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Serena Williams upset No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit to advance to the 3rd round at the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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Williams is playing in her final US Open after announcing her retirement from women's tennis.

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The 40-year-old mom-of-one said a bathroom break gave her the "boost" she needed to defeat Kontaveit

"I just got lighter," Williams told reporters in the press room after the match.

When a reporter asked about the bathroom break, Williams replied, "Use your imagination. But it wasn't No. 2."

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Williams beat Kontaveit 7-6(4) in the first set of the match. Kontaveit rallied with a 6-2 victory in the second set. After taking a bathroom break, Williams appeared to be rejuvenated when she emerged from the stadium tunnel in the third set.

Williams won the set 6-2 to upset the number 2 seed and advance to the third round.

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Among the notables in the stands were Serena's biggest fan, her daughter Olympia.

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Supermodels Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid.

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And golf superstar Tiger Woods and his life partner Erica Herman.

Williams faces Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia in the third round match on Friday.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion and Tomljanovic will meet for the first time. The winner of their match on Friday will advance to face Russian Liudmila Samsonova or Serbian Aleksandra Krunic for a spot in the quarterfinals.

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Serena Williams covers the Sept. 12 - Sept. 19 double issue of TIME magazine. In the issue she discusses her decision to retire from tennis, and giving her daughter, Olympia Ohanian Jr. a sibling.

"Olympia doesn't like when I play tennis," Serena says of Olympia, who turns 5 on Sept. 1.

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"That kind of makes me sad," she says. "And brings anxiety to my heart."

Serena described the toddler blowing on a dandelion and making a wish to be a big sister.

"This is what I have to deal with, on a daily," Serena said.

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Serena is currently playing in her final U.S. Open after announcing her retirement from women's professional tennis to raise Olympia.

She said choosing to be a retired mom in her early 40s is a decision that superstar fathers don't have to make.

Tom Brady, who is 45, can still compete professionally while his wife stays at home with their children. Brady leads the Forbes list of highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.

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And while Serena is no slouch in the earnings department, she couldn't have more kids while chasing the all-time singles Grand Slam record.

"It comes to a point where women sometimes have to make different choices than men, if they want to raise a family," says Serena, who turns 41 on September 26. "It’s just black and white. You make a choice or you don't."

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Serena says she's at peace with her decision to retire and become a full-time mom.

"There is no anger," she says. "I'm ready for the transition. "I think I’m good at it," she says of motherhood. "But I want to explore if I can be great at it."

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Serena Williams announced she is retiring from tennis after the 2022 US Open tennis championships later this month.

Her announcement took the tennis world by surprise.

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Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles — the most by any player in the Open Era. She is second only to Margaret Court who has 24 singles titles.

But the 40-year-old mom-of-one has been plagued by injuries for most of her career.

In an op-ed piece she wrote for American Vogue magazine, Williams suggested she's tired of chasing the Grand Slam singles record.

Williams wrote that she was unable to discuss retiring with anyone but her therapist.

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"I've been reluctant to admit to myself or anyone else that I have to move on from playing tennis," Williams wrote. "Alexis, my husband, and I have hardly talked about it; it's like a taboo topic. I can't even have this conversation with my mom and dad. It's like it's not real until you say it out loud. It comes up, I get an uncomfortable lump in my throat, and I start to cry. The only person I've really gone there with is my therapist!"

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Williams said she isn't comfortable using the word "retirement," even though she's going through with it.

"Maybe the best word to describe what I'm up to is evolution," Williams wrote in Vogue. "I'm here to tell you that I'm evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me."

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Tennis champ Serena Williams was spotted shopping in Beverly Hills on Thursday. The next day, Serena attended the 15th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Pre-Oscar Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Actress Meagan Good wore a cobalt blue pant set to the 15th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon.

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Karrueche Tran wore a Balmain B&W striped mini dress and white pointy toe pumps to the 15th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon.

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Jabari Banks, who plays Will Smith in the Peacock drama Bel-Air, turned heads when he showed up on the red carpet with pink hair! The 23-year-old actor previously said he knew he was meant to play Will - even though he wasn't born when Fresh Prince of Bel-Air launched Will's career in the early 1990s.

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Actress Marsai Martin (Black-ish) posed provocatively on the red carpet at the Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon. She looked a decade older than her stated age of 17.

The Oscar Awards air live at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 27, hosted by Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes, and Amy Schumer.

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Rihanna steps out with her boyfriend A$AP Rocky after attending the Gucci Show in Milan, Italy.

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Pregnant pop star Rihanna and her rapper boyfriend were seen leaving their Four Seasons hotel to attend the Gucci party on the sidelines of Fashion Week in Milan.

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Rapper/fashion mogul Kanye West was spotted waiting for his ride outside the Bal Harbour Shops in Florida. He shopped at the Bottega Veneta and Prada stores before stepping out of the retailers to meet and greet fans who took selfies with the rapper. Kanye was last seen at Bal Harbour with his muse, Kim Kardashian look-a-like Chaney Jones.

