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 …

Rafa Nadal guides Spain to emotional Davis Cup title

(CNN)Rafael Nadal capped a remarkable season, guiding Spain to a sixth Davis Cup title as he beat Denis Shapovalov to seal victory over Canada in Madrid’s Caja Magica. “I’m incredibly happy to end the year like this,” Nadal, who also won the Davis Cup in 2004, 2009 and 2011, told reporters. Nadal’s victory against Shapovalov ensured the 33-year-old won all of the eight rubbers he played during the 2019 Davis Cup event. READ: Nadal angered by ‘bullsh**’ marriage question Sunday’s final marked the end of a week of international tennis in which soccer star Gerard Pique‘s controversial $3 billion revamp of the Davis Cup had begun in front of a less than packed house in Madrid. The Barcelona defender’s investment …

Tiger Woods enjoyed watching Rafael Nadal’s win against Marin Cilic at the US Open

(CNN)Like fans have seen so many times, Tiger Woods was up on his feet and pumping his fist in celebration. In his on-court interview, Nadal was asked about Woods. “For me, it’s a huge honor playing in front of all of you of course,” Nadal said to the crowd. “But playing in front of Tiger for me is a very special thing. “I always said I never had big idols, but if I had to say one, one idol is him. I always tried to follow him every single shot that he hit during the whole year. “For me, it’s a big pleasure to have him here supporting. Means a lot. He’s a big legend of the sport, one of …

‘It’s a start’: Can the Aurora Games create a new model for women’s sports?

Last weeks six-day celebration of womens sports in Albany was beset by problems, but founder Jerry Solomon is confident the concept is sound Last week, the Aurora Games took over the Times Union Center in upstate New York. Billed as an international multi-sport womens festival, the event brought together roughly 150 athletes, including Olympic champions and grand slam winners, to compete for Team Americas and Team World in tennis, gymnastics, basketball, ice hockey, figure skating, beach volleyball and table tennis. The mission of the Games, founded by longtime sports executive Jerry Solomon, was to create a platform to celebrate and elevate women athletes. The Aurora Games will be held every two years and has already committed to return to Albany …