Wednesday, October 29, 2008


a. Look her up and down and say to him "wow", your standards have really come down.
b. Politely introduce yourself, give him a kiss on the cheek, and walk away.
c. Focus on having fun with your friends and totally ignore them.

a. Flag down an usher and ask him to have a word with the guy.
b. Whip around and say "dude", they can hear you across the stadium.
c. Flash a huge grin and tell him " Keep it down" and I might let you buy me a beer when we win.

a. Tell him a funny vacation story that involves you in a teeny bikini.
b. Ask about his job, hobbies and family. Maybe he'll reciprocate by asking you about yourself.
c. Say "I'm not feeling well" let's get the check and then give him the silent treatment until you leave.

a. Will this help? and slip him a $20.
b. My supercute girlfriends are at the end of the line. Can you pull some strings for us?
c. You're not seriously going to make me wait, are you?

a. Give him a hands on tutorial of your hot spots.
b. Tell him it's not working and flip on the TV.
c. Figure you,re just hard to satisfy and make the best of it.

1. a=2, b=1, c=0
2. a=0, b=2, c=1
3. a=1, b=0, c=2
4. a=0, b=1, c=2
5. a=1, b=2, c=0


You live every week like it's Shark Week, anyone who crosses your path risk losing a limb. Being snide about your ex boyfriend's new girl or bitchy to a bouncer is unattractive and it won't win anyone over.

You have the perfect combo of charisma and confidence, with a splash of sex bomb. People help you because you're charmingly disarming and present requests that benefits the offender. Also you know that when you don't have the upper hand, it's better to work your assets that to kick ass.

You may fell shy or fearful about stepping on toes. But muzzling yourself comes off as insecure and people don't respect doormats. So ask for what you desire when a dude can't turn you on and don't be afraid to flirt your way to the front of a line.

Feel free to grab this.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Yesterday, my husband and I went to the Social Security Office to apply for my Social Security Number under my married name. We didn't applied for it a few weeks after when I got here in the states so that we won't be changing my name anymore once we got married but unluckily SSA staff had told us that they can't give me my SSN 'til I have my resident certificate, what the heck is going on. My husband was pissed because we research everything about this. That we can still file for my SSN after we got married as long as my I-94 is not yet expired but still we didn't had my SSN yesterday. As soon as we got home, my husband searched for the information we had read, stating that I can get my SSN without having my resident certificate yet. We printed it out and presented it to them this morning. Thank God we were able to get this things done today. They didn't say anything and had processed my application immediately. I will be receiving my SSN two weeks from now and were happy about our accomplishment. We were just laughing and recalling what they've said yesterday. Everything went well today. We accomplished something and at the same time we spent more time with each other.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


For the past day, it was a busy day. Busy preparing all the stuff for our wedding. Getting things ready for our wedding and yesterday it has finally happened. Were so happy that we finally made it. It's a wonderful feeling and we have entered another chapter in our lives once more as husband and wife. We thank God from all of this. All his blessing and guidance throughout our journey and his been there and will always be there. Everything went so perfect last night. It was chilly outside but we thank everyone who attended our wedding. I couldn't ask for more and I am so happy. Here's some pictures of our wedding:
The newly wed couple. Mr and Mrs. Forest Wayne EatonMy family. Mom Debbie, my brother in law Bobby, my husband,me,Helen,my brother in James and dad Jim.Dad and mom,my husband and me and granny ViMy bridesmaid Helen. I will be posting more pictures soon guys.

Friday, October 24, 2008


It's our first year anniversary today and tomorrow were going to get married,were so excited and we thank God that we found each other. I love my baby so much. Happy anniversary mahal ko

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Last night,It was a huge surprise for me at the church because they gave me a surprise bridal shower. I'm so overwhelmed of what they did because I'm only new to their community but brought a huge party for me, that was so sweet. Everyone in the house knew about it and of course I'm the victim. The whole time, they were preparing for this without my knowledge and I am so very surprised. My mom in law had told me yesterday as we were in town, that were going to decorate and bring some of the stuff at the church last night so that we will have much time for the preparation and i said okay. When we were about to park the van, I've seen some vehicles there and I just thought,well today is wednesday and it's there weekly prayer meeting but never in my mind that there is a huge celebration for me out there. I sneaked on the window and I saw miss Vicky and I thought, what is she doing at the church and mom just told me,that maybe her mother in law had invited her but at the moment I stepped into the seminar hall,all were there and told them,what are yo guys doing here?It's not my wedding yet,they laughed and mom told me, babygirl it's your bridal shower party..OOhhhh my God,that was fabulous. I wasn't really expecting a bridal shower at all because my friends are not here and it really never came in my mind but I'm so thankful to God for all his blessing. It was such a momentum to treasure. My future husband knew about this whole thing too and manage to keep his mouth shut from all of this. He gave me a dozen of fresh flowers and a heart figurine. It was really a fantastic day yesterday and until now I can't beleive it. The people here are so loving. Members at the church are spectacular because I only see them once a week and I'm only been there for how many sundays but praise God for all those people. I really couldn't ask for more. I thank all the people whose been behind this event. I love them all. Here's some few pictures of my surprise bridal shower.Just getting started. This was my baby's present to me..The first gift I opened.The cake they prepare.Some of the church member. The people behind this surprise bridal partyThe bride to be.Flowers from my babyMe and miss Ruby our neighbor and will be the to make wedding cake.
Granny,me,miss and mom.
My baby and mom fixing the stuff we got.
The stuff we got so far.

