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Photos: Masha shows off the ring!!

Posted by Lana On October 24 2010

Newly engaged couple Maria Sharapova and Los Angeles Laker Sasha Vujacic were looking lovey in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday as they walk hand in hand while out for lunch. Sharapova could be seen wearing a rather large engagement ring while out and about with her future husband.

Serena Williams on the Cover of August 2010 Harper Bazaar

Posted by Lana On July 04 2010

Serena Williams is featured on Cover of August 2010 Harper's Bazaar, which hits newsstands July 20th. In the photo spread, Serena showcases her stylish self in a Fendi dress and sports a swimsuit by Eres. Inside the monthly magazine, Serena talks about how she came to accept her body, about the difficulties, and importance, of accepting her own physical differences, and dating, revealing the reason behind breaking up with rapper Common.

Photos: Shakira Attends Nadal vs Mathieu Match

Posted by Lana On June 29 2010

Shakira was spotted out at the All England Club in London on Monday afternoon watching Rafael Nadal and Paul-Henri Mathieu during their fourth round match for the Wimbledon Championships. Here are the photos, enjoy!

Photos: Brooklyn Decker, Kim Sears, Bec Cartwright and Mirka Vavrinec on Day Seven at Wimbledon

Posted by Lana On June 29 2010

Here are the photos of Brooklyn Decker, Kim Sears, Bec Cartwright and Mirka Vavrinec supporting their husbands/boyfriends on Day Seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2010 in London, England. Enjoy!

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Q. Tell us how quickly you managed to recover from your losses in the singles. How about your start? Was that like a dream started in today's final?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I mean, personally I had to play doubles the same day I lost. You have to move on quickly and learn from those mistakes and just make sure you don't make the same mistake in singles and in doubles. It's never fun to lose two in one day.
As far as the start, I mean, it was a great start. It's hard to recover sometimes from that kind of start, so hopefully that was to our advantage. Plus, I have a great partner.

Q. How does it feel to win here again, even years?
SERENA WILLIAMS: It feels good. I mean, we have a Williams Slam. I think we've four in a row now. So we were really excited about that. It's got the Venus and Serena.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, the Williams Slam in doubles.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Venus and Serena. So it's exciting.

Q. Do you feel like it's your serve today that made the difference?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, not my serve per se, but maybe your serve.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I mean, the last game I served well, but I hit a lot more second serves, I think, than normally. I think I've just gotten a lot more experience in doubles. I think it's helped a lot.
We've improved our game and understand the plays a little more. I think it's really tough when you play one Williams. I think when you play two it's really not an easy win.
They played really well this whole tournament, and I think we just were able to play the big points a little better today.

Q. You guys are obviously gonna walk out of here also 1, 2 in the world singles, and 1 in the world doubles. Obviously sort of on top right now. Congratulations. Is it more fun to play doubles than singles? Obviously you guys want to win, but is it just much more enjoyable when you play together?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I mean, you have to be really focused to play the doubles. I mean, when we're playing these matches, sometimes you can end up playing 13 matches.
So playing the doubles for us is not just like fun or let's play for fun. We're playing for the title, because it does take that extra focus and determination.
Obviously when you win a point and enjoy that point with another person, I think that part is fun, because in singles you don't. You just go to the next point. I think that's the fun part. But it's all, you know, serious for us out there.

Q. Serena, I know how you feel about winning, but can you address that? Is there an enjoyment factor there? I know you guys want to dominate, but what you can't get from singles.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think it's cool. Sometimes when you're out there and you're playing singles, it's a great feeling obviously. But also to play doubles and with someone that, you know, that's your sister, your flesh and blood, that's even better.
Because, you know, especially being out on the court every day next to her training, you know, seeing all the hard work and having a chance to come together. And not anyone else can understand what we go through on the singles court and having been and being champions and winning so many titles between us, no one can really understand that.
So to come together and play doubles is a good thing.

