By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter Black actress Leslie Jones could not have said it better “I know Serena’s dad told her the same thing my dad did: Be undeniable. If you’re so good, nobody can deny you. At the end of the day not even her biggest critics could deny what she became. I […]Read more "END OF ERA: AN HOMAGE TO BLACK GREATNESS"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — It marked the end of an era. But oh, what an era it was. Serena Williams played and lost her last competitive match last night at the US Open to 29-year-old Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia 7-5, 6-7, 6-1. One lasting memory might be how the 23-time Grand […]Read more "Serena’s Era Comes to An End at The Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — Oh no, she didn’t. Oh yes, she did. Serena Williams did her best imitation of Serena Williams in 1999 with a stirring and emphatic 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 win over No. 2 Annett Kontaveit of Estonia. The boisterous sold-out crowd was behind the legendary 40-year-old all night. She […]Read more "Movin’ On: Serena wins, advances to 2nd Round"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — Fans of the Williams sisters got some great news as Serena and Venus Williams received a wild card into the US Open women’s doubles and will compete together one last time. The pair have had an incredible doubles career. They have an overall record of 192-34 and […]Read more "Double Your Pleasure: Venus & Serena Are Together Again"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — It was Serena Williams’ night at the Open Monday night, before a record crowd of almost 24,000. It was a first-round match with the feel of an Open final. Williams walked out to thundering applause and it never abated during the match against no. 80 Danka Kovinic […]Read more "The Long Goodbye Begins for Serena"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter FLUSHING, NY — Make no mistake about it. This year’s US Open is primarily about Serena Williams. The 6-time winner announced about a month ago that she will “evolve away” from tennis after the Open, which begins on Monday. The 40-year-old Williams is unseeded and has drawn another unseeded player, […]Read more "Serena’s Last (Open) Dance"
By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter The last two weekends the last major in tennis was played in New York City with many of the stars of the game taking a pass due to the Covid-19 scare. Men’s defending champion Rafael Nadal and Women’s defending champion Simona Helep. The long list included Stan Wawrinka, Ashleigh […]Read more "BLACK ANGER, WHITE ANGER AT THE U.S. OPEN"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Both players played great. One of the players came up bigger on the biggest points. That was No. 3 seed Serena Williams, as she defeated No. 15 Maria Sakkari of Greece, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 to book a spot in the US Open quarterfinals. It will […]Read more "100 & counting: Serena beats Sakkari, advances to Open quarterfinals"
The two keys for Williams throughout were both her serve and perhaps more importantly her calm, despite building a big first set deficit. Williams hit 12 aces and ripped a 122 mph serve.Read more "Serena outlasts Sloane to advance at The U.S. Open"
By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter Racism has come full force around the world as the Australian Press Council ruled that the U.S. Open Finals cartoon was o.k. It was ok to make Serena Williams look like an oversized kid stomping on the ground having a childlike fit. It was o.k. to make Williams twice […]Read more "SPORTS, RACE, AND BLACK ATHLETES"