Monday, October 20, 2008


I am still worried from our conversation last night. As we are exchanging text messages,and suddenly he won't be able to receive my messages anymore and we were on the middle of our discussion of being open to each other. Sometimes, it's really hard for me to open something especially if it's bothering me because I always think that he might get mad or won't take it properly or we might end up fighting. That's always my perception and I know it's not healthy because my soon to be husband is very much willing to help me and will always be there for me whenever I need him. But I am working hard on that and I am getting better as he said. I don't want to hide anything to him because I want him to be always part of my decision. To be always part of whatever thing that bothers me because he is my partner and I should share. I'm just worried because I don't hear anything from him yet this morning and I hope he is doing fine. Because of that unexpected incident last night,he might think again that he did something wrong to me because I wasn't answering back but he did nothing wrong to me. I received some of his messages but some are not. I kept on answering him back but it seems that his not getting any messages from me. I just hope all the messages that I sent last night has gone through his phone. I love him so much and I won't gonna trade him for anything. I love him to death. Maybe we just have to talk about this matter on being open to each other and that is what I'm doing now. I'm hoping to get a message from him this morning. I didn't slept well last night because of that because I kept on thinking about him and I'm worried. I hope he knows that I kept on sending messages but it didn't go through to his phone. I hope his doing good and I really miss him so much and I can't wait to see him on the next couple of days. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH MAHAL KO MWAH

Sunday, October 19, 2008


This is my cousin Sheila Mae Baluran. She's the eldest daughter of my dad's elder sister. We grew up together but she is a year older than me. We are like sisters. We use to go out all the
time when we were still together and I really miss her since I'm already here in the states. But we still talk online. She is a teacher and this woman as I call her a small but terrible woman. She's not afraid to do things and will really stand on her belief and will fight for it. She is such a wonderful woman and she's always there for me whenever I need her. I also use to call her my diary because I just tell everything that I've been through in my life. She never complain but instead she's always a shoulder to cry on. To my cousin I thank you so much for always being there for me that eventhough I'm here in the states now you are always there to support me and will always give some advice. I know saying thank you is not just enough for all the things you've done for me and I know one day I will give it back to you. I know you are not asking for any payback but you deserve it. I only wish that you stay strong. Stay as good as you are and to be always happy and I know you are with your special someone. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUZ, I just wish I was there to greet you personally but one day soon we will see each other again. Just a bit of information about the two of us when we are together. We can stay up all night long and just keep talking of everything underneath the sun. We love to share stories,we love to share updates in our lives and I really miss that. But to my cousin, you are such a blessing to each one of us. I love you cuz and HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Went to the flea market and garade sale

This morning, I went with my parents in law to the flea market and see what they've got there. We didn't really buy any stuff and we're just looking for the display. We knew a couple there and we stayed for a bit to chat. We left the place and as we are headed home we saw a garage sale along the way and decided to drop by. They've got lots of stuff and we end up buying. I bought 4 pairs of pants, 2 winter jacket, a blouse, 3 shirts and 2 short pants for my behalf, a belt and 2 pairs of sandals which only cost me 32 bucks. Wow that was a good buy for all those items. I am so happy because all the pants I bought fits me good and I hope my beloved will like the stuff I bought for him. Hope you guys had a great day of shopping today.


Around the eighth century, the Christian church made November 1 All Saints' Day to honor all of the saints that didn't have a special day of their own. The mass held on All Saints' Day was called All Hallowmas (the mass of all Hallows -- saintly people). The night before was known as All Hallows Eve. Eventually this name became Halloween.

In the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. The holiday was called Samhain , the Celtic New year. On that day, the disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughout the preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year. It was believed to be their only hope for the afterlife. The Celts believed all laws of space and time were suspended during this time, allowing the spirit world to intermingle with the living. Naturally, the living did not want to be possessed, so on the night of October 31, the villagers would extinguish the fires in their homes, to make them cold and undesirable. They would then dress up in and parade around the neighborhood, being as destructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits looking for bodies to possess.

The custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1840's by Irish immigrants fleeing their country's potato famine. At that time, the favorite pranks in New England included tipping over outhouses and unhinging fence gates.

The custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated with a ninth-century European custom called souling. On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for "soul cakes," made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. At the time, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a soul's passage to heaven. The Jack-o-lantern custom probably comes from Irish folklore. As the tale is told, a man named Jack, who was notorious as a drunkard and trickster, tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved an image of a cross in the tree's trunk, trapping the devil up the tree. Jack made a deal with the devil that, if he would never tempt him again, he would promise to let him down the tree.

According to the folk tale, after Jack died, he was denied entrance to Heaven because of his evil ways, but he was also denied access to Hell because he had tricked the devil. Instead, the devil gave him a single ember to light his way through the frigid darkness. The ember was placed inside a hollowed-out turnip to keep it glowing longer. The Irish used turnips as their "Jack's lanterns" originally. But when the immigrants came to America, they found that pumpkins were far more plentiful than turnips. So the Jack-O-Lantern in America was a hollowed-out pumpkin, lit with an ember.

Many people view Halloween as a time of innocent fun. Children love to dress up as their favorite characters. They will go door to door saying the infamous words "trick or treat". Many adults also love Halloween, because it gives them a chance to let loose and act silly. Every year in the U.S.A. alone, millions of dollars are spent on Halloween goods. Halloween is the second highest grossing money maker outside of Christmas. The promotion of Halloween by the television moguls, the advertisers, and not to mention the blockbuster sales of movies and rentals this time of year. Everyone can see Halloween is big business. Allot of people do not see the harm in all of this Halloween hoopla. But yes, there is a darker side to Halloween than anyone dares to imagine.

Unlike our modern-day Halloween, theirs was not a children's holiday. The Celts and their priests, the Druids, from Great Britain and Ireland. They celebrated "SAMHAIN". It was a festival that marked the eve of the Celtic New Year, which began on November 1. The fall harvest was complete and winter was looming ahead. The Celts believed the sun was fading away, at this time of the year. For the next several months, darkness prevailed. The Celts believed that during "Samhain" the veil separating life from death was at its thinnest. On the evening of October 31, the evil spirits and souls of the dead passed through the barrier and visited the world of the living. The Celts believed these spirits could cause all kind of havoc. They also believed that they could talk with the dead, departed loved ones and such. They also believed that they could Devine the future. The powers of darkness were conjured up on "Samhain". The Devil himself, would be called upon to foretell of future events.

Friday, October 17, 2008



One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the
Lord. Scenes from his life flashed across
the sky and he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonged to him
and the other to the Lord

When the last scene of his life flashed
before him, he recalled that at the lowest and
saddest times of his life there was only one
set of footprints.

Dismayed, he asked, " Lord you said that
once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with
me all the way. I don't understand why, when
I needed you most, you would leave me"

The Lord replied," My precious child. I love
you and I would never leave. During
your times of trials and suffering, when you
only saw one set of footprints...

That was then that I carried you


As I sit infront of the computer, I could hear that it's raining outside. It's getting cold again and me personally don't like it. I easily get cold,eventhough it's not raining,I'm still cold. I'm still thinking of what to do today but I guess I will go back to bed and get some sleep. I did'nt slept well last night because I went to bed around 2am if I'm not mistaken and got up at 10:30 in the morning. Well, it's just one of my lazy days especially when it's raining. I don't know how long this rain will last but I am really freezing right now and feeling sleepy again.

As the day passes by, I am missing my behalf more and lately I've been missing him so bad. He is still at work right now and hopefully next week he will be home because I really miss him. I always pray to God to keep him safe in everything he do and protect him from any harm and danger. Talking on the phone helps a bit but it is alot better when I can hold him. But I know not before long now and he will be home and I'm so excited to see him and I could hardly wait. I'm just really miss him right now.

Have a great day everyone


I know most people had experienced how to be stressed,especially now that our economy is down. Stress may sometimes ruin our day and will make us moody to do things around and that's very disappointing because you can't act the way you want to act because somethings bothering you. How we truly overcome stress? As I was reading I found this & new ways to take tension taming to the next level STRESS BUSTERS:

1. GO FOR A WALK when tension strikes, you put on your sneakers and hit the pavement. You can also do self talk while you walk,in that way you probably know that walking walking lowers stress levels significantly because the exercise causes our bodies to release endorphins ( the brain chemicals that calm us).

