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Man arrested for allegedly stalking Serena Williams

May 3, 2011 | 12:38 pm

Serena_275 One of the charming things about Serena Williams is her use of Twitter. She tweets photos of herself, enthusiastically recounts her efforts to perform karaoke, one of her favorite pastimes, lets the world know that Green Day is her favorite band, that she stays up late watching reruns of "Golden Girls" and even posted an eye-catching shot of herself in a bright pink full-body suit, the kind speedskaters usually wear, as she went back to the tennis practice courts last week.

And she will often tell her fans in those tweets when she's at her home in Los Angeles or her home in Florida.

On Tuesday morning, police arrested an alleged stalker outside Williams' Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., home.

The man, 40-year-old Patenema Ouedraogo of Texas, was arrested at 2 a.m., according to the police, and allegedly said he followed Williams on Twitter, which helped him know when she was in Florida.

Williams, who is still recovering from foot surgery and more recently a pulmonary embolism that threatens to keep her out of the French Open and Wimbledon this summer, is back on the court practicing and has not, so far, posted on Twitter about her stalker.


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Photo: Serena Williams. Credit: Evan Vucci / Associated Press