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Roger Federer
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2017 )

Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2017

March 23, 2019: “Reaching 100 is an absolute dream come true for me. I’m so happy I am still playing. It’s been a long, wonderful journey, and I wouldn’t do it any differently. Of course it’s tough sometimes to be on the road and away from your friends, but the sacrifice was all very, very worthwhile. We’ll see how much more I have left in the tank."

— Roger Federer, after he reached landmark 100 tour-level titles. to join Jimmy Connors, the record-holder at 109, with century of open-era wins after he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to record his record eighth title at the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

March 23, 2019: “I actually play better when the crowd is against me and giving me a bit of stink. I love it. It gets me going. Another amazing atmosphere. Yesterday was arguably the best atmosphere I’ve been a part of, and today wasn’t too far behind.”

— Nick Kyrgios, after he upset Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the Acapulco quarterfinals.

March 23, 2019: “When I returned to tennis from maternity leave, I was penalised for taking time off: my ranking dropped from No 1 in the world to No 453. That required me to face tougher competition earlier in the French Open, which led to a pectoral injury that forced me to drop out. I fought hard personally, making it to the Wimbledon final shortly after, but I also fought hard publicly against the biased ranking system. We must stop penalizing women when they return to their careers after having children.”

— Serena Williams, writing an editorial for Fortune magazine to mark International Women’s Day, criticized the insensitivity of a system that left her with no seeding when she returned from maternity leave to play last year’s French Open.

March 23, 2019: “It’s unbelievable. I never expected to play that well today, to get my first Top-10 win is special, against Stefanos who has been playing so well. I didn’t know what to expect today because he’s completely different player [now].”

— Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has never lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in their four meetings, the first three coming in the juniors, after stunning ninth-seeded Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2 in the Indian Wells second round.

March 23, 2019: “It’s unreal. I had to get used to Roger’s game. In the first set he was playing amazing. It was completely different from my opponents before him. I was struggling to work my way into the match. I had to fight to save those break points early in the second set. It was a very good match until the end, and I had to fight to serve it out.”

— Dominic Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian, told the ATP website, after edging Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, ending Federer’s chance of a sixth Indian Wells title, and giving him his first Masters 1000 title.

March 23, 2019: “I actually really, really respect that. I think it’s true. Anything is possible at any age, and she said if you’re good enough, then experience doesn't really matter. I guess it’s also because they’ve never played these younger players these up and coming players before so they don’t really know their game style and they’re probably a bit nervous because they’re playing much younger players. So when I do see that during the match, when they’re just kind of bunting the ball or giving free points, I take advantage of that. I think that’s what I’ve been doing really well the past couple of months. I just keep fighting no matter what the score is.”

— Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian who started the year ranked 178, telling WTA Insider that she agrees with Naomi Osaka’s statement that experience doesn’t matter if you’re good enough, after she upset five seeded players, including three-time major champion Angelique Kerber in the final, to capture the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.


Feb. 17, 2019: “Every tennis player’s dream is to win Grand Slams and to be No. 1. So of course those were two very big motivating factors. People were talking about being No. 1 if I win this tournament. I was able to accomplish that. But the ranking was never my real goal, it was just to win this tournament.”

— Naomi Osaka, after rebounding from a frustrating second set — when she failed to convert three championship points and then lost her serve at love — to produce a 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 victory over a relentless, power-hitting Petra Kvitova to capture the Australian Open for her second straight major title and take over the No. 1 ranking, the first Asian to achieve this feat.

Feb. 17, 2019: “It means everything. I worked pretty hard to be back. It just tastes very great. To be honest, I think not very many people believed that I can do this again, to stand on the court and play tennis on this level. To be honest, I’m still not really believing that I’m in the final. I just set up the mind that I really wanted to come back, and I did everything."

— Petra Kvitova, a two-time Grand Slam champ who, until Thursday, hadn’t been a Grand Slam semifinalist since winning her second Wimbledon title in 2014, alluding to her successful comeback after suffering career-threating stab wounds in her playing hand when she was attacked by a knife-wielding, home intruder in December 2016.

