Serena in WTA Championship semifinals

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Serena Williams, Anastasia Myskina, Amelie Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova have advanced to the semifinals at the WTA Championships.

Myskina beats Davenport in WTA match

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- French Open champion Anastasia Myskina beat Lindsay Davenport 7-6 (5), 6-4 during WTA Championship play, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Serena loses to world's 73rd ranked player

LINZ, Austria, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Qualifier Alina Jidkova of Russia stunned former world No. 1 Serena Williams Wednesday in the second round of the Generali Linz Open.

Usher, Alicia Keyes duet on awards show

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Usher and Alicia Keyes will perform their current hit "My Boo" on the upcoming American Music Awards telecast, organizers announced Monday.

Top-seeded Mauresmo withdraws in Zurich

ZURICH, Switzerland, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo withdrew Tuesday from the $1.3 million Swisscom Challenge.

Presenters set for American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Producers Wednesday announced an all-star lineup of presenters for the American Music Awards including Clay Aiken, Sheryl Crow and Nicole Ritchie.

Lance Armstrong charity can't meet demand

AUSTIN, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Texas-based Lance Armstrong Foundation, the charity of cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, cannot meet the demand for its "Wear Yellow" campaign.

Serena wins China Open over Kuznetsova

BEIJING, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Serena Williams came from behind to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova Sunday in the championship match of the China Open.

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Serena, Kuznetsova reach China final

BEIJING, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- American Serena Williams and Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova won in straight sets Saturday and advanced to the championship match of the China Open.

Serena, 3 Russians reach Beijing semis

BEIJING, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Serena Williams of the United States and three Russians advanced Friday to the semifinals of the China Open tennis tournament.

Kuznetsova advances in Beijing tennis

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova survived a tough battle Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the China Open.

Serena moves into China Open quarterfinals

BEIJING, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Serena Williams of the United States rallied in the final set Wednesday to beat Dinara Safina and reach the quarterfinals of the China Open.

Tanasugarn ousts Dokic in Beijing tennis

BEIJING, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Tamarine Tanasugarn, Emmanuelle Gagliardi and Vera Douchevina were among first-round winners Tuesday in the China Open.

Dulko advances in China Open

BEIJING, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Sixth-seeded Gisela Dulko of Argentina was among first-round winners Monday in the China Open.
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Serena Williams
American Serena Williams smiles as she holds aloft the Wimbledon Ladies singles trophy after beating Vera Zvonareva in the Wimbledon championships in Wimbledon on July 3, 2010.Williams beat Zvonareva 6-3,6-2. UPI/Hugo Philpott

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on five separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002 and regained this ranking for the fifth time on November 2, 2009. She is considered to be one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time.

Her 27 Grand Slam titles places her ninth on the all-time list: 13 in singles, 12 in women's doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. She is the most recent player, male or female, to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so. She was also the first woman, along with sister Venus Williams, to hold all four Grand Slam doubles titles simultaneously since Martina Hingis did so in 1998. Her 13 Grand Slam singles titles is sixth on the all-time list. Williams ranks fourth in Grand Slam women's singles titles won during the open era, behind Steffi Graf (22 titles) and Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova (18 titles each). She has won more Major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles than any other active player, male or female.

Williams has won two Olympic gold medals in women's doubles. She has won more career prize money than any other female athlete in history. Serena has played older sister Venus in 23 professional matches since 1998, with Serena winning 13 of these matches. They have met in eight Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning six times. Beginning with the 2002 French Open, they played each other in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals, which was the first time in the open era that the same two players had contested four consecutive Grand Slam finals. The pair have won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles together.

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