2. WATCH DANCING WITH THE STARS. You forget your troubles by curling up on the couch to watch celebrities do tango and the cha-cha. Vegging out in front of a favorite TV show can distract you for a time but this escape from reality approach known as avoidance coping,offers no long-term stress reduction.

3.SPEND SOME TIME ALONE. Cooling off by your lonesome helps you clear your head and keeps you from lashing out at your husband or kids.

4. REACH FOR ICE CREAM. Nothing lulls you into a state of relaxation quite like a bowl of rocky road. There's a reason we feel an urge to reach for goodies high in fat and sugar when we're under stress. Eating these foods triggers the release of serotin, a feel good chemical, in the brain.

5. TIDY UP THE HOUSE. Your weapons of choice against stress are a vacuum and a to do list. Your home is often a metaphor for your life. Cleaning and putting stuff back where it belongs relieves tension by giving you a feeling of control and a sense of accomplishment.

6. TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME RETAIL THERAPY. Purchasing a pair of shoes calms every anxiety. Rewarding yourself during tense times, even with something as small as a new lipstick, can make you feel better. A massage is also a perfect example to indulged yourself. It relaxes muscles and lowers blood pressure and heart rate.

7. CONFIDE WITH A FRIEND. When you're feeling frazzled, you pick up the phone to gripe to a friend. Relaying the details of a stressful situation to a friend can be a comforting.

I hope this will help us a bit on how to overcome our stress..Have a stress free day everyone.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I had a great day today because me and my dad in law went to Alabama and get the chance to see the BATTLESHIP MEMORIAL PARK. It's so amazing because i was able to ride the ship which was used during the WORLD WAR II,wow i wasn't born that time yet but I feel so proud that once in my life I've been there and had witnessed the historical event of that particular ship. I really had fun,my dad gave me some information about the ship. You must try visiting that park,its so amazing and wow that's all i could say and I'm looking forward to be back there again soon.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Serena Williams is so good in tennis court

I'm a big fan of Serena Williams because of the way she play tennis and in every game she has it is always a great game. I always get updated on every game she has. Here's some information about her:

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is a professional tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 2. She has won 18 Grand Slam titles: nine in singles, seven in women's doubles, and two in mixed doubles. She also has won two Olympic gold medals in women's doubles. She is the most recent player, male or female, to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously. In 2005, Tennis magazine ranked her as the 17th-best player of the preceding forty years. She is the younger sister of a former World No. 1 professional female tennis player, Venus Williams. Serena currently resides at Ballen Isles in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Serena Jameka Williams
Williams playing World Team Tennis in 2008
Country United States
Residence Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S. [1]
Date of birth September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26) (age 27)
Place of birth Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)[1]
Turned pro 1995
Plays Right; Two-handed backhand
Career prize money US$21,774,846
(3nd in all-time rankings)[2]
Career record: 398–83
Career titles: 32
Highest ranking: No. 1 (July 8, 2002) (September 8, 2008)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W (2003, 2005, 2007)
French Open W (2002)
Wimbledon W (2002, 2003)
US Open W (1999, 2002, 2008)
Major tournaments
WTA Championships W (2001)
Olympic Games QF (2008)
Career record: 110–17
Career titles: 13
Highest ranking: No. 5 (October 11, 1999)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open W (2001, 2003)
French Open W (1999)
Wimbledon W (2000, 2002, 2008)
US Open W (1999)


[edit] Early years

Serena was born in Saginaw, Michigan. When she and her four sisters were young, their parents, Richard and Oracene (also called Brandy), moved to the Los Angeles suburb of Compton. Her father dreamed of making at least one of his daughters a tennis superstar, hoping that involvement in sports would give them an opportunity for a better life. The children were homeschooled.

When Serena was four and a half, she won her first tournament, and she entered 49 tournaments by the age of 10, winning 46 of them. At one point, she replaced her sister Venus as the number one ranked tennis player aged 12 or under in California.

In 1991, Richard Williams, saying that he hoped to prevent his daughters from facing racism, stopped sending them to national junior tennis tournaments, and Serena attended a tennis school run by professional player Rick Macci in Haines City, Florida at Greneleaf Resort and Conference Center instead. Macci had already helped the careers of Jennifer Capriati and Mary Pierce, among others. Soon Richard, who had struck a deal on behalf of his daughters with a major clothing company, was able to move the rest of the Williams family to West Palm Beach, to be near Serena and Venus.

[edit] 1995-1998

Williams became a professional in September 1995 at the age of 14. Because of her age, she had to participate in non-WTA events at first. Her first professional event was the tournament in Quebec City, where she was ousted in less than an hour of play.

Williams's biggest achievement of 1997 was her run in Chicago; ranked World No. 304, she upset both Monica Seles and Mary Pierce, recording her first career wins over top 10 players. She finished 1997 at World No. 99.