Feb. 17, 2019: “I'm trying to contemplate on the journey in the past 12 months. I had surgery exactly 12 months ago. To be standing now here managing to win this title and three of the four Slams is truly amazing. I'm speechless.”

— Novak Djokovic, reflecting on his recent journey clutching the Australian Open trophy after he trounced Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for his record seventh Aussie title and 15th Grand Slam title.

Feb. 17, 2019: "I have been going through tough times over the past year. I only played in nine events and had to retire from two, and I was not able to play professional match since the US Open. I believe I played a good two weeks of tennis, and it is a great energy and inspiration for what is coming. I will keep fighting and keep practicing to give myself better chances in the future."

— Rafael Nadal, gracious in defeat, accentuating the positives after reaching the Australian Open final.


Feb. 17, 2019: “My idol today became pretty much my rival.”

— Stefanos Tsitsipas, a catchy phrasemaker, after upsetting superstar Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 at the Australian Open to become the first Greek to reach the men’s quarterfinals in Grand Slam history.


January 16, 2019: “The tennis court for me is a place where I get challenged in every possible way — emotionally and physically. My character is kind of on the line, so I treat it as my own personal school of life. Not many places can trigger me, positively or negatively, like a tennis court does. I see it as a place where I can grow, regardless of where I’m in the world. It demands a lot of extreme focus and dedication from me and there are outbursts of emotions that I didn’t know that I had. That’s the reason why I’m grateful to play this sport.”

— World No. 1 Novak Djokovic told the media in Abu Dhabi in comments published by the Gulf News that he views the court as a proving ground that challenges him on every level and can propel him to personal growth.

January 16, 2019: “We asked the players — both past and present — commentators, agents and TV analysts whether they wanted to play an advantage final set or not, and went from there. We went with a 10-point tie-break at six games all in the final set to ensure the fans still get a special finale to these often epic contests, with the longer tie-break still then allowing for that one final twist or change of momentum in the contest. This longer tie—break also can lessen some of the serving dominance that can prevail in the shorter tie—break. We believe this is the best possible outcome for both the players and the fans around the world.”

— Craig Tiley, the Australian Open tournament director, saying the decision to adopt 10-point tiebreakers at 6-games-all in the deciding set came after the most extensive consultation in the tournament“s history.

January 16, 2019: “It hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well. We like him. He“s a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend. It’s a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved.”

— Roger Federer, shocked at Andy Murray’s Jan. 11 announcement, at age 31, of his pending retirement.

January 16, 2019:  “It’s surreal. I couldn’t think of a better place to get my first win. “It’s crazy to have this actually happen. I thought it wouldn’t happen.”

— Alex de Minaur, a tenacious, 19-year-old Australian who earned his first tournament title at the Sydney International, beating Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the final. De Minaur, the youngest champion of the tournament since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001, rallied from behind in both sets, and after championship point fell flat on his back in celebration before kissing the court.

January 16, 2019:  “But the dusk of the Big Four era, coupled with the realisation that the same audiences who flocked to Djokovic vs. Murray aren’t necessarily going to go gooey for, say, Karen Khachanov vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas, has forced administrators into action. According to ATP president Chris Kermode, the average viewer of tennis on television is in their 60s. Recent years have seen all sorts of fancy innovations tried out: the Laver Cup, Tiebreak Tens, shot clocks, the funky Next Gen competition with no tramlines, no lets, no advantage points, no line judges, and four-game sets. An optimist would describe it as the ultimate blank canvas. A pessimist would describe it as the desperate mayhem of a sport willing to torch its very essence in a forlorn attempt to look relevant.”

— Jonathan Liew, Chief Sports Writer for The Independent (UK), in a column titled “Tennis is on fire, fatally divided and without an answer to the question: What does its future look like?”


