OPINION – Another grand slam title has been rewarded to Serena Williams and not only was that win in Wimbledon places Williams in discussion for greatest athlete ever, the victory broke the internet.
Williams defeated promising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 in southwest London to complete the “Serena Slam” — winning four straight majors — for the second time and is now well on the way to making more history at the season’s final grand slam.
“I honestly wouldn’t have thought last year after winning the U.S. Open I would win the Serena Slam at all,” Williams, emulating her feat of 2002-2003, told reporters. “It’s super exciting.”
If the American triumphs at the U.S. Open — and the odds might be stacked in her favor given the 33-year-old is the three-time defending champion — she would become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to complete the calendar-year grand slam.
A victory would, too, draw the world No. 1 level with Graf on an Open Era leading 22 majors.
After Williams’ Wimbledon victory, social media exploded with positivity, and some negative and dismissive tweets. One in particular was an interaction I had with a Game of Thrones extra (not really, but he looked like one) after I stated that Williams could probably beat Martina Navratilova during that era. I also went on to say that William’s accomplishments are one of the best I’ve ever seen in tennis in a long time. That same Game of Thrones extra responded that Navratilova’s accomplishments can’t be compared to Williams because she had a rival in Chris Everett. In other words, the attempt to dilute Williams’ accomplishment was in full effect. The reason why Williams didn’t have a rival because she dominated, so if any other rivals were visible they were already annihilated and dismissed a long time ago.
I notice many folks (black and white) are either trying to say Williams is a man, attempting to dilute her accomplishments or dismiss it altogether by saying she didn’t have a rival like that Game of Thrones mouth piece attempted to imply. Also, what the folks with the white tears syndrome contribute is with articles that imply that Williams’ body is why she is winning in tennis. The horrific and downright unethical NY Times piece on Williams also highlights racial undertones.
Williams “has large biceps and a mold-breaking muscular frame, which packs the power and athleticism that have dominated women’s tennis for years. Her rivals could try to emulate her physique, but most of them choose not to,” according to the report.
In other words, they want tennis women players to look like they haven’t eaten in days and resemble Cinderella in a tennis skirt. If they don’t look like that, then they aren’t feminine enough. How about the fact that Williams stays in shape and takes care of her body and still looks absolutely stunning and beautiful? Williams ensures she is placed in a constant position to annihilate her opponents with that deadly powerful first serve. It isn’t Williams fault that the other players refuse to stay in the gym to work on their power (first serve). We didn’t read articles like this when Martina Navratilova who obviously had an outstanding physique, as well. One knows why Navratilova didn’t get an entire article dedicated to the fact that her muscles were evident. We all know why Navratilova didn’t get articles drafted to sham her overall appearance because she is a white woman.
It’s upsetting many people that Williams is beating white women and is dominating a sport, which is notoriously dominated by white athletes. Let’s call a spade a spade. The white tears something out of Denzel Washington’s scene in Glory are rolling down their cheeks and actually reinforcing the fact that being a dominated Black athlete, especially a woman makes what appears to be some white people upset, The negativity that I have read is due to white supremacy. I have a news flash to the ones that are demonstrating white tears. Who gave white people the right to think they should be the face of dominance in every aspect of this world?
Serena Williams and her sister Venus came from humble beginnings alongside her father leading the way with wisdom and guidance. They both grew up in the streets of Compton and worked endlessly to reach success. Williams never forgot, no matter how much she had elevated where she grew up. That’s evident with Williams celebratory “crip walk” dance after winning a gold medal in the Olympics. That also added on to so much criticism that one would think she took an AK-47 from her tennis bag and started shooting it in the air. That dance paid homage to the environment she had grew up in (famous dance in California) and no it wasn’t paying it to gang bangers, but the white media wanted to state otherwise.
This world has nothing but racial overtones and it continues to this day. One can’t get over the fact that a Black woman has dominated a sport in such fashion. It also hurts the naysayers that Williams is now being discussed as one of the greatest overall sports figures of our time. It’s bad enough to some racist haters that a Black athlete dominated, but to let that be a Black woman is making ignorant folks upset, and they are throwing tantrums on social media.
What solidified the events over the weekend in London was the way Williams slayed at the Champions’ dinner in a cream gown. Williams’ beauty is captivating and some folks are extra mad at that, as well. Williams entire accomplishments has made her a role model for little girls (especially Black girls) who see her coming from the streets of Compton to London and slaying the haters in the process. Tell us why you mad, son? Now off to the U.S. Open, to make more history.
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