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Kanye's ex-girlfriend Julia Fox visited fashion designer Giuseppe Zanotti at his showroom during Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy.

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Tennis legend Serena Williams gave her daughter Alexis Olympia a ride on her rolling luggage in Milan during fashion week.

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Actor Jamie Foxx (4th from right) proves to be kind to his fans as he poses with a large group of people outside Nobu restaurant in Malibu.

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Actress Angela Simmons arrives with friends at the Knicks vs Sixers game at Madison Square Garden.

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An article circulating on the Internet claims tennis great Venus Williams is still a virgin at age 41.

The article claims Venus is abiding by her strict Jehovah's Witness religion which prohibits sex before marriage. Venus is childless and has never married.

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The former world No. 1 ranked women's tennis player reportedly views her sister, Serena Williams, as an example of the ideal life she will never achieve: happily married with children.

Venus has had numerous failed relationships with men, and her sex life is not an open book like Serena's.

"It is funny because Venus decided as a child that she would wait until she finds her husband before having sex," said the source. "Serena did not go that route."

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Venus has dated golfer Hank Kuehne, Cuban model Elio Pis, and publishing heir Nicholas Hammond for two years until 2019.

The source confirmed that Venus is currently dating a man and the family hopes that she will finally settle down and raise a family.

A 41-year-old virgin is an extremely rare find in 2022. But there is a chance that she will have difficulty falling pregnant if she doesn't hurry.

Tennis fans reacted to the report with skepticism and disbelief.

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Amazon's gender recognition system identified former First Lady Michelle Obama and tennis superstar Serena Williams as male.

According to MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini, Amazon's response was that the software is not "facial recognition, it's gender recognition" -- as if that makes it acceptable to identify women as male.

Both Michelle and Serena are genetically and biologically female, but they have been plagued by vicious rumors that they are men.

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It doesn't help that Amazon's gender recognition software also identifies them as the male gender.

While "gender" and "sex" are often substituted for the other, their meanings are different. According to Dictionary.com, sex is "a label assigned at birth based on the reproductive organs you're born with."

"Gender includes a person's perception, understanding, and experience of themselves and roles in society... their inner sense about who they're meant to be and how they want to interact with the world."

However, both Michelle and Serena interact with the world as biological women.

Critics complain that Amazon's system shows gender and racial bias, and recent studies have confirmed that bias.

Studies led by Buolamwini found huge racial and gender bias in the facial recognition software.

Protests across the United States prompted Amazon to suspend police use of its software in 2020.

After some tweaking, the ban was lifted by Amazon, saying it hoped Congress would pass a law to ensure ethical use of the gender recognition technology. However, no such law has been passed, according to Fox Business.

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HBO Max released the trailer for King Richard, starring Will Smith. The biopic is based on the life of Venus and Serena Williams' no nonsense father Richard Williams.

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The casting of Will Smith as Richard Williams was criticized because Smith is light skin and Williams is dark skinned in real life.

The Williams sisters dominated women's tennis in the 1990s and 2000s. Serena, 39, is on pace to tie the record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era.

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Venus, left, and Serena, right, are pictured with their father, Richard, at a tennis center in 1992.

The movie also stars Demi Singleton as a young Serena and Saniyya Sidney as a young Venus.

King Richard was produced on a budget of $100 million.

King Richard opens in theaters everywhere on November 19.
 

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Serena Williams dropped a set in her 3rd round victory against Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu on day 4 of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris.

Williams beat Buzarnescu 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 to advance to the 3rd round, where she faces 27-year-old Danielle Rose Collins, of St. Petersburg, Florida.

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The 38-year-old mom-of-one is seeded 7th in the Grand Slam tournament. She is chasing an elusive record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.

Williams hasn't won the French Open since 2015 and hasn't made it past the quarterfinals at Roland Garros since giving birth to her daughter in 2017.

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She supported tennis superstar Naomi Osaka who withdrew from the tournament on Monday after she was fined $15,000 for refusing to speak to the press.

Osaka, 23, beat Patricia Maria Tig in the first round on Sunday, and was scheduled to face Ana Bogdan in the second round on Wednesday.

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"I feel for Naomi," Williams told reporters on Monday. "I wish I could give her a hug because I know what it's like. I've been in those positions. We have different personalities.

"People are different and not everyone is the same. I'm thick [skinned] and other people are thin. Everyone is different and everyone handles things differently. You just have to let her handle it the way she wants to and the best way she thinks she can. I think she's doing the best that she can."

Her sister, Venus Williams, was more blunt.

The former No. 1 women's tennis player told reporters:

"I know every single person asking me a question can't play as well as I can and never will. So, no matter what you say or what you write, you'll never light a candle to me."

