Abby Wambach Says Reactions to Serena Williams’ U.S. Open Final Are ‘Like The Handmaid’s Tale’ – NewMarch 1, 2020
Abby Wambach is defending fellow athlete Serena Williams to the very end. The former soccer star, 38, opened up to PEOPLE in an exclusive interview about Williams’ verbal dispute with an umpire at the U S. Open women’s singles final last weekend saying the tennis champion was “sticking up for herself ” “Here’s the thing — so, there’s many different subtle ways of being discriminated against And Serena is dealing with a whole bunch,” Wambach tells PEOPLE while promoting her new book Wolfpack “She’s the best in the world, so she’s going to get scrutinized the most; she’s a woman of color; she’s a woman; [and] she’s just coming back from having a baby ” “She is a literal walking, breathing science experiment at how the world relates to people that are perceived as less than or marginalized,” the athlete continues “What Serena got herself into, and what the world has witnessed, and what this guy, this umpire, has put out into the universe was just a microcosm of what’s been happening in our culture ” Wambach adds Williams “stood her ground” and is “proud to know her.” “I’m proud to have been on the sports section alongside of her through my career,” Wambach says “She does get to have an argument in this. Because when you talk about the way that men treat their umpires, when you talk about the way men are revered for the way they battle in sport and how women are then called all these kinds of names: bitchy, or throwing a fit or losing it or whatever “All of that is just proof that what the world needs is strong women to lead the charge, to figure out new rules of how things need to go and to lead everyone else behind because the old ways of doing things, the old ways of the world, they’re gone ” Williams entered into a verbal altercation with the chair umpire Carlos Ramos for illegal coaching from her player box during the first set in her match against Naomi Osaka during the weekend Of the heated exchange, Wambach says the star athlete had a right to feel the emotions she felt “First of all, she’s a competitor, she was upset and felt like she was being wronged and was sticking up for herself, then it gets to opinions of the U S. Open,” Wambach says. “The way you saw that whole thing go down, every human being makes an assessment about what their thoughts were ” She adds, “If you’re a man appalled at seeing Serena Williams stick up for herself in a sporting event you need to check yourself You have to figure out, you have to go to the base of it because this woman, who is strong and powerful, was talking to a man in a certain way Did it make you feel different? Did it make you feel scared, or ‘Oh, gosh, she can’t do that!’ It’s like The Handmaid’s Tale ” The Handmaid’s Tale is a Hulu series, based on a book by the same name, that is set in the not-too-distant future where women face extreme patriarchal subjugation Williams told Ramos after receiving a violation, “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose I’m just letting you know.” Then, 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!” Once the match had 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 [Osaka] 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!”
Serena Williams Heading to U.S. Open Final a Year After Giving Birth — and Almost Dying – News TodayMarch 1, 2020
Serena Williams is just one match away from achieving her record 24th Grand Slam singles title The 36-year-old tennis champ advanced to the U.S. Open finals on Thursday, beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 in a tense semi-finals match on the grounds of the USTA National Tennis Center in Queens, New York City She’ll now play in Saturday’s women’s final. A win there will see her name listed in the history books, tied with Margaret Court for the all-time record of the most Grand Slam singles titles ever The feat — already outstanding — is even more remarkable, as Williams’ life was in serious jeopardy just one year ago After giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia on Sept. 1, 2017, via emergency cesarean section, the athlete had a near-death experience involving pulmonary embolism — forcing her to spend the next six weeks in bed Williams has also struggled with postpartum depression, and previously opened up about the pain she felt leaving her daughter’s side to return to the tennis court “I didn’t think I’d be this attached,” Williams told TIME in August. “It’s difficult to leave her ” When she did get back to work, victory wasn’t immediate. Prior to the Open, Williams played in five tournaments In August, there was a crushing loss in the opening round of a U.S. Open tune-up tournament in San Jose, California One month earlier, Williams made it to the final women’s singles round of Wimbledon, but was defeated “It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed,” she said in an emotional speech after the Wimbledon loss “I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started.” “I dedicated that to all the moms out there who’ve been through a lot,” she added “If I can do it, you guys can do it too.” Tennis still, though, has remained the one thing Williams points to as something she can do for herself, she told TIME “I’m not done yet, simple,” she said. “My story doesn’t end here.” Throughout it all, husband Alexis Ohanian has been nothing but supportive, cheering her on from the sidelines Williams has also had a little cheerleader in daughter Alexis Olympia, who — in a sweet photo posted to Instagram on Thursday night — adorably modeled a tiny version of the black tulle dress created for her by Off-White designer Virgil Abloh for the athlete’s first match at the U S. Open last week. “Did Momma win?” Williams captioned the shot. Minutes after her win on Thursday night, Williams told ESPN, “A year ago, I was fighting for literally my life at the hospital after I had the baby Every day I step on this court, I am grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport ” “No matter what happens in any match — semis, finals — I just feel like I’ve already won,” she said
