocked No. 4 seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Saturday night, booking a place in the fourth round against compatriot Madison Brengle. Keys, the highest-ranked teenager in the Women’s game, claimed the biggest win of her career with an impeccable performance of power and poise to defeat Kvitova, and has earned Keys her first Grand Slam fourth round. “I think my hands are still shaking. I’m really happy that I served that game out so well,” the beaming Keys told the crowd after...

  • Australian Open 2015 Spotlight: Venus Williams

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    Published 21. January 2015 at 11:00 pm - No Comments

    Thirteen years since she first became world No.1, can Venus Williams’ late-career renaissance continue at AO 2015? By Jake Stevens | Tuesday, 20 January, 2015 ~www.ausopen.com~ (Photo credit: European Pressphoto Agency) It seems absurd that a former world number one and multiple Grand Slam champion can be overshadowed at Australian Open 2015, not least by her very own sister. But that’s the predicament of Venus Williams, who, at 34, is approaching the twilight of her time on the tour. Nonetheless, Venus remains a realistic chance to display her dominant best in Melbourne this January. She has timed her run toward...

  • Lindsey Vonn breaks all-time World Cup wins recordPerfect 63 for Lindsey Vonn

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    Published 20. January 2015 at 6:48 pm - No Comments

    ~Perfect 63 for Lindsey Vonn~ CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 19, 2015) – Sheer perfection! Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) put down a near flawless super G run Monday to win her 63rd Audi FIS Ski World Cup and etch her name into the record books as the winningest women’s World Cup racer ever. Skiing at the end of the top seed in the 22nd start position, Vonn took command from the start and posted a .85 second margin over Austria’s Anna Fenninger. Vonn skis to first in the Cortina super G. (Getty Images-AFP/Alberto Pizzoli) The win—her second straight in two days—boosted her beyond the mark of 62 set...

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Video: Lindsey Vonn’s 63rd World Cup win – Cortina

Video: Lindsey Vonn’s 63rd World Cup win – Cortina

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 19, 2015) – Sheer perfection! Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) put down a near flawless super G run Monday to win her 63rd Audi FIS Ski World Cup and etch her name into the record books as the winningest women’s World Cup racer ever. Skiing at the end of the top seed in the 22nd...

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SWIMMING:  Alia Atkinson earns historic Jamaica gold at Doha World Championships

SWIMMING: Alia Atkinson earns historic Jamaica gold at Doha World Championships

Alia Atkinson won Jamaica’s first-ever gold at the World Short Course Championships, becoming the first black woman to win a world swimming title.  The 25-year-old equalled Plymouth-based Lithuanian Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte’s 100m breaststroke world record of one minute and 2.36 seconds.  Atkinson...

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Lauren Holiday wins USA’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year honors

Lauren Holiday wins USA’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year honors

Lauren Holiday was named the US Soccer 2014 Female Athlete of the Year on Saturday, capping a year in which the UCLA graduate won the National Women’s Soccer League with FC Kansas City, and was reinvented as a deep-lying playmaker on the national team. Under head coach Jill Ellis, Holiday (neé Cheney), who...

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Australian Open 2015 Spotlight: Madison Keys

Australian Open 2015 Spotlight: Madison Keys

Madison Keys has rumbled all the way to the quarterfinals of a major for the first...


Serena to face fellow American Keys in AO semis

Serena to face fellow American Keys in AO semis

Serena Williams (l) and Madison Keys advance to Australian Open semis (Photo credit:...


Three American Women advance to Australian Open QF

Three American Women advance to Australian Open QF

Madison, Serena & Venus are all...


American teen Madison Keys upsets Petra Kvitova at Australian Open

American teen Madison Keys upsets Petra Kvitova at Australian Open

The upset Madison Keys - Ben Solomon / Tennis Australia Madison Keys, is a star on...


Australian Open 2015 Spotlight: Venus Williams

Australian Open 2015 Spotlight: Venus Williams

Thirteen years since she first became world No.1, can Venus Williams’ late-career...


Australian Open 2015

Australian Open 2015

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Serena Named WTA Player of the Year

Serena Named WTA Player of the Year

WTA Photo World No. 1 Serena Williams has been voted WTA Player of the Year for the...


Serena wins WTA Finals title

Serena wins WTA Finals title

World No.1 Serena Williams won her third successive WTA Finals title and fifth overall...


Serena Williams has reached her 210th career week as the World No.1

Serena Williams has reached her 210th career week as the World No.1

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Australian Open 2015 Spotlight: Madison Keys

Australian Open 2015 Spotlight: Madison Keys

Madison Keys has rumbled all the way to the quarterfinals of a major for the first...


Video: Lindsey Vonn’s 63rd World Cup win – Cortina

Video: Lindsey Vonn’s 63rd World Cup win – Cortina

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 19, 2015) – Sheer perfection! Lindsey...


Australian Open 2015 Spotlight: Venus Williams

Australian Open 2015 Spotlight: Venus Williams

Thirteen years since she first became world No.1, can Venus Williams’ late-career...


Stacy Lewis WSEN’s 2014 SportsWoman of the Year

Stacy Lewis WSEN’s 2014 SportsWoman of the Year

Stacy Lewis made history in 2014 by becoming the 1st American to win the LPGA “triple...


SWIMMING:  Alia Atkinson earns historic Jamaica gold at Doha World Championships

SWIMMING: Alia Atkinson earns historic Jamaica gold at Doha World Championships

Alia Atkinson won Jamaica’s first-ever gold at the World Short Course Championships,...


Lauren Holiday wins USA’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year honors

Lauren Holiday wins USA’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year honors

Lauren Holiday was named the US Soccer 2014 Female Athlete of the Year on Saturday,...


New Zealand’s Valerie Adams were named female IAAF World Athlete of the Year for 2014.

New Zealand’s Valerie Adams were named female IAAF World Athlete of the Year for 2014.

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams, 30, may have thrown farther in previous seasons...


Stacy Lewis Sweeps Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy and Money Title

Stacy Lewis Sweeps Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy and Money Title

Lewis becomes first American to claim all three since Betsy King in 1993 NAPLES,...


Serena Named WTA Player of the Year

Serena Named WTA Player of the Year

WTA Photo World No. 1 Serena Williams has been voted WTA Player of the Year for the...


April Holmes to receive 2015 Inspiration Award

April Holmes to receive 2015 Inspiration Award

The former student-athlete lost her leg, not her spirit, in a horrific accident November...


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