Third seed Venus Williams stepped up her bid for her third U.S. Open title with a convincing 6-4 6-2 win over fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Wednesday. Williams was on the brink of defeat against her first round opponent Vera Dushevina of Russia, but cut out the unforced errors in her second match at Flushing Meadows
Israel plans to build 50 new housing units in an existing West Bank settlement near Jerusalem, the Defense Ministry said Monday.
Twice defending champion Venus Williams moved closer to a Wimbledon title hat-trick on Monday when fourth-round rival Ana Ivanovic left in tears after quitting their Court One match through injury. Serbia’s former world number one lost the first set 6-1 against third-seeded American rival Williams and was serving in the first game of the second when she was forced to stop because of a thigh problem. Thirteenth-seed Ivanovic returned to court after treatment to win the game, but then quit the match — handing Williams a place in the last eight in a highly-emotional moment.
Former champion Maria Sharapova has been seeded for next week’s Wimbledon championships. The Russian has only recently returned to action after a serious shoulder injury, but despite performing solidly in the French Open and reaching the semifinals of the WTA grasscourt event in Birmingham last week, she remained 59th in the rankings
Tough times call for tough measures. Nowhere is this truer than in Detroit’s auto industry. News of General Motors — once America’s largest commercial enterprise — possibly going out of business or eliminating divisions sends shudders through Wall Street and cities where GM employees work.