Meghan Markle Supports Serena Williams at U.S. Open

The Duchess of Sussex is showing her support for close friend Serena Williams. Meghan Markle, made a surprise trip to New York to attend Williams’ final U.S. Open match on Saturday against Canada’s Bianca Andreescu. Markle arrived at the match dressed in a gray coat and denim dress, where she greeted Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, before the match began. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, greets Alexis Ohanian as she arrives to watch the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships.  Charles Krupa/AP/Shutterstock This marks the first trip Markle has made to the U.S. since giving birth to her and Prince Harry’s first son, Archie, in May. She previously visited New York City this year for her baby shower in February, which was cohosted by Williams. Markle also came out to support Williams at Wimbledon in July, sitting outside the royal box to cheer on her friend. Markle’s New York trip marks the beginning of a busy month of engagements for the royal. She is slated to attend her first official royal engagement after ending maternity leave on Sept. 12 for the launch of her charitable fashion label, which benefits the U.K. organization, Smart Works. She will then embark on a tour of Africa with Prince Harry

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Myro Receives Investment From Serena Williams, Carmelo Anthony

Myro has found investors in Serena Williams and Carmelo Anthony. The tennis legend and the basketball star have invested in the gender-neutral refillable deodorant brand through their respective venture capital firms Serena Ventures and Melo7 Tech Partners with Stuart Goldfarb. The investment is part of a $ 7 million seed-extension funding round that includes Western Technology Investment. “I’m always trying to find the next big thing, and refillable deodorant just feels relevant to the time we’re living in. With the way the world is now, it’s so important to invest in sustainable brands doing positive things,” said Anthony. “I treat every decision I make as the biggest decision of my life, so being deliberate about working with brands that align with my personal values is really important to me.” Founded by Greg Laptevsky in 2017, Myro is a direct-to-consumer, gluten-free and vegan deodorant that can be refilled with new deodorant pods. Refillable cases and deodorant pods are available in five colors and scents that retail for $ 10. A subscription service delivers packs of three refill pods quarterly for $ 10 each as well. Each deodorant is made with about 50 percent less plastic than traditional deodorant brands, and is a custom blend of 100 percent natural

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Billie Jean King Says Serena Williams Is Treated Differently Than Male Athletes as WTA Backs Her

After Serena Williams‘ controversial loss to Japan’s Naomi Osaka at Saturday’s U.S. Open Women’s Final — during which Williams received three violations and confronted the chair umpire, whom she called a “thief” — tennis great Billie Jean King is addressing major factors that she says played a role in how the game transpired: Williams’ gender and race.

King, 74, writes in an op-ed The Washington Post published Sunday, “The ceiling that women of color face on their path to leadership never felt more impenetrable than it did at the women’s U.S. Open final on Saturday.”

Williams, 36, was fined $ 17,000 from her $ 1.85 million prize money for her three violations: $ 10,000 for verbally abusing the umpire, Carlos Ramos; $ 4,000 for receiving a warning about coaching; and $ 3,000 for breaking a racket. Critics called some of the punishments sexist, claiming that males exhibit the same emotion on the court without being penalized.

“What was supposed to be a memorable moment for tennis, with Serena Williams, perhaps the greatest player of all time, facing off against Naomi Osaka, the future of our sport, turned into another example of people in positions of power abusing that power,” argues King, the 39-time Grand Slam winner who was portrayed by Emma Stone in the 2017 biopic Battle of the Sexes.

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After receiving the game penalty for court violation, Williams told Ramos, “You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology. Say it. Say you’re sorry. … And you stole a point from me. You’re a thief, too!”

As King sees it, Ramos treated Williams differently than how he would treat male tennis pros. “Women are treated differently in most arenas of life,” writes King for the Post. “This is especially true for women of color. And what played out on the court yesterday happens far too often. It happens in sports, in the office and in public service. Ultimately, a woman was penalized for standing up for herself. A woman faced down sexism, and the match went on.”

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For King, Williams’ struggle — and the way she reacted to it — is a teachable moment for women. “I understand what motivated Williams to do what she did,” King writes for the Post. “And I hope every single girl and woman watching yesterday’s match realizes they should always stand up for themselves and for what they believe is right. Nothing will ever change if they don’t.”

On Saturday, Williams’ was given a third violation for illegal coaching from her player box during the first set against Osaka, 20. Williams told Ramos, “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose. I’m just letting you know.”

“If tennis would catch up with the 21st century and allow coaching on every point, the situation on the court would never have escalated to the level of absurdity that it did,” writes King for the Post. “Every player, after all, still has to play the match — she has to execute on every point, and she should never be held responsible for the actions of a coach. Coaching happens all the time, at all levels of tennis. So why not just allow it?”

