To honour the occasion of Serena’s 22nd Grand Slam victory at Wimbledon on Saturday I’ve compiled a list of 22 reasons why she’s the greatest of all time.
- She’s one of the greatest athletes in the world, ever. The way she has returned time and time again from injury, ill health and personal tragedy is beyond inspirational.
- Aside from Rod Laver, she’s the only player to have held all 4 Grand Slams at the same time twice.
- She’s won at least 2 Grand Slams in every event she could enters (Singles, Womens’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles).
- Along with her sister Venus, she’s part of one of the greatest double teams of all time.
- She’s the only player, male or female, to have won 3 of 4 Grand Slams 6 times (she’s now won Wimbledon 7 times).
- She’s the oldest player have won a Grand Slam title at 34.
- She’s won 4 Gold Medals at the Olympics, more than any active player.
- In 2015 she was so good, she became the first player to hold double the ranking points as her closest rival.
- She’s paved the way for other black athletes. In 2003 she became the first black woman to win the Australian Open.
- She advocates enjoyable physical activity for all and practises what preaches. Serena hates to work out but loves to dance so joined a competitve dance group.
- She’s body positive, demonstrating the beauty in strength regardless of your body shape.
- She’s a role model for anyone working their asses off to achieve their dreams. As Serena was once quoted as saying “I didn’t grow up playing at the country club”. She’s worked hard for everything she’s achieved.
- She uses her priviledge as a platform. As various atrocities and tragedies have taken place Serena has taken the time to speak out.
- She’s a feminist and has campaigned tirelessly, alongside her sister Venus and Billie Jean King, for equal prize money.
- She’s a philanthropist. The Serena Williams Fund provides scholarships, builds schools and provides legal aid.
- She regularly takes time to engage with fans through things like #SerenaFridays.
- Her on-court outfits always slay.
- Her clothing lines are beautiful, cater for all shapes and sizes and are affordable.
- Her will to win is stronger than any other competitor in the game.
- And she loves to win more than she hates to lose.
- She’s mentally tough – returning to the game after a particularly difficult loss as well as returning to Indian Wells last year where she’d previously been racially abused.
- That beatdown of Maria Sharapova at the 2012 Olympics. (Also she’s the Queen of Shade. “She got that one game and I thought oh boy here she comes”)
If I’ve missed any reasons leave them in the comments below. Thanks to everyone who provided reasons.