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Try This: Tennis Ball Cake Pops to Celebrate the U.S. Open

UpdatePosted 08/22/2013 05:30PM

Recipe: Tennis Cake Pops for the U.S. Open

Originally posted 08/22/2013 01:30PM

Even if you can't serve the ball with the best of them at the 2013 U.S. Open, you, too, can score with these tasty treats right at home.

In the spirit of the final Grand Slam event of the year, which kicks off Monday, celebrity chef David Burke and pastry guru Zac Young are whipping up tennis-themed white chocolate treats, complete with tequila and key lime juice. Guests at Thursday's 14th annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis in N.Y.C. will get a chance to sample the Williams sisters-worthy confections as well as a variety of dishes created by tennis stars and celeb chefs alike. (Veteran chef Marcus Samuelsson is co-hosting the event with – who else? – tennis pro Serena Williams.)

You game? We adapted the recipe into a cake pop dessert that's sure to get your fans cheering:

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Meet Venus Williams's New Boyfriend | Venus Williams

Venus Williams Is Dating Cuban Model Elio Pis

Originally posted 09/09/2012 10:00AM

Venus has a hot new man!

After dropping out of last year's U.S. Open and announcing she was suffering from Sjögren's Syndrome, a happy and healthy Venus Williams made a triumphant return to the New York Grand Slam tournament last week with her new boyfriend at her side. The tennis champ, 32, has been dating Cuban model Elio Alberto Pis, 24, for several months, PEOPLE has learned.

And it's been a love match on and off the court.

The couple were seen holding hands and sweetly kissing each other while walking through the corridors of Arthur Ashe Stadium. During all of her matches, Pis sat courtside with Williams's friends and family, cheering the two-time U.S. Open winner. Her return was cut short, though. Williams lost to Germany's Angelique Kerber in the second round on Aug. 30, and she was eliminated from the doubles competition with younger sister Serena on Sept. 3.

With Williams set to present her clothing line, EleVen, during New York Fashion Week, expect to see more of Pis. As he steps out with the tennis ace, here are five things to know about the guy that has won over her heart:

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Serena Williams's Shopping Grand Slam in New York | Serena Williams

Serena Williams's Shopping Grand Slam in New York

Originally posted 08/30/2012 06:00AM

When it comes to tennis – and fashion! – Serena Williams knows how to serve.

The 30-year-old tennis champion is in New York for the U.S. Open and when she isn't competing on the court, she's been shopping!

The gold medalist was spotted at the MCM Shops at the Plaza Hotel on Monday.

"She purchased three classic MCM Cognac Visetos bags," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "Including the flight bag, shopper and drawstring."
– Maggie Coughlan

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Olympic Medal Roundup: Here's What You Missed This Weekend

Olympic Medal Roundup: Here's What You Missed This Weekend

Originally posted 08/06/2012 07:30AM

As the London 2012 Olympic Games press on, Saturday and Sunday's exciting events propelled British athletes to the forefront.

Although China leads with the most medals – 61, including 30 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze – Team GB's victories helped boost the host country's morale with an outpouring of spirit and success during days 9 and 10 of the Games.

Team USA experienced highs and lows as well, as the medal count grew to 57 – 27 gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze – with Serena Williams taking home two gold medals and fan favorite McKayla Maroney's surprising finish in the women's vault final.

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Serena Williams Dominates Maria Sharapova to Win Olympic Gold | Serena Williams

Serena Williams Dominates Maria Sharapova to Win Olympic Gold

Originally posted 08/04/2012 11:35AM

Serena Williams has another gold medal.

The reigning Wimbledon champion returned Saturday to the grass surface of Centre Court (the tennis venue at the London Games) to compete against Russia's Maria Sharapova in the women's singles final – and dominated.

Williams, who served three aces in the opening game, beat her opponent 6-0, 6-1.

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Serena Williams Dances at Impromptu Common Concert | Common, Serena Williams

Serena Williams Dances at Impromptu Common Concert

Originally posted 10/31/2011 05:55AM

Serena Williams was in the mood to dance during a surprise performance by rumored on-again flame Common at the premiere party for AMC's Hell on Wheels. The rapper, who also costars in the show, unexpectedly took the stage during the bash at Union Station's Harvey House in L.A. to sing three songs, including a "Hell on Wheels"-inspired rap in which he gave shout-outs to his cast. – Jessica Wedemeyer

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Serena Williams: Venus's Health Is More Important Than Tennis | Serena Williams, Venus Williams

Serena Williams: Venus's Health Is More Important Than Tennis

Originally posted 09/05/2011 03:00PM

After Venus Williams withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday and revealed she was suffering from the autoimmune disorder Sjögren's syndrome, younger sister Serena Williams says Venus's condition is improving and she's staying positive.

"She's doing better," Serena, 29, told PEOPLE Saturday night after defeating Belarus star Victoria Azarenka at the U.S. Open in New York. "It's a day at a time kind of a thing. Her spirits are good, however."

Some 4 million Americans suffer Sjögren's syndrome, which causes fatigue and joint pain and would affect the 31-year-old Venus's tennis future.

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Love Match! U.S. Open Stars & Their Dogs | Serena Williams, Venus Williams

U.S. Open Tennis Stars and Their Dogs: It's a Love Match!

Originally posted 08/30/2011 04:05PM

Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, and Novak Djokovic all have something in common, and it isn't just tennis – they all love their dogs! The first-round matches at this year's U.S. Open are underway, and these pro athletes have the support of their beloved pups, some of whom are getting to be just as famous as their owners.

The youngest Williams sister has two dogs, a Jack Russell terrier named Jackie and a Maltese named Lorelei. Serena has had Jackie since she was in high school and named her after Mariah Carey's Jack Russell Jack.

"I take my Jack Russell everywhere," Williams told PEOPLE. "I am so busy with tennis and my business interests, but I wanted to be at the game to support the team, and Jackie likes to be part of everything I do."

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Serena Williams: I'm Lucky to Be Alive

Serena Williams: I'm Lucky to Be Alive

Originally posted 03/10/2011 10:55AM

A fearless competitor on the court, Serena Williams admits she was terrified by the medical emergency that sent her to the hospital last week.

"I could have died," Williams, 29, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue of the pulmonary embolism and subsequent hematoma that she suffered.

Not grasping the reality of the situation at first, Williams says she felt shock and disbelief. "This can't be happening to me," she recalls thinking.

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