‘I had A Period While I Was Pregnant,’ Reveals Tennis Legend Serena Williams

Serena Williams says she had a period just before finding out she was seven weeks pregnant.

The tennis pro was competing in the Australian Open when a pregnancy test came up positive – a week before she went on to win the tournament.

In a new interview with InStyle, she insists she was as surprised as her fans, having not seen her now-husband Alexis Ohanian in a month – and she only took the pregnancy test to ‘shut up [her] friend’ who was suspicious.

‘I literally had a cycle just before. So I was surprised when I saw the result and even more surprised when the doctor said I was seven weeks along,’ she told the magazine.

Gynecologists have rushed to clarify that it is not possible to have a menstrual cycle while pregnant, because a period is the shedding of uterus lining that is not needed for pregnancy.

However, it is very common for women to experience vaginal bleeding that seems like a period, but is actually the result of something else.

In fact, female athletes are particularly at-risk for surprise pregnancies because regular heavy exercise has been shown to affect the regularity of ovulation.

-Dailymail

Nadal vows to fight on despite US Open shocker

Defiant Rafael Nadal vowed to fight on and restore his status as the game’s most feared player after crashing to his earliest US Open exit in 10 years.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner was knocked out by Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who pulled off a sensational 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 third-round victory.

The stunning result confirmed the sad, sudden decline of the 2010 and 2013 champion, who until Friday had won 151 Grand Slam matches when he had taken the first two sets.

Nadal will also finish the season without at least one Grand Slam title for the first time since 2004.

It was the 15th defeat of his miserable year, which has seen him beat just two top-10 players and where his best performances at the majors were quarter-final runs at the Australian and French Opens.

“The only thing this means is I played worse than the last 10 years,” said Nadal, who lost for just the second time in his career at the French Open and endured a second-round exit at Wimbledon.

“That’s the real thing. By the way, for me it was amazing to win 10 years in a row a Grand Slam.

“You can imagine how difficult it is to make that happen. I have to accept that it was not my year and keep fighting till the end of the season to finish in a positive way for me.”

Nadal refused to elaborate on the areas he needs to improve and insisted in his post-match media conference that he was joking when he said he was getting slower.

“I improved something from the beginning of the season. That’s something that I think I am doing. I think I have a good base now,” added the 29-year-old, who missed last year’s US Open with a wrist injury before his recovery was further stalled by an appendix operation.

“I am not playing terrible like I was at the start of the season. When I am losing, I am losing because the opponents beat me, not because I lose the match, as I did a lot of times at the beginning of the season.

“That’s an improvement for me, so I have a base now. That is a start. I know what I have to do and I going to work on it.”

Fognini, the 32nd seed, becomes the first Italian in the last 16 at the US Open since Davide Sanguinetti in 2005 and will face Spain’s Feliciano Lopez for a place in the quarter-finals.

“It’s not easy. When he starts running at the beginning and you finish at the end of the week,” said Fognini, who smashed 70 winners, made 57 unforced errors and saved 11-of-19 break points in his all-or-nothing assault.

By contrast, Nadal had a more modest 30 winners and dropped serve on nine occasions.

“It was an incredible match to come from two sets down against Rafa, who is one of the best players in the world,” added the Italian, who had never previously beaten a top 10 opponent on hard courts in 17 attempts.

Fognini has now defeated Nadal three times this year but his earlier wins were on clay in Rio and Barcelona.

“After the first two sets, I said ‘OK, just concentrate, keep trying and anything can happen.’ The fifth set was really difficult for both of us.”

Nadal had raced into a routine two sets to love lead.

He was also a break up in both the third and fourth sets.

But the colourful, sometimes controversial 28-year-old Italian rallied with some superb shot-making as the Arthur Ashe Stadium duel ticked towards and past 1am.

By the end of the fourth set, the statistics were telling.

Fognini had unleashed 50 winners to Nadal’s 24 while the Spaniard had converted just five of 14 break points.

Fognini broke for 2-1 in the decider with Nadal looking increasingly punch-drunk, an appearance with which the watching Tiger Woods — who was in the Spaniard’s box — would have painfully sympathised.

Nadal, stretched to a five-setter at the US Open for only the second time in his career, came off the ropes to hit back for 2-2 with a breathtaking running forehand winner which had the crowd on its feet.

Fognini pounced again, breaking for 3-2, then cracked as the 14-time major winner clawed his way back for 3-3.

