Serena and Venus Williams have withdrawn from Wimbledon, but Coco Gauff continues to dominate. For the first time since 1997, neither Serena nor Venus Williams are in the third round of Wimbledon, but Coco Gauff is undeterred. The 13-year-old American tennis player has a straight walkover in the second round after her opponents withdraw. She will face Dominika Cibulkova in the next round.
Serena and Venus withdrew because of health concerns for Serena, who is still recovering from surgery on her right knee, and because they want to focus all their energy on playing well together at the US Open starting on August 25th. But this hasn't stopped 11-year-old Coco from dominating her matches - including one against a former world number 1 player - and she's not going to stop now! She will meet the Czech Republic's Dominika Cibulkova in the quarterfinals.
Here are Serena and Venus' comments about withdrawing from Wimbledon: "We felt like we had to withdraw from Wimbledon because our goal is to be healthy for the US Open. We want to play as many tournaments as possible this year, but we understand that Coco needs us more than anyone else right now."
"Coco is an amazing talent who deserves all the attention she gets.
Venus Williams (born 1980), a seven-time Grand Slam title winner (singles), and Serena Williams (born 1982), are two professional American tennis players. They won 12 Wimbledon singles titles between 2000 and 2016, a 17-year span (Venus won five, and Serena won seven). The sisters also hold the record for the most Olympic gold medals in tennis history with six each. They have been ranked number one together on the WTA Tour more than any other pair of women in tennis history. Tennis experts consider them to be two of the greatest female tennis players of all time.
They both were born in Compton, California, to a family with no previous connection to tennis. Their father, Richard "Dick" Williams, was a truck driver who died when they were young. Their mother, Nancy Alice "Nannette" Kipner, worked as a secretary to support her children. She later became involved in sports management and marketing, working with such athletes as Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.
The girls began playing tennis at the age of four at the South Central Los Angeles Sports Center, where their coach was Alix Pearlman. They quickly became among the best players in their region and eventually in America, winning several junior national championships. At the age of 11, they moved to Florida so that they could pursue their dreams of becoming top tennis players. They lived with their mom in West Palm Beach until they found a house near their training facility in Deerfield Beach.
Williams and her sister Venus also won six Wimbledon women's doubles titles. Who was the 2018 Wimbledon champion? In 2018, Angelique Kerber interrupted Williams' first attempt at Margaret Court's Grand Slam record. Williams lost in the second round to Kerber.
Venus also went out in the second round this year, losing to Japan's Risa Ozaki 7-5, 6-4. She is now 0-3 against her sister in their career meetings.
They are the only twins to have played each other in the Wimbledon final. The sisters faced off in the final of the 2001 Australian Open, with Venus winning in three sets. They have not met since.
Their mother, Nanette, died in August 2017 after being diagnosed with leukemia a few months before that. Their father, Richard, then became ill too and passed away in February 2018.
Venus is one of four players who have won at least 15 singles titles each in the Open Era (the others are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Björn Borg).
Serena Williams withdrew from the first round due to an ankle issue. Serena Williams will not win her seventh Wimbledon championship this year. Williams suffered an ankle injury during her first-round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Tuesday, forcing her to withdraw. It is the second time this year that Williams has withdrawn from a tournament due to health issues. She also pulled out of the Australian Open in January.
Williams is one victory away from tying Margaret Court's record of seven Wimbledon singles titles. The 23-year old American won her sixth title at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships by defeating Germany's Angelique Kerber in four sets. This was also her first Grand Slam title since returning from maternity leave.
Williams is the oldest player in the history of the Wimbledon ladies' singles event and the only woman to have won the award more than once. She turned 24 years old earlier this month.
Williams debuted at the 1995 Wimbledon Championships when she was 17 years old. She went on to become the youngest winner of the U.S. Open tennis title at the age of 18. Williams has been ranked number 1 in the world for 280 weeks between 2009 and 2018. She has won three Olympic gold medals and two World Championships.
Williams is currently playing in the Brussels Open in Belgium. She will next play Ana Bogdan in the second round on Wednesday.
Venus and Serena Williams are tennis sisters. From 1999 until the early 2000s, they won a number of key competitions. In 2001, both players made it to the finals of the Australian Open but only one could take home the title as they were both still junior champions at the time. Since then, neither player has been able to replicate that success.
They both represent their family brand - Nike. The Williams' mother, Oracene, started selling shoes under her name in 1978 while the daughters were still children. They have both gone on to become two of the best players in the world but have never been able to win a single major tournament together.
Serena first gained recognition when she was hired by the famous Cooperman family to train and play tennis with her sister Venus. This allowed them to compete head-to-head in tournaments and eventually bring them both fame and fortune. After winning several titles in the late 1990s and early 2000s, both sisters began to decline in popularity which led to them splitting up in 2003. They reunited three years later and have been playing together ever since.
Serena now owns her own sports management company called 6teen Management. She also has her own line of clothing called Serena Williams Designs.
The sisters were born in Culver City, California, to a family of musicians; their father, Richard "Dick" Williams, was a jazz musician who played trumpet with Frank Sinatra's orchestra, and their mother, Nancy Alice Johnson, is a former national champion swimmer. They have three other siblings: Tony, Tiffany, and Adrian.
From an early age, the girls showed an interest in sports, especially tennis. At just five years old, Serena already stood at over four feet tall and weighed 45 pounds. She also had a very active mind for her age, learning how to play piano by ear before school started. Venus, on the other hand, was much slower to develop physically and mentally. She didn't start playing tennis until she was nine years old and wasn't considered good enough to compete against boys until she was 14. Despite these differences between them, the sisters became close friends and shared many interests including music and fashion. They also had some similar habits such as eating sweets every day after school and watching movies together.
In 1988, at the age of six, Serena began training with her family's personal coach, Larry Stefanki.