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“I Was Just So Rusty”: Venus Williams Reflects on Her Disappointing Loss Ahead of US Open 2021

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Tennis fans woke up ecstatic today as they geared up for the return of the titan. After almost a 2-month long break, American legend Venus Williams returned to the court. Featuring in the WTA Women’s Chicago Open, a roaring crowd, greeted the 41-year-old tennis great. However, as delightful as her returning was, it did not end the way fans expected.

Venus Williams was one of the most prolific stars taking part as the WTA tour reached the XS Tennis Village. Undoubtedly, her comeback to the sport after an unprecedented sabbatical was the highlight of the day. However, the attention soon shifted to a rather surprising result as Venus bowed out of the tournament in shocking style.

World No. 73, Su-Wei Hsieh knocked out Venus Williams in a dominating straight-set victory. As fans glared, stunned, Venus took a moment to open up on her disappointing loss.

“I was just so rusty”- Venus Williams
Undoubtedly, the former World No. 1 would’ve loved to dedicate a win to her support from the stands. However, coming back from an inevitable break was never going to be easy.

Addressing the same, but not frizzled by it, she said, “I definitely wish I could have won today. I was just so rusty. I’d love for the conditions to continue where we’re able to play sports on the South Side, because it’s really beautiful here.”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Venus last played a competitive game of Tennis at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. Ever since her exit, she had stayed off-court, leaving fans wondering about her future. Hence, her comeback in Chicago was twice as special, as it gave fans hope to see the legend at the upcoming US Open.

Reciprocating their love with appreciation, Venus said, “Great to see the crowd and the support I got out there. I was like so delighted and so unexpected.”

Time for the homegirl to shine?
Venus is by far one of the most decorated players in the sport. Her legacy in the game is eternal and unquestionable. Despite her recent run of form, surprise defeats, injury forced withdrawals, and unfortunate outings, she remains among the best in business. However, with age catching up now, the 41-year-old’s career hangs in doubt.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu REUTERS/Toby Melville
As the world gears up for the US Open, fans are hoping to see the Williams sisters run back the clock and set fire to the court in New York. In a more realistic world, however, is a Grand Slam for Venus still on the cards? Or is it time to accept the forbidden truth?

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CONTROVERSY. Naomi Osaka’s boyfriend Cordae brags his relationship with the world no.2

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Naomi Osaka has been dating her boyfriend Cordae for more than 2 years often sparking some controversy. Cordae is an up-and-coming American rapper that loves sending strong messages. Last year, on the occasion of the US Open, he was wildly criticized for showing the middle finger when taking some pictures with Naomi Osaka after she won the trophy. That looked extremely inappropriate also because he was stealing the scene of his girlfriend with that questionable gesture.

Cordae has just launched a song, “More Life”, boasting his relationship with Naomi using the following (strong) words: “My girl a tennis star, you niggas out here marrying hoes.”

According to the comments, many people didn’t really like this.

Cordae and Naomi Osaka are a power couple pic.twitter.com/o8PIpGLpfa

— brown (@BrownRapFan) April 22, 2021

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Why Rafael Nadal only had one girlfriend in his life

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ABC gave more details on Maria Francisca Perello, Rafael Nadal’s longtime girlfriend and future wife. Maria studied Administration and Direction of companies in the Balearic Islands University. She did not make people notice she was Nadal’s girlfriend.

Then she started working in the department of Communication in Palma de Mallorca. Then she worked in London for Mapfre, which is connected to Nadal. She is currently the director of social integration of the Rafa Nadal Foundation which is based in Barcelona and ran by Nadal’s mother Ana Maria Parera.

In 2013 the couple bought a €4 million worth chalet where they live. Maria understands the sacrifices that her future husband does to keep competing at the highest level. They started dating each other in 2005. She rarely speaks about their relationship.

In 2011, she told John Carlin, writer of Rafa: My Story book, explaining why Nadal often goes to the tournaments being alone: “Travelling around the world would not be good for me and him either. If I followed him everywhere, I think we could stop getting well each other.”

A close source to the couple told ABC: “She gave him his room to relax and not feel tense. When one like Nadal goes through so much pressure he needs to be calm.” In an interview to TODAY Serena Williams was asked her thoughts on her sister Venus as an auntie.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner praised what she considers her best friend. “She’s great. None of us grew up! We’re all just a bunch of kids having fun”, said Serena who became mother of a daughter called Olympia in September 2017.

I feel like things should have changed more,” said Serena, who added: “I feel like the older (Olympia) gets, the more I go back to being how I was. I don’t know if that’s normal, but that (pre-baby life) started coming back for me.”

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Naomi Osaka Boyfriend: Tennis Star’s Rapper Boyfriend Didn’t Know She Played Tennis

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Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Osaka’s boyfriend – Cordae – was unaware of her tennis fame until after they started dating in 2019 and attended the US Open.

In a few years, Naomi Osaka has made herself at home in everyone’s hearts. She has bagged four Grand Slam titles and is without a doubt one of the best tennis players in the world. Her boyfriend, however, remained unaware of her being a tennis star until after he started dating her.

Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Who is Naomi Osaka dating?
As of now, the 23-year-old tennis star is dating Cordae Amari Dunston – mostly known as Cordae. While Naomi Osaka Cordae have been dating for quite some time now, Cordae was not really aware of Osaka’s tennis fame. “It’s not my sport,” the Grammy-nominated artist said during an interview. “If you asked me about tennis, before being immersed in it because of Naomi, I could only give you Venus and Serena Williams, you know? Because they’re just a part of the culture.”

Later, the rapper even admitted that he felt out of place during the 2019 US Open. “I don’t know if I ever told Naomi this or not, but I felt really out of place. Like, that was my first time being in an environment like that in my entire life,” he said while talking to GQ. He added that it was his first tennis match, and he went to schools where the majority of the kids were Black. As a result, it was “weird” for him to be in that space.

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Cordae, a rapper, moved to LA after college for his career. He released mixtapes as a teenager, going by the name of “Entendre”. He worked on raps as a hobby till 2018, slowly gaining interest later. He was a TBN collective member and was “YBN Cordae” while with them. Last year, he was nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammys.

Is Naomi Osaka in a relationship? How did Naomi Osaka meet Cordae?

The couple, per reports, met in 2019. They dated in secret for around a year, before going for a date at a LA Clippers game. “I just remember seeing that there were so many people who wanted to take a picture with him,” Osaka said about their first date. ” And I just thought it was really cool how friendly and welcoming he was with everyone”.

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Osaka also revealed that she has been on tour with Cordae, which was like a fun adventure for her. Since then, Osaka has been introduced to a lot of older music by Cordae, which she said was interesting about him, “He knows the whole catalogue of everyone,” she said. “I feel like the knowledge that he has about his craft and his passion is so much more vast than mine”.

It’s Naomi Osaka walking infront of her billboards while wearing Cordae’s record label @hilevel merch for me!! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/qkgXior7oN

— UnapologeticAyesha (@AyeshaAlerts) May 21, 2021
Cordae also spoke about them keeping their relationship private, and how they rarely post intimate moment which they consider sacred. “A relationship is really a sacred thing. Once you let outside influences get into it, it becomes less sacred”.

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