Olympia’s First Birthday! Proud Dad Alexis Ohanian Says His Daughter ‘Changed Our Lives Forever’ – NMarch 1, 2020
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian‘s daughter Olympia just turned 1 — and her dad is bursting with pride Reddit co-founder Ohanian, 35, shared an adorable picture of his little girl on Instagram in honor of her birthday, writing, “1 year ago today, you changed our lives forever, @olympiaohanian My adventure princess.” For the picture, Olympia wore a cute flower print camoflauge dress with sparkly sneakers and walked through a patch of grass “My baby!!!” proud mom Serena Williams, 36, commented. Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter The couple’s pal Brooklyn Decker, 31, also commented, “Kids don’t remember turning a year old, but parents will remember every exhausting, beautiful, terrifying moment that got you to the 365th day HUGE congrats to you and @serenawilliams for getting here! You guys should share a big high-five today Well done, ma and pa.” Ohanian’s birthday photo of Olympia comes after Williams said that she was not going to throw her daughter a party At a press conference for the U.S. Open, the mother of one explained, “Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays, adding, “We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that ” Williams did find another way to mark Olympia’s birthday: She shared a series of videos from Olympia’s birth When a fan commented on Ohanian’s post that it was sad that Olympia would not get a party, he responded, “I’m not a Witness, but I considered how made up it all is: the purpose of celebrating a birthday is to celebrate life with the people who love you (and to eat cake) This baby is loved and will get to celebrate life with people who love her *plenty* of times, with plenty of parties (and eat cake — in moderation) throughout her life ” In June, Ohanian gave Olympia a shout-out during an Instagram Live chat. “It’s made my entire outlook different When I found out I was going to be a dad and I realized I had not taken any care of myself for the first 34 years of my life, and I needed to change that,” he said “From the moment I learned there was a little poppy seed inside my wife, I was like, ‘Geez, I have to get my life right ’ “
Serena Williams Is Saving Her ‘Whole Shoe Closet’ for Her Daughter: ‘That’s Why I Buy So Many’ – NewFebruary 22, 2020
Alexis Olympia just celebrated her first birthday in September, but her mother is already making sure she has an extensive collection of grown-up kicks! At the launch of her L A. pop-up store for The Serena Collection this weekend, Serena Williams revealed that she’s saving all of her shoes for her 15-month-old daughter to wear when she’s older Get push notifications with news, features and more. Follow Following You’ll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications “We don’t make shoes yet in the collection but my whole shoe closet is for her and that’s why I buy so many,” the tennis pro, 37, told PEOPLE at the event, which was also attended by Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian, as well as pals Eva Longoria and Nicole Scherzinger Asked whether she’s also saving any of the clothing items from her new line, which launched earlier this year, Williams replied, “Oh, absolutely ” Referencing a pink sweater that proudly proclaims “I Am Beautiful I Am Strong,” the mother of one said, “I’m definitely saving that for her ” Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Parents newsletter Serena Williams Celebrates Instagram Milestone with a Sweet New Photo of Daughter Alexis Olympia Williams also revealed that “of course” she hopes to branch out into designing kids’ clothing eventually “But that’s in the future,” she added. Giving insight into life with her adorable daughter, the tennis champ went on to share that little Olympia is a bundle of energy these days “She’s just insane. She’s everywhere. If she was out here, she would be over there,” Williams shared “It’s so fun. I love her so much.” Over the weekend, Williams documented some quality bonding time with her little bundle of joy — that included a trip to the toddler “grocery store!” Alongside a photo of Olympia pushing a shopping cart filled with goodies, the superstar athlete paid homage to Supermarket Sweep, a game show that originally aired in the 1960s and later throughout the 1990s and early 2000s “Next time you are at the checkout counter and you hear the BEEP – Think of the fun you can have on SUPERMARKET SWEEP!” she captioned the adorable image, referencing the show’s famous closing line Serena Williams Celebrates Anniversary with Alexis Ohanian: “One Year Down a Lifetime to Go!” Opening up to PEOPLE about what it’s like to be a mom and also juggle multiple career obligations, Williams explained in September that while it can be challenging, that’s also what makes her life so enjoyable “It’s been so hard balancing being a mom and starting my clothing line, as well as playing a professional sport! However, it is the challenge that makes it fun,” she said at the time “I have spent every day with Olympia since she was born, and one of the latest challenges has been her teething,” added the star “I’m sure a lot of parents can relate. A milestone has been her walking — I get a good workout chasing her around the house!”