King cites her personal experience in the Post piece, explaining how she relates to Williams: “I found myself in similar situations in my career; once, I even walked off the court in protest. It wasn’t my proudest moment, but it may have been one of my more powerful ones.”

Ultimately, writes King in the Post, “Ramos crossed the line. He made himself part of the match. He involved himself in the end result. An umpire’s job is to keep control of the match, and he let it get out of control. The rules are what they are, but the umpire has discretion, and Ramos chose to give Williams very little latitude in a match where the stakes were highest.”

However, King notes in the Post, “Williams could have taken some responsibility and moved on after the first warning (and, speaking from experience, it’s debatable whether she knew this was a warning or not), and before the point and game penalties started flying.”

Another tennis great also came to Williams’ defense this past weekend: Novak Djokovic, 31, who won the U.S. Open Men’s Final on Sunday night. When asked what he thought about the incident between the 23-time Grand Slam winner and Ramos, he responded, “I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a Grand Slam final … He did change the course of the match. It was, in my opinion, maybe unnecessary. We all go through our emotions, especially when you’re fighting for a Grand Slam trophy.”

As accusations of sexism continue to fly at tennis officials and institutions from players and fans alike, the Women’s Tennis Association elected to side with Williams. WTA CEO Steve Simon showed support in a statement released on the organization’s website.

“Yesterday also brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches,” wrote Simon. “The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done last night.”

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Once the match concluded, Williams didn’t shake the umpire’s hand and she continued demanding an apology as the crowd roared with boos.

During the post-match trophy ceremony, Williams addressed the crowd, saying, “Well, I don’t want to be rude, I don’t want to do questions. played well, this is her first Grand Slam. I know you guys were here rooting. Let’s make this the best moment we can. Let’s not boo anymore. We’re gonna get through this and we’re gonna be positive. No more booing!”

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Fighting back tears after the match, Osaka said, “I know that everybody was cheering for her. I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”

King also showed support for Osaka in her Post piece, writing, “Lost in the craziness of the evening was the fact that Osaka played excellent tennis and won her first major title. Competing against her childhood idol, she summoned her A game and earned her championship — no need for any asterisk in the record book. She was the best player on the court Saturday.”


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Serena Williams Says Daughter Olympia Inspires Her to Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

For tennis star Serena Williams, joining the fight against domestic and financial violence is crucial to not only being a strong role model, but to being a mother to 9-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia.

The athlete has teamed up with Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse initiative where she aims to be a powerful voice to speak up for others who may not be able to.

“These women probably can’t use their voice so it’s important for them to know that there are people out there that are using their voice and letting them know that there is a place, that we can do something about it,” the superstar said at an event for the initiative on Wednesday.

According to Allstate, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, with 99 percent of cases being financial abuse. As a new mother, these shocking statistics really hit home, Williams, 36, told PEOPLE.

“Having a daughter means that she’s one in four. Hopefully those stats don’t go up by the time she’s dating and meeting people, but they can if you don’t make people aware of it,” she said.

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Williams recalled wanting to join Purple Purse after realizing how little she knew about the subject, figuring that many other people were in the dark about the issue as well.

“ is a subject that people are not really comfortable talking about, but sometimes talking about the uncomfortable is what we have to do,” Williams said. “We’re doing that now with Me Too, with Times Up, and I feel like we’re making those steps. We want to make this a movement.”

As a frequent advocate for women’s rights and equal pay in sports, Williams doesn’t shy away from reminding women that their voice deserves to be heard. The best advice she can give to both her daughter and women today is to “always speak up, and from the first day.”

“If you keep letting it go on, the situation gets worse and worse until you’re just completely downtrodden,” she added.

As an ambassador for the organization, Williams wants to bring awareness through education and social media. Last fall, the four-time Olympic gold medalist designed a purple purse in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is gearing up to unveil her new design for this year.

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“When I designed it, that was kind of the mindset…for it to be enough for you to take just what you need, your essentials,” Williams told PEOPLE.

On Wednesday, Williams took part in unveiling Purple Purse’s first installment of six “Instagram-able” murals as part of a national campaign to educate the public on the issue of domestic abuse. The first work was done by local artist Isabel Castillo Guijarro in NYC, and five additional murals will be created by local female artists in Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Williams snapped a picture in front of the mural with Allstate’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations, Vicky Dinges, and is using her strong following on social media to help make the invisible weapon of financial abuse more visible to the world.

