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Welcome back, Serena: Williams in WTA Top 10 for first time as mother

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Though she didn’t play last week, Serena Williams moved back into the Top 10 for the first time since becoming a mom in the latest WTA rankings, released Monday morning.

When Caroline Wozniacki, No. 10 in last week’s rankings, pulled out of the Qatar Total Open in Doha due to illness, it ensured she would drop out of the Top 10. Serena, who was No. 11, took Wozniacki’s spot.

Serena’s return to the Top 10 is noteworthy given that she’s only played eight tournaments since returning to the game full time, and 3,270 of her 3,406 ranking points—96 percent—have come from just four tournaments: the Grand Slams. She earned 240 points for reaching the fourth round of the French Open, 1,300 points for reaching the Wimbledon final, 1,300 points for reaching the US Open final and 430 points for reaching the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Serena boasts a 19-3 record at the Grand Slams since coming back, but is just 3-4 at all other events.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion’s next scheduled tournament is the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which is where she made her return to WTA competition as a mother 11 months ago.

“From the first tournament back I was thinking I should win, but that’s not practical,” Serena said during her run in Melbourne, when she was 10 months into her comeback. “I know there’s a lot of things that I need to do, a lot of things I need to do to get better. Maybe I just need more matches. As close as I want to say that I’m there, I know that there’s a lot more that I need to do to get there.

“It’s 10 months, soon to be 11 months, soon it will be 12 months—it just takes time.”

She’ll be trying to win in Indian Wells for the third time in her career, having won it in 1999 and 2001.

Serena is now the first mom to reach the Top 10 since Kim Clijsters on October 10, 2011.

As for Serena, her last day in the Top 10 was on July 10, 2017.

It’s been almost 20 years since Serena first broke into the Top 10, on April 5, 1999. It came as a result of her breakthrough run to the final of Miami, which she would lose to sister Venus.

The former No. 1, who will begin her 793rd career week in the Top 10 on Monday, has one goal, though.

“The big picture for me is always winning. I’m not going to lie about that. It hasn’t happened yet, but I feel like it’s going to happen. Just keep taking it one match at a time, just keep soldiering on, I guess.”

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Drogba sends message to Tammy Abraham And Chelsea’s Youngsters

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Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba has hailed striker, Tammy Abraham following his impressive form at the start of this season.

He also disclosed that Abraham learnt from him in training during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Abraham has scored seven goals in five Premier League games at the beginning of the campaign, but Drogba believes the 21-year-old took inspiration from senior players, adding that he was not surprised with Abraham’s great form this term.

“Yeah, I’ve known him [Abraham] since he’s been like this,” Drogba was quoted by Sky Sport as saying.

“These are kids we used to see, they used to come and watch us training, and I believe they learned a little bit of our skills, how we read the game.

“So, you know, we’re not surprised because I also trained with them when I used to train with the reserve team.

“It was always a moment for me to give away some skills, some knowledge, and they learnt really fast, really quick.

“So once again, I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen [with Abraham].”

Drogba added: “I think he (Lampard) is focusing on Chelsea and it happens that he needs to work on young players, to give them a chance.

“Being an ex-player from the club, it helps a lot because we’ve seen all these kids when we were training.

“So, you know, you have to give them a chance and when you do, they deliver.

“They’ve been performing. Of course, there will be maybe a lack of experience in big games like Champions League but I’m not worried.

“I’m really happy with the work that Frank is doing right now. And the fans, and the people who know football, they understand.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo vows to marry girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez

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Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he will marry his stunning girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez. 

According to the Juventus striker, he is very confident about marrying Georgina because she has helped him so much, and it would be his mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro‘s dream.

Speaking to Piers Morgan, he said: ‘She helped me so much. Of course I’m in love with her. We’ll be (married) one day, for sure. It’s my mum’s dream as well.’

‘So, one day. Why not? It’s great. She’s my friend. We have conversations. I open the heart for her and she opens the heart for me.’ 

The Portuguese striker and the Spanish beauty who havebeen dating since 2016 welcomed a daughter Alana Martina, 12 months last year. Ronaldo also has son Cristiano Jr, eight, and twins Eva and Mateo, two, with surrogate mothers.

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‘He walked up to me naked’ – NFL star Antonio Brown accused of Sexual Harassment by another woman

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Newly signed New England Patriots player, Antonio Brown has been accused by another woman of sexual harassment. 

Last week, a former trainer, Britney Taylor accused the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and one of the NFL’s most prolific pass-catchers of the past decade of raping her in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, September 10. 

In a new report, a woman who claims Brown hired her to paint a mural on a wall of his Pittsburgh-area home has accused him of sexual harassment. While at Brown’s residence, the woman alleges the receiver sexually harassed her as she painted his mural in 2017. 

Speaking with Sports Illustrated, she said :

“He was flirty with me but I paid him no mind because I was there on business, plus, I had already seen him with multiple girls in the short time I was with him. I was about 40% done on the second day, and I’m on my knees painting the bottom, and he walks up to me butt-ass naked, with a hand cloth covering his [penis] and starts having a conversation with me.”

Brown’s new accuser says she never filed a police report or took action against Brown and doesn’t plan to pursue legal action in the future, according to the reports.

“The woman is not pursuing charges or remuneration, though she was bothered by his behavior.”

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