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Former tennis player Margaret Court(REUTERS)

Expected Australian honour for tennis great Court stirs controversy

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 07:51 PM IST
Court is to be awarded a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC), the highest category of honour, after previously receiving recognition in 2007, media reported.
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Andy Murray reacts during his US Open match earlier this month.(Getty Images)
Andy Murray reacts during his US Open match earlier this month.(Getty Images)

Andy Murray backs calls to remove Margaret Court’s name from arena

By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 02:32 PM IST
The 78-year-old Court, who holds the all-time record of 24 major singles titles, has been heavily criticised for voicing her religious-based opposition to same-sex marriage and transgender athletes.
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FILE PHOTO: Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy.(REUTERS)

US Open: Serena Williams chases Margaret on home court

By Rutvick Mehta | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 07:53 AM IST
Field depleted, stage set. Can Serena Williams break a 4-year jinx to equal Court’s coveted Grand Slam record?
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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Serena Williams watches a shot to Arantxa Rus, of the Netherlands, during the second round at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in New York. Williams is scheduled to play in the U.S. Open, scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Serena Williams watches a shot to Arantxa Rus, of the Netherlands, during the second round at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in New York. Williams is scheduled to play in the U.S. Open, scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)(AP)

Insatiable Serena Williams in hot pursuit of slam number 24 - again

By Reuters | NEW YORK
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 09:55 AM IST
Since then she has come tantalisingly close to tying Margaret Court’s singles record, losing in the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals in both 2018 and 2019, and is determined not to give up the chase.
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Serena Williams as she plays China's Wang Qiang in their third round singles match at the Australian Open.(AP)
Serena Williams as she plays China's Wang Qiang in their third round singles match at the Australian Open.(AP)

John McEnroe hopes Serena can beat ‘crazy aunt’ Court’s record

By Reuters | MELBOURNE
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2020 09:17 PM IST
“Serena, do me a favour, get two more Grand Slams this year and get to 25 so we can leave Margaret Court and her offensive views in the past, where they both belong. Thank you,” added the American.
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Former Australian Open champion Margaret Court watches the men's fourth round match.(AP)
Former Australian Open champion Margaret Court watches the men's fourth round match.(AP)

Navratilova, McEnroe blast ‘homophobic’ Court ahead of Grand Slam honour

By Agence France-Presse | Melbourne
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2020 02:11 PM IST
Navratilova said the devout Christian’s deeply conservative views were “actually hurting people”, while McEnroe described Court as a “crazy aunt”, adding that marking her 1970 Grand Slam was a “nightmare” for governing body Tennis Australia.
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Serena Williams reacts after winning a point.(AP)
Serena Williams reacts after winning a point.(AP)

Serena Williams drops set before reaching Auckland Classic quarters

By Agence France-Presse | Auckland
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2020 11:01 AM IST
It took Serena Williams two hours to put away the 27-year-old McHale and advance to a quarter-final with Germany’s Laura Siegemund, who ousted teen prodigy Coco Gauff in the second round.
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File image of Margaret Court(AP)
File image of Margaret Court(AP)

Tennis champion Margaret Court hits out at transgender athletes

By AFP | Melbourne
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2019 11:56 AM IST
The 24-time Grand Slam singles winner, now a church pastor, drew fire in 2017 for saying she would avoid Qantas over the airline’s support for same-sex marriage, which is now law in Australia following a referendum.
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Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after winning the final against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.(REUTERS)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after winning the final against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.(REUTERS)

Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal claim season-ending ITF awards

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2019 11:09 PM IST
Barty, who quit tennis to play cricket in 2014 before returning to the game in 2016, became the first Australian to win the French Open since Margaret Court in 1973 when she beat Czech Marketa Vondrousova in June.
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File image of Rafael Nadal(REUTERS)
File image of Rafael Nadal(REUTERS)

