All Articles Tagged "serena williams"
Can’t imagine Thanksgiving without the turkey? While dreams of stuffing your face full of turkey, glazed ham, and macaroni and cheese float through your mind, the vegetarians and vegans of the world imagine something more along the lines of pumpkin kale casserole, lentil loaf, or maybe even a vegetable pot pie. And I don’t live a vegan lifestyle by any stretch (and could, at most, check off the “vegetarian’ish” box, if such a category existed) having sampled several vegan dishes I can admit to having stumbled across some that are downright tasty! Check out this list of celebrities you might not have known were vegan, or vegetarian, and marvel at their ability to resist America’s efforts to throw a turkey at everything that moves every Thanksgiving.
Now adding a 17th title to her trophy case, Serena did something, well many things that either she’s never done or hasn’t been done before at all (not exhaustive).
– She had never defended a US Open title but has now checked that off.
– She received the largest one-time payout in the history of the sport, at $3.6 million in prize money.
– She lost the fewest games of any US Open winner’s campaign
– She has come the closest than any other active woman has or likely ever will come to matching the records of all time greats like Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.
– She has matched Roger Federer’s record 17 Slams on the men’s side
All those feats by the world no. 1 taken together, plus those not mentioned, have convinced many that she is the official GOAT (greatest of all time). The holdouts that are left are shy about assigning her the title because she has at the very least, one and at the most eight more Slam titles to go before she matches are breaks Slam records set by “the greats” of yesterday when things were a little different.
Never the less, she is on a mission and continues defying the odds.
At a very ripe age of 31-years-old, Serena Williams seems to be playing the best tennis she’s ever played – taken with a grain of salt, because she had already won double digit Slams before finding this new form. Since she’s returned from a medical challenge that almost claimed her life a couple of years ago, she has been on a baffling ascension to untouchable status, defying the odds of your average tennis player.
In tennis, the players seem to age in a way similar to dog years, because 30 is typically the “I still play because I love it, but I’m not what I used to be” zone. 31 is simply considered “old.” Look at Roger Federer. At 32, for the first time in his elite career, he wasn’t able to reach a single Slam final this year. He went from winning Wimbledon last year to now being beaten by virtual amateurs as compared to his usual level of play.
So, while Roger Federer is now considered aging and his game diminished, Serena has just – with two occurring this year (French Open, US Open), along with seven other tour titles – met his career best of 17 Grand Slams and did it in the most devastating of ways. She served up 5 bagels (0s) and 4 breadsticks (1s), all straight sets wins but one, with a draw that contained surging American hope, Sloane Stephens, two former Grand Slam champions, Li Na and Francesca Schiavone, and a tenacious 24-year-old world no. 2 and holder of two Grand Slam titles herself, Victoria Azarenka … a stunning performance to say the least.
Read more at EurWeb.com
While some ladies were busy eating their Wheaties and doing squats in the gym trying to get like her, Serena Williams admits that she was secretly ashamed of her body.
“I wasn’t always confident. I just started feeling comfortable with myself about six or seven years ago. That’s why I tell people that even at 25 or 26, it’s OK if you’re feeling uncomfortable with yourself. I was too. It’s normal. I love who I am, and I encourage other people to love and embrace who they are. But it definitely wasn’t easy—it took me a while,” she told DuJour.
“I grew up with a lot of sisters—I was the youngest, and I was really thick. My sister Venus was so tall and slim, and just being in a society where a lot of people are really thin, it was hard. Especially as an athlete.”
She went on to reveal that she eventually learned to love the body that she was given.
“No athlete has boobs like me. But I had to learn how to embrace myself and embrace my curves. And that’s something a lot of people can relate to.”
The bodylicious beauty also confessed that she’s rarely able to do things that normal people are able to, such as grabbing a cup of coffee.
“I could never go to places like [Starbucks]—I have to send someone out for me. I really don’t like to say no to pictures, so I always end up saying yes. But if you say yes to one, then there’s 20 people asking, and then there’s 30. It’s crazy, so I’m in my room a lot. During a tournament I hardly ever leave the hotel. Ever.”
“I don’t complain about it—it’s just something you have to get used to. It’s such a humbling feeling that anyone would even watch me play. I feel so honored, honestly, by anyone who’s a fan of mine and who appreciates me,” she added.
K. Foxx and Serena Williams
When you’re really good at one thing, sometimes it gives you the feeling that you’d be good at anything…unfortunately for these athletes, their lyrical prowess when it came to rapping did not match their skills on the court, in the ring, or on the field.
We all get out of pocket sometimes. Serena was wrong for her position about rape. Paula Deen is finding out that racism isn’t as casual as it used to be. But those two aren’t the only ones who are out of bounds. Check out these 15 celebrities who we think owe someone an apology.
At this rate, Wimbledon will be the talk of the town.
As you’ll recall, Serena Williams found herself in hot water earlier this week after an article in Rolling Stone was posted and contained Serena making ill-advised comments about the Steubenville case where a young lady was raped. In case you didn’t hear about it, Serena questioned why the young lady was drunk and why she “put herself in that position.” She came across as a rape apologist but later apologized for being misquoted.
Also in that interview, the writer makes note of a conversation Serena is having on the phone with her sister Venus where she’s being catty and talking about another top tennis player’s love life:
“There are people who live, breathe and dress tennis. I mean, seriously, give it a rest.” Serena exits the car and the conversation moves on to a top-five player who is now in love. “She begins every interview with ‘I’m so happy. I’m so lucky’ – it’s so boring,” says Serena in a loud voice. “She’s still not going to be invited to the cool parties. And, hey, if she wants to be with the guy with a black heart, go for it.” (An educated guess is she’s talking about Sharapova, who is now dating Grigor Dimitrov, one of Serena’s rumored exes.)