In a nail-biting finale, breaks were exchanged again with Fognini surrendering a 40-0 lead at 4-3.

The non-holding pattern continued as a seventh successive break, sealed with a backhand winner crosscourt, put Fognini back in the driving seat and serving for the match at 5-4.

This time he did not falter, claiming victory when Nadal hit a weary backhand wide.

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I don’t have time for body shamers, Serena Williams says (Video)

Tennis star Serena Williams has no time for all the haters and body shamers and she would rather concentrate on winning grand slams. In an interview with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts the Tennis champion spoke about being a victim of body shamers on social media.

She says that she has learned to love herself and embraced how she looks. “I love that I am a full woman and I’m strong and I’m powerful and I’m beautiful at the same time and there’s nothing wrong with that,” she adds.

She also pointed to people facing the same to focus on the positives and for her she has very many people to inspire and a grand slam to win. “If I get caught up looking at all the negatives, then it could really bring you down and I just don’t have time to be brought down. I have too many things to do,” she said.

Guess she is staying true to winning as she lived up to her billing victory at the US Open 2015 on Monday night. If she wins the U.S. Open she will be the first person since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Watch the interview below courtesy of ABC News

Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer – 10 facts

Ten facts on Sunday’s Wimbledon men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer:

– This is the third Grand Slam final meeting between Djokovic and Federer, and the second consecutive Wimbledon final. Federer won in straight sets at the 2007 US Open, and Djokovic won in five at Wimbledon last year. This is also just their third grass court meeting. Federer won their first grass court match in the semi-finals at 2012 Wimbledon.

– Sunday is their 15th meeting in a Tour-level final overall. Djokovic has won nine of their previous meetings in Tour-level finals, including most recently on clay in Rome.

– Top seed and defending champion Djokovic is bidding to win his third Wimbledon title and equal his coach Boris Becker, who won the title in 1985-86 and 1989. Just five men in the Open Era have won 3 or more Wimbledon titles

– Djokovic is bidding to win his ninth Grand Slam title. He has won titles at the Australian Open in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015; at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014; and at the 2011 US Open

– Djokovic is just the seventh different man in the Open Era to reach the first three Grand Slam finals in a calendar year. Rod Laver (1969), Bjorn Borg (1978, 1980 and 1981), John McEnroe (1984), Ivan Lendl (1986), Jim Courier (1993) and today’s opponent (2006, 2007 and 2009) have also achieved the feat.

– In Grand Slams this year Djokovic became just the second man in history to win five or more Australian Open titles after Roy Emerson (6). He also finished as runner-up at Roland Garros — becoming just the fifth man in history to reach three finals at all four Grand Slams -– before Stan Wawrinka ended his 28-match Tour-level winning streak in the final. That also ended Djokovic’s bid to complete the career Grand Slam.

– Seven-time champion Federer is bidding to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon singles titles. Martina Navratilova (9) and Helen Wills Moody (8) are the only women to have won 8 or more singles titles at the tournament.

– Federer, who is 33 years 338 days old, is bidding to become the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open Era. The oldest man to win Wimbledon in the modern era is Arthur Ashe who was 31 years 360 days old when he won the in 1975.

– Federer is also looking to become the third oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era after Ken Rosewall, who won the 1972 Australian Open (37 years 62 days), 1971 Australian Open (36 years 73 days) and 1970 US Open (35 years 315 days), and Andres Gimeno, who won 1972 Roland Garros (34 years 306 days).

– Victory on Sunday will give Federer an 18th Grand Slam title.

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Tennis Rival’s Maria Sharapova And Serena Williams Dated The Same Man

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are arguably the best tennis players in the world add to the fact that they also top the highest paid female artists.

Their rivalry is not only while on the court but off the court as well and it is quite powerful.

Williams, 33, more physically powerful, with a ferocious temper and the mindset of a battling champion. However, Sharapova’ is media-friendly and her model looks have enabled her get more money in terms of endorsements.

Unknown to many these tennis superstars have both dated the same man, who is currently Sharapova’s boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov.

Dimitov was once Serena’s lover. This situation has the two women in awkward situations yet they spend weeks in close proximity while on  tennis tours. They ignore each other, throwing out coded barbs. We put the queens of tennis head to head.

Serena Williams has beaten Maria Sharapova out of their 19 meetings during their 11-year rivalry, Serena has won 17 times.