1998 was the first year that Williams finished ranked in the WTA top 20. She began the year in Sydney as a qualifier, ranked World No. 96, and defeated World No. 3 Lindsay Davenport in a quarterfinal. Williams was then expected to do well in her first Grand Slam tournament, but lost in the second round of the Australian Open to sister Venus.

Williams reached six other quarterfinals during the year. She won the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open with Max Mirnyi, completing the Williams family's sweep of the 1998 mixed doubles Grand Slams. Williams won her first pro title in doubles at Oklahoma City with sister Venus, becoming the third pair of sisters to win a WTA tour women's doubles title. She earned U.S. $2.6 million in prize money during the year.


In 1999, Serena defeated Amélie Mauresmo in the final of the Open Gaz de France tournament in Paris, the same day that Venus won the tournament in Oklahoma City. This was the first time in professional tennis history that two sisters had won titles in the same week.[citation needed]

In March, Williams won the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, becoming the second of only five unseeded Tier I champions in WTA history. Williams (ranked 21st) defeated the World No. 2 Lindsay Davenport in the second round, the World No. 8 Mary Pierce in a quarterfinal, and the World No. 7 Steffi Graf in the three-set final.

At the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, sister Venus halted Serena's 16-match winning streak in the final. This was the first all-sister singles final during the open era. Serena defeated World No. 3 Monica Seles and World No. 1 Martina Hingis en route to the final.

On April 5, 1999, Serena made her top 10 debut at World No. 9. Venus was ranked sixth the same week, marking the first time that two sisters appeared in the top ten simultaneously since April 22, 1991, when Manuela and Katerina Maleeva were in the top ten.

Williams teamed with sister Venus to win the women's doubles title at the French Open but lost in the third round in singles at that tournament. Williams missed Wimbledon because of an injury.

In the summer, Williams won the hard court tournament in Los Angeles, defeating World No. 8 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, World No. 1 Hingis, and Julie Halard-Decugis.

At the US Open, the seventh-seeded Williams defeated World No. 4 Seles, World No. 2 Davenport, and World No. 1 Hingis to become the lowest seed to win the titleand the second African-American woman (after Althea Gibson in 1958) to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.

Williams went on to take the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, defeating Venus in the final.

Williams won her singles match and doubles match during the tie between the United States and Russia in the final of the Fed Cup. The U.S. won four of the five matches and its 16th title overall. In their doubles match, Serena and Venus defeated Elena Dementieva and Elena Makarova 6–2, 6–1.

Williams finished the year at World No. 4 in just her second full year on the main tour.

Williams became the focus of many ad campaigns, including one with shoe and clothes maker Puma, which signed her to a U.S.$12 million agreement.


Following her breakthrough season, Williams's results declined slightly in 2000. Her best Grand Slam showing was a run to the semifinals at Wimbledon, before losing to sister and eventual champion Venus. Her defense of the US Open title came to a disappointing end when she fell to Lindsay Davenport in straight sets in the quarterfinals.

Perhaps the highlight of Williams's year was picking up the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics for women's doubles, along with Venus. The Williams sisters also teamed up to take the women's doubles title at Wimbledon, while Serena picked up singles titles in Hanover, Los Angeles and Tokyo. She finished the year at number six, a slight decline on her finish the year before.


Williams reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time before falling to World No. 1 Martina Hingis. Serena and her sister Venus won the women's doubles title there, becoming only the fifth women's doubles team in history to win all four Grand Slam doubles titles during their career, a "Career Grand Slam".

Williams then won the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California.

Williams reached the quarterfinals at both the French Open and Wimbledon.

During the North American summer hard court season, Williams captured her second title of the year at the Tier I Rogers Cup in Toronto, defeating World No. 3 and top-seeded Jennifer Capriati in the final. At the US Open, Williams defeated Hingis in the semifinals to reach her second Grand Slam final before losing to sister Venus.

At the year-ending WTA Tour Championships, Williams saved eight match points before defeating Capriati in the semifinals. She then won the final by default when Lindsay Davenport withdrew.

Williams finished the year at World No. 6 for the second straight year.


Williams was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open due to injury but won her first event of the year in Scottsdale, defeating World No. 1 Jennifer Capriati in the final. She then won the Tier I NASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, again defeating Capriati in the final. She then captured her first career title on clay at the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, defeating Justine Henin in the final.

Williams was the third-seeded player at the French Open and dropped just two sets en route to the final. She then defeated sister Venus 7–5, 6–3. At Wimbledon, Williams won the title without dropping a set, defeating Venus once again in the final. This win earned Williams the World No. 1 ranking (dethroning her sister and becoming the second African-American woman to hold that ranking on the Women's Tennis Association computer). The Williams sisters also won the doubles title at this event.