“By tapping into the growing popularity of free street art and turning it into a vehicle for social good, we hope these murals will bring financial abuse and domestic violence out of the shadows, and inspire a new network of allies for domestic violence survivors,” said Dinges.

 

As a mother to young Olympia, Williams expressed her strong belief in educating young boys about what is acceptable and not acceptable, and to know that they need to support the cause. “The key word for me is men,” says Williams, adding, “It’s a human rights issue. We should just want to be better humans.”


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Serena Williams Gives Birth to Baby Girl

Serena Williams, the 35-year-old tennis star, gave birth Friday to a baby girl, according to media reports.
She reportedly gave birth at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Williams became engaged to Alexis Ohanian, the cofounder of Reddit, last December.
A Twitter post from the U.S. Open Tennis Friday afternoon said, “Congratulations to @serenawilliams for giving birth to a baby girl!”
Williams, who is sitting out the U.S. Open that’s in full swing in New York, hasn’t played a tennis match since winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open on Jan. 28, when she was close to two months pregnant. She has said previously that she planned to sit out the rest of the 2017 season and would be returning to the tennis circuit in 2018.
Meantime, Williams’ older sister, Venus, continued the excitement of the day winning 6-3, 6-4 over Maria Sakkari to reach the fourth round in New York.
 
 
 

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Serena Williams’ Babymoon In Monaco Looked Pretty Perfect

Serena Williams is celebrating the upcoming arrival of her first child in style. 

The tennis great and her fiancé, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, babymooned in Monaco this past weekend. The two did a little sightseeing with friends and even watched the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. 

For the Grand Prix outing, Williams wore a beautiful, brightly colored zebra print dress: 

She even hung out with Thor himself, actor Chris Hemsworth: 

While boating with friends, Williams opted for an all-black look, from her dress to her hat: 

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Loved arriving in Monaco by @astonmartinlagonda AM37 powerboat! #AMArtOfLiving #AstonMartin #AM37 #MonacoGP

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During the trip, Williams and Ohanian stayed at the Chateau Eza hotel, according to Architectural Digest. The luxurious hotel was once the former residence to a Swedish prince, which makes it the perfect fit for tennis royalty like Williams. 

It looks like the two enjoyed their stay: 

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As did their friends! 

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Serena Williams Pens Moving Instagram Post to Baby: ‘You Gave Me the Strength I Didn’t Know I Had’

Serena Williams can’t wait to meet her little bundle of joy.

The tennis champion took to Instagram on Monday morning, posting a moving love note to her unborn baby — just days after news broke that she and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian are expecting their first child.

“My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait for you to join the players box next year,” Williams, 35, wrote alongside a photo of herself lounging in a swimsuit.

“But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you …. once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. 😉 from the world’s oldest number one to the world’s youngest number one. — Your Mommy.”

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The sweet post comes as Williams appeared to be on a babymoon. Her Instagram page has been riddled with shots of the athlete on a beach.

The star broke the pregnancy news last week with a simple mirror selfie on Snapchat, writing, “20 weeks” — with her baby bump clearly visible.

A rep for the tennis star later told PEOPLE, “I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this fall.”

The headline-making baby news comes just a few months after the tennis great announced that she is engaged to the Reddit co-founder. Williams, who likes to keep her personal life private, made the announcement in a poem on Reddit.

“I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage waited. Destination: Rome,” she wrote. “To escort me to my very own ‘charming.’ Back to where our stars first collided. And now it was full circle. At the same table we first met by chance.”

Williams added, “But by choice. Down on knee. He said 4 words. And I said yes.” Ohanian posted his fiancée’s Reddit announcement on Facebook, captioning it simply, “She said yes.”

Williams holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles of any player in the Open Era, clinching her 23rd at January’s Australian Open.

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Serena Williams Blows Kiss to Fiancé at Australian Open as She Advances to Face Sister Venus in Finals

There was love on and off the court at the Australian Open on Thursday.

After securing her victory over Croatia’s Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, Serena Williams took a moment to blow a sweet kiss to her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, as he watched her adoringly from the stands.

In a photo of the sweet moment, the 35-year-old tennis great is shown with her right hand to her lips, preparing to blow the kiss to the Reddit co-founder.

Ohanian, 33, has proven to be one of Williams’ biggest fans, posting Instagram photos of her matches as she battles it out in the tennis tournament.

On Thursday, he praised his wife-to-be and her sister, Venus, as they both advanced to the final round of the competition.

“This is going to be a historic #WilliamsFinals at the #AusOpen,” Ohanian captioned an Instagram photo post. “I’m so proud and grateful to witness this. I hope you all will be watching these two legends AKA my fiance and sister.”

