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Posts tagged ‘Venus Williams’
Posted: May 27th, 2014
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Venus Williams and Belinda Bencic showing off colorful French Open fashions.


Venus Williams wearing her own creation. Stylish dress!

It’s French Open tennis time, and in addition to seeing great tennis — it’s the place to see what’s in style for the summer workout season.

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My new kicks — aqua shoes, peach accents and green laces — Asics brand from Achilles on west 12th Street,

Venus Williams looked cute in her own artsy tennis dress design, but so far I’m more a fan of Belinda Bencic’s color combo. She and other tennis stars are rocking the orange and blue — a blue that borders on purple.I also loved Agnes Radwanska’s yellow sneakers — but not her floral dress.

On the men’s side, the guys are also rocking the orange, red, bright blue and some aqua. Bright tennis ball green never goes out of style either, and it’s always been one of my favorites. I am right in style with them. Just look at my new kicks. And I have orange tops and bottoms to round out the look. I need a visor.


Serena Williams in Nike gray and yellow.

Nike seems to dress Serena Williams in the same outfit every year — only different colors. This year it’s gray and yellow. Not a fan.

You can see all the fashion and the action for yourself every morning on ESPN.

Of note, the Williams sisters, Li Na and many other champs on the men and women’s side are all over 30.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times andHouse to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step grandmom to two.

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Posted: January 9th, 2014
lamp and the couchWhenever anyone is sick and confined to a couch, there’s the possibility of delirium. Well here I am. Armed with newspapers, magazines, the Internet and TV, I’ve learned some really important info and some totally ridiculous hooey.

YellenGood news: Janet Yellen, 67, became the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve — taking over the helm from Ben Bernanke. Go Janet! She is married to George Akerloff, a Nobel prize winner. They have one son, Robert, who is an economics professor.

velveetaThe hooey: How on Earth does Kraft run out of Velveeta? Sounds a little fishy to me. They run a huge ad campaign along with Ro-Tel tomatoes and there’s a shortage of Velveeta — an epic shortage that makes national news and Ad Age — the venerable advertising news mag that is as old as Velveeta. Here’s the Ad Age article, although it offers no more insight than any other news outlet as to how a company this big and this old announces a shortage. I mean Velveeta has a shelf life of months, and the company didn’t make enough? Someone fall asleep at the cheesemaking machine? Did a plant have a meltdown? And all coinciding with a huge ad campaign, NFL playoffs and a polar vortex?  I think someone is dumb like a fox.  

Serena WIlliamsGood news/bad news: Anyone over 30 will love this. A lot of tennis champions at the Australian Open are in their 30s. Reports out of Mebourne indicate that many top ranked players on the men and women’s sides are 30 and older. On the women’s side, Serena Williams is 32, and she could become the oldest player to complete a single-year Grand Slam. Li Na is 31. Venus Williams is 33 and although she isn’t in the top 20, she still has game. Injuries and illness have hurt her chances at championships — in fact I think she’s out for the Australian Open.

On the men’s side, Roger Federer is 32, Tommy Haas is 35 and David Ferrer is 31. All are in the top 20. This tells those who are older than 30 that tennis really is a sport for life, and those who are younger — prepare for battle — retiring is not an option for a lot of 30+ players, but winning is.

The Australian Open‘s qualifying rounds are underway with first round action starting Monday. 

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: September 6th, 2013

USOpenTennis0430dAfter watching many hours of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, it’s clear that gray and pink and red and blue combos are in — for men and women in sports outfits. First the good stuff: Sloane Stephens in UnderArmour looked great. There she is at left. I liked her outfit

The USA Today article on the best and worst dressed men and women, by Chris Case — click here — is very funny. Li Na — looked great in purple.

But SerAzarenkaena Williams and Victoria Azarenka wore Nike outfits that I just can’t say looked good. I can’t think of anyone they would look good on, quite frankly.  The USA Today article agreed on that one, and you must visit that site to see Venus’ Williams fingernails. How she played tennis with a giant ring and those nails is beyond me. Jie Zheng

I’ve got to go get something red and blue. Or purple. Or pink. Or gray. Happy Fashion Friday!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom of three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: August 29th, 2013

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Sloane Stephens of the United States

Jie Zheng

Jie Zheng of China


Urszula Radwanska of Poland

I love the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

First the fashions. It appears purple and pink are the colors that are popping up everywhere on the tennis dresses, but not so much on the shoes — on the women’s side. The men have some purple and pink going on in the shoe department though.

The tennis is top-notch. Yesterday, Venus Williams, 33, lost a tough one to Jie Zheng of China. In a third-set tiebreaker after 3 hours of play. Williams struggles with health issues, and three hours is a long time for us mere mortals. She still fights like a champion out there. I watch her every chance I get because there will come a time she doesn’t play singles anymore.

Sloane Stephens, of the U.S., knocked off Urszula  Radwanska. Stephens is one of  the younger U.S. tennis players we hope can carry on American dominance in women’s tennis.

Yesterday,  I discovered that Marion Bartoli, of France, — the Wimbledon champ just a few months ago, had retired from women’s tennis after a loss in Cincinnati. She said her body just can’t take it anymore. Read an article from ABC News here – she’s a commentator at the U.S. Open.

James Blake, of the U. S., retired — last night in fact.

Last year, Serena Williams gutted out a win in singles, and so did Andy Murray.  The competition is great again this year, and even if you’re not a tennis fan, you have to love the New York crowds and pageantry of this event. It’s been on ESPN2 almost every night.

Pam Parker has played tennis for more than 40 years. She is the mom of three, stepmom of three and GramPam to one. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.


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Posted: January 20th, 2013

b_sharapova_07_08It’s early morning tennis time!

