Posts Tagged Women’s sports

Serena Williams hits back at Russian official

In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Russia's team captain Shamil Tarpischev speaks during a news conference prior to the Fed Cup match between Russia and Slovakia in Moscow, Russia. Russian Tennis Federation President Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year for questioning Venus and Serena Williams' gender in comments on Russian television. The WTA Tour said Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, that the $25,000 fine is the maximum allowed under tour rules and that it is seeking Tarpischev's removal as chairman of the Kremlin Cup tournament for one year. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File)

SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as “brothers” were bullying, sexist and racist, and that she supported the one-year suspension imposed by the WTA against the official.

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Beijing marathoners don face masks to battle smog

A runner, wearing a mask to protect herself from pollutants, looks at her smartphone as she and others jog past Chang'an Avenue near Tiananmen Square shrouded in haze at the start of 2014 Beijing International Marathon in Beijing, China Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING (AP) — Despite heavy pollution blanketing Beijing on Sunday, an international marathon went ahead, with face masks and sponges among the equipment used by competitors to battle the smog.

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Pavlyuchenkova to face Begu in Moscow final

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic reached the final of the Kremlin Cup on Saturday, beating Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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Williams up against youth in WTA finals

SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams will play two of the tour’s young rising stars in the round-robin stage of this year’s WTA finals in Singapore.

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Tarpischev unrepentant over Williams comments

In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Russia's team captain Shamil Tarpischev speaks during a news conference prior to the Fed Cup match between Russia and Slovakia in Moscow, Russia. Russian Tennis Federation President Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year for questioning Venus and Serena Williams' gender in comments on Russian television. The WTA Tour said Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, that the $25,000 fine is the maximum allowed under tour rules and that it is seeking Tarpischev's removal as chairman of the Kremlin Cup tournament for one year. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Tennis Federation head Shamil Tarpischev was unrepentant about the comments he made about the Williams sisters, saying Saturday they were only meant as jokes and that he doesn’t understand why he was banned for a year by the WTA Tour.

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