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Venus Williams posts personal response about deadly crash on Facebook

Tennis superstar Venus Williams took to Facebook to respond for the first time on a June 9 intersection crash resulting in a 78-year-old man’s death. 

“I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident,” Williams said on her Facebook page. “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”

The news of Williams’ crash surfaced on Thursday, three weeks after the incident. 

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A police report from Palm Beach Gardens found Williams to be at fault for “violating” the right of way, but an investigation continues.  

The wife of the crash victim, Esther Linda Barson,, told police she proceeded westbound through a green light and T-boned Williams’ car. Her husband suffered head injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he died on June 22. 

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Williams told police she stopped in the median break when traffic forced her to stop, the police report said. She then drove her 2010 Toyota Sequoia through the intersection and she didn’t see Barson’s 2016 Hyundai Accent. 

The family of Jerome Barson filed a wrongful death lawsuit the day after news became public of the fatal crash. The court document demanded a trial by jury and judgment for damages against Williams with interest and costs.

UPDATE: Lawyer for victim’s family in Venus Williams crash ‘devastated’

Top-seeded Kerber stunned in first round of French Open 

Angelique Kerber became the first top-seeded women’s player in the Open era of tennis to lose in the first round of the French Open, falling 6-2, 6-2 to Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday. 

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Makarova was successful against Kerber’s serve and took advantage of the No. 1 seed’s numerous mistakes to earn the victory.

The momentum seemed to turn toward Kerber late in the second set as she grabbed a break. But she promptly double-faulted to hand the advantage back to Makarova.

The result will allow Karolina Pliskova or Simona Halep to overtake Kerber for the No. 1 spot with deep runs into the tournament, according to Bleacher Report. Pliskova can clinch the top spot with an appearance in the final, while Halep will need to win the tournament.

Ilie Nastase under fire for comment about Serena Williams

Tennis great Ilie Nastase could face censure after apparently making a racist comment about Serena Williams' pregnancy, ESPN reported.

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At a news conference to tout Romania’s Fed Cup playoff against Great Britain, Romania's captain apparently made a comment about Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion who announced she was pregnant with her first child Wednesday with fiancé Alexis Ohanian.

"Let's see what color it has,” Nastase said, according to ESPN. “Chocolate with milk?"

Williams, who won the Australian Open in January, said she was taking time off from the tour to have her baby. Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, is white.

Nastase was not directly asked about Williams, but made the comment, in Romanian and clearly audible, to the other players while team No. 1 player Simona Halep was answering a question about Williams.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said it has launched an investigation. In a statement, officials said that “The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behavior of any kind. We are aware of alleged comments made by Romanian captain Ilie Nastase and have begun an immediate investigation so that we have the full facts of the situation before taking further and appropriate action."

The Romanian tennis federation declined comment.

It’s the second time in a month that Nastase has made controversial comments about Williams, ESPN reported. After being appointed Romania’s Fed Cup captain in October, Nastase made unsubstantiated allegations of doping against Williams, based entirely on her physique.

Serena Williams shares another shot from Mexico vacation

Tennis star Serena Williams announced she was pregnant on Snapchat earlier this week as she shared — and then deleted — a photo of her baby bump with the cryptic caption “20 weeks” from her vacation in Mexico.

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The world’s top-ranked female player shared another shot from her getaway with fiancé and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on Instagram, Today reported. The 35-year-old is looking out over the Caribbean Sea at the edge of Mayan ruins in Tulum. Earlier, Williams posted a photo of herself and Ohanian horsing around in New Zealand last January.

Williams has won 72 career WTA titles during her career. She has won 23 Grand Slams in singles competition and has 14 in women's doubles. She also won two Grand Slam events in mixed doubles.

Serena Williams confirms pregnancy; tennis star might have competed while pregnant

Serena Williams is pregnant. 

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The Wimbledon champion posted a photo Wednesday on Snapchat announcing that she is 20 weeks into her pregnancy.

Full-term pregnancies are generally 40 weeks long. Williams is expected to give birth in the fall. 

Williams later deleted the photo before releasing public comment.

“I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this fall,” William’s spokeswoman, Kelly Bush Novak, said.

Bush Novak said Wednesday that the 35-year-old tennis star will take maternity leave for the rest of the year, with plans to return to the circuit in 2018.

Williams’ fellow tennis pro athletes and other celebrities wished her well on social media.

If Williams is 20 weeks into her pregnancy, she competed in the Australian Open in January while she was two months pregnant. She went on to win her 23rd Grand Slam tournament singles title.

Williams is the highest-paid female athlete, earning an annual salary of about $29 million, according to Reuters.