After her win, Serena told reporters it’s very meaningful to be matched up against her sister.

“This is probably the moment of our careers so far,” she said, per CNN.

“It’s the one time that I really genuinely feel like no matter what happens, I can’t lose, she can’t lose. It’s going to be a great situation,” she also said.

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The 22-time Grand Slam champion revealed her engagement to Ohanian last month. Fittingly, she broke the news in a poem — on Reddit.

Ohanian commented on Williams’ Reddit post, writing, “And you made me the happiest man on the planet.”

Williams later subtly unveiled her engagement ring in a (you guessed it) Reddit post, showing herself posing alongside Ohanian. She titled the post: “Engagement shoe game.”

She earlier opened up about the engagement during a post-match press conference after securing a first-round victory in the Australian Open, saying, “It feels good.”

Serena Williams Engaged to Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian – and Announces on Reddit!

“I really haven’t thought about it too much, because I wasn’t even really gonna think about it until after the tournament,” she continued. “So, I just keep saying, ‘February, I’ll start looking at the bigger picture of my life.’ But right now I’m just so focused that this is all I can think about.”

She also gushed about Ohanian, calling him “a really nice person.”

“I think he definitely treats everyone the same, which is really cool to see,” Williams said. “Really, really nice to see.”


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Serena Williams’ Engagement Ring Appears To Have Lots Of Net Worth

Make sure to take that thing off when you play, Serena Williams. It could hurt someone.

The tennis champ flashed her rather large engagement ring on Reddit Thursday in a fun pic with fiancé Alexis Ohanian, the site’s co-founder.

Titled “Engagement Shoe Game,” the photo shows a beaming Williams playfully sporting Nikes in a skirt as she holds Ohanian. But this isn’t about the shoes. Williams not-so-slyly displays the ring. It’s a long shot but you can’t miss it.

A few days ago, Williams aced her Instagram game with a joke image of the jewelry. 

Sneak peek. ❤️It was a corn tortilla of course in case you were wondering.

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Williams, 35, announced her engagement to Ohanian, 33, last week.

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Later this month, she will be seeking her seventh Australian Open singles title.

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Serena Williams Debuts Engagement Ring from Fiancé Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams is ringing in the new year quite literally: By flashing the engagement ring given to her over the holidays by Alexis Ohanian. The tennis superstar and Reddit cofounder surprised many by announcing their engagement right before the New Year after keeping their relationship under the radar for months – and doubled the surprise by making it official via a poem and cartoon on the site.

Williams’ poem documented a carriage ride, a Roman holiday and an on-one-knee proposal, and was unexpectedly public for a couple who has reportedly been dating since 2015 but only hinted at their relationship via a silly Instagram around Halloween. But she had to know that it would be hard to keep things under wraps once she was seen with that giant ring on her left hand – as she was for the first time this weekend in New Zealand.

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The star, her new fiancé and her sister Venus touched down in Auckland ahead of the WTA’s ASB Classic tennis tournament this week. And though she’ll be down to business soon enough, the star was all smiles in her cutoffs, long coat and solitaire sparkler flashing from her left hand.

 

We’re hoping to see some more angles of that rock – and some more sweetly supportive posts from her fiancé Ohanian – as she gets back to work this week.

What do you think of the ring?


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Serena Williams Covers Vogue (Again) And We Couldn’t Be Happier

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Vogue anymore, they go and put Serena Williams on their cover for the second time.

The athlete is on the April issue, which was shot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. In the image, we see Williams in a navy blue Rag & Bone sheath dress, natural makeup and, of course, her gorgeous curly hair.

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The full article, which appears on Vogue.com, talks about Williams’ friendship with tennis champion (and competitor) Caroline Wozniacki, her plans to expand her interest in fashion beyond her current clothing line on the Home Shopping Network and how she used to hate her toned arms.

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Serena Williams Crashes Wedding In A Leopard Swimsuit

Serena Williams deserves a gold medal because she managed to pull off one of the greatest celebrity wedding crashes ever.

Williams hit the beach with fellow tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in Miami, Florida, on Saturday, May 31, according to USA Today. While hanging out, the two stumbled upon a beachside wedding and Williams not only crashed the nuptials, but she did it while wearing a leopard-print swimsuit.

Guests were taking photos of the 32-year-old, and the happy couple seemed to be thrilled to have her there.

“Wedding crasher!! Congrats!” she wrote alongside an Instagram photo with the smiling bride and groom.

“Bikini wedding crasher!” she captioned another shot.

Check out more photos of Williams at the wedding below.

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