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September 11 1999: The day Serena William will never forget

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The 1999 US Open final between world No 1 Martina Hingis and American rising star Serena Williams had started way before the last Saturday of the tournament. It all began when Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, saw that his daughters were in opposite parts of the draw and predicted that they would face each other in the tournament’s final. Irritated by what she took for arrogance, the Swiss harshly said in a press conference: “They (the Williams family)have a big mouth. They always talk a lot. It’s more pressure on them. Whether they can handle it or not, now that’s the question.”

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It wasn’t long before the Williams family replied. The first to respond in his own fashion was Richard, quoted by The New York Times.

”I don’t think there’s more pressure on them. I think pressure is doing what I did, working 9 to 5. I still believe there will be two Williamses in the finals. What Martina said is not a shock. I think she has the right to say what she wants to say. I’m going to ask her for her autograph. I love her. If you see her, tell her I love her.”

His daughter Serena didn’t seem to share her father’s love for Hingis, though. 

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“She’s always been the type of person that…says things, just speaks her mind,” she said. “I guess it has a little bit to do with not having a formal education. But you just have to somehow think more; you have to use your brain a little more in the tennis world.’”

The days went by, and the Williams sisters both advanced to the semi-finals, Hingis facing Venus, whom she had beaten in the final in 1997. When Serena defeated Lindsay Davenport and qualified for the final, pressure increased on Hingis’ shoulders, but although she was down 3-2 in the last set, she eventually prevailed (6-1, 4-6, 6-3) and commented: “They’re three against me. With talking, I can’t beat them. I know that. So I have to try to beat them on the court. That’s all I can do. I don’t want to fight with words. As I said before, I can’t beat them with words. Because the results and the rankings show it all.”

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In the early games of her first Grand Slam final, Williams did not show any signs of nervousness. Helped by her big serve, she kept Hingis in the defensive and hit 19 winners to take the first set, 6-3. 

The Swiss got better at handling Serena’s power in the second set. Hitting more balls on the rise, she started moving Williams around the court and prevented her from dictating the game so outrageously as in the first set. Serena kept attacking as much as possible, and it resulted in very high-level tennis. The American still proved herself stronger until she led 5-3 and obtained two match points on her serve. At this moment, she was suddenly struck by pressure and couldn’t seal her victory, engaging into longer rallies and losing control of the match.

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Soon, Hingis was back and Williams was pushed into a tie-break. In front of an overexcited crowd, the two young women played an outstanding tie-break, which Serena won 7-4, converting her third match point. The youngest of the Williams sisters was the first to claim a Grand Slam title.

In the end, despite the war of words that had been raging all week, Williams and Hingis shook hands and hugged. During the trophy ceremony, Serena felt very emotional.  “I didn’t know what to do – laugh or cry or just scream – so I think I did it all,” she said.

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These Kings have fangs. In other campaigns, they have had good players, but the mentality they are showing in this campaign has not been known to them for a long time. Last night, receiving a Grizzlies without Ja Morant, they took advantage of that absence to muscle up and win with the emphatic that reflects the final score: 133-100.

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The Californians dominated the game almost at all times, but it wasn’t until the last quarter that they dealt a final blow that is measured by a 33-10 run. They swept Memphis for 12 minutes in which the Tennessees had no response to what was coming their way.

“It was a great victory for the whole team. I think in the second half we were really good defensively,” says Mike Brown, the coach who is getting closer to returning Sacramento to the playoffs after 16 years of absence.

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To achieve the aforementioned milestone, Brown has a large group of players of a very good level. Against Memphis, Domantas Sabonis had a triple-double of 14 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, Trey Lyles had 24 points off the bench, rookie Keegan Murray went to 20 points, and Harrison Barnes had another 20 (15 of them in the first quarter).

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Although the Kings did not leave the game sentenced until the last quarter, it was in the first that they left some mark on history. With 12 triples, they matched the most that had been achieved to date in such a space of time. Such offensive capacity led them to 47 points. The reality is that everything seems to be going well for those from the California capital, who have won seven of their last eight games to settle in third place in the Western Conference.

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It was clear that the time would come when the Grizzlies would have to slow down a bit. More than accommodated in the second position of the West, it is time to regulate efforts and take care of its essential pieces; and of course, there is none like Ja Morant. The point guard was absent last night and his team noticed it despite Jaren Jackson Jr.’s 19 goals and Desmond Bane’s 21. In any case, the team’s head coach, Taylor Jenkins, understands that it’s just a defeat and that they must keep gritting their teeth always thinking about the next game.

“We have to focus on getting better and doing better against Golden State. You just have to continue playing hard and be together while we find our rhythm, “he says.

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With his team the Golden State Warriors off on Sunday, NBA superstar Stephen Curry headed to Sundance with his wife Ayesha Curry for the premiere of his new film.

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Stephen, 34, and Ayesha, 33 – who both enjoyed a date night over the weekend – were all smiles on the red carpet for the premiere of their documentary Stephen Curry: Underrated.

The film premiered at the Eccles Center Theatre on Monday evening as the Sundance Film Festival continues into the week.

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He sported a trimmed beard with a black vest over his cream-colored sweater, with a watch seen peeking out from his sweater.

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The NBA superstar completed his look with black pants and shiny black dress shoes for the premiere.

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His wife of over 11 years Ayesha Curry opted for a brown pantsuit with a stylish brown leather coat.

She accessorized with very small gold hoop earrings and gold bracelets seen dangling from her wrists.

She completed her look with brown leather boots for the red carpet-event.

The Currys also hit the red carpet with Stephen’s mother Sonya Curry, who opted for a black t-shirt under a brown trench coat.

She also opted for matching brown wide-legged pants for the event, completing her look with leopard-print platform heels.

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The film Stephen Curry: Underrated, directed by Peter Nicks and produced by Ryan Coogler (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), follows Curry’s life from Akron, Ohio to NBA greatness.

The film features, ‘intimate cinematic video, archival footage, and on-camera interviews reveal Curry’s rise from an undersized college player to a four-time NBA champion.’

It’s unclear if the film will land a distribution deal after the premiere screening on Monday.

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LeBron James made a female fan go viral after the two involve in exchange glances and smiles during an LA Lakers home game against the Rockets.

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As one of the nerve centers of Los Angeles entertainment, the Crypto.com Arena is no stranger to fans trying to get the attention of the stars. The most famous case in recent years was that of Rihanna and Laker Alex Caruso.

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That video also went viral in NBA circles and on social media. But it is not every day that LeBron James stars in one of these episodes.

During the last game that the Los Angeles Lakers played at home, a fan in a courtside seat fixed her gaze for several seconds on the four-time MVP. LeBron seems to ignore her until, noticing her presence, he crosses glances with her.

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This prompted nervous laughter from King James and silent rejoicing from the fan, who continued to smile at him.

Whether or not James and the blonde fan exchanged glances or this was a coincidence remains to be seen, but social media users have been having fun with it anyway.

Perhaps Savannah James, LeBron’s wife of ten years and high-school sweetheart, isn’t smiling so much.

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