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Serena Williams shaken, then stirred in a rousing U.S. Open second round win

After another early round shaky start, followed by a drama-filled recovery, Serena Williams moved another rung higher on tennis’ ladder of greatness at the U.S. Open. Trailing 5-3 in the first set, Williams rallied to beat Kiki Berkins, of the … Continue reading

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Williams Sisters Fulfill Dreams of Their Father

Richard Williams predicted in the mid 1990s that his younger daughters – Venus and Serena – would one day become superstars in the predominantly white world of tennis. Sports fans and media-types alike responded with variations of the phrase made … Continue reading

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Katrina Adams set to become 1st former pro and African American to head USTA

Katrina Adams, who fell short of her dream of becoming tennis’ top woman player, nevertheless established herself as a major player in the tennis world earlier this week by becoming the first African American and former pro to be nominated … Continue reading

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The once dominant serve-and-volley game is gone

John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova are set to participate Monday in a non-tennis related function during opening night ceremonies at the U.S. Open in New York. The legendary Hall of Famers will join USTA President David Haggerty at Arthur Ashe … Continue reading

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Hank Aaron stays in the box on issues of race

  One of the more memorable moments of my career occurred more than 40 years ago when I, then a Newsday sports writer, interviewed Henry Aaron at his Atlanta Braves locker.  I listened intently, as he spoke of the pressure … Continue reading

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