Dec. 21, 2018:  “I like Nick a lot. He’s a great kid. He’s the most talented tennis player I’ve seen in the last ten years. The difference [regarding on-court behavior] between Nick and me is that I tried all the time. Nick doesn’t. Hes getting past his opportunity window because he’s going to run himself out of the game. That’s what’s going to happen. It’s as clear as day.”

John McEnroe, a seven-time major singles champion renown for his tantrums, pessimistic about Nick Kyrgios, a tempestuous underachiever, during an interview on ”Vision: 60 Minutes on Nine” in Australia.

Dec. 21, 2018:  “What I really like about Naomi is that she’s somehow preserved her innocence. If she’s sad, she’s going to show it. If she’s happy, she’s going to show it. There’s no fake emotion... It’s just very raw and pure... Everybody in this room and on this planet can learn a lot from that girl... I believe the more open and honest we are, and if we show vulnerability sometimes and show who we truly are, the better this world is going to be. All that fake emotion, I’m not a fan of it. I believe that Naomi’s a star for that.”

Sascha Bajin, Naomi Osaka’s coach, praising Osaka, whom he said is “beautifully different,” in Inside Tennis.

Dec. 21, 2018:  “He was playing big from the back of the court. Flat backhands and forehand. He can really hurt you. That’s a big weapon. And serve. I mean, serve is really, really strong and precise. So his overall game was really, really great all week.”

Novak Djokovic, praising Karen Khachanov’s powerful and complete game after the 6'6" Khachanov, a 22-year-old Russian upset him, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, and John Isner to win the Paris tournament for his first Masters 1000 title.

Dec. 21, 2018:  “It’s not every day that you become a world champion. For us it’s a dream come true. We are so passionate, you can see the fans are enjoying themselves. I feel that in Croatia it’s going to be incredible too. I thought Lucas started well in the first set and just a single point made the difference. After that I played better and served better. I’m extremely proud of my performance. The three matches Borna and I played, we didn’t lose our serve once and that shows how well we played and the level we produced. We were both in great form at the right time.”

Marin Cilic, after he clinched Croatia’s second Davis Cup title by blocking out a deafening French crowd of 24,144 to beat world No. 32 Lucas Pouille 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 and deliver a historic 3-1 victory for the visitors in Lille. The victory saw Croatian captain Zeljko Krajan emulate countryman Nikki Pilic, who led the nation to its first victory in the competition against Slovakia in 2005. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was court side in France to lead the visiting support.


Nov. 16, 2018: “I think in tennis it’s very important to have rivalries. I had a rivalry with (John) McEnroe at our time, that was good for tennis because especially you had two different personalities. The quiet one (me), McEnroe was the crazy one. He liked to do things on the court. Today it’s unbelievable. Djokovic, Nadal have been playing many times, it’s 26-25 winning matches for Djokovic, same with Federer-Nadal, Federer-Djokovic. That’s what makes the sport.”

Bjorn Borg, on the importance of rivalries in tennis.

Nov. 16, 2018: “Well, I think everybody here wants to be healthy, right? So you’re always trying to find the way to stay healthy, to, you know, learn more about medicine, I guess, basic conservative medicine and then alternative medicine, which is I think is a little bit put aside in the last few decades. But in looking at all the documents that the eastern medicine, oldest medicine in the world, Chinese medicine goes over 5,000 years old, there are different ways of healing, of keeping your body fit, keeping your mind and soul aligned. Everybody has a different way.”

Novak Djokovic, who has been eating gluten-free products since 2010, saying medicine and food have been the key for him to constantly play at a top-level.

Nov. 16, 2018: “I think definitely as the weeks go by, I have this feeling of wanting to prove myself. I think that sort of takes a toll on me a little bit because I stress myself out in a way. If you don’t win a tournament, then people will say, ‘Oh, she hasn’t won a tournament.’ If you haven’t won a Slam, they’ll say, ‘She hasn’t won a slam.’ Then if you win one Grand Slam, they’re like, ‘Oh, she only won one Grand Slam.’ I know it’s bad, but I sort of read the comments [online or in media]. I’m just, like, ‘Oh, I guess I have to do more, to be better.’”

