Why was Venus Williams the key catalyst in getting Wimbledon to finally award equal prize money to women players? She was the right player at the right time to lead the charge.
Sloane Stevens, two months shy of her 20th birthday, appeared as stunned as anyone in the moments after upsetting third-seeded Serena Williams, who hadn't lost a match since late August.
You could feel how badly the fans wanted a competitive match. But in the end, Maria Sharapova had too much game for Venus Williams.
Serena Williams showed no ill effects of the ankle injury she had suffered two days earlier. In fact, she appeared increasingly mobile as the match progressed, despite the stifling heat.
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka stumbled briefly, but recovered and rolled against Monica Niculescu. Time will tell if Serena Williams recovers fully from a rolled ankle suffered in her 6-0, 6-0 win.
In dispatching Galina Voskoboeva in an hour at the Australian Open, Venus Williams displayed the form she had before she had to live with Sjogren's syndrome, Bonnie D. Ford writes.
There have been some years in which Serena Williams was a walking question mark coming into the Australian Open. This isn't one of them. Bonnie D. Ford talks to the experts on what to expect from the star in 2013.