They first played each other in 2004 in Miami — when Williams won. However, that was the year Sharapova went on to beat Williams and win Wimbledon. Since then she has only beaten her on one other occasion.

After their last meeting, through evidently gritted teeth, Sharapova said: ‘I love every time that I step on the court against her because she’s the best. And you always want to play against the best. I’m proud to play in the same era as her.’

The depth of their spite was increased when Serena Williams gave an interview in 2013 to Rolling Stone magazine and some comments she made while speaking to her sister on phone were made public.

The guy who is in the middle of the, Bulgarian tennis heart-throb Dimitrov grew close to Serena in early 2012 — they knew each other because they were both being coached by Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou.

Then Dimitrov left to join a different coach, at the same time dumping Serena and starting to date her young rival Sharapova, who was then the ‘It girl’ of tennis.

Williams was devastated. A few weeks afterwards, in an interview in July 2012, She said bleakly: ‘I have given up on dating. It just hasn’t worked out well for me. I’m a really emotional person. I give my all and everything. I do make mistakes — like every human does — but the last relationship just was too much of a heartbreak for me. I just can’t go through that any more. It was hard.’

Relations between the women became worse when Sharapova hit back at the comments about her new man — making public a romance which Williams had quietly started with Mouratoglou, 45.

Sharapova said: ‘If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids.

-Dailymail

Tennis star Andy Murray set to tie the knot

Andy Murray and fiancée Kim Sears are planning to get married in April at the tennis star’s luxury hotel.

The couple are understood to have saved the date of 11 April for the ceremony at the five-star Cromlix House Hotel.

The hotel, which has its own chapel, was the setting for Andy’s brother Jamie’s wedding in 2010.

The 2013 Wimbledon champion bought the hotel – once the home of the Bishop of Dunblane – for £1.8m in 2013.

They announced their engagement last November, after having been together for nine years.

The couple met in 2005 through Kim’s father, Nigel, head of the women’s section of the Law Tennis Association

Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win fifth Australian Open title

Novak Djokovic proved too strong for Andy Murray as he won a fifth Australian Open title in a punishing final. The Serb, ranked number one, came through 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-0 in three hours and 39 minutes.

It was his third win over Murray in a Melbourne final and brought him an eighth Grand Slam title. Murray, 27, has now won two of the eight Slam finals he has played in, having lost all four in Australia.

Serena’s 19 Grand Slam titles, dates back to 1999

Serena Williams’ 19 Grand Slam titles after her Australian Open win over Maria Sharapova on Saturday date back to 1999. Her win moves her to second on the all-time Open-Era winners list:

Here are all the titles and the years respectively;

Australian Open (2015, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003)

French Open (2013, 2002)

Wimbledon (2012, 2010, 2009, 2003, 2002)

US Open (2014, 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002, 1999)

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Serena fashions statement as Rafa pulls up short

Serena Williams is using her love of fashion to send a powerful feminist message at this year’s Australian Open, while Rafael Nadal is more concerned with feeling fresh in his ever-shrinking shorts.

Players of both genders have lit up the tournament with lurid neon outfits supposedly inspired by Melbourne’s graffiti street art but resembling something from a 1980s Wham video.

Women’s top seed Williams again leads the fashion pack, sporting a green and pink outfit with a distinctive cut-out back.

The 33-year-old American, who takes her design work seriously and staged a catwalk parade in New York after last year’s US Open, said her outfits had been conservative in recent years so she wanted to create something different.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion has had fun with moon boots and leopard skin prints in the past but said the decision to expose her physique in the backless dress sent a serious message: “You can be beautiful and powerful at the same time.”

“A lot of my outfits this year are based on the beauty of and the shape of the back, which a lot of people don’t think about,” she said. “But it’s so beautiful and powerful on ladies, we just wanted to focus on that.

“This whole year is about the back and strength and women and power. We wanted to look at my back all year, so all year you’ll be seeing my back!”

Rising star Eugenie Bouchard is a fan, joking: “Maybe I should cut a hole in my top and show off my back like Serena!”

However the men conducting Australian television’s courtside interviews showed they were yet to get the memo on female empowerment, pestering both Williams and Bouchard to “give us a twirl” after their matches.

Elsewhere, players such as Australian two-time champion Victoria Azarenka have taken the neon trend to glow-in-the-dark extremes.

