Four decades, 73 singles titles: Serena Williamss epic journey | Tumaini Carayol

The younger Williams sister has won titles in four decades and is focusing now on finally claiming her 24th singles grand slam title 1990s When Venus Williams burst into the world of tennis by reaching the 1997 US Open final, nobody had a better seat on Arthur Ashe Arena than her younger sister. Serena watched as her sisters first steps from the tennis courts of Compton into the upper echelons of the country club sport were met with resistance and scorn. As the world fixated on Venus and the bombast of their father, Richard, Serena took her first steps to relatively less fanfare and her rise was seamless. In November 1997, at 16 years old, Serena, ranked 304, travelled to …

Michail Antonio: Im about to fight a guy and he might have stabbed me

West Hams cult hero Michail Antonio knows about gang culture and wants to help kids with boisterous lives find a better, calmer path, he tells Jacob Steinberg I had a short temper growing up, Michail Antonio says. When I was younger, from primary school to 14, you just needed to call me a dickhead and Id have a fight with you. A physical fight. I dont know why. An angry Antonio is difficult to picture. From afar the West Ham forward seems the happy type, a cult hero who always has a funny goal celebration up his sleeve, and this 29-year-old father of three does not disappoint when we meet at Football Beyond Borders office in Brixton. Antonio has given …

Operation win: Klopps focus and Liverpools momentum key to the title

Liverpool passed their latest test in Doha and appear to be growing stronger in the Premier League race With the world conquered, Liverpools thoughts return to scaling the peak that means the world to them. It is a measure of their unrivalled dominance and consistency in the Premier League this season that their position at the summit strengthened despite being more than 3,000 miles away in Qatar. Jrgen Klopps unbeaten leaders left England for the Club World Cup 10 points clear of Leicester, whom they visit today. They returned 10 points clear and with a game in hand on their nearest rivals after the first world title in the clubs history an achievement that proved beyond Bob Paisleys team in …

Powerful photographs perfectly illustrate rise of women’s sport | Suzanne Wrack

Megan Rapinoes celebration is among the images from 2019 that point towards a parity in how male and female athletes are covered From the viral delight of UCLA Bruins gymnast Katelyn Ohashi during her perfect 10 floor routine, to the tears of Katarina Johnson-Thompson as she stared at her record breaking scoreboard, or Megan Rapinoe, arms outstretched in perhaps the pose of the year, it has been a good year for powerful imagery of sportswomen. Were seeing the parity between mens sport and womens sports being less obvious, says Getty Images head of creative insights Dr Rebecca Swift. If you take the Womens World Cup as an example, were seeing moments captured that we typically had seen in the mens …