You don’t have to be a tennis fan to appreciate the talents of Maria SharapovaNovak Djokovic and more at the 2013 Australian Open. I won’t spoil anything for anyone, but some great matches take place overnight.

Serbian Djokovic is playing this morning in a real nail-biter. Last year, he played in the final match that took 5 hours and 53 minutes — the longest final in history, but not the longest match by any means.

If you’re a tennis fan, early morning TV is live with the Aussie Open, or check out all the coverage at AustralianOpen.com.

Sharapova has had some great years and some real disappointments after shoulder surgery several years ago. She has been “steamrolling,” the Aussie websites say, this year. Good for her. Serena Williams is playing well also, but sister Venus is out of singles play.  But as a doubles team, the Williams sisters are still contenders.

Matches like these are something to see. For those of us who have played tennis every week for decades, or even if you just take the game up tomorrow — it’s great exercise, great fun and exciting to watch — especially live in the early mornings. G’day!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: September 4th, 2012

In this AP photo by Charles Krupa, Venus and Serena Williams wave to fans after a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Russia's Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova at the U.S. Open.

The Williams sisters, pretty much unbeatable in major doubles’ competitions,  met their match Sunday at the hands of Russian players Maria Kirilenko and  Nadia Petrova. Venus suffers from  Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease, and it clearly affects her play at times. I feel awful for her — she tries so hard.

Victoria Azarenka takes on Samantha Stosur, and the stats side with Azarenka, but Stosur is the defending champion. No matter who wins this one – -the road ahead is not easy.

Sara Errani plays  Roberta Vinci, and these two Italians are a doubles team — after they play doubles today, they will face off in singles.  Serena Williams plays Ana Ivanovic, and Maria Sharapova plays Marion Bartoli. That will whittle it all down to a final four.

I’ve seen Errani play and she has beaten some big names. Williams is playing some of her best tennis ever. Maria can always pull off a surprise and no can count out Stosur, Bartoli or Azarenka.

On the mens side, Andy Roddick plays Juan Martin del Potro tonight, and this will be Roddick’s toughest match yet. I have watched a lot of Roddick because every match could be his last.  Novak Djokovic will take on the winner, so we can all hope Roddick has an extra bag of tricks to extend his wins, but the closer we get to the finals, the more I wonder if Roddick has the steam to get there. And  Roger Federer is guaranteed to be well rested because his opponent American Mardy Fish defaulted yesterday due to health problems.

I am loving the coverage — just loving it — you can watch live on http://www.usopen.org/index.html and of course on TV.

Pam Parker has been a tennis player for more than 35 years.  She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.


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Posted: September 2nd, 2012

It’s an odd year when nearly 31-year-old Serena Williams starts interviews with “I’m not retiring.” But who can blame her when 29-year-old Kim Clijsters announced last week that she would retire from singles after the U.S. Open.

Not 24 hours later, 30-year-old Andy Roddick added that it was his swan song as well. He plays today — read the US Open discussion of his chances here.

Serena is having one of her best years ever, and I would be surprised to see anyone beat her. She has come back from some major health problems, and had a disastrous French Open — losing in the opening round. She came back to win her fifth Wimbledon in record fashion with 24 services aces in one match and a record 102 in the tournament at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. She also won the gold medal in the Olympics’ singles tournament and gold in the doubles with her sister Venus.

What’s to become of American tennis after Roddick leaves the game?  John Isner, 27, is moving up the ranks along with Jack Sock, 20.

On the women’s side, Sloane Stepens, 19, is making some waves as a younger American to be reckoned with. Her late father was a pro football player and her mom is a former All American swimmer.

Pam Parker has been a tennis player for more than 30 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.




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Posted: July 8th, 2012

Yesterday was Williams day at Wimbledon. Serena Williams won the ladies singles title — her fifth Wimbledon. She defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. Hours later, she teamed with her sister Venus — who also has five Wimbledon singles titles — to win their fifth Wimbledon ladies doubles title against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, 7-5, 6-4. The victories are very sweet for these sisters. In 2010, Serena Williams thought she would never play again. She had suffered a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Venus has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder.
Today, Scotland’s Andy Murray takes on tennis legend Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the mens final.  The tennis coverage starts on ESPN at 8 a.m. (the live match starts at 9 a.m.), with the  rebroadcast at 3 p.m. on ABC.
Pam Parker, an avid tennis player, is the mom of three, stepmom of three, gramPam to one and editor of the award-winning Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.
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Posted: May 31st, 2012

Even if you’re not a tennis fan, you’ve probably heard of Venus Williams and Serena Williams, two women who pretty much changed the face of professional tennis more than 10 years ago. And they are American women who pretty much learned the game on public courts in Compton, outside of Los Angeles.

For the first time in 47 professional tournaments, Serena Williams,30, lost in the first round at Roland Garros in Paris during French Open, the prestigious clay tournament.

French player Virginie Razzano, 29, beat Serena 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3. After a year that included foot surgery that resulted in a near life-ending blood clot. Serena seemed out of sync, off balance and even tearful after losing a tiebreak — something we never see in Serena. And give Razzano credit. She had been cramping and shaking during the marathon final game.

Venus Williams, just shy of 32, was booted one day later in a second-round match when Agnieszka Radwanska beat the champion 6-2, 6-3 in an hour.

Age, illness and injury are creeping up on the champion Williams sisters. Radwanska, 23, had no fear and plenty of energy against Venus, who is publicly battling Sjogren’s Syndrome, something that often robs her of energy.

What a run they’ve had. Venus has won $28 million in prize money since turning pro in 1994. Serena has won more than $36 million since turning pro in 1995. I don’t think they’re done. The Olympics are coming, and they will hopefully mentor some more Americans, and give us something to cheer about.

Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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