Serena Williams

Serena Williams to star in NZ

The former world number one was announced as a competitor by ASB Classic officials to compete in next year's tournament.

Williams, currently ranked at number two in the world, will be the highest ranked player ever to compete at the Auckland tournament which has attracted stars such as Venus Williams, Carolina Wozniacki and Rafael Nadal in the past.

ASB Classic organisers said they believed the American player's participation would make this the biggest event in the tournament's history.

Serena Williams vows: 'I won't be silent' on police violence

The US tennis star posted that she found herself feeling wary of law enforcement during a recent journey with her teenage nephew.

Williams said that when they drove by a patrol car she remembered a woman whose boyfriend was fatally shot by police.

She is the latest athlete to speak out about friction between law enforcement and the black community in the US.

In Tuesday's Facebook post, Williams, 35, wrote that she had asked her 18-year-old nephew to drive her somewhere so she could work during the journey.

Williams, Biles confidential information hacked

 WADA identified the group of hackers as Tsar Team (APT28), also known as Fancy Bear.

The website said it had information about a number of U.S. athletes, including tennis sisters Serena and Venus Williams as well as multiple gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles.

"WADA condemns these ongoing cyber-attacks that are being carried out in an attempt to undermine WADA and the global anti-doping system," said director general Olivier Niggli in a statement that did not name any athletes.

Serena reveals 'serious' knee injury

The American's 186-week reign as world number one is over after the 6-2 7-6 (7-5) loss to Czech Pliskova at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday.

Williams, whose bid for a 23rd grand slam also came to an end, said a knee injury had been impacting her from the opening rounds of the tournament.

"I have been having some serious left knee problems," she said.

"I wasn't tired. Fatigue had absolutely nothing to do with it. If I was tired I should definitely get into a new career."

Williams added: "I wasn't able to move the way I wanted to move.

US Open 2016: Serena Williams suffers shock loss to Karolina Pliskova

Pliskova, 24, won 6-2 7-6 (7-5) to set up a first Grand Slam final against Angelique Kerber or Carolina Wozniacki.

Williams' defeat guarantees that Kerber will overtake the 34-year-old at the top of the rankings after the US Open.

It will end a 186-week run as number one for Williams, which ties Steffi Graf's WTA record.

Williams had also been hoping to pass Graf's Open-era record of 23 major singles titles in New York, but for the second year running she fell at the semi-final stage.

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Federer hails Serena longevity

 Williams, who moved level with Steffi Graff on 22 grand slam titles with victory at Wimbledon in July, has to reach the final at Flushing Meadows to have a chance of keeping the moniker as the best player in women's tennis with Angelique Kerber in pole position to take over.

The 34-year-old has been at number one since February 2013 and 17-time grand slam champion Federer, who remains at fourth in the ATP rankings at the age of 35 but announced in July he would miss the rest of the year because of a knee injury, has nothing but admiration for the American.

Serena eases past King

The world number one, bidding for her 23rd grand slam, eased to a 6-3 6-3 victory over fellow American King at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday.

Williams dropped just one game in her only previous meeting with King – at Flushing Meadows in 2014 – and while that changed, the result was never in doubt.

The 34-year-old hit 19 winners in the first set as she dominated with her power, before cruising through the second.

The match was complete in just 64 minutes, with Swede Johanna Larsson awaiting Williams in the third round.

Serena Williams shows off her twerking skills in latest Delta Airlines ad

The tennis GOAT is the face of Delta Airlines' latest advertisement, which shows off her skills as she dreams of holding a dance-off.

Williams eats dog food but reaches Italian Open quarters

The world number one tried "a spoonful" of food meant for her dog Chip before beating fellow American Christina McHale in straight sets in Rome.

"I thought 'what the heck, I'm gonna try a piece, it looks good'," said the 34-year-old.

"Fast forward two hours - I just ran to the toilet like I thought I was going to pass out."

Serena Williams named Sportsperson of the Year

The 34-year-old accomplished her second 'Serena Slam' while battling a string of injuries, producing one of the greatest late-career runs in the history of any sport, the magazine said, hailing her a "global icon".