Top guns all confirm for Australian Open

By AFP | Melbourne
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 10:15 AM IST
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty lead the field at the 115th edition of the tournament from January 20-February 7, which will mark the return to action of former world number three Juan Martin del Potro.
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Serena Williams with the 2017 Australian Open trophy.(Getty Images)
Serena Williams with the 2017 Australian Open trophy.(Getty Images)

Serena Williams Birthday: 6 interesting facts about women tennis’ biggest star

By YASH BHATI | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2019 11:27 AM IST
She currently has 23 Grand Slam titles and is just a single championship away from equalling Margaret Court’s record.
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Serena Williams of the USA after losing to Bianca Andreescu of Canada in the women’s final match(USA TODAY Sports)
Serena Williams of the USA after losing to Bianca Andreescu of Canada in the women’s final match(USA TODAY Sports)

Serena Williams says her poor effort ‘inexcusable’ in US Open final

By AFP | New York
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 08:39 AM IST
Williams had 33 winners but just as many unforced errors. She hit nine aces but misfired eight double faults and hit only 44 percent of her first serves. She dropped 30 of 43 points on her second serve.
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Serena Williams, of the United States, raises her fist after defeating Petra Martic, of Croatia.(AP)
Serena Williams, of the United States, raises her fist after defeating Petra Martic, of Croatia.(AP)

Serena Williams advances to US Open quarter-final against Wang Qiang

By Agence France-Presse | New York
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 06:59 AM IST
Serena Williams, a six-time US Open champion, will play for a semi-final berth on Tuesday against China’s 18th-seeded Wang Qiang, who upset French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia.
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Serena Williams, of the United States, takes break between games against Karolina Muchova, of the Czech Republic, during round three of the US Open tennis championships Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in New York.(AP)
Serena Williams, of the United States, takes break between games against Karolina Muchova, of the Czech Republic, during round three of the US Open tennis championships Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in New York.(AP)

Serena Williams juggles motherhood, fashion while chasing history

By AFP | New York
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 10:44 AM IST
Williams, seeking her 24th Grand Slam title to match the all-time record set by Margaret Court, will play Croatian 22nd seed Petra Martic on Sunday for a quarter-finals berth
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File image of Serena Williams(USA TODAY Sports)
File image of Serena Williams(USA TODAY Sports)

Serena to return to Auckland for Australian Open warm-up

By AFP | Wellington
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 08:55 AM IST
Currently ranked eighth in the world, the 37-year-old said she wanted to show New Zealanders what she could do on the court.
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File image of India tennis player Sania Mirza.(Getty Images)
File image of India tennis player Sania Mirza.(Getty Images)

I’ll not comeback to prove anything, results in second innings will be bonus: Sania Mirza

By PTI | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2019 02:31 PM IST
Not many tennis players have enjoyed success after motherhood. Only Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters have won a singles major after giving birth to their children.
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Serena Williams celebrates after beating Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova during their women's singles semi-final match at Wimbledon .(AFP)
Serena Williams celebrates after beating Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova during their women's singles semi-final match at Wimbledon .(AFP)

Lookback at Serena Williams’ seven Wimbledon titles

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2019 04:53 PM IST
Serena is looking to become second tennis player after Margaret Court to win 24 Grand Slam titles.
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Serena Williams defeated Barbora Strycova in the Wimbledon semifinal.(REUTERS)
Serena Williams defeated Barbora Strycova in the Wimbledon semifinal.(REUTERS)

Serena Williams powers past Barbora Strycova into Wimbledon final

By Reuters | London
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 09:16 PM IST
Serena Williams will become the oldest woman to contest a Grand Slam final in the professional era and victory will take her alongside Margaret Court’s record 24 singles majors.
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Serena Williams celebrates after winning her quarter-final match against Alison Riske of the U.S.(REUTERS)
Serena Williams celebrates after winning her quarter-final match against Alison Riske of the U.S.(REUTERS)

Serena Williams reaches 12th Wimbledon semi-final after beating Alison Riske

By Agence France-Presse | London
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2019 08:14 PM IST
Serena Williams is now just 2 wins away from from equalling Margaret Court’s Grand Slam singles title record haul of 24.
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Serena Williams of the U.S. in action(REUTERS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. in action(REUTERS)