Williams captured her third straight Grand Slam singles title at the US Open, once again not dropping a set en route, and defeated Venus yet again in the final in straight sets. Williams then won back-to-back titles in Leipzig and Tokyo. She reached the final at the year-ending Home Depot Championships but lost to 19-year-old Kim Clijsters 7–5, 6–3.

Williams finished 2002 with a 56–5 record, eight singles titles, and the World No. 1 ranking.


At the Australian Open, Williams dropped only one set while reaching the semifinals. She then defeated Kim Clijsters 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, recovering from a 5–1 deficit in the third set and saving two match points. She then faced her sister Venus for the fourth consecutive Grand Slam final and won in three sets, to become the fifth woman in the open era to complete a Career Grand Slam, joining Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, and Steffi Graf. The Williams sisters won their sixth doubles title together at this event.

Williams then captured titles at the Open Gaz de France in Paris and the Tier I NASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Florida and went into the French Open trying to capture her fifth consecutive Grand Slam singles title. However, she lost to eventual champion Justine Henin in the semifinals 6–2, 4–6, 7–5 (having led by a break in the third set) in a match marred by controversy, in which Williams was booed. Two weeks later, however, Williams won her sixth Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Henin in the semifinals 6–3, 6–2 before defeating Venus in the final.

Wimbledon was Williams's last event of the year, as a knee injury forced her to withdraw from all other events (including the US Open). As a result, she lost her World No. 1 ranking to Clijsters in August, having held it for 57 weeks. Williams finished the year ranked World No. 3, despite having played only seven tournaments plus Fed Cup.

Williams's older sister, Yetunde Price, was murdered on the morning of September 14, 2003, by gunshots as she passed by in a car driven by a man in the Compton area.


Williams delivering a serve in 2004.
Williams delivering a serve in 2004.

Williams withdrew from the Australian Open to continue rehabilitating her left knee. After eight months away from the tour, Williams began her comeback at the Tier I NASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, where she defeated Elena Dementieva in the final. She then lost in the French Open quarterfinals to Jennifer Capriati 6–3, 2–6, 6–3, which was the first time she had lost before the semifinals at a Grand Slam singles tournament since Wimbledon in 2001. She reached the final of Wimbledon, but in one of the most surprising upsets in the tournament's history, the 17-year old Russian player, Maria Sharapova, defeated Williams 6–1, 6–4.

On July 30, Williams withdrew from her quarterfinal match in San Diego against Russia's Vera Zvonareva with another left knee injury. On August 1, she announced her withdrawal from the Rogers Cup due to the same injury. The injury also forced her to pull out of the Summer Olympics.

Williams's next tournament was the US Open, where she lost a quarterfinal match to Capriati. The match was plagued by disputes over calls with the umpire. Williams protested later on the Ellen show by wearing a bright orange shirt with white capital letters, stating "THE BALL WAS IN!"

At the China Open in Beijing, Williams defeated the newly crowned US Open champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova, in the final. Williams earned enough points there to reach the WTA Tour Championships, where she again lost to Sharapova in the final. Williams suffered a stomach muscle strain during the match after leading 6–4, 2–1, consequently Williams began delivering serves barely reaching the 100 mph mark and Sharapova eventually won the match, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4. Despite the loss, Williams finished the year at World No. 7.


Williams won the Australian Open, her seventh Grand Slam singles title. She defeated three of the tournament's top four seeds (#2 Amélie Mauresmo, #4 Maria Sharapova, and #1 Lindsay Davenport) en route to the title. Williams saved three match points against Sharapova in the semifinals. The win moved her up to World No. 2, and Williams stated she was now targeting the number one spot in the foreseeable future.

Williams did not reach the final at any of her next five tournaments. This period included a loss to sister Venus - her first since 2001 - in the quarterfinals of the Tier I NASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

An ankle injury forced Williams to miss the French Open. At Wimbledon, Williams was defeated in the third round by fellow American Jill Craybas (ranked World No. 85) 6–3, 7–6(4).

At the US Open, Williams lost to her sister Venus in the fourth round 7–6, 6–2. This was the earliest the sisters had met in a Grand Slam tournament since their first meeting at the 1998 Australian Open. Williams played just one more match during the remainder of the year, a loss to World No. 127 Sun Tiantian in Beijing.

Williams finished the year ranked World No. 11 and with just one singles title.


Williams hitting a return at the US open in 2006.
Williams hitting a return at the US open in 2006.

Williams did not participate in any of the official warm-up tournaments for the Australian Open.[6] Williams was the defending champion at the Australian Open but fell to Daniela Hantuchová 6–1, 7–6(5) in the third round, provoking media reports that Williams had lost enthusiasm for the sport, which she denied. Her world ranking then fell out of the top 50 for the first time in many years, and she withdrew from the tournaments in Antwerp, the Dubai, and the Key Biscayne, Florida.

After withdrawing from the Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, Williams's world ranking fell out of the top 100 for the first time in almost nine years. Shortly after, she announced that she would miss both the French Open and Wimbledon because of a chronic knee injury. She said that she would not be able to compete before "the end of the summer," on doctor's orders.

Williams, however, returned to the game earlier than expected, accepting wildcards to summer hard court tournaments in Cincinnati and Los Angeles. Ranked World No. 139 because of her inactivity, Williams upset the Cincinnati tournament's second seed and World No. 11 Anastasia Myskina 6–2, 6–2 in the first round before losing in the semifinals to the eventual champion Vera Zvonareva 6–2, 6–3.[6] Williams's ranking rose to World No. 108 after Cincinnati. In Los Angeles, Williams defeated Hantuchová in the third round but lost in the semifinals to Jelena Janković 6–4, 6–3.[6]

Williams was granted a wildcard into the US Open, as her ranking prevented her from gaining direct entry into the tournament. She was unseeded in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 1998. However, she defeated US Open Series champion Ana Ivanović in the third round before losing to top seed Amélie Mauresmo in the fourth round 6–4, 0–6, 6–2. Williams did not play again for the rest of the year.

Williams ended the year ranked World No. 95, her worst end-of-year ranking since 1997 when she finished World No. 99.


Williams finished 2007 ranked World No. 7 and won two singles titles, her best performance in both aspects since 2004. She was also the top-ranked American for the first time since 2003.

Williams began the year by stating that she had no doubt she would be World No. 1 again, a comment that attracted criticism in the press from Pat Cash.

Williams competed at the tournament in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia as a warm-up for the Australian Open. However, she lost to unseeded Sybille Bammer of Austria in the quarterfinals. Williams was unseeded at the Australian Open because of her World No. 81 ranking and was widely regarded as "out of shape". In the third round, however, Williams defeated fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova, which was her first win over a top 10 player since defeating Lindsay Davenport in the 2005 Australian Open final. In the quarterfinals, Williams was two points from losing to Shahar Pe'er before prevailing and then defeated tenth-seeded Nicole Vaidišová in the semifinals in straight sets. In the final, Williams defeated top-seeded Maria Sharapova in straight sets to win her third Australian Open singles title, her eighth Grand Slam singles title, and her sixteenth Grand Slam title overall. Williams dedicated the title to her deceased sister Yetunde. Her performance in the final was described by as "one of the best performances of her career" and by BBC Sport as "arguably the most powerful display ever seen in women's tennis". Her ranking rose to World No. 14 as a result of the win.

Williams next played at the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida. In the fourth round, Williams again defeated World No. 2 Sharapova 6–1, 6–1.[12] She went on to reach the final, where she defeated World No. 1 Justine Henin in three sets after Williams saved two match points in the second set.

At the Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina on clay courts, Williams received a first round bye and then retired from her second round match due to a groin pull. The following week, Williams won her first singles match in the first round Fed Cup tie against Belgium on hard courts but withdrew from the second singles match to rest her knee.

Williams played only one clay court tournament in Europe before the French Open. In Rome at the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Williams lost to fourteenth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(5).[12] After the tournament, however, she re-entered the top 10, moving up to World No. 9.

Williams at the French Open in 2007.
Williams at the French Open in 2007.

As the eighth seed at the French Open, Williams lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Henin 6–4, 6–3. Following the match, Williams said her performance was "hideous and horrendous" and worse than ever. She also said that she felt "violated."

Despite this loss, Williams was one of the favorites for the Wimbledon title. During her fourth round match against Daniela Hantuchová, Williams collapsed from an acute muscle spasm at 5–5 in the second set. After a medical timeout and holding serve to force a tiebreak, the rain came and play was suspended for nearly two hours. When the players returned to the court, Williams won the match 6–2, 6–7(2), 6–2. Williams then lost her quarterfinal match with World No. 1 Henin 6–4, 3–6, 6–3. Williams started the match with a heavily taped calf and was forced to use a one-handed backhand slice because of an injury to her left thumb. Williams drew criticism when she claimed after the match that she would have beaten Henin had Williams been healthy. After Wimbledon, Williams moved up to World No. 7, the highest she had been since 2005.

Because of the thumb injury, Williams did not play a tournament between Wimbledon and the US Open. At the US Open itself, she beat 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli in the fourth round, setting up her third consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal with Henin. Williams lost again, 7–6(3), 6–1, her third straight loss to Henin in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event.

In October, Williams lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Stuttgart to World No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–3, 6–3. Williams then reached her third final of the year at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, defeating Kuznetsova in the semifinals. In the final, however, she lost to Elena Dementieva. Nevertheless, Williams's performances at these tournaments increased her ranking to World No. 5 and qualified her for the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid. Williams's participation there was short. Because of injury, she retired from her first match with Anna Chakvetadze after losing the first set and then withdrew from the tournament.


Williams started the year by participating on the U.S. team that won the Hopman Cup for the fifth time in Perth, Australia.

Williams entered the 2008 Australian Open as the defending champion and seventh seed but lost in the quarterfinals to World No. 4 and third-seeded Jelena Janković 6–3, 6–4. This was her fourth straight loss in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament. In the women's doubles event, Serena and her sister Venus lost in the quarterfinals to the seventh-seeded team, Zheng Jie and Yan Zi.

Williams then withdrew from the tournaments in Paris, Antwerp, and Dubai due to an urgent need for dental surgery.

Upon her return to the tour, Williams won three consecutive singles titles. At the Tier II tournament in Bangalore, India, Serena defeated sister Venus in the semifinals 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(4) after Serena saved a match point 6–5 in the third set. This was the first time they had played each other since the fourth round of the 2005 US Open. Serena then defeated Patty Schnyder of Switzerland in the final. At the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Williams won her fifth career singles title there, tying Steffi Graf for the most singles titles at this tournament. Williams defeated World No. 1 Justine Henin in the quarterfinals, World No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals, and World No. 4 Janković in the final. This was Williams's 30th career singles title. At the clay court Tier I Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, Williams defeated, for the fourth consecutive time, second-seeded Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals 7–5, 4–6, 6–1. In the final, Williams defeated Vera Zvonareva[25] to capture her tenth career Tier I title and first clay court title since the 2002 French Open.

Williams's 17-match winning streak was ended by Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals of the Tier I Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin 2–6, 6–1, 7–6(5). Williams was the fifth-seeded player at the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome and made it to the quarterfinals, where Alizé Cornet received a walkover over Williams because of a back injury.

Williams was the fifth-seeded player at the French Open. Although she was the only former winner of this tournament in this year's draw, she lost in the third round to 27th-seeded Katarina Srebotnik 6–4, 6–4.

Williams stretching for a ball at Wimbledon 2008.
Williams stretching for a ball at Wimbledon 2008.

At Wimbledon, the sixth-seeded Williams reached the semifinals for the first time in four years. She defeated former World No. 1 and 2006 Wimbledon champion Amélie Mauresmo in the third round 7–6(5), 6–1. She then defeated Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals and Zheng Jie, a Chinese wild card, in the semifinals. Williams, however, lost the final to her older sister Venus in straight sets.Serena and Venus then teamed to win the women's doubles title without dropping a set the entire tournament, defeating Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur in the final.

Williams then played four World Team Tennis matches for the Washington Kastles, contributing 49 points for her team.

Williams was seeded first at the tournament in Stanford, California. After defeating fifth-seeded Schnyder in the quarterfinals, Williams retired from her semifinal match against qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak while trailing 6–2, 3–1 because of a left knee injury. That injury caused Williams to withdraw from the tournament in Los Angeles the following week.

At the Beijing Olympics, Williams was the fourth-seeded player in singles but lost to fifth-seeded and eventual gold-medalist Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinals 3–6, 6–4, 6–3. Serena and her sister Venus were the second-seeded team in doubles. They won the gold medal, beating the Spanish team of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-2, 6-0 in the final.

Williams was seeded fourth at the US Open and defeated her seventh-seeded sister Venus in the quarterfinals 7–6(6), 7–6(7). Serena trailed 5–3 in both sets and saved two set points in the first set and eight set points in the second set. Williams then defeated Safina in the semifinals 6–3, 6–2. She went on to win the title, defeating Janković in the final, and became the new World No. 1.

At the Tier II Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart, Serena was the top seed, but lost to World no. 30 Li Na 6-0, 1-6, 4-6 in the second round.

Williams also entered the doubles draw in Stuttgart with her sister Venus, and are the fourth seeds. They beat the team of Daniela Hantuchova and Agnes Szavay in the first round, 6-4 6-1. But due to a left ankle injury to Serena, they had to withdraw from the tournament.

Williams issued a statement on 3rd October 2008 announcing her withdrawal from the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, citing a continuing left ankle injury and a desire to give her body time to recover from a packed 2008 playing schedule. In her statement, Williams recognised that her withdrawal from the Kremlin Cup significantly hindered her chances of finishing the season ranked No.1 in the world

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