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Serena Williams celebrates with her trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the women’s final Saturday at Wimbledon.
Five-time champion Health scares put in the past, Serena Williams is back on top following her championship win at Wimbledon By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer
WIMBLEDON, England — For Serena Williams, the low point came in early 2011, when she spent hours laying around her home, overwhelmed by a depressing series of health scares that sent her to the hospital repeatedly and kept her away from tennis for 10 months. The high point came Saturday on Centre Court at Wimbledon, when Williams dropped down to the grass, hands covering her face. She was all the way back, a Grand Slam champion yet again. Her serve as good as there
is, her grit as good as ever, Williams was dominant at the start and finish, beating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to win a fifth championship at the All England Club and 14th major title overall, ending a two-year drought. “I just remember, I was on the couch and I didn’t leave the whole day, for two days. I was just over it. I was praying, like, `I can’t take any more. I’ve endured enough. Let me be able to get through this,”’ recalled Williams, a former No. 1 whose ranking slid to 175th after a fourth-round SEE
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Serena Williams, right, embraces her father, Richard Williams, center, as her sister, Venus, looks on following Saturday’s women’s final at Wimbledon.
Stewart slips past field for win at Daytona
WRALL West has strong start By ANGELA WOOLEN email@example.com
WARNER ROBINS — Leyton Pinckney hit a two-run home run in the first inning for the Warner Robins American Little League West all-star team in the team’s district tournament opener Saturday, and the team never looked back. Warner Robins West won 14-1 in four innings over Western Little League to conclude the first day of action at the seventeam, double-elimination Georgia District 5 tournament. Pinckney went 2-for-3, adding a double to his home run, and also pitched for a third of an inning. Also having home runs were Chase Padgett, who had a two-out grand slam in the top of the fourth, and Cody Winner, who hit the ball over the left-field fence to score three in the top of the second. “We were fortunate we made some runs early,” manager Martin Pinckney said. Warner Robins led 5-0 after one inning, 8-0 after two and 10-0 after Conner BookANGELA WOOLENfirstname.lastname@example.org out’s two-run double in the third. Warner Robins West’s Tee Adams jumps for the ball to make SEE
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By JENNA FRYER AP Motorsports Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tony Stewart charged past Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth on the final lap Saturday night, then held on to win as his challengers stacked up in Coke Zero 400 a melee at Daytona International Speedway. Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle likely would have made one final attempt to beat Stewart, but Biffle wiggled and cars began sliding all over the track. Nobody could then catch Stewart, who sailed away to his third win of the season. The defending Sprint Cup Series champion is tied with Brad Keselowski for most wins this season. Roughly 90 minutes before the race, NASCAR announced AJ Allmendinger had been suspended for failing a random drug test. Sam Hornish Jr. replaced him in the car.