Naomi Osaka, the surprise US Open champion, explaining how the great expectations for her stress her out.

Nov. 16, 2018: “This Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’ve recorded a version of The Divinyls global hit “I Touch Myself” to remind women to self-check regularly. Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colors, all around the world. Early detection is key—it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that. The music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project which was created in honor of celebrated diva, Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer, and who gave us her hit song to remind women to put their health first. The project is proudly supported by @BerleiAus for Breast Cancer Network Australia.”

Serena Williams, promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Instagram, releasing a rendition of “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls. Williams said she released the video in order to remind women to regularly perform self-examinations for breast cancer.


Sept 20, 2018: “It was the greatest men’s match that I’ve ever seen because as years go on, the quality and the level get higher and higher but point for point they played each point like match point. Let’s talk about Nadal and how humble he is. The humility that he shows even when he loses. He’s incredible. He’s a role model. Thiem and Nadal started out with intensity. They ended five hours and a half later with intensity. Thiem is gonna be a superstar, and, Nadal, to me, is the greatest competitor in any sport. That’s what that showed that match
Chris Evert, 18-time major singles titlist, telling ESPN that Rafael Nadal’s 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) US Open quarterfinal victory against Dominic Thiem, the latest battle between the King of Clay and his supposed heir is one that will be remembered for a long time.
Sept 20, 2018: “He treats others the way he wants others to treat him,’’ Djokovic said. “I think that’s why people love him. He nurtures the right values in life. We all felt for his struggles with injuries, but he was always a top-five player in the eyes of everyone. Even when he dropped his ranking [to No. 1,041 in 2016], we all knew that he has a capacity to get where he is at the moment.
Novak Djokovic, who called Juan Martin del Potro “a gentle giant” before the US Open final where he beat the 29-year-old Argentine 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.
Sept 20, 2018: “Serena Williams was dead wrong. Carlos Ramos is not a sexist, he’s not a racist, he’s not a misogynist. I've seen him call out Rafael Nadal for illegal coaching and time violations. I’ve seen him call out Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. He calls them as he sees them. Serena was totally out of line.
Mary Carillo, the highly respected Tennis Channel analyst, rejecting Serena Williams' claim that she was unfairly treated by umpire Carlos Ramos, who gave Williams three penalties for misconduct, for which she was later fined a total of $17,000.
Sept 20, 2018: “I'm sorry. I know that everyone was cheering for her, and I'm sorry that it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match. Thank you. It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals, so I'm really glad that I was able to do that. I'm really grateful that I was able to play with you. Thank you.
— A teary Naomi Osaka, addressing the pro-Williams crowd in the awards ceremony after the 20-year-old Japanese, a 50-1 pre-tournament long shot, upset Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the US Open final for her first Grand Slam title.

August 27, 2018: “Sad day for men’s tennis. #ITF have voted for new format of #DavisCup (it’s no longer Davis Cup). Fooling themselves if they think top players will play a 18-team comp over one week at the end of the year????
Pat Cash, of Australia, former Wimbledon champion, denouncing the International Tennis Federation's narrow vote to drastically change the 118-year-old Davis Cup format, which will begin next year, when 24 teams will take part in home-and-away matches, with the 12 winners moving into the final where they will join the four semifinalist of the previous year and two wild-cards that will be announced before the draw for the qualifying round. The finals will be held at one site with the countries, divided into six groups, playing a round robin consisting of three matches – two singles and one doubles – all best-of-three sets.
August 27, 2018: “Rafa is amazing, he never cracks. He will always grab you like a bulldog and he will always make you suffer on the court... He was (once) normal like all of us, and he managed to become this beast, this monster that he is today. That’s how you feel when you play against him.
Stephanos Tsitsipas, admiring No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who beat him 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the Rogers Cup final
August 27, 2018: “Definitely one of the most special moments in my career. Achievements, making history in the sport that I truly love is a great privilege and honor and something that I’ll be very proud of for the rest of my life.
Novak Djokovic, after defeating Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 to win in Cincinnati and become the first player to win all nine ATP World Tour 1000 tournaments.
August 27, 2018: “My experience has grown, as a person and as a player. I’ve been travelling the tour for about a year now. I’ve learned a lot about how to be an athlete, travelling every week, dealing with media. As a person, I feel that I’ve matured a lot. And my game has got a lot better. I feel more comfortable out there, with really anybody. I feel I can beat any player … I don’t have to play out of my league.