 

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Lori Harvey raided her mom, Marjorie Harvey's closet to find a '70s style outfit to attend Drake's Billboard after party with beau Micheal B Jordan. The couple held hands while leaving the after party at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

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Russell Westbrook shows off his eccentric style, wearing a plaid kilt and leg coverings from his own clothing brand Honor The Gift. Russell was spotted heading out of his hotel in Philadelphia.

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Jennifer Lopez was seen exiting her Uber while wearing a billowy white shirt dress which accentuated her toned legs. JLo enjoyed an afternoon lunching with family and friends in front of the bay of Miami Beach.

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Serena Williams attends the Monaco Grand Prix in Monaco on Sunday.

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber dressed casual but chic as they attended Drake's Billboard after-party at the Sofi stadium in Inglewood.

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Draya looks edgy in leather outside Drake's Billboard after-party at the Sofi Stadium in Inglewood.

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Singer Doja Cat dressed to impress as she arrives for a Billboard Music Awards after-party at The Nice Guy in West Hollywood.

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Serena Williams lost in straight sets to Katerina Siniakova in round 2 of the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma, Italy on Tuesday.

She was the top seed going into the second round when she lost to 18-year-old Katerina, 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Serena was invited to play in Parma after losing in the opening round at the Italian Open last week.

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The 39-year-old mom-of-one has less than two weeks to prepare for the start of the French Open on May 30.

Serena has lost the last three Slam final events as she struggles to draw even with Australian tennis legend Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slams.

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The curvy tennis champ was criticized on Black Twitter for apparently bleaching her skin in preparation for the next chapter of her life after she hangs up her tennis rackets for good.

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One Twitter user wrote: "Man did Serena Williams really bleach her skin? I knew it was going left after she married ol boy," referring to Serena's Caucasian husband, Alexis Ohanian.

Another user tweeted, "Serena Williams bleach her skin smh ... wow that's nasty for real."
 

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Serena Williams burst into tears and abruptly ended her post-game press conference after her loss to Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals at the 2021 Australian Open on Wednesday.

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Naomi, 23, easily defeated Williams 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the 2021 Australian Open final.

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Serena embraced Naomi at the net after her defeat. Naomi, who holds a 3-2 record over Serena, denied the superstar her chance to win her 24th career Grand Slam singles title, which she's been chasing since 2018.

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The 39-year-old mom-of-one lost her composure during the post-match press conference after she was asked if she was saying her final "farewell" to the Australian Open.

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"Some people wondered if... you were almost saying farewell," said the reporter.

"I don't know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn't tell anyone," Serena laughed.

But it was apparent that the question affected her emotionally.

Serena fought back tears as a different reporter asked if her "unforced errors" were caused by "a bad day at the office."

"I don't know... I'm done," she said, before rising from her seat and walking away.
 
 

 

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Serena Williams abruptly withdrew from the French Open, citing an Achilles heel injury that made it difficult to walk.

Williams withdrew from the French Open three weeks after losing her best chance for a 24th Grand Slam championship at the U.S. Open in New York.

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On Wednesday, Williams, 38, announced she was withdrawing from the French Open and is "struggling to walk" due to the severity of the injury.

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"I really wanted to give an effort here. It's my Achilles that didn't have enough time to properly heal after the (US) Open," Williams said at a press conference. "I was able to get it somewhat better, but just looking long term in this tournament -- will I be able to get through enough matches? For me, I don't think I could. Struggling to walk, so that's kind of a telltale sign I should try to recover."

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It takes a very special mom to go that extra mile for their children. Serena Williams is that mom who spends quality time playing dress up with her daughter Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Yes, it helps that Serena is a multimillionaire tennis superstar with plenty of time on her hands.

On Thursday, the 38-year-old tennis superstar shared an Instagram photo that showed her twinning with Olympia wearing matching princess dresses.

In the photo, Olympia gives her mommy a hand zipping up her dress.

"She's got my back already. And I'll always have hers," Serena captioned the post.

Serena has previously shared photos of Olympia twinning while playing tennis and channeling Belle from "Beauty and the Beast."

Olympia doesn't need a babysitter, as she goes everywhere with her parents.

Olympia's dad, Reddit.com co-founder, Alexis Ohanian retired at age 37 to be a stay-at-home dad.

Olympia is a very fortunate little girl.
 

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Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian has resigned as a Reddit board member and called on officials to fill his seat with a black candidate to help "curb racial hate".

The 37-year-old investor, who co-founded the popular news aggregation site, announced his resignation in an impassioned statement on Friday, revealing he wanted to do more to support the black community in honor of Alexis Olympia, the 2-year-old daughter he shares with 38-year-old tennis icon Williams, who is black.

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"I have resigned as a member of the reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate," Ohanian shared.

"It is long overdue to do the right thing. I'm doing this for me, for my family, and for my country. I'm saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: 'What did you do?'"

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Ohanian, who was estimated to have a net worth of $70 million in a Forbes magazine article last year, went on to explain he will be using "future gains" from his shares in Reddit to "serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate", starting with a $1 million donation to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to fight police brutality.

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