Sportswear brand Nike, the driving force behind the luminous livery, said its designers visited Melbourne last year and saw its bright street art as a perfect symbol for the city.

“This constantly evolving art, which is in a perpetual state of change, perfectly reflected the drive and newness found in the city as a whole,” a spokeswoman told The Age newspaper.

– Shorter shorts –

Hometown hero Thanasi Kokkinakis credited his brightly coloured clothing with inspiring his first-round victory, saying it would have been unthinkable to appear before the Melbourne crowd in such a distinctive outfit and lose the match.

“I was out there and I was like ‘surely in this outfit I’ve got to get the win?’,” he said.

Nadal, notorious for obsessively adjusting his shorts mid-match, revealed he was experimenting with a less bulky style to increase his on-court comfort.

“To make the shorts shorter is something that I like. I feel more comfortable this way,” he said. “We make it shorter already last year, and this year a little bit more. I feel more comfortable here, more fresh.”

The Spaniard’s shorts extended down to the middle of his calf In the first decade of the millennium, but now stop around mid-thigh.

If the current rate of shrinkage continues, he may well be wearing the tight-fitting “budgie smuggler” swimming briefs favoured by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott by the time the 2018 tournament rolls around.

Photo Credits : AFP

Sport’s last taboo – period pains

There are few taboos left in sport but how women “suffer in silence” through their period pains is one that needs to be acknowledged, according to former British number one Annabel Croft.

She made the comments after current British number one Heather Watson was knocked out of the Australian Open after admitting she felt unwell.

“I think it’s just one of these things that I have, girl things,” Watson told reporters.

The 22-year-old said she felt dizzy, sick and had low energy levels that were so bad she was forced to call a doctor towards the end of the first set in her 6-4, 6-0 first round loss to Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova.

She had come into the opening Grand Slam of the season in top form having won the lead-up Hobart International.

Croft told BBC radio that Watson’s comments were “brave” and that women would “identify completely” with her symptoms.

“Women’s monthly issues seems to be one of those subjects that gets swept under the carpet and is a big secret,” she said.

“Women dealing with these issues at any time is hard enough, but actually trying to go out there and trying to play top-level sport at one of the most crucial times in the calendar year. It is just really unlucky.

“I think women do suffer in silence on this subject. It has always been a taboo subject.”

Watson said not being able to play to her full ability due to “women issues” was “really frustrating”.

“But it happens and you’re dealt with different cards on different days and I should have dealt with it better. It’s a real shame and it sucks.”

Tara Moore, a tennis player friend of Watson and the current British number five, said she had complete sympathy with her menstrual cycle falling during major tournaments for the past six years.

“We have to deal with another element that no one speaks about really,” she told Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, adding that she thinks the sport’s governing body should consider changing the rules about toilet breaks.

Currently players can only take a break once every set.

“That should be enough really but if it’s a long set it can be tough,” she said, adding that Wimbledon’s insistence that all players wear white was another issue for women going through the menstrual cycle.

Photo Credits : AFP

Tennis star Andy Murray gets engaged

Tennis star Andy Murray has got engaged to his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears, his agent has confirmed.

Murray, 27, and Ms Sears, 26, have been a couple since 2005 and she regularly watches his matches.

It is thought the Wimbledon champion popped the question to Ms Sears last Wednesday.

Earlier this year Murray, from Dunblane in Perthshire, joked during a question and answer session with fans that he was getting married after Wimbledon.

About an hour later, Murray told his 2.3 million followers: “3 things.. I don’t smoke grass, I’m not getting married(yet) and I don’t want to kill rafael Nadal..”

It would appear that Murray has now proposed to Ms Sears, his partner of more than nine years.

Sussex-born Ms Sears, who is the daughter of former Lawn Tennis Association head of women’s tennis Nigel Sears, met Murray at the US Open in 2005.

She was once described by future mother-in-law Judy Murray as “the best thing to happen to Andy”.

-BBC

Jose Mourinho gives tennis star Andy Murray advice

Jose Mourinho was a surprise guest at Andy Murray’s tennis match against Roger Federer in the Masters Cup Thursday night.

The Chelsea boss was interviewed by Sky Sports during the game, with Andy Murray heading for a straight set defeat.

Mourinho said: ‘There are days when we feel it’s not our day, whether it’s football or tennis. Even if it looks like it’s going to be hard to beat Roger tonight, just give your best. Sometimes a bad defeat is the beginning of many many victories.’