Serena Williams wary of Riske factor at Wimbledon

By AFP | London
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2019 12:13 PM IST
The 37-year-old seven-time champion is moving into something resembling her best form after an unconvincing first week but will not take Tuesday’s quarter-final opponent Alison Riske lightly.
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Serena Williams reacts during her women's singles first round match.(AFP)
Serena Williams reacts during her women's singles first round match.(AFP)

Serena Williams goes through to Wimbledon second round

By Agence France-Presse | London
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 11:24 PM IST
The 37-year-old American, who if she wins Wimbledon will share the record with Margaret Court of 24 Grand Slam titles, eased through the first set.
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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after his final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem.(REUTERS)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after his final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem.(REUTERS)

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to claim record-stretching 12th French Open title

By AFP | Paris
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 10:03 PM IST
Rafael Nadal swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem.
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Ashleigh Barty celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.(REUTERS)
Ashleigh Barty celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.(REUTERS)

French Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty ends Australia’s 46-year wait for Roland Garros title

By AFP | Paris
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2019 09:49 PM IST
Eighth seed Barty got off to a strong start and never looked back, winning 6-1, 6-3 after only 70 minutes to claim her maiden Grand Slam title.
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Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 7, 2019 Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her semi final match against Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 7, 2019 Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her semi final match against Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)

French Open: Barty, Vondrousova to meet in Roland Garros final

By Reuters | Paris
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2019 04:51 PM IST
In the final, she will face Czech 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova where she’ll hope to become the first Australian champion in Paris since Margaret Court in 1973.
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Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing her third round match against Sofia Kenin.(REUTERS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing her third round match against Sofia Kenin.(REUTERS)

Serena Williams’ Slam history bid halted in Roland Garros shock

By Agence France-Presse | Paris
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2019 12:07 AM IST
It was 37-year-old Serena’s earliest exit at the Slams since a third round loss to Alize Cornet at Wimbledon in 2014.
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File image of Simona Halep(AFP)
File image of Simona Halep(AFP)

French Open 2019: Osaka, Halep open Roland Garros campaigns

By AFP | Paris
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 10:07 AM IST
Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro also features in his first major since finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the 2018 US Open while Simona Halep starts her title defence admitting “the pressure is off”.
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Japan's Naomi Osaka returns the ball to Madison Keys of the US during their women's singles third round match.(AFP)
Japan's Naomi Osaka returns the ball to Madison Keys of the US during their women's singles third round match.(AFP)

Uncertainty over Serena Williams fitness, Naomi Osaka form at Roland Garros

By Agence France-Presse | Paris
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 06:21 AM IST
Serena Williams is still waiting for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam triumph, with her last victory coming at the 2017 Australian Open shortly before taking a break from the sport due to pregnancy.
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Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams’ embarrassing moment - enters court on welcome for World Number 1 - Watch

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2019 07:18 PM IST
After rampaging through the early rounds without dropping a set, Serena Williams was at least forced to work for her victory by Simona Halep, who on paper is the top-ranked player in the world.
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Serena Williams of the U.S. interacts with Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska after winning the match.(REUTERS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. interacts with Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska after winning the match.(REUTERS)

Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams crushes Dayana Yastremska to enter last 16

By AFP | Melbourne
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2019 11:08 AM IST
Serena defeated world number 57 Yastremska 6-2, 6-1 to progress into the next round.
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Tennis - Australian Open - Second Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 17, 2019. Serena Williams of the U.S. and Canada's Eugenie Bouchard shake hands after the match.(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Second Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 17, 2019. Serena Williams of the U.S. and Canada's Eugenie Bouchard shake hands after the match.(REUTERS)

Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams blitzes Bouchard to reach Aussie Open third round

By AFP | Melbourne
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2019 05:24 PM IST
Australian Open 2019: The American won 6-2, 6-2 in 70 minutes, setting up unseeded Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska as the next hurdle in her bid for another major to equal the mark set by Australian great Margaret Court.
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