Serena’s fiance gets Venus’s seal of approval

Venus Williams has given her seal of approval to younger sister Serena’s fiancee, calling Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian a “super nice guy”.

Serena, 35, broke news of her impending nuptials with a poem in late December on her verified Reddit account, revealing the 33-year-old went down on one knee during a trip to Rome.

“He’s a super nice guy,” Venus, 36, said of Ohanian. “You never know how the things are going to end. In this case, it’s not gonna end, so it’s great.”

“She’s much smarter than I am. She’s a wise woman. She’s actually getting a real life,” she said in Melbourne on Monday at the Australian Open.

“She’s paving the way, once again, for me. Maybe I’ll grow up.

“But it’s been an awesome year for her, and this will be a great year again.”

Serena said at the weekend she was so focused on trying to win a 23rd Grand Slam title that she hadn’t let her engagement sink in.


Source: Guardian

Confidential Medical Files of Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Other Female US Olympians Leaked By Russian Hackers

Confidential medical data of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and basketball player Elena Delle Donne was hacked from a World Anti-Doping Agency database and posted online on Tuesday.

The Russian cyber espionage group called Fancy Bear published records of “Therapeutic Use Exemptions” (TUEs), which allow athletes to use otherwise-banned substances if they have a verified medical reason to do so, the Independent reports.

Williams, who revealed in 2011 she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an energy-sapping disease, issued a statement via her agent in which she said she was granted TUEs “when serious
medical conditions have occurred,” and those exemptions were “reviewed by an anonymous, independent group of doctors, and approved for legitimate medical reasons.”

  “I was disappointed to learn today that my private, medical data has been compromised by hackers and published without my permission,” Williams said. “I have followed the rules established under the Tennis Anti-Doping Program in applying for, and being granted, ‘therapeutic use exemption.'”

  Women’s basketball gold medalist Elena Delle Donne, who had thumb surgery on Tuesday and posted a post-op pic on Twitter, along with a statement saying she takes prescribed medication approved by WADA.

In a statement, USA Gymnastics said Biles — who won five medals, four gold, in Rio last month — was approved for an exemption and had not broken any rules. She wrote on Twitter that she’s taken medication to treat ADHD since she was a child.

  “Please know I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me,” Biles posted.

Fancy Bear claimed the “therapeutic use of exemptions” constituted evidence of doping US Olympians.

“After detailed studying of the hacked Wada databases we figured out that dozens of American athletes had tested positive” a statement from the group reads. “The RIO Olympic medallists regularly used illicit strong drugs justified by certificates of approval for therapeutic use. In other words, they just got their licenses for doping.”

WADA previously warned of cyber attacks after investigators it had appointed published reports into Russian state-sponsored doping.

World Anti-Doping Agency director general Olivier Niggli said in a statement that it was “unthinkable for hackers to illegally obtain confidential medical information in an attempt to smear athletes to make it look as if they have done something wrong.
In fact, in each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules for obtaining permission to use a needed medication.”

He added:

“These criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia,”

WADA said “extended its investigation with the relevant law enforcement authorities.”

Last month, hackers obtained a database password for Russian runner Yuliya Stepanova, a whistleblower and key witness for the WADA investigations. She and her husband, a former official with the Russian national anti-doping agency, are now living at an undisclosed location in North America.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected WADA’s statement blaming Russian hackers as unfounded.

  “There can be no talk about any official or government involvement, any involvement of Russian agencies in those actions. It’s absolutely out of the question,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. “Such unfounded accusations don’t befit any organization, if they aren’t backed by substance.”

 The International Olympic Committee said it “strongly condemns such methods which clearly aim at tarnishing the reputation of clean athletes.”

  “The IOC can confirm however that the athletes mentioned did not violate any anti-doping rules during the Olympic Games Rio 2016,” the Olympic body said.

The top American anti-doping official said it was “unthinkable” to try to smear athletes who followed the rules and did nothing wrong.

  “The cyberbullying of innocent athletes being engaged in by these hackers is cowardly and despicable,” said Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The agency said it believed the hack was carried out using spear-phishing emails to gather passwords for the WADA Anti-Doping and Management System(ADAMS) database.

Serena Williams And Drake Deny Engagement Rumors

While we all  that Serena Williams and Drake have been dating, OK Magazine started a whole new round of celeb gossip on Thursday with the news that the two were now engaged. Even though no confirmation was given for the tabloid report, social media went crazy about the rumor and started to announce the couple’s supposed engagement.

Ok Mag said Drake got down on one knee and proposed
They added:

‘She said yes but they want to keep it on the down-low for now.

‘Now that Drake has her, he isn’t letting her go,’ 

However the rep said that no such proposal took place.

‘The rumour is completely untrue.’

Serena Williams Talks Racism In Tennis

She’s won 21 Grand Slam singles titles, with only four losses in 25 appearances in the finals yet her rival Maria Sharapova ranked higher than her on the Forbes list despite ranking lower than her professionally. Serena Williams covers this weeks New York Times mag & speaks candidly about it

Serena tells the NYT:

“If they want to market someone who is white and blond, that’s their choice. I have a lot of partners who are very happy to work with me. I can’t sit here and say I should be higher on the list because I have won more.

I’m happy for her, because she worked hard, too. There is enough at the table for everyone. We have to be thankful, and we also have to be positive about it so the next black person can be No. 1 on that list. Maybe it was not meant to be me. Maybe it’s meant to be the next person to be amazing, and I’m just opening the door. Zina Garrison, Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe and Venus opened so many doors for me. I’m just opening the next door for the next person.”

Drake And Serena Williams Caught Making Out In Public (Raw Photos)

Drake and rapper Common (Serena’s ex-boyfriend) famously feuded over the Tennis champ and it looks like Drake has rekindled his fling with Serena. Hours after she won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati yesterday she and Drake were spotted making out at a local restaurant. TMZ got the exclusive photos. More photos below…

Serena Williams Stuns In Cream Dress At Wimbledon Champions’ Dinner

Wimbledon women’s 2015 winner, Serena Williams dazzle in a show-stopping gown at the Champions’ Dinner tonight with jewels embellished across her front, the gown hung tightly showing off her incredible figure, as she walked the red carpet at the Guidlhall in London.

The tennis ace took the 2015 title with a straight-sets win over Garbine Muguruza.