Eek. So while the writer is making an assumption about it being Maria Sharapova that Serena is talking about, it does sound plausible.
Guess what? Word got back to Maria and she got Serena right on together (skip to 1:10 if you don’t want to watch the full clip):
Welp. For those unaware, Serena has reportedly been dating her tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou since last year…when he was still wearing his wedding ring. Maria’s comments were basically saying, “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
Now, I don’t have a dog in this fight but it seems as though Serena was going through a “speak before I think” moment where it slipped her mind that there was someone recording everything she said. Either that, or she just didn’t care.
Either way, Wimbledon might be very interesting. Serena and Maria are on opposite sides of the draw and could meet in the finals. On the tennis court, Serena has owned Maria for quite some time but with all this new aggression, it could make a match very interesting.
What do you think about Serena and Maria’s comments?
Serena Williams is walking back some insensitive comments she said in a Rolling Stone interview. She was quoted as saying, The Steubenville, Ohio rape victim “shouldn’t have put herself in that position” on the night she was raped at a high school party by two sixteen year old boys.
Actually, what she fully said, in the context, was,
“We watch the news for a while, and the infamous Steubenville rape case flashes on the TV – two high school football players raped a drunk 16-year-old, while other students watched and texted details of the crime. Serena just shakes her head. “Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously, I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”
After the comment went viral, Williams sort of apologized via her website, “I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”
We can sugarcoat this all we want but there is something really twisted in our society when we have more sympathy for rapists and the impact that their crime will have on the rest of their lives than the actual victim of said crime. I would like to chalk Williams’ comments as a good example of the well-traveled idea that women are our own worse enemies but the heart of me knows that it is more complicated than that. This, instead, is the downside of being mothers and mothers-in-spirit. We think about the well being of all our children, even if it is to the detriment of ourselves.
What Williams might have a point about is the dangers of anyone, let alone girls and women, being passed out to the point of unconsciousness. What she does not have a point about is that somehow her bad choices justifies, excuses and/or lessens the role that the boys had in preventing rape. After all, there were several other good options the boys could have done that night; the foremost in my mind being calling an ambulance to report an unconscious/unresponsive drunk girl. And at the least, they did not have to rape her.
Yet when it comes to rape, the onus of that prevention has unequally fallen on the shoulders of women. I bet you I could conduct a poll and ask women to share all the tricks, tips and preventive measures we institute in order to not be a victim of sexual assault, and the answers would be plentiful. We have rape whistles and buddy systems; certain places we can’t go alone and certain times of the day we shouldn’t be out period. We have to carry our drinks and other alcohol beverages everywhere we go just to ensure that it doesn’t get spiked with a little something rapey. We got anti-rape underwear and rape deterrent hairy stockings. We check and agonize over ourselves over our appearance, which might hint at the being too inviting: is it too short; am I wearing too much makeup; am I saying anything that might give him the wrong impression; am I switching my hips too hard; am I exposing too much cleavage; am I giving way too much eye attention. We keep our heads down; we keep our heads up; and we keep our eyes peeled to the sides. We watch for danger in shadowy corners, heck behind us frequently and keep our eyeball on unusual and suspicious people. We make sure to have keys – car, houses, office – out on the ready not just to decrease the amount of time between safe spaces and dangerous territory but to use as weapon if needed. We take martial arts, gun safety courses and self-defense workshops, which teach us the much more forceful ways to say “no. I do not want to be raped.”
In addition to sharing her (wrong-headed) thoughts about the 16-year-old Steubenville rape victim (she’s since tried to explain the controversial comment), Serena Williams shared some of the financial advice Oprah Winfrey once gave her in her Rolling Stone profile.
Today, Serena mother-hens every expenditure. “I’m an athlete and I’m black, and a lot of black athletes go broke. I do not want to become a statistic, so maybe I overcompensate. But I’m paranoid. Oprah told me a long time ago, ‘You sign every check. Never let anyone sign any checks.’ ”
The article attributes part of her caution to her background, a childhood in Compton where money was scarce. Therefore, as an adult, she’s mindful of every dime.
But in many ways, this really should be the rule. No one, rich or poor, should relinquish responsibility for their personal finances. How many celebs turn around later and say, “I had no clue!” Or, “My manager/advisor/friend/banker stole money from me!” Even if you’re not signing “every check,” sitting down to go over your books with those who are managing your finances are a must.
The article wraps up by asking how long Serena can dominate women’s tennis. If her health holds out and she continues to love the game, the answer is “As long as she wants to.” She’s certainly not playing because she needs the money.
Serena Williams Issues Statement On What She ‘Supposedly Said’ About Steubenville Rape Victim In Rolling Stone
Serena Williams is attempting to do damage control after the disparaging comments she made about the 16-year-old Steubenville rape victim in Rolling Stone went viral. But I’m guessing the tennis pro is going to have to try a lot harder than this, because her explanation sounds a lot like reality TV stars claiming what we see of them on camera isn’t accurate. Basically, she’s passing the buck.
Here’s the statement Serena placed on her website, SerenaWilliams.com.
“What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened. For someone to be raped, and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved – that of the rape victim and of the accused. I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.
I have fought all of my career for women’s equality, women’s equal rights, respect in their fields – anything I could do to support women I have done. My prayers and support always goes out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent sixteen year old child.”
So, what do you think? Is this enough to restore your faith in the tennis champ and the part she plays in rape culture?