Denis Shapovalov, a 19-year-old Canadian ranked No. 26, saying he’s matured a lot as a person and a player


July 17, 2018: “I think without 2017 I couldn't win this tournament. I think I learned a lot from last year, with all the expectations, all the things I went through. I learned so many things about myself, about the things around, how to deal with this, how to make my day schedule. I learned I have to practice. I have to take some time off. I learned about handling the pressure. It is a game. And I love this game. And I’ve tried to enjoy every moment on court this year. I showed everyone that I can come back.
Angelique Kerber, who won two Grand Slam titles in 2016 and then plummeted to No. 21 in 2017, after winning her first Wimbledon for her third major title.
July 17, 2018: “It was a great opportunity for me,” she said. "You know, I didn’t know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back. It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road kind of. So I think these two weeks have really showed me that, ‘Okay, I can compete.’ Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam. I can, you know, come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.
Serena Williams, accentuating the positive after she lost 6-3, 6-3 to Angelique Kerber in the final at Wimbledon, only Serena's fourth tournament in the past 17 months.
July 17, 2018: “I couldn’t pick a better place in the tennis world to peak and make a comeback. Wimbledon has always been a very special tournament to me. I dreamed of winning it when I was a seven-year-old boy. I made a lot of improvised Wimbledon trophies from different materials.
Novak Djokovic, after he outclassed Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) to capture his fourth Wimbledon and 13th Grand Slam title.
July 17, 2018: “In the first two sets, Novak beat up on me pretty bad. I tried my best to keep at it, work hard, I came within a point or two of a fourth set, but Novak isn’t easy to play, a true champion of our sport. So congratulations to him and his team. I am definitely not feeling as fresh as I was coming into the week. We dedicate our whole lives to fighting for a spot on this court, so that’s what it had to take for me to get here. It’s an amazing tournament for all of us players. Over the last while there have only been a very few individuals to make it out here. But I’d have given another 21 hours to have the opportunity to play out here, it really meant a lot to me.

— A proud but exhausted Kevin Anderson, who had earlier outlasted eight-time champion Roger Federer and John Isner in marathon matches, after losing 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 to Novak Djokovic in the 2018 Wimbledon final.