Q. Congratulations to the two of you. Are you planning on playing a full schedule of doubles as far as you can see from here through the Olympics?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, we don't really play a full schedule. We just play, you know, the Slams and a handful of a few other ones sometimes. So we're definitely gonna play some more tournaments, but definitely not a full schedule.

Q. I'm sorry. I meant the Slams. That was a brain freeze on my part. You'll play the Slams as far as you can tell from here through the Olympics?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Absolutely. We enjoy playing in the Grand Slams. As far as I can tell, we'll play.

Q. And also, how old were you when you played your first doubles match together?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Super young. (Laughing.)
VENUS WILLIAMS: Extremely young. That's what we were saying the other day. We're the longest standing doubles team. We've been playing since the '80s together. We've got quite a record.
It's been we don't even remember the first time. It's been forever.

Q. Do you remember anything about that? What you wore? What happened on the court?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I remember a couple things. I remember sorry. (Laughing.)

Q. Oh, yes.
SERENA WILLIAMS: I remember my dad told Venus you remember this? (Laughing.) He told Venus to cross you remember now?
SERENA WILLIAMS: (Laughing.) He told Venus to that she had to cross more, and so I think she got upset and she crossed when the person was serving. (Laughter.)
She ended up volleying the serve. Oh, it was so funny.
I remember my dad, he's so positive. He's like, Oh, no, no, Venus, not that. Just wait until after the serve.
I promise you every tournament I think about that when we're in doubles. I'm thinking, Okay, I got to get aggressive. I just always think about that.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I remember that.
SERENA WILLIAMS: You remember?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Isha was serving. Our older sister was serving.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, my gosh. That was so funny.
SERENA WILLIAMS: And I also remember my dad told me I had to play the forehand because I was young and I was smaller, and then he put Venus on the backhand. It's been like that ever since. That was 20 years ago?
VENUS WILLIAMS: More than 20.

Q. Venus, why did you give her your gold trophy when you were a little kid?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, back in the day? Well, I guess I liked silver more. That wasn't really a smart choice. (Laughter.)
Since that time I've been trying to make up for it.

Q. You guys played in the beginning of your career, and then you didn't play that much. Obviously you've made that more of a priority. Was there a conversation you had? How did you decide that, you know, you really wanted to play more doubles and play more consistently?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I think it started as us trying to get ready for the 2008 Olympics, and we started playing at little extra tournaments. After that, we just never stopped.
It was really just to get ready for the Olympics. Now we just we just realize what it's like to have that Major title next to your name, and it's pretty addictive.

Q. Did you rediscover then something when you started to play again that you had forgotten about when you played earlier?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I personally just thought it was fun and easy and I didn't have to practice as many hours. It was great.
I don't know. We were just getting ready for the Olympics and we've just been going getting at it.

Q. So it's an avoidance tactic to get out of practice?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I guess. Maybe subconsciously.

Q. The grass season is coming soon. I think you played the final at Wimbledon last year. Do you look forward to that? How are you going to prepare?
VENUS WILLIAMS: We have the same prep every year. Yeah. Just hit on the hardcourts. We play Wimbledon. That's our grass court season. One grass court tournament, and we try to play very well. Nothing special.

Q. As was obvious a couple minutes ago, perhaps your greatest attribute is that you really have each other's back, this incredible bond between you guys. The other day your mom said when she was little and you guys were squabbling she said, Forget it, you decide. She wouldn't intervene. Do you remember sort of on a serious note how you guys bonded way back when, how you really developed this bond of love and support?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know. I think it was just innate. We were always taught to love each other. We were brought up very spiritually, Jehovah's Witnesses, to love one another and not to fight so much.
Also, I think I have a great older sister, and not just Venus. All my older sisters are really protective and really just nice. Sometimes you well, on the TV you see older sisters that aren't, you know, so nice.
They're just older siblings that are just different. I just don't know that. With me personally being the youngest it's just I had it easy.

Q. Have you ever imagined being the older one? You talk about how you're used to being the younger one in your book. Have you ever imagined being the older one?
SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I definitely wouldn't play the role as well, I don't think.



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