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Sloan Stephens upset Serena in this year’s Australian Open Quarterfinal. Literally. Then Serena got on the internet and tossed a not-so-cryptic jab at the 20-year-old. So it’s no surprise Sloan is firing back in this week’s ESPN The Magazine. All the juicy beef you can handle after the jump.
Maybe Tiger Woods isn’t at his peak anymore, but he still commands a crowd unlike anyone else in the golf world. People like Serena Williams turn out to see him. And when people turn out to see him, they want visual documentation that they saw him. The problem: the golf world isn’t so keen on letting them have it.
Every so often an athlete comes out of nowhere to accomplish something great and becomes an overnight sensation. The Olympics are especially good at producing these kinds of athletes, but other sports can do the same thing – and America’s latest athletic sweetheart comes from the tennis world. After the jump, meet Sloane Stephens, who exploded onto the scene by beating Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Hey Serena Williams, Try Not To Smack Yourself In The Face With Your Racket On The Forehand Follow-Through
Serena Williams won her Australian Open second round match 6-2, 6-0 over Spanish teenager Garbine Muguruza today, but at the expense of her face. After tracking down the ball and swinging a forehand return, her racket on the follow-through caught her lip, splitting it open and drawing blood. Not a good thing, though we look forward to whatever Caroline Wozniacki has in store.
Maria Sharapova and Carolina Wozniacki played an exhibition match in Sao Paolo recently, and Wozniacki decided not to take things too seriously. So she took some towels and stuffed them in her skirt and bra because making fun of Serena Williams’ butt and boobs is always fun.
Ryan Lochte is a world-class swimmer, Serena Williams one of the best tennis players ever. But neither is a prerequisite for being a slick crooner or a fleet-footed dancer. In fact, I would imagine Ryan Lochte especially is terrible at both. Still, that won’t stop them from planning a night out on the town in NYC. Read more after the jump.
It was a windy afternoon at Wimbledon. With the roof open at Centre Court, Serena Williams’ hair wasn’t the only casualty of the strong gusts. Find out what happened after the jump.
Serena Williams won Wimbledon earlier today, and she dropped to the ground in celebration. The ESPN camera crew members, being the voyeuristic peeping toms that they are, decided to go for the extended video crotch shot. Granted you can’t actually see much, but the choice of camera angle is, well, odd. Video, after the jump.
The match wasn’t close, until it was, until it wasn’t again, as Williams defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. This is Williams 14th major title and 5th at Wimbledon, tying her sister Venus. Although Radwanska is the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam Final since 1939, she just couldn’t handle Serena’s overwhelming power.
Whatever combination of physical prowess, mental toughness and magic fairy dust from the ether “it” is, Serena Williams didn’t have it today, and it resulted in her first first-round Grand Slam exit. But it wasn’t just that she lost – it was how flat-out miserable she looked at times.