10 Times Serena Williams Showed the World Who's Boss
By Amy Elisa Jackson
Serena Williams is tennis' G.O.A.T: the Greatest of All Time. And this Monday, she’s gearing up to make sports history yet again as she plays in the 2015 US Open. If Williams wins the US Open, she would be the first woman to win all four Grand Slams in a single season since Steffi Graf did it in 1988. In fact, today the USTA announced that tickets to the women’s single final have sold out proving that fans want to see another momentous "Serena Slam."
But Serena has done far more than dominate the tennis court with her 21 Grand Slam titles. The writer of the current cover story of New York Times Magazine aptly described the Serena effect.
"There is no more exuberant winner than Serena Williams. She leaps into the air, she laughs, she grins, she pumps her fist, she points her index finger to the sky, signaling she's No. 1. Her joy is palpable."
We wholeheartedly agree. She's a true boss in every sense of the word. On the eve of her latest US Open appearance, here are the ten times she showed the world who's really in charge.
1. When she made us extra jealous of her perfectly spherical curves.
2. When she proudly proclaimed "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend."
As much as she loves to win a singles match, Serena always makes times to do something else: Sing karaoke songs. At the annual Delta event during the US Open, Serena is known for grabbing the mic to dazzle players and fans alike. Here she is giving her best Marilyn Monroe.
3. When she was caught canoodling with Drake.
4. When she won Wimbledon then dazzled us looking like a Disney princess.
5. When she had the admiration of two tennis all-stars.
The legendary Chris Evert has called her "a phenomenon that once every hundred years comes around," while John McEnroe described Serena as “the greatest player, I think, that ever lived."
6. When she unleashed her inner Dominique Dawes.
7. When she reminded a stadium of people that she's still a Compton girl.
At Wimbledon this year, for example, in a match against the home favorite Heather Watson, Serena, interrupted during play by the deafening support of Watson, wagged her index finger at the crowd and said, "Don't try me."
8. When she told ESPN that hard work, not luck, is the secret to her success.
"Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come."
9. When she showed us all that we too could break the mold.
Speaking to a group of girls in Nigeria alongside her sister Venus, Serena said, "We were able to break the [mold] and win a lot of grand slams and change the face of tennis … when tennis was very dominated by white people. It doesn’t matter what your background is and where you come from, if you have dreams and goals, that’s all that matters."
10. When she had the best humble brag of all time
"worst case scenario I have another Serena Slam" sickest brag ever: https://t.co/UNuiM8FS1f— OHB (@ohholybutt) July 11, 2015
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