June 14, 2018: “The fact that I didn’t give up after the one here last year means that I’m strong inside. I do this just because I love this sport. I love to be competitive on court and I’ve learned in those 12 months that if you don’t give up you are able to do anything. I don’t know [where the strength comes from], actually, because I think it’s natural. And also, with the people around me, we have worked on these things. I improved it and I made it better day by day.
Simona Halep, talking about winning the French Open title with a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 final victory over Sloane Stephens for her first Grand Slam title, in The Guardian (UK).
June 14, 2018: “It is true that in my career I achieved much more than what I have ever dreamed. But, at the same time, on the other hand, it’s true that I went through tough moments, a lot of times with injuries. So, for example, the beginning of this season in Australia I have been in a good position to fight for an important title for me. I had to go. And then in Acapulco, again injured. And I couldn’t play Indian Wells and Miami. And I arrived so-so with some doubts for this clay-court season. I came back from almost five months without playing a full tournament since Shanghai last year. So it was a lot of months with problems. Coming back and having the chance to win Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and now, especially here in Paris, it’s very emotional for me.
Raphael Nadal, after winning his record-extending 11th French Open title and 17th Grand Slam title by routing Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
June 14, 2018: “He is, for me, the best competitor I ever saw in any sport, and I watch sport a lot for many, many years. Nadal’s capable of keeping this very aggressive, high-intensity level over an unbelievably long period of time. And he practices that way too. There is no difference between practices and matches. I always hear from players that in a match they will do it differently, but if you don’t practice that way, you are not going to do it in the heat of the battle. And Nadal has been doing it for years and years and years.
Gunter Bresnik, Dominic Thiem’s 57-year-old coach, praising Rafael Nadal in The New York Times.
June 14, 2018: “Well, it’s never been hard for me to congratulate and hug an opponent after we just shared a great moment on the court. And the one that won deserved to win the match, and that was Marco today. I know him well. He’s a great guy. He deserved. And that’s something everybody should do. On the other hand, when you walk off the court, of course, it’s a hard one to swallow.

Novak Djokovic, after suffering a stunning 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 upset loss to No. 72 Marco Cecchinato in the French Open quarterfinals, was asked, “Novak, everyone has commented, the good grace you showed, warm embrace at the end. How hard is it to accept defeat in such good grace in the same manner as you can accept victory?”


May 13, 2018: “I feel so much emotion. The match that they both played was unbelievable. This is very special for David who we all love. He is one of the greatest people on the circuit and he deserves a match like this. I think both deserved to win. I think Philipp played one of the best matches I have ever seen him play. The match was an incredible level of tennis and incredible intensity.
— Spain’s Davis Cup captain Sergi Bruguera, after 36-year-old David Ferrer outlasted Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (1) 3-6 7-6 (4) 4-6 7-5 in the deciding rubber to give Spain a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals at The Plaza de Toros in Valencia.
May 13, 2018: “I put so much pressure on myself [trying to tie Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert at 18 Grand Slam tournament titles] that I lost three in a row really, really badly, and I couldn’t play. I talked to my coach and he sat me down and said, ‘Why are you trying to get to 18? This makes no sense. Everyone puts all of this pressure on you. Your goal should be 30 or 40. Eighteen is such a low goal.
Serena Williams, who has now won 23 majors but says her goal is winning more than the record of 24 held by Margaret Court.
May 13, 2018: “I'm very happy for the victory against a very difficult opponent. Tsitsipas has an amazing future. It was a great final for me and the 11th title here means a lot. I enjoyed the whole week and had great support from the crowd. It’s very difficult to describe how to win 11 titles at one tournament. To win 11 Monte-Carlos and 11 Barcelonas is something I couldn’t imagine doing. I’m just enjoying every week, and the fact I’m playing in a tournament that I enjoy so much means a lot to me.
Rafael Nadal, after trouncing fast-rising, 19-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1 in the Barcelona Open final.
May 13, 2018: “You can be feminine and you can say, ‘I really want to beat her. But I don’t want to look like a little monster in the corner.’ I want to take this wall down which says you are one thing or the other. If you are a feminine athlete people say: ‘Oh, she wants to be a model or she’s not concentrating.’ No. We are concentrating. It’s a delicate thing because for some people it’s very hard to allow an athlete to be feminine. For me it’s easy. I want to fight on court but I also want to wear something I like. You can be angry and competitive and a fighter, and you can also be nice and wear something by Stella McCartney. I feel good in that and it’s important for your esteem because you’ve got to be resilient. I’m a tennis player, and that’s my priority. I like fashion but I would never want to be a model. I don’t want to forget what I’m good at because as soon as you do you’re screwed.
— Reigning Wimbledon champion and world No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, who was invited to the Oscars, is a formidable competitor who is proud she beat Serena and Venus Williams in the finals of the two Grand Slam tournaments she has won so far, in The Guardian (UK).


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