​serena’s time to shine

Seemingly snogging Drake, covering New York Times Magazine and going for her first full Grand Slam (+ Steffi Graf’s record) - it’s all kicking off for the world’s greatest female athlete.

by Stuart Brumfitt
27 August 2015, 1:25am

In a searching cover story for The New York Times Magazine, Claudia Rankine assesses "The Meaning of Serena Williams." In the opener, the writer says, "There is a belief among some African-Americans that to defeat racism, they have to work harder, be smarter, be better" and "once recognized, black excellence is then supposed to perform with good manners and forgiveness in the face of any racist slights or attacks."

You can read Rankine's full piece here to find out about Serena's will to win, her sense of black history on court and her thoughts on the lesser-crowned Sharapova making more marketing money than her. The main thrust of the magazine's Serena celebration though, is that by unashamedly being herself on court, Serena is paving the way for the wider community and its future sports stars. "She shows us her joy, her humor and, yes, her rage. She gives us the whole range of what it is to be human, and there are those who can't bear it, who can't tolerate the humanity of an ordinary extraordinary person," Rankine asserts. Whether she's doing cutesy on-court twirls, or ramming expletives (and potentially a ball) down a line judge's mouth, Serena is simply being real.

Here we celebrate the best tennis player to have lived - and that goes for you too, Federer.

She's been in the game for time
Check her out as a giggly kid, when being a "veterinarian" was her back-up plan.

She's chasing her 22nd Grand Slam title
And Steffi Graf's remarkable record at next week's US Open at Flushing Meadow.

Her tennis fashions are ahead of the game
"Crop tops are so in style right now, but pshhh, I was wearing that in 2004." (Although we're less sure about her denim mini).

Move over Cara - these are the brows now
Even if she does allow haters to influence her into getting them shaped.

She's one of Taylor Swift's squad
But we won't hold that against her.

She leans in with Sheryl Sandberg
The Facebook Chief Operating Officer called Serena, "A game changer not just for tennis, but for women around the world, showing us what's possible when strength meets determination."

The heir to her tennis throne is her dog, Chip
Who she claims will be the next Federer, Nadal or Djokovic.

She gets angry, like us all
Umpires and line judges have felt her wrath, but it's only occasional. Plus, John McEnroe used to blow up at officials - and we loved him for it.

Those splits for GQ though [wide eyes emoji]
Who could argue with those?

She's one of the few people to nail that Straight Outta Compton meme
She does come from Compton, after all.

She's not a Gold Digger
But a Goal Digger.

Her Miami Beach selfies are the ones
No-one has better represented South Beach.

No wonder Drake's a fan

Serena Williams