’23’ Reasons To Love Serena Williams

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She did it, y’all! Serena Williams made history!

Winning a record-setting 23rd Grand Slam singles tennis title at the Austrailian Open Saturday against her big sister Venus Williams, Serena is officially the greatest major titles champion in the Open era, which started in 1968.

To sweeten the pot even more, after taking down her biggest motivator/rival/confidante in a thrilling 6-4 6-4 nail-biter of a match, Serena also regained her #1 ranking after the win.

Make no mistake, Serena Williams is the GREATEST ATHLETE EVER, and if you have a problem with that statement:

But, we’re all about spreading love here at The Sportstyle. So in honor of Queen Serena’s triumphant victory, here are our top 23 reasons why we think Serena is the greatest:

1. For proudly supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement

“I’m a Black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn’t really meant for Black people,” she said. “So to those of you involved in equality movements like Black Lives Matter, I say this: Keep it up. Don’t let those trolls stop you…. To other people, I say: When someone’s harassing someone else, speak up!”

2. For wearing her hair natural

3. For slaying The David Letterman Show in this red number

4. The way she loves and supports her sister Venus

Miss you. Hurry back @venuswilliams

A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

5. For always representing the city of Compton

6. ‘Cause she ain’t ‘Sorry’

7. For being multilingual

8. For speaking out on the pay disparity for women in sports

Williams: These sports have a lot of work to do. And I really hope that I can be helpful in that journey because I do believe that women deserve the same pay. We work just as hard as men do. I’ve been working, playing tennis, since I was three years old. And to be paid less just because of my sex—it doesn’t seem fair. Will I have to explain to my daughter that her brother is gonna make more money doing the exact same job because he’s a man? If they both played sports since they were three years old, they both worked just as hard, but because he’s a boy, they’re gonna give him more money? Like, how am I gonna explain that to her? In tennis we’ve had great pioneers that paved the way—including Venus, who fought so hard for Wimbledon to pay women the same prize money they pay men, and Billie Jean King, who is one of the main reasons Title IX exists.

9. Her tennis fashion

10. For briefly making these two lose their minds over their shared affection for her (she’s currently engaged with a new boo)

11. For building schools for girls

Working and building a third school with Serena williams fund and helping hands #swf

A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

12. For being a foodie who indulges in her favorite foods every once in a while

BONUS: Look who the donut plug is 😉

13. For dancing like no one’s watching

14. Who else slides into a split after a rally

15. This magazine cover

16. For demanding “RESPECK” on her game

17. Her passion on court

18. For boycotting Indian Wells 14 years over racist treatment, and when she returned, clapping back at former CEO Raymond Moore’s tasteless, sexist remarks about how WTA players should “go down on their knees” to thank Federer and Nadal for carrying tennis

19. For trying brave new things

20. ‘Cause she’s #BodyGoals

21. Because other sports greats pay homage

 

22. She crashes other people’s weddings

23. For rising above all the downright nasty and unfair treatment she and Venus endured, for reasons outside of their play, and silencing the naysayers

What are your reasons for loving Serena?

Photos: People.com, Style Frizz, Serena’s Instagram, Giphy, YouTube, Glamour, AP, Sports Illustrated, Global Grind, Self, Huffington Post, ESPNTennis Twitter, Kobe Bryant Twitter, Saraya Tennis Twitter, USA Today, ESPN

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