Serena Williams says on Twitter she is single, no boyfriend

Serena Williams Patrick Mouratoglou

Serena Williams is playing the denial game against when it comes to her dating life.

Serena sent a tweet earlier this week that many interpreted as her talking about her love life. In order to correct those folks, Williams said she was single and denied having a boyfriend.

Of course, we all know that’s a bunch of manure. Williams is dating her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, and has been for a few years. She hasn’t confirmed that publicly to the press so we wouldn’t expect her to do so over Twitter. It’s not even shocking to see her outright say she has no boyfriend. Just know you shouldn’t believe her.

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Venus Williams reportedly bothered by Serena’s partying

Venus Serena Williams

Venus Williams reportedly is bothered by all the partying of her sister Serena and that has supposedly created a rift between them.

The New York Post’s Page Six quotes an “insider” as a source for their report, which was published Wednesday evening.

“They’re not in a good place right now. Venus is angry with Serena,” an insider supposedly said during the US Open, according to Page Six.

Page Six says the sisters did not arrive together or acknowledge the other’s presence at a Taste of Tennis kickoff event prior to the US Open, which they cite as further evidence of the rift. They also point to the Instagram accounts of the sisters as additional evidence; it’s been a few months since either sister appeared in a photo on the other’s account.

While I hardly believe the Instagram part as evidence of the supposed rift, I can completely believe the overall report. Venus has been the quieter one of the two for several years and rarely makes headlines off the court. Serena, on the other hand, is often the subject of reports and even supposedly cancelled television engagements on Monday morning because she was out late celebrating her US Open win the day before. Maybe the two just have different lifestyles; siblings often do.

If they do have issues with each other, it hasn’t kept them from competing together as doubles teammates. They reached the quarterfinals of the US Open before losing, and they were knocked out early at Wimbledon when Serena displayed some bizarre, inexplicable behavior.

Meet Marin Cilic’s girlfriend Kristina Milkovic

Marin Cilic girlfriend Kristina Milkovic

Marin Cilic became a major winner for the first time in his career when he defeated Kei Nishikori in straight sets at the US Open Monday 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. He has been a winner in the WAG department much longer.

If you saw Cilic’s match against Nishikori on CBS, you may have seen the TV flash to his box numerous times while he was playing. There you probably saw his girlfriend, beauty Kristina Milkovic.

Cilic and Milkovic have been together for five years, though Cilic said in January that he still was not thinking about marriage yet. Milkovic has a psychology background and Cilic has credited her with helping him mentally. He also has said that she doesn’t get jealous of his female admirers because she knows where his priorities lie.

Now that he’s captured his first title, we’re guessing he proposes at some point soon. He just better watch out for coach Goran Ivanisevic — you don’t want that stud swooping in on your woman!

Marin Cilic girlfriend Kristina Milkovic

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Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams partied together after US Open finals

Caroline Wozniacki Serena Williams

Caroline Wozniacki said after losing to Serena Williams in the finals of the US Open Sunday that drinks that night were on Williams. Apparently she wasn’t joking.

As we saw on social media, Woz and Serena went partying together Sunday despite Serena hammering Woz 6-3, 6-3 in the finals.

The two shared pictures on Instagram from their night out together:

Even Joe Jonas of Jonas Brothers fame got in on the fun (he attended the match earlier in the day):

Woz and Serena have been friends for years and Williams was there to help her pal after she was dumped by golfer Rory McIlroy in May. Their friendship obviously extends well beyond the courts.

Even though some people will see this as harmless, I do question how much of a killer instinct Woz has in her matches against Serena knowing that she likes her so much. Then again, I could probably question how much of a killer instinct Woz has in most of her matches anyway …

Serena Williams wins record $4 million payout at US Open

Serena WilliamsSerena Williams took home the biggest single payday in tennis history Sunday after beating Caroline Wozniacki in the finals of the US Open.

Williams destroyed Woz, her good friend, in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 to capture her sixth US Open title and 18th overall grand slam. She also took home $4 million thanks to the win.

The prize money for winning the US Open is $3 million. The other million came from Serena winning a $1 million bonus as the Emirates Airline US Open Series Champion.

Serena clinched the US Open series in August after beating Woz in three sets in the semis of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. It was her third time winning the US Open Series in the last four years.

The $4 million payout from the USTA eclipses the previous record of $3.6 million, which she held with Rafael Nadal. Her career earnings are estimated to be around $57 million, which is the most in women’s tennis history.

Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki friends off the court

Serena Williams Caroline Wozniacki

Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki may have to be opponents on the court, but the surprise is that they are actually friends off of it. And the world learned about the relationship a few months ago.

Wozniacki was feeling pretty miserably after being dumped by ex-boyfriend Rory McIlroy in May. And guess who was there to help get her mind right afterwards? None other than Serena.

Both players lost early at the French Open this year and decided to spend some time together. They went to South Florida and hung out on the beach. They even took in the NBA playoffs and watched the Miami Heat play, where the now prescient photo seen above was taken.

Serena also shared many more photos on Instagram of the two of them together during their mini-vacation:

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Caroline Wozniacki and ex-boyfriend Rory McIlroy dominating since breakup

Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy dated for three years and were engaged to be married before calling things off in May. And by calling things off, we mean McIlroy dumped Caro over the phone.

But it turns out their breakup may have been for the best; ever since the two broke up, their athletic careers have taken off.

Woz and McIlroy first began dating around July 2011. They got engaged on New Year’s 2014 and broke up in May. Despite facing criticism that their relationship was negatively affecting them in their respective sports, they remained strong with their love for each other. But now we’re seeing definitive proof that they are much better without each other.

[Related: Rory McIlroy responds to criticism from Nick Faldo]

Prior to them dating, Wozniacki had reached the finals and semifinals of the US Open, the semis of the Australian, and the quarters at the French. A few months after they began dating, Woz made the semis of the US Open and quarters at the Australian in 2012 before falling apart. She never got past the fourth round of a grand slam while dating McIlroy (after the Australian in 2012). That span included two first-round and two second-round exits. She also lost in the first round of the French right after Rory broke up with her.

[Previously: Woz in 2012 said relationship wasn't hurting them on field]

But once she got her head straight, Woz got right back on track.

She reached the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time since before she began dating Rory. She won her first title of the year right afterwards when she captured the Istanbul Cup. She reached the quarters of the Rogers Cup and semis of the Western & Southern Open in her next two tournaments. And then she reached the finals of the US Open for the second time in her career.

[Related: Rory McIlroy felt Caroline Wozniacki was hurting his golf game]

Likewise, McIlroy has kicked it into high gear since the two broke up.

McIlroy won two majors after the breakup and took home the title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He won the PGA Championship for the second time and the British Open for the first time. The win at the PGA Championship was extremely telling; it was his first win on either the PGA or European Tour in 18 months, and it came immediately after he called off the wedding.

Woz and McIlroy were very much in love and seemed to enjoy their time together, so nobody can say they regret the relationship. But what we’ve seen is definitive proof that they’re both better at their sport when they’re not together and able to focus more on training, practicing and their athletic careers.