Serena Williams Retires At Madrid With Knee Injury
11.11.2007 MADRID-- Serena Williams of the USA Wednesday, playing with both knees taped dropped the first set 6-4 and took an injury timeout
before retiring due to pain in her left left knee. "It's beyond unfortunate this has happened and I can't even stress how disappointed I am," Williams said.
Williams lost the round robin match to Anna Chakvetadze of Russia. Williams would later withdraw from the tournament citing injury.
Madrid Year End Championships Groups Released
11.04.2007 MADRID-- Serena Williams has in her draw for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships top-ranked Justine Henin of Belgium
in her difficult group. Williams has lost three straight matches against Henin since she beat her to
win the Miami Masters title in April. Henin knocked Williams out of the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open at the quarterfinal
stage every time. "I was happy to see that I was in her half, because I feel like it would be fun to play her again and she's the No. 1 player,
so it'd be cool," Williams said Sunday. Williams, the only American player in the field.
Serena Williams To Lead US Hopman Cup Challenge
11.04.2007 PERTH--Serena Williams will headline the Hopman Cup later this year. In a major coup for the unique mixed teams
event, it was announced Tuesday that the eight-time Grand Slam champion would represent the second-seeded United States in the
eight-nation tournament. Williams, currently ranked fifth in the world, will be partnered by 40th-ranked Mardy Fish in the event, which runs
from December 29-January 4.
The Hopman Cup will be an important part of the former world No.1's preparation for the subsequent Australian Open in Melbourne, where
the 26-year-old will be defending the title she won by trouncing top seed Maria Sharapova in the final earlier this year. At her only previous
appearance in Perth, in 2003, Williams teamed with James Blake to win the Hopman Cup and went on to win the
Australian Open a few weeks later. Tournament director Paul McNamee was delighted with securing Williams to cap one of the strongest
Hopman Cup fields for many years. "Serena is the icing on the cake," McNamee said.