Serena Williams’ outfit was a grand slam at the Australian Open on January 15! She made a bold and stylish statement with her custom, teal Nike romper and fishnets! See her full look! Sporting in style! Serena Williams‘ outfit stole the show at the Australian Open on Tuesday, January 15! For her first match of the annual tournament — against Germany’s Tatjana Maria — the tennis legend, 37, wore a custom Nike romper in teal, with black and white stripes. But, it was her fishnets underneath her mini jumpsuit that really caught the eyes of onlookers. After the match, in which she defeated Maria, Williams referred to her outfit as her “Serena-tard” in a post-game press conference. And, her bright ensemble was all fans could talk about online! “Never cease to AMAZE. Game was on point, Outfit was SICK. Standing OVATION,” one fan tweeted. “#Serena always stirs the fashion milkshake,” another raved. Thousands of other complimentary tweets continued to pour in, including this one: “Her outfits never disappoint!” While her outfit nearly took over the match, it was Serena’s return to the Aussie Open that ultimately had spectators in awe. This marked Serena’s first time back at the Australian Open since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, with husband Alexis Ohanian. She posted a video on Instagram, where she let fans know she was “ready” and locked in for her return to Melbourne. After her win against Maria, Serena is now 18-0 in the 1st round of the Australian Open — the most such wins overall and the most without a loss. Serena previously won the 2016 Australian Open while she was in the early stages of her pregnancy. Serena Williams wears a bright, teal Nike romper with fishnets underneath at her first match of the Australian Open on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Serena Williams consoled Tatjana Maria after cruising to a win. She’s now 18-0 in the 1st round of the Australian Open, the most such wins overall and the most without a loss. pic.twitter.com/PS0zVHFwIv — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 15, 2019 Serena is known for her bold fashion on the court. In May 2018, she stirred up controversy for wearing a skin-tight black catsuit to the French Open. The French Tennis Federation’s President Bernard Giudicelli later criticized her in August and promised to put forth stricter dress code rules that would ban her tight attire. However, the Women’s Tennis Association Rules Committee and Board of Directors later approved Serena’s look. In a shortened version of their rule changes for 2019, the organization stated that “leggings and mid-thigh-length compression shorts may be worn with or without a skirt, shorts, or dress.” Just call her the catsuit queen of the tennis court!
Here’s another cool sounding alien’s game. You won’t get to play. Another casualty of the Disney and Fox acquisition has been revealed, and it is another aliens video game, 30 rounds. Vice President Frederic Schreiber’s said on Twitter that his former studio Slip Gate Ironworks was working on an alien’s game before was unceremoniously canceled NPG 24 7. Schriver revealed that the game was to be called Aliens Hadley’s hope and he would focus on Up and E! The game would take place on the colony of LV 426 Так Hadley’s Hope, a familiar location to Aliens fan where human colonies and colonial marines would work together to defeat numerous alien. Teamwork among players would be needed to complete various objectives, including egg hunts and going several rounds against cinnabar before taking on the queens themselves. Yeah, an aliens horde mode game sounds really fun. Aliens Hadley’s hope isn’t the only alien game to be canned due to Disney’s buyout fucks few weeks ago. Luzinski also said via Twitter that his former studio boss T Productions had an alien franchise game in the works. He said, quote, Before Barsky Productions shut down, we were in talks to do a new game and the Aliens franchise with Fox. Then Disney bought them and that got lost in the shuffle. Darn it, it’s really impacted by that last dawn. I know that’s really stings. It’s not clear how far, you know, game got into pre-production with Schriver only saying that they, quote, went quite far in the pre-production before that Disney Fox acquisition, and then we had to cancel it and move on with something else. But don’t fret if you really want to go to LV 426 and kill civilians. You can always play the award winning game. Aliens, Colonial Marines, you or he takes place on the doomed colony. Now award winning. Or you could just watch aliens in the movie directed by James Cameron. One of the best movies of all time. I could watch Sigourney Weaver Mech Punch Aliens all day. It’s always a bummer when a potentially cool game is cancelled. You always have alien on a tree. Twenty six hundred. An alien on Commodore 64. And who could forget aliens on the M.S. X? I guess that alien isolation game is pretty good, too. That little game. Yeah. Well, that’s problematic. So what about you, agent? Audience Are you cool? The company is constantly pumping out games and movies and TV shows from franchises that are quickly approaching half a century old. All right. Hold on. Or would you rather let the past die, as Kyl-Lieberman once said, and maybe hope for some new stories with new characters and settings? Let us know on the comments below and we’ll see on the next hike in now. Next gen console watch 20/20 is agents’ Weekly Show reporting on all the latest PlayStation 5 and X-Box Series X News. We’ll bring on experts to discuss and analyze all the latest developments of what’s coming to the new generation of consoles. Join US Weekly on Fridays at 6:00 a.m. Pacific.
Serena Williams Posts Sweet Video of Daughter Alexis Olympia Following Dramatic U.S. Open Loss – NewFebruary 21, 2020
Serena Williams didn’t let the drama surrounding her loss during the U.S. Open Women’s Final on Saturday get in the way of spending some quality family time with her daughter later that day In a video shared on her Instagram Live after she and her husband Alexis Ohanian, 35, had returned home, Williams, 36, fawned over the couple’s daughter Alexis Olympia, 1 “Sweetie where you get those shoes from? Them shoes cute girl,” the tennis star says to her daughter, who’s carrying a baby doll in her arms while wearing a tutu The couple’s baby girl then walks over to her father and hands him the doll. Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Parents newsletter Earlier that day, rising star Naomi Osaka, 20, beat the tennis legend after Williams received three code violations during their game, resulting in $17,000 in fines Williams first received a warning from chair umpire Carlos Ramos for illegal coaching from her player box during the first set, which the tennis star disputed She was then given a point penalty for smashing her racket into the court, and minutes before the close of the match, she was handed a game penalty for verbal abuse against Ramos After receiving the game penalty, 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!” Once the match had 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 [Osaka] 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!” Ahead of his wife of 10 months’ big day, on Friday morning, Ohanian shared a sweet tribute praising her many accomplishments and hard work “She fought for her life, for our child, for recognition, for equal pay, for women’s rights,” the Reddit co-founder wrote “She never gives up. She’s passionate and unrelenting and the most inspiring person I know ” The video opens with a clip of Williams during her post-game interview after winning the semifinals round on Thursday The reporter can be heard acknowledging how Williams was not in the championship last year From there, the video flashes back and forth through a montage of Williams’ life over the past year, including personal footage of the tennis pro and her daughter Alexis Olympia in the hospital immediately after her birth, as well as Williams preparing for and playing in matches When the athlete is asked to reveal what it means to return to the finals a year later, her eloquent and emotional explanation can be heard over past match footage before returning to the original interview clip “It’s honestly really incredible. A year ago, I was fighting for literally my life at the hospital after I had the baby,” she explains “Every day I step out on this court, I am so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport No matter what happens in any match — semis finals, finals — I just feel like I’ve already won ”