Williams recently posted a photo on social media of herself and her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

The two became engaged in December and announced their engagement on Reddit. 

Last week, Williams posted a photo on Instagram congratulating former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland on her new book, “Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*$& Just Happened).”

“This book Kelly wrote is a guide for new moms. One of these days I hope to apply this (but for now I'll stick to my dog Chip),” Williams wrote on Instagram. “The introduction is hilarious and had me hooked from the first word!” 

WATCH: Iguana stops tennis match at Miami Open

An iguana, later named Iggy, wanted to join the fun at the Miami Open Wednesday, but instead brought a match to a halt. 

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Iggy perched itself on the scoreboard during a match between Tommy Haas and Jiri Vesley, according to Sports Illustrated

Maybe the iguana just wanted a better view of the game? 

Or maybe Iggy wanted a selfie with Haas? 

Either way, Iggy wasn’t happy when officials tried to remove it from the court. 

The Iguana thought his new selfie friend, Haas, would let it stay and watch. But, instead, Haas quickly jumped out of the way. 

Eventually officials got the iguana off the court, but Iggy might have won this match. 

Serena Williams wins record 23rd career Grand Slam title

It was a record-breaking slam dunk for Serena Williams.

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In an all-sister final at the Australian Open, Williams won a record 23rd Grand Slam title Saturday with a 6-4, 6-4, victory against Venus Williams in the women's singles final.

Serena's victory broke the Open era record she held with Steffi Graf.  Margaret Court is the all-time leader with 24 titles in the Open and amateur eras.

It was the ninth meeting in a Grand Slam final between the Williams sisters. The last all-Williams final came at Wimbledon in 2009, which also was Venus' last major final. Serena Williams now has a 17-11 career record against Venus, including a 10-5 mark at Grand Slams and a 7-2 edge in Slam finals.

Serena Williams closed the match on her first championship point, charging the net with a forehand that Venus Williams could not successfully return, ESPN reported.

"I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus," Serena Williams told the crowd after the match. "She's an amazing person. There's no way I'd be at 23 without her. There's no way I'd be at one.

"She's the only reason the Williams sisters exist, inspiring me to be the best player I can be."

It's Serena Williams' seventh Australian Open title overall and second in the past three tournaments in Melbourne. She also has seven titles at Wimbledon, six at the US Open and three at the French Open.

Saturday's victory also means Serena Williams will regain the world No. 1 ranking from Angelique Kerber, who was eliminated in the fourth round in Melbourne. Next week will be Williams' 310th at the top of tennis.

"Serena Williams ... that's my little sister guys," Venus Williams said. "Congratulations, Serena, on No. 23. I have been right there with you.

"Your win has always been my win. I think you know that I'm enormously proud of you. You mean the world to me."

Women's tennis great Billie Jean King sent out a pair of tweets Saturday morning, congratulating each sister.

Congrats @serenawilliams on your 23rd major title and return to the top of the@WTA rankings. You are a history maker and a trailblazer.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 28, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

To @Venuseswilliams: Thanks for showing us it's never too late. What anamazing run and what an amazing life. #championforever— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 28, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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Love, set, match: Serena Williams announces engagement

It’s a love match for women’s tennis great Serena Williams.

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The winner of 22 Grand Slam events announced that she is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Fittingly, Williams announced the news in a Reddit post on her verified account.

A spokesman for Ohanian confirmed that he popped the question while the couple was vacationing in Rome. Ohanian also announced the engagement on his Facebook page, linking to Williams’ Reddit post and writing, “She said yes.”

Williams’ Reddit post read:

“I came home/A little late/Someone had a bag packed for me/And a carriage awaited" Williams said in her Reddit post, which was written like a poem and had a cartoon of the couple at the top. "Destination: Rome/To escort me to my very own 'charming'/Back to where our stars first collided/And now it was full circle/At the same table we first met by chance/This time he made it not by chance/But by choice/Down on one knee/He said 4 words/And/r/isaidyes.”

The 35-year-old Williams and 33-year-old Ohanian have been dating since 2015, according to E! News and have kept their relationship quiet, except for an occasional Instagram post. In the past, Williams had been romantically linked to Patrick Mouratoglou and rappers Drake and Common, People magazine reported.

No date has been announced.

Williams was the runner-up at last year’s Australian Open and won the women’s singles title for the sixth time in 2015. She is the all-time women’s champion during tennis’ Open era; only Margaret Court has won the event more times, taking the title 11 times and four times since the Open era began in the late 1960s.

Ohanian co-founded Reddit, the user-generated news website, in 2005